“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde

I have sat at a blank computer screen staring for a pretty long time. Thinking of what to say, how to express my feelings about today. This is hard. I didn’t know how hard the complete transparency of this project would be. It has been an amazing two weeks, I feel stronger than I have […]

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September 29th, 2011 by dogl2324

three men and a lady…

I have often wondered if losing my Dad at a fairly young age fuels my need to have strong relationships with the men in my life. While I have some amazing female friends which I am sure I will write about in the near future this post is about a few of the men in […]

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September 29th, 2011 by dogl2324

Tuesday…

Ugh…I found today to be hard. I am not sure why really. Has nothing to do with food, did not make any bad choices. I just don’t feel very good and at first I thought “who want’s to hear that?” but it is what it is. I promised honesty. The truth is, it was just […]

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September 27th, 2011 by dogl2324

go ahead…you know you want to…

Eating when I am not hungry. That has been a huge issue for me over my lengthy professional career of being obese. How many times have I eaten for one of the following reasons? (none of which have the slightest thing to do with hunger) 1.) It’s there –The sheer fact that something is within […]

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September 27th, 2011 by dogl2324

I bought a new what?!

Swimsuit. That’s right. I bought a brand new swimsuit today, because I also bought a membership to the gym this morning so I can swim more than once a week. It’s black with pink stripes up the sides (I think it will make me feel like I am going fast!) I love swimming, and I […]

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September 25th, 2011 by dogl2324

peach, cherry, and blueberry crumble

Fall is coming at us fast and furious but  we still have time to use the summer bounty of peaches is a healthier version of a fruit crumble.   Preheat Oven to 375 serves 6-8   Ingredients 4-6 peaches sliced 2 cups fresh bing cherries, pitted and sliced in half 2 cups blueberries 3/4 cup […]

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September 25th, 2011 by dogl2324

Fine. I admit it.

You know the goofy nutri-grain commercial with the lady choosing the stairs over the escalator, the salad over the gigantic burrito, the fruit over the brownie…and…wait for it….the nutri-grain bar over the DONUT! I have seen that commercial a zillion times and a zillion times my reaction has pretty much been the same….”suck it lady!” […]

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September 23rd, 2011 by dogl2324

All I really needed to know I learned in Tae Kwon Do class….

Tonight I went to my 5 year old God-daughters Tae Kwon Do class. Remember when I said I was done ignoring what the world has to teach me, well I felt like tonight there was much to learn. I walked in not knowing ANYTHING about Tae Kwon Do, of course I am thinking karate kid […]

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September 22nd, 2011 by dogl2324

The truth hurts.

Today has been filled with many wonderful things. A great article written about my journey in the National Dog Examiner and my very dear friend Michele Hays’s very personal account  in her own amazing blog of our time in college together. Her words have made me ask myself the question “what if” someone would have […]

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September 21st, 2011 by dogl2324

just what you need, just when you need it.

I am finding this to be the case more and more. The more I just trust in people, in this process, in myself I am finding it’s just what I need, just when I need it. No matter what I might think I need at any particular moment. Today I was thinking about just how […]

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September 20th, 2011 by dogl2324

Big John…my Dad.

I made a promise to myself to write about the hard things. The things I don’t really talk about, the things many people in my life don’t know about, the things that would be better off left down deep, hidden away under lock and key. Only I don’t have room for them anymore. I came […]

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September 19th, 2011 by dogl2324

Sunday cooking…..

I thought tonight I would put up some recipes I have been working on the last week or so… These are healthy dishes, with a lot of flavor, using real ingredients that your body knows what to do with. I am not into “fake” food. What I have learned is if it is “low fat”, […]

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September 18th, 2011 by dogl2324

eggplant parmesan

Okay so I love eggplant parmesan, fried crispy eggplant, tons of dripping cheese, but I am not eating like that anymore and unless it’s a special occasion and I am splurging a bit, I want to be able to have a version of this dish I can feel good about!I had some friends over and […]

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September 18th, 2011 by dogl2324

chicken piccata with wild mushrooms, leeks and edamame over wilted spinach

chicken piccata with wild mushrooms, leeks and edamame over wilted spinach So this is not your traditional chicken piccata, I have taken away the butter, the flour, the pasta but none of the flavor. I have added more veggies so it is a healthier version! Ingredients: 2 organic free range chicken breast (boneless skinless split […]

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September 18th, 2011 by dogl2324

we all love our pets….

** This is a day late, computer issues. 🙁 All fixed now!   I worked the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry  this morning. If you don’t know what that means, it is a sister organization to ‘Recycled Doggies” that was created when Shannon and Shera realized the need for pet food assistance to keep animals in […]

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September 18th, 2011 by dogl2324

how to eat cake…and not gain a pound!

It’s true, I have found a very good technique that works like a charm for having a little cake and not gaining a pound. I know this works because this is how I dealt with a “must have” craving for cake last week and I still managed to lose a substantial amount of weight. In […]

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September 16th, 2011 by dogl2324

Weight for it…….

Okay, so went to the Dr. to get weighed this morning and first I have to give some love to Dr. Elizabeth Beiter with Mercy Medical Associates in Marimont and the staff…could not be more supportive and encouraging. Sooo I  am 18lbs less than when I weighed in on September 1st. I am relieved, and […]

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September 15th, 2011 by dogl2324

the measure of me.

Well the good, the bad, the ugly…complete honesty is what I promised. I am terrified of getting weighed tomorrow. I fear the scale, the scale that has betrayed me so many times. Even though I know for two weeks I have eaten well, eaten less and made good choices, and moved  more than I have […]

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September 14th, 2011 by dogl2324

a picture is worth a thousand words…

On Sunday my friend and professional photographer Carolyn Evans also known as the “Phodographer” came to my house to take pictures of Tristan and Journey for a follow up story on their progress since they were saved from a tiny rural Ohio shelter that has high intake and few adoptions, meaning most dogs don’t make […]

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September 14th, 2011 by dogl2324

hey lady…..

I am home sick today, don’t know if it was food poison or just a bad virus but I don’t need to have that experience  again anytime soon! I decided that if it was a virus folks at work would not want to receive this little gem. I am sipping mint tea and thought I […]

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September 13th, 2011 by dogl2324