Sharing a Motivational Blog

Though this reads like a big ad for spark people (well, it IS Spark People), the idea behind the premise of “talking positively to yourself” and improving your mind set is a sound one.

Spark People Blog 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras

Some of these mantras are by famous people like John Bingham, John F. Kennedy, Madonna and Carrie Fisher, but most are by normal, every day people like you and me 🙂

I hope you find this positive self thought link helpful 🙂



Inner Dialog and the Self Defeating Attitude

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t done it.

Weather over diet or relationships, or anything really.

You’re doing great, or think you are. Then the negative thoughts creep in.

With dieting it’s especially detrimental to your mental state.

You know how, you’ve done everything right, feel and look slimmer and you step on the scale and BAM! You gained. WTHeck?

So the negatives start:

  • I’ll never get this weight off
  • what’s the point?
  • Maybe I ate too much (you know you didn’t)
  • Maybe I’m just meant to be fat!

It’s hard to deal with at times.

But you know. You KNOW it’s a struggle but you ARE worth it, so fight off that negative attitude and get back at it 🙂


Low-Carb Colcannon for St. Patricks Day!

Easy to put together and tasty.

Low-Carb Colcannon

  • 2 pounds frozen cauliflower, thawed
  • 4 slices “streaky” bacon (aka: fatty)
  • 3 cups sliced or shredded cabbage
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced green and white parts
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Microwave or steam cauliflower until soft. Drain well, and mash or puree with the melted butter and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Add the the remaining buttermilk, if needed, to get a smooth mash that it’s to dry.

Fry the bacon until crisp, then crumble and set aside.

In the bacon fat, saute the cabbage and onions until the cabbage starts to get golden and browned.

Mix with everything else, salt and pepper to taste and serve pipping hot!

You can reserve some bacon and onions to sprinkle on top for garnish, if you like.


Paleo Texas Hash Recipe

Texas Hash is a pretty ambiguous name given to any semi-spicy ground beef and rice dish with Mexican or Tex-Mex seasoning.

My version is paleo, even Whole30, allowed.

Paleo Texas Hash

  • 1 pound bag frozen cauliflower, riced, drained and set aside
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use 90/10)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, de-cap (clean out seeds if you don’t want it spicy, or don’t use at all)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin (more or less, to taste, everyone is different)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pink sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil -your cooking fat of choice

In a food processor, pulse the jalapeno and garlic until minced, then add the bell pepper and onion and pulse until it’s a small chop, but not pureed

Heat the cooking fat in a large pan and add the processed veggies. Saute for 3-4 minutes until they’re very fragrant.

Add all the seasoning and stir around for a minute or two, then add the ground beef and break it up, stirring and breaking until it’s cooked through – about 5-6 minutes.

Cover and let simmer on very low heat for  10 minutes, then turn heat to high, add the cauliflower rice and stir around for 2 minutes. If you need to, add just a small amount of beef broth or water (1/4 cup or so) but the veggies give off a lot of liquid so you probably won’t need it.

Add salt, if needed.

That’s it, you’re done!

Top with sliced avocado and salsa 🙂

*You can add a pint of cherry tomatoes during the simmer so they just start to burst when you stir in the cauliflower, if you like.

**For non paleo, add 2 cups of beef broth after the ground beef is cooked, and add 2 cups of instant rice, bring to a boil, cover and let sit off heat for 5 minutes (or according to the rice instructions)

Whole 30 Completed: What I Did Right, and What I Did Wrong

Well that was an experience!

I’d say that was my 3rd Whole30 but the 2nd one crashed and burned after 22 days, so let’s call it the 2nd one.

What I did right:

  • I ate whole foods
  • I drank plenty of water
  • I followed the Whole30 guidelines
  • I paid attention to how I felt
  • I added turmeric lattes (I left out the extract and used 2 turmeric capsules(opened and dumped the powder in) because they’re more concentrated)
  • I got outdoors and got more fresh air and sunshine

What I did wrong:

  • I ate too much fruit, sometimes 3 apples a day (small apples, but still)
  • I ate too much protein. Some days I didn’t want to cook so I ate proteins I’d cooked in advanced, and nothing else the whole day BUT protein.
  • I ate too many potatoes. Yeah only 1-3 a week but, for me, that was as lot of potatoes. How do I know? Gas. That’s how. Lots of it. The hubbs was way, way too amused by this /annoyed.
  • I probably had too much coconut milk in my coffee. I wasn’t really tracking, but I did log it into my fitness pal one day and had over 300 calories from coffee with coconut milk.
  • I drank too much coffee and not enough herbal teas.

Overall, I think I did learn more about what works for me.

Occasional potatoes; coffee “creamer” blending the almond and coconut milks to lower the calories a bit; eat my veggies, not just proteins; experiment with more veggies that I don’t normally use, like different squashes; that I can’t eat unlimited veggies and lose weight, it’s just too many carbs (I think); that I can live without sweeteners!

That’s a short list, I’m sure there’s more lol.