It’s all about getting started!

junellen and lharissaSo it’s January and everyone is making their New Year’s Resolutions at this time of the year. Actually, I started my big turn-around in the month of August. When you’re ready for change, you’re ready. If you set ridiculous goals in January, I appreciate the parking spot you were taking up when you stop showing up at the gym in February.

That said, how about making 2015 a year of transformation? Let’s not get too crazy here. We’re talking about making a few changes at a time. You’ll be surprised how these small successes may propel you into bigger and better things!

Here I am with Lharissa on Channel 2, KPRC Houston being interviewed by reporter Courtney Gilmore. Would I have thought this would happen 76 pounds ago? I hope you are excited about doing something different this month. To the New Year and a NEW YOU!


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It’s beginning to look like summertime


I like to use fresh produce all year long, but to me, there’s nothing like eating straight from my garden. Today I found the first few ripe cherry and baby yellow tomatoes and some slicing tomatoes just about to turn.

It’s a sign of great dishes to come!

Last weekend I made a casserole with my home-grown eggplant, but the tomatoes are always the grand prize. I think I’ll contemplate the possibilities while I wait for these first few to ripen…

In pursuit of a better protein bar

HighProteinOatmealCookies_03I’ve decided to try to create some high-protein treats. Far too many of the so-called protein or energy snacks are stuffed with cabs, fat, and too little actual protein for the calories you have to pay. On top of that, these products can be pretty pricy. So I’m challenging myself to make some alternatives. This may not be so easy, since I am by no means a baker!

So here’s to protein bar version #1 – I hope you tasters don’t mind helping me out!


The Friday Special

salmonI was going to save my favorite breakfast for Saturday morning but I changed my mind.

I love salmon! I gave it up for the longest time because I used to eat it on a bagel slathered with cream cheese. Well that’s out of the question since I am not eating dairy and breakfast has no carbs! Suprisingly I learned that the simplicity of salmon with the right garnishes does not need the bagel or the cream cheese. I love luxury and in my mind, you don’t need to wait for the weekend to indulge!

I end my “week of breakfasts” with this meal. I hope you have enjoyed starting the day right with me.

Bacon and Eggs

BaconAndEggsSo it’s Thursday and I stuck to the basics. I used to think that  a bacon and eggs breakfast would be off limits, way off limits, but I was wrong. This breakfast still has me on track with my 30 grams of protein and 25 grams of fat for breakfast fat-loss plan. It may be simple, but I love bacon!

It may be simple, but I love bacon!

Just a few basic ingredients make this yummy breakfast – eggs, egg whites, bacon, and coconut oil

Green Eggs & Ham

GeenEggsAndHam_01What else did you expect on Wednesday? That’s green eggs and ham, not green eggs and green ham, by the way. I am adventurous when it comes to food but I don’t eat green meat under any circumstances. Wednesday seems like the right day for that motivational push. You can spend all your money on motivational literature on the subject of perseverance, but “Green Eggs and Ham” remains my favorite and most concise book on the subject of determination.

Green Eggs and Ham” remains my favorite and most concise book on the subject of determination.

So today’s breakfast is a delicious green scramble using power greens (kale, chard, spinach), eggs and egg whites, cilantro, and fresh basil. I like a little asparagus with the ham as well. Yummy!




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What’s not to love about steak & eggs?

SteakAndEggs_03 SteakAndEggs_02 SteakAndEggs_01I love steak & eggs! This is actually one of my easiest breakfasts because I always cook a little extra steak sometime over the weekend to use for a weekday morning meal. I have to say my Sunday evening grilling wasn’t the pleasant in the icy rain and wind, but when I marinated the steaks in the early afternoon, it was in the 70’s.

 That’s Houston.

Perhaps a steak breakfast can be richly enjoyed knowing the sacrifices made.

As with my other breakfasts, the portions here work out to 32g of protein, 21g fat, and only 4g of carbs… a perfect fat loss breakfast!

Monday Breakfast

Monday_02I usually plan on something pretty simple for Mondays. It takes the stress out of the jolt back into the work week. At the same time, Monday tends to be the day you get up and say to yourself, “this week I’m really going to stay on track!” so all the more reason to start the day right. For me, tonight I have my monthly update at the gym, which includes body fat % measurement, weigh-in, measurements, and the fitness test. I’ll need every bit of energy to beat last month’s numbers!

As with my other breakfasts, this simple meal has about 30 grams of protein and next to no carbs. I like a little salsa with my eggs, but otherwise, this is a pretty straight-forward beginning to the day.

Have a great week everyone!

This easy breakfast only requires a few simple ingredients:

  • Turkey sausage links
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Coconut oil
  • Salsa, salt & pepper

¡Buenos Dias! Fajita Tacos for Sunday Breakfast

FajitaTaco_05I admit that even back in my skip breakfast days I loved breakfast on Sunday. There’s something luxurious about taking your time doing something you normally have to hurry. It makes you feel like you’re on vacation, even if it’s just a little while.

There’s something luxurious about taking your time doing something you normally have to hurry.

So this morning I’m taking the time to make some fajita breakfast tacos. Don’t worry, we are still on the fat-loss, muscle gain plan and this breakfast has practically no carbs. The tortillas a made from cauliflower. I know this sounds crazy, and I was a doubter, too. They really are pretty darn good!

No, I did not get up on Sunday morning and make fajitas. By definition, a taco is leftovers on a tortilla, so I repurposed beef fajitas I made from another meal. You can flavor these however you like. I happened to have some red peppers and scallions, which I love cooked with meat. This was also a great reason to open up the salsa made from local farmer’s market ingredients I found last weekend.


Kale and Sausage

kaleAndSausage_01Strange as it may sound, I LOVE this breakfast. Baby kale cooks quickly and needs no fat (leave some of the moisture from rinsing on it). I generally use turkey sausage and only need one egg  because kale has an amazing amount of protein for a vegetable, this breakfast has over 30 grams of protein. No wonder they call kale a super food!

This easy breakfast only requires a few simple ingredients:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Scallion or onion
  • Kale Greens
  • Large Egg
  • Turkey Sausage Links
  • Hot pepper sauce



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