Getting Over The Wall


So, New Year’s Eve I weighed in and pretty publicly shared my very overweight 262.5 pound body and how unhealthy I was feeling.

We (Chuck and I) both strapped on our Fit Bits, weighed in, set a number of steps and a goal weight. While our goal was to feel better, weight loss was an obvious side effect of cleaner eating.

We walked every night, worked to practically eliminate white flour, processed sugar and processed foods. We both reduced our diet soda intake and increased our water…

The weight fell off pretty quickly, it was noticeable and felt really good. We shared lower fat, healthier food options, talked about meal planning and weighed and measure all of our food and religiously logged everything in our Fit Bit App.

Somewhere in the last month, life got in the way; the slight obsession with hitting out step goal was replaced with “I’m within about 200 steps so I’m good”,  diligent measuring was replaced with “that looks like four ounces”.

Neither of us gained back the lost weight but we also didn’t lose any more; neither were closer to our goal weight and it has stayed there for about 3-4 weeks…


So tomorrow we climb over the wall, we are back measuring and weighing everything, water is logged, food added into our counter and we’re back to walking every evening, regardless of how close we are to our steps goal…

It’s back on track –



One Step Closer

For those of you who have been following along on this journey to get healthier; Chuck and I have been really diligent with watching what we eat, preparing healthier meals and walking 10,000+ steps a day.

We’ve had our cheat days, I’ve eaten pizza, had some fried chicken and have gotten back on track the next day.

I’ve been pretty clear that weight loss should be a byproduct of healthier eating but is NOT the primary goal. Today I do want to share that as if this morning I have lost 30 pounds since New Years Day! (55 days).


More importantly, I feel better, can walk farther with out getting winded, have more energy and am hoping by my next visit that my doctor may take me off my cholesterol and blood pressure medicine.

On to my next target number, I’m One Step Closer!

#HealthierEating #HealthierLiving #AuthenticallyMark




Last night, Chuck and I had fried chicken.

We’d both done 30 days of healthier eating. We’ve cut out all of the fast food, made great choices when we’ve eaten out with family and friends, added vegetarian meals, more lean meats, smaller portions and lots of veggies. Eating less and moving more.

Last night was a big splurge, we both said this would never work if we denied ourselves things we enjoyed. So we had fried chicken.

We both balanced that with our usual healthy options the rest of the day and an extra long walk last night.

Today is a new day, we enjoyed our splurge and are back on track – tonight I’m lightening up Thai Green Curry. Ground turkey, coconut water instead of coconut cream and lots of crunchy vegetables.

#EatingSplurge #ItsANewDay #HealthierEating #AuthenticallyMark

Lighten Up: Shepherds Pie

Tonight I was in the mood for some comfort food…. something with rich gravy, beef and lots of vegetables.

Chuck bought a pound of extra lean ground beef  (96% lean); I cooked it up in a nonstick pan with no oil, a little garlic sea salt, black pepper and diced onion. (600 calories in the entire pound).

I portioned out the cooked beef into two baking dishes – not to self, one pound of extra lean beef cooks up to about 10 1/2 ounces of cooked, seasoned beef. 5 1/4 ounces per dish or 300 calories.

I added 3 ounces of frozen mixed peas, carrots, corn and green beans to each dish. (60 calories each).

I mixed in one cup of Swanson Beef Gravy (it’s thickened without flour) 1/4 cup has only 15 calories.

After mixing everything in I topped it off with a cup of mashed cauliflower. I cheated and used Green Giant frozen because we didn’t have any fresh and was working on dinner after work. It had slightly more calories than fresh at 160 calories per cup.

I topped it off with a sprinkle of paprika and some grated Parmesan cheese (about 20 calories).

All in we’re a 600 calories for a huge portion that was really filling.



Ciambotto is the Italian version of ratatouille with sausage.


Japanese eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, peppers, kale, garlic, sea salt, ground pepper and oregano. I tossed this with homemade tomato sauce made from canned plum tomatoes, roasted garlic and fresh basil.

15 ounces was only 225 calories!

I added 2 links of Italian roasted pepper sausage – 140 calories each

We topped it off with 1/4 cup of low fat mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.

The entire dinner was 610 calories and packed with great vegetables and lots of flavor.

#ItalianRatatouilli #BigFlavor #AuthenticallyMark


One Bad Hombre


In honor of all my hombres; today’s healthy twist is lightening up on Huevos Ranchero.

Heat 1/4 t. of vegetable oil in a non stick omelette pan on high, add 2 ounces diced peppers, onions and tomatoes (I bought them pre-diced in the supermarket), one ounce of Jimmy Dean Healthy Turkey Sausage Crumbles and 1/4 cup of pinto beans.

To that add 6 ounces egg whites and reduce the heat to medium as the eggs start to set up, move the edges so the liquid runs under the cooked eggs and sets up.

Season with cracked black pepper, sea salt and a little sprinkle of garlic powder.

Slide on to a plate and finish setting up for about 30 seconds in a microwave, top with 1 T of shredded 2% cheddar cheese and a dash of hot sauce.

All this Mexican inspired goodness is 260 calories, filled with protein, low in fat and also has some healthy carbs.

It’s good to be a bad hombre!

#HealthierEating #BadHombre #LightenUp

Home Cooking


Tonight we were in the mood for a “meat and potatoes”, home style meal.

So of course we lightened it up a bit –

The meatloaf is 4 ounces of lean ground turkey breast, 1 t. diced onion, 1 t. diced sweet peppers, 1/8 t. chopped garlic, ground black pepper and Creole Soul Seasoning. We baked them in muffin pans and drained off any excess fat. About 240 calories each.

The mashed potatoes are actually Green Giant Mashed Cauliflower with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. (heat and serve) About 80 calories in 1/2 cup.

Swanson Beef Gravy – 1/2 cup has 15 calories and I used just under a 1/2 cup.

Fresh steamed Green Beans – 50 calories

Tonight’s entire meal, a full plate is 625 calories!

#YUM #LightenUP #HealthierHomeCookin #AuthenticallyMark


Meatless Monday: Indian


Today we got up early and and headed out to Webster Farmer’s Market; we stocked up on lots of fresh produce and used some of it for tonight’s Meatless Monday Dinner, Indian style.

On the top left you’ll see Chuck’s favorite- Saag (or Palak) Paneer, a spinach dish with cubes of farmer’s cheese. I lightened it up by replacing the butter with a small amount of vegetable oil, just enough to open up the spaces and we replaced the full fat milk 1% milk.

On the top right is Aloo Gobi which is typically made with cauliflower, white potatoes and peas. I lightened up this curry dish by removing the butter, and swapping out the white potatoes for a much lighter and more vitamin packed butternut squash.

And the last dish is the protein packed Chana Masala a great flavorful dish of chick peas, tomatoes and onion. Low in fat it has lots of fiber and protein.

These HUGE portions of all three items totaled just about 600 calories with the paneer making up about 120 calories of this and the chick peas being a slightly larger piece at about 300 calories.

(and we made enough for several more meals!)

#AuthenticallyMark #MearlessMonday #LightenUp #BigBoldFlavors