About Me

Here are some NEW Before & After pics.


After I lost the weight and successfully maintained for a while, I decided that I needed to incorporate fitness into my lifestyle. Instead of being thinner and smaller, it was time to get fit. I purchased the Insanity 60-day program and vowed to follow the workout calendar religiously. A friend of mine, who happens to be a Beachbody coach, helped me to stay motivated and accountable to make sure I was being safe, exercising each day, and eating right. (This was all done via Facebook. We didn’t even workout together. She lives in Texas and I’m here in California!) My results after 60 days of Insanity were amazing! Not just superficially, but physically AND mentally as well. I was much stronger, leaner and more confident. Facing that challenge proved that I can do anything! Shortly after, I became a Beachbody coach myself. The next logical step for me was to do another ShaunT workout: Focus T-25. I completed that program last summer.

Here are pictures before I started Insanity and after Insanity and Focus T-25 (about 6 months). I weigh about 5 more pounds in the “after” but that doesn’t even matter to me. I can’t believe how much my body has changed with exercise. Now fitness is just part of my everyday life. I wake up early in the morning, get my exercise in, and eat clean as best as I can to continue to maintain my weight.

I would love to coach you if you’re up for the challenge. Purchase a workout program from me (click here) and I’ll virtually coach you for free!



Here are my before and after photos. I might as well start with that because people are going to want to see. I’m not going to go into detail on how I lost the weight. There are different approaches and I’m not a doctor, so I don’t want to tell you what diet works best. Whether you’re exercising, counting calories, counting points, low-carbing, all-twinkie dieting, detox dieting, cleanse dieting, doing Shakeology, doing the latest Hollywood fad diet, etc.—the point is, it’s whatever works for you.

I was never a thin person and I wouldn’t call myself small by any means. But I also never thought I was fat until I saw pictures of myself last summer. When did I get so big?! I almost surrendered and accepted that I will now always be “this size.” But I just couldn’t accept that. I don’t want to be “this size.” I had to do something. I went on a hard-core diet and got off my butt and started walking my daughter to school at least 3 times a day (It’s a good 25 minutes one way!). I started eating right and watching how much I ate. The dieting part was very hard, and sometimes I really had to muster all the will power I could to stay on track. I had to learn how to say, “No, thank you. I don’t want a slice of ooey-gooey chocolate cake with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream,” while I sulked and bit into my boring apple. I stayed strong, stayed focused, and kept my eye on the prize! And in the end, it DID pay off.

So I’ve lost the weight, now what?

Yeah, yeah… dieting is hard but what’s really difficult is the maintenance. How do I stay “this size” now? Like I said before, you do whatever works for you. I’ve changed my eating habits and continue to walk at least 3 times a day. I’ve removed sugar in my everyday eating (no more caramel macchiatos with whip, no more sodas, no more baking brownies just because I’m bored). I now eat foods low in carbohydrates most of the time (sayonara white rice, white bread, and mashed potatoes) and eat more brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and quinoa. I am also eating more fruits and vegetables. And lastly, I started reading food labels. (There are lots of hidden sugars in our everyday foods!)

Don’t get me wrong. I still eat my faves like pasta, chocolate, and ice cream—just not everyday. And I’m not going to deny that every once in a while, I will have some mashed potatoes or an occasional Sprinkles cupcake. Hey, I’m not a saint! What I’m saying is that I changed my dysfunctional relationship with food. I started “eating to live” instead of “living to eat.”

The purpose of this blog is to post interesting “guilt-free” foods (mostly treats) that I’ve come across and made. I’ll let you know how they turn out and how they taste. To be honest, these foods cannot replace the real deal when it comes to taste, however some of them do taste pretty dang good, especially if you haven’t had the real deal in a long time! If you’re low-carbing, not eating sugar, or going gluten-free, and you want to eat a batch of peanut butter cookies, knock yourself out. I will not say you won’t gain weight, or it’s a healthier option, or you won’t get a face full of zits from eating a jar of peanut butter. But if you eat in moderation, it is somewhat guilt-free. In my case, I know that if I eat one gluten-free, no sugar, low-carb vanilla cupcake with vegan chocolate frosting, the scale will be kind to me the next day. 🙂

Enjoy and happy reading!

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. …thank you so much for sharing your site with me, for all the great links and advice, and for coming out to meet me last Friday night! I have to ask: Can you recommend an ice cream maker? xo!

  2. Hi E! I can’t wait for my new clothes to arrive. 🙂 The ice cream maker I have is a Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet maker. I found it on Costco online. (http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11278665&search=ice%20cream%20maker&topnav=&Mo=0&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode%20matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=ice%20cream%20maker&Ntt=ice%20cream%20maker&No=0&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%20matchallpartial)

    I’m happy with it. It makes ice cream in about 20 minutes. The only thing I don’t like is that ice cream freezes on the sides and I can’t scrape it off to pour into my freezer-safe tub. So I let it sit out and eat that as my serving. Why waste such creamy goodness? 🙂

  3. Beautifully written article. I can’t wait to read more everything you pubish. You possess a gift to reach and help others. Keep up the beautiful work you are doing. I am so very proud of you.

  4. So excited to follow along with your blog. Although mine isn’t all healthy, I NEED to be careful and stick to the healthier dishes! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I found your website when I went on the HCG diet this year and lost 22 lbs! Of course, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost weight and gained it back (I’m 56 years old), but this time I pray I can keep it off (along with another 5 I want to lose). Your website has been awesome for me!! Thank you for all the terrific recipes. I’ve shared your site with my family, as well as a couple of friends who can’t have sugar or wheat products.

    Now, please please, turn these into a recipe book! 🙂 I would buy it for myself and many others. Think about it!


  6. Thank you so much! You are so kind. I’m glad that you find my recipes useful. I will only post foods that have helped me maintain my weight loss AND foods that taste good. I’ve been maintaining for a year now and writing this blog is what’s keeping me on track. I’m usually scouring the internet for new ideas. Maybe I’ll publish a recipe book in the future. Meanwhile, thank you for reading!

  7. Thank you for these recipes!! One of my hcg friends turned me on to you. While I am still in P2 and can’t eat these yet….they will be a lifesaver when I hit p3!!! THank you for sharing your creativity and story with us!!

  8. You’re welcome, Cheri! Glad I can help. Yes, these recipes are mainly geared for P3 but they are also great for maintenance for life! Come back often and good luck on P2.

  9. I just got diabetes forever after having it while pregnant. Unfortunately I am one of those thin people who could eat anything they want and NEVER gain weight. You can imagine now how hard it is to change my ways and go low carb. Since I really miss sugary, carby treats, I’m so glad I came across your site. You have some great ideas! I can’t wait to try these. I’m using xylitol now and will pick up some splenda next time I’m in the U.S. Only problem I have now is that I’m underweight from going low carb 😦

  10. So sorry, Anna! I had GD too while pregnant so I had to change my eating ways to avoid getting it forever. I hope you enjoy the sweet treats I posted. Everyone reacts differently to agave nectar and coconut palm sugar. So make sure you check your blood levels after trying those sweeteners.

  11. Just found your blog while searching for healthier ice-cream recipes! God bless you for using unrefined sugar! I too lost a significant amount of weight (over 90lbs) with lifestyle changes. I look forward to trying your recipes. I like that they look relatively simple and not a lot of hard-to-find or ridiculous ingredients. 🙂 I use coconut nectar in place of agave and found it to be a wonderful substitute! You should try it! It’s low on the GI scale and very tasty! I even use it to make my own pancake syrup! 🙂 Well, just wanted to congratulate you on you successful weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. Keep up the good work and the great recipes coming! 😉

  12. Thanks,Mom2one. Congratulations to you too! I need to check out coconut nectar. I love coconut. So many benefits and tastes great, too. Thanks for the tip!

  13. I just wanted to let you how much I and my sister Sonja appreciate your site and your recipes. We have done the weight loss thing and are struggling to maintain. I have been either losing weight or gaining weight my whole life (and I am OLD!) and never have got to the maintenance part before and, as you say, it is the most difficult part! But since I gave up trying to go back to the way I ate before (I just love to cook and bake) and decided to concentrate on finding new healthy low-carb recipes that taste good, things have been easier and I really don’t crave junk food any more (did I just type that??) because once they are out of your system, they don’t taste as good any more. Anyway, my point is that every recipe my sister and I have tried from your site has been a hit with us and with our families and friends, and has made such a difference to us (is saying it was life-changing too over-the-top??!). Thank you so very much!

  14. You are very welcome, Heidy! Such kind words. It makes me happy that I am able to help make things a little easier for you and Sonja to maintain your weight loss. It IS such hard work! I have my own slip-ups, too. I will admit that I do “cheat” on some days. And when I cheat, those old foods I used to enjoy just don’t taste that great anymore, and it makes me think “I used to eat this all the time and love it?!”

    I like to post food recipes and products that taste good to me or meet my standards. They may not taste good to other people who are used to refined sugar and enriched flour, but they’re delicious to me/us. 🙂 This new way of eating is definitely life changing. Keep it up! And thank you for inspiring me today to stay focused. More recipes coming soon!

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