Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Results

Last week was my first Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. I promised to post the results here. Since I only did a one-week “mini” fuel cycle (the typical one is for two weeks), I wasn’t expecting any radical results.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Results

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Results

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was surprised to find that I hadn’t lost ANY weight.

But then, I grabbed a tape and measured my waist. I lost a full INCH from my waistline. Success! I don’t care about the number on the scale. I’m more concerned with how my clothes feel. So I’m very pleased with the results.

I’m glad I tried the Fuel Cycle. Not only did I realize that I can eat more Fuel Pull meals and snacks without feeling deprived, I now know that my body really likes them! I felt more energetic on my two Fuel Pull days. Maybe those “lighter” types of meals are a bit easier to digest? I’m not sure of the reason, but I know I need to add more Fuel Pulls into my life.

My results from the fuel cycle weren’t extreme, but I bet if I did it another week I would lose a bit more. I’m happy with the outcome for now. I plan to continue staying “on plan”, increasing my number of fuel pull snacks and meals, and incorporate more Deep S meals too (not eat so much cheese, lol!).

Something else I learned from my Fuel Cycle week? That I really can fill up when I eat more non-starchy vegetables. I love vegetables, but sometimes get into lazy habits. My body seems to thrive when I eat fried eggs with greens for breakfast, for instance. (A Deep S meal.) I haven’t been doing enough of those.

I’m also happy to have found a couple of new snacks I love. Gluccie pudding (FP) and Hot custard (Deep S) are my new friends.

Have you ever done a fuel cycle? What were your weight loss or other results?

All the posts from my Fuel Cycle Week:

Day One: Deep S
Day Two: Deep S
Day Three: E fuel
Day Four: E fuel
Day Five: Fuel Pull
Day Six: Fuel Pull
Day Seven: Deep S, Deep S, E
Fuel Cycle Results!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle: My first day

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to do a Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle. A fuel cycle is designed to wake up your metabolism. It’s not for people new to Trim Healthy Mama. It’s recommended for those who have been on plan for a long time and have mastered the concepts, but who have a bit of stubborn weight hanging on.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

I’m hoping to lose a bit of “fluff” around my waist and belly, sadly a problem area for les femmes d’une certaine age. I think also I’ve gotten a bit lazy in my diet lately. While I’m on plan 90% of the time, I don’t eat enough Deep S meals, or Fuel Pull meals. Maybe this will help me discover some new favorites and remind me of the importance of JUGGLING the fuels!

I also chose to do the fuel cycle for only one week, instead of two. I don’t want to lose a lot, just a couple of pounds that hopefully will come off my waist and belly. I’ll update every day on what I’m eating as well as my thoughts on the fuel cycle process.

If you want to know how to do a Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle, you must read the book! If you haven’t already, go here to get a copy for around $12 on Amazon.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

This is my very first time doing a fuel cycle, so I made things easier on myself by getting prepared. I created a Fuel Cycle pinterest board and added meal plans. I read about other people’s experiences. I made a meal plan for the week, down to the snacks, so I wouldn’t have to think about what to eat.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Starting weight: 124.2
Waist circumference: 29″

Here I am, in my messy pajamas still, first thing in the morning. (Funny note: I actually weighed myself a few minutes earlier and the scale said 126. Then I used the bathroom. For kicks and giggles, I decided to weigh myself again, and I had “lost” 2 pounds. Ha!)

The Fuel Cycle days will look like this:

Day One: Deep S
Day Two: Deep S
Day Three: E fuel
Day Four: E fuel
Day Five: Fuel Pull
Day Six: Fuel Pull
Day Seven: Deep S, Deep S, E
Fuel Cycle Results!

Fuel Cycle Day One – Deep S Day

Breakfast (6 AM) – 2 eggs fried in butter with sauteed kale, 4 strips of bacon and a Trimmy Rich.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Snack (9 AM) –  fried egg (I was going to have something else, but this was left over from breakfast, so I had it so it wouldn’t go to waste), Trimmy made with Teeccino (see my review of Teeccino herbal coffee here).

Lunch (12:30 PM) – Green salad with cucumbers and seasoned chicken. I sauteed the chicken in butter and Cajun seasonings with added chili powder and onion powder. The salad dressing was a simple olive oil and ACV vinaigrette. I enjoyed a Roobios Shrinker after my meal.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle
Snack (3:30 PM) – Deep S Hot Custard (thanks Briana, you are amazing!). The custard was delicious and so easy, but I still felt STARVING after I ate it, so I cooked a chicken breast in butter and seasonings (left over from lunch), along with pan-sauteed kale and a Trimmy.

I recall being VERY hungry the first week or two on Trim Healthy Mama. I think because I’ve always had issues with low blood sugar, and it was hard for me to adjust to fewer carbs. I found that I felt better with S helpers some of the time instead of regular S meals.

At this point in the day I’m feeling a mild headache. I’m not sure if I’m in ketosis or detoxing or what. I took a nap! I drank a big glass of water too. (Maybe I’m not drinking enough?) Then I made myself a GGMS to sip on.

Dinner (6:30 PM) – Faux Taco Salad – a huge plate of lettuce topped with seasoned ground turkey, black olives and cucumbers and lots of Tabasco to tickle my taste buds. I had a few pieces of Skinny Chocolate for dessert.

Thoughts on the first day of my fuel cycle:

  • I love Hot Custard. This one’s a keeper.
  • I need to eat more kale with eggs. So yummy. When I first began THM, I ate fried eggs with greens a lot, but got out of the habit.

I’ll be back tomorrow, another Deep S day, for an update.

Have you ever done a Fuel Cycle on Trim Healthy Mama? What were your experiences?

Trim Healthy Mama Before and After Pictures

It occurred to me recently that I’ve never posted Trim Healthy Mama before and after pictures. So here goes!

Before Trim Healthy Mama Pictures

This one was taken about 3 months after my 7th child (a 27-weeker preemie) was born.

Trim Healthy Mama Before and After Pictures: BEFORE
Trim Healthy Mama Before and After Pictures: BEFORE

My face was so puffy! I had lost some of the baby weight at this point, but because of the sugar I was craving intensely (from all the emotional stress I was under), I was terribly bloated.

My face, hands and feet (a size larger than normal for me) were puffy.

This picture, taken a month later, has me looking even bigger.

Before TrimHealthyMama
Before TrimHealthyMama

And here are a few After TrimHealthyMama pictures.

Here’s a pic my 4 year old daughter snapped randomly. When I saw this, I remember being shocked at how my arms looked.

After TrimHealthyMama
After TrimHealthyMama: muscles popping out of my arms and shoulders!

Another After shot (I have so few of these, probably because I’m always the one taking the photos!)

AFTER TrimHealthyMama
AFTER TrimHealthyMama

It felt so great to feel comfortable in a bathing suit last summer!

Here’s a recent photo:

TrimHealthyMama After Picture

It is so easy to maintain one’s ideal weight on TrimHealthyMama. I’m very thankful to have found this lifestyle. I’m a THM lifer!

p.s. I recently posted this picture on the TrimHealthyMama Facebook group and got several questions:

TrimHealthyMama After Picture

Did I exercise to get to this weight? 


In fact, I did NOT exercise while I was losing.

For two reasons: one, I wanted to prove to myself that it was TrimHealthyMama causing the weight loss, not exercise. And two, I needed to rest and heal from the trauma I had experienced in the previous year.

I DO exercise now. I prefer the term “movement”, because I believe moving your body and rejecting a sedentary lifestyle should be part of one’s entire life, not something you do for a couple of hours a week.

I walk sometimes, bike sometimes, hike occasionally, and occasionally lift weights. I try to stretch for a few minutes each day. But again, I didn’t exercise to lose weight, the weight came off easily because of TrimHealthyMama.

Another question: Where did you get those pants?! 

From StitchFix. I wrote more about this wonderful service here.

I’m so thankful to Serene and Pearl for sharing their knowledge that helps women gain control of their eating and their health. After my 7th child was born, I felt so powerless. THM gave me confidence and a feeling of control over my body again.

And the benefits go beyond the weight loss! Read about my favorite non-scale victories here.

A final “after TrimHealthyMama” picture. (Clearly, this is one of my favorite tops.)

Caleb's Party revised 16e with cpyrght

How to do TrimHealthyMama without the book

If you’re wondering how to do TrimHealthyMama without the book, this post is for you.

How to do TrimHealthyMama Without the Book
My well-loved copy of the THM cookbook, filled with Post-Its and with pages falling out!

How to do TrimHealthyMama without the book

Step One: Misunderstand the plan and therefore, accidentally eat crossovers or off-plan all the time (or no E meals). Either you won’t lose weight or you’ll plateau and never reach goal weight.

Without reading the TrimHealthyMama plan book, you won’t understand the science behind the plan and how and why it works.

Because of this, you’ll make excuses, go off-plan frequently, and trash-talk THM online. You’ll ask simplistic questions in the THM Facebook group that are easily answered in the plan book, wasting other people’s time as they attempt to answer your questions and testing the endless patience of the administrators there, who volunteer their time to help people who are actually committed to their health and weight management.

Step Two: Spend hours of time and tons of frustration searching for free THM explanations, shopping lists, menu plans and guides

Without the book, you won’t understand how to implement the plan into your life. You won’t know exactly which foods are on plan, what’s off plan, and what’s a personal choice. You won’t know how to grocery shop, meal plan or what to eat in a restaurant.

Therefore, you’ll spend hours in hair-pulling frustration searching online for free information instead of having it in one volume that you can pull off your shelf in seconds. You’ll spend more money in printer ink and paper, printing these guides out and cluttering up your kitchen with loose pages.

Step Three: Stumble around looking for THM recipes online, hoping and wishing they’re actually on plan. 

Without the book, you won’t have a fundamental understanding of how E, S and FP meals are created. So you won’t know how to tweak your existing recipes to make them THM-safe, and you won’t know if bloggers’ recipes are actually compliant.

Step Four: Get serious about your wellness, actually commit, and go to Amazon and buy the book.

At the time of this writing, you can get the book brand new (with free shipping if you have Prime), for $12. $12! Anyone living in a developed country can afford this, and if you can’t, you can request the book from your library (or through inter-library loan if your local branch doesn’t have it).

You’re worth it. Invest in your health and longevity and buy the TrimHealthyMama plan book!

Now here’s a great question:

Which Trim Healthy Mama book should I buy?

Most people recommend the second book. It looks like this:

It’s more concise, cheaper and has all the info you need to succeed with THM. The authors self-published their first book and it’s not as professionally copyedited as the second. In fact, many people having great success with THM have never even held the first book in their hands. Me included!

p.s. Sorry for the snark, but I used a bit of sarcasm to get the point across. Every day in the THM Facebook group, I see people jumping into the discussion, asking the most basic questions, obviously having never bought the THM book. It’s available in most public libraries, so if money is tight, you can always read it that way. Every day the sweet, patient admins of the group remind people that in order to understand the plan, they need to read the book!

Changing your life takes commitment and work. But you’re worth it.

My Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Non Scale Victories!

The weight loss is wonderful, but Trim Healthy Mama non scale victories are amazing too.

Since starting Trim Healthy Mama over a year ago, I’ve lost 20 pounds and keep it off, effortlessly, without exercise or going hungry. I don’t even have to give up my favorite foods.

But, as many THMers know, the non-scale victories are almost as gratifying! Here are some of the benefits I’ve enjoyed on THM that go beyond weight loss.

My Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Non Scale Victories

1) Bloating and puffiness: gone

My feet have lost an entire size, my face is no longer puffy, and my hands are smaller. As it turns out, sugar makes you hold on to excess fluids and makes you bloat. I no longer have bags under my eyes in the morning!

2) No more achy hands and knees

My knees and hands used to ache. I assumed this was due to arthritis running in my family, and figured it was inevitable that I would have some symptoms too (false! We can change how our genes express themselves. It’s called epigenetics. We are not slaves to “it runs in my family”, that is victim talk!). Giving up sugar is the major component here, and eating collagen helps too.

3) Regularity

I spent more than 30 years constipated. No lie. I tried everything to solve this horribly uncomfortable problem. More exercise. More water. Herbs and cleanses. Diet changes (giving up dairy, gluten, etc). Increasing fiber.

Nothing helped considerably, most of those things didn’t help at all. But on THM? I poop like a teenage boy! And trust me, this is a very important victory for me. Constipation is painful, makes bathroom visits dreadful, and causes bloating that makes your clothes uncomfortable.

4) Increased resistance to infection

Two stomach viruses have passed through my family since I started THM, and a few colds too. And I haven’t succumbed to any of them! I have always heard that sugar decreases immune function, but didn’t know if there was any scientific validity to that. Nonetheless, the proof is in the (sugar-free) pudding! On THM, I don’t get sick as often as I used to. I haven’t had a cold the entire time on THM.

5) No more hypoglycemia!

I’ve struggled with hypoglycemia since I was a kid. My mom had to make special arrangements for me to eat a snack inbetween classes, because I would become sick and sometimes faint! Even as an adult, I would sometimes pass out or become horribly ill for several hours (or an entire day) after a bout with low blood sugar.

Since THM, this just hasn’t happened to me. For one, my carb intake is more moderate. I have always had trouble eating things like pancakes, bananas or oatmeal, and knew that bread was a problem. But I ate those things anyway due to cravings or convenience. Eating a la THM, anchoring all snacks and meals with protein, and avoiding sugar and crappy carbs, has changed my life for the better every day.

6) No more sugar cravings and addiction!

I’ve craved sugar all my life, especially in the afternoons when my energy dips. No more! I can happily eat my THM dessert or little treat when others around me are eating sugar.

I am no longer a slave to sugar cravings. I love it!

What are your favorite non-scale victories? 

What I ate last week on (and off!) plan with Trim Healthy Mama

As I mentioned yesterday in my post about sugar addiction, I ate a slice of cake to celebrate at my son’s graduation party. I don’t regret it, because “failure” is a data point. I learned that eating sugar causes an immediate, uncomfortable reaction: I begin itching. And then I feel just plain … yuck.

The old me had little self-control when it came to sweets. I couldn’t keep anything sweet in the house because I would be nibbling on it throughout the day instead of eating one small, sensible portion and then leaving it alone. I craved sugar in the afternoons (now, when I hit that lull at 3 o’clock, I treat myself to a rest and le goûter: a cup of coffee or tea and an indulgent, sugar-free snack).

Simple THM "S" snack

Before I gave up sugar, I was often constipated.

No longer!

My digestion and elimination are so much better now. (When you can brag with your teenage sons about the frequency and size of your bowel movements, know that you’ve arrived at bowel health.)

My energy is more constant through the day. My moods are more level. I’ll never go back to eating sugar! To my surprise I lost another pound and now weigh 126, even though I went off-plan twice this week. 

It’s what we do every day that matters most, not what we do once in a while.

Here’s what I ate last week.


Steel cut oats with strawberries – E @ 8
Strawberry frappa, cheese – S @ 12
Cheeseburger wrap – S @ 2:30
Lily’s chocolate – S @ 4:30
2 slices Swiss bread with butter and peanut butter, *hot chocolate Trimmy – S @ 7
Glass of wine – 8

Movement: I did 40 squats


Scrambled eggs with parmesan, coffee and cream – S @ 7:30
0% Greek yogurt with blackberries – FP @ 10
*Creamy lime shake, 2 pieces Swiss bread with peanut butter  – S @ 11:30
Banana muffin with peanut butter and bananas – XO @ 2:30
2 Madeleines, ½ breakfast sandwich (off plan) – XO @ 6:15
Fiesta chicken soup, oatmeal – E @ 8
*Hot chocolate Trimmy – FP @ 10

1 mile walk


Scrambled eggs, bacon, *Swiss bread, coffee and cream – S @ 9
Fiesta chicken soup, *banana muffin – S @ 1:30
Chocolate-nut cluster, mocha “frappuccino” THM-style – S @ 4:30
*Trim Mac salad – S @ 6
*hot chocolate Trimmy – FP @ 9

Oops! Didn’t have my “E” meal today.

Walked 1 mile


2 fried eggs, 1 turkey bacon, chocolate-nut cluster, coffee, cream – S @ 8:45
0% greek yogurt with peanut flour – FP @ 10:3
Oatmeal with peanut flour – E @ 11:45
*Mocha FSF, 2 slices Swiss bread w/ butter @ 2:30
Scrambled egg and cheese, slice of Swiss bread – S @ 4:30
Fish Veracruz with avocado, onion, tomatoes, *hot chocolate Trimmy – S @ 8

Walked 1 mile


Fried egg, turkey bacon, 2 pieces *Swiss bread, coffee w/ cream, chocolate-nut cluster – S @ 8:30
Avocado sandwich, *hot chocolate Trimmy – S @ 12
Small turkey burger, parmesan broccoli, green salad – S @ 6
0% Greek yogurt with peanut butter and LIly’s chocolate – S @ 9


Fried egg, 2 pieces Swiss bread, coffee w/ cream – S @ 9
Lime protein shake – FP @ 11
Steel cut oats – E, *hot chocolate Trimmy – FP @ 12:30
Burrito bowl – ground beef, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, sautéed pepper and onion – S @ 6
Volcano mud slide muffin – S @ 8


Steel cut chocolate oats, ½ banana, coffee and cream – XO @ 8:30
Avocado, cucumber salad with diced ham and cheese, parmesan crisps – S @ 12
Ham and cheese roll-up – S @ 4
Salad with Bleu cheese, onion, strawberries, pear and cucumber, 2 pieces crustless supreme pizza (sausage, cheese, peppers) – slice chocolate cake (cheat!) – XO @ 6:30

I didn’t exercise every day, mostly because I was busy cleaning and preparing the house and yard for my son’s party. I got plenty of movement, which is even better than ‘exercise’.

How was your week? Do you do TrimHealthyMama© or another eating plan?

As always, foods with an asterisk * are TrimHealthyMama cookbook recipes.




Sugar addiction is real (and life is sweeter without sugar)

Sugar addiction is real. More on this in a second.


This was a busy week.

My oldest son graduated and we threw him a party, so all week we made preparations.

To boot, my 3 and 5 year old girls had their first ballet recital – the same day as the party!

These scheduling issues sometimes happen in large families.

We made it work somehow.

I had some interesting experiences visiting with friends who came to our house for the party.

Many people commented on my weight loss.

These are people I see regularly, so it shouldn’t have been a big shock (plus, I only lost 15 pounds so it isn’t a huge change), but I got many comments nonetheless.

I don’t like to draw attention to myself.

I dress modestly, I don’t talk about weight or body image issues.

I consider these things too personal, and if a friend lost weight I wouldn’t make a big issue of it, preferring to say simply, “You look great!” or something.

I don’t like to embarrass people.

But one person asked me how long I had “starved myself” in order to get thin for the party.

Um, excuse me? 

I wish I had thought to tell her that I eat 6 times a day!

It’s not uncommon for me to eat a huge bowl of yogurt with peanut butter and chocolate on it before bed.

I enjoy hot chocolate every day.

I bake myself a chocolate mug cake whenever I want something sweet, which is more days than not!

I slather butter on my food thickly when I’m eating an “S” meal.

I do not believe in starving myself EVER, but especially not when I’m breastfeeding, and certainly would never go hungry for vanity’s sake.

When I told her the truth – that I had simply given up sugar 6 months ago, she looked at me like I had sprouted a third eye.

And I get that same reaction whenever people ask me how I lost weight!

Most people simply cannot imagine a life without their favorite poison. Addiction to sugar has most people in such a stranglehold that they would rather be overweight (and unattractive by society’s and their own definition), risking health and life and being miserable, than to give it up.

Sugar-free life is sweeter!

If I wasn’t already convinced of the addictive, drug-like nature of sugar by watching documentaries such as this one and reading books and countless articles online on the subject, I am convinced now.

People ask me again, as if they didn’t hear me (or believe me) the first time, “you mean you really don’t eat sugar?”

To be fair, this weekend I DID eat sugar, on purpose, for the first time in months. A good friend of mine, who is a professional and award-winning baker, made my son a cake for the party, and he asked me to eat a slice to join in on the festivities (plus, I knew she made amazing cakes!), so I did.

And not surprisingly, I immediately began to feel… yucky. Just unwell in a subtle but unmistakable way. Symptoms I hadn’t experienced in months came back instantly. I began itching. I often noticed that after eating small amounts of sugar, I would itch. Was it an allergic reaction? Candida growing? Or what? I have no idea, but it’s completely predictable. No sugar, no itching. A couple of bites of sugar, itching returns with a vengeance.

Heart palpitations and chest pains – they feel as if I’ve had too much caffeine even when I haven’t. So odd.

Lately I’ve had several conversations on the topic of menopause and sugar with a friend of mine. She’s several years older than me and experiencing some of the stereotypical symptoms: hot flashes, irritation, fatigue, weight gain.

A few days ago she told me that she had given up sugar for 21 days as part of a health challenge, and was going to give it another go. She said she noticed, within DAYS, that her waist was smaller, her bloating diminished, and quite dramatically, her hot flashes completely stopped.

I told her that I wasn’t surprised!

She also mentioned that after cheating and eating a high carb meal, she felt an overwhelming irritation with her husband (she doesn’t have children, but if she did no doubt she would have felt like killing them too!) and experienced hot flashes once again. She’s convinced. I told her about how I use natural sugar alternatives when I wanted a little something sweet.

I don’t regret eating that piece of cake this weekend, because even so-called failure is a data point. I learned something valuable this weekend: that life without sugar is oh-so-much sweeter! While it tastes wonderful for a few moments, it just ain’t worth it.

Feeling great, having more energy, more stable moods and less depression all while looking better in your clothes?

How sweet it is.


Movement: how I did last week

I still took it a bit easy last week. Despite my best intentions, I’m sometimes very tired half way through the day. I homeschool in the mornings and do most of my housework in the afternoons, then every evening there is some activity – extracurriculars for the kids, religious services, etc. I’m not complaining, but it does wear a body out, especially when my youngest isn’t sleeping through the night.

My energy level is increasing since I made some changes to my sleep habits. I think the biggest help has been wearing a sleep mask! I wake up a bit earlier now and with more energy. My eyes, which had been bothering me (they felt dry and achy and looked red, even in the mornings) have dramatically improved.

firm up fitness challenge

Amazing how one small thing can make such a difference.

Along with posting my weekly food diary, I’ll share my “movement diary” as well. I want to do more dumbbells as summer approaches.

Sunday:  walked two miles and did 20 push-ups

Monday: walked a mile, did 10 squats with 40 lbs of weight

Tuesday: 20 push-ups

Wednesday: walked one mile

Thursday: walked two miles

Friday: —-

Saturday: went on a 3/4 mile hike (it was uphill so a bit challenging, just short)

Sunday: walked a mile, did 20 squats with 40 lbs of weight

I need to do better next week!




Firm-up challenge, day 13 and Instagram!

firm up fitness challenge

I started a new Instagram account just for LaSlimFemme. (Please let me know your Instagram username or link below and I’ll follow you!)

I’ve been posting pics of food I’m eating – recipes from TrimHealthyMama cookbook as well as my own creations, like this one:

Blueberry Fool – THM “S”, gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb


So easy and quick, as well as refreshing and delicious. With 7 kids, homeschool, two blogs to run… I don’t always want to take time to make a fancy, time-consuming dessert. This one took two minutes to throw together.

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
  • your favorite stevia-based sweetener, to taste

Whip the cream in a large bowl with the sweetener until stiff. Fold in blueberries gently. If using frozen berries, put the Blueberry Fool into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until the blueberries have thawed. Enjoy!

(I don’t like my desserts super sweet, so I only used 2 tsp. Super Sweet in this recipe, but definitely tweak it to your liking.)

Note: Since you can have up to a half cup of blueberries in “S” fuel mode, a 3/4 cup portion size is about right. You could also “trim” this out a bit and reduce the calorie load by mixing a 1/2 cup portion with 1/4 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt and a touch more sweetener.

Now for my movement challenge: Today I walked a mile and did 30 squats with 40 pounds of weight.



Firm-up Challenge, days 11 + 12

firm up fitness challenge

Today I would normally post a TrimHealthyMama-style meal plan, but we’re heading out of town in a few days, and I’m winging it as far as dinner is concerned. I want to use up everything in the fridge so nothing goes bad while we’re gone, so the plan is to peek inside the fridge and freezer and throw something together.

Last night we had Garlic-Lime Chicken with brown rice and sweet potatoes. I had chicken tenderloins that I cooked with a tiny bit of butter and olive oil (just enough to keep them from sticking to the pan), with garlic, onion, paprika, thyme, cayenne and lime juice. It’s an old favorite recipe and perfect for an “E” meal.

So on to my Firm-Up Challenge update.

Yesterday I walked two miles.

Today I played on the playground with my kids: I climbed a rock wall a couple of times, ran up the slide (ooh, rebellious! there was noone else there to shame me for it), took a walk around the park, and hung from the monkey bars.

I also did 15 pushups.