Day 24 – The Road To 2 Chesticles

Soooo…. I cheated last night. Yup it happened. I broke down in a moment of weakness and said F it, I’m on vacation, I’m having ice cream.

I scoured the list of offerings, a few times. I mean if I’m going to cheat, I might as well go all in right?!?!

So after much deliberation, while warring with the voices in my head, I settled on Death By Chocolate.

Appropriate name don’t you think?

And you know what?? After 23 days without sugar, it didn’t taste all that great. Not at all like I remembered. On top of that I felt horrible afterwards. Not guilty horrible, but sick horrible.

So, the lesson, it wasn’t worth it. And today I am back on track again.

Day 22 -The Road To 2 Chesticles

Yup! 3 weeks down and 5 to go on the 8 Week Challenge

This week I am in cottage country and very determined to stay on track…with maybe a few alcoholic cheat days. I mean it’s the cottage right???

At this point I have no sugar or pop cravings at all. Even the huge bag of cottage candy is no longer taunting me. The Hot Lips are wanting me to kiss them.

I have stalled this week on weight loss but I am told this is normal as the body adjusts. I do have a number in mind for the end of week 4 because really, I want to do another spastic nude happy dance on the bathroom scale.

3 weeks ago who would have known that dates and prunes and hemp hearts and dates would become my new best friends.

So now I am off because I have to pee…..again!

Day 18 – The Road to 2 Chesticles

So here I am at day 18 of 56 days on the 8 Week Challenge.


I am officially over the sugar craving, oh yeah!!!  No more wanting to eat the Candyland pieces.

I was experiencing some serious hot flashes and heavy duty sweating over the weekend and into Monday.  You would have thought I was going through menopause.  My poor husband was so sick of hearing “Holy shit is soooo hot in here, I’m dying its so hot” It wasn’t hot, it was totally just me.

So on Tuesday I thought it would be a fantastic idea to get some exercise in at Skyzone, our local indoor trampoline park.  First, I’ve never been on a trampoline before, ever! Second, I am out of shape.  Third, I am chesty.  So glad I strapped the girls down because I’d be sporting some black eyes right now.

I was exhausted by the end and could hardly walk the next day.  I’m pretty sure I needed a scooter to get myself around.  Okay, okay, it wasn’t that bad, but I likely wouldn’t do it again.  I will remain a specter in the sport of trampolining.

Otherwise things are going awesome!!!  I had a goal weight in mind for this end of the third week and I hit it on Monday!! Oh yeah baby!!! I have another goal set for the end of the 4th week, so fingers crossed.

Next week we will be away at the cottage so I am hoping that I won’t be seduced by the naughty temptresses called junk food and alcohol.  I really want to hit that target.

I did have a small cheat last night.   Just a wee one.  Our cat of 17 years had to move on to kitty heaven and I was so sad and had many tears.  When we got home, I made my husband and I a whiskey to relax.  But just one! It was deserved.

But today is a new day, and I’m right back at it.  Started off my day with a yummy Greek yogurt breakfast. IMG_3161

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Handful of blueberries and raspberries

1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp of Hemp Hearts

1 Tbsp of Oats

Small handful of almonds





Share Your World | July 9, 2018

Here’s my take on this week’s Share Your World from Cee’s Photography

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I think I would call it Bittersweet Blonde – A Symphony of Shades.  It would be about the many different roles I play or have played in life.

Which do you prefer, sweet, salty or buttery?

I prefer sweet stuff, but usually want something salty right after I have eaten something sugary.  I love chocolate covered stuff, like caramel, mint or almonds.  And I love chips or salty popcorn.  But I never have a craving for butter.  I won’t even put it on that salty popcorn.

What is the finest education?

Parenthood.  There is no harder job in the world.  There is no training. You don’t know what the fuck you are doing.  Just when you think you have the hang of things it all changes.  Every kid is so different and unique that what may work for one child may not work for another.  You just learn as you go and have to accept that you do the best you can and hope for the best.  And yes, you are going to make mistakes. Its called life.  I also think you learn a lot about yourself when you become a parent.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

Well for those of you that have been following my blog you will know that I am currently on a 8 week challenge to eating healthy and clean, and to lose some weight that I have put on.  I have just finished week 2 and hit my weight goal that I had set for the end of week 3.  I was so excited, and did a weird squeal from the bathroom.  My husband ran in thinking something was wrong.  He found me dancing around naked on the scale.  We both had a good laugh over it.


Review | What Happens In Vegas | Shana Gray

About the Book

40535924When the cop…

Tough-as-nails detective Bonni Connolly is on a girls’ Vegas getaway with her college friends, when she hits the jackpot. Taking advantage of her gift from Lady Luck, Bonni upgrades their trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in luxury and glamour. Seizing the opportunity to break out from her normal (formal) cop style, she splurges on a slinky designer dress and a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That’s when she sees him, and Bonni decides there’s another once-in-a-lifetime thing she wants to have: a vacation fling.

Meets the gambler…

Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year and (as always) he plans to win. Determined to start off his vacation by getting lucky, he heads to his favorite club, where he spots Bonni across the dance floor. Fortune smiles on him when Bonni picks up the cards he puts down. However, what starts as a Vegas hook-up soon turns into something more, as Bonni learns to see the man behind the poker face.

The stakes have never been higher.

Even though Bonni’s trip has an end date and there is another tournament calling Quinn’s name, their strong connection overcomes their difference and they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there.

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My Thoughts

I was provided an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest thoughts.

What Happens in Vegas is a great read if you are looking for something fun, easy and light.

Four quirky women in Vegas on a girls weekend…..what could possibly happen, right?!?!

I enjoyed the plot of this book, even though it is somewhat typical of a HEA romance book.  I really liked getting to know the women and their characteristics and look forward to seeing what is in store for them in the upcoming books.

Ms. Gray’s What Happens in Vegas is the perfect book for your next weekend read or that beach vacation your going to take.

Oh and I loved her references to Ontario, Canada!!!

I give What Happens in Vegas 3.5 stars!


About The Author

Shana Gray writes contemporary romance and womens fiction that just might make you laugh. Her books can be found at Headline Eternal Romance, Entangled Publishing, 4408328Harlequin Blaze, and Random House Loveswept, she is also an indie author. Her international top seller, WORKING GIRL is available in six languages.  A mom of two grown sons, a future daughter-in-law, and was adopted by her black cat, she lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. When she’s not writing or at the day job, she spends time with her family, menagerie of pets, enjoying a fine red or rose wine and is always eyeing travel plans  ready to fly off at the drop of a hat to experience the beauty of the world around us.

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