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Administering C”P”R ~ Hump Day

Happy Wednesday THFFs…so have you been “P”repping?!?!  If so, let us know…

So do you want to be successful at regaining YOU?…Apply the “P”rinciples of THM…

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We can steer you to some key pages (they are all good to read, but often referencing the food lists will help keep you learning):

  • S Foods are on Pages 34 – 38
  • E Foods are on Pages 49 – 53
  • FP Foods are on Pages 58 – 60
  • Crossovers are on Pages 61 – 65
  • S Helper chapter is a quick, easy read on Pages 66 – 68

THFFs, have “P”riorities…this may require doing some things…well, you know, like put away your phone (of course, after you read the blog post 🙂 ), turn off the TV, remove yourself from the couch (remember, I LOVE YOU)…maybe just like keeping a food log, keep a log of how you spend your time…it most likely will be eye opening.

So what do I do to keep my “P”riorities straight…I refuse to go back to wearing “those clothes” again.  I make myself stay in a pair of jeans (or control top stockings) that are slightly uncomfortable and help me to stay feeling full, instead of throwing on my sweats or jammies before eating.  When I have an off plan eating event, there is no doubt that some of those old feelings are going to follow too (tired, hot flashes, loss of vitality, cravings, etc.)…I “P”refer to not go back to that place called “done”…but I have to “C”hoose to wait 3-4 hours, then get right back at it…I am not “P”erfect at this and “C”ontinue to make “P”rogress in this area of my life.

There is just me and my teenage son so there are plenty of leftovers from these two recipes from the THM Cookbook….Cowboy Grub “E” (Page 59) & Chicken Pot Pie “S” (Page 137)…both very filling and perfect for these cold winter days.


“P”eeps, you are important to us and that’s why we share with you…because I am a Drive Thru Sandy Sue…I often have to remind myself that part of keeping on track is applying the “P”rinciples of the “P”lan to my daily routine…and remember “P”eeps 🙂 to “P”RAY for God’s wisdom as to what will work best for you…

Be BEAUTIFUL and be YOU!!!


Administering C”P”R

Happy Monday Peeps….you guessed it…we are moving on to the “P” in CPR…

Firstly, let me say…it is an amazing feeling consistently eating on-plan healthy, trimmifying food…I feel so ALIVE!!!

Remember we have to “C”hoose during “C”haos & “C”risis to be “C”onsistent in order to have positive “C”onsequences…boy is that a mouthful that wraps up last week 🙂

This week we need to focus on being “P”repared…within that word is “P”rep…yep that’s what we are going to do…rarely do I ever make “a meal”…from one cooking session, usually much evolves 🙂

For instance, cooking an entire family pack of boneless skinless chicken, is a normal occurrence in our household…I only buy it when it is $1.69 per pound at our local Price Chopper or Hannaford grocery stores, and I recently started buying two packs at a time…As I continue to work towards being debt free, my budget has more flexibility to stock up on sales which saves me more money to become debt free faster…you are not going to want to miss both Michelle’s & my perspective on becoming debt free…so stay tuned & sign up for notifications when new posts are published by getting on our email list located on the right side of  the blog.

I also buy the family pack of hamburger at Aldi.  With this, I make hamburgers one night, then fry up the rest of meat & freeze for later use for one of our favorite Taco Salad dinners or “spaghetti” squash & meat sauce.  I also use a variety of frozen meats to make pizza casserole….by cooking in this manner…means you only have to clean up a big mess once = PRICELESS!!!

Before I sit down to relax at night, the bulk of our food is “P”repared for the next day.  I cook dinner, we eat, then my 13-year old son washes the dishes while I prepare our lunches for the next day.  We then get our clothes ready & bags packed (yep, I’m a bag lady!!!), then we are able to relax…trust me…it is not relaxing when you are rushing out the door at 7:20 a.m. and realize the basketball uniform is not washed!!!

It has been a goal of mine to get better balanced, and quite frankly, I struggle in this area of my life…Michelle often lovingly reminds me that “perfection is the enemy of progress”…I am often reminding myself that working on a de-cluttering project for even just 15 minutes is PROGRESS 🙂

So what do I get ready at night???  GGMS, salad (dressing is sitting on top of my salad in the fridge so I don’t forget it!…can you tell I’ve done that a few times?!?!)  I take slices of bread out of freezer and put in a sandwich bag (squeeze out as much air as possible to keep the sprouted grain bread soft, if I am eating a sandwich the next day).  I put cottage cheese or fat free Greek yogurt (to this I add a tinge of Gentle Sweet) in a small container, silverware and napkins are all packed the night before…ohhhh and the straw & cap to convert the mason jar into a sipper cup.


Cook for an army to get your arsenal full and…..

“P”repare to be successful 🙂

Be Beautiful and be YOU!


Frugal Friday

Happy Frugal Friday lovelies!

I am writing you from South Texas and am so excited to share today’s tip with you!

We are very close to the Mexican border.  There are HUGE produce stands on every corner, and the prices are unbelievable.  Remember now, I am an Upstate New York girl :-), and frequently get sticker shocked in the produce aisle!


The prices are waaaay below what I am used to paying in NY.  Even in our peak produce time which is Summer.

These are bags of Oranges for $2.00…I have seen several Orange groves as well.

Can you say Dreamsicle Shake?

Huge bags of limes…Yep just $1.00

This is a pic of a grapefruit tree.  Looks like an orange tree but when you get up close, it is a beautiful delicious ruby red grapefruit tree.  We purchased a bag the size of the orange bag for $2.00.  We have been enjoying them all week for breakfast.

So what is today’s frugal tip you ask?

Beg, borrow & steal your way in your friends heart, so when they come home, they will fill their car with all of your produce!!

On the first day here, I was able to purchase over 50# of fresh produce for $5.00 The Citrus fruit alone in the quantity we purchased would cost a fortune.  I got gorgeous Avocados (sorry forgot to get a pic of those) 3/1.50.  They were huge!  All those Avocados we purchase at home (that state from Mexico) and pay at least a $1.00 each, well those are the ones!

It is truly bountiful here…….

Today we are off to South Padre Island……You guessed it…with a beautiful fruit salad for lunch paired with Greek Yogurt!

We are watching the weather here and for all our friends in NY and on the East Coast……stay warm!!

Be Beautiful…Be YOU!!!

Administering “C”PR ~ Hump Day

Well HeeeLLLLoooo…THFFs…we have more oxygen for you…after all, if you were to only eat once a week, you would starve to death!!!

So let’s focus on a few more words…

On Monday, we talked about…”C”haos, “C”risis, and “C”hoice (a.k.a. when life gets real)…hitting that reset button.

So…what next?  “C”onsistency is KEY…although I am not at goal (still 10 – 15 lbs. that I would like to lose), I have been able to maintain within 5 lbs. of my lowest weight since being on THM (my Trimmaversary is 2/20/2015)…read my story HERE

I love that THM has a maintenance plan, and this is what has allowed me to stay fairly consistent with my weight.  As a single mom, life gets insane real quick, and I do eat off plan occasionally….however, I live by that rule….a new start is just 3 hours away 🙂

I try not to eat off plan food daily, and if I go through a period where I do eat off plan for a couple of days, I try to make sure I don’t overdo it everyday (eat in moderation) then get back at it as soon as possible, i.e., don’t go back to your old way of doing things (we will talk more about this next week).

Being “C”onsistent is a skill and needs to be practiced often.  The number one issue with being “C”onsistent is that you have to do things over and over and over again.  It’s not a one, two, or three time choice…being consistent is actually a habit.

On Monday, we gave you an entire day of on plan trimmifying “C”hoices.  Here goes another day…French Toast in a bowl (Page 266); 1 or 2 light cheese sticks w/an apple; half a lavish wrap w/ranch or mayo, leafy greens & chicken salad and fresh cut veggies; snack Fat Stripping Frappa (Page 240); dinner could be Lazy Lasagna (Page 140) or Pizza Casserole (pick your favorite pizza toppings, like already cooked ground hamburger maybe from the freezer, pepperoni, already cooked sausage, then add a lil pizza sauce, top with cheese and bake at 350 degrees until heated through (approx. 20-30 minutes).  I try to have these cooked meats readily available for busy seasons.  When I cook, even though there is only two of us, I cook for a small army 🙂

Now comes the fun part…practice being “C”onsistent…and be beautifully you!!!  We LOVE you!!!

A favorite saying of mine…


Administering “C”PR

Yep, you guessed it…the first letter we are going to focus on is “C”.

First, let’s look at the definition…CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  It is an emergency lifesaving procedure that is done when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.  This may happen after an excessive amount of off plan food is consumed due to “C”haos or “C”risis (a.k.a. when life gets real) or just a plain old “C”hoice…you are supposed to be laughing at this point!!!  Of course that is not the full correct definition….BUT….we have all been there or maybe still are there.

So…what next?  We have talked about…hitting that reset button, and we HIGHLY recommend it.

By hitting the reset button, it prevents further damage…here it comes…the letter “C” that we are focusing on…“C”hoice…when you get to a place called “done”, “C”hoose to apply the principles of THM to your eating habits, and this will require reading the THM Plan Book.  By choosing on-plan eating, you choose to feel better in a few days.  You choose to start healing in your body.  You choose to have more energy (Vitality).  You choose to stop that lil nasty apparatus in the bathroom (a.k.a. the scale) from creeping higher.

We have to admit…THM allows us super yummy options to eat…that is one of the things I love about the plan…we “GET” to replace most of our unhealthy eating habits with amazingly healthy, simple, satisfying CHOICES!!!  Start with coffee w/cream or tea, bacon & eggs w/coconut oil smeared on top for breakfast, Triple Zero yogurt & fruit for a snack, large leafy green salad w/deli meat & EVOO Good Seasons salad dressing for lunch, GGMS to sip, celery w/All Natural Peanut Butter for an afternoon snack, meatloaf and veggies sauteed in BUTTAH for dinner (I use baking blend instead of bread crumbs in my meatloaf mix)…I’m stuffed just thinking about all of that food…just make sure all of this yummy goodness is spaced out in 3 – 4 hour increments.

CHOOSE to be beautiful by being you!!!

Have a Happy Monday THFFs (Trim Healthy Friends Forever)…


Help…I Don’t Know Where to Start!

So maybe you didn’t quite make it to our declutter challenge…No worry Mama, We gotcha covered!

If your room is so cluttered, you are not quite sure where to start (no judgement here, I’ve been there), start at the surface areas.

Those places your eye sees first.  Tops of dressers, night stands, or bookshelves.  If you are like me, you have all 3 of these pieces of furniture in your room.

Surface areas is a great place to start the declutter process.  First, it gives you instant gratification and a great sense of accomplishment.  It’s typically where we store junk, water bottles, old magazines, etc., etc., so it usually goes straight to the trash bin, no overthinking there Mama!

Secondly that sense of accomplishment is a great motivator to help you keep going and dig a little deeper.

Don’t make it too difficult!  Just take a few minutes per day to start…even if it’s just one drawer at a time…perfection is the enemy of progress.



Frugal Friday ~ Don’t Throw Away Your Pickle Juice~

Happy Frugal Friday!

Today’s Frugal tip is a super easy & affordable way to re-use your pickle juice.  Just make more pickles.

It truly is as simple as chopping up a cucumber and putting it in the jar with the remaining pickle juice.  Let the juice set 1-2 weeks in your fridge, and you have a new jar of pickles!


Now these new pickles won’t have the same shelf life as your previous batch……..as you did not can or sterilize the jars….but they are certainly fresh for 2-3 weeks in your fridge!

You can also add a fresh clove of garlic to jack up the flavor….or a few pickling spices if you choose…or keep it super simple and just add in your sliced cucumber!  I paid .39 cents for a large cucumber at Aldi this week.  Not too bad to make a new jar of pickles:-)  In the summer we can get Cukes for 3/$1 in our parts.

Another option is my hubby loves pickled beets.  I buy them as a special treat for him.  Dump in a can of beets (his favorite are diced) and in a week or two pickled Beets!!

Peace Out Chickies!


31 Day Declutter Challenge: Progress Report

Today is February 1st pretty Ladies………… and that means…………

Our January declutter Challenge is over!  I wanted to share some progress totals with you!

I repurposed, removed, or redirected over 100 items in my Home the month of January!!

The challenge was the most successful in my bedroom:) Over 80 items removed from this space. Items I no longer have to clean, care for,  or organize.     WooHoo!!

I have several items gathered for my Spring garage sale and many to give away, to Goodwill.

I was able to also reorganize the drawers and cabinets in my Kitchen!

Our next Declutter challenge will be March where I will tackle the Pantry & Den!!

I am all about Less Stuff in 2017!!

I hope you were able to join along and were challenged to get rid of excess “stuff” in your home.

Do you think the Groundhog will see His shadow??

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Introducing CPR


Stay tuned…

Starting February 6, we will begin an encouraging 3-week series on Administering CPR…eating on plan when life gets real…Get Trained ~ Save a Life ~ You’ll Be Glad You Did!!!

~ Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip ~


Well peeps it’s that time of the year….Super Bowl is just around the corner.  If you are looking for a completely THM “S”atisfying yummo dip to have, this is the one for YOU!!!

This is also a workplace favorite for food day…that is where I first had it 🙂


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast cooked and shredded in the crockpot (I used my small crockpot and drained off the liquid…freeze it and use it in your next batch of chicken soup)…I wait until the chicken is on sale for $1.69 per pound and then buy 2 family packs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce to taste (based on $1.99 for 12 ounce bottle = approx. $0.75 – $1.00 for recipe)
  • 12 ounces of whipped cream cheese (you will need to purchase two 8 ounce containers, based on $1.49 each = $2.13 for recipe)
  • 2 -4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese shredded ($0.45 – $0.90)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing to taste ($0.50 – $0.75)
  1. Cook chicken in crockpot, drain off liquid, and shred in the crockpot.
  2. Mix in Frank’s Red Hot sauce, 12 ounces (1 1/2 containers) of WHIPPED cream cheese, shredded cheese, and dressing.
  3. Cook on high for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occassionally…if you can wait that long!!!

TIP:  I added the dressing slowly to get the dip to the desired consistency that appeals to my crowd…we don’t like soggy or mushy.  Drizzle some extra hot sauce on the top in the shape of a football to “decorate” it 🙂

Serve with fresh cut veggies (fresh celery not pictured) and homemade on plan crackers (bake a Joseph’s Lavish – these are NOT gluten free – in the oven at 325 degrees for just at minute or two…keep a close watch or it will burn)…All of this deliciousness for approx. $7.31 – $8.26…serves 6-8 people.

Also, back in September, we posted this football friendly Simple Success – Taco Casserole…you are not going to believe how easy this Game Day Winner Dinner is…my teenage son and his friend went back for seconds (me too…and there was some leftover to have with my salad for work)!!!…Click HERE to see rest of post…