Goals Update ~ June 2013

Goals for 2013


Thanks, dear readers, for following me on my journey of completing my goals for 2013. I can’t believe the year is almost half way over. A lot has been accomplished so far, but there’s much yet to be done.

Here’s what happened in May.


Personal Goals


Complete a Bible Reading Plan. Missed a few days this month. I let myself get distracted by all the goings on, but I’m back […]

Menu Plan to help change a Bad Habit and Save Money in 30 Days

menu plan

Yesterday, I shared about my family’s bad eating out habit and how I plan to fix it so we can eat healthier and save money. Have you joined us in our challenge yet?

The assignment for yesterday was for you to decide on a length for your challenge and to write down a menu plan.

3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Menu Plan

Maybe planning a menu is foreign to you. I’ll admit, […]

Confession and a Menu Plan


Wonder why you haven’t read a weight loss update in a while? Well, it’s because summer came with all the fun it brings and we totally got off track. Now that we’ve started school again and we’re getting back into a routine, it’s time to get serious and loose the rest of this excess weight by the end of the year.

Menu Plan

It has become very clear to us that the best way […]

Long Overdue Weight Loss Update


So, it’s been a while since I posted our weight loss numbers. To review, our goal for the year is to lose a combined 100 pounds! (John wants to lose 70 lbs. and Monica 30lbs.) We’re about halfway through the year and here are our results:

As you can see we’re making progress and almost half way there. John has been doing extremely well at counting his calories and resisting temptation. Me, not […]

Weight Loss Update – Oops


These last two weeks have been a little discouraging. I was determined to excersice at least 3 times a week and drink plenty of water. Alas, I failed miserably. On the other hand, John is still making steady progress!

Looking back, I can identify two reasons why I struggled these last two weeks.

1. I was sick for a large part of the time. Fulfilling all of my mommy/teacher/homemaker duties took up most of […]

Weight Loss Update – 18 lbs. to go

5th Weigh-in

John and I are both a little disappointed with our weight loss (or lack thereof) over the last two weeks. We both lost weight, just not as much as we had hoped for. John’s goal for the next week is to lose 5 pounds and my goal is 2 pounds.

Here are the numbers for our 5th weigh-in.


John and I have both been very careful about what we eat and how much […]

Weight Loss Update – 18.6 lbs to go, plus 4 Keys to Weight Loss Success

Weight Loss Update

I can’t believe it’s already been eight weeks since John and I started out on our weight loss journey. I have now lost a total of 11.4 pounds and am finally starting to notice the weight loss when I put on my jeans and look in the mirror. John managed to lose 2 pounds since our last weigh-in, even though he spent several days out of town for work. You can imagine how challenging it […]

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

For my February 30 Meals in a Day cooking session, I made this fabulous Taco Soup for the first time. I tripled this super easy recipe which made enough for four meals.

The entire family loves it. The kids even ask for seconds and thirds! The seasoning is perfect and at only 237 calories per serving an excellent choice for our low calorie diet.

Have you tried out a new dinner recipe lately?



Weight Loss Inspiration

before pic

Last week, I came across this article about a couple that lost a combined 285 pounds! What an accomplishment! It reminded me of what John and I have set out to achieve this year and that it can be done.

I was particularly drawn to the before and after pictures. The after picture really helped me stay on track this week. Beyond the health benefits of weight loss I am also looking forward to a […]

Healthy Cocoa Fudge Cookies

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

It’s Thursday and we host Bible study tonight. I always like to serve a little snack.

The challenge: several attendees have made a resolution to lose weight and I don’t want to tempt them (or myself!) to break that commitment. (Check out these posts for more on my weight loss journey.)

I came accross this recipe for Healthy Cocoa Fudge Cookies and decided to give it a try.

I debated whether or not to […]