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Trip Outside My Zip Code | January 2014

In Aha Moment, Thoughts on January 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

My Trip Outside my Zip Code_Cherokee Casino_Addicted2Fries Blog
Welcome to the first edition of my 2014 goal to take a trip outside my zip code. This is a new travel series in which I discuss my journeys in 2014. I decided to set a travel goal (read resolution) as a way to do something different. I wanted an opportunity to meet new people and do new things.

SEE ALSO: [Wordless Wednesday] My Goals for 2014

This month, I got away with a friend to a nearby casino & hotel. We made our decision on Tuesday and traveled  that Friday. With the destination being close (yet outside my zip code), making arrangements was simple. We used a gift certificate she won last year at a silent auction. Read the rest of this entry »

{Motivation Monday} What Are You Waiting For

In Aha Moment on August 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM


Walt Disney said it best, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” With this thought in mind, I am working on new projects. I attended the Wordcamp Conference in Fayetteville (AR) the other week. Boy, did I learn a lot! I took great notes and tweeted up a storm. Most importantly, I found a new sense of accomplishment. I found an energy to want to do better, be something and do big things.

So, sit back and watch me work!

One Fourth of What You Eat Keeps You Alive

In Aha Moment, Weight Loss on October 10, 2010 at 8:10 PM

“1/4 of what you eat keeps you alive; ¾ of what you eat keeps the DOCTOR alive.”

Think about it. This is such a true statement. What are we really eating and how is it affecting our bodies? I attended a Maximized Living Makeover Workshop presented by Dr. Traci Bishop of the Natural State Health Center.

Maximized Living logo

I entered this workshop with doubt and skepticism regarding the Maximized Living program. I’m still working my way through the “Cruise Ship or Nursing Home” book, and my thoughts waiver often (just being honest). I am struggling with losing weight, and it’s hard when there are so many items of information tossed your way each day – low fat, no carbs, fat flush, maximized living, weight watchers, etc. So, YES, negative thoughts were swirling in my mind as the workshop started.

However, after learning some shocking statistics, I started to realize the horrible truth of the above quote. We are what we eat? Literally. A few facts that shocked me into reality:

**75% of the world’s prescription drugs are consumed in the United States

**You can go 1 month without food. You can go days without water. You can go minutes with air. You CANNOT go ONE SECOND without nerve supply!

**Canola Oil is not vegetable oil. It stands for “Canadian Oil, Low Acid.” Who knew?!

The five essentials of Maximized Living

The discussion focused on the 5 Essential areas of maximized Living:

  1. Maximized Mind – You have to get your mind right, and eliminate the noise (stinking thinking) that
  2. Maximized Nervous Supply – The nervous system is the essence of how well your body is functioning and healing. It’s the missing link in healthcare today.
  3. Maximized Nutrition – Nutrition is an integral part of health, wellbeing, and longevity.
  4. Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle – Motion is life. Maximized Living has developed a cutting edge exercise program that literally takes only minutes a day!
  5. Minimized Toxins – Your body must detoxify. It must be purified to function properly

I learned about the importance of healing your body from the inside by removing toxins, avoiding bad food (processed food, high fructose corn syrup, sugars), eating good foods (vegetables, grass-fed meat, raw nuts, etc), and more focused exercise.

The first step is to have an action plan. Write down a goal as if it was already achieved. My goal:

As of December 31, 2010, I have achieved my goal of being 20 pounds lighter.

I will achieve this goal by believing in myself, eating the right foods and moving more. What are you health goals for the next 10 weeks? Who and what do you want to be by the December 31?

French Fries Are My Friend…and That’s a Problem

In Aha Moment, Weight Loss on August 29, 2010 at 4:05 AM
gourmet french fries

Hello French Fries, my friend and confidante

Yes, I’m addicted to fries. There. I said it. But, what does it mean? NO, I’m not in a 12-step program…officially. Essentially, I had an Aha Moment (a la “O” Magazine) last night. There was a moment where the skies opened, the thunder rolled [in my mind], and I realized that food had become my addiction. I use the word addiction to convey the seriousness of the situation. It may be a bit harsh, but addiction seems like the right word.

Prior to last night I was in denial about my relationship with food. I knew I weighed MORE THAN the average, but didn’t dwell on the fact that my size was not normal. However, after buying clothes in a bigger size last month and the humiliating fact that my newest (and favorite) pair of shoes were now hurting every toe I own; I really started to evaluate things.

And…yes, I’m an addict. Food is my friend, my confidant, my counselor, my BFF…my partner in crime. If I have a problem, I eat. Hurting? Have a meal. Happy? Let’s eat! Eating is a hobby.

So, here’s my attempt at STEP ONE

“I admit that I have become powerless over food and my life [with food] has become almost unmanageable.” Thank you.

I’m going to let this last statement marinate for a bit. Carry on.


This blog will serve as an outlet (both serious and humorous) as I navigate the choppy waters of weight loss, living and learning in the South. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments (and recipes) as I travel along a healthier path.

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