Emily’s Journey: Falling Off the Wagon

I can honestly say I not only fell completely off the healthy lifestyle wagon, but gleefully jumped off, head first, and smashed into a raging torrent of calorie filled excess. 

The holiday season has come and gone.  During the holidays I, like many others, was less than prudent in my food choices.  But, like so many others, I did so with every intention of getting right back into the swing of things.  However, my holiday “break” was so bad I haven’t weighed myself since shortly after returning home from the Christmas holiday.  Continue reading “Emily’s Journey: Falling Off the Wagon”

Veggie Bake Mysfam Style

The Turkey Sausage Veggie Bake is one of Mysfam Cottage’s favorite recipes, but it can easily be changed to be a vegan/vegetarian recipe with a few changes.  Considering that I overindulged in a few too many Christmas cookies I thought a lighter recipe was a great way to start the New Year.  This recipe works great as a veggie side or a full meal for meat free Monday.  The serving size is great for a light lunch, but I usually half a serving as a side veggie.

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Emily’s Journey: My End of Year Check-In

The year is winding down I’ve been thinking about the past eight months.  So far, I’ve lost almost 100 lbs because I didn’t want to have to pay extra for my flight when my BFF and I took our Hawaii trip.  The trip may have been postponed, but it was the catalyst to behind my determination to lose weight.  I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned so far that have helped me.

Emily in June of 2017
Emily in December 2017

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Emily’s Journey: Self-Challenge

There is a level in hell called exercise, and nothing you say can convince me otherwise.  As part of my new healthy lifestyle adding exercise has been the hardest.  Still, I’ve been walking more as part of my “five minutes of exercise a day” routine, which of course, lasts longer than five minutes, but I also planned on incorporating yoga into the mix.  However, shocker alert:  I’m lazy and kept procrastinating. Continue reading “Emily’s Journey: Self-Challenge”

Hawaiian Chicken Mysfam Style

I’m going to be sharing my all-time favorite recipe with you.  This recipe is easy to make with only four ingredients and has some of my favorite foods in one flavor packed dish!  Pineapple, bacon, and mushrooms, oh my!  Even better, it has less than 300 calories and almost 29 grams of protein per serving.

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From FAT to fit: Life Never Goes as Planned

Just a bit of a notice:  This post is really short.

I’ve been working on my minuscule five-minute exercise time goal I’d mentioned in my From FAT to Fit: Emily’s Journey post.  Correction—I’ve been working on my minuscule five-minute exercise time goal over the weekend.  Weekdays, those I still have to work on.  But because I’m still slacking I figured I’d just make it up over the weekend.

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From FAT to Fit: Emily’s Journey

My journey towards a healthier lifestyle has so far led me to increase my water intake daily and to dramatically decrease my daily calorie intake.  (You can read about it:  HERE–A Work in Progress  HERE–The Time is Now And HERE–The Food is Changin’)

In eight months I have lost a significant amount of weight.  My known heaviest was 289 lbs, but these changes have led to my current weight of 197 lbs, a change of almost 100 lbs.  Now I’ve had to come up against my biggest challenge thus far.  Exercise.

For me, the endorphins released after a good solid workout, that runner’s high everyone is always talking about…

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Holiday Time at Mysfam Cottage

The first anniversary of Mysfam Cottage is just starting to peak over the horizon, and we’ve celebrated our first Thanksgiving at the Cottage.  Our families are either scattered across the U.S. or celebrating the holiday with other familial branches, so while our household may be small in number, it is not small in friendship and sisterhood.

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YinYang the Wild Child

Soon I’ll be sharing the adoption stories of all three of the girls, but it would be wrong of me not to start sharing photos with you all before then.  YinYang is the middle child of the Mysfam Cottage furbabies.  All three were adopted…in some form or another.

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