Saturday, March 31, 2012

"What People Say" - Week 14

"What People Say"
     Sometimes people say the darndest things!  I think they mean well but they actually cause more damage than good.  In this vlog, I speak of the times I was influenced by others, causing self-doubt and unhappiness.  I still fight emotions but I have a better way of handling them.  Mostly through my prayers but I am a strong woman and can endure anything!

     Enjoy the video and I hope you too can overcome others as well as yourself.  Stay strong and don't think you can't do anything.  Also, don't let others cause you to do or think things about yourself.  Only you matter - you and your doctor.

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This Week's Topic: Pics from Facebook

a little insight

I really love seeking out pictures for my blogs, vlogs and Facebook page.  I find so many things that I can personalize or even make custom pics.  This week my topic is about What People Say.  I'm speaking on how others can influence your journey- pretty much anything you're doing in your life.

Someone's always got something to say.  The thing is, we know they're full of poo yet we listen anyway. We periodically let it affect us in a way so negative that we begin to doubt, self-hate or worse, abuse ourselves.  I don't know about any of you but I've tried so many fads that can neglect what your body needs that it's sad.  I've pushed so hard that my body decided to collapse- it's not worth it.  

There are so many WRONGS in the words of the others that surround us, how can we expect the RIGHT to present itself?  Don't allow people to make you lose heart, become negative and begin to deceive yourself.  You have to stay strong.

One day, when I was on my second trip into the weight-loss game, I allowed something that my daughter said pierce me to my core.  At the time, I was pregnant with my son and had gotten pretty darned big in the weight department as well as his development.  I was always either walking or driving her to the bus stop but on a few particular days, she'd denied my assistance.  When I pressured her for the reasoning behind her decision, she'd stated her friends were teasing her about me.  That I was ugly and fat.

Words from my daughter caused me to become angry, saddened and depressed.  It didn't help that I was going through issues with my thyroid so it was much worse- along with pregnancy hormones to boot!  I crumbled. I was so hurt, as soon as she left I cried for hours and then ordered an extra large Imo's Pizza and ate everything.  I even drove to Krispy Kreme's and scarfed down eight out of a bakers dozen of donuts!  I was sad- no, crushed and I let it hit home.  By the way, I became a gestational diabetic around that time....

I let it hit home.  Later, once I lost weight, others words caught my ear.  I let them affect me for a bit but I overcame them.  I realized, they don't run me!  They can't tell me what's right for me and my body- what m I doing?  I stopped them all.  I paid more attention to me and the words of my GP, Endocrinologist and Obstetrician at the time.  I did what I had to do and after I had my son, I lost the weight and became the person I wanted to be...

Until my thyroid caught me off guard, beginning the cycle all over again.  It's alright though.  I'm not ashamed of who and what I am anymore.  I can accept that my body is not mine to control- but only to an extent.  I won't use the problem as an excuse to not eat right, to not exercise and to be happy until I get back to where my body should be.

I hope you enjoyed this tidbit about myself.  Others, I hope you can relate and run with me on this race.  I won't compete with you though.  We all have our pace.  As long as we get there and cheer one another one, that's what matters the most to me.  I hope it does for you too!

Be Happy Healthy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Seaweed & Tofu Soup

Seaweed & Tofu Soup

2 votes, 3.00 avg. rating (72% score)

Seaweed & Tofu Soup Korean meals always include soups—like this mild one based on vitamin-rich wakame seaweed soup.  Wakame, is a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavor and is most often served in soups and salads.

New studies have found that a compound in wakame known as fucoxanthin can help burn fatty tissue.  Studies in mice have shown that fucoxanthin induces expression of the fat-burning protein UCP1 that accumulates in fat tissue around theinternal organs. Expressionof UCP1 protein was significantlyincreased in mice fed fucoxanthin.
In Oriental medicine, Wakame has been used for blood purification, intestinal strength, skin, hair, reproductive organs and menstrual regularity. It is also used in topical beautytreatments.

    • 1/4 cup crumbled dried seaweed, such as wakame or kelp (see Tip for where to buy)
    • 1/4 cup diced strip steak (optional)
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons white miso, or to taste (see Tip for where to buy)
    • 1/2 cup diced firm tofu
  • Place seaweed in a medium bowl, cover with water and let soak for 20 minutes.
  • Combine steak (if using), scallions, garlic, sesame oil and pepper in another bowl.
  • Warm a medium saucepan over high heat and add the scallion mixture.
  • Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in 4 cups water and miso. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the liquid does not boil. Whisk to dissolve the miso.
  • Drain the seaweed and stir it into the soup along with tofu.
  • Cook over medium-low for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Taste and season with more miso, if desired.
  • You can look for wakame in natural-foods stores or Asian markets or you can purchase it here on the internet.
  • Miso is fermented bean paste made from barley, rice or soybeans used to add flavor to dishes such as soups, sauces and salad dressings. It is available in different colors, depending on the type of grain or bean and how long it’s been fermented. In general, the lighter the color, the more mild the flavor. It will keep, in the refrigerator, for at least a year. Buy It Here
Nutrition Facts:

Per Single Serving / Serves 5 Total
Calories44Calories from fat27
Total Fat3gm5%Sodium233mg10%
Total Carbohydrates3gm1%Protein2gm

     This week I tried a recipe from a Sister Facepage: The Science Of Eating (  This is a site that I would refer anyone to for several reasons.  Number one, if you just go to the site, you'll see why but let me break it down for you.

     The site gives great information alcohol consumption, foods, tips & tricks.  If you click on the tab that reads Food Combining, you can't go wrong.  I also love the Protein tab which tells you the best info on high-protein foods.  I live on that one.

     Other tabs with great info are Carbs, Vegetables, Fruits, Fats & Healthy Drinks.  I don't want to take away from the recipe today but I had to let you all know where I got it.  The site will make you very happy and just that much more informed.

     The soup was so great, I'm making it again when I go out of town with my mom.   The only thing I did differently was nix the steak.  My ultimate goal is to become Meat-Free by the end of the year so that wasn't happening!   I am really into Asian soups or Asian-based soups and anything with tofu is my thing these days, although I haven't tried any desserts yet!  Soon my friends.

     Anyway, try this out, you won't be unhappy!  Thanks again to The Science Of Eating 
website and Facepage.  Please, check it out!!

Be Happy ❤ Be Healthy! 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Bloomin' All Over!" - Week 13

"Bloomin' All Over!" - Week 13
Here's week 13!  I am very happy but I didn't have much progress but then again, progress is progress.  I am now down 23 pounds and I am so happy!  

Enjoy this week's talk and I will see you next week.

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Show Off Your Petals!

     I found this video on Youtube.  It's the best way to visualize yourself for the Spring and Summer.  As you all know, the season's not quite cooperating and it's difficult to prepare for the warm and hot days that are sure to come.  Rest assured, the season will change and will probably be blazing.  That means shorts and skirts to help us look good and feet great, right?

      Well, in order to make that happen, we have to be happy with our bodies.  I don't know about you but I am still NOT happy with my body.  I've lost weight and inches but I still don't feel very pretty.  I have some work to do but you know what has always helped me feel good?  Clothes!

     In this week's vlog, I will speak on how I will bloom with the change of the season.  I will tell you what I do and where I go to feel better about the seasonal change and how to morph from the bud to the flower or the caterpillar to the butterfly!

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Splash!" - Week 12

"Splash!" - Week 12
     In Week 12 I discuss water play and the benefits of said activity.  I really love to play in the pool here at my complex.  Number One, it's heated with a hot tub on the side.  I have access to a sauna as well.  Secondly, when the weather is really nice, I can swim in the outdoor pool!  

     I hope you enjoy the vlog and find a way to get in on one of the best forms exercise on the planet!

Be HappyBe Healthy!

My First 5K Marathon- I Am Registered!

Graceland Holiday

The Hunt Family Had Fun In Memphis, Tennessee!

     Okay, so I wasn't looking forward to Graceland yet again but for some reason, adding a few more siblings and another kid made it much better than before.  Not saying I didn't have fun the first time but it really did made for the beginning of Spring Break for us all!

     My husband is one of ten children with him being #9 and they never took a family holiday together.  There were simply too many of them for it to happen.  Some of them have since grown up their children have children- with some still older than me!  They are giving their family what they didn't have, so when we all decided to take this trip to start off Spring Break, it sounded like fun.  The thing is, we went just last year.  All of us had been except for my sister-in-law Lourdes on the far right.  Well, we made it official and packed up as of Saturday.

     We found that our favorite Courtyard Marriott had revamped the place and it was marvelous and the rooms were just as we liked them: simple and very affordable.  We had a nice indoor pool (unheated) though.  I've been spoiled at home and need heat in my play water but it was still fun for the boys.  We also took the boys to the Children's Museum of Memphis, walked Beale Street and had good food.

     Speaking of food, I didn't over-do anything.  I had so much fun and we walked so much that I think I lost anything I could have gained!  I got in my 3 miles of walking everyday and I even did my C25K training PLUS all of the walking we did at Graceland, Beale St and the museum.  I never got the tight feeling in my clothing and I didn't wear myself out.  

     All in all, my holiday was grand and I feel super.  I didn't get to weigh in though, so I will just upload the vlog and then weigh in next Sunday.  Hopefully it'll be awesome again.  Well, I hope you enjoy some of the pics I uploaded and remember to...

Be HappyBe Healthy!

L2R: Scott, me, Pat, Randy, Dave,Lourdes, Patrick & Joshua Hunt
Joshua loves Mommy's kisses!

My brother-n-law, Pat

My boys: Joshua and Scott

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Recipe Wednesday! 3/14/2012

TODAY'S RECIPE: English Cheddar Chickpea Patties

     This was a great lunch for me!  I am a huge fan of the chickpea, or as it's properly known: The Garbanzo Bean!  It's full of protein, making it a valued staple for vegetarians.  I put a spin on the idea of making it into a patty because I wanted to enjoy my favorite Trader Joe's cheese with it.

     As you see in my second bubble, I used English Cheddar Cheese with caramelized onions.  It's so good that it should be illegal.  You can find it at any Trader Joe's and it's not expensive at all.  Whenever I want to treat myself to cheese, this one is the shizzniz!

     Not a lot was added to this dish.  There were probably more items added to the Green Giant Digestive Health veggies I ate than the patty itself.  The recipe made four nice sized patties and they taste great.  The cheese added gives the edges a nice crisp that really makes the taste.  You have to cook on low though.  If you cook too high, it will definitely burn and you don't want the taste of burned cheese to your meal.
 As you see, it's not a bad deal and you are getting a great source of fiber and protein.  I also love that the sodium is low- one of my focuses for blood pressure control.  I can tell you all that the chickpeas/garbanzo beans are like tofu.  You add whatever spices you like and it takes on the taste.  

     Try this recipe, you can find it on and look under their recipe tab.  You will find so many!  If you'd like to receive a copy of the recipe, please  click on this link:  I hope you try it and see just how wonderful it is, whether you like vegetarian meals or not.  I know you won't regret it! 

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Water 'Robics!

~Water 'Robics~

     I'm a true California kid.  I'm also a government brat, so I've been around a lot of water.  I'm not as close as I'd like to (living in the Mid-West now) but I have to be near it as much as possible for sanity's sake!  It's ingrained into my spirit. I have to play in water- even a kiddie pool!  Nothing makes me happier other than being on a beach.  Well, till I get back for a visit, I needed a substitute.

      That's where aquatics came into play.  Being blessed with a complex that provides both a heated, indoor pool, sauna and an outdoor pool, I'm able to satiate that thirst to be engulfed in water!  I get to play anytime my heart so-desires!  Then something caused me to waver...

     Well, since being in the weight-loss game again, I have to say that I'm a tad more conscientious about my pool attire.  Spring is coming and soon everyone is going to out in their:
 and I'll be looking like➽

     I know that this suite is cute to look at and all but seriously, when girls are looking like they've got hard-bodies I don't want to be near them!  I'm bulbous and now flabby and nobody wants to see that!  I don't want to have to hide in the water until it's been deserted.  And I don't want to look like that person, when they climb out and the water is pulling everything down...You know what I'm talking about, don't you?

     I remember when I was pregnant with my now 7-year old son; I wanted to exercise and beat the gestational diabetes I'd developed.  I also wanted my girlish figure to return; it had somehow eluded me.  I opted for an aquatics class and was so thrilled!  Then I realized that I'd made a mistake.  The class I signed up for was a Senior class.  I was the youngest one in there!  I was like, "Holy smoke, I'm gonna hit this class with no work-out at all!  They can't handle what I'm looking for!"  LOL  Oh was I sadly mistaken!

     Those ladies kicked my butt every week!  It really did a job on me and I always left feeling great and toned- although even then, my bathing suit was ugly next to some of theirs!  Those gals were hotties even up in age!

     My thing with this blog is, who cares what you look like in the true scheme of things.  We're going to look a certain way until we get to that certain way we want to look.  Who cares if your belly sticks out?  When you've reached your goal, that belly won't even be there.  The most important thing is, you're doing what you need to do to burn calories, tone muscle and enrich your life that much more.

     This week's Sunday vlog is titled "Splash".  Enjoy a walk through reasons why water aerobics is great for you and have fun with a few laughs!

Take care and remember to...

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"C25K!" - Week 11

"C25K!" - Week 11

     I plan on running a 5k marathon this year through Mercy Ministries.  I walked one last year and enjoyed it so much that I am making another marathon, of which I will run, a goal for 2012.  I'm so excited.

     In this week's vlog, I speak on some apps that I've discovered, my reasons for wanting to take on a run/jog challenge and a few of the wonderful benefits.  

     If you have any ideas that could assist me or an article that could steer me in a particular direction, I would love to hear form you.  As for now, see what I'm up to and what I'm 
d       ☟ 
     n to in weight!  I hope you enjoy the video and always remember to...

Be HappyBe Healthy

Friday, March 9, 2012


The House On Hostess Lane
This is why I need a life!  LOL

Enjoy +

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Some Healthy Dinner Ideas with Veggies!

Healthy Dinner Ideas with Veggies!

Sometimes getting the family to eat healthy can be difficult.  There are a variation of eating temperaments that can conflict with Your likings when it comes to fixing meals in the house.  Speaking from personal experience, vegetables are always the problem.  My husband and son will only eat corn, sweet peas and green beans with a smile on their faces.  Anything else is shoved to the furthest corners of the plate and then scraped! 

I have tried many different recipes and discovered that I can get them to eat cooked carrots but only in a particular recipe: Shepherd's Pie!  But if I put them on the plate as a side dish, they grow roots and become new carrots!  Argh!!!!

Well, one of my friends on Facebook asked if there were a few recipes that I could suggest, helping her to get her family into eating more veggies and just eating healthier.  Well Kim, these are for you!

The recipes I've added are from two of my favorite sites that promote healthy eating and getting veggies in.  The first one is from the weight-loss site that I use:

SparkPeople is wonderful and the site is FREE!  Friendly people share their own recipes with the Recipe Builder.  Using that tool, you are informed of the nutritional information per serving.  It's wonderful.  

I also used recipes from a great site and page called The Science of Eating!  I have fallen in love with the recipes and I have not failed yet when I've prepared them for either myself or the family. 



I hope they work for you; give me some feedback and remember to...

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Monday, March 5, 2012



This week is all about the one form of exercise that folks debate on.  Whether it's necessary...what are the it better than power walking....won't it ruin my knees?  I'll be talking about it all- my opinion of course.  I will take from a few articles but more than anything else, I will show you my version of how to get it done.

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

"Paper Dolls" - Week 10


Paper Dolls were great for make-believe but now they have a new use.  With Week 10, I show you that you can see yourself in the body you desire by using what?  Paper Dolls!  Enjoy

Be Happy❤Be Healthy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012



     Here's the design for my tee!  I'm excited because I'm going to be holding a contest this Summer and this is one of the prizes.  The other is a gym/duffle bag.  I think it'll be pretty cool- what do you think?

Be HappyBe Healthy!