Thursday, April 11, 2013

Back in the blogging world again!

Quinoa and Turkey Lettuce Wraps

A healthy, quick and flavorful recipe from the Biggest Loser Resort.

Per serving: 243 calories, 9 grams fat, 12grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams dietary fiber
Quinoa and Turkey Lettuce Wraps Photo

I have been gone for quite awhile! Today is going to be short and sweet.  I have missed being accountable to myself and whoever reads this!  I have found out the hard way by doing that.. that I little by little as I slacked in tracking my goals and my progress, I FORGOT about my goals, myself and what makes me feel good and alive.  I have been back in the healthy state of life again for about a month and everyday is another day to learn, grow and become my best self!!  Excited to regain my momentum and this time...keep going!

Tonight for dinner I will be eating one of my favorite Biggest Loser Resort Recipes so I thought I should share it with you!

Yield: Serves 4
12 Boston lettuce leafs
2 ½ cups quinoa, cooked
1 cup ground turkey 93/7, cooked
¼ cup pine nuts
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup green onions, chopped
¼ cup carrots, shredded
¼ cup dried cranberries
6 tablespoons Hoisin sauce


  1. Place 3 lettuce leafs on each plate.
  2. Mix together quinoa, ground turkey, pine nuts, green onion, carrot and cranberries.
  3. Add 2 ounces of the mixture onto the lettuce leafs.
  4. Drizzle equal amounts of Hoisin sauce onto each cup.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped green onion.


Monday, March 12, 2012


As my friend Arty from Biggest Loser Season 11 would say, "I'm just keeping it 100!"
Truth Day 101

Have you ever found yourself caught in a PITY PARTY?!  The kind of pity party where it feels like everything in the world is against you?  Where you question WHY you had to be let down the way you were?

The last 2 weeks I have been letting those negative, defeating voices into my life.  I had an OLD injury caused by the stupidest thing you could ever think of creep up on me...

Yes, you read this right.  I injured my toe back in December by dropping a can of aerosol hairspray on it!  The day I did it I continued my workouts at BLR (hike, H20, Mountain) and then right after mountain (one class away from being done for the day) the pain became to much and I started crying and ended up at Urgent Care. 

At Urgent Care the doctor X-rayed my foot.  Found that I had a hairline fracture on the tip of my toe (nothing could be done about that) and then drilled a hole in the top of my toe to RELEASE the pressure the blood underneath caused.  I can't even tell you how GOOD it felt when they burnt a hole right on the top of my nail that day.  It definitely relieved pressure.

Just as I usually do, I carried on and continued to not let throbbing and soreness get me down. I was told it would just take "time" and so that was what I assumed was happening. 

Shortly after my birthday 5k, I started to notice more pressure and more pain in my toe area.  Doing my daily sprints on the treadmill became VERY painful and I noticed myself not pushing as hard during my workouts because the pain was getting intense.

One evening after working out, I came home and just sobbed.  I took off my shoe and sock and noticed something new.. my toe nail was lifted. (For those of you who don't like gory details, make sure to pass the first series of pictures I am about to post and don't read the rest until after those pictures. But please read on, cause the video I am going to share may REALLY inspire you!)

I freaked out when I realized that under my nail there was a "growth-like" mushy thing.  After the nail came off it was instant pins and needles pain.  I couldn't get any relief, I didn't know what to do and I am not going to lie, I was scared by the sight of it. After talking to several people and trying to weigh out all my options I headed to Urgent Care.  When I got there, they had just closed the doors for the night.  It was such a painful night of sleep and discomfort. 

I called into work the next morning (only 2nd time in 2 yrs) and asked to come in later.  I went to the doctor at 8am, he wouldn't touch it and sent me to a podiatrist.  The podiatrist freaked me out.  He had never seen anything like this before..really? A podiatrist?!  He was sure there was surgery in my future!  He sent me with his nurse for an Xray.  When he came back he said he was glad to see that it was a hematoma and not bone coming out of my toe. He gave me several shots in my toe, froze it with some hydrogen and began cutting away and then cauterizing my toe nail.  He told me to keep it clean, keep Lamisil on it and take pain meds for discomfort.  Also no working out till my toe was healed up and had no pain.

The stages of my toe (NOT FOR THE FAINT)

Today as I put on my Lamisil cream I realized something.. it didn't hurt..could it really be?!   I know it is ridiculous that I let something as small as an UGLY toe let my world stop.  Of course it didn't totally stop, just my exercise lacked and that has been all I've known for so long and is my main source to stress relief, I let it get to me.. WAY TO MUCH!

Why do I share all of this with you, and record it for me?  Because I don't think I am the only one that has let a small thing, a small set back, some pain, some emotional or family problems become a MOUNTAIN in our lives. We let it become so much  more detrimental than it needs to be, instead of facing it head on and "adjusting" your schedule to IT, we let "IT" take our schedule away from us! 

Now, I am going to be 2 weeks behind on my goals, have a lot of make up to get to where I was... and unfortunately I can't get that time back.  But I DO plan on moving forward and that is what matters most at this point!

Tonight as I was planning out what I wanted to do to get back in the swing of things this week, I decided to turn on Biggest Loser Season 7 (back when Biggest Loser used to REALLY inspire us). Sione Fa is my BOY and seriously it was MEANT TO BE that I re-watched this episode tonight!! 

ANYONE that needs to be inspired, PLEASE watch this! 
 I recorded it with my phone cause I wanted you all to see it! 

How many times have we let ourselves become a victim to the "I CAN'T FLU?" 

I know, I have. This is a battle I REFUSE to lose again.  The only losing I am going to be doing for now on is inches and pounds!  Thank you Sione Fa for your words on and off the show! 
This clip is LIFE!  I love it! 

That's what I started out to do, and that is what I am GOING TO DO!

I want to give a special shout out to my sweet Biggest Loser family.  There are so many people I have met through the Biggest Loser Resort as well as contestants who I can now call friends.  You have inspired me, believed in me, pushed me, followed up with me and continue to be my friends. 

There are also MANY others of my friends/family that INSPIRE me, encourage me, cheer me on and REALLY just love me through all my follies, successes and trials and to ALL of you I say thank you! 

Thank you to my Twitter and Facebook family as well.  Your posts sometimes give me the UMPH I need to get to the gym, I hope I can return the favor.

Bottom line:  I am doing this ALL for me and nothing else, but your words, comments and compliments ring through my head on days that I just want to RETREAT! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Newest Biggest Loser Resort Announced: Buffalo, New York

I HEART Biggest Loser Resort and I HEART that they brought one to Buffalo, New York!
 Could life get any better?! 

One of the MANY reasons I think it is SOOO awesome is because each time I went to Malibu, there were loads of Canadians and New Yorkers there! How great is it that they bring their services closer to their clients and can you get a more beautiful place than Niagra Falls area?!

I left a part of my heart at the Biggest Loser Resort Malibu as well as I have as over 30 of my pounds (from my 3 visits)!

Can't wait to see what THIS resort looks like, what they offer, and how many more lives they are able to change!

Check out the OFFICIAL announcement here:

If you happen to live in the Western NY area, they are doing a ONE WEEK giveaway for FOUR guests her is the information on that contest:

To celebrate our newest Resort we are offering four (4) lucky local Western New Yorkers the chance to win a one (1) week stay at BLR NIAGARA.  
To enter, email your :60 (second) video telling us your personal story about why you want to lose weight and/or be more healthy.  
You can upload your video here:
Ten people will become finalists, but only FOUR will win. 


 I KNOW that you have much success in Niagra with many awesome people walking in and out your doors changed, as I have also had experienced that change.

If you would like to know more about the locations of the resort and the services they offer read my blog or check out their website at:

Biggest Loser: Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson's first interview after his accident. True Love has NO BOUNDS!

If any of you have followed me on any of my blogs it will be no surprise that I am THE Biggest Loser Super fan.  I love these people.  The Biggest Loser Alumni/Family has my heart! They are warm and kind hearted.  They have been where I am. They have conquered their journey's further than I have.  They have been PIVOTAL in my weight loss success!  There are many of the alumni who will be forever friends of mine because of the returned friendship, love and support they have always shown me!

Steph and Sam (and family) are some of those people.  I was a BIG "fan" of them while they were on the show and followed them and their love story after the show.  When I was able to go to Season 11 finale, I got to meet Sam in person! I was honored and thrilled.  When I found out he would be one of my trainers while at Biggest Loser Resort Malibu (BLR), I was completely ECSTATIC!

While at BLR Malibu, I learned so much from his classes!  He was hard core!  He was AMAZING at motivating!  He could push you further and further than you ever thought possible and until it was over, you didn't even had a clue what you had just accomplished.  His Mountain and Water Aerobics classes could leave you weeping they were so hard, yet you felt so accomplished!  I couldn't WAIT to get back to do it again!
On September 3, 2011 Sam had a horrible fall while visiting friends in San Francisco.  When I found out on the 4th my heart was traumatized!  I was so worried and scared about what this meant for someone who was a "super hero" to me.  I was stuck to my computer for days trying to find ANY information about him and how he was doing.

Another fan of Sam's, Erin Bowling, was quicker than me to the attack and formed a Facebook group, "Pray for Sam Poueu" and the family soon jumped on that group and started leaving information on his well being, giving updates and legitimate articles that we could reference as to information about Sam and his progress.

In the days following I saw them throwing around Erin's idea of getting wristbands started with his favorite saying.  I felt that Erin so desperately wanted to head up this idea but didn't quite know where to get started and how to the have the time since she is a full time student.  I have headed up many fundraisers in my life and knew I had the skills to jump in and help out. I wrote to Erin and inquired about taking it from her and running with it. She obliged.

I spoke first to Sherry Johnston (Pink team from that season and also like family to him) to ask her if this was something the family could stand behind. She did the behind scene's work and I got an approval call from Stephanie a week or so later.

We got the wristbands ordered (The wristbands are Grey, the color Sam was on BL and Purple, the color of Steph.  The quote the family helped pick was, "Family First, God above all").  Once the wristbands arrived the Sam bandwagon started. We sold a lot in the first month!  I was so busy processing orders.  Every night I spent a few hours addressing, stuffing and recording all the order's that came in.
On the back of each order I hand wrote "PRAY FOR SAM" hoping this would generate some extra attention and a reminder that this is why they are being sold, to get as MANY prayers and reminders to pray for him out there on a daily basis.  We all know that when "two or more are gathered" in God's name, miracles can happen!

 As time consuming as the process was, it made me so happy to help in even the smallest of ways. The plan, to relieve a little financial stress from the family involved as well as help them feel the love and support they had out there.  Update: Order's trickle in slowly every week. And I fill them one by one.  I look forward to when I can announce that we met our goal and sold out of them!  

I would like to give a shout out to ALL the people involved on the Pray for Sam page.  First, Erin Bowling who started the ball rolling and was the brain child of this effort. Next, to all the moderators who help keep all the friend requests accepted, keep all the family information sorted and in the right folders for easy viewing as well as helping get the word out about wristbands available.  There several moderators that help and I am afraid I would forget one of them if I tried to list them, but they know who they are!  Also to Patti Anderson (Steph's Mom) and Sam's Sister Tracey who were staple's to this page and really helped calm many nerves and troubled hearts with info on Sam's progress.  It doesn't take just ONE person to do something for someone else. It takes an idea to get planted and then many willing hands to keep it all going! I give props and love to EVERYONE who had any part in this.

We also had some businesses offer incentives to people to purchase larger quantities of wristbands.  Thank you Wholly Guacamole and Shut up and Sweat Gear for your generous donations!!  Also to Biggest Loser Resort Malibu who offered wristbands for sale several times throughout the last few months! It is companies like you that make me proud to support you and your efforts! THANK YOU!

Anywho, I just wanted to give you a little background of WHY I was so driven to put a little effort in to helping these two. Their love story is so precious and knows NO bounds.  I adore them and was THRILLED to see this update and hear Sam's voice again.  He is a fighter! Life will only get better and sweeter from here on out!  God is GOOD! We are STILL praying everyday Sam and Steph!  Have NOTHING but love for you two!

Here is the real reason you are reading this.. to get the scoop!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I know I am behind in my blog and you will be see seeing a lot more in the next few weeks but for tonight I just wanted to share this!  I think EVERY scale should come with this on it...

  • Are you hard on yourself? 
  • Do you weigh yourself more than once a week? 
  • Do you forget to remind yourself that you are not DEFINED by a number? 
  • Do you beat yourself up when you have one bad day, one bad meal, one missed workout?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, the time in NOW to take action on how you feel about you!! You will have a lot harder time with success in your journey with negative self talk, self doubt and self sabotage.  Maybe, your scale needs a make over! 

I do not allow the scale, or a number to determine my success any more.  I am not a SLAVE to my scale.  I use it ONCE a week to gauge if there is anything I need to try to do a little differently for the coming week.  If I have several weeks in a row where the results are not showing on the scale, I try to do something a little different. 
If you find yourself in the dumps by the number this contraption gives to you.. maybe you should give it a scale make over and change the things YOU CAN CHANGE!! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I am in the process of climbing an extraordinary mountain...not a literal one at the moment, but one that is helping me climb out of this "shell" that I have been in bondage to my whole life! It's a daily climb.

I have been switching my workouts up a little bit since the beginning of the new year and will continue to do so as I start to feel less fatigued or bored with what I am continually doing.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday I spend the first 40 minutes on the elliptical and then the last 20 minutes I have been working on a 5K training program that Tara Costa sent me.  It is a "conditioning" program which will help me eventually be running A LOT more that I presently am.  I have been climbing HUGE mountains (or obstacles) with this already.    I start at a steady 3.5  for 90 seconds walking then run for 60 seconds at a 5.0.  Then Walk again back at 3.5 for another 90 seconds then run at a 5.5. Go back to the 3.5 and go up on the running minute sprints by .5 every time.  I do this for 20 minutes 3 times a week for this week.  I have actually enjoyed it and I feel so fulfilled and tired when 6am comes.  Then I hop in the shower and head off to work.

On M, W, F at nights right now I just put in an hour on circuit training.. Usually 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes bike, 15 min treadmill.  I am going to find some evening classes to take to change this up so I don't get bored of my small condo gym... (I will admit it is actually pretty ghetto, but it calls my name if I am home and that is what I need!)

Tuesday is my Biggest Loser, last chance workout..which is funny cause I don't weigh-in that night or the next, but it works so... I will let it!
I stay for 2 straight hours on Tuesday nights (no AM workout) and when I leave, I have to practically mop every machine in the place of my nasty sweat.   I made a choice when I moved into my condo that I was NOT going to get cable.  It was the BEST choice I made FOR MY LIFE!!  Now If I want to watch a show (Biggest Loser or Celebrity Wife Swap as an example) I have to go to the GYM!  It works!  And 95% of the time I am the only one there and don't have to beg for the remote :)  On Tuesday I do a lot of Circuits on the weights mixed in with the elliptical.

Thursdays, at my 5am morning workout I do The Biggest Loser Resort Mountain class. I will tell you this was my LEAST favorite class and the reason why is because I knew how HARD it was and I would PSYCH myself out that I couldn't make it to the top of the "mountain".  What I forgot to focus on, is when you get there, it is SOOO rewarding!  Now I push myself to do it time and time again.  Because Thursday mornings has proven to be one or my most challenging mornings for pushing myself I have chosen this day as the day to CLIMB THAT MOUNTAIN and it has worked well.

Here is a video of how "mountain works".  You really should try it, you will be surprised how you push yourself to get to the top.  Great way to FUEL your day, knowing you accomplished a hard thing.

Thursday evenings I have been doing a switch between elliptical, stationary bike and weights. 

Saturday's (as long as the weather lasts here in AZ) will become my hiking/outdoor day.  I want to enjoy Arizona more and see things I have never seen.  I also don't just want to sleep all day (which I have been doing).  I want to keep a routine so that I can get ALL the things done I need to for the next week (Shopping, food prep, laundry etc).

Sunday's is my day of rest both for religious purposes and for exercise purposes...oh how I love you Sunday! :)

Here is a real life picture of me after one of my mountain classes I did for myself..It is a serious workout!

I think it is important to remind myself of the "mountains" I am climbing in my workouts right now as well as reference it later as I change things up as well, to see how hard I worked to get to my goals.  

This is a lifelong journey.  One of much sweat and tears.  I love that I can feel my heart conditioning as I climb through this journey.  My breaths are smoother, my moves more consistent. I am making progress each and EVERY day!

As cliche as it is, I wanted to share the words of the song The Climb by Miley Cyrus... I feel it every day when I hit my feet at 5am. I use it to propel me through my first one hour workout of the day.
Here are the words so you can see how much it applies to MY journey:

I can almost see it
that dream I'm dreaming

But there's a voice inside my head saying "You'll never reach it"
Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking (in myself)

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high
There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose (weight)
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side

It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on
'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb...

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, MEG
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith.. (in your journey, in yourself)

I work on believing in this dream, this journey everyday while pushing all the negative talk that I have told myself all these years out of the way.  I AM worth this!  I can do this!  The mountains will start feeling smaller and smaller, all I have to do is...

Thursday, January 5, 2012


This picture and caption PERFECTLY depict how I feel today.  For those of you who haven't guessed it yet, I am not perfect.  I am a normal, overweight since childhood, girl trying to overcome a lifetime of bad eating choices and sometimes, I fall short!  Today was one of those sometimes.

I have the appropriate tools.  I have been given such amazing opportunities and MOST OF THE TIME live up to them, yet sometimes I have a temporary lapse in judgement, where the IDIOT comes out and takes all my goals for that day and puts them on vacation. Today was one of those days, a day I will never be proud of.

Today I freaked myself out by a choice I made.  And after all was said and done, I spent the rest of the day beating myself up about it.  Instead of moving on, going forward and recommitting to NEVER let that happen again!  Why do we do that to ourselves?  Why can't we move on instead of keep torturing your already weak self.  I think the reason for me is that I KNOW I CAN DO HARD THINGS, and yet I showed myself today how weak I still am.

Let me explain my dilemma. And for those of you who think I am "AMAZING" you might reconsider after the truth be told.

I have been VERY ill since Friday.  I have been pushing through migraine after migraine and stomach aches after stomach aches until I just broke down yesterday and couldn't push anymore.. I was hurting and exhausted.  I came home from work at 6pm and collapsed on my bed asleep for nearly 3 hours and slept hard.  I stayed in my bed the rest of the night, no dinner, no workout...I was too sick to even move.

I woke at 6am this morning and knew I was not going to make it out of my bed, let alone to work. I texted my bosses and waited for a response.  They suggested that I try to sleep it off and check in at noon, so I went back to sleep.  I set my alarm for 11:45am, woke up a bit to see if I felt any better, I did not.  I told them I was sorry but I needed to go to a doctor.  I HATE GOING TO THE DOCTOR!  I don't know why it trips me out so much, but I just absolutely hate it!

That decision made me have to leave my bed to get on the computer and look up a doctor that my insurance accepts (I have lived here over 2 yrs and other than the dentist and chiropractor, i have never been to a doctor). Called a few local friends and tracked down an office that has plenty of family practice doctors to help me out and got an appointment.

After booking my doctor I realized that I hadn't eaten in over 24 hours and I was so hungry my other part of my tummy hurt. I was tired, I was weak and I didn't want to make anything (or so I told myself) and the next thing I knew I had a medium pizza delivered to my door.  I paid the driver the $9.38, (they said they don't normally deliver under $20 but they had someone else in my complex just order so they would make an exception...oh how convenient, right?!) shut the door and got back on my couch, under my cuddle blanket and started to eat this pepperoni, pineapple and tomato pizza (with no cheese.. not a big cheese fan on pizza's). I am ashamed to admit that it wasn't till I got to piece FOUR and started feeling OVER FULL that I became a "conscious eater" and said to myself, WAIT A MINUTE, what just happened here?! SIDE NOTE: I will be honest with you, NEVER in my 33 yrs of life have I EVER ordered a pizza to my house all for myself...EVER!  This was the moment I FREAKED!!  What was I doing?!  What was I thinking?!  WHAT AM I EATING?! I picked up the pizza and walked it and the box to the dumpster outside.  I then proceeded to mentally beat myself up for the rest of the day!

Now don't get me wrong here, I haven't sworn off pizza for the rest of my life.  Although pizza wouldn't be my first choice in food to indulge in usually, if I were planning to eat pizza I would save up my 10% (I have talked here before about The Biggest Loser Resort 90/10 plan..90% of the time you eat on target 10% or 2 meals a week for me you can have an indulgence) and have my pizza as a planned splurge.  But this was NOT in the plan, this was very UNPLANNED and very unconscious and that is what scared me!

After a couple hours I tried to move on, move past and go about my planned appointment hoping this would all go away.

I went to the doctor. We talked about how sick I have been feeling, what my symptoms are etc.  After doing a few tests on me and checking my stats etc he determined that I was severely dehydrated!  I was shocked.  We talked about my exercise and how I had come home from the resort and then continued 2 hours a day pretty consistently and he was then pretty sure of it.  So I was given some migraine medicine so I could function and assigned to come back on Saturday (after drinking OODLES of fluids) and take a hydration test and do a series of labs and he would determine if I needed to go get an IV or not. 

On my way home from the doctor it had STILL not gone away so I decided to come clean with my battle buddy Joni and tell her what I did.  It felt good for a moment and she didn't act as though she thought it were too big of deal.  Then I spent 2 hours pacing the floor of the grocery store waiting for my prescription.  I was walking and looking at foods, sugar contents, sodium content etc.  As I was filling my cart with good options (like I usually do weekly) I was back at beating myself up for losing sight of what I know is most important for me, my journey, my life, MY HEALTH!

I still cannot understand what came over me this afternoon.  I REALLY am committed to this lifestyle, I am.  I am not looking to make excuses.  I thought that I trusted myself, my decisions and then I was side swiped.  I tend to have a really hard time making "good choices" in social situations, but there was NO social situation here...just me, myself and I.  I think this is really what upsets me, I want to trust my choices, especially ALONE.

So tonight as I lay in bed, still beating myself up.. I decided to reach out to a couple other friends along the way.  Heather and Bri, you helped me more than you know!!!  Thank you for listening, not judging me and understanding the place where I was coming from.  Bri said to me, "If this were easy, I would be wearing a bikini right now!"  That made me smile. Then she said, "Funks are good for you. It shows you how much your health means to you!"
 I love my BLR family, My battle buddy, and all my friends who support this journey! 
Their wisdom and reassurance to me basically says this:
And tonight, I believed them..
I am strong enough!  I have enough courage to go forward and with the support I have, if I PLAN I have
So the rest of this evening I went back to the drawing board.  I restocked the cupboard where I go when I am too starving to make good choices on meals.  There I have almonds (in 100 calorie servings), Mint Chocolate Zone Bars, Wasa Crackers, Freeze Dried apples etc. Now when I feel that WEAK side come on, I can curb that hunger until I am confident I make the right choices again.  Its ALL about CHOICES!