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I was at my heaviest EVER!

transformation stories Mar 22, 2017

I have been overweight just about my whole life. I have tried what seems to be every diet with the hopes of quick weight loss; we all know that doesn’t happen.  I lost weight, gained more back, lost again to only gain even more back.  I lost 30 lbs after my first son was born by following weight watchers. It didn’t take long and I started to gain some of the weight back. After I had my second son, I never lost all of the baby weight and just gained more.  15 years later and I was at my heaviest ever.

7 months ago I finally got to a point where I knew I needed to make a change. Both of my parents passed away at young ages and I knew if I didn’t get my weight in check I could be facing serious health issues.  I have never been one to do much exercise so starting an exercise program was scary. I didn’t know much about Tall Trainer other than some friends “Liking” the face book page. I did read the testimonials on line and thought...
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Roasted Carrots

recipes Mar 17, 2017

There are times when I find cutting and prepping vegetables very calming.  I was having one of those days.... I popped on an audio book and went to town peeling and prepping the big bag of carrots I had that needed to get used.  For those who do meal prep (which I highly recommend) get audible and listen while you work! :)

This requires a mandolin slicer, but you can buy pre-sliced carrots and then this recipe would be ready to bake super quick!

Roasted Carrots ..Or Carrot Chips
2 lbs or carrots
3 tbsp. Coconut oil melted
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place parchment paper or a silpat on 2 baking sheets.

Peel and Slice carrots (I love the heirloom carrots with the purple, yellow and orange).  If you are roasting your carrots you can slice them a little thicker (my mandolin has 3 thicknesses and I did middle).  If you are going for the chips do it on the thinnest setting.

Melt the coconut oil. ...

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Picture Imperfect!

healthy lifestyle mindset Mar 13, 2017

This Is My Knee…….


Recently a runner I follow inspired me.  She showed a comparison of 2 pictures taken during a race.  One captured some skin moving and shifting while the other didn’t.  I thought, GOSH I have about a million of those…and I wanted to share to maybe free and inspire someone else!  For those who have looked at your knees during mountain climbers and thought, “whoa, what is going on there”? Mine do that too!


THIS IS MY KNEE ABOVE!  During this particular race there were at least 3-4 other pictures taken that my knee does not look like it is flapping in the wind.   But I get stuck focusing on THIS ONE PICTURE.  This one millisecond captured that no eye can see in real time.  This picture of my knee has made my stomach flip upside down and get paralyzed on thinking about what my body looks like.  It made me feel unsteady and insecure.  I literally have countless...

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Are you living in a Rat Park?

Uncategorized Feb 25, 2017

Are you living in a RAT PARK?


I have mentioned to many of you the book THE FOUR DAY WINby Martha Beck.  In this book there have been many tools that were/are EXTREMLY helpful in gaining understanding and control of my food behaviors.  One of which she explains as creating your own RAT PARK?!?!


There was a study conducted..on you guessed it…RATS!  Apparently they have a nervous system similar to ours.  I really don’t like to have anything similar to a rat but oh well. They also found that rats do not like cages, they like to be free and have room to roam about.  Ok so I guess I can relate to a rat, especially in WINTER when at times I feel trapped inside.


In this study they took two groups of caged rats.  One group of rats was placed in a standard old boring cage.  The other group was placed in a RAT PARK.  This rat park cage was built like an all inclusive resort with excursions for...

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I kept telling myself over and over

transformation stories Feb 21, 2017

Meet Naomi!

Why did you start?
My clothes were getting tighter---still eating though.  Feelings of frustration – telling myself over and over – “You need to do something different – eat less – exercise – something!”  But I was still eating and clothes getting tighter.

I had an invitation to “Bring a Friend Day” at Talltrainer from my daughter-in-law.  After many “hems and haws” away I went.  August 2015 was a starting point and now a over a year has passed.
What have some of your results been?
Eating habits have changed because, first Andrew and then Jeremy shared the what’s, how’s and whys of eating – “Eating 101”.  Vegetables, fruits, proteins and water, water, and more water, became my focus.  Breads, sweets and processed foods have become foods not eaten frequently anymore.  Smaller portions and again more water have helped.  Eating fewer...
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Mason Jar Eggs

recipes Feb 15, 2017


Mason Jar Eggs (makes 4 jars)

This is a perfect on-the-go high protein make ahead breakfast for those busy mornings.  The varieties are endless on what you can add. 

8 large eggs (you can do 4 eggs and 4 egg whites but I prefer the whole)
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl add eggs, greek yogurt and seasonings.  Whisk by hand until fluffy.
Spray the inside of 4 mason jars (I found jelly size worked best for the above ingredients). 
Layer in spinach and peppers between the 4 mason jars. 
Add egg mixture filling them 3/4 full (DO NOT OVER FILL THEM, they WILL spill over when baking).
Place mason jars on a small baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes or until eggs are firm. 
Eat right away or store in the refrigerator with a lid for your quick grab and go breakfasts.

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36th Birthday Workout!

exercise videos Feb 08, 2017
My 36th Birthday Workout!!!
HERE IS THE VIDEO << click for 36 exercises
Let me know if you have any problems seeing it as this is a link to Facebook and might not work right for everyone.  
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9 Reasons it's better to be Overweight

9 Reasons it’s Better to be Overweight


If there are so many reasons we should be skinny why is any of us overweight?  Have you ever done a pros and cons table when making a decision? You list all the positives for making the decision on one side and list all the negative results on the other.  At first some people may think there are no benefits to being overweight, but I’ve been training people long enough to know that isn’t true.  Sometimes we are even unaware of a powerful reason we keep sabotaging our weight loss efforts.  Some of these reasons I have seen range from minor annoyances to crippling traumas. 


This is not an exhaustive list.  If you find yourself overweight see if any of these are subconscious motivators for you and sit down with your pros and cons chart and brainstorm some of your own personal pros to being overweight.  If one of these is a powerful motivator you will need to address that...

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Do I even Like food?

Do you even LIKE food??


I guess I DON’T like food:/


Recently I was reading a book and it made me question whether or not I really like food?!  I realized that the way I was eating did not line up with my deep love and appreciation for FOOD!


I have a real struggle with INHALING my food in all of 30 seconds.  It is insane the amount of calories I can put down and hardly even TASTE it!  Often after meals I would have severe abdominal distress because I ate like a wild animal!  This is not the way someone who LOVES food acts.  They enjoy and savor each bite, pause between bites and actually think and feel what they are experiencing with each taste.  Someone who loves food acts like they are a food critic and could write a lovely article about what they just ate.  


There are several reasons why I eat/ate fast.  The fact of the matter is now none of those reasons are even true in my life anymore. It is...

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Chicken Curry Soup

Uncategorized Jan 26, 2017

Chicken Curry Soup (serves 6)

In a large stock pot Saute over medium heat:

2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 small yellow onion minced
3 cloves of garlic minced

Saute until Tender and then add:

1 lb of chicken cubed
2 cups of carrots sliced
2 cups of red peppers sliced
8 oz of button mushrooms (if you don't like mushrooms then just increase the amount of carrots and peppers)

Once the chicken is no longer pink Add:

1 14oz CAN of full fat coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock (I have been buying bone broth for the added nutrients)
2 tablespoons of Thai Red Curry Paste (ethnic isle)

Incorporate all together and then Add:

4 cups (or more) of fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger (more or less to taste, you can also get fresh ginger in a "tube" in most produce sections)
Juice of one lime

I really LOVE soup this time of year and this was a keeper.  Jeremy isn't a huge Curry fan be he really liked it too!


this serves six so each 363 grams of soup holds:
253 calories, 15g carbs, 29g...

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