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I should be sleeping, but I shot a video of a song today and the shock of seeing what I look like is traumatizing. The following is the conversation I’ve been having with myself. 

  1. My arms are flubbery strong and hold my children close to me.
  2. My breasts are in need of a lift beautiful tools that fed my babies.
  3. My stomach is in DIRE need of a tummy tuck a masterpiece, every stretch mark has a story, the skin reminds me of my wonderful pregnancies.
  4. My butt could use some stair action. No really, it could. 
  5. My legs are so wide they touch both coasts faithful they take me anywhere I want to go.

It’s hard to love your body when you’re constantly telling it negative things. My body never speaks unkindly to me, is a marvel when you think of how it regenerates and heals itself, is a trooper for being on the roller coaster of weight gains, has allowed me to experience the miracle of life three times. My body has not betrayed me, I have betrayed it. 

Speak kindly to your body. If you treated a dog or a child the way you treat your body, you would have it removed from your custody. 


A group shot of all the boys on the first day of school!

The Pirate Kid started his first day of Kindergarten yesterday. Insert tears here. As you can see from the picture, I totally have everything under control. Totally….

He came home today and said “Mom, I guess I only like your food. I mean, I like food. But only yours. Not the school’s.” 


So this means I have to NOT ONLY adjust to waking up early (oh the life of a night owl/musician), not only do I have to adjust to getting 3 kids in real clothes by 8 am (what’s wrong with jammies all day?!) now I have to make a lunch for him. And he’s deathly allergic to peanut butter and other things, so it won’t be an easy task. I really want to focus on fun, filling, and most of all HEALTHY foods for him. And you know I want his lunch to be the envy of every little kid. Yeah, I’m that kinda mom.

Oh well. It will be fun. I use my friend Roni’s recent Back-to-School idea post she did for The Laughing cow as inspiration.

What cool ideas do any of you have for school lunch?

There’s something about the combination of mint and mango that ignites the taste buds in your mouth. It is truly a classic pairing of sophistication and tropical yumness.

Totally stole this idea from my favorite food/fit/mommy blogger, Roni of Roni’s Weigh, Greenlitebites, and Babble.

She created a Minty Mange Whole Wheat Crepe recipe. I had some of the things lying around, and I’ve been eyeing that recipe for a couple days so I made do with what I had on hand. 

The Result? 

Hands down the best dessert I’ve ever made. I think anyway haha. SOO GOOOD! 

I love sticky rice. The first time I had it, it was amazing. It consisted of white sushi rice, some kind of sticky coconutty syrup, toasted sesame seeds, and mango on top. It was really good. But nowhere near as good as this. And I’m sure that was calorie-laden, while this is a little more thighs/butt/stomach friendly.

  • 1 C Brown Rice
  • 1 mango, diced (I learned how to do by watching this video here)
  • 1 T cream of coconut  (Not to be confused with coconut milk)
  • 5-6 mint leaves, rolled and sliced
  1. Cut up mango, mix it with the chopped mint leaves. Let that sit for as long as you are willing to wait for dessert. I let mine sit for about…45 seconds. 
  2. Place 1/2 C of rice in a bowl.
  3. Top with mango mixture.
  4. Drizzle a teaspoon or so of the cream of coconut over it all.
  5. Devour.

Makes 2 servings.

Points Per Serving:  3 points (3 PointsPlus – the mango doesn’t count)

  • 210 Calories
  • 2 g fat
  • 4 fiber
  • 46 carbs
  • 3 protein

I’m in Brooklyn this week to finish recording my album. Tonight I unfortunately met an Italian Bakery.  Hopefully this relationship won’t last long 😉

I came prepared, however! I have a 5 pound bag of mandarin oranges, plenty of water, and the motivation to eat “cleanly.”  Eating on the road is never easy, but IT IS DO-ABLE! A little preparation can go a long way.

I know I can always grab a sandwich.

I know I can order a salad and a bowl of soup.

I know I can get a bag of carrot sticks and some fruit and be satisfied.

I know I can eat a cupcake and it won’t kill me or “ruin” my day.

I know I will survive this trip.

Well, that is if I can stay away from this place.

I’m keeping it short and sweet since I’m busy with the kids, bedtime, and eating cookies (naughty, naughty!)

At my Weight Watcher Meeting Weigh-In……




Isn’t it funny what we see based upon our perspective? 

I’m a musician. I see a saxophone player. Some people say they see the silhouette of a woman. Our perspective leads our mind to choose one or the other.

Whenever I feel as though I’m not eating the way I should, moving enough, or maybe when I’m just depressed, I can look in the mirror and see an ugly, tired, worn out, fat me. Mostly just a fat me.

I saw this a few weeks ago, even a few days ago. I’ve seen it for the past two years. Actually, I’ve seen it all my life. No matter what I weighed or looked like to anyone else, all I could see were all of my physical shortcomings. Like most of us, I stupidly pin these shortcomings to my self-worth and self-esteem. 

Since starting this blog about two weeks ago, I have lost almost 10 lbs. My weight hasn’t budged since early January, a few weeks after delivering baby #3. Well, that’s a lie. It has gone up and down, up and down, but stayed within the same 5 pound up and down range. 

I weigh myself every day. As I’ve said before, it helps me stay honest and accountable to myself and I feel it is a very good litmus test that shows me how I am treating my body. This week I have watched it drop and drop and drop. Now, of course I’m upset that it started dropping AFTER I did my official Weight Watcher’s weigh-in, but it has been a very welcome thing for me to see.

Tonight I looked in the mirror. I didn’t see the pre-programmed image that I always see. I am sure my body doesn’t really look any different than it did 2 weeks ago, I would have noticed it in my clothes. But as I looked at myself, I started to see the silhouette of a woman who is gaining confidence and losing baggage. I felt better about myself. I felt confident. I felt really good about myself and I was able to pat myself on the back for what I’ve accomplished. Not once did I call myself fat.

These are the little victories that can never be won on the scale. They don’t come with a weight, a size, or a price tag. They come from within and they feel better than anything I can describe. 

Monday:  I’m happy and surprised with my weigh-in this week because I didn’t “try” hard (at all) and had a nasty run in with a cupcake and some dove chocolates. But I’m happy, nonetheless, and pumped to try this week because I am down………. 1 pound!

It’s now Wednesday. I kinda wish I hadn’t weighed in on Monday, because my home scale is showing I have lost 3 more lbs since my weigh in! Ahhh, the pressure to keep the momentum up all week! I hope will try am going to do it!

Something has clicked this time around. It wasn’t like a big definitive “ah-ha” moment or anything, but I just feel like I am going to win this time because I am in it for me.

As for life in general, things are going ok. I am sick with double ear and sinus infections (I’d rather be in labor right now, it hurts so bad) but I’ve managed to keep productivity up at home. The house isn’t a mess, laundry is done, dishes are clean and put away. It sure feels good to have a handle on something.  The most exciting thing going on right now is the Pirate Kid’s Crush.  He has a thing for a girl in his class, but is too shy/only 5/awkward to even talk to her.  Every night before bed he talks to me about this problem (our first “real” talk!) I’ve also found my newest piece of leverage.. “Shannon will not like it if she finds out you’re mean to your brother/don’t put your toys away/don’t listen to mom.” Guilt, a mother’s best friend.

Have a great week everyone!