It Starts With a Hole

Holding out several packets of squash and tomato seeds to the nursery cashier, I asked.

“Is it too late to plant these?”

She then turned to the bagger and snickered.  “Ummmm, you can always try.  See what happens.”  She said in a “good luck girly” tone.

Okay, so it was no mystery that she was talking to an amateur, but would it have been too much to ask for her to have a little faith?

Armed with a bag of seeds, I then consulted with my neighbor about starting my own garden (Organic and non-GMO, of course!) in which she simply laughed, “By the time you start, gardening season will be over.”

I figured she would be the perfect source considering the fact that she’d managed to grow a jungle at her other house in the mountains.  Pineapples and lemon trees in the mountains of North Carolina?  In the middle of winter?  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  And although she’s a little tight lipped about the secret fairy dust she sprinkles over her garden,I’m beginning to believe one of the main ingredients is Miracle Growth.

I thought that perhaps with a little luck and lots of praying I could develop a green thumb or at least a fraction of it.  Were my ambitions so low that at that point in time my only wish was to have something green sprout out of the ground?  At least an inch or two or something plant-like.

So what if it was June-ish when I finally built a house for my soon-to-be garden and July-ish when I planted my first zucchini seed?  I needed that month to build the best veggie house I could on a budget and to muster up enough courage to actually build the damn thing.  If you haven’t guessed it by now, I was little worried about my adventure into gardening.  (Just a little.)  But I pushed through my concerns despite the snickers and giggles and here’s how it all went down.


(By the way, I have to admit that if I were a vegetable, I’d want to live here too.)

Why am I imprisoning my beautiful garden you might ask?  


There’s your answer.  Deer are a gardener’s worst enemy along with their buddies, the squirrels.  In Eastern and Central Carolina we don’t play around.  You either build a fence or forget about having food for yourself.  You’ll just be feeding the wildlife instead.

Okay, so I’m not a professional (Just yet), but I know a little somethin’ somethin’ about getting dirty.  I spent plenty of summers planting seeds along my grandfather in his garden when I was a little girl.  As a child, I may not have understood the true awesomeness of burying a seed into the ground or how that simple act had the potential to affect the rest of the world and someday possibly end world hunger, but I knew something great was about to happen.  And that greatness started with a hole.


IMG_20150630_073526 (1)


It took cutting through the arteries of the earth and going toe-to-toe with live snakes (Did I mention that I hate snakes?  Like run-in-the-house-with-the-rake-still-in-your-hand kind of hate?) to create this late summer miracle, but in the end it was worth the effort and next year I’ll be a little ahead of the game.




Seeds Planted:

Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash (a.k.a. Spaceship Squash (the only way I could describe them as a child), crookneck squash, grape tomatoes, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, herbs: basil, chives, parsley, bay leaves, lemon balm, thyme).

Produce Harvested:

Grape tomatoes and all herbs

Healthy Journey!

(Deer: Photo courtesy) http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/whitetaileddeer.htm


I’m Doing It: SELF Drop 10

What I’m Eating:


P1000632 P1000633





P1000634 P1000636 P1000623



P1000638 P1000634 P1000625 P1000370





Week 4: No More Crying, Feel the Burn!

crying in baseball

Wow, I’m such a bad blogger!  I am back now and as always I’m eager to talk about food.  I don’t have many pictures to share this week because I’ve been eating a repeat of last week’s menu mainly because I want to get rid of leftovers.  I’ve added a few new exciting editions and I’ve kept a few classics.   Check out these babies…


Fish Tacos w/ Homemade Whole Wheat Wraps and side of Kale Salad


Veggie Burger w/ Whole Wheat Wrap (love these things) and salsa



Mango-Tomato-Avocado-Edamame Salad w/ Shrimp

I’m still not seeing the results I want to see after changing my diet to fresher and cleaner foods, but I think in time I will see some.  When doing high Intensity workouts your body tends to do crazy things like retain water to protect the muscles and in turn, the scale does not move.  Well, sometimes it does, but not in the right direction.  I’m trying to sweat it.  I am taking a few notes from the Elite Nutritional Guide that comes with the Insanity workout.  I think my ratio of fats, protein, and carbs may be off and so I’m going to pay more attention to that, but folks, I will not sacrifice flavor.  No way, no how!

I am getting stronger and taking fewer breaks during my workouts.  I don’t take any breaks while doing the Insanity warm-ups, which is a great improvement for me.  There are a few exercises that I really focus on and try not to quit before the 30 seconds or minute is up, however, I’m still struggling with the floor planks and floor whatever.   It’s tough, but I’m determined to finish this program feeling healthier and stronger.  I’ve wanted to quit so many times, but I keep telling myself that I’m so close.  I can’t accomplish anything by not doing anything or going backwards.  I’m right where I need to be and Folks, I’m going to continue to kick major bootay!

Healthy Journey!


Days 6 & 7: Taking It Easy


“Are you going to be able to eat out?”

“Do you want to meet me for dinner?”

“Do you want a cookie?”

These are some of the questions that I’ve been getting lately from the boyfriend and friends.  You know, I honestly haven’t thought about the answers.  In my mind I’ve been thinking that I would follow these fingerlickin guidelines during the weekday and possibly the weekends, but we all know that the weekends pose a completely different problem than the work week.  There’s the temptation of movie theater popcorn and jufubes, dinner parties, and birthday cake.  So what’s a girl to do?  I went with the flow.

I knew that I had plenty of healthy options in the house so when a friend invited me out for coffee, I threw an apple, baby carrots, seaweed chips, half of an almond butter sandwich, and my water bottle into my bag and headed out.  “Hey, if I buy a cookie do you want to share it?,” says my friend.  “Nope,” was my answer.  What I realized in that moment was that I didn’t really want the goodies.  Just because I was surrounded by sweet awesomeness didn’t mean that I had to try them.  I was equipped with good food, so why pay for the junk?  This weekend was a learning experience overall.  I’ve come to realize that if I really want something, it’s okay to have a little, but don’t make a big deal out of it.  No one’s going to arrest me for having a bite of banana pudding.  However, when I start to spiral out of control, that’s when someone’s got to pull me back in and that someone has to be me.  Following the fingerlickinNutrition guidelines has given me focus.  I haven’t perfected every single one and that’s okay.  The thing is that I now have more structure and am learning to enjoy healthy food again.

Still feeling good about my progress and hoping this week is just as successful as the last.

Healthy Journey!