New Me Week Two: Hipsters

This week I ate a lot.  There’s no real way to get around that one.  If it was dead and warm, there was a fair chance I was putting it in my mouth.  I stayed within my frame of healthy eating.  Mostly.  And I tried to incorporate more exercise to counter my inability to stop eating.  Luckily, whatever I did worked.  Danielle: 1; Compulsive Overeating: 0.

There’s a lot of work to be done in the managing-the-eating department, which this week did a really great job of reminding me about, but I’m determined to get to the root of the problem and just stop it.  Or do it less.  Less do is good.

Here’s a quick recap of my week.


There was just so much of it.  I cooked a few healthy meals this week, but I tended to overeat even those.  The week started with pizza, which was a bit of a fail even though I chose to eat it.  From there it was just one fall after another.  The good news is that after each fall, I was quick to undo the damage with positive physical changes.  That counts, right?

One great recipe I made was what I am going to call: Lean Burger and ALL THE VEGG!

2016-11-05-19-55-09To make this dish, you’ll need:

4 ounces of lean ground beef (92% lean or higher)
1 Weight Watchers string cheese of your choice
1 light English muffin
1/2 of an acorn squash, sliced thinly
1 small sweet potato diced
1 red pepper cut into slices
1 head of broccoli, cut small
2 chopped scallions
Grated Parmesan cheese (I used 1/4 cup)Light butter, to rub on pan for no-stickies

First, add all your veggies (except for the scallion) onto a tray you’ve first rubbed down with butter.  I put the acorn squash flat on the pan while throwing all the the other veggies wherever there is room.  You might have a better method.  Put the pan in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.

When the time is up, take it out and throw the chopped scallions along with the Parmesan cheese on top.  Stick them back in the oven, same temp–another 25 minutes.  While they’re going at it in the oven, heat up a pan and slap your burger patty on it.  I like to gingerly toss some spices on my burgers–do what makes you happy.  While that sizzled, I put the English muffin in the toaster oven with the string cheese chopped up and on each half.

Once your cheese is melted and your burger is done, get it together and on a plate–take the veggies out of the oven (they should also be done) and add those to the dish.  Delicious!


This was a hard week for the gym.  My hip ached all week post-training, so I resigned myself to lots of cardio and rest.  I should be back to the gym this week, and let me tell you–when you don’t go, you miss it.

This month I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m grateful for–and having a strong hip without pain may top the list.  Here’s to a grateful and happy week to come!

Starting weight: 210.2 lbs

Current weight: 203.0 lbs

Total loss: -7.2 lbs

The Marvels by Brian Selznik

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Brian Selznick

Holy cow—I needed a break when I was done reading this one.  Another beautiful fiction story woven by artist and storyteller Brian Selznick, this tale spends some time in the past and some time in the present, weaving together a beautiful history of one boy’s family.

The novel opens with pictures that detail the history of the Marvel family, starting with Billy in 1776 and ending suddenly, mid-action with Leo, Billy’s great-great-grandson.  The center of the book then follows Joseph, a young boy running away in the year 1990.

Through this story, we get to know more about Joseph, his uncle, and the mysterious Marvel family.  The story that unfolds is both heart-warming, heart-breaking, and soul-filling.  It’s about finding your family with those who love you, and about telling the stories that warm you up from the inside, even if they’re a bit painful.

I absolutely LOVED this book.  I fell in love with the Marvel family, I grieved with them, I even plotted out their family unit as I was reading.  I loved every moment I got to spend with them.  And then I got to meet Albert and Joseph and Blink and I fell in love with them too.  How could anyone not?

I fell in love with the storytelling, with the mystery of the Marvels, and with the way the story concluded.  There was one moment where I worried that the end wasn’t real, and it was just Joseph imagining the future, but then I realized that the time jump and the child fit the exact mold of the overall story and knew it would all be okay.

What an incredible job Mr. Selznick did when he created this book—it’s by far one of my favorite read of all time.  There’s a great line from the book that describes how I feel having just finished it: “…and his heart nearly broke with love.”

I highly recommend this one—six out of five stars!

Dear Presidential Candidates,

What in God’s name are you doing?  And more importantly, why are you doing it?  Please think about the words you are saying and the lives you are putting in danger.  Your words and your silences mean something.  Please give us more reasons to hope than more reasons to be afraid.


The librarian voting for peace

A Moment In Your Arms: The “Just Mare” Story

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Ronald Randazzo

220 pages of BEAUTY and MADNESS. Darkly romantic poetry, artwork, and short stories from the website “Cocaine Kiss” by Ronald Randazzo. Also includes BONUS selection of chapters from the in-progress and unpublished novel Sadly Jane & Empty.

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