Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Vlog & Budget

We went to the beach for a week as our vacation for the year in beautiful Gulf Shores. We’ve been saving up for months to be able to afford this trip with zero debt and pay for it in cash. Trying to find the perfect balance between paying off debt but still enjoying life and […]

Read More


Healthy Low Carb Breakfast Ideas / Keto & Paleo Friendly

I hope you’re hungry! Here are a few of my favorite low carb breakfast options that I enjoy on the days that I’m not doing intermittent fasting. Sure, I still enjoy my traditional big breakfasts, but I try to limit those high carb breakfasts to special occasions only.

Follow Yum Yucky Instagram for More Recipe Ideas:


PALEO PANCAKES: I am sooo loving it. Low carb paleo pancake mix won’t bloat you! The full paleo pancakes recipe is right here. You can have this comfort food and still lose weight. Paleo pancakes steer away from the white flour carbs that come from fattening grains without sacrificing the mouthwatering delight that a plate of pancakes delivers. This mix uses almond, tapioca and coconut flours instead. There are plenty of different paleo pancake mixes to choose from.

VEGGIE OMELET MUFFINS: Holy shizzle, I love these omelet muffins! One egg equals app… Read More


Why Weight Loss Stops With Calorie Restriction Diets

Severe calorie restriction diets and quick weight loss will leave you fatter and less healthy in the long-run.  And, you will feel miserable during the process.  Who needs or wants that!?  

The less food you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, right?  Yes, until this process stops working for you. 

If you lose 40 pounds in 20 days, it will be mainly muscle mass loss and some water weight. Your body fat will still be there.

Starvation slows the fat-burning process. Your body relies on the nutrients in whole, natural foods for fuel.&nb… Read More


Improve Your Life… Be Trim, Fit, & Healthy! 3 Keys for Weight Loss in the New Year

Is your scale “creeping” upwards? You’re not alone. Unwanted weight gain is common and can be devastating to health and happiness. 80% of Americans are now overweight, with more people joining the ranks each year. Calories from food end up as fat (what we DON’T want), instead of energy (what we DO want). Calories have become a “bad guy”!

Look at common efforts to avoid calories:

Low-calorie snacks cost more if they have FEWER calories.
Dieters are obsessed with AVOIDING calories.
Menus and labels list calories so we can LIMIT calories.

Why would a necessary thing like calories (energy) become an enemy? The answer lies in our epidemic of SLOW calorie burning (a sluggish metabolism). Calories are no longer increasing energy levels, just waistlines!

Nearly 80% of Americans are now overweight. Consider these facts:
Fact # 1. Women, since the 1970’s, have gained over 1 lb per year on average!

The typical woman in the 1970’s weighed 135 lbs at ag… Read More


No Turning Back Now…

5K Progress: 

Well, I guess it’s finally official…

I’m running a 5K in two weeks….yikes…wow…this is going to be awesome…and scary. 

After almost giving up running altogether after my knee started popping very loudly (no pain) every time I went upstairs, I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for this 5K even if it means my legs will fall off (okay, perhaps I’m being just a bit dramatic); but honestly, I’ve been working too hard, come too far & want this too bad to give up  now. So, after my hubby asked for permission to run it with me and I gave it some thought, we both signed up & will be running the Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run race in just 2 short Saturdays from now…yikes! 

I am currently only on Week 6 Day 2 of the program so not quite on track but I have a feeling I’ll be okay; I truly can’t believe that I can run for 10 minutes straight.

I know that is nothing to some people b… Read More


Low Carb Lifestyle Leads to Dramatic Weight Loss

Dan before at 340 pounds and after at 182 pounds
Thanks much to Dan for submitting his story; 

The sudden death of my wife of 37 years from diet related causes changed my life. I knew I had to make a change or I would be next. For the sake of my children still at home I began to study.

I began living a low carb high fat lifestyle two and a half years ago. I’ve lost 158 pounds, my type 2 diabetes is gone along with a heart condition. I feel great. I’m 6 foot tall and now weigh 182 pounds, that’s down from 340 pounds.

If I can do it you can do it. Read my blog for my story:

Also check out his first few blog posts which are loaded with extremely useful information and resources, including links to some very excellent podcasts you can listen to: Drop wheat and sugar.. … Read More


Running Report

Oh, holy crap.  I haven’t told you people.

I got a treadmill and I’m running again.  Can I tell you how much EASIER it is now that:

1.  I don’t weigh 225 pounds… the extra weight off has made it so much easier at the start.
2.  I have a treadmill in my freaking basement, where it’s cool, where it’s right down the stairs and I don’t have to get up and drive anywhere.

((You can see my entries from before, back in May 2009, when I started running but was heavier.  The numbers are pretty darn different.))

Yeah.  So, I’m on day two of running (day off for a much needed massage yesterday!) – and I am really excited to keep up on it.  Here is my report! 🙂

(PS, this “run” is much more a “jog,” but I’m basically brand new to running / walking / exercise at this point.  I haven’t been active in a long time, so I’m building up my strength slowly.)  🙂

Day 2:  2.1… Read More


Food Addiction Resources from Dr. Ifland- Part 2 from Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego

Food Addiction Resources

Dr. Ifland spoke at Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego. Brillant!

I have so much more to say about 
Dr. IflandThe ARC  Dr. Ifland’s Text book on Food Addiction Food Addiction Reset Youtube videos
Loved meeting her, having lunch with her .
Okay, Surf over to all the links provided above. Much more to come. MUCH MORE. So much. Can’t wait. So rich. Foreshadowing here…. can’t wait.  Happy Dancing. 

Dr. Ifland taking a break from talking to Low Carb USA 2019 Attendees

Dr. Ifland and Karen Parrott (me) Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego
Dr. Ifland’s Text Book for Food Addiction and recovery- lots of reading in my future

Read More