Welcome to Food Lovers Fit Club where we will do our best to support each other as we get fit, lose weight, and eat healthier.

Since I was on Food Network Star in 2012, I've changed and not in a good way. As part of my work, I've visited and eaten at hundreds of restaurants. I've traveled non-stop. I've developed recipes and taste-tested them all. I've eaten millions of amazing calories and have the pictures and the pounds to prove it. To put it mildly, it's time to do something because the weight is getting to be a problem!  Today, on Facebook, I told everyone I was on a mission to cut some calories and pounds before Easter. Many of my friends offered to help me and go on the journey with me. As a result, I've created a new event page where I'll post my daily activities... hopefully, that will keep me accountable.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015


FOOD: I've given up sweets for Lent and am committed to more exercise. Today is Day 1.

Total calories: 1420.

I'm really bad about skipping meals and drinking enough water. Today I did much better and ate 3 small meals during the day (including breakfast) and have a lot more energy without the mid-day slump. I whipped up a fantastic smoothie in 1 minute around lunch time with blueberries and strawberries. Using the immersion blender, the whole thing took 1 minute to make and clean up. Get the recipe...

For supper, I put together a quick "hobo pack" dinner of chicken and veggies which is far superior in taste and quality to pre-packaged diet food yet equally convenient. And it is only 300 calories for a lot of food with no preservatives. Get the recipe...


I'm extremely lazy when it comes to the exercise! I get so bored and I do much better if I am at the gym than when I use the treadmill at home. I did 20 minutes today on the treadmill but admit to stopping because had work calls scheduled. I need to get up earlier and get an earlier start. Going to buy a Fitbit tomorrow, I think. Everyone raves about it.

What about your progress? How did you do today?