Is This What Youth Looks Like?

My mother said something on Mother’s Day while we were taking pictures that keeps resonating within me.  It resonates because I felt it deep down.  It was one of those things that you know will stay with you forever because it “struck a chord” on the inside of you. Continue reading


FlintLand: Hey, Fat Girl

I know this story has been out for a few years, but I just came across the post.  You know sometimes things come to you at just the right time, and reading this couldn’t have come at a more better time for me!

FlintLand: Hey, Fat Girl.: Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy…

When Trying To Do Right Goes Wrong

I swear, you would think that I would learn by now to NEVER go to the vending machines at work.  Today I brought a sandwich for my lunch, and I wanted to try to find a low calorie option for some kind of crunch to go with it.  Does anyone else feel like a sandwich isn’t complete without its crunch sidekick?   Sometimes our vending machines actually have baked chips, but I wasn’t fortunate to find those today.  Continue reading

Chocolate Gravy

Every Sunday morning before church, my whole family would gather together at my grandparents and have breakfast.  My grandmother made the biggest breakfast spread that you can imagine.  One thing that was always on the menu besides the normal sausage gravy, was chocolate gravy.  I know a lot of northerners never have heard of this dish before, so maybe it’s a southern thing. All I know is that it is very delicious!  I had been craving this for the past few weeks, but have been hesitant to make it because it is very rich.  Mind you, it’s not like having a chocolate bar by any means, but it is definitely sweet and indulgent.  I would like to also state that this is not something that you should have every week, but rather something you should treat yourself to once in a while.  I think I average having it twice a year, sometimes three times.  It all depends on if my son visits me or not.  He loves chocolate gravy almost as much as me!   I finally gave into my cravings, and decided to make it this morning.  After all, I did have a very active weekend and I figured what the hell!   If you like the combination of sweet and salty, then you will love having a couple slices of bacon with the chocolate gravy, served over a hot biscuit!


Chocolate Gravy

2 tablespoons self -rising flour
1 cup of sugar or Splenda  (I use ½  cup sugar & ½ cup of Splenda)
2 cups water
¼ cup of cocoa (I used Hershey)
small dash of salt


Whisk the cocoa, flour, salt, and sugar together in a bowl until there are no lumps. Bring the water to a slow boil. Once the water is boiling, gradually add in the dry ingredients whisking quickly until its consistency is similar to gravy, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Serve immediately with biscuits, butter, and a side of bacon.

It’s Never Too Late

When I was in my thirties and first started out on my weight loss journey, I lived in Florida.   There was a paved bicycle trail that went from one city to another, and a friend and I would ride it a few times a week for some exercise.  My favorite part of the ride was when the path went through a wooded area.  It was always so pretty and a lot cooler, because of all the shade the trees provided.   I always took my time going through these areas of the trail because I enjoyed it so much. Continue reading