It’s kind of interesting (and perhaps a little sad) that my most popular post on Sparkle & Sass has had to do with cookies. I mean, what about my profound thoughts? My deep observations?


You just wanna know about the cookies. That’s ok. I like cookies. However, I used the word cookie in the title of this blog, just to trick you. There are no cookies.


This year my family and I decided that we ARE going to get healthy. No more messing around. In fact, I named this year my year of health – in different areas of my life. I am really excited to say that 6 weeks in, we are staying the course. It has not been easy – but it’s so worth it to feel good! It’s not just about food – it’s about everything. Embracing a healthy attitude that becomes a way of life.

Here are a few things I have noticed:

  • I don’t hate green tea anymore (Even though it tastes like the forest)
  • Spaghetti Squash is my new favourite veggie (I could write a blog just about spaghetti squash and all it’s wonderful attributes, but I will spare you)
  • When you go to bed early and get sleep, it is possible to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized
  • Keeping the mind healthy is just as important. I sped read a leadership book about cheese this week. It took me 15 minutes. It stimulated my brain and gave me some insight about some challenges I was trying to figure out at work
  • It’s possible to buy a coffee without getting an accompanying treat (It’s more lonely for the coffee, but it gets over it)
  • If you close your eyes and chew really fast, snap peas almost taste like chips
  • Not using the “too busy” line all the time actually means you will go out and do some living
  • Burning turkey bacon improves flavour (Really burn it, like for an hour)
  • It’s ok to do something just for yourself
  • It’s easier to get healthy when you work with someone (2 sad cookies-less people are better than 1)

I knew most of this before. But when you try to live it, it becomes part of you. By no means have we reached where we want to be, and there have been a few bumps in the road. (In the form of a chocolate pizza delivery)  But it’s ok. We keep going on.  (Phase 2 involves me pulling out my Nike’s and hitting the pavement as soon as the scary ice melts)  But it’s encouraging to have stayed the course. I put 110% into all areas of my life – but the one thing that I don’t take the best care of often is myself.

I want to be a better mom, wife, friend, leader, etc

I want to wake up each day excited to live the next part of my story

So that means I need to live my life better!

No cookies?

I’m ok with that.

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