One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


So, Yeah, I Ate Cookies for Lunch

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That’s right.


See, sometimes I get an itch to bake. Not a normal pull-out-the-tried-and-true-recipe-book itch, but a let’s-see-if-I-can-invent-the-worlds-healthiest-yummiest-cookie itch.

I’m weird that way.

So this morning after the kids were off and I got a little work done I hit the pantry and pulled out my trusty baking companion.

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I don’t actually follow any of his recipes, although I’m sure they’re good, I just have way more fun learning the science behind baking and then trying to apply it to “healthier” or “lighter” ingredients like whole wheat flour, apple sauce, coconut oil, flaxseed meal, PB2 etc.

I made two different batches and although they were edible they weren’t shareable.

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At least not yet.

I have a few ideas on tweaks I’ll try again next week.

There is a reason I’m sharing my cookie adventure: I was so full from taste-testing I decided to skip lunch.

So I guess, in essence, I actually had cookies for lunch.

Bad thing? I don’t think so. See, I think I used to be the type of person that HAD to eat 3 meals a day.

If it was breakfast time I ate breakfast. Regardless on my hunger level. 

Oh look! It’s noon. Lunch time!

Dinner is at 6, I don’t care if  we ate a late lunch. Sit down. 

I’ve learned through weight loss and maintenance that listening to my body is more important than watching the clock.

Of course there are times I know we need to sit down for a meal at a specific time because of evening schedules or after-school events. There are days I’ll only get an hour for lunch in between meetings or I’ll be on the road for something.

Those days I remind myself Hunger is not an Emergency and wait until my next planned meal.

As with most of life, it’s all a great big juggling act, isn’t it?

I guess my point is we have to go with the flow and if there’s a day or two here or there where you have cookies for lunch just because, well, so be it.

It’s not the end of the world.

In other news:

  • Neck is still progressing. I woke up quite stiff but it’s feeling much better again.
  • I had an AWESOME time assistant coaching soccer practice tonight. Boy, is THAT a workout!
  • I made an interesting new Collard Green Stew. Not sure anyone else will like it but I’m excited for all the leftovers I now have in my fridge ’cause you know my boys aren’t eating it.20140911_2924
    Will post recipe in a couple of days!
  • Speaking of, I did post the Coconut Crusted Flounder over Pineapple Rice from the other day!
  • Oh! Big blog news – I’m changing my email subscrip,tion service. If you receive my updates in your inbox keep an eye out the next few days. I’m going to attempt to seamlessly move everything over. If you notice you stop receiving my posts, check your spam and approve the new service to be added to your inbox.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a mess as I’ll be merging two old systems. This is something I should have done a long time ago.
  • #wycwyc the book is coming along nicely. Our publisher just sent us the official Library of Congress entry. How cool is this?
    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
    Birnberg, Carla.
    What you can when you can : 50 ways to reach your healthy living goals / Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone.
    pages cm
    ISBN 978-1-58005-573-4
    1. Women–Health and hygiene. 2. Women–Psychology. 3. Motivation (Psychology) 4. Health. I. Noone, Roni. II. Title.
    RA778.N785 2015
  • Yesterday the 9-Year-Old and I ran a half mile after school. This was his reaction.
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  • Yesterday was also the 9-Year-Old’s dinner night! He made steaks on the grill!
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  • We had a great meal outside.
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Ok, that was a lot of updates. Sorry, I was going to blog really quick yesterday but we let the kids stay up and watch a movie with us. It was a great family night.

OK, I’m off. I have a date with the gym tomorrow morning. Only 1 more week until my competition!!


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There are 5 comments so far.

    Maira Uniforms International

    September 12, 2014

    Along with the exercise and physical fitness, one has to reduce the stress level and go for healthy life style and routine. Together they work to improve physical health because mental hygiene is parallel important along with the body health.

    Gary from

    September 12, 2014

    Will be sending this out to some of my clients who are working shift over to trusting themselves and their internal signals vs relying on someone else telling them what to do. I agree … not a bad thing. I don’t know anyone that’s overweight or unhealthy because, every now and then, they experiment with cookie recipes, eat some and then skip lunch.

    Martha Glantz

    September 12, 2014

    Its all about balance. I know part of my success at losing 80 pounds AND keeping it off is no food was off limits. Over the years I’ve learned that I prefer and feel better when I eat the healthier foods so that is what I choose most of the time. But a good cookie? Or piece of pie? Gotta have some once in a while. I do pay attention to hunger and usually don’t eat them just because.

    Sherri D

    September 12, 2014

    Are you my daughter? I swear you could be! Or perhaps my baby sister? So many of your posts could be written by me too!

    Regarding the three (or four or six) meals a day ‘rule’, I think the reason that is drilled into so many dieters is to ward off binging. If you get to a meal and are starving you might be more likely to overeat.

    Of course diabetics have to regulate their meal times to avoid blood sugar spikes. The rest of us though, need to actually LEARN what true hunger really is. We also need to learn true fullness and how to stop eating because it is there or because it tastes SO good and we want to keep feeling good.

    This seems to be where I am at right now. I used to pile on heaps of salad because I was afraid I would be hungry if I didn’t eat a lot of bulk to fill up my stomach. But what if, by doing that, we are stretching our stomach out?

    I have started listening to my body/stomach/mind more. Sometimes I really am hungry for breakfast. Sometimes not so much. At ten or eleven in the morning I might be hungry for breakfast type foods or lunch type foods. I ‘ask’ myself, “What AM I truly hungry for?” I ask “Am I looking for salt, sweet, sour, protein, or what?”

    I have gotten better about not eating a food just because it is sitting there on my plate. Perhaps this will lead to me being more in tune with myself as far as knowing or learning what IS full? What is hunger?

    Caroline Combs

    September 14, 2014

    I don’t know how many times I’ve filled up on cookies. Just made some pumpkin carrot zucchini cookies, and despite the name, they are SO good. The pumpkin and carrot gives them natural sweetness, and a tbsp of honey in the mix makes it all that much better.