Taylor’s Journey Week 2

Right now I would really like to take a nap. A Rip Van Winkle kind of nap. You see, my kid has decided that sleep is for the weak, so I’m roused from my comfortable, warm bed every hour or two until it no longer makes sense to try to fall back asleep. During these

Taylor’s Journey Week 1 Part 2

Somewhere in the third set of modified push-ups, when I was struggling to push myself back up, I wondered if I’ll ever be able to do it. Can I push myself enough in the next few months to be able to do 22 standard push-ups without collapsing? Will I be able to lower myself enough

Meet Trainer Tracy 419

Meet Trainer Tracy 419

Hello everyone!!!!   My name is Tracy, and I am a personal trainer and professional chef here in Toledo, Ohio going by the name of Trainer Tracy 419. I’d like to introduce myself…tell you my story.   August 1, 2014 is my 6 Year Weight Loss Anniversary.  I have lost, and kept off, 150 (ish) pounds for 6 years. Today, I currently weigh

Paleo Pickled Fennel and Roasted Radicchio w/ Tarragon

Paleo Pickled Fennel and Roasted Radicchio w/ Tarragon   Ingredients:   2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 medium fennel bulb, pickled (see recipe) 4 small heads of radicchio, julienne sliced 2 T lemon juice 2 T olive oil 4 T fresh tarragon leaves, torn sea salt and ground black pepper to taste   Instructions:

Paleo Grilled Vegetables

Paleo Grilled Vegetables   Ingredients: Any seasonal vegetables you choose (10-12 ), sliced or cut large enough to not fall through grates on grill ½ cup olive oil sea salt & ground black pepper to taste 2 T fresh rosemary, minced   Instructions: Cut up vegetables, place in large mixing bowl. Add oil, salt, pepper

Paleo Mango & Kiwi Relish

Paleo Mango & Kiwi Relish     Ingredients: 1 mango, peeled and diced 2 kiwis, peeled and diced 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped Juice of 1/2 lime 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 Tbsp orange juice Pinch of sea salt   Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Hold in fridge 2 hours to let flavors


I have struggled, for the majority of my life, with forgiving. Not just other people, but myself, too. When you decide to change your life, whether it’s eating habits, career, education, exercise/health, or some other big change….you have to forgive, a lot. My biggest hurdle to get over, while I was losing weight, was forgiving

Having A Reliable Support System

  Having a close-knit circle of people who support you is so important in life. When you take on a humongous task like major weight loss, you have to know that your “core” people will be there for you. I struggled constantly with “friends” trying to undermine my efforts-not out of spite, but out of

5 Pillars of Strength

5 Pillars of Strength My 5 Pillars of Strength are: Nutrition, Exercise, Goals, Support & Self-Image. All 5 are components of overall health and wellness. If you are lacking in one, or more areas, you will not be able to reach your goals or maintain your new, healthy lifestyle. Nutrition~ A good, balanced, healthy diet

Searching for Perfection

In the quest to become healthy/skinny/ fit/ diet/ change your life we are seeking some idea of perfection. Some kind of better life we imagine at the end of the journey. That everything will be perfect, so much better, if I’m______.  My original goal was to lose weight for a wedding, to look really good