I’m back…

Hello all! I’m back. I picked up my computer on Friday from the repair shop. Sadly they weren’t able to save anything (after I spoke with them, they said there may be a chance), so I’m starting with a clean slate.

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‘Gluten Free Vegan Pineapple Pancakes with Strawberries’

It was a slightly intense weekend around here. I’m so glad it’s over. I’m also really happy about the time change. The extra hour of sunlight at night is going to be a huge bonus. I love when the days get longer. It just feels like there’s more time to get things done. Don’t you think?

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‘My Kitchen’

Operation 20lbs…

Last year, right around this time, I went on a little diet and lost about 20-25lbs. I’m not sure If I ever really mentioned/talked about it here. Since last year, I gained about five of those pounds back.

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So I decided to give the ol’ diet a try again. I’ve been struggling with it over the past couple weeks. You see, I love food. Which I assume you already know. So this is very hard for me. But it’s really important that I lose these extra pounds because I just don’t feel good.  I’m also really in love with a lot of the clothes and styles that are becoming popular these days and I feel that this extra 20lb pounds is just holding me back from ‘pulling them off’. Does this sound crazy?

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‘Blue Orchid at Home Depot’

I have a fairly simple program that works really well for me if I stick to it. Eat less, eat healthier, and exercise. No fancy diet programs for me.

I hoping that by putting this information out to the world (aka you all), it will help me remain focused. If I can think of any tips, tricks, or foods I really like I’ll be sure to share them here. Also, if you have any ideas or great, easy, or healthy recipes that you’d like to share with me, I’d love to hear them! Maybe I’ll put together a ‘Very Pinteresting {Healthy Foods}’

Instagram…

Last year my Instragram account was disabled for some reason unbeknownst to me. With a lack of a computer this past week, I finally decided to take the time to follow up with Instagram in hopes of getting my account enabled.

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‘My sweet, sweet Jax’

Well, my efforts were successful. If you haven’t already noticed from the dozens of pictures I posted on Facebook this weekend, I’m back on Instragram! Yay!

If you’d like, you can find and follow me at: inspiredbycharm

If you don’t have a phone that allows you to use Instragram, don’t’ worry about 75% of the pictures I take are posted on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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‘Sunrise at my little Inn’

I hope you all had a fab weekend! And, if it’s as sunny where you are, as it is here, I hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy it!

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‘Waiting for someone to bring me a Mimosa. … It never came’

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  • amy of four corners design at

    I feel your computer pain – my hard drive crashed the end of January…I too lost everything…but yes, have external hard drive now and backing up constantly!
    good luck with operation 20lbs…you seem to have a good plan…

  • Ms. SpoolTeacher at

    It seems to help me a lot to write down every last morsel i put in my mouth and take the time to calculate the calories.
    And, since you are back, suddenly i’m not seeing many of your pics. mine are disappearing as well. anyone know why?

  • Janice@GypsyFarmGirl at

    I love daylight savings time as well- wish it could always stay this way! I do feel like I can get much more done in the afternoons after I get off work. Good luck with your weight loss goals! I lost about 25 in the last year and feel so much better. No fancy diet either- just eating healthier and less food and cutting out as much high fructose corn syrup as possible.

  • Anonymous at

    Great website and community – http://www.myfitnesspal.com
    Super simple to use, plus they have an app for smart phones 😉
    If you decide to join my name is nienie21. Look me up!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I was wondering how you stayed in shape with all that amazing food running through your place! I could never do it. I’ve been pinning desserts lately and not sure why because I don’t bake. I don’t bake for a GOOD reason. Because then I’d eat it! 🙂

    I look forward to what you’ll no doubt start pinning now. I started a healthy food pin board I’d like to add to. I’d love to lose a good solid 15 for all the same reasons you mentioned. Sigh… time to start walking I guess.

    And… I’ve never understood instagram. I have it downloaded and have no idea how to work it. One day I may figure it out.

    Donna

  • Dee at

    I’m right there with you trying to lose some weight. I lost 30 lbs. and have put 7 back on. Time to kick them to the curb for good.

    It’s Monday — that means a fresh start, right??? Here’s to waving bye bye to about 40 more lbs. by the end of the year.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel at

    I love the time change, too – though it makes it so tempting to spend my evenings in the backyard drinking a beer. Which does not help with the weight loss thing, which I am struggling with, too. (Also, I *still* want cake!)

  • Brandi at

    Since Jan 1st I have lost 20 pounds! Hit the 2-0 mark yesterday! After having Madison, I never lost my baby weight in the midst of all of her surgeries and being on house arrest. Plus, I am a stress eater 🙂 In Jan, I start weight watchers online. Writing down everything and paying attention to portion sizes has made a huge difference for me. A food scale makes a huge difference, as in my head 2 oz is much more than 2 oz 🙂 I have also exercised EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even if just a walk or 20 min workout video. The combo of the two seems to have made a big difference for me. I am super excited! About to go on a trip home though and am nervous about what that means for the scale. I miss my southern food 😉

    Good luck!!! Can’t wait to get some tips from you!

  • Liz at

    Hi Michael! Seems like the longer days and warmer weather is inspiring everyone to lose a few lbs! I am trying for 10, lost four already in the past 3 weeks. Doing smoothies for breakfast, no starches with dinner, double up on veggies and have grilled fish or chicken. I like roasting or grilling veggies, or have a big salad. I also cut back on wine by having spritzers – little bit of wine, lots of seltzer. Sometimes I add twist of lime and fresh mint, quite refreshing in the warmer weather and I still feel like I’m having a cocktail. Good luck!

  • Laurel Stephens at

    Wow!
    My condolences on the loss of your hard drive. A lot of people would cry on the sofa over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s over that, so I’m really inspired by you putting it behind you and diving into your plan for healthier eating.

    Best of luck on all fronts.

  • theverdanthome at

    I agree with Liz. I adopted a similar strategy (loaded up on veggies & lean meats, avoided as much white stuff as possible) and 45 pounds have left my small frame since last October. There’s still more to go but I feel sooooo much better!

    I post my recipes on my own blog – which isn’t nearly as stylish or fabulous as yours!- but the recipes are all road-tested and many are gluten-free. (Ex-home ec teacher)

    I also get a lot of great ideas and recipes from elanaspantry.com. Her recipes are wonderful (really, really wonderful!) and her website looks amazing as well!

    Speaking of amazing….your pics of your food make me want to, to, to…..cook! They are droolingly yummy! And the recipes are awesome as well! 🙂

    Peace!
    Kathryn

  • Charlene Austin at

    I am dieting and the most useful tool I can recommend is My Net Diary App. It is keeping me right on track with counting calories and I’m down 7.5lbs. Many more to go. Good luck!

  • Jessie @ amomgetsfit at

    Good luck loosing those pounds! My husband has to loose some too and joined me in doing P90X. So far I lost 27 pounds with it. So I know it’s not always easy, but it’s going to be worth it! I found your blog over Pinterest with the Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Bread. I wanna give this a try when I have people over for brunch on friday!

  • brittany at

    Don’t each sugar or white starchy food! U will lose a tonne without even trying! Wake up and have bacon and eggs or an omelette. Giving up sugar is probably one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do

  • Anonymous at

    Try the “GM” diet…I have lost 8 pounds in 10 days, no cravings at all, feel great…it is not a ‘diet’ to stay on forever, but is very cleansing and refreshing I find…just nice for a little ‘kick-start’ to a weight loss program…Best of Luck! I LOVE your blog!!!

    P.S. “GM” is for General Motors and the diet is all over the ‘net.

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