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Five More Top Health Podcasts


Podcasts are a great way to learn when your mind isn’t occupied doing anything.  I like to listen to them while driving, flying or exercising. I subscribe to all of my regulars via iTunes and they’re free.  Last year I shared my five favorite health podcasts and I have five more to add to the list.

 Nacho Mama’s Podcast

Margo is Nacho Mama and she has a very entertaining podcast with a wide range of topics ranging from healthy cooking to food finds to Housewives of Orange County.  I met Margo at Fitbloggin’ 13 and learned she has lost over 75 pounds three times!

Her podcasts are fun and it feels like you’re having coffee with a friend.

Lifestyle Accountability Show

I first heard of the Lifestyle Accountability Show hosted by Adam and Devon Bate when they reached out to me regarding being on the show.  Before responding, I listened to a couple of episodes and was hooked.

It is very inspiring to hear the stories of others who have successfully changed their lives no matter where they are in their journey.  If you’re interested you can listen to my interview (episode 93) as well!

Tips of the Scale

Sam Lomeli hosts Tips of the Scale which also shares weight loss success stories in addition to interviewing health and fitness experts.   The interviews are perfect for when I need motivation to keep on keeping on.

Sam recently started a membership site, Scale Warrior Village, that I’ve joined and I’m looking forward to extra support and education.

Logical Weight Loss

The reason I like the Logical Weight Loss podcast is that the host, David Jackson, is in the midst of his weight loss journey.  He’s struggling with some of the same issues I do and that makes it very relatable.

He covers a variety of topics all related to wellness and weight loss ranging from how much he likes his Fitbit to the new Health app from Apple.

High Impact Blogging

This last one is probably only of interest to bloggers but since many readers do blog, I wanted to share it.  High Impact Blogging is hosted by Laura Williams and she interviews top health and fitness bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers.

It’s a great way to get tips and I get at least one new site or resource to check out every episode.

Check out these five (and the original list if you haven’t already) podcasts and you just become a regular listener. I’m always on the lookout for new-to-me podcasts for inspiration.  Do you subscribe to any podcasts and if so, what’s your favorite?


Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review & Giveaway


One of the reasons I love being a PurexInsider is the opportunity to try and share new products with you regularly.  The new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy does not disappoint.

The Purex Crystals Aromatherapy is a in-wash scent booster.  Enhance your life and eliminate laundry odor with great fresh smells brought by Purex.  The Purex Crystals Aromatherapy comes in three scents: Energy, Well Being and Serenity.  You can express your mood each time you do laundry with your selection!


I had the opportunity to try Well Being and really loved the fresh and enjoyable scent.  All the scents are made of a citrus and floral blended with essential oils.

The scent lasts for weeks.  After washing a couple of loads, my closet smells great every time I open it!


The crystals are easy to use, just pour into the clothes washer with your laundry and detergent.  Adjust the amount based on the strength of the scent you want in your laundry.


You can even use the attractive crystals to add freshness anywhere in your house.  FreebieQueen13 has a great idea for making sachets with the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy!

You can buy Purex Crystals Aromatherapy at major retailers in the laundry care aisle.  Follow Purex on Facebook for new and contests.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Purex, three readers will win a coupon for a FREE bottle of new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. The winner must have a US mailing address and be over the age of 18. Use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!
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Disclosure: Purex provided me with product  for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Tales From the Scale: Believe It!

Tales from the Scale-believe

Do you believe that you can make your personal weight loss goal?  At Saturday’s Weight Watchers meeting we discussed the power of belief. If you don’t believe in yourself than you might be defeating yourself.

I do believe I can lose 20 more pounds.  Part of that belief comes from the fact that although I’ve been on a very slow journey, every year I am lighter than the year before.

Where I struggle is believing in myself physically.  I think Kaia Fit is a great match for me because every exercise can be modified to the point that everyone in the group can do it.  It then not only builds strength but confidence.  I can do it!

You can do it!

Food Plan

Having said that, I’ve been struggling with getting back on track eating wise since my trip to New Orleans.  The biggest problem is sweets.


A tradition at my office is baskets of candy for Halloween.  These are right outside my office and I have to walk by it anytime I go to a meeting, the restroom or to lunch.  Its been hard to resist and sometimes I haven’t.

Some of the healthier meals I’ve had this week include sirloin steak at Applebees.


I did not use all that butter or sour cream. This meal included a side salad with light dressing as well.


One night we grilled pork chops on the George Foreman and had that with roasted brussel sprouts and another baked potato.


Last week I didn’t post but I did go to my Weight Watchers meeting.  I was down 1.8 pounds.  This week I was up 2.2.  There’s no way I ate enough to gain that amount so I’m sure some of it was water retention.  Nevertheless, it’s documented as this weeks’ weight so the total loss is now up to:

-45.6 Pounds

 It frustrates me to be so far backwards but all I can do is move forward.

Challenges Ahead

The office candy will continue to be a challenge.  Other than that, I don’t have any social outings or travel.  What’s your biggest challenge this week?

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Olives from spain

Healthy fats are an important part of a good food plan and olives play a big role in mine. In addition to using olive oil in cooking I like to snack on them including Olives from Spain.  The fiber and fat makes them very filling.

Did you know?…

  • Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives – supplying more than 155 million lbs. into the U.S
  • Olives are naturally sugar-free and contain monounsaturated fats, which can improve cholesterol levels and reduce heart attack/stroke risk
  • 95% of stuffed pimiento olives consumed by Americans come from Spain
  • During harvest in September and October, olives are picked one by one to avoid damaging the fruit.
  • Spain’s sunny weather, temperate winters and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing the perfect olive

I had the opportunity to interview Chef Annie Sibonney recently and learned ways to incorporate olives into recipes and why they’re good for you. Chef Sibonney is a Cooking Network star and Spanish cuisine expert on all things entertaining and olives.

Below is the recipe for one of the dishes in the video.


Stuffed Gordal Olives
Gordal is a large green olive from Spain that has a beautiful rich flavor and is perfect for stuffing because of it’s size. Stuffed olives are so simple to prepare, yet impressive and can make any weeknight or get together with family and friends extra special.


  • 24 Gordal Olives from Spain
  • 3 Spanish Piquillo peppers from a jar, drained and cut lengthwise into about 8 thin strips
  • 24 salted roasted whole Marcona almonds
  • 3 tablespoons quality extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (vinagre de Jerez)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 whole sprig thyme, left intact
  • 1/4- 1/2 loosely packed cup of crumbled Spanish blue cheese like Cabrales, or your favorite blue cheese.

In a bowl, combine the olive oil, Sherry vinegar, thyme, and honey. Give it a stir and gently press onthe thyme sprig with the back of the spoon to release the oils. Set aside until ready to use.

If olives are not pitted, remove pits by using the side of a large knife and apply gentle pressure, to loosen the flesh from the pit. Make a length-wise slit and very gently remove the pit. The olives should remain intact. Place the olives on a flat surface like a wooden cutting board with the length-wise slit facing up.

Stuff 1 whole almond, followed by a Piquillo pepper strip which should lay flush with the slit that was made on each olive. Trim the edges of the Piquillo pepper so they match the length of each olive.

Place the stuffed olives on a plate and gently spoon the marinade over each olive. Let the olives stand in their marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Serve by placing the olives on a platter and top with crumbled pieces of Cabrales or your favorite blue cheese.


Cat Holiday Gift List #BBNshops

As empty nesters we’ve become the doting pet owners or parents as we see it. You might remember meeting our two cats, Buster and Annabelle, in previous posts.

They and Charger (our basset hound) have their own stockings for the fire and it’s not too early to think about what they (we) need to keep them happy, healthy and appropriately spoiled. These are great ideas for the cat lovers on your holiday gifting list.

BoomBox Network partnered with me to come up with this holiday list of cat must-haves.

  1. Attack Cat SignCould be a joke, or could be the truth. Ever had your ankles scratched from under the sofa? Still a great sign you can order now and pick up at Petsmart.
  2. Motorized Cat Mobile ToyKeep your cat engaged anywhere you can find a door. Get some exercise for that indoor cat with Pioneer Pet Tiger Toy from Kohl’s.
  3. Paw Cleaning Litter MatClean the Litter off those paws as they step out of the litter box. Order it from Wayfair.
  4. Pounce ToyNatural Bamboo and canvas, natural and durable for lots of fun by Ore Originals from Nordstrom.
  5. Cat Paw Litter ScoopIf you must have that scoop hanging around, then at least make a statement! It’s an Ore Originals paw from Nordstrom.
  6. Catnip ShakerWow, a shaker of catnip! Sprinkle it on those special places, like scratching posts, or perches for a special treat. Buy this organic catnip at Abe’s Market.
  7. The Cat Whisperer BookSecrets on how to talk to your cat, if your cat is willing to listen, right? Give it a go – you never know. Find it at Petsmart.
  8. Heated Window Sill BedThe perfect window perch for your indoor cat and heated for the winter. Order it from Wayfair and have a happy cat!
  9. Kitty CaveEasy to clean, more colors available, cat bed and a little cat cave, all in one. Find it at Kohl’s.
  10. 1000 Piece Cat PuzzleDoes your cat sit on your work? Let them walk across this puzzle filled with cats. Pick this up for yourself or the cat lover in your life from Get Organized.
  11. Yoga Cats 18 month Wall CalendarReally, cats in asana poses? Up Cat, Down Cat, and mostly Corpse pose, right? World Market carries this great calendar you can use right away.
  12. Cat ShelfWall Art that doubles as shelves! Wayfair carries this fun series of cat perches.

Do you give holiday gifts to your pets?

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