Pictures of some foods I eat

Mostly pictures of diners I make at home.

Usually I have chicken or fish – lots of veggies and sometimes small starch serving (depends on how much starch I have or plan to eat later (ie late night skinny pop/trail mixture)

snacks –

this is a picture of what I take to work just about everyday

mixed trail mix (1/8-1/4 cup 140 cal (per 1/4) trail mix I get at fresh market. Add in some Kind Health granola. Pretzels and sometimes skinny pop – when I was losing I kept this snack at 250 cal per Baggie but now maintaining and exercising more so I increased to around 400 cal)


And then for afternoon or lunch ( sometimes I shake or bar for lunch – sometimes for snack – so the next snack or lunch is the offset 😄


Now instead of the stick cheese seen above I actually now go with a slice of velveta cheese (35 cal 😄)

snack/after diner

this next picture – when I was loosing was always my evening snack (now since I am eating more calories I tend to more trail mix blend 😁😱)


Oh oh and I have mentioned Skinny Pop (unfortunately my new addiction but hey I am still maintaining so no judging. Lol)


Other snacks not pictured I eat:

Teriyaki Jerky ; apple ; half a banana ; CHEWING GUM (ok not a snack but good for no calorie chewing needs – lol)


the one below is pan seared salmon (that fish was large – I usually give at least a 3rd to my son who gladly accepts in addition to his own much larger piece (oh to burn the calories he does at football) – I also have broccoli and onion and a few sweet potato chips pictured below


Fish again (looks like salmon again) with broccoli and carrots (looks like I am saving my carbs for later 😁😁)


Looks like seared trout and some shrimp below with my go to broccoli and onions and a side of mashed sweet potato


Chicken time (this is really what I eat probably 6x a week – usually fish is Sunday nights) below is a grilled chicken with broccoli,onion looks like some brussel sprouts in there too 😄, a small serving of rice (usually do uncle bens long grain and wild – but below is Minute rice (will add pic as it is a lower calorie rice😄) and I also cut up a few tommy toe tomatoes (for color 😄)


Similar to above (this is the minute rice and I added some soy sauce 😁)



Taco night

for my son I make him tacos (3 hard shell and 2 soft) or lately he wants 2 chicken/cheese quesadillas and – cheese quesadilla (for Lindsey M. –  yep I take a bite and count it too lol)

for me I put mine in a large salad

lettuce; tomatoes ; (hot: grilled chicken (seasoned with dry taco seasoning then cut and and in taco seasoning with water for juicy yumminess) ; onions/mushroom/ peppers(I like red-yellow-orange) these are sautéed (Pam) then I add the taco seasoning I mix with water). Put chicken and veggies on salad then add a little shredded velveta cheese (lower cal 😄) – salsa (for a dressing) and either have 1-2 Corn hard shells (less calorie again) or some salad tortilla strips – then after it is Pretty I make it ugly and stir all together – lol.



So that about does it – I have some variation of what is above for diner just about every night

Eating Out?

yep I sure do but never fast food for me – I always have a to go snack packed just in case or my boost for those emergency times lol – did I mention I LOVE Ideal Boost!

as far as eating diner out

this is getting easier and easier as a lot of restaurants have calories listed – then I stay in my 500-700 zone. If not I go with a petite sirloin (tell then no butter on it or cooked in / around it lol) and side is salad and broccoli (of course for me no dressing – I use sometimes just salt and pepper or a splash of balsamic vinegar if no oil in it or if Olive Garden I ask for no dressing and extra pepercornes and use them as the liquid dressing (the juice inside) or May ask for salsa

well i hope this was helpful. Have a blessed day

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Skinny – thank you

Wanted to say a THANK YOU to for writing an article about my weightloss — My goal is to inspire others that weight loss is achievable – so thanks so much for writing this article Amanda and getting the word out to your readers that weightloss is achievable — If I can “WHY CANT YOU?” – that is what I told myself back in 2013 so I ask you to ask yourself the same — because if I can I KNOW YOU CAN TOO!

Link to article they wrote : Click Here

Find the tool that works for you and work it — Lifestyle change is the key and for me Ideal Shape is and will always be the tool.  10% Discount Code off Ideal Shape Products!!!
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WBIR – Local TV – Interview about Weight loss

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WBIR (here in Knoxville Tennessee) called me last week and asked me if I would do an interview.  I have stated over and over I feel led to share my story and this is another method to let other’s know WEIGHT LOSS is ACHIEVABLE.
Thank you to Emily Stroud at WBIR for taking the time to share my story with your viewers!

To see the story please click on the link here :



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Resounding THANK YOU!!!!

You - the faithful Voters - Got me another adventure - A 7 Day Caribbean Cruise - THANK YOU

You – the faithful Voters – Got me another adventure – A 7 Day Caribbean Cruise – THANK YOU

HOW can I possible thank you all.  I am surprised – shocked – excited – overwhelmed.  You did it.  Your daily commitment to voting and sharing the voting link allowed me to be picked the Grand Prize Winner of a 7 day Caribbean Cruise. 

A Cruise is most definitely one of those things that I used to think – “that would be neat” but knew I could not go on a cruise due to my size.  I quickly would dismiss the notion of a cruise as I could not imagine the small rooms etc.  Since I am the type of person who is aware of others, I used to kind of make sure I did not put myself in places that had a lot of people – as I knew I really took up the space of two people when I was 355 pounds.

All that changed and now I am going on a Cruise – so surreal.  I am beyond excited.

To the other Finalists – Kim and Kelli – you are both beautiful and have an amazing story to share with the world.

SSC Winners

To the other Ship Shape Challenge Winners – that’s right – WINNERS – I only have happy thoughts when I think of you all.  Amazing group of people and I am so lucky to have been put on this path so that we would all be able to meet and spend time together in Utah – courtesy of Ideal Shape!  We have formed a bond and friendship through our Journeys that intersected in Utah!!!


Here is a link to their amazing stories – Transformations for each one!  Please if you have time go check out their amazing stories and video’s @

I can never say enough about Ideal Shape – The “tool” that literally GAVE ME LIFE.  I am doing all the things I could only dream of ….. so awesome.

Now I can add taking a Cruise to my many adventures (zip linning, parasailing, banana boat, roller coaster, hiking)! I am LIVING LIFE and LOVING IT!!!

 Do you want a chance to win a cruise — TAKE THE CHALLENGE — Click HERE ===>

Be sure to check out the Ideal Shape Page for coupon code if interested in ordering.  Also please visit and like my FB Page.  Have a glorious day.

The Daily Times published an article today about my Journey

     In today’s paper an article was written about my weight loss journey and I thought I would share. The Maryville Daily Times, Melanie Tucker, did an amazing job with my story.  I am thankful and hopeful that this article may inspire someone else and give hope that weight loss is achievable.

Again I want to thank Ideal Shape for being the tool for me to be able to accomplish, what was once only a dream.  I am now living life and loving it!  The great people in the Ideal Shape organization are amazing.  Yes it is a job, but they take a personal interest in helping others achieve their Ideal Shape – they truly are first class and changing lives.

For a link to the full article :

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Be sure to check out the Ideal Shape Page for coupon code if interested in ordering.  Also please visit and like my FB Page.  Have a glorious day.

Voting is over – THANK YOU

Voting is over and the results are in – thanks to those who voted for me I placed in the top 3.  On Feb 3rd Ideal Shape will announce the grand prize winner.

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You can still view the videos on YouTube as well as here



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Okay – I am asking for your vote! The most votes wins a cruise!!!
As you all know, I have been on a weight loss journey and lost 193 (now) using #Idealshape meal replacement products as my tool. They picked me as a monthly winner in 2014 where we were all flown to Utah to film our stories.
Now it is in YOUR hands to vote. I won’t lie – I really would LOVE to win a cruise as this is just another example of something I could not do when I weighed 355 pounds.
Thanks in advance. You can vote once every 24 hours so please vote for me. I would so appreciate it!!!

Go to this link

And please vote. Voting goes for the next two weeks. A gain thanks so much for your constant support
(I must say all the contestants are amazing people with amazing stories – so vote for me but if another story touches your heart then by all means vote for them) good luck to all the 2014 Ship Shape Challenge winners!

Notice that every time you vote you will be entered for a chance to win a 1 year supply if Idealshape absolutely FREE. So please VOTE!!




Stats from before to now …

Cool couple of Stats (I am an accountant after all and you would think I would like all Numbers – but prior to Ideal Shape I NEVER wanted to see my health numbers – scale, Blood Pressure, BMI – but now – wow ) – hoping the HTML Table I created works below – if not will post in a reply a different way.

Dec 2012 Dec 2013 Dec 2014
Scale 355 255 165
Waist Circumference 55 41 35
Body Mass Index 57 40.6 25.7
Blood Pressure 175/95 132/74 108/60

WOW — so not only do I feel better – clearly healthier too and all my Cholesterol readings (most were in the red in Dec 2013 are now in range and in the GREEN)

So Ideal Shape not only helps a person lose weight – but it is proven a HEALTHY weight loss by looking at my numbers – Can I get an AMEN!!!

I can still use your vote to win a 7 day cruise – so please click the link below and vote: