Shawn Stevenson: Sleep Smarter Book Launch Party!

Adrien and I was honored to meet and attend Shawn Stevenson’s Sleep Smarter book launch party in St. Louis. If you are not familiar with Shawn Stevenson, you are truly missing out. Shawn Stevenson is a graduate of University of Missouri, St. Louis. He studied business, biology, and kinesiology. He is also the founder of The Health Model Show. The Health Model Show has been featured as the #1 health podcast on iTunes with millions of viewers around the world.

I first heard about Shawn from his Health Model Show Facebook page. From there I decided to check out his podcast to see what he talks about. At first I thought he would be just another “health freak”. Boy, was I in for a surprise. I listened to episode 144: Mind Over Medicine with Dr. Lissa Rankin and it was truly soul changing. That podcast was so powerfully inspiring, I bought Dr. Lissa Rankin’s book “The Anatomy of a Calling”, which talks about finding your life’s purpose. I wanted to hear more, so I started listening to several other podcast from The Health Model Show. Being a part-time student, full-time employee, and a family, time is not my friend. However, I made time to listen to Shawn. I would listen to Shawn in my car during travel time and on my Bluetooth speaker while cooking dinner.

As you may know, I am currently in school to become a Dietitian. Which means I am not only learning about which foods are healthy vs the unhealthy foods. I am also learning the biological and scientific approach and effects that foods and lifestyle have on the body, most importantly health. When listening to Shawn’s podcast, I surprised to hear him apply biology and science to his topics. Which coincide with what I am learning in my studies. He has a range of topics from dealing with stress, creating healthy habits, weight loss vs fat loss, and the benefits of sleep. His podcast are entertaining, easy to comprehend with an added spice of humor.

Adrien getting his book signed.

I have heard and I am sure you have heard that sleep is important to health. Although we have heard that over and over, do you truly understand why and how? Because, I don’t. Well, now we all have access to a book that will give us all a better understanding about the importance of a good night’s rest.

Below are two links where you can find the book and a link to Shawn’s website. On his website you will also find his book tour dates. If he will be in your area, buy your tickets. Invest in you!!!!

The Health Model Show Website

Sleep Smarter Book


Back In Motion Monday

Today I was recharged with motivation, especially after seeing a friend of mine lose 111 pounds. I would like to lose 15-20 more pounds by Spring. I believe this goal is realistic and reachable.

I Can Lose 15-20 Pounds at 40!

Starting my day, I ate a nice hot bowl of whole-grain oatmeal with strawberries.

Lunch was baked chicken, brown rice, and broccoli.

Dinner, as you can see below. Mixed vegetable, baked chicken, brown rice with the remaining of the broccoli I did not finish at lunch.

The only thing I forgot to include in my diet today, was a snack. Which I see that I need to have some type of mid-day snack because I get that crave for something.

I also completed a 45 workout.

I Can Lose 15-20 Pounds at 40!

Hi. I’m Still Here


I have not written in awhile. This is due to my busy life. I am balancing a full time job, part-time school, family, friends, volunteer work, and community involvement. At times I wish there was more time in a day. If there was more time in a day, what would I do with the extra time? Honestly I would sleep. Lately I have been using Fitbit and it tracks sleep. On an average I get 5 1/2 hours sleep. Which is not good for my mind and body or for weight loss. One day I got 7 hours of sleep and I was jumping for joy. I felt more energized and refreshed.

Although I have not written in awhile, I still have been maintaining my 30 minute workouts. Not everyday but at least every other day on an average. I have not weighted myself in about 3 weeks because I am afraid to see what it says.  Thanksgiving holiday feast, not having the time to plan my meals, and not exercising as much as I would like have been factors I have been facing. I need to get back into my groove of working out like I want to. I have been doing more cardio then resistance training, which I try to incorporate both.

I am still striving towards my goal and have been loving what I have already accomplished.

Even when you can’t eat as healthy as you like or workout as often as you would like. Keep in mind:

  • Portion Control
  • Don’t allow yourself to over indulge
  • Fill up on vegetables and water first
  • Don’t turn a cheat meal into a cheat day
  • Make a mental note of what you are eating
  • Don’t beat yourself up or feel like a failure





Meal Prep Review

Last week I meal prepped lunch and dinner for 4 days. I was hoping to save cooking time while adding convenience to my busy schedule. I must say that last weeks prepped meals was a success. It saved me time and the meals were created based on a healthy plate of protein, vegetables, and fiber. Also, we had no left overs. My soon to be fiancé has actually lost a few pounds last week. I think it may have a lot to do with the meals that were prepared for him.

It was so much of a help to me that I decided to meal prep again for this work week. This Sunday I did turkey meatballs, brown rice, mashed cauliflower, black beans and vegetables. The meals I made this time will last us 3 days for lunch and dinner. The remaining days we will have fish with vegetables. I could have prepped the fish, but I like my fish fresh. Plus fish does not take long to cook.

New Food Item – Shirataki Noodles

Today someone told me about a no carbohydrate no calorie noodle called Shirataki Noodles. I have not tried them yet, but I am always up to trying new and different things.

As much as I love pasta and use to eat pasta, I trying to find ways to still get a pasta dish once in awhile. I have switch my pasta to whole grain pasta and sometimes I use zucchini to make my pasta. Now I can try Shirataki Noodles!!!

What Are Shirataki Noodles?

Shirataki are Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam called devil’s tongue yam or elephant yam. Shirataki noodles are largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber.

The traditional shirataki noodles have zero carbohydrates, no food energy, and no gluten. They are carbohydrate free because they are made with glucomannan starch which is an indigestible dietary fiber.

Here are a few recipes I found online….

More recipes HERE