Finding Balance

I was kind of a lanky kid; my calves were always humongous, but I was still lanky. We were pretty active back then, but also well fed despite there being so many of us. My mother cooked well-balanced meals for dinner every night, and nobody was going hungry in our house unless by choice. On…

The Kids are Watching

During last night’s State of the Union address, the POTUS gave nod to the FLOTUS for childhood obesity rates being at a 30-year low. Whether or not you agree with this claim, or the notion of crediting the FLOTUS’s Let’s Move campaign for decreasing childhood obesity, you have to acknowledge the impact of childhood obesity.…

Take Back Your Life!

The woman you see in the above photograph may be smiling, but she isn’t happy. I’ve been meaning to post “Transformation Tuesday” stories for a couple weeks now, and have written, and rewritten my own story quite a few times. Sometimes it’s challenging to be honest with yourself, especially when the image in the mirror…

Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken

It’s Sunday, and I found myself left with plenty of eggs, and no bacon, forcing me to think a bit outside the box when it came to my first meal of the day. Two chicken breasts in the fridge were calling out to me, and being disappointed in the flavor (or lack thereof) of the…

It’s Sister Birthday Week!

According to a 2009 study presented at the British Psychological Society annual meeting, having a sister makes you a happier and more optimistic person.  Findings point to sisters as the key to better coping skills, bringing families together, and encouraging effective communication of emotions. Being one of five sisters, I’d have to say I agree. In honor…

Part of a Whole

This post was written to replace a previously written rant on the Chicago Marathon’s new registration system. Reminding myself, it’s not that serious. This week I introduced the concept of fractions to a sixth grade student I support who is an English language learner and has only been in the United States just over a…