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Day 34-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Covid Recovery Mode & What I’ve Learned From a Month of New Eating

Up .2 of a pound this morning, but I am in covid recovery and this doesn’t even bother me. In the past, it might have sent me into a downward spiral, but no more.

This new eating program has changed so much about how gentle I am with myself and perceptions about weight loss- much in the same way L’BRI skincare changed my ideas about getting older and aging skin.


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I feel very blessed to have both of these programs in my life now. I am SO grateful, beyond words!!

That being said, my heart rate is now 78 today- Covid has done some ugly things with my heart and tachycardia during my 3 bouts. It’s frustrating, but the only solution I have is to do more rebounding on my Leaps & Rebounds mini-trampoline. Cardio helps loads with reducing the resting heart rate and I try to get on EVERY HOUR for a few minutes. I use my FitBit to monitor my vitals and steps. 12k of steps is always my goal (for now). Lately, I have been barely getting 9k, so this must change.

If you want to get a rebounder from leapsandrebounds.com I have a lifetime 10 percent discount MISSMAISIE10 you can use. This company SAVED MY LIFE after my pulmonary embolism and previous Covid bouts and I cannot thank them enough.

OMGOSH, WATCH THIS!! MAISIE IS IN THEIR VIDEO!


Day 34-

WEIGHT: 163.6

RESTING HEART RATE:Β 78 (noooooo!!)
11,307 steps
55 min cardio

12:00 pm- 1st fueling:Β CREAMY VANILLA SHAKE
4:00 pm- 2nd fueling:Β DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE FUDGE CRISP BAR (sooo late)
7:20 pm- 3rd fueling:Β CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE (again, so late)
9:51 pm-Β 4th fueling:Β ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
11:50 pm-Β 5th fueling: fell asleep, work and illness kicking my butt

80 oz of water



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Day 27-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Covid Test Day and More Lethargy…

I was the only one to find a molecular test in my fam and had it today- now to wait 1-2 days until the results are in. I feel marginally better but SO TIRED. Sleeping off and on and rebounding is nearly impossible.

My appetite is gone, but plugging away with the fuelings. I lost .2 of a pound and that was nice.

R and Maisie were able to assemble the bookshelf. The bed arrived as well, but no energy to complete that task.

Best surprise was an Art Deco ring I designed and custom-made as a gift to me a month or so ago. It is 14k white gold, 2 ct center stone (H), and sapphires for Maisie’s birthstone. My mom wore a similar one all my life, but it was stolen along with her jewelry box full of family heirlooms when she went into nursing care. I am now making my own heirlooms to pass down to my daughter.

I had it made to look like an eye symbol, for good luck. Maisie wore it for a bit. I love it so much. I usually don’t splurge for myself (my mom always did, she lived at her jeweler’s), but I had a gut reaction regarding this ring. I am glad I did.

I am a little disappointed that I don’t even feel well enough to move a bit. I haven’t worked in a while and that is not my norm. I can barely focus on anything with the headaches that keep coming and going. Queasiness hit about 7 pm and I couldn’t think of anything I’d want to eat for my lean and green meal.

I eventually had a garlic soup with kale and sausages, which seemed to calm my tum down. I didn’t get the 5th fueling in.

Day 27-

WEIGHT: 166.2Β 

RESTING HEART RATE:Β 69
6,079 steps
12 min cardio
(today was a bad day for moving)

1:00 pm- 1st fueling:Β CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR with an accidental cup of black tea (I didn’t look at which Keurig pod I grabbed)
3:00 pm- 2nd fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
5:20 pm- 3rd fueling:Β CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE BLENDED WITH COFFEE- nommmm
7:00 pm- 4th fueling:Β HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
9:00 pm-Β Lean and Green meal:Β Garlic kale soup with sausage, saffron, and egg
11:00 pm-5th fueling: I couldn’t eat.

80 oz of water

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Day 22-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- NYE Aftermath and Headache from Hell

Woke with a HORRIFIC headache- it felt like someone was trying to remove my eyeballs with teaspoons. Maisie had a fever of 100F last night at bedtime. Probably Omicron OR maybe it’s the stupid solar flares. Wouldn’t be shocked. Stores are plum outta rapid tests around here. It’s like I have a hangover, without the benefit of drinking last night. Seems rather unfair, if you ask me.

Hot mess photo without makeup below:

Gained a bit of weight from naughty good luck NYE eating, but not worried. I am back on my horse today, firmly in the saddle with no guilt. That is so odd for me. I live for binge guilt and though I didn’t binge (I just had a meal), it is all the same thing in my twisted psyche.

Jumping back into this diet was SO EASY. I love it. Period.

Got my 12k steps on the rebounder and am planning Maisie’s Harry Potter surprise bedroom redo.
I found some interesting pieces on Facebook Marketplace that I will be picking up soon:

side table with burl top
1930s dresser

Rowan the corgi is 6 mos old this week and spoiled rotten.


Day 22-

WEIGHT: 168.6 (you play, you pay… but I will be back down tomorrow)

RESTING HEART RATE:Β 68Β 
12,017 steps
42 min cardio

1:45 pm- 1st fueling:Β HOMESTYLE CHICKEN AND VEG FLAVORED SOUP (yeah, woke up super late)
3:45 pm- 2nd fueling:Β CINNAMON SWIRL CREAM CHEESE CAKE
5:45 pm- 3rd fueling:Β CHEESY BUTTERMILK MAC (doctored within an inch of its life, coz it is not my fave)
7:45 pm- 4th fueling:Β WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
9:45 pm-Β Lean and Green meal:Β Garlic rainbow cauliflower and paleo chicken sausages
11:45 pm-5th fueling:Β YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 21-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE (even if Betty White passed away)

Ooooh- my friend came by to see me for the first time since this diet began and said I look A TON THINNER. I snapped a pic before my shower and I am amazed at how tight the skin is on my body and how my belly fat is just *POOF* gone!

I am feeling this weight loss thing. I feel like I am getting BACK TO ME again…

tonight’s anthem kicks off my evening-

Cooking Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice), collard greens, cornbread tonight for NYE. Stayed on plan all day and am ok with this. I don’t plan on drinking more than a toast of bubbly at midnight, so I am good.

hoppin john, cornbread, collard greens for New Year’s good luck!



I was horrified to discover Betty White didn’t even make it to her own 100th birthday. This must be the Harbinger of the Apocalypse if there ever was one. So sad. This doesn’t bode well for 2022.

More pics of our evening- I didn’t drink. It was a nice, chill night with fam. Wore makeup for the first time in eons.

Makeup and skincare by L’Bri at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

Day 21-

WEIGHT: 167.1

RESTING HEART RATE:Β 67Β (had a bit of fever last night, so that explains the slight spike)
9,226 steps
20 min cardio

NOON- 1st fueling:Β DECADENT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BROWNIE
2:30 pm- 2nd fueling:Β YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
5:00 pm- 3rd fueling:Β Garlic black truffle cheesy potato cakes (waffled and hacked recipe I invented)
7:30 pm- 4th fueling:Β collard greens
9:45 pm-Β Lean and Green meal:Β WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
11:45 pm-5th fueling:Β WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 18-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary-DOWN ANOTHER POUND!!

Woke up another pound gone… I have never, ever NOT gained weight during the holiday season! I.LOVE.THIS.PROGRAM.

I will be 53 in February and I am SO happy in my own skin now, thanks to L’BRI.
I marvel over how I am able to eat so much and so often and still drop weight.
Yes, I use the rebounder and fitbit… no, I haven’t yet done my yoga nor weights- I still have to add those in, but enjoying the peace and quiet of the holiday season.

linktr.ee/missmaisieandme for yours

The Harry Potter obsession holiday highlights (this is just a fraction of it):


Day 18-

WEIGHT: 169

RESTING HEART RATE: 66
13,002 steps
50 min cardio

11:30 am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
2 pm- 2nd fueling: CREAMY VANILLA SHAKE
4:15 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH CHEESECAKE FILLING (waffled as usual)
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: ROASTED GARLIC POTATO CAKES
9:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: Salad with garlic vinaigrette, chicken sausage, cherry tomatoes, and avocado
11:45 pm-5th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary DayΒ 8! 5 LBS (or more) GONE! PLUS LOWERED RESTING HEART RATE



I am back in the 160s (barely) but I’ll TAKE IT!! WOOT WOOT! It’s officially 5 lbs lost, but probably closer to double that, because I didn’t weigh in before day 1 and I kinda stepped on the scale a week prior and jumped off out of shock and disbelief.

MY RESTING HEART RATE IS THE BEST PART!! It’s down to 67 now! I suffer from high blood pressure and tachycardia, so this is amazing!



As usual, my morning has been filled with doctors and hospitals calling and family emergency stuff for the 985,670th day in a row.

My mom is confusing the doctors. She is sicker than she acts- if that makes sense. She shouldn’t be doing all the things she has been with the labs she has. They won’t release her until they can sort out what’s going on.

In other news:
I have been using the mini-waffle maker a LOT. This thing is so convenient and easy to clean and use. I got the Dash mini waffle maker on Amazon for about 17 bucks. It has rainbows on it because the other colors are back-ordered. So worth it. Rainbows and all.

So the kiddo doesn’t feel left out during my waffled fuelings, I make her waffled non-diet versions.

a little holiday dance cheer from Maisie & Rowan


The great thing about this program is that everything is balanced nutritionally, calorically, and the macros are all spot on. I don’t have to think, just grab and do.

I am thinking also about what weight loss means to me psychologically. In the past, like everyone does, I’ve never been able to see myself through body-positive eyes- even when I was what I would consider thin now. I am working hard on changing my mindset. It is so much more imperative that I come to terms with who I AM and how I look now that I am older… and be gentler about it while pushing myself to be the best I can be.

I am acclimating well to this, but still need to add real workouts in soon. I will take it day by day, because everything changes so quickly lately.

Day 8–
Morning Weight: 169.9 (I am SHOCKED, even though it is just a smidge out of the 170s!)
14,075 steps
50 min. cardio

80 oz of water

10:30 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR and two cups of coffee. It was a crazy morning.

12:50 pm– 2nd fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE (I liked this one a lot)
3:45 pm- 3rd fueling: ROASTED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES (waffled) with a pinch of reduced-fat cheddar
6:45pm- 4th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLY PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (almost forgot to eat)

9:20 pm-Lean and Green meal: BBQ CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER BOWL

12:00 am-5th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION STICKS

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Barbie Animal Rescue Playset Review by Maisie!

Link to the Barbie Animal Rescue Playset on Amazon.com

She received this for her 7th birthday this week and LOVES IT SO MUCH!! If you have an animal mad kiddo, this is the Barbie set for you!

Huge shout out to C & J who sent this to her!



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Discovered an All-Natural Product for my Kid’s Hair Snarls

this kid went from being immaculate before Pandemic Lockdown to being a feral child who barely wants to brush her hair now at almost (IN A WEEI!) 7 yrs old!

You can see by the look on her face in the befores that she was less than thrilled to play guinea pig- but it worked and she didn’t scream bloody murder while I brushed the tangles out this time!

That alone is worth EVERYTHING… if you have kids like this, you know what I’m talking about.

It’s actually L’BRI Deep Pore Freshener (and yes, I am a consultant)

I was shocked that it was for more than just faces! Aloe is magical.

Get yours at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

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Updates on the Last Few Years (Condensed Version w/Links & Photos)

I’ve utterly ignored this blog for YEARS… opting instead for the ease of Instagram and staying on my FB pages and doing Influencer Things (which, I gotta say, is more work than it appears to be and kinda mind-numbing).

If you want quick look-sees on what we’ve been up to go to:

instagram.com/missmaisiebabyfashionista

For the longer list, see below:

1. had a hysterectomy and bilateral pulmonary embolisms in 2018



2. Started homeschooling Maisie with Oakmeadow.com

in 2019 and we continued during the Pandemic (and now



3. Survived 2 bouts of Covid-19


4. Bought a RV and quarantined and farmed at my dad’s after our 1st Covid bout- raised sheep and chickens in 2020.




5. Our 3 elderly Newfoundland dogs, Berry, Scucca, and Tiberius died in 2020 and 2021… Berry and Scucca died within 2 weeks of each other in June 2021 (ages 13 and 10)- Ti died on Halloween 2019 at age 8.5.
https://missmaisieandme.com/2015/07/09/maisie-likes-to-chase-our-three-150-lb-each-newfoundland-dogs/



6. Moved into a smaller house in town in 2020 (originally, to quarantine in- now I just love it).



7. Adopted a kitten named Cake in 2020

8. Bought a new black 2 door hardtop Mini Cooper that I affectionately call “Roger”

9. Accidentally sampled an all natural skincare line on my 52nd birthday and somehow became an executive manager for this company after it made my face Benjamin Button back in time and managed my autoimmune skin.

It’s called L’BRI… do you even L’BRI, brah? Nobody’s heard of it, really, but it WORKED for me. I had no experience with this type of sales before… but I feel like the good faerie of skincare now. Life-changing- even if I don’t fall into the direct sales stereotype AT ALL.

Grab yours here:

linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

Check out my vid:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRY85MqBP0-/

10. Took up a market stall at a well-known local farmer’s market and began doing in-person readings with my long time friend and business partner, Gidget, over the summer called The Rowan and the Oak.


I know I rarely talk about my ‘real work’ since having Maisie- I took a few years off- but I have been a psychic and medium (large now, thanks to the Pandemic) for over 30 years. My other biz page is Psychic Jess Anderson.

11. Adopted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup named Rowan Magnus the Magnificent. He is a mischievous little Cancerian with a moon in Aquarius and lots of Leo.

12. Binged “Vikings” on Netflix.com and spent the entire winter 2020-21 sewing/designing/embroidering Viking and Medieval inspired wool and linen ‘Plague-wear” for the entire family (coz I am nerdy like that).

13. Maisie raised money and made her own monarch butterfly sanctuary in 2019



plus a MYRIAD OF OTHER THINGS too numerous to include here…

I’m back again and going to be blogging like a fiend, friends.

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