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What Topics Can Be Addressed In Coaching Sessions With Terra?

It’s easy to want 2020 to Just. Be. Over. BUT…there are still 6+ weeks you can use to make a difference in your weight, health and how you feel. So […]

What Can I Expect When I Meet With Terra For A Coaching Session?

Hey, good morning! I have some really exciting news to share with you on the WW front! I have been given my very own Connect Group on the WW app! […]

What Are The Benefits Of Working With A Coach?


Apple Spice Baked Donuts

This is the first time using my new recipe template and I’m SOOOO excited! I just hope it works🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 I have a ton of recipes I have created, collected and/or […]

A Source From Which Something May Be Drawn As Needed

When I moved to the west coast last fall, saying good bye to all of my Illinois WW members, co-workers, friends and family was one of the hardest things I’ve […]

Roasted Orange Blossom Honey Goat Cheese Flat Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

The year 2020 will forever be remembered for many, many things for all of us. One of the lighter hearted memories, yet extremely impactful for my family, will be that […]

Losing The Weight of the Weight

The Weight of the Weight The weight of the negative emotions that can accompany being overweight are as heavy if not even heavier than any amount of weight we could […]

Feel Good About Yourself Now, Not “When”

When I saw this it spoke to me. Goals are great but it’s also important, actually more important, to be grateful for where we are in our journey this moment. […]

Find The Good Feeling Thoughts

“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way YOU are right!” -Henry Ford In addition to countless other things in life, this […]

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday Jalapeño Poppers~ 2 for 1 SmartPoint

I consider myself a connoisseur of jalapeño poppers!! They are most definitely in my top 5 all-time favorite foods! After years of collecting research (aka ordering them at nearly every […]

Let Your Light Shine

No matter what behavior changes we want to make, the first action step needs to start with our thoughts. Determining WHY we want to incorporate a new behavior and what […]

Happy Hour, Happy Tracker!!!!!

Understanding the importance of balancing our healthy behaviors and routines with what brings us pleasure in life is imperative to weight loss success. It doesn’t matter how much weight we […]

Yay, Me!

I try not to make this website about me but rather a way to share ideas, tips, tricks and inspiration that are helping me along my journey and could be […]

Terra’s Roasted Potatoes, Peppers & Sausage

Just 4 Smartpoints on the MyWW Purple Plan and 6 Smartpoints on MyWW Blue & Green Plans!! So easy and FILLING! I tried so many recipes throughout our shelter in […]

Egg Cooking Day At Our House!

I don’t know about you, but I burnt myself out on hard boiled eggs a long time ago. I used to love them but now I’m kind of “MEH” at […]


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi This year, many of us spent Easter brunch with […]

Terra’s Zero SmartPoint Hummus

I’m on the MyWW Purple Plan. All three plans are proven to work equally well and none are better or faster for weight loss than another. I chose purple because […]

Keep Going!!!

There are a lot of unknowns for all of us right now and riding the waves of emotion that accompany this uncertainty is a very real challenge. I had to […]

Best 2 SmartPoint Tea Latte In The House

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love tea lattes and I love(d) to frequent Starbucks. Alas, those days are over, for now, as we shelter in place. After many […]

Terra’s Super Low SmartPoint Twice Baked Potatoes ~Tasty Tuesday

Last Saturday night, Darin and I decided to make a nice dinner and eat in the dining room. We typically don’t use the dining room when it’s just us, but […]

McDonald’s Cherry Pie Remake~Only 3 SmartPoints~Tasty Tuesday

I can barely contain my excitement!! This is one of my new favorite go-to after dinner treats!! Hope you enjoy it as well. Sheltering in place for the past 3+ […]

Tasty Tuesday~ Ruthie’s Zero Smartpoint Muffins!

Hello there! This is an amazing recipe came from Ruth, a lifetime WW member, in Madera, California. She’s on the WW Purple plan and came up with this recipe to […]

So Now We Know….Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster

One of the most difficult parts of this crisis is the uncertainty. There are so many variables that are unknown. But, as of yesterday, we at least know this: We […]

Finding The Good

I’ve adopted a new favorite mantra and I try to keep it in the forefront of my thoughts each day: When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control […]

How To Access WW Virtual Workshops Starting Today, March 19th!!!

ATTENTION ALL WW MEMBERSOur in-person Workshops are temporarily going virtual TODAY, Thursday, March 19th!!!! You’ll hear lots more from WW about what’s ahead, but for now, I want to make […]

WW Workshop Global Announcement

Hello!! So there’s a lot going on out there right now!! With the rapid changes happening daily due to COVID-19, there is even more reason to put our health at […]

Warm Fruit Crisp – One Of My All-Time Tasty Tuesday Favs!!!

Back by popular demand!!!! Not only is this a super healthy and very low Smart Point warm fruit crisp that tastes delicious, it will also give your home a heavenly […]

So Easy Caprese with FIG Balsamic

  I originally posted my So Easy Caprese salad idea in 2011 and I laughed when I recently ran across the post because I am still eating it now, in […]

Happy, Healthy Friday!

Weekends can be a challenge when it comes to staying consistent with our healthy behaviors, but having a realistic plan makes all the difference!! MyWW is structured to provide flexibility […]

“But Terra, I’m Doing Everything Right???”

“But I’m doing everything right, Terra!!” The words jumped off the screen at me and I could feel the frustration and dismay. The email went on to explain a very […]

Finding Peace In The Midst

PEACE.It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things, and still […]

Fall In Love With The Process

“Fall in love with the process of becoming the very best version of yourself.” ~ Unknown “Fall in love with the process.” Interesting. What would happen if your goals revolved […]

It Has To Be Livable!

There is nothing either is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~William Shakespeare I love, love, love the holidays as much as the next gal, but boy, doesn’t […]

Happy New Year!!!

🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊So here we are…the first day of a new year and a new decade🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉 If you’re anything like me, the scale can be a scary thing right now. After all […]

A Secret Weapon For Awesome Low Point, Healthy Cooking!

Last year about this time with great hesitancy, I purchased an air fryer. I don’t like to spend a ton of time in the kitchen and I also don’t like […]

We Each Have Our Own Pace…Give Yourself A Break.

Have you ever been clipping along, doing well with your eating choices and activity level, making progress towards your goals only to have an event or a situation arise and […]

1 SmartPoint Pumpkin Pie In A Jar

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this favorite fall dessert!! Darin & I have been having it a couple times a week and it’s phenomenal!! […]

What’s RIGHT In This Moment?

“Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe The fall 2019 semester has been trying for both my boys. Chase, being a […]

Eliminating Anxiety About Weight

“Gradual, safe exposure to whatever makes us anxious is always the most powerful way of eliminating anxiety.” —Martha Beck   The meaning of this quote can be very, very applicable […]

Tasty Tuesday~ 2 SmartPoints for Hummus AND Pita!!

Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pitas. ONE SmartPoint each! Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus. FIVE Tablespoons for ONE SmartPoint! When I first got to Fresno, I had all intentions […]

3rd Time’s A Charm

“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” This certainly applies to weight loss! Just keep going. There’s no end to living a healthy […]

Let’s Try This Again..

Hi Everyone! I apologize for my most recent post going out in such a jumbled email format. If you go to my website, www.terraayres.com, (thank you to the many who […]

A New Chapter With A New Routine

There I am! See above!! I just finished leading my very first Monday 830am WW Workshop in California! I’ve now officially met all of my new WW members, here in […]

2019…Let’s Do This!!

I love the holidays and this year was exceptionally special for my family to be together. I truly treasured every minute of it. So when the family and guests were […]

Enjoy Your Day!!!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” Every bit of power we have is now. When we waste energy looking […]

I Have News!i

Hey There! I am so relieved to be able to finally post a new blog entry!!! My site was hacked over the summer and it’s taken some time to get […]

0 SmartPoints Banana Ice Cream – Throw Back Tasty Tuesday Recipe

All The Ingredients You Need For 0 SmartPoints Banana Ice Cream! An oldie but a goodie!  This recipe is so simple yet so delicious and it’s perfect for these hot […]

Lightening Up That Lasts

Many of us have spent a deal of our lives thinking about, worrying about and lamenting over physical body weight, but what about the weight that we carry around in […]

Let’s Stop Swimming Upstream

“I’m not going to sacrifice my mental health to have the perfect body.” ~Demi Lovato Have you ever felt as if you really are driving yourself crazy with worry over […]

You Do You

I love this quote! I think it’s empowering and inspiring. I also think it could read “The greatest act of SELF CARE is to be and own all that you […]

My Journey

In the photo below is Annie, a phenomenal Weight Watchers Leader in California. She lost 40 pounds in 1990 and has been helping others do the same ever since!! Thanks, […]

The Time Goes By Anyway…

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different….” ~ C.S. Lewis Several weeks ago we took our youngest son, Chase, who’s […]

What Are You “Saying” To Yourself?

Negative self talk not only makes us feel bad, it affects our actions, behaviors and ultimately our success in getting what we want. Everything starts with a thought, so we […]

Note to self….

………You. Are. Enough. Just a little reminder to you this morning! Hope to see you at one of my Weight Watchers meetings this week or just out and about! If […]

Tasty Tuesday Lentil Soup

As we push through the last few weeks of cold weather, I thought I’d share one more very low SmartPoint, hearty soup to get us through!! This comes from the […]

Good, Better, Best?

We put a great deal of effort into striving to be “good” or to “better ourselves” or to be our “best self” which of course, are noble goals and seem […]

How Does It Make You Feel?

“If it doesn’t make you feel fabulous; don’t do it, don’t buy it, don’t wear it, don’t eat it, don’t keep it.” Each we day we have the opportunity to […]

Manwich – Tasty Tuesday

I’m super excited to share my latest food find!! It’s low in Smartpoints and high in comfort food satisfaction!! Just the combo I’ve been craving on these cold, winter nights!! […]

How Inspiring!

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”   -Harriet Beecher Stowe What happened at this year’s Super Bowl was an exhilarating […]

Take Control

  “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great, while it is small.” -Sun Tzu One of the reasons I have committed to carving out […]


“Sometimes all we need is just a new perspective.” ~Unknown Yesterday we woke up to a very grey, foggy Sunday. My first thought was ‘BLAH! We finally get some mild […]

Happy 2018!

“ An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an […]

I’ll Be On Facebook Live Today

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/WWGeneva/ Good Morning! Just wanted to let you know that I, along with Susan Vranich (also a Weight Watchers Leader from this area), will be doing our […]

Wanting is Exhausting

What if this moment is exactly as it is supposed to be….our bodies, our weight and our challenges included?  What if this IS the perfect order for THIS moment for […]

We Are What We Repeatedly Do

“We Are What We Repeatedly Do. Excellence, Therefore, Is Not An Act But A Habit.” –Aristotle   Good health is certainly more about consistent habits than individual acts. Ask anyone […]


At times, making healthy lifestyle changes can feel difficult, time consuming and/or short lived.  Some days are hard!  Some weeks are hard!  But we have the ability to turn it […]

Enlighten Ice cream Bars – A Tasty Tuesday Treat

I’m usually not a fan of frozen ice cream bars, but this one shared by my dear friend, Anne, turns out to be a incredibly delicious!! I’ve been looking for […]

BLT Salad = 3 SmartPoints – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday 

BLT Salad = 3 SmartPoints This is a food idea I’ve shared before at this time of year and now the SmartPoints for it are actually lower than they were […]

Happy Tuesday!!

No matter what our goals are, the power we have to achieve them lies in taking action this moment.  One step in front of the other, starting now.  We don’t […]

Getting Back To It!

“It’s nice to visit, it’s nice to roam, but it’s always nice to get back home.” –The Bernstein Bears Anyone out there just returning from a vaca OR a long […]

QuestBar – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday

Ohhhhh…..This is a great find!  I like protein bars but so often they are loaded with sugar and extremely high in SmartPoints, so that makes most of them a big […]

What Are You Thinking?

                         “Your thoughts create your reality.  Make sure they are fabulous.” Last week, Chase, my 16 year old, and […]

What An Evening!

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer This quote was illustrated so beautifully by the panel of folks who […]

Tonight = Major Inspiration For Healthy Behavior Changes

The above “before and after”picture makes me SO happy on SO many levels!!!  Ann is a very dear friend of mine and watching her transformation has been awe inspiring.  She’s […]

❤️Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

“Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish…it makes you indestructible.” Wishing you a Valentine’s Day full of JOY!   I’ll be leading our 10am meeting […]

Don’t Let “Slow” Bring You Down

“Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping that slow progress …..IS PROGRESS.” When it comes to taking care of ourselves and making the most of our lives, it isn’t […]

Enjoy It For What It Is

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.” It’s so easy to put off being […]

One Down, Eleven to Go!!

So long January 2017!  As we move into our second month of the year, do you feel good about the direction your headed?  When asked how he accomplished so much […]

A Little Naughty…A Little Nice…

…It’s all about balance. Thought this image was too cute to pass up posting!  Make sure you click “read more” to see it! The concept of balance is quite a […]

Choose Well

“Busy is a choice.  Stress is a choice.  Joy is a choice.  Choose well.” At first when I read this quote, I argued with it in my mind.  Then I […]

What Are You Thinking?

“Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith.  Feed it truth.  Feed it with love.” Perception is reality.  What we think becomes true for us, whether […]

The Geneva Weight Watchers Store is OPEN!

Hope to see you at our 530pm meeting tonight at the Geneva WW Store!!!   Doors open at 5pm and we will be waiting for you!!   As we saw […]

Geneva Weight Watchers Temporarily Closed

Last night (Thursday) when Claudia and I arrived at the Geneva Weight Watchers Store to prepare to open for our 530pm meeting this was the sight!   Ahhhh…we were in […]

Hitting The Reset Button

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish […]

ZERO Smart Points Dessert!

At our Weight Watchers meeting in Schaumburg last week, a member shared her baked apple recipe with us and it was SO delicious I thought I’d pass it along to […]

Nurture Who You Really Are

Living a healthy lifestyle is so much more than just what we eat and what we weigh. Our lives truly are about what’s on the inside. When we can learn […]

Losing Some Weight Been On Your Mind?

Then tonight’s your night to start!!!   We’ve got a little over 10 weeks before Christmas and that’s plenty of time to see the results of healthy lifestyle changes pay […]

Tamales, Guac & Refried Beans! OH YUM! Tasty Tuesday

Here’s what I LOVE about Trader Joe’s…..I can run in quickly and grab a complete meal that’s healthy, filling, delicious AND keeps me within my daily Smart Points target. All […]

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF -Tasty Tuesday-This One’s A Keeper!

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF Because plain yogurt just isn’t “dessert enough” by it’s self! Oh do I love this one!!  It’s really been helping me stay on track, so I had […]

Are You You Ready To Make A Change??

It doesn’t matter how big the goal is….we all start out the same way…ONE STEP AT A TIME.  It’s no different with weight loss. Whether it’s 10 pounds or 110 […]

I’m Leading A New Weight Watchers Meeting!

I’m extremely excited to announce I’ll be leading another Weight Watchers meeting on a permanent basis!!! Where:  Geneva Weight Watchers Store, 1492 S Randall Rd, Geneva, IL When:  Every Thursday, […]

Imagine if….

(Click below to see the rest of the quote and read the post in full) Be kind to yourself to yourself today.  We are all doing the best we can […]

Tasty Tuesday~Zucchini Noodle Jack Pot!

Zucchini “noodles” are getting RAVE reviews and since they are ZERO SmartPoints, I’ve been wanting to try them for a while now.  I even ordered my “Veggetti Pro” from Amazon, […]

PB & J.2 Terra’s Tasty Tuesday!

It’s back to school season and boy, can we feel it!  Don’t even think about going to the Geneva Commons (the local outdoor mall in my area) or Target without […]

Tasty Tuesday Fried Rice

OK—Be honest, doesn’t this look just like fried rice you’d order from a Chinese restaurant???   Well, it’s not!  Miracle of all miracles, first, it’s almost 100% veggies (=super low […]

I’m The New Leader….

……for the Tuesday, 10am Weight Watchers meeting in Schaumburg!!  As you may remember, I facilitated this meeting for several years and truly enjoyed every minute of it!!    When Cole, […]

Share Your Success!

Hello!  I quickly put this video together last night to share a couple of my thoughts, remind you I’ll be Leader subbing in Geneva this morning (Tuesday, July 26th) at […]

Come And Share!

PLEASE JOIN ME!! I’ll be filling in at the North Aurora Weight Watchers tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19th, leading the 930am meeting. The address is: 955 Oak St North Aurora, IL 60542 […]

See you Friday in Geneva?

A quick reminder…I will be leading the 830 and 930am Weight Watchers meetings tomorrow, Friday, July 15th, at the Geneva Weight Watchers Store. I’m filling in for Jen while she’s […]

Hope To See You At Weight Watchers!!

Hello! Just checking in to see how you’re doing and share a few thoughts about last week.  Also, I’ll be “Leader subbing” at Weight Watchers (filling in for Leaders who […]

Tasty Tuesday & Link To Terra On TV This Week

Hello! Terra Ayres on WCIU You and Me Morning Show Talking About Healthy Summer Food Ideas! Click Here to Watch!   Terra Ayres on WCIU You and Me Morning Show […]

Terra on the You & Me Morning Show

I’m not sure if this post will go out in an email before the segment airs, but I wanted to try to let you know ahead of time I’ll be […]

Saying NO To Negative Self Talk!

  Are you having a fabulous 4th of July weekend???  The weather is beautiful in the Chicago area and I hope you’re able to get outside and enjoy it with […]

Smartfood – Tasty Tuesday

Hi Everyone!! Quick note before I share this week’s good idea….I know many are having trouble posting comments.  Here’s the simple fix:  If it says “timed out” when you try […]

Week One Check In

It’s been almost a week since I threw out the idea of “The Getting Back To A Healthy Lifestyle Challenge”. I’m just checking in to say THANKS to everyone joining […]

My First Video Blog

    Hello Everyone!  Click the link to watch my very first video blog!  As you might guess from my appearance in the video, I really had no intention of […]

Sweet Tasty Tuesday

In the eternal quest for the perfect after dinner sweet treat that isn’t loaded with sugar, I’ve recently found this yogurt that surprisingly fits the bill!!  I know….it’s yogurt….but the […]

Chicken Sausage – Super Simple Tasty Tuesday!!

Just TWO SmartPoints each!  Need I say more??  Well, I’ve never been one of few words and it gets even better, so you know I can’t end the post here!! […]

Chutes & Ladders

“You’ll leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, I no longer want this in my life.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer   So true!  When we’ve had enough of […]

Veggie Straws & Dill Dip – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday :-))

I may have posted this before, but it’s one of my all time favorite junk food “hacks” so it’s worth a second mention!!  I actually had this snack for dinner […]

I’ll Be In N. Aurora @930am Tomorrow!

   Good Morning! Tomorrow, which is Tuesday, March 8th, I’ll be the guest Leader at the North Aurora Weight Watchers Store for the 930am meeting!  The address is:  NORTH AURORA […]

Chock-Full-of-Goodness Bar Cookies – Terra on TV & the Recipe!

http://www.wciu.com/videos/youandme/check-out-the-new-plan-from-weight-watchers Yesterday,  I was on WCIU, The U, morning show You & Me.  I meant to write a post to share the info with you before I went on, instead of […]

“An Object In Motion….

….tends to stay in motion.  An object at rest, tends to stay at rest.”   I’m no scientist, but I sure know this to be true in my life! Darin […]

Honor Who You Are Now

  In life, the line from point A to point B isn’t always straight. We may set a goal for ourself and end up not being able to take the […]


  Just a reminder [the above quote] as you go about your day!!   Our value, our completeness doesn’t come from a number–whether that number is the one on our […]

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday Taco Salad On The Go!!

Hey Everyone! Hope you’re surviving the polar vortex it feels like we have been living in for the past few days. Brrrrrrrrr, is an understatement! Today’s Tasty Tuesday is SOOOO […]

Try It Again…

  Today I am writing to anyone who is out there struggling with getting back on-track OR on-track in the first place.  It’s easy to be all fired up on […]

Quick But Powerful Thought

We are past the midway through the first full week of 2016 already!  Phew!!  I wasn’t going to post today but ran across this quote and know it to be […]

So What’s For Din Din?? Baked Tilapia & Veggies with Red Potatoes

It’s Tasty Tuesday!!!! The key to living a healthy lifestyle consistently is to ENJOY the foods you’re eating and the activities that you’re doing to stay active.  If we are […]

It’s Time.  Let’s Get Excited!

  There is no better time than NOW, so let’s get excited to get back to a healthy weight and do this!!  The holidays are over and now it’s ME […]

Oprah on WW

   Hi There!! Some readers received an error message when accessing yesterday’s post from the email.  Sorry about that!   If you were one of them and want to read […]

From My Family To Yours….

   ….and a day filled with peace and joy!!!  It’s been a fabulous 2015 and I thank you for supporting me & the writing of this blog.  I’m a proud […]

What’s On Your Christmas List??

   Isn’t the above message so true?  Happiness and health for ourselves, our family and friends is what I find myself praying for more and more and we simply can’t […]

Let’s Try This Again-Click Here!!!

     To read my posts in their entirety, please click the title of the post, which is just above this sentence. Otherwise, you’re only seeing a tiny snippet of my […]

It’s OK to Enjoy!!!!!

   We’re in the home stretch here!  Just 3 days until Christmas!  What an amazing time of year, isn’t it?  Let’s enjoy it to the fullest and not let fear […]

Just Do What You Can!

Hi There!! The winner for the subscribers who lives the farthest from Geneva, Illinois is Karen in SWITZERLAND!!! California, Florida and Carolina’s are close seconds!! Thank you all for your […]

Help Me Out, Please!

   Hello!!! My IT person has been working diligently to get my new site up and running and he has succeeded!  Make sure to click to read the rest of […]

A “Good” Week vs. a “Bad” Week

When a new week rolls around after a celebratory weekend or a holiday, often many of us look back and consider it to be a “bad” week. I know we […]

Don’t Allow Fear To Over Shadow Your Joy

Contrary to popular belief, the most important thing we need to exercise isn’t our bodies…….it’s control over our own thoughts. Our thoughts determine our mood and actions for the day. […]

Be Mindful Of Your Reactions

Let’s not use eating as our way of reacting to the curve balls life throws at us each day. “If hunger isn’t the problem, then food ISN’T the solution”!!!!!!!! Have […]

Today Is A Perfect Day To Start Living The Changes You Want To See In Your Life!!

    Getting started is the most difficult part of any change, no matter how good the change is for us. Time is a relative term. When waiting for something […]

Calling All Weight Watchers Members In The Area: Take A Field Trip & Come See Me!

Hi there!! Tomorrow, Monday, October 5th I will be the guest leader for the 930am Weight Watchers meeting at the South Elgin Weight Watchers Store! I’m super excited to be […]

Stick To The Good Thoughts

One thing I’ve learned with out a shadow of a doubt in my 43 years of life is that our thoughts are reflected in our lives. As Wayne Dyer has […]

Healthy Tailgating Tips

Below is the link to the WCIU “The U” Heathy Tailgating Tips segment that aired, live yesterday on “You & Me In the Morning”. Thanks for all your well wishes!! […]

Terra on TV This Morning!

Hi Everyone- I just arrived downtown at the CLTV “The U” televison station! It’s been a full day for me already! I’ll be doing a live segment on Healthy Tailgating […]

Roasted Sweet Sriracha Brussel Sprouts

  The Patten House in downtown Geneva is one of my favorite restaurants and one of my favorite appetizers are their Siriracha Brussel sprouts. They are sweet with a little […]

Warm, Cheesy Mashed…

…………..BUTTTERNUT SQUASH!!! I know it sounds like a stretch, but stay with me here!!! Last Monday I had the opportunity to go on the Trader Joe’s tour hosted by Weight […]

Don’t Be Tempted To Quit

   The first week that I was back on Weight Watchers I lost 3 pounds. It was the week after my family vacation and I was thrilled. My thoughts went […]

Raw Veggies – Tasty Tuesday with Terra….

……on Wednesday! I promise to shake up the tasty Tuesdays after this one so that every week it’s not just simple vegetables, but since committing to losing weight, I want […]

Cucumbers – Tasty Tuesday with Terra

OK…..so if I am going to stay at 26 PointPlus values per day, it is imperative that I load up on veggies. If I don’t, my chances of going over […]

Choose Your Hard

I’ve posted this quote before and I will probably post it again because it’s a message that really resonates with me. Maybe it does with you too? About 10 minutes […]

Tasty Tuesday BLT Salad for Only 4 PointPlus values!!

First, let me start by saying that I know you’re reading this on WEDNESDAY, not Tuesday, but for the record, I’m writing it on Tuesday night. I just didn’t get […]

100 Women Who Care, Geneva

Good Morning, Everyone! Today is a HUGE day for the ladies at Stone Tower Properties because it brings the accomplishment of one of our biggest new year’s resolutions for 2015….the […]

The Sun Is Shining On A New Day

Mondays can be difficult for all of us, especially when we’ve had a fun filled weekend, but fight the urge to let yourself feel down or discouraged about your choices. […]

How’s It Going???

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. If there are things you’d like to change, there’s no better time to start than today!!!! I’ll be in Geneva […]

It’s No Coincidence They’re Called Eating HABITS

  For some of us, it can be easy to feel like food has control over us. We say things like “The ice-cream was calling my name” and sometimes it […]

Don’t Hide!

  Please join me today at our Weight Watchers meeting! I know it isn’t the most fun thought in the world right now….stepping on the scale after two weeks of […]

Tasty Tuesday

Dear Terra- I don’t know how many points this is but it’s so small the extras can’t add much. This is one of those mini dessert glasses. I crushed some […]

See You Today At 830am or 930am!

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott It’s so much easier to achieve goals and successful change when we break it […]

Thank YOU!

  It is early morning on Thanksgiving Day. It’s still dark outside and the house is quiet….my FAVORITE time of day! As I am thinking about all the things I’ve […]

Coming Home

I’m writing quickly this morning because I don’t have much time. I’ve waited weeks for today to arrive and now that it’s here, I feel as happy as if it […]

We Don’t Have To Earn Self Love

    Goals and goal setting are great ways to help us clarify what we want and how to achieve it. Goals help to point our behaviors in the direction […]

Tasty Tuesday

Last week had a “cottage cheese” theme to it!! I had 2 people, on different days, share really unique (to me at least me) ways of using cottage cheese. I’ve […]

See You This Morning

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even a bit scared when you’re on the brink or in the midst of making a life change. Those are feelings most of us […]

Let’s Make It A Cozy Tasty Tuesday!!!

Snow on it’s way??? Cole text me a photo of his campus up at UW-La Crosse this morning with 3 inches of snow already!! Ahhhhh!!!! Not sure if it will […]

We All Struggle At One Time Or Another And It’s OK

We all experience set backs along the way at one time or another. Most of us can rationally accept this when talking in generalities or about others, but when it […]

Weight Watchers & Terra On “You & Me This Morning”

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to meet Chris DeRose and Aly Bockler (pictured above) of the WCIU (“The U”) morning show called “You & Me This Morning” […]

Tasty Tuesday Takes a Field Trip…..

The Little Traveler on downtown Geneva’s historic Third Street I am so excited to share the new Weight Watchers friendly fall menu for the Atruim Cafe, located in the Little […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chicken Amore

Terra, This is a Hungry Girl recipe and OMG, it is sooooo good! And great on the PointsPlus values!!! I used regular mushrooms. You could pretty much stuff the chicken […]

Try the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

I’ve gotten rave reviews from many readers about the pumpkin pie smoothie I posted from Idajean Waters on Tuesday!! Give it a try!! Thanks for the below email, CJ!! Congrats […]

Tasty Tuesday-Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Hey Everyone!! Hope your week has started off to be a fabulous one. I’ve received so many good Tasty Tuesday food ideas from many of you and I want to […]

Go With The Flow

There isn’t a “right” way and a “wrong” way. Sometimes things are thrown at us in life that we don’t expect. The key is to not be so set in […]

Tasty Tuesday

It’s soup season!!!! This recipe comes from a friend in my one of my Friday morning Weight Watchers meetings. Thanks, Janet!!! Black Bean Soup (This was a Weight Watcher’s recipe) […]

Tasty Tuesday

Back by popular demand…. One Points Plus Chili!!! This is an oldie but a goodie and several people at my Weight Watchers meeting last week said I should repost this…so […]

Adjusting Your Sail

Some days life is easy and some days it’s hard but the fact is, only we can determine how we react to what each day brings. If we are so […]

Tasty Tuesday

A big thanks to Christine for emailing this recipe to me so that I can share it with you!!!! The email from Christine is below. Enjoy:-)) Hi Terra, I came […]

Moving Forward

Change is only overwhelming if you allow it to be. If you’re looking for a different result than what you’ve been getting in any aspect of your life, you’ll need […]

Tasty Tuesday

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school, and we are into our fall routine. It’s ALMOST time for the hot soups, stews, apple crisp and comfort food […]

Tasty Tuesday Cheezy Eggs With Bacon-4 Points Plus Values

Greetings! I know, today is Thursday, not Tuesday. I’m a couple day behind since we had Monday off for Labor Day. I thought you’d understand! This probably isn’t considered a […]

Anyone out there need a restart?

I am hitting the reset button today. The kids are back in school and our new fall routine has started and it’s time for me to get back to basics. […]

Back To Basics-Tasty Tuesday

I posted this on my Facebook page last night because it’s how I’ve felt for the last two weeks getting Cole, my oldest son, off to college for the first […]

Fight For What You Want….

……whatever it is, don’t give up!!! I’ll be at Weight Watchers leading the 830a and 930a meetings today. Hope to see you there!!! -Terra 🙂

Hello Old Friend….My Dear Crockpot

It’s not quite fall yet, but with school starting earlier than normal this year for most school districts around here, many of us are preparing to get back to more […]

Beauty Inside and out

You’re Perfect Today!

Don’t let the number on the scale define you or determine your mood today. I know it’s easy to do, but it’s a lie. Because you are not at your […]

Super Chocolate Tasty Tuesday

Located on Third Street in charming downtown Geneva is The All Chocolate Kitchen, pictured below. I know many of you that receive my blog are not living the Geneva area, […]

Don’t Wait…

….to be at your “goal weight” before you allow yourself to be happy. Our lives are now and acceptance of where we are in our journey at this moment brings […]

What’s Truly Important Today?

http://youtu.be/uaWA2GbcnJU When I watched this video, which of course at first I told myself I didn’t have time to do, it made me really stop and think about my priorities. […]

Tasty Tuesday~Dining Out Edition

Terra, I like to meet one of my old high school girlfriends (who is also a WW Lifer) at Olive Garden. We can have long chats and not spend many […]

Tasty Tuesday-Fast Food Edition

Last week I asked for some of your go to food choices when dining out. Thanks to those of you that emailed me. Your ideas are much appreciated and I’m […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good morning!! Just passing along a little sweet treat that I’ve really been enjoying lately and thought you might too. It’s especially great on hot afternoons when you need a […]

Tasty Tuesday Zucchini Spaghetti

Let me first say…..ZERO POINTS!! This recipe/food idea came from Gretchen, a Lifetime member who is successfully keeping off the roughly 50lbs she lost years ago. She’s a phenomenal cook […]

Good Morning:-)

“If you think you aren’t the leader of your life, you’re wrong. Except that, since you actually are the leader of your life, you’ll make yourself right. When you dictate […]

See you today??

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” -Eckhart Tolle ….And remember you have the power to change the future moments!! I’m leading all 4 […]

Sweet Tasty Tuesday

Good morning, everyone! This Tasty Tuesday food idea has been around for many years, but many of us have forgotten about it or never heard of it at all. A […]

Go Girls Go!!!!

A huge shout out to all the ladies in the Fox Valley who completed the Dick Pond’s 10 week Walk to Run program!!! You’re inspiring and amazing! Today is your […]

Tasty Tuesday Miso Ginger Soup with Cilantro Chicken Wontons

Good morning!! This food combo idea comes from Luanne and we’ve discussed it a couple of times in our Friday Weight Watchers meetings. It’s simple, delicious and filling. I’d say […]

Tasty Tuesday-Power Foods

I’m really trying to eat “clean” these days. Yes, it helps with weight management, but my motivation is even more about feeling my best. I don’t know if it comes […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good morning, everyone!!! This Tasty Tuesday comes to us from Lynne in Geneva. Thanks for sharing, Lynne!!! Hi Terra…. Here’s something we came up with for the warmer days coming […]


When we are working to make a change in our life or to accomplish a goal, often times it is just when we think we can’t take it anymore that […]

Nashville Country Music Half Marathon

Nashville bound! I’ll miss all of you at Weight Watchers today, but I’ll be back for all of my meetings next week. It’s our big race weekend and we are […]

Tasty Tuesday

Hi Terra….. I am going to Kenya this summer, so we are working on learning about Kenyan food. We made Moroccan Carrots, Kenyan Vegetable Curry, a Tomato and Onion Salad […]

Oh Happy Day…It’s Your Choice

Tasty Spring Tuesday

It might still feel a bit like winter after yesterday’s crazy and hopefully last snow fall, but this dish screams SPRING!!! Light and fresh but also full of flavor. Love […]

Say NO to Fear

No matter what situation we are dealing with……losing weight, keeping weight off, running a marathon, raising our children, whatever your challenge might be today….when we stop fearing all the reasons […]

Tasty Tuesday on Thursday!!

Hello my dear friends… I’ve missed you guys!! Darin and I took the boys to Puerto Rico for spring break to celebrate Cole’s 18th birthday. Wow, what a trip! I […]

Less IS More

How do you feel when you OVER indulge? How does it make you feel physically? How about your energy level? Does more food/drink make you feel better about yourself or […]

Tasty Tuesday- SO EASY!

Good Morning Friends!!! This recipe sounds quick and super easy. The perfect Tasty Tuesday combo!! If you have ideas to share, please email them to me!!! I’m running low and […]

You’re Stronger Than You Think

It’s important to remember that everyone has challenges. There are people out there with challenges far greater than ours and others who’s challenges don’t seem as big, but regardless…we all […]

Tasty Tuesday- Meatless

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!!! The below recipe was shared by Linda in my Thursday 10a Weight Watchers meeting in Geneva last week. It is not only simple and meatless, it is […]

Keep It In Perspective

Tasty Tuesday!!

Good morning everyone!!! Wow…great temps yesterday, huh???? Yesterday it was almost 50* and it looks like the same for today!!! Add in longer day light hours thanks to the time […]

Tasty Tuesday Fruit Tree

Hi Terra Thought I would share pictures of Bob making fruit tree. He peeled a pineapple and used a pear on top to give it the shape of a tree. […]

Tasty Tomato Soup Tuesday!

Hi Terra, I found this recipe online last night and it looks good. Using the nutrition info provided, I calculated the Points Plus and added them in (parentheses) type next […]

Do What It Takes To Be Happy

Tasty Tuesday-Lentil Salad

Hi Terra, I found the recipe for Trader Joe’s Lentil Salad. I added chopped apple and used half a bottle of the dressing. LENTIL SALAD 1 Pkge TJ’s Steamed Lentils […]

Rise and Shine…It’s A New Week!!

What In The World Are You Waiting For??

What I write about on this blog and discuss in the meetings I lead is NOT a diet!! It’s really not!! I’m talking about a lifestyle. This (TODAY) is YOUR […]

We Don’t Have To Have All The Answers

We can spend a lot of time asking questions like “Why do I have to go through this?” Each of us can fill in our own “THIS”. It might be […]

TASTY TUESDAY~Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for the recipes some of you have been emailing me recently. I REALLY, REALLY appreciate them. Some weeks it can be difficult for me […]

Winter Weather Making Life Tough???

If your answer is YES, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone! Many of us feel the pull of hibernation mode caused by the recent polar vortex, but “This too […]

Tasty Tuesday

Spicy Red Lentil Dip Makes 2 ½ cups total: 10- ¼ c servings = 2pp each ½ c = 3pp each 1 cup dry red lentils 1 bay leaf Fine […]

If you really want it…

….don’t let yourself give up. EVER.

A Really Tasty Tuesday!

It’s freezing out there!!! Today calls for the crockpot. Comfort food. There is nothing better than walking into the house at the end of the day and smelling a delicious […]

Checking In

“Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step.” Catherine Pulsifer Today is Thursday, January 16th. […]

Do you realize……

Warm and Toasty Tasty Tuesday

Good Morning!! My Weather Channel app says there is a good chance of snow today, so I’m sharing a comfort food recipe guaranteed to fill you up with warm goodness […]

What a Difference Just One Week Can Make!!!

Last week at this time it was -20*. The kids were entering week THREE of being home from school (extra two days home due to the cold) and many of […]


The above quote really hits home, doesn’t it? Life is full of choices between what we really want and what we want NOW. Often they are not synonymous!! At 430am […]

Tasty Tuesday-Sugar free!!


Happy 2014 from my family to yours!!! We wish you ALL the best in the new year!! Darin, Terra, Chase & Cole My New Weight Watchers Schedule Thursdays Geneva Store-10am, […]

Do You Have a Plan for Today?

Don’t leave me hangin’…

Come back to our meeting and join me today!!! “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” — John Pierpont Morgan […]

Peace & Quiet

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” — Marcus Aurelius Do […]

Merry Christmas!

I’ll be in Geneva at 830am and 930am and South Elgin at noon….stop in for a meeting before the holiday! You can take a no weigh pass if you like…just […]

I have a challenge for you…

Here it is: For the rest of the week, when faced with choices, ask yourself is it worth it and give yourself a moment to answer honestly. The cookies that […]

You’re Free To Be Happy Today

Good Morning, Everyone!!! I’ve just returned from sunny Florida where I spent the last week with my son, Chase and his TriCity Football team as they competed in the United […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chocolate Raspberries!

Dear Terra… Here’s the snack/treat combo picture I promised to send you. I stuffed the fresh raspberries with dark chocolate chips, but like we discussed, white chocolate chips would be […]

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Cherokee Indian Proverb

You’re on the right track if you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, you don’t feel an ounce of guilt about it and your back to your “new normal” healthy routines. Health isn’t […]

“It’s not what’s on the table that really matters…it’s what’s in the chairs.”

Hey All! Thanksgiving is just 2 days away! My most favorite and cherished holiday of all!! A whole day set aside in the middle of the week to give thanks […]

GOOD Things ARE Happening!

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Once you’ve made the decision to take control of your health, have patience and faith […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good Morning Everyone! This recipe comes to us from a very successful Lifetime member who attends my 10a meeting in Schaumburg on Tuesdays. She’s been at her goal weight for […]

Tasty Tuesday Taco Bake

This recipe is delicious!! Thanks for sending it to us, Sue! I’ll see all my Schaumburg Weight Watchers at 10am and noon today. Stay warm!! All is well, Terra Hi […]

Tasty Tuesday-Butterfinger Dessert

Good Morning! Thanks so much to those of you who are emailing me your favorite recipes! It’s great to be able to share them with everyone through this website/blog. If […]


“The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…. Throughout history, “tender loving care” […]

The Scale Is Not The Source of Your Joy

Good morning! The responses to yesterday’s blog post were overwhelming! A LOT of us practiced the “no thank you” approach to Halloween candy and I’m thrilled!! Here is one response […]

Don’t Be Scared!!

For many, this can be a scary time when it comes to our weight. In addition to the Halloween candy challenge we are encountering this week, we also know that […]

Tasty Tuesday-Deep Dish Sloppy Joe Casserole

This recipe came directly from the website www.emilybites.com. If you’ve never checked it out, I highly recommend you do so!!! Emily is my kind of girl and her website ROCKS!!!!!! […]

Have A Terrific Day!

How Cute Is This???

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be scary! It is hard to resist the fall sweets that are out this time of year. But with a little creativity we can all […]

Let Your SuperGirl Within SHINE!

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.” ― Steve Maraboli

Tasty Tuesday Creamy Crockpot Potato Soup

Hi Terra, I saw this recipe on Facebook and made it yesterday. My husband and I were the only ones home for dinner and we both thought it was delicious. […]

Keep Perspective

Good morning, everyone! I love this quote because it reminds us of just how fortunate we are, even when life isn’t perfect. After all, what is “perfect” anyway? It’s in […]

All You Ever Have To Handle Is This Moment

Tasty Tuesday & Other Timely Tidbits

Hey Terra, I came across this recipe which I have not put into the recipe builder but it is 59 calories. I know you mention this all the time but […]

We Are All Deserving

Tasty Tuesday – One Points Plus Chili

Good morning! This recipe is tried and true!! It’s been around for ever and I every time I share it, I get excellent feedback. Give it it a try…it’s guaranteed […]

This Weekend….

Take a couple of minutes right now to make a plan. Review what you have going on this weekend and prioritize. Is dinner Saturday night more important than going all-out […]

We Made It!

As many of you know, Darin (my Hubby) and I have been training for the last couple of months for our Grand Canyon Adventure: To hike from the North Rim […]

Life Is More Than Just The 5 Senses….

Believe In Yourself

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Make Today A Fabulous Day!!

Mini Cheesecake Ice cream Sandwiches…Raspberry OR Peanut butter!!

Dear Terra- Here are my new favorite dessert recipes that I talked about last week. They are from the Weight Watchers website and they are only 3 Point Plus Values […]

Happy Friday!!!

This journey is about you….

…and it’s about feeling comfortable and healthy in you’re own skin. When it feels tough, remind yourself that eating right and moving more isn’t a punishment. It’s the opposite…it’s an […]

Tasty Tuesday

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school, and football season is in full swing (I couldn’t resist showing off the above picture of my son, Cole Carlson […]

The Foods You Eat Don’t Make YOU Good Or Bad

“My philosophy on eating right is to allow rather than deprive, because deprivation leads to bingeing. Learn how to have half a piece of cake because you really want it. […]

It’s YOUR Choice….

Tasty Tuesday-Black Bean & Corn Soup

Hi Terra, Here is the Black Bean & Corn Soup Recipe. I did put it thru Recipe Builder to get the PP value. Have a great weekend. See you next […]

Happy Friday!

Fake it until you make it…

YOU CAN DO THIS! Remind yourself of this as often as possible and surround yourself with people who will remind you. Even if you’re scared, resist the urge to let […]

Tasty Tuesday Cucumber Subs!

Terra, Saw a couple posts with tasty, healthy recipes with cucumbers from my facebook friends and thought you might like to share for a tasty Tuesday idea. A couple great […]

And They’re Off….

Yesterday lots of school districts started back and mine was one of them. The pencils and binders have been bought, both boys have new shoes and our pantry is full […]

A Personal Note & A Terrific Tasty Tuesday Recipe!

Hello to all my dear friends out there!!!!! I apologize for being MIA as far as blog writing has been concerned these last few weeks. As many of you who […]

Tasty Tuesday- PESTO!

Hey Everyone…. Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by!! Thursday is AUGUST 1st!!!! AHHHHH….fall, football and school starting back to session are all just around the corner. […]

Tasty Tuesday-Cool, Creamy Cone!

Many of you know this already, but it’s such an awesome, all around value, it’s worth a reminder…. The McD’s soft serve cones are only 5 PointsPlus Values and muy […]

An Important Reminder…

Tasty Tuesday-Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Terra: Here’s a recipe I found on SkinnyTaste.com and prepared this week. I have a giant rhubarb plant in my yard, and was looking for something to cook with it […]

Get Back On Track

What a fabulous, long 4th of July weekend!! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did! Family, friends and lots of fun! Now, back on track….start today […]

I’m back from vacation! Hope to see you at the meeting this week!!!

Tasty Tuesday~BAKED CHEESE BALLS 2 PointsPlus values per serving!

It’s another VERY Tasty Tuesday if you like appetizer type foods, like I do!!! A HUGE shout out to Judie from one of my Naperville meetings for sharing this food […]


Tasty Tuesday Courtesy of Bonnie!

Hi Terra- As we discussed last week, I found this an easier option than the salad in a jar since you can shake and eat right from the container. Here’s […]

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment….

…….When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” -author unknown If there is something […]

2nd Try….

Only part of yesterday’s post uploaded, so I’m re-posting it in it’s entirety. See below….. “No one is perfect…that’s why pencil’s have erasers” -author unknown “Striving for excellence motivates you; […]

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers. ~Author Unknown

“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ~Harriet Braiker We can be our own harshest critic and it is unnecessary. Expecting perfection is counter productive to ANY […]

Tasty Tuesday-Grape Candy

I recently had lunch with a couple of the girls I work with at Weight Watchers and they were raving about these simple sweet treats. Partly because they are so […]

Some Days You Just Have To Be Tough!

“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful. She is […]

Tasty Tuesday ~ Kellee’s Confetti Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

It’s Tuesday again and as usual, it’s going to be a tasty one!!! This week I have a fabulously fresh and light summer salad for you to try, straight from […]

Supporting Each To Gain Healthier Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle Weight loss and weight maintenance are management processes. Getting to your weight goal […]

Hello Brand New Day!!!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows […]

Scrumptious Sunday

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! As promised, I’m trying to make up for a couple of missed Tasty Tuesdays! I really wanted to get this one out to you before the […]

Memorial Day

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” -Deepak […]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

I don’t usually put links to videos on my site because often when people send them to me, I don’t open them either!! But…. I am really, really hoping this […]

Tasty Tuesday–“If you like piña coladas…..”

It’s back! After a long winter away and by popular demand, the Weight Watchers 2 PointsPlus Coconut smoothie mix is back on our shelves! It makes the yummiest 2 PointsPlus […]

Begin Doing

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney OMGosh……It’s a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L day today! Even at 515am, all I had to wear was shorts and […]

Tasty Tuesday Eggstasy!

Good morning, Everyone!! I am always looking for easy ways to eat more protein grab and go style. I like carbs as much as the next guy…….but I stand my […]

Live, Really LIVE Your Life!!

This inspires me! A friend who loves searching for quotes as much as I do, sent this to me earlier in the week and I love it. I want to […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers…

I wrote the post below yesterday morning, which was Thursday. The way WordPress has my blog set up, I have to finish writing each post by 7am or it does […]

Tasty Tuesday In A Jar!

Hi Terra, I just saw this on Facebook and it looks really interesting, I also watched the video showing how to vacuum seal the “Salad in a Jar.” I haven’t […]

Make the Most Of Today

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new […]

Set Yourself Free!!!

The Journey

When our eating and our weight are under control, so often, the same positive changes are reflected in our outer world as well. We become more organized at home, more […]

Break the Habit!

Choose Your Hard

Ouch! This quotes smarts as you read it, but as you let it sink in, and you’ll know IT’S TRUE. There is always another choice, a different path. Use your […]

You Are Beautiful

“The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give […]

Lasting Change

Happy Good Friday!

Hope to see you at the meetings today…Weight Watchers IS open, even though it’s Good Friday. I will be leading my Weight Watchers meetings in Geneva at 830a and 930a, […]

Tasty Tuesday…3-2-1 Mug Cake

Terra, I am in your Wednesday 11:30am meeting and I know some members were talking about the 3-2-1 mug cake and thought it was only 1 PointPlus value. Well, I […]

Change the Channel

Recently, I was sharing with a dear friend, some personal stuff about myself that I’ve been a little down about. Rather than agree, commiserate or sympathize with me, like in […]

Desperation Isn’t All Bad

“Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.” -Jim Carrey Being desperate isn’t a good feeling […]

Field Trip!! Everyone To The Little Traveler Cafe in Historic Downtown Geneva!!

Hi Terra, My Husband, Mike, has been so impressed with all that he’s learned about Weight Watchers, that he has had the chef put together and onto the menu some […]

Tasty Tuesday

Ok Folks…. If you know me at all, you know that I consider myself a “volume eater”. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy, but my challenge has always been eating too […]

Comfortable With Who You Are Right Now

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” ― Mark Twain If what I’ve dedicated myself to do at Weight Watchers was simply about teaching people a way […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chocolate or Peanut Butter Frozen Bananas

Don’t these look so delicious? And they look professionally made! It’s no wonder, because the recipe came from Lisa Vargas, who is an amazing chef! If you recall, she’s the […]

Watch You’re Thoughts

Just Focus On Today…..

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the […]

Do Something Small….But Do It With Great Love

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ― Mother Teresa This time of year in the Midwest can be extremely […]

Tasty Tuesday


What If….

Dear Terra- Here is a little poem I wrote at the beginning of my WW year that has been helping me and it is all about hope and trust…I thought […]

Life Isn’t Fair and Neither Is Weight Loss!

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer If we constantly use the scale to determine our success as a […]

Maxwell’s Italian Wedding Soup

Terra, Here is the recipe I promised. I made this for Maxwell (see photo above) because he loved the canned version and I knew I could feed him better tasting […]

Move While We Can!

GOOD MONDAY MORNING, EVERYONE!!!! Oakley and I just came in from our run and it’s sunny and actually pretty nice outside! Today’s high temperature is 37*, but tomorrow the snow […]

Quit Quitting

“If you’re trying in vain to quit something you do compulsively, like overspending or smoking or macramé, try quitting the effort to quit. As therapists like to say, “What we […]

Tasty Tuesday-Christine Style

Hi Terra I mentioned a couple of snacks I found with fruits or vegetables in the meeting today. Here are the details… Laughing cow light creamy Swiss 1 wedge is […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine Day: a day for the exchange of tokens of affections. Although candy and dinner might be part of the tradition, this year as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s keep […]

Tasty Tuesday 1 PointsPlus Ranch Dip!

Each month in 2013 at Weight Watchers, we are focusing on adding a new, healthy routine to our everyday lives. Our healthy routine for January was ADDING A FRUIT AND/OR […]


OMGosh…Twitter? Because Facebook and blogging just aren’t enough, apparently! I’m new to it and still a little unsure, but Cole, my 16 year old son, insists that it’s time I […]


“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” Walter Elliott Wow..the snow really fell last night! Walking Oakley this morning was more like a […]


“Think about your highest purpose in 2013. Set up your calendar to serve that end, and everything will run better.” —Martha Beck, Daily Coach Tips Although it can be a […]

Tasty Tuesday-Beef-Cabbage Soup

This recipe is from Marsha and Karen, Weight Watchers members who attend my 10am meeting in Schaumburg on Tuesdays. Combined, these two friends have lost over 70 pounds!!! Incredible, huh??? […]

New Week

Success is not a race, be patient. Success leads to success. Success is always a work in progress. Success doesn’t come to you–you go to it. Success is a journey, […]

Say NO to the Blues

“Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He’s very underrated.” -Ritchie Blackmore The weather makes this a hard time of year to stay motivated to […]

Tasty Tuesday Tamara Style!!

Hi Terra, I have a tasty Tues idea if you need one. For me, this makes a great afternoon snack. Because of the PB, it’s filling, because of the crunch […]

Portion Distortion

“The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.” ~Chinese Proverb There isn’t any food we can’t have, if we just take control of the […]

Weekend Planning

“Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” -anyone who has been over weight in the past Choices. Life is all about choices. Sometimes we think we have no choice, but […]

What’s Your BIGGER yes?

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that […]

Tasty Tuesday-Congrats, Lyndee!

As I sit here and write, my thermometer says it’s -3* outside!!!!! Now THAT is cold!!! This time of year, when it’s difficult to keep our activity level as high […]

A New Day And I’m Back!!!

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott Each day really is a new day. An new chance to do things different, […]

Tasty Tuesday

Spicy Cocoa Roasted Almonds A big THANK YOU to Mary Ellen for this yummy recipe! Hi Terra, I wanted to share a new treat that I made this holiday season. […]

How’s It Going??

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton This week, we will be half way through the month of January. How’s it going for […]

Weight Watchers One Amazing Day Event….

…..is happening TODAY at all Weight Watchers locations across the United States! It’s open-house style, stop into a location whenever is convenient for you. Feel free to bring friends who […]

A Sense of Overall Well Being

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~World Health Organization, 1948 Happy Friday, Everyone! I couldn’t resist […]

What’s for Dinner Tonight?

“Proper planning prevents poor performance.” ~Teresa Keenan, Broker/Owner of Stone Tower Properties Teresa is one of my best friends and we always laugh when we say this quote! We KNOW […]

Tasty Tuesday AND Schaumburg NEW Weight Watchers Store!

Good Morning Everyone! Thanks for letting me vent yesterday! THANK YOU for all of your positive energy. It turned out to be a great day and I’m feeling good about […]

Did Anyone Else Have A Rough Weekend?

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve […]

Weekend Round Up

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow” -Proverb quotes We made it! We’ve downed the first week of 2013!! Lots of us are back to work […]

You can do this!!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you […]

Back in the Swing of Things! Welcome 2013!!!

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down […]

“Chillaxing” with the Fam

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~Desmond Tutu I am THOROUGHLY enjoying some much needed family time over this Christmas […]

From My Family To Yours…..

Wishing you a peaceful and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 Love, Terra, Darin, […]

What’s For Dinner Tonight?

With all of the holiday errands and running around, it’s easy to forget about what your having for dinner on a normal Wednesday night like tonight. If your anything like […]

Can you do it for ONE day?

“The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley The holidays bring with them lots of tasty foods but……….. Today isn’t a holiday! Today is Monday, December 17th and I challenge you […]

Make It About Your Reason For the Season

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~Norman Vincent Christmas Day is still 11 days away, but the Holiday Season is […]

Tasty Tuesday

With the cold weather and the long nights, I crave “comfort foods”. These Cheesy Green Beans are one of my recent favorites!!! It works best with frozen green beans and […]

Share a kind word

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” — Buddha During this […]

Home Sweet Home!!!

Yahoo…TrICity Chargers!!! As most of you know, I’ve spent the last week in Tampa, Florida watching my youngest son, Chase’s TriCity Pee Wee level travel football team participate in their […]


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein. Imagination is a powerful part of making our dreams a reality. It’s critical that you can see, […]

Tasty Tuesday in Florida!

Hi All! It’s Tuesday and I’m down in sunny, warm Tampa, Florida watching Chase play for his travel football league’s national championship. I have fabulous substitute leaders lined up to […]

Rounding Out 2012

Good morning December 1st!!! It’s here!!! The very last month of the year!! Only thirty one days left in 2012……What do you want to have happen? What do YOU want […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

I’m a couple days behind on my Tasty Tuesday food idea, but better late than never, as they say!!! I got these sugar free apple cider packets at Jewel and […]

Are You Ready For The Holiday Season?

Clearly our little dog Oakley (above) is prepared for the holidays, but are YOU??? This week at Weight Watchers we are taking the time to make an action plan for […]

What We Do For Our Kids….

The good news around my house is that Chase’s TriCity Chargers Travel Football team has qualified to compete at the national level in Tampa, Florida. Yay, Chase!!!! For those of […]

How You Choose To Go Forward Today Is Critical

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James Oh what a Thanksgiving! I had such a […]


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a […]

Each Baby Step Is More Powerful Than The One Before It

“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Melted Chocolate Carmel In An Apple

This is a long-time Weight Watchers favorite fall snack or dessert idea. If you have done WW in the past, you might recognize it, but it’s so yummy and seasonally […]

Fear Erased

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot […]


  Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ~Gloria Steinem After you have determined a realistic weight […]

Ring, Ring…Hi, It’s Terra From Weight Watchers….

Good morning! How are you? This is your email reminder from Oakley and me, to make sure you remember your goals AND to make your daily plan!!!!!! Last week’s challenge […]

Hi, It’s Terra From Weight Watchers…

If you’ve attended your Weight Watchers meeting this week, you’ll really understand this email!!! I am checking in with you to make sure you remember your new, healthier habits!! You […]

Wake Up. Be Grateful. Make 80% of Your Choices Healthy Ones. Repeat Daily.

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do—not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do it is increased.” -Herbert […]


“There is no way to happiness. Happiness IS the way.” ~Buddha In anticipation of weightloss, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking “I will be happy when….” I […]

Upside Down Tracking

It’s a proven fact: When we write down everything that we eat, we eat less. Tracking our food intake is a HUGE factor in weight loss success on the Weight […]

A Challenge For Today…

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to blame. The gift is yours […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

On tonight’s menu for dinner at our house: BBQ chicken on the grill, loaded baked potatoes and grilled asparagus. The key to making my loaded baked potato “PointsPlus worthy” is […]

Love Yourself

“Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.” – Thaddeus Golas I can say with certainty, if I met any […]

OK–Tell Me This Doesn’t Sound Delicious!!!

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday

Sometimes finding the right snack to satisfy you is more about identifying your craving for texture and taste than it is about needing a particular food. So for example, if […]


“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”. – Chinese Proverb Don’t let the process of getting to a healthy weight become an added stress […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

BREAKFAST COOKIES ~ 2 PointPlus values each Hi Everyone! Officially, it’s still Tuesday as I write this post at 8pm, but you won’t be reading it until Wednesday morning if […]

Trader Joe’s Tour Spaces Available

Brigid and Jules both have space available on their upcoming Trader Joe’s tour. If your interested and can make the time, I would HIGHLY recommend attending!!! It’s not only a […]

Anything…Just Do Something Outside!

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant There are no excuses this weekend! It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. Walk, run, ride your bike, skip, […]

“Fall” Back Into Healthy Habits!

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ~Ralph […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Hey, it’s Tuesday and I’m here to offer you yet another tasty treat to try!! I took a break last Tuesday because I was out in San Diego visiting my […]


“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey Although sometimes it’s hard to admit, the journey to a healthy weight can be a […]


“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat […]

Tasty Tuesday

Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella My friend Claudia cuts up light string cheese and halves grape tomatoes and puts them on tooth picks for a tasty and very eye appealing appetizer! […]

$499.00???? OMGosh, Is It Really Worth It?

I’m eating my words…..or rather drinking my words….these days when it comes to green smoothies. For the past year, many of you have energetically tried to convince me of all […]

A Note From Megan Holt

Karen Holt’s daughter, Megan, posted the following comment on my blog and it was meant for all of us, so I am re-posting it as an entry for everyone to […]

“When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” ~Author Unknown   It’s been a tough couple of months for me personally, when it […]

Tasty Tuesday

EASY is the name of the game! 3 PointsPlus for entire recipe!!! Ingredients One can of canned pumpkin (not pie filling!!!) One box of sugar free, fat-free Jello pudding (any […]

Karen Holt

It is with an incredible amount of sadness that I write this post to let you know of the passing of not only a co-worker at Weight Watchers, but a […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~ Warm Berry Crisp

Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday. I LOVE this dessert because it’s SO yummy, but also because it’s made with nearly all Power Foods! Clean foods make us feel energized!! It’s super […]


“Always keep in mind that any time you fall at little short of realizing a goal, you are still taking a step closer towards achieving it. Just don’t fall short […]

Does Anyone Sell Pampered Chef?

Ok, I am using this blog post for a purely selfish reason, but I can’t help it….. I WANT THIS PITCHER..THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE! WE DRINK A TON OF ICED […]

“Everyday brings with it a chance to make NEW choices”

What new choices would you like to make today? Is there anything you would like to do differently today than you did yesterday? If so, what? Let’s not let the […]

Tasty Tuesday~Drive Thru!

Seriously, who’s got time to cook this week as we get these kids ready for school???? NOT ME! So one of my favorite on-the-go, PointsPlus worthy snacks is the McDonald’s […]

Is Time For School To Start Yet??????

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” ~Edgar W. Howe I love my […]

Watermelon Gazpacho

Hey Terra, Here is the Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. Julie Lambert Watermelon Gazpacho 1 large tomato pureed 1/2 serrano chile 2 c. cubed fresh watermelon 1 tsp. red wine vinegar 1/4 […]

PB&J!! Tasty Tuesday With Terra – On The Go Style!

PB&J…that’s it??? YEP!!! Somedays it really has to be THAT simple! With fall sports in full swing and everyone scrambling to get the last of the summertime activities in before […]

My Challenge To You…..

It’s AUGUST already!! Where’s the summer gone?!? I’ve walked Oakley by this sign (photo below) a 100 times this summer but today it seemed to really stand out! I realized […]

Tasty Tuesday On A Vaca!

Greetings from Naples, Florida!!!! Darin and I are on a kid-free, long weekend down here celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary. We are on the beach and it’s hot and […]

Free 3 PointsPlus Yogen Fruz to Keep Us Cool Today!

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”– […]

Pizza Wrap~Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Don’t forget tonight’s (Tuesday) event! I’m hoping you can join me at the Geneva WW Store at 7pm for an open discussion on tips and tricks to overcome late night […]

Curbing Night Time Eating

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” – Jack Kerouac, American Poet and Novelist Obviously food is a […]

Rootbeer Float ~ Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Root Beer Float Smoothie Hey Everyone! They say today there’s a good chance that today is going to be the hottest day of the summer! It’s supposed to reach temps […]

Recap of the Week, So Far….

“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.” -Frederick Wm. Faber Thanks to everyone who […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 6


Join Me to Discuss Eating Out In the Fox Valley!

The “Eating Out in the Fox Valley” workshop will be an open forum for us to share ideas about our local menu favorites and how we fit them into our […]

MOCK-A-RITA – Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 6

HELLO All! With tomorrow being the 4th of July and the weather looking hot and steamy, it seems like the perfect time to revisit one of my favorite recipes…The Mock-A-Rita! […]


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis If I had to name all […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 5

OK, I am typically NOT a fan of brussel sprouts. My Mom loves them and growing up, the smell of her steaming them made me GAG, so eating them was […]

Crunchy Champagne Pear Salad-Tasty Tuesdays with Terra

Happy Tuesday, AGAIN! Today’s salad is AMAZING when it comes to taste AND ease of preparation. OH YEAH…my two favorite qualities in a dish! I hope you like it as […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 3

Hello Reader! Today’s Tasty Tuesday idea comes from a WW member who is just getting ready to celebrate losing 5% of her body weight! Yay! Achieving the 5% weight loss […]

Your Future’s So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades!

At last week’s meetings, we started discussing our goals for this summer. I apologize to those of you I didn’t get to see…I was out sick for several of my […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 2

Asian Broccoli Salad with Mandarin Oranges Asian Broccoli Salad with Mandarin Oranges Yields 8 1/2 cup servings @ 2PointsPlus each 2 12 ounce bags of broccoli slaw 2 small cans […]

True to Ourselves

  “You will stop turning to food when you start understanding in your body, not just your mind, that there is something better…Truth, not force, does the work of ending […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 1

  Hi! Welcome to my first TASTY TUESDAY’S with TERRA blog post! Obviously, I am Terra and today is Tuesday! Pretty clever, huh?? My goal for Tasty Tuesdays with Terra […]

Anyone available to join me this afternoon at 130pm?

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE! I had last-minute 3 cancellations for today’s (Wednesday, May 16th) Trader Joe’s tour. The tour begins at 130pm at the Batavia TJ’s Store, located on the southeast […]

The Journey…..

“Guilt can quickly turn into regret and self-pity. The only way out is through acceptance and forgiveness.” ~Author Unknown   When it comes to adopting new behaviors and changing our […]

Mental GPS

Marilyn.. Thank you for the email below and thank you for allowing me to put it on the blog for everyone to read! YOU ARE IN AN INSPIRATION and I […]

Let Your Light Shine!

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” ~Mary Dunbar When it comes to achieving […]

BELIEVE in Yourself

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” ~Robert Collier   Success in weight loss and weight maintenance does not come from […]

Lose the Fear and Doubt!

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” ~Anthony Robbins   Attempting to lose weight and get healthy can be a scary thing. Change can be intimidating, especially when […]


  Today is Good Friday and I know the kids are off school and many businesses are closed, but Weight Watchers IS NOT one of them! If you have not […]

Find The Stillness Inside You and Enjoy It

  “In the midst of movement and chaos keep stillness inside of you.” -Deepak Chopra Our lives are so busy that sometimes it feels as if our schedules run us […]

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Getting back on track after spring break is not ALL about cutting back. Many important aspects of the weight loss process involve ADDING behaviors and drinking more water is certainly […]

Back in the Groove!

  Spring break is behind us and it’s time to get back to the routine! It a tough day for us all, but we will feel better once we get […]


  “I have climbed several higher mountains without guide or path, and have found, as might be expected, that it takes only more time and patience commonly than to travel […]

Food Tastes Better

I had the absolute good fortune of getting to go to to New York City last week on a business trip to the Weight Watchers headquarters for a special project […]

Space Available On The Trader Joe’s Tour This Wednesday

  We have some space available on two upcoming Trader Joe’s tours at the Batavia store, located at the southeast corner of Fabyan and Randall. The tour I lead is […]

The New Geneva Weight Watchers Store is OPEN for Business!

  Tah-Dah!!!!!!! The brand new Geneva Weight Watchers Store is OPEN for business and you’re going to LOVE the new look!!! It’s sleek, bright, colorful and updated, which makes it […]

A Healthy Attitude

  “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ~Eckhart Tolle When something in our life is not as we want it to be, […]

Don’t Let Regret Hold You Back Today

“Regret can be your worst enemy or your best friend. You get to decide which.” Martha Beck Recently, after a Weight Watchers meeting, a member asked me: “When will I […]

It’s Soon To Be SPRING! Can You Feel It?

Wed Mar 7 Light Rain High 65°F Low 39°F Sunrise: 6:20 am Sunset: 5:51 pm Wind: 30mph SW Precipitation: 20%   “Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are […]

Can’t Hold Us Back!

What is your dream for yourself? Whatever it is, you CAN accomplish it by breaking it down to ONE STEP AT A TIME. When we live in the moment and […]


Hi Terra, I saw this quote on my Philips tracker page and thought it was great. Very true as I struggle with the last 10lbs. See you Friday. Kellee Thanks […]

Say YES to the Things That REALLY Matter In Your Life

“When we learn to say a deep, passionate yes to the things that really matter, then peace begins to settle onto our lives like golden sunlight sifting to a forest […]

“Enough is as good as a feast.” ~English Proverb

  As we move into the weekend, let’s keep in mind that contrary to popular American belief, MORE isn’t always better. There is no food that we “can’t have”, we […]

Have Faith in the Small Changes

  “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa Be grateful for every healthy change you can make today, no matter how […]


  “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”. -Thomas Jefferson   […]

The Beauty in Change

    “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou   The journey to […]

Let Go

“Are you going to allow the world around you to change while you remain stagnant? Make this the time you throw away old habits that have hindered your happiness and […]

What’s the Plan???

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden     It’s Monday and it’s time to have a plan in place for the week. […]

February 1st!

How is your Valentine’s Day goal coming along??????? The first week of January, in the WW meetings, we talked extensively about setting a short term goal to be accomplished within […]

Unlocking The Gate of Change Within

    “EACH OF US GUARDS A GATE OF CHANGE THAT CAN ONLY BE UNLOCKED FROM THE INSIDE.” ———Marilyn Ferguson (Thanks to Cathy Klink for sharing this quote!!!) The changes […]

Sean Cramer, Someone YOU Want to Get to Know!

HAPPY MONDAY! This is an exciting week! Starting today, Sean Cramer, our Weight Watchers eTools Specialist, will be traveling with me giving eTools demonstrations at several of my Weight Watchers […]

Live This Day!

“Live this day! Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of […]

Just Show Up.

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~Woody Allen   This short simple truth is applicable to almost everything in life and most definitely applies to exercise and weight loss. […]

LOVE of Self

“All you need is love.” ~John Lennon   A lasting healthy lifestyle takes planning, preparation, organization and determination, but the quality it most requires is one we most often fall […]

Quick Easy Breakfast Idea

Hi Terra, Hope your week is going great. I am attaching a receipe for egg muffins. You can make them on the weekend and just pop them in the microwave […]

Warm Comfort Food, Here We Come!

  “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time […]


“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” -Alan Lakein   We spent time at the WW meetings last week talking […]

Welcome Back!

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” -Eckhart Tolle   It’s a fresh year and it’s time to get back on track, if […]

Julie’s a New WW Leader!

    Many of you know Julie Tucker as a receptionist at Weight Watchers in St. Charles. She has now become a Weight Watchers Leader! YAY! And she’s WONDERFUL!!! She’s […]

You Don’t Have To Be Perfect, You Just Have To Keep Doing It

  “Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Unknown   A healthy rate […]

We Become What We Think

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” -Buddha What ever you think about […]

Deb’s New Book “Getting Lucky” Is In Book Stores NOW!

“You never know who the person sitting next to you in your WW meeting might be! DC Brod is our very own Deb from the Friday 830am WW meeting in […]


December is one of my favorite months to be home. I love the preparations for Christmas, the get togethers, the time spent watching Christmas movies at night and just anticipating […]

“Daughters Will Love Like You Do” ~John Mayer

Hi Terra, I joined WW on Thursday at the Geneva location. I was so excited. I told my daughter all about it and how I thought it was something I […]

No Slow Down In Sight!

  “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, […]


“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get […]

Giving Thanks!

  “It’s not what’s on the table that’s most important today, it’s what’s in the chairs!!!!!!!” – Alice F., a very successful WW member   It’s here, it’s here….Turkey Day […]

Holiday Preparations

“If you’re not prepared, it’s not pressure you feel, it’s fear.” ~ Bruce Bochy   The holidays are some of the best times of our life. Let’s not be afraid […]

Roasted Squash~So SIMPLE~You Must Try It!

Almost every grocery store is carrying already cut and cubed squash because of the season and it’s natural abundance. This works out REALLY WELL for us, as WW members because […]

Goal for Today: Love and Accept Yourself, As-Is

  “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer…. No door that enough love will not open No gulf that enough love will not bridge, No wall that […]

A Bit of Humor…

Hi Terra- LOL! Thought this would make you smile! Have a Happy Day ! Shirley Dear Shirley….. IT WORKED…I am still smiling!! After all these years, it never dawned on […]

Helpful Apps!

  Hi Terra, This is Stephanie from your Tuesday meeting in Sycamore. I wanted to send you the links for those websites I was talking about.   Stephanie……. Thank you […]

Creamy Garlic Dressing and More!

Hi Terra, I’m the second receptionist at your new Monday Weight Watchers meeting at the Naperville Center. I told you about the recipe for salad dressings and I thought you […]

Use These Points Plus Values To Easily Plan Ahead!

A couple of day ago, I posted a letter from the local family who owns the restaurant called Fresh D’Lite in the Geneva Commons. If you missed it, just scroll […]

Feel Better, Do Better!

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” ~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889     The way we […]

Weekend Reminder!

“Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.” Chinese Proverb   Weekends can be a challenge for healthy eating, but they are also one of the BEST […]

We Love You, Fresh D’Lite!

“I get by with a little help from my friends, Oh, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends” -The Beatles Below is an email that was recently […]

I’m Leading a New Meeting at 5pm on Thursdays in STC!

      “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is a process and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford   COME SEE ME! I am leading a BRAND […]

Attention Folks In Sycamore/DeKalb….

….don’t forget that our TUESDAY 1230pm Weight Watchers meeting location has MOVED. Our brand new Weight Watchers Center is now OPEN and we will be meeting there from now on…YAHOOOOO!!! […]

Let’s Not Let Halloween Weekend Scare the Health Out of Us!

“If you don’t choose the food, the food will choose you.” ~Norma Heitz, Weight Watchers Receptionist   Halloween weekend is upon us! Let’s not get spooked and forget about our […]

Relax Into Who You Are NOW

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~Chinese Proverb   Sometimes we think we want something so badly, such as weight loss or “hitting […]

France’s Cole Slaw

Reprinted from an article that I was recently given……”This is France’s cole slaw. Apparently while lucky French cooks are picking up their bakery-made puff pastry to whip up a gorgeous, […]

FAV FOODS tab on www.TerraAyres.com

I have re-posted the list of some favorite foods found at Trader Joe’s under the tab “FAV FOODS” on the home page of this blog so that you can access […]

Live Inspiration…You’re Invited!

  As part of the grand opening celebration at our new South Elgin Weight Watchers Center, we are hosting a Member Success Forum this Friday, Oct.14th at 1130am. The Center […]


    Brigid DeBruycker is an amazing person, as all of you who already know her will agree. Several years ago, Brigid lost 60+ pounds on Weight Watchers, along with […]

Even The Most Dreary Day Can Produce A Rainbow

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience […]

A List of Some Favorite Foods From Trader Joe’s

  Thanks to everyone who attended the Tasting Party! The turn out was a huge success, despite the rain that decided to pour down right as the party started! Between […]

See You at the Tasting Party This Afternoon!

“It’s precisely in those moments when I don’t know what to do, boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to either get somewhere or not get anywhere.” -Anish […]

Come To Our Tasting Party This Thursday And Get Some New Low Points Plus Food Ideas From Trader Joe’s!!

Trader Joe’s Will Be Hosting a Tasting Party With Us at The St. Charles Weight Watchers Center! Join us for some new, healthy food ideas to help you stay on […]

Thanks For All the Responses!

These are the responses and comments I have received so far about the apps people out there are using. Hope this helpful! Gotta run…See you at the meeting!   From […]

Calling All Smart Phone Users..Need Your Responses

Hi Terra!   So, last night, I finally joined the twenty-first century. . . traded in the old flip phone for a smart phone. Which brings me to the purpose […]

There’s No Hurry

“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” – […]

How Do You See Weight Loss?

“Remember this maxim: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. The way you perceive things is an extremely powerful tool that will […]

Goodbye Summer?

“So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.” ~William Shenstone   Doesn’t feel like GOODBYE! Labor Day weekend is upon us and rather than the […]


    Hey Terra,   I do have a recipe to share. It might be one that everyone else already knows, but I just came across it last week. I […]

Note to Self…..

Visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov  

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

  Below is an email I received with a YUMMY, easy-to-make treat that I thought you might enjoy too. If you go to the recipe tab on my blog home […]

It’s A Lovely Process, If You Will Allow It To Be

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” ~Kak Sri   So many good things come about when we start becoming more mindful of our eating […]

Starting Again

“The hardest part of ending is starting again.” -Lyric from Linkin Park If you are waiting to come back to WW….my most honest and sincere advice is DON’T….Just do it […]

A New Chapter…..

  “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. -Roman Philospher, mid-1st century AD and Lyric from Semisonic’s popular song “Closing Time”               […]


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa of Calcutta   The changes we make to gain control of our eating and […]

HEY, South Elgin….Here Comes Weight Watchers!!!

BIG, BIG, EXCITING NEWS! We are opening a brand new Weight Watchers Center in South Elgin and I will be leading the NOON meetings on FRIDAYS, starting August 5th! This […]

Shift the Load

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” -Lena Horne   If taking care of your health is one more thing on your endless […]

Could Her Smile Be Any More Precious??? NO!

“A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts […]

Deficiency Motivation Doesn’t Work

        “Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who […]


“JOY IS NOT IN THINGS; IT IS IN US.” ~Richard Wagner Not only is joy in us, it is in us RIGHT NOW. Joy does not have to be contingent […]

When It Feels Like the Party Is Over

    “Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” ~Kak Sri   I was so happy to see so many of you at the WW […]

Greetings From Hilton Head!

After two and a half years of writing this blog and almost 10 years of leading WW meetings, many of you know me pretty well and you know that every […]

Stormy Day

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.” ~Author Unknown Our health and our weight are things we manage. We don’t own a goal weight nor […]

Turtle’s Pace

“Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.” – Julia Child   It really IS that simple and that enjoyable, […]

No Regrets

“Never regret anything because at one time it was what you wanted.” – unknown   Memorial Day is behind us and it’s back to our regular routine! No matter what […]

Sweet Tart Lemon Sno Cone

  This will be the perfect yummy treat to whip up on Memorial Day! It’s supposed to be nice and warm on Sunday and Monday, making it the PERFECT TIME […]

Who We Are Today

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be […]

Baked Brown Rice~For Breakfast or Anytime!

Ok–So below is a PERFECT example of why sharing of information is SO helpful. I would have never in a million years thought to bake brown rice, nor would I […]

Eggstra Special Recipe

      This week we at the meetings we have been talking about what works best for each of us when it comes to breakfast. Some of us are […]

The Picture is Bigger Than the Frame We Can See Through at the Moment

    “No part of your experience is wasted. Everything you’ve experienced so far is part of what you were meant to learn.” –Martha Beck   It’s easy to get […]

Strawberry Shortcake

        OK- I love both the doll Strawberry Shortcake as well as the dessert! Always have! Who doesn’t is my question???? My dream life would be to […]

Beautiful Dreams Cultivate A Beautiful Reality

  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~~Eleanor Roosevelt Our dreams may be based on personal growth or goal oriented. They could be […]

Ahhhhhhhhh or AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?

Yesterday was AMAZING! Feels like we skipped right over spring and went straight to summer! Yow! No complaints from me though! So when you put on your shorts yesterday for […]

Summer Is Around the Corner!

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind […]

One Finish Line Crossed

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” — William James     It was another fun year at the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon! […]

My Personal Activity Challenge

We are big on tradition at my house. Now that we are in to the 3rd year of this blog together, many of you already know that!!! Every June almost […]


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher Everyday isn’t going to […]

“Get Up And Do More Activity Than You Have Been Doing Challenge”

We are in the midst of our annual Weight Watchers Walk It Challenge. It’s really a “Get Up And Do More Activity Than You Have Been Doing Challenge” because you […]

And The Winner Is….ME

I received the following email with the subject line was “And The Winner Is…ME” from a dear, dear friend and WW member yesterday morning. It not only made me SMILE, […]

Take a Breath~It’s OK

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it […]

Feeling Fat

Raising my boys, there have been a few “off limit” words at our house besides the obvious profanity and rudeness. We try not to say “hate” and we don’t call […]

Dawning of a New Day

“Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.”— Leigh Mitchell Hodges Our health is an ongoing journey and it’s a […]

Ditch The Fear, Guilt And Worry

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb It’s so easy to get frustrated with ourselves when we “fall off” or behave in ways that we know are not in-line […]

Snow?? Really???

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience.” –Author Unknown   It’s cold outside now and […]

Take Control of Emotions

” Humiliation, guilt, anger and shame are inherent in most diet and lifestyle programs, these are among the most toxic emotions.” —-Marianne Williamson Do not let these emotions become part […]

Rest in Peace

“Why does our culture only say “Rest in peace” when we’re dead? Take five minutes today and rest in peace while it still does some good.” —Martha Beck You know […]

Super Shining Star, Melinda Bernhard

Super Shining Stars may become my favorite part of this blog. I love hearing genuine, authentic stories about the journey of self discovery. We can all learn so much from […]

Yet Another Sign That Spring is On It’s Way!

  No matter what the economic climate, spring is traditionally one of the busier seasons in real estate sales. It’s exciting to see that this year is no different! I’ve […]

Paradise? Ok, Not Exactly!

        At least not yet, but SOON! It’s MARCH 1, 2011 and it won’t be long now before everything is vibrant, green and warm! Until then, let’s […]

Finish Strong

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” -Author Unknown It’s a new week, let’s make it a good one! Say goodbye to February today, because tomorrow it will […]

Perfect As It Is

“Perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” —–Antoine de Saint-Exupery   We know what to do to […]

Strong End, Not Weak End

“Any advice that doesn’t feel liberating is wrong. Ignore it.”——–—Martha Beck Happy Friday! Another weekend upon us! Relaxing, having fun, spending timne with family and friends doesn’t mean you have […]

Our Weight and Health Are Something We Manage NOT Own

Our weight is not something we own, possess or get to keep. Rather, our weight and health are things that we manage on a continuous basis. Through this management process, […]

There Will ALWAYS Be Another Meal…..

“There will ALWAYS be another meal – and it will probably be delicious! Remind yourself of that when eating a rich dish may help you stop after a couple of […]

Banana Icecream

This recipe is so simple yet so delicious that you will be amazed! A big THANK YOU to Marge for sharing with the meeting last Thursday. I couldn’t wait to […]


Basket Full of Low Points Plus Ideas This week in the meeting, we will be talking about making over our own kitchens-“Weight Watchers Style”. Sooooooo, I thought it seemed like […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who […]

Shout Outs About Winter Squash

The following are helpful emails I have gotten since posting the entry about 0 Points Plus Squash Fries. I have found them VERY helpful as well as amusing! I love […]

An Object in Motion, Tends to Stay in Motion, So Get Going!

“Objects at rest, tend to stay at rest, while objects in motion, tend to stay in motion.” ~Newton’s Law of Motion An insightful WW member quoted Newton last week in […]

Dear Terra, My Family is Sabotaging Me!

Dear Terra, Although my family loves me dearly, they seem to be purposely sabotaging my weight loss progress and it’s becoming very frustrating. It feels like they are trying to […]

Terra’s WW Meeting Times

Terra’s WW Meeting Times Mon- 10am. North Aurora Center Tues- 10am. Schaumburg Center Tues- 1230p. Sycamore Holiday Inn Thurs- 10am 12p. St. Charles Center Fri- 830am 930am. St. Charles Center […]

0 PP Baked Squash Fries

Flipping through the channels not long ago, on a Saturday afternoon, Darin and I stumbled on Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien’s new show on the Food Network. She’s always got such […]

Do Snow Storms Make You Hungry?

Hungry, no. Want to eat? I guess so, since that is what I did all last night!!! I’m so annoyed with my own snacking that I wouldn’t even be writing […]

Are You Ready For Some…..

What happens today will greatly impact tomorrow. Yes, of course, I’m talking about FOOTBALL. The winners of today’s Bears vs Packers (GO BEARS) and Steelers vs Jets (GO STEELERS) games […]

The Sweet Isn’t As Sweet If We’ve Never Tasted The Bitter

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”. —Anne Bradstreet No matter […]

Hang On Tight, The Ride Has Only Just Begun!!!!

By the third week in January, the average American has abandon his or her “New Year’s Resolution” and gone back to old ways. Let’s address this head on before some […]

Visit My NEW Site!

The new and improved www.terraayres.com is up and successfully running! Please check it out and post comments with your feedback. I still have a lot of writing to add to […]

Snacks Under 3 Points Plus Values

New Year. New Program. New YOU! How about some new food ideas to go along with it??? I’ve been polling other Weight Watchers to see are their favorite foods on […]


Good morning and Happy Monday! Just a quick check in as a reminder of our group challenge from last week’s meeting: TRACKING. We all have our individual goals set and […]

Get Out of Your Own Way

One of my boys favorite pastimes when they are bored and together is to pick on each other. They won’t admit it, but I can tell they thoroughly enjoy thinking […]