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Gratitude, Abundance and Avocados

Yeah, weigh in was great. I’m at a very abundant 277, and I’m happy and grateful about that because it’s 3 pounds less then last week’s weigh in. I have received so many emails of support, facebook posts, texts & instagram messages, as well as a whole lot of phone calls. There is loads of love and support pouring out of my community and I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you.

There is a quote I want to share with you it’s my daily reminder:

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.


~ Unknown

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Hi friends, this weekend was AMAZING! I can’t wait to share all the details and pictures on this Thursday’s post. Until then, I feel the drain. I’m so tired, worn out, and bushed… But when I have work, events, and a life as awesome as mine, it’s worth all of the effort. It really is. I didn’t work out yesterday, nor did I walk Cody Girl after work. Thank heavens for wind and rain: it made my rest day OK. LOL. What I did do was makes some air-popped popcorn, put a few dark chocolate almonds in a bowl, and have a big glass of lemon ice water all waiting while I put my PJs on. Then I grabbed my blanket, my pillow, my boyfriend and my orange, small-faced kitty and we rented .

Hi, Friends!

Today, I’m sharing one day from the meal plan created for me by my amazing nutritionist Florence Quinn. 100 lbs in a year is a lot of weight to lose, and in order to make it happen, I need to not just exercise but also eat right.

In addition to the meal plan, I’ll be sharing some of the tips and tricks I’m getting from Florence at various points along the way.

Well I couldn’t be a more excited, friends! After 8 weeks of work outs, wellness visits, nutritional changes and a few awful days of the flu that seemed to last at least three weeks, I have weighed in for the first time and… I LOST 15 POUNDS!!!!!!!

I’m dreaming of fresh yummy sushi rolls: vegan and traditional, maybe California style, or even raw. A yummy organic salad, artichoke quesadillas and spicy three-bean chili… Oh, and sweet treats, how I lust after thee. Chocolate treats or velvety soft vanilla shortbread cake with fresh strawberry filling partnered with a steaming cup of Jitters Pub blend coffee. Now my juices are really going friends.

Oh, the temptation never ends. Thank god it’s a dream. But wait, is it? No, friends it isn’t! Cause this Saturday is ’s Birthday!

Well, I guess I could have really jumped right in and done this blog post the first day, but I really wanted you to get to know me, to practice writing, to work out technical errors, to really do some leg work before I wrote this. Here I thought a blog was going to be easy; little did I know, friends. But, here we are now, and now we get to the nitty-gritty.

Drum Roll Please…

Hi! I’m Vallie Gilley, and I woke up one morning and the scale said I was 295 pounds! Now some of you would say, “No way!” and some of you would be like, “Yep!” but for me it was a huge epiphany. I got on that scale at the doctor’s office and I jumped off and I said, ”That scale is wrong” and the nurse said, “No it isn’t.“ Then I said, “But, that’s impossible- I wear the same clothes” and she escorted me to my exam room. I guess by the look on her face, she is used to that kind of reaction.

My whole life revolves around music. Depending on my mood, there can be a wide variety of tunes: from world beats to oldies to jazz to hip hop, really, I love it all- rolling through my ear deep into the fancy. It helps me work, bake, WORKOUT, walk, drive, and sometimes even sleep. Most of my memories of life include an internal soundtrack or memory music video.

As much as I love music, something runs a close second. I love Hawaii, which I visit at least twice a year. Below is my boyfriend Clayton and I on the Big Island of Hawaii this past October.

Finding Inspiration On Aisle 9 at Trader Joe’s

People, life is hard sometimes! Yesterday, I could have just gone back to bed…

I forgot about “spring forward” you know, the daylight savings time change (need I say more? LOL!). This was then followed by a mad rush to work; resulting in a messed up bakery order and a forgotten phone when I ran to the store (which was being blown up by my staff at Jitters with panicked questions), which caused a humiliating reprimand by Clayton.  With everyone frustrated and all around frazzled we made it through to 2pm. Our Sunday rush was great. I love being busy. It makes time fly, and I love to have the shop popping, especially when you’re feeling irritated with yourself. I went through a web of emotions, but broke through with a smile on my face and gratitude in my heart. Sometimes, you have to just shake it out and keep going, ’cause we all make mistakes. Read more

FAT doesn’t = LAZY

Wow. First off, I hate the word “fat.” It is so diminishing, yet it’s true people: fat is fat! But it doesn’t mean lazy and I know this to be true friends, because I’m physically fat and I’m NOT lazy. I really hate when people look down on others, because they struggle with being overweight. I have been privy to some of this judgment but really I have seen it more then being on the receiving end. I’m here to clear this up, don’t judge a book by its cover. People like me are the first to say, “Yes!” We are the first to help, to serve and to do, and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m here blogging and on this transformational journey. I’m not blaming my fat on anything, but I’m definitely owning up to never putting myself first in life. I am not a triathlon junkie or an outrigger fanatic, nor am I a group sports athlete, but lazy I’m not!

I wake up every morning between 4:30 and 5:15 AM. I do my vitamin ritual, unload and load dishes, throw in a load of laundry, open the pet door and all windows to house, and then get my stuff ready for work- and that’s all before showering and getting dressed. PS: work starts at 6:00am. On my late day I’m at work by 7:30 AM, stopping at the store for supplies before heading to my amazing job. I shop: 10 gallons of milk, 15 half gallons of almond, soy, ½ & ½ and whip cream, then the eggs, chocolate, bagels… and the list goes on and on. I load it, unload, then load, then unload, load and unload again. On a side note, friends: have respect for the people that do the shopping in your household, it’s not that fun, and by the way: there is no toothpaste, toilet paper, and soap fairy. That’s us making sure you don’t run out. Read more

I’ll Start Monday

Well what can I say; I shot for starting on March 1st to launch this Blog and today is March 5th. All I can say is that I’ve been starting a diet or workout plan or organization program or many and all sorts of craziness on Monday for most of my adult life. It’s always I’ll start Monday! (Lol) Well friends here we are Monday, except I’m not starting I AM doing this. This is the first day of the rest of my life. I hope that this transformational journey will be amazing and I’m so glad to share it with you, with every detail out in the open. I’m scared, I’m excited, so I guess, I know I’m ready. It’s been a long time coming and here it is, here I am!

Speaking of that I’m Vallie Gilley 37 year old goddess from Oceanside, California. I’m a self proclaimed Foodie, Chef and Baker. I own a coffee shop called Jitters Coffee Pub, which in a nutshell is a community clubhouse for my friends and customers. I am the Founder/CEO of Feeding the Soul Foundation, a concerts for causes foundation based on creative generosity where we as a team support each other as artists, musicians and as a community as people for people. For 15 blissful years I have lived with my rad boyfriend Clayton who still gives me butterflies of excitement. I ‘m owned by an 18-pound kitten who has a very small face not a big waist. Read more