Clean Eating: Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies are a great way to sneak more fruits, vegetables, and fiber into your diet. The combinations and options are endless!

I make a lot of smoothies for breakfast. My typical recipe is high in anti-oxidants and fiber, with all kinds of yummy stuff in it. It’s easy for me to blend up and drink while I am getting ready in the morning. But I have seen this trend of making smoothie bowls so I decided to try my hand at one over the weekend, for my 30 Day Challenge.

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30 Day Challenge – Week 2

This is the third in a series. Read the initial post and Week 1 Progress.

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Here is my Week 2 check-in of my 30 day personal challenge for the month of April.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” ~Zig Ziglar

Difficult roads

Difficult Roads

To say these last two weeks have been difficult is almost an understatement. And I am not referring to my 30 day challenge. That has actually been the easy part! My husband has been gone on two different trips. Work has been particularly busy and difficult. I have been extremely busy with my volunteer work. And, oh, there was that little flare of fibromyalgia along the way.

So this week’s entry will be short, sweet, and to the point!

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~John Maxwell

Week 2 Results

Where I am still falling short is on my sleep. This has always been difficult for me. Never enough, not refreshing enough. Even Saturday night when I was completely exhausted I didn’t sleep through the night. It didn’t help that one of the dogs was barking incessantly at a squirrel she had cornered in a tree!

As far as my daily gratitude, yoga, and logging my food, here are my results:

  • Workouts: I have practiced yoga every day. Even the day I overslept and then had a fund raiser after work, I made sure to come home and practice a relaxing session before I went to bed.
  • Weight: So far down 2.5 lbs. and 1.5% body fat 🙂 (happy dance inserted here)
  • Food: Logged every day, and haven’t gone over my calories. My next challenge, however, will be to work on the proper balance of calories between Carbs/Proteins/Fats.
  • Gratitude: Haven’t missed a day in my journal, and am thankful I have been so successful thus far!
  • Sleep: Still struggling here. I have had a few good nights of quality sleep, and a few not so good nights. Six straight hours of sleep is remarkable for me. 😦

This week’s goal: Better quality sleep!

This should be easier to accomplish, since I don’t have quite as many after work activities planned, I am hoping to take a couple of half days off of work, and I have a Saturday morning date planned with my husband for breakfast and a trip to the Farmer’s Market!

Do you have some bad habits or issues you would like to work on? Consider challenging yourself for 7, 14, or even 30 days!


The Sunshine Blogger Award


Wow! Grateful and humbled by my nomination from Sara AKA FibroButterfly18 who writes the blog The Last Days of Pompeii . Her blog, like mine, is written from the perspective of someone who lives with fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions, but doesn’t let it define her. She looks at each day as a gift and is much happier for it. So check out her blog.

And before I could even get this blog post finished, I was also nominated by LadyFibroWarrior, who was on my list of nominees before I heard from her about nominating me! She is another awesome fibrowarrior blogging about life with fibromyalgia and maintaining a positive attitude.

Please check them both of these lovely ladies’ blogs out. You know you want to! And Thank you both for honoring me with this.

The Rules

1.) Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog

2.) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award, and write them 11 new questions

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog


My Answers to FibroButterfly18:

  1.  Why did you start your blog? I started this to try to share my story of life with fibromyalgia, and how I have learned to cope with the challenge of living with a chronic condition. My goal was to inspire or help one person with the healthy lifestyle habits I have incorporated.
  2. What motivates you to write a post? Can I say “it depends”? Sometimes it’s a lovely quote I come across.Sometimes it’s a daily challenge or prompt. And sometimes it’s just something I am dealing with in my life. I am trying to become more deliberate and less haphazard with planning out my posts, but some days I post a picture… just because.
  3. What is your all time favorite blog and why? Wow, that’s not a loaded question, is it? There are so many great bloggers out there that I don’t think I have an all-time favorite. One of my very favorites is the first blog I started reading: My Beauty Bunny by Jen Matthews. I came across her blog probably in 2010 or 2011 and am still reading it today. I always refer to her blog when I am checking on whether a product is cruelty-free or not, and I love her great reviews and awesome contests (here’s one I won!).
  4. What are your blogging short term goals and long term goals? Short-term is to finish my “branding” or identity. I just recently finally found a name I was happy with, after just going with my social media handle (photobaugh) for so long. Long-term is develop a more intentional approach to blogging so that I can perhaps turn this into a business when I retire from my full-time job in a few years.
  5. What do you hope people take away from your blog posts? Hope, inspiration, joy. I always try to end on a positive note. I aspire to inspire others.
  6. What is your favorite post that you have written for your blog and why? Another tough question. I would say the post called Combating the Loneliness of Chronic Pain, because I felt like I had written about some sound advice for coping with something we all struggle with at times – loneliness. 
  7. What is your favorite activity? Another toughie. I have so many favorite things to do. But I think I am happiest when I am outside in nature, taking pictures.
  8. How do you promote creativity on your blog? I am really still learning and trying to find my true voice, but I like to use a variety of post types to promote creativity. My blog is not 100% about fibromyalgia, so I sometimes post pictures or quotes, or something in response to a great word of the day prompt.
  9. Are all readers welcome to your blog or are you a dedicated niche writer? I am definitely not a niche blog – I hope to share with anyone that will read about how I am able to find inspirations in my every day life. We can all use a little more inspiration, can’t we? While I do write a lot about fibromyalgia, I don’t want that to define me. I have other interests (cooking, art, gardening, travel) and passions (volunteering, photography) and I enjoy sharing those.
  10. What motivates you every day to keep on keeping on? Sheer determination. I don’t see fibromyalgia as a death sentence, just as yet another hurdle that I strive to get over every day.fibro1
  11. Which blogger inspires you? Julie at Counting My Spoons was the first fibro blogger I came across several years ago, so she inspired me to think I could write about my life with fibro. And Lee at Fibro Blogger Directory has inspired me to continue to improve my blog and help promote other bloggers. I love that these bloggers are so willing to share and help others learn and grow.

My Answers to LadyFibroWarrior:

1. Hot or cold? Definitely hot.

2. How did you find or learn about WordPress? Honestly I can’t remember. I have had an account for reading blogs for some time and launched my blog in the fall of 2015. A friend of mine then used it to set up a website for a project we were working on together in our leadership class, exposing me to many other features it had.

3. Favorite T.V show? Friends, Grey’s Anatomy. But currently watching Frasier on Netflix. Oh my goodness that show was so funny!!

4. What do you blog about and why? I blog about life with fibromyalgia and how I try to find inspiration in every day life. I definitely don’t lead a glamorous life, so I just like to post pictures or quotes that inspire me to live the best life I know how.

5. Favorite color? Blue, although you would think it was black from looking at my wardrobe! haha 🙂

6. What is the one thing you could never give up? Mascara, definitely mascara.

7. Coffee or tea? Both. Coffee in the morning, tea before bed and sometimes during the day.

8. Who is your favorite blogger? (See answers #3 and 11 above!)

9. Chocolate or vanilla? Dark chocolate is my *almost* daily splurge 🙂 but their are plenty of vanilla things I like – smoothies, gelato, vanilla bean scones, vanilla bean cheesecake. I just don’t indulge very often in dairy or gluten based products. 😦

10. Have you ever published anything? If so, name drop so we may check it out. Not per se. I have co-written a trade article and have spoken at several regional and international conferences for work. 

11. What country you live in? The great old USA!

My Questions – Let’s Have Some Fun with This!

  1. What was the last blog post you read?
  2. What made you laugh today?
  3. What are you grateful for today?
  4. Where was the last place you went on vacation?
  5. Where is your favorite place to take a vacation?
  6. What inspired you to start writing a blog?
  7. What did you wish you knew before you started blogging?
  8. When you’re not reading blogs, would you rather binge watch Netflix or read a good book? 
  9. Which social media platform do you prefer and why?
  10. What is your favorite quote or saying?
  11. What one thing did you do this last week to show yourself some self-love or self-care?

My Nominees…

  1. Lady Fibro Warrior
  2. Mama’s Fibromyalgia Journey
  3. Melissa vs. Fibro
  4. The Nutritionist Melissa
  5. Tea with Jennifer
  6. Spending Spoons
  7. Reclaiming Hope
  8. Spoons & Sass
  9. The Scoop on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Illness
  10. Living with Fibromyaglia
  11. Cooking without Limits

I was nominated for one of these a few years back and never finished the post. Definitely not as easy as one would think! So it’s totally up to these bloggers if they want to participate or not. However, you should still check out their sites. They are all wonderful.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about me.



Why We All Need Vitamin R

It’s a cold Sunday morning here in Texas. I am alone in the house, and it is quiet except for the wind. I am sitting here enjoying my coffee and trying to tackle my overflowing To Do list that has gotten a wee bit out of control this week. Too many unchecked items!! The last several days at work have been crazy and my evenings have been filled with functions and fund-raisers. I haven’t had quiet time like this in quite some time it seems.

I have had this particular blog post on my list to write for months now. Yes, months. But how do I write about doing something I myself am not always able to do? And that is to make sure I am getting a healthy dose of Vitamin R. Continue reading “Why We All Need Vitamin R”

Thank you, FBD!

I just want to take a moment to thank Lee at Fibro Blogger Directory for adding my site to the directory:


I have admired many of these bloggers for several years now, so I am grateful to be included amongst them. I have been working hard these past few months to be more deliberateconsistent, and relevant with my content, and write about what I know. And I feel my work is paying off!



With heartfelt thanks ❤



30 Day Challenge – Week 1 Results

This challenge is about being DELIBERATE. It’s about finding some peace with myself, my body, my physical capabilities, and my limitations.

I made it through week 1!

This is the second in a series. Read the initial post here. 

My body is wearing out. Since 2000 when I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lower back and a few months later fibromyalgia, my body seems to have been on a steady decline. I used to be a treadmill warrior, committed to reaching those 10,000 steps a stay so my Fitbit would say “Nice job, Cindy!”. Well injuries and physical therapy and doctors recommendations to try something else have convinced me that perhaps I needed to fold up the treadmill for good. Or at least for the next 30 days…

So I embarked on my 30 Day Challenge with these guidelines: Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 1 Results”