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Charlene Ragsdale

I am so proud of you!

Love your humor and your authenticity. Soon and VERY soon - you will be walking (or running!) Marathon's with me.

In one year - actually, LESS - you will be right where you want to be. SMOKIN' HOT, FIT, SEXY and full of HEALTH.

Keep it up, Annie!

Val Anne Welch

Thanks for the kind words and motivation! In the beginning you need a lot of encouragement, it's easy to entertain the thought to just quit, especially when results aren't as "instant" as you'd like......but I will keep pressing on!


Hi, I've been reading your blog for a looooooong time. I actually e-mailed you many, many years ago, I was asking questions about what its like being a pastry chef, you responded by the way. Anyway, I'm very much into health and fitness, and your trainer sounds like the typical trainer who is just speaking textbook and really doesn't know #*^%#. About the egg yolk, most of the nutrition is in the yolk! Especially if you get eggs from a local farm! Also, I highly suggest you lift weights instead of overloading on the cardio. If you want more advice I would love to help you as I have nothing to do all day because of the lack of jobs.

Here is something my diet coach recently said to me

"FOOD wise - why are you not allowing yourself yummy foods?
You can / should EAT what you want <== if you want a cookie, ADD it as part of your diet.... 2 x cookies + some yoghurt & blueberries and scrambled eggs for breakfast would be perfect!!
As long as the food fits into your diet, and as long as you are overall sticking to healthy choices, you CAN allow yourself the other things too.
If you WANT a banana = eat it!
If you want a potato = EAT IT! :) <-- just take out a smidgen' of fat from your day.... "

Here are some recommended sites to check out

and my diet coach/trainer


She is the best of the best, oh and also

Val Anne Welch

Hey thanks for commenting! I appreciate your advice and I will take it to heart. I've been getting advice all over the place actually, and it's hard to know who has the right answer, you know? I do take what my trainer says with a grain of salt, but his advice had been working for me so far, so I'll stick with it (but I will have a hard boiled egg if I want it). He doesn't realize that as a pastry chef, I do have a certain knowledge about food that perhaps he doesn't. I do do some weight lifting at the gym with my trainer.....he makes sure strength training is part of my routine. Building more muscle is part of burning more calories, but I'm sure you know that!

Thanks for all the site referrals....! I will check them out!


Yeah, there is soooooooooo much information out there on what to do and what not to do that I find it overwhelming. Really we just have to experiment and find what works best for us. I wish it wasn't that way, but it is.

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