Like Me. Really Like Me!

by carolyn on January 27, 2014

Oh my goodness, y’all…sorry I haven’t been more present. I’ve been battling a number of short term and chronic health issues this month that have left me deflated and not feeling very creative. I could probably throw together some posts despite my ailments but I just want to give you the best of me — and feeling nowhere near my best makes writing difficult. Unfortunately my actions directly contradict my first post of the year wherein I preach to always do your best and keep in mind that your best will change from day to day. Do as I say, not as I do?

I hope that I will reach a blogging tempo soon that is comfortable for all involved, but in the interim I beseech and implore thee to “Like” My Proper Binge on Facebook and to keep in touch with me there! There you will find everything you wish you saw more of on here: motivational quotes, recipes, and interesting/possibly relevant articles about food psychology, fitness, and miscellaneous. I may even throw in some insight, witticisms, and glimpses of ‘a day in the life’ every now and again.

After all, if it’s not on Facebook, did it really happen?





Text A Friend

by carolyn on January 14, 2014

These past few weeks have found me scattered, flustered, and overwhelmed.

Every day seems to present a new challenge in the form of a broken water heater, a small electrical fire, a dog (or two) in need of behavioral modification, and so on and so forth.

Then there are the constant reminders of ongoing issues… When looking in my mirror, ‘have my roots actually grown out another centimeter?’ Really need to make that hair appointment before this blonde is officially busted as a brunette.  And that  warning message on my dashboard “LOW TIRE PRESSURE!!!every time I start my car. I filled you with air once? What more do you want from me??? I’ll deal with you later…once the more pressing issue of hair hue is resolved.

I’m lucky to have super supportive family and friends that keep me as sane as possible when I want to quit everything I’ve ever aspired to accomplish including my diet, my job, and my next breath. When one Carolyn texted a certain ex-roomie/current BFF, Kitty, that she was 5 seconds away from quitting her diet, her job, and her life, Kitty told her to make a list of why she should not quit those things. An angsty Carolyn exasperated, “the only reason I do any of those things is because I feel obligated!” Not a very helpful list. The next texts Carolyn received from Kitty were as follows:


I couldn’t believe that she was able to so quickly do for me what I couldn’t do for myself in my state of anxious panic. And the fact that she wrote the lists out instead of just typing them in a message meant a lot to me.  It felt like *wow she really cares about my success and my current attitude and truly wants to help me feel better.*

And though Kitty didn’t make a list of reasons I should continue breathing, I would like to report that as of this post I am still breathing.





Two Are Better Than One

January 2, 2014

I’m on day two of my latest challenge — Stop.Challenge.Choose. by Take Shape For Life fueled by Medifast.  It’s a 12 week health transformation challenge. So, with some quick math we can see that I’m already 1/42 of the way done! And I’ve got to say it’s going pretty well. I’m following TSFL’s “5&1″ meal […]

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14 Ways To Be Your Best Self In 2014

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!! I hope that 2014 finds you happy, healthy, and beyond excited about the next 365 days. Here are some lessons I’ve learned in 2013 that I’m trying to implement this year to create more balance and joy in my life. I hope you’ll try them, too! Love yourself.  I hope and pray […]

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reinbeer

December 23, 2013

No, that isn’t a typo. Reinbeer is your everyday, boring beer transformed into festive, jolly beer! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If you haven’t, then this post is for you. This gift is cheap, creative, and sure to wow your recipient as well as all party guests lucky enough to witness the giving […]

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My Optimal Health Wish List

December 19, 2013
Grown-Up Christmas List

I hope that you’ve compiled all of your latest wants and distributed the holiday wish list to all of your nearest, dearest, and wealthiest friends and family. Here’s a peek at my list as it compares to Amy Grant’s “Grown-Up Christmas List.” I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the dichotomy between our lists […]

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I Know Where I’ve Been

December 18, 2013
Before & After

If you’re a musical geek like me (and I’d like to think that you are), you probably have show tunes running through your head all day. Anything can spark a tune. Running late? Cue My Fair Lady’s “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Stewing over your significant other’s shortcomings and scheming of ways to […]

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7 Foods You Should Never Throw Away Again

September 3, 2012

  Sometimes my fridge looks like this. It is a magical place full of vibrant, colorful produce and fresh-off-the-farm eggs. This is when I love my fridge most of all. I can grab an orange or carrot if I need something quick, but I also have all the makings of a balanced and delicious meal […]

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Carolyn Cooks “The Perfect Chicken”

August 17, 2012

I never wanted to be one of those bloggers who just comes and goes as she pleases, caring not who she leaves forlorn in her absence. I also never wanted to be one of those bloggers who reappears and either (1) acts like she wasn’t gone for 3 months or (2) apologizes profusely only to […]

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Tips & Tricks for Tastier Oven Fries

May 20, 2012

One of my most common junk food cravings is french fries. My personal fast food faves when it comes to fries are Chick-fil-a (duh), McDonalds, and Five Guys. Each are uniquely fabulous and addictive and if eating them is wrong then I don’t want to be right. Unfortunately my “fast food french fries eaten” to […]

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