This photo is from 2008…


  • Weight 12/12 ¬† (success!)
  • Production 4/12 ¬† (1 up!)
  • Acting 2/12 ¬† (same…for now!)
  • Weddings 1/12 ¬† (staying steady)
  • Reading ?/12 ¬† (I’ve essentially given up on tracking this one. See last post.)

Woohoo! I reached my goal for weight loss! Although, I will say, it was only for a day. My weight fluctuates pretty easily, so I wasn’t surprised that I’d reached the 12lb goal last Wednesday, then gained another 2 pounds by Thursday. The¬†most rewarding thing is that I have a new mindset about fitness and wellness. And I do Zumba now!

I’ve been slacking on the photography front. Womp womp…Good thing I’m doing these check ins! Gotta put the fire under my butt again!

But right now, I am le tired…


Healthy Apple Pie?



^That’s how excited I am about what just happened.

If you know me, then you know I love desserts. If you really know me, then you know I could literally eat an entire apple pie by myself in one sitting. So, going on this healthy lifestyle kick has shattered a little piece of my heart. The sugary, delicious, dessert piece to be exact.


Necessity is the mother invention. And I need me some apple pie.

The last few days I’ve been trying to find the best way to mix up my snacks so I don’t get bored. I’ve always loved sliced apples with lemon juice, then 2 days ago I thought…wait…let’s put some cinnamon on said apples and see what happens. That’s how my deliciously tart, apple with lemon & cinnamon snack was born. Yum!

Then, literally an hour ago, I thought….Vivi you brilliant woman, you! Make some “apple pie” innards. That’s your favorite part anyway! Yeees, yes, flakey crust is delicious, but come on! Everyone knows the¬†pie guts are the best part.

Vivi: But how? How do I do this without using sugar and butter and all the things I love but can’t have?

Vivi’s Brain: Water. In a pan.

Vivi: Oh, hush, Brain, it can’t be that easy.

But it was….oooooh it was. And I am so happy.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. peel apples
  2. cut apple into thin (not too thin) slices
  3. put small pan (frying pan? I don’t know) on stove top. Half heat (5 out of 10 on my stove)
  4. small layer of water that barely covers the bottom of the pan
  5. add apples, lemon juice (1/2 lemon for me) and cinnamon to pan
  6. wait until apples look slightly cooked, browned, or until water completely evaporates
  7. EAT

It should only have a total of around 115 calories.

Some of you may be reading this going…oh Vivi, you poor, naive soul, I’ve known this for years. Everyone knows this.
Well, I don’t care. I’m claiming it as my delicious brain child and I am happy.

I’m going to work on a way to make this even more simple, aka,¬†microwave. Nutmeg and other spices may also make an appearance.

Until then, if you try it let me know what you think or if you have other ideas, let me know!