Marionberry Style

I Had Given Up…

Mother and son


For years, I struggled with trying to manage the chaos of taking care of Cooper + my job as a school psychologist + hour long commute + my own health.

I don’t really know when it started that I gave up, but it happened.  I don’t talk about it often because…well…I guess it’s something NO ONE wants to admit.

I remember stepping out of the shower, toweling myself off in the bathroom and glancing up at the mirror…only to feel my heart sink at the reflection.  The words of a former co-worker echoed in my head, “Once you have a baby, say bye-bye to your body because it’ll NEVER be the same!”

So I admit…for a few months there I fell into believing that.  I just didn’t know what else to do.  So I started to limit my calories and trying not to eat as much.  Only problem with that is I am classified as a human being and God assigned food as our fuel {insert visual of me shaking fist toward the heavens ;)}.

And I gained even more weight as my body latched onto whatever calories it DID receive in the day.  Damn you body science! lol! 😉

I joined a gym that had a daycare thinking “THIS is my answer!!”  Yet I dropped 9-month old Cooper off with the high-school employee they had behind the counter and watched as he slapped a sticker on his back with the name “Coper” and I immediately felt that this wasn’t okay.  I literally worked out for 15 minutes before I ran down the steps to the daycare and picked Cooper up  (I should mention that he had already spent ALL DAY in day care and now this…).

I cried as I drove us home.

I am tearing up as I type this as I remember this moment.

woman weights

Well…I found the answer to my own struggles thanks to my brother.

Yes.  My brother.  A.K.A. one of my best friends.

He drops a verbal bomb on the phone one night that he had dropped 30 lbs with P90x3…which was a workout that he was doing at home.  And it HIT ME…WAIT!  I can do a workout at home! 

So that night I ordered it.  And within 3 days of my workouts (which were simply 30 minutes completed before I showered and got dressed for work) my mindset was renewed.  I KNEW that I could do this.  It wouldn’t be easy…but I just gave birth to a flippin’ human being!  I could do this.  😉

And I did.

momma and toddler

I share this BECAUSE I receive a lot of message from you saying:::

“I’m not sure I can do what you’ve done.”

“We don’t have a big budget and I don’t know what my options would even be?”

And my answer is YES!!  YOU CAN DO IT!!  {all caps means I am shouting in an enthusiastic manner 😉 }

So this is just a message to tell you that you can do it.  The only thing holding you back is the part of your body that lies above your neck.  😉  

So enough over-thinking…let’s go!

xo – Marion


01/11/17 · 1 Comment

5-Day Dinner Meal Plan (21-Day Fix Approved!)

It’s January which means we want to eat clean!!
Yet it’s still winter, which means we also want ALLLLL the comfort food!  😉
This week’s meals are ALL about comfort food yet with a health twist (you CAN have clean comfort!)
I have a favorite here that I’m hoping you will want to try…but remember to comment below with which one you’d like the recipe for next week!
The most requested recipe from last week involves zucchini noodles smothered in a creamy avocado sauce and topped with zingy, tangy shrimp!  Um, yes puh-lease!!!




  • 2 avocados, peeled
  • ½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • small handful basil leaves (25ish leaves)
  • 3 medium zucchinis
For the shrimp:
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 16 ounces medium shrimp, raw


For the zoodles:
  1. In a food processor, pulse the avocado, yogurt, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil leaves until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Use a spiralizer, food processor, or julienne slicer to create zoodles from the zucchinis.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the zoodles with the sauce until they are coated.
For the shrimp:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chipotle powder, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  2. Add the shrimp and toss until coated.
  3. Spray a skillet with nonstick spray, and heat over medium.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook for about 4-5 minutes until the shrimp is opaque.
  5. Serve by placing the zoodles on each plate and topping with a few shrimp.

Thanks so much for reading!!

xo – Marion

Recipe and image is just one of many incredible dishes featured on dizzybusyandhungry

01/04/17 · 2 Comments

How to Eat in 2017: 3 BIG Tips

Does anyone else get TOTALLY inspired to clean out their refrigerator + get uber healthy in the days directly following the holidays??!

This week’s menu is a hit of healthy comfort food (cause it’s stilllll the holidays yo! 😉 ) and a little green freshness with the zoodles dish to end out the week.

21 Day Fix menu

Comment below with what recipe you’d like me to share!

Because we are coming up on the new year, I want to share a few tips as so many consider starting a new way of eating.  

How to Eat in 2017: 3 BIG Tips

  1. Don’t Call it a “Diet”

Gah.  Even the word “diet” makes me roll my eyes as it seems just so 80’s.

So in the psychology field we call it “re-framing.”  So here is how it works in the most simple form:

  • Instead of saying “I’m on a diet so I need to re-strict myself.”
  • Say “I want more energy + sexiness out of life so I’m embracing a new lifestyle.  This is not about restriction…this is about balance.  And balance is sexy.”  😉

salmon salad

2. “No Single Food Group is the Enemy”

Bottom line: Anything that sounds like it is going to make your life miserable is not a good idea.  Sure you may make it a few weeks…even a few months.  But if you love bread and this plan you are looking at says “ZERO BREAD” then it’s worth reconsidering.

In my opinion, a healthy lifestyle includes some balance.  And yes…I DO believe you can achieve this with a few slices of bread involved. 😉

healthy sandwich

3. Commit to the idea of a Long Term Relationship

We must remember how long it took to put on the weight and be realistic about how long it’ll take to lose the weight.  Just because we order a salad at lunch instead of our usual foot long sub does NOT mean we’ll wake up the next day looking like Britney Spears circa 2003.  😉

Sunday prep

So from the very beginning, we must look at this as a long term relationship…not a one-night stand or a short little fling.  It will be so much more rewarding if you commit.  🙂

BUT HAVE FAITH!!  And embrace the power of making small + simple changes…they add up!!

You got this! 😉

xo – Marion

12/29/16 · 6 Comments
Page 1 of 23512345»102030...Last »

© 2017 Marionberry Style · Powered by WordPress · Made by Guerrilla