About Me

Hi, I'm Michele. I'm a 40-something mother of three daughters and multiple fur-kids, and partner to my high school sweetheart.  We were separated for 23 years, reunited in 2008 and haven't been apart since! (yes, fairy tales do come true!)

Circa 1981

Our Handfasting ~ February 2012

Our Wacky Family
I've been mostly-vegetarian for many years (other than that nasty low-carb phase in the early 2000's) and in March of 2012 I decided to take the next step by going vegan.  It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made, will never go back to eating animals!

Due to my hunny's job, we travel quite a bit across the state, hence the "gypsy" aspect of my blog title.  We have two homes and an RV and divide our time between each. I started writing this blog as a way to not only record our adventures, but also to show others that despite imperfect conditions, one can live and eat cruelty-free!

Though I was a thin teenager and young adult, I've struggled with my weight for most of my 30's and 40's, losing & gaining the same 15-20 pounds with the "help" of various weight loss program, never quite reaching goal and, in fact, gaining even more after each failed attempt. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, South Beach, low-carb..I've tried 'em all.

In March of 2013 hunny and I went on a holistic, vegan cruise where I was inspired to make some real changes in our diet & lifestyle; a former junk food junkie, Chip agreed to adopt a lower-fat, mostly-vegetarian diet, and I recommitted to my personal weight loss/fitness goals. In early May, I canceled my WW membership, bought a Fitbit and with the help of Sparkpeople, started counting calories. I adopted a low-fat plant-based (vegan) diet based upon the teachings of Doctors Barnard, Esselstyn and McDougall. I dusted off my treadmill and got the old body moving again.

And this is where I am now..

May 23, 2013: I've lost 6 pounds so far this month, have been following the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart which has helped decrease my appetite and cravings for junk food and "white stuff." On a roll, looking forward to the next goal!

July 4, 2013:  4 more pounds gone, slowly but surely making my way toward goal!

Thanks for visiting, hope you'll come back again soon!



  1. Hi Michele,
    Wow, you have done great!! I am so proud and inspired by you as you!

    I absolutely love all the pics. You are truly beautiful! I especially love the wacky family one! SO adorable! :)

    I will definitely cheer you on! xo

  2. Aw..blush..thank you so much, Linda! :)

  3. Frank and I were high school sweethearts and got back together after 27 years apart!