Conquering Cornbread!

Do you ever go through seasons of craving a certain food? I don’t know whether it’s because I have restricted so many so called evil foods over the past several months and I’m having withdrawals or that it’s still winter here in East Tennessee and all  I want is comfort food. The one thing I do know is that I have a mad craving for bread!


I made an attempt this past week to make my moms cornbread and it ended in a total disaster! It pretty much disintegrated into a cornbread crumbly mess! I’m not sure what happened because I followed her instructions but it just didn’t end well. I’m convinced that even though I may follow my moms or my mamaw Horner’s recipes to the T the magic is just not there. They certainly have magical cooking powers that I did not inherit!

As I set out to give cornbread another try I couldn’t help but think ( I’m a thinker) about how a recipe is a lot like life. It’s made up with different ingredients, measurements, textures and tastes and in the process gets a little messy. You can even follow the recipe exactly but it still doesn’t go as planned sometimes.Over the years I’ve failed at many things but have always found the strength to get back up and give it one more try. Never stop trying because sometimes even in our mistakes and failures we find that in our messes lies the message!

Our favorite colonel from Kentucky Fried Chicken fought the good fight to get his secret recipe into the restaurant world. He was rejected a whopping 1,009 times before he finally got that fried chicken to taste just right. Talk about perseverance.


I would never have gotten through my life or especially the last 4 years if it had not been for the strength that God has supplied. He is my strength! The other day my eyes fell upon a familiar verse I know that I have read a million times it suddenly it made sense to me and came to life!  Weird how that happens huh?

 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility! Habakkuk 3:19

When I read those words about Him being my personal bravery and invincible army I felt 10 feet tall with biceps bigger than Arnold’s! I was ready for anything even if it were something as simple as making cornbread. My favorite part though is where He tells me that he makes my feet like hind’s feet and will make me walk without fear!

I live in an area that is saturated with deer and to see one these magnificent creatures bound and leap though open fields takes my breath away every time! So when He tells me that He makes my feet like the feet of a deer my heart skips a beat!

I’ve always had a love for nature and animals and God has always used deer to communicate His presence with me through them (No, I don’t hear deer voices😉 ) I fell in love with the story by Hannah HurnardHinds Feet On High Places” several years ago. If you have never read it I suggest you do because I’m convinced that we can all find ourselves in the main character Much Afraid. That story has resonated and stuck right inside my heart for many years and every time I see a deer it is echoed in my ears.

The moral of my cornbread recipe story is that yes, life gets complicated, hard and confusing with the different ingredients thrown at us sometimes…..
IMG_4072  And when you mix all those ingredients together it can get messy, look impossible and seem out of control….


But when you lean on Him for strength don’t give up, and keep trying things always work out for your good and somehow come out perfect!


Keep trying, keep failing, keep hoping, keep letting Him give you strength because I can assure you that you will eventually build those muscles and develop those hind’s feet to tread on the things that life throws at you!

11219321_10153461533108879_5160473532142282541_nNow it is time for me and my favorite Cobra Kai (Johnny) to go enjoy the cornbread I conquered today!

Stay Strong!

Do You Want To Get Well?

They say  that a picture paints a thousand words and I believe it. In the current day of selfies I’ve come to learn that although one may post a picture of a perfect smiling face it in no way really represents what is taking place on the inside. The truth is that often behind the perfect smile, hair, outfit and sometimes even the well positioned prop is a heart that is breaking.

I have done my fair share of posting fake smiles but the big ones I’m completly guilty of are the ones where I’m  holding a healthy smoothie in my hand promoting clean eating when really all I want is a buttered biscuit with jam! Did somebody say breakfast? 😉

If I were to chronicle every diet, challenge or style of eating that I’ve attempted in the past 20 something years  I could easily write a novel! I would perhaps entitle it You Ate What?

Yes, the life of a disordered eater is so exhausting! It’s an endless cycle of trying to control your food. It comes in the form of eating low carb, low fat, no way, this way and that way to the point you are spinning your self dizzy.

Looking back over my blog posts I amaze myself at the things I’ve tried and that I’ve attempted to enforce on those around me. I snicker a bit at the time I made my ex try a fake turkey meat that literally bounced around like bouncing ball! Looks great doesn’t it?……. She says with sarcasm😉


Not all my creations have been bad but the “turkey” cutlets were the worst!!

Today I’m coming clean though and as I embark back into the blogging world I’m shooting straight with you because I’m tired! I’m tired of the relentless posts of my so called eat healthy posts yet binging on cake and ice cream behind the scenes later that same day. I am such a foodie hypocrite!

My passion is certainly healthier eating but I’m a firm believer that it’s moderation in every thing. The moment I tell myself that I can’t have something is the moment that thing consumes my thoughts. There are days without thinking about it I would go all day eating foods that are lower in carb but the minute I declare war on carbs bread takes on its Jedi skills and tries to consume my thoughts!

I Traci Ronald hear by turn in my resignation and badge from the Food Police Force! I promise to uphold realistic expectations of myself and others. I will cease my picture perfect healthy posts and be honest with you and myself.

Retirement is going to be great!


How did I conclude that after being on the Food Police Force for nearly 20 years was enough? I was confronted with the question “Do you want to get well?” I discovered just the other day how much I have in common with the man by the pool of Bethesda in John 5. After reading that question straight out of John 5:6 I was stopped dead in my tracks.

“When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” John‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭

As I soaked in the words of this story it’s like I had never read them before even though I had heard that story a million times. Just like the man by the pool I have been sick for many years. Maybe not outwardly in the physical where you could see but inside spiritually I have been sick as a dog. I too have been blinded with the lies of the enemy, lame with my excuses and paralyzed with fear to the point that my sickness became so familiar with me that I quit choosing to be well. Instead I chose to try and control it only to find that I can’t!

“Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.

One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”John‬ ‭5:3, 5-6‬ ‭




Yes, the road to getting well has been a long one. There have been twists and turns but God has never let me go. I’m certain He has been frustrated with me but I’m also equally certain that He has been merciful to me and has given me more grace than I deserve. It’s time to relinquish my excuses and stubbornness, turn the corner and to trust Him with my health.

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,”John‬ ‭5:7-9‬ ‭

I’m not thrilled that it has taken me this long to choose to pick up my mat and walk but I’m picking it up and forging ahead!

This has and is my journey and I in no way am slamming certain diets or programs because maybe for you that’s what works and I applaud you! I will always be in favor of healthier choices and will encourage you to do the same but I will also have my hand in the cookie jar too with my mat rolled up under my arm pressing onward! >>——>


Be well friends and enjoy life!




Looking Back..Letting Go And Moving Forward!

Faithful- The title of this post says a lot about me. The last 3 years have been a slow procession in all three of these things. At times I have felt on top of the looking back and making great strides of letting go but then when it came time to move forward it’s as if I had feet made of lead that stopped me in my tracks. This is frustrating to say the least and it’s that whole 2 steps forward and 3 steps back that gets me every time. God in His graciousness and love gave me the key to get off this hamster wheel of frustration. You want to know where I found it? It’s that thing right in the middle ….. Letting Go!

I’ve learned that looking back really does nothing but fuel the embers of my broken heart, feelings of frustration and con jours up all the what if’s to the point it makes me dizzy with anxiety!

Moving forward is impossible if all I am doing is looking back. I must let go! Letting go sounds simple enough until you realize that you love to be in control. Who doesn’t like to be in control? The truth is though that the more I try to strive to be in control of every thing that I only end up making the situation far worse than it is.

I’m learning that I am not in control but He is in perfect control of every thing that concerns me. Psalm 138:8 ( The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands) has been a verse that sustains me when I don’t have the answers or simply don’t know what to do.

The key to my frustrating problems has always been there but it was only when I stopped trying to control my world, be quiet before Him and let it go that I realize He’s got this!

Foodie – While we are talking about looking back I was looking back over some old posts the other night and came to a startling conclusion….. I have made, experimented with various food diets and yes eaten some really disgusting things! Laughing at myself was an understatement and allowed me to see exactly just how much I’ve tried to control every thing including my food!

There was the time in my life that I decided I would be vegan for no other reason than because everybody else was doing it. This phase led to many recipes that should be dropped off the face of the earth!

I wanted to share some of these “delectable” dishes with you…….


Pureed edamame, avocado and I think green peas

Meatless meatloaf ( Like this makes sense)

Meatless meatloaf ( Like this makes sense)

Dehydrated black bean somethings!

Dehydrated black bean somethings!

Vegan pimento cheese that didn't have even a hint of cheese

Vegan pimento cheese that didn’t have even a hint of cheese

My all favorite disaster… "Turkey" cutlets made with Vital wheat gluten!!

My all favorite disaster… “Turkey” cutlets made with Vital wheat gluten!!

I’m not dogging vegans. I actually admire you and would really love to adapt to a 100% plant-based diet in the future but for me I’ve found that restricting any certain food group from my diet only leads to disaster! In fact the more I’ve let go of the control of food and exercise I’ve found myself enjoying life a little more.

I enjoy all types of food and after about a year and half of experimenting with all kinds of exercise programs that have promised to give me muscles of steel I’ve decided that weight loss and weight management does not have to be hard or expensive. It only will work at it’s best and give the results you are looking for if you are enjoying and having fun with what you do!

My motto has always been move it more and everything in moderation! I get bored with doing the same thing over and over so variety is the spice of life for me!

I even have been back to my first love…. running!


What is your spice?

Fashionista – It’s Fall y’all! The only fashion tip or insight I can give you today is…… Boots! Need I say more?


Happy Thursday!🙂


Ahhhhhhhhhh she’s back!!!! 

It seems to be the trend for me to blog and back away but I’m seriously going to discipline myself to get back at it.

I really do not consider myself some great writer but I do enjoy typing out my thoughts, ideas and the things I’m learning along the way. 

Okay here goes…..

Faithful- Lately I’ve been a little reflective on the past. I’ve done so to evaluate what it is that keeps me bound in fear from so many things. The past 3 years have been the hardest but God has been so faithful to lead, guide and direct me through it and even though there have been times I didn’t think I would make it through I wouldn’t change a thing! Knowing His presence has far outweighed any hurt that has tried to overcome my heart.

As I was reading my little daily devotional the other day He showed me something that hit me like a ton of bricks. The title of the devotional was Calling By Name. Here is an excerpt ….

God is big on giving meaning to names. Names often are specific indicators of God’s plans and purposes for that individual. A young boy grew up as Moses’ servant. His Hebrew name, Hoshea, means “salvation.” As the lad grew, Moses could see that he had a “different spirit” from the rest of the Hebrew men. He was selected to be one of the 12 men whom Moses chose to spy out the land of Canaan. Before the expedition, Hoshea was given a new name by Moses-Joshua, which means “the Lord saves.” Joshua became the new leader of Israel who would lead them into the Promised Land. He would, in fact, save an entire nation.

The author of this devotional led on to give the meaning of his own name and the things that its meaning had taught him. I was intrigued even though I had looked up my name before but I was searching with new eyes. Here is what I found out about the name Tracy. Name meaning of Tracy is Brave, Warlike.

Well hmmmmm imagine that! Me, BRAVE?



I honestly sat there and looked at that word like I had never seen it before! To think all this time I’ve let the world and those in it tell me differently. Just like that something changed in my cowardly heart knowing that when God named me from the beginning He called me brave!  As the tears rolled down my cheeks that morning I decided it’s time to start living up to my name and stop  cowering in fear from people and things of this world. He has made me and given me the name brave to do things for Him and that’s just what I’m going to do!

Go ahead google the meaning of your name. I guarantee that you will most likely find that you are not living up to that name and I challenge you to do so! He gave you your name for a reason!

Psalms 139: 13- 16

13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Foodie – I don’t know about you but I get so tired of ever voice out there ( including my own)😉  telling me what to eat, drink, not eat, not drink, what’s good, what’s bad, etc, etc! I’ve tried just about every diet out there along with programs, systems, meal plans to the point that I’ve decided to step off the crazy carousel and give you my own take on what should be.

It’s not hard, in fact it’s really quite simple. It’s not a program, it’s not a shake,it’s not a wrap and it’s not some intense fitness program either.If those things help you then go for it but I can save you a lot of money and time with the simple concept I’m going to share.

What is it you ask? Eat good wholesome food, ditch the crappy processed stuff and move!!! There it is!🙂

I’m not dogging great healthy products or even fitness programs but I can only imagine how hard it must be for someone new to health and fitness with the explosion of news feeds , articles and books that say try this not that, this works that doesn’t! It’s confusing and exhausting!

I feel for that person and although I’m not a registered dietician or licensed fitness instructor I sincerely want to take that person under my wing and simply show them that it does not have to be complicated or even expensive to get healthy!

I’m here for you!!!!!!

It’s really all in moderation because I promise you that if you deny that brownie bite long enough it will haunt you until you succumb to its lures! This does NOT mean shove 6 in your mouth but I say eat the ONE brownie bite, savor it and move on!


Fashionista – Favorite find this month was this cute little skirt I happened to find at Repeat Boutique. I’ve come to the conclusion that I love fashion but I love it for less. This is a Nannette Lepore skirt that would usually retail over $250. On the rack it was priced $48 but because I hit the day right I got it for 70% off of that! What a steal!



Happy Hump day!

Who Am I ?

I heard a sermon from the series #deathtoselfie by Pastor Steven Furtick Sunday about being who you really are. The statement that has stuck with me has been that God won’t bless who I pretend to be! It is was a sermon based on the story of Jacob and Esua…. Check it out…

In the the age where social media saturates our everyday lives 24/7 it’s very easy to caught up in the whirlwind of striving to be someone we are not. We can hide behind flowery words and status updates as well as fake smiles and touched up photos. Yes! I’m guilty of all those things as well but I want to take a minute to be real with you! After all it’s not our so called perfect lives that attract or endear us to others but it is rather our struggles and imperfections that help us to identify and grow closer to one another. There is nothing quite as comforting as when you are sharing with someone a struggle and they can identify perfectly with your heartache.

I want God to be glorified in my weaknesses so that when I do per chance do some amazing and hard things in life all the glory goes to him! His strength is made perfect in my weakness not my strengths and I don’t know about you but I’ve got some weaknesses!

I post a lot about fitness and healthy eating here on my Facebook page and it’s no secret that health and wellness are definite passions of mine but you may not the why behind that passion.

I have been a disordered eater and dieter for most of my life. It started at an early age and manifested itself greatly in high school in the form of eating disorders. It wasn’t until just about 8 years ago after attending a healthy eating class by my Chiropractors that my eyes were opened to how God designed us to eat and what to eat that changed how I viewed my health, weight and food choices. I thank him daily for that season in my life!

Fast forward to now and it’s obvious that I love to eat my fruits and veggies and I LOVE to sweat! However that doesn’t mean that I adhere to that everyday!

Here’s the real me….. in a nutshell

I don’t wake up with my makeup on or my hair perfectly coiffed and my pajamas are not monogrammed!



I love to work out but neither my from or methods are perfect or even graceful for that matter. ( I can trip on my own two feet)



There is nothing I love more than fruits and vegetables except CHOCOLATE!! And yes I wear my nerdy glasses while in the kitchen….



I post this …..


but I really would rather go face first and eat this and sometimes I do🙂 ….



I’m just as comfortable in my boots or heels as I am in tennis shoes depending upon my mood for the day…



I’m a kid at heart, I love to laugh, have learned the art of laughing at myself and make no apologies for loving knee socks!



I unashamedly love my family and wouldn’t trade them for anything!


I’d rather watch The Walton’s or Little House then any reality, romance show or vampire movie any day! ( I’ll take a man who loves the Lord with all his heart and treats a woman with true respect then a man with a hard body or pretty face any day!)


No matter how much I may have changed over the years I’m still this little chubby cheeked girl on the inside.



I’m passionate in wanting you to know that yes healthy eating and exercise are good for you, it’s what I love but most importantly that you are beautiful no matter the size of your jeans, the number on the scale or what society has tried to tell you what beauty is. God made YOU in his image and it’s time to stop pretending to be somebody else and simply start being YOU!

Be yourself because everybody else is already taken!