About Me And Put That Cookie Down Now!

The Put That Cookie Down Now! blog is the off-spring of a Maintain, Don’t Gain program that I launched several years ago in my job as a wellness program administrator for a mid-sized insurance company in East Central Illinois.

The goal of the program was to help people put down the cookies, pastries, mashed potatoes – and all of those other rich, fattening foods that are so abundant during the holiday season – and prevent the seven to eight pound weight gain that is typical at that time of year.

As “Put That Cookie Down Now!” caught on as the slogan at work, I wanted to find a way to provide inspiration and motivation that would help people achieve their healthy goals year ’round;  hence this web site that posts information about gimmicks and fad diets to avoid, exercise programs that do and don’t work, recipes and nutrition tips, and most of all motivation to live a healthier life in this fast-paced super-sized world that we live in.  Doing that can get pretty tricky sometimes!

Who I Am – 

I have been a fitness instructor for over 25 years teaching a variety of classes ranging from boot camp, to step, to workouts for people 50 and over. Recently, I added to my list of fitness classes I love, a certification to teach Turbo Kick, the creation of fitness icon Chalene Johnson and Powder Blue Productions.

I’ve been through leg warmers (ouch), spandex and choreographed dance aerobics.  For many years I was a YMCA sports and fitness director and certified fitness instructor trainer for YMCA of the USA.

I’m a NETA certified Personal Trainer and have a wellness coaching certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.  To learn more about how wellness coaching services could help you, click here.

I am currently the Wellness Program Administrator for an insurance company in central Illinois and am grateful to have an opportunity be able to reach out in a different way to my co-workers and customers to help them achieve a higher level of wellness.

I believe that everyone has the power inside of them to do whatever it is they make up their mind to do.  But, we all need support and encouragement to help us get there. Sometimes we need somebody to tell us to get real! ( I’m an unapologetic fan of Dr. Phil McGraw.)

Who I’m Not

I am not a doctor or therapist. I am not licensed to professionally diagnose medical conditions or coach people that need psychotherapy.  I am, however, highly opinionated – particularly in the areas of nutrition, exercise and behavior change – and I generously provide my ideas on those subjects at no cost right here on this blog.

This blog shares my knowledge, experience, and vision and I hope will lead readers to the resources they can use and provide the motivation they need to Put That Cookie Down Now! I welcome shares, likes, Facebook Fans and comments even from those that don’t agree with me.



  1. Meshea Crysup says:

    I cannot believe Allie didn’t tell me about your blog long, long ago! How awesome! I saw that you intent to ask for some practice clients soon. I’m interested in that, especially since I have FMS. I’m also very interested in talking to you about fibroLIFE. I’ve had some very interesting meetings of late and am about to make major changes to the website. How do you feel about having a practice client that lives in Paducah and has FMS? Allie is always bragging about how much self-control you have and how self-disciplined. If she metioned the blog before, however, I didn’t catch it! Glad to know about it now! Blessings! Meshea Crysup

    • I Meshea – I would love to have a ‘practice’ client in Paducah. The coaching is telephonic so that would work perfectly. Have you thought about creating a blog to spread the word about FMS? It’s great fun. I look forward to talking to you soon.

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  3. Matthew Pelletier says:

    Hi there,

    I just read an article on food and productivity that you posted a while back on your blog: http://projectputthatcookiedownnow.com/2011/start-a-workplace-wellness-program-ptcdn-com-will-provide-arm-bands-and-inspiration/

    I thought you might be interested in a workplace wellness infographic we just published, it’s titled ‘Does the food we eat affect our productivity?’, check it out:

    If you like it, feel free to publish it on your site.

    Thanks a lot,

    Matthew Pelletier
    Director of Public Relations
    C&S Safety Training Videos

    • Hi Matthew – Thank you for sharing the infographic. I’m more than happy to put it on my site. Having a workplace that encourages and supports employees’ health is so critical to turning around the health crisis facing our country. The offer is still good for the arm bands if you – or anyone you know – is interested :-).

      Thanks for your comment on my blog. — Karen

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