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April 2011


It’s All About the Cheese and Weekly WI

Thanks for everyone’s patience on my $25 Cabot Cheese giveaway – I posted it on April 6, and then with all the work drama quickly forgot about it. 🙁  Really, how could I forget the cheese?!

There were some wonderful entries, but I narrowed it down to my Top 5 and will pick a winner from that group.

First up:  Debbi Does Dinner Healthy made a simple but delicious apple and cheese sandwich – I’ve always loved the apple/cheese combo, and my Dad actually used to melt cheddar cheese on top of his apple pie – at the time I thought that was simply gross, but now I get the sweet/savory combo.  And look at the glorious melty cheese! 😀

Next up is Candace – I love her Thai Breakfast tacos and maybe the use of sriracha put it over the edge for me! 😀

Next up is Sara for her roasted red pepper goat cheese quesadillas – she had me at goat cheese though! 😀

Next up is Melissa from I Was Born To Cook – with her goat cheese, grape and pecan truffles.

Next up is Heather from Girlichef with her Whole Wheat Goldfish.  How cute are they??!!

And the winner is . . . . Heather!  I love, love, love goldfish, and as soon as I find that fish cutter I plan to make these – congrats!  Send me an email at and I’ll forward it to Cabot cheese so you can get your loot.

Tony and I were picking up our new dishwasher which was right near Weight Watchers.  Than plan was to both get up – he’d drop me off at WW, go pick up the dishwasher and then come back and get me after my meeting.  We woke up at 7:45 – the dog got into bed, and the next thing we know its 8:35!  Um, the meeting started at 8:30!

But I found there was a 10:00 meeting, so I went in and weighed in . . .

I met all my goals except for one last week – I had wine, which I know I have to kick to the curb during the week.  I am glad I am still more than 10 pounds lost so I can keep my sticker! 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far – hopefully by this afternoon I’ll have a working dishwasher!  

Question of the Day:  Do you have a dishwasher or do you wash by hand?   I’ve had a dishwasher for almost 11 years now and I can’t imagine not having one.  My 70 year old Mom is getting her first dishwasher installed next week!

See you Monday!


Flashback Friday and Tots

Work is so busy but I am thankful that my day goes by fast!  Because I am so busy I haven’t had the time to stop by your blogs and see what you guys are up to – I promise to catch up over the weekend! 😀

I didn’t have bagel Wednesday this week because I knew I was having pasta for lunch that day and I try to spread out my carb intake.  I knew there were going to be leftover bagels at work, so I just made an egg beater/spinach patty at home, then assembled my breakfast sammie at work – topped with a slice of swiss cheese.  Breakfast comes in at 8 PointsPlus.

I went to the gym with my co-worker – today is my last free pass then next week I’ll have to get to the gym by my house in the morning before work, and then find a place to walk during lunch.   I ended up running a 5k on the treadmill in 38:17 – not bad! 😀

More leftovers!  It was so weird not to have a real meal plan this week since I only grocery shopped for Easter.  We still had some leftover chicken tacos (the kind Hannah and Tony had) and I ended up making chicken tostadas – two tostadas came in at 9 PointsPlus.

It’s been so cold and rainy in Chicagoland – I am really, really getting sick of it.  I have been craving a burger all week, so I stopped at the store on my way home for some ground beef and buns.  Here is something weird about me – if I don’t like something, I typically won’t buy it – I don’t like tuna, mayo or sliced tomatoes, and Tony loves all three.  I had some tomatoes from Easter that I didn’t use – even though it felt like winter outside, just the look of these tomatoes screams summer.

It’s no secret I love tater tots.  And specifically the OreIda brand that are extra crunchy.  If we are at a restaurant and I have the option of tots, I get them every time. 😀

So my plate is a 4 oz. burger, swiss cheese, the bun and tots – the tots were dipped into my own dipping sauce – ketchup and mustard mixed together with salt and pepper.  The first time Tony saw me do that I think he questioned the fact of why he was with me! 😀  Dinner comes in at 13 points.

Now it’s time for Flashback Friday! 😀  I hope my Momma doesn’t mind.  This picture is from the summer of 1968 – my Mom was a young 28 years old in this picture.  It’s weird to think that now I am 15 years older than my Mom was in that picture!  And she sewed most of our clothes when we were little – like the outfits we are sporting in this pic. 😀

Stats for Thursday:

  • 30 points
  • 45 minute treadmill at lunch, 3.4 miles all together 😀
  • average blood sugar 132

I am going to WW tomorrow and will post tomorrow with my WI – as well as announce the winner of my Cheese Giveaway that I totally forgot about with all the work drama.  So you still have time to enter your favorite cheese recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift basket from Cabot cheese!  Thanks Randi for the reminder!

Happy Friday!


We just laugh!

Growing up my Mom went back to work when my sister and I were 8 years old.  At the time I thought it was so cool that my Mom had to take a bus and the “L” to work – of course years later I learned what a hassle commuting was.

There was a gas station on the corner where my Mom got off the bus.  Inside the gas station they had a candy vending machine.  For .10 cents I would get these:

 My sister and I would split this package while waiting for my Mom to get off the bus.  Except we usually got there about 30 minutes before my Mom was ready to get off the bus (I am sure to get away from our grandma, but that’s a whole other post).  Every time I bus would come to the corner we’d wait for people to get off, the bus to move forward, and to see if she was getting off.  We would jump up and down when she got off the bus!

Well, Hannah is the same way about Hanging with Hannah nights.  I actually worked a little late so didn’t get home until almost six last night.  She had my bathing suit laid out, my outfit to change into – she was so happy to see me come home! 😀

Before I talk about Hanging with Hannah, I didn’t realize that yesterday was Administrative Assistants Day, which really is a made up holiday if you ask me.  But the attorneys brought in bagels, danishes and fruit and my bosses gave me a gift card. 😀

I had a turkey bowl in the freezer, but then had 1/2 a cinnamon scone from panera, some fruit, and my bowl – all together breakfast comes in at 10 points.

I went to the gym at lunch – ended up doing 40 minutes on the elliptical on level 8, and did almost 4 miles 😀  I was a sweaty mess and decided I better shower before going back to work.  Um, the showers?  I felt like I was at hotel!  Each shower stall was about 6×6 feet, had frosted glass doors, and really cool glass tiles.  The best part was the Kohler shower head – you could make it like rain, or then turn it and it was one straight line like a waterfall – so cool!  The price of the memebership may be worth it just for the shower. 😀

I had leftover pasta from the other night – except half the amount of pasta and I added 1 cup of steamed broccoli – even though you only see two pieces of broccoli, it was mostly on the bottom.  Lunch is 8 Points.  (and I found a good place to take pictures at lunch with plenty of natural light!)

So after Hannah and I got dressed for the gym, we always check out the pool situation to decide what we are going to do.  There were a couple lanes opened, so we decided to do 20 minutes of cardio – its a different kind of elliptical machine – not sure how to describe it but its kinda like mountain climbing and its hard – we were both huffing and puffing after 20 minutes!

Then we got in the pool – only one lane was available, so we shared a lane.  I have to say my swimming skillz are getting better!  I have finally gotten my arms, legs and breathing to work together!  Kerstin and Shelley would be so proud!  We did laps for about 20 minutes, then got our fun on with the weighted rings – OMG, we literally laughed our asses off. 

We have six rings, and no matter how hard I tried, Hannah would always get 4 and I’d only get two.  Well, she is a better swimmer than me, so I have to give her that. 😀  At one point a couple older ladies were coming close to our area – we basically had the whole side of the pool to ourselves.  We gave them the stink eye though and they went to the therapy pool.  And then Hannah says “that’s right bitches, step aside.”  That just cracked me up!

Then it was hot tub time – our favorite part of the night – there is nothing like a hot tub at the end of a long day.  But after 10 minutes we were both starving, so off to Chipotle we went.  I got the steak bowl with black beans, pinto beans, and cilantro lime rice.  I ate 3/4 of it with some chips, so dinner comes in at 13 points.

Then we watched American Idol – I totally want Casey to win! 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 34 points
  • 40 minute elliptical at lunch
  • 20 minute elliptical at gym
  • 20 minutes of laps
  • 20 minutes of fun with the weighted rings
  • average blood sugar 144

Question of the Day:  Did your Mom work when you grew up or was she a stay at home Mom?   Did you wait for her to come home if she did work?

Happy Thursday – two days til the weekend – woot! 😀