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July 2011


Week 9 of 101 Days of Summer

If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that in the last two weeks I am up 1.8 pounds.  While I am obviously not going in the right direction, there are non-scale victories.  I ran my fastest 5k in 34:10.  My size 12 pants are loose.  I’ve meal planned. 

So what am I going to do differently this week to get a loss on the scale?  Switch up my exercises – while I am loving running lately, I think I need to switch it up this week.  Also, I need to get 60 minutes in of exercise a day, and if that means getting my ass out of bed to the gym, that’s what I have to do.

And I am going to ditch the wine!  I always say I will, but I don’t.  Tony, you have to help me keep wine free this week!

How are you doing?  Are you where you wanted to be?  Have you hit a plateau?  What are your plans for the week?

Tony and I decided to smoke some ribs for dinner.  I tried a different dry rub and we both loved it.  It isn’t as spicy as my other one, so I think Tony was happy about that.  While I put K.C. Masterpiece original bbq sauce on Tony’s, I added K.C. Masterpieces buffalo sauce on mine (thanks again Errign for sending that to me!)

Dry Rub

1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried ground mustard
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

These were delicious – they smoked for 2 1/2 hours at a constant temperature of around 200 degrees.  We had corn on the cob on the side, but it tasted like ass. 🙁

Okay, so here is something I didn’t know.  Remember how I said my local grocery store closed?  Well, my SIL went to Caputo’s in Algonquin after Weight Watchers.  I had gone on their website, made my meal plan off of that, and I was good to go.  Um, apparently there are TWO Caputo’s – the one I went to in Algonquin was Joe Caputo and Son’s.  The sale paper that I made my meal plan off of was Angelo Caputo’s

So my meal plan was shot – chicken wasn’t on sale at the store I went to, the deli prices were just okay, but at that point, it was too late to redo a whole weeks worth of meal planning, so I stuck with the plan, and ended up spending $105 this week on groceries. 🙁  At least now I know the difference between the two stores!

I did score on a big box of mixed veggies for $1.99.  Green and red peppers and yellow squash and zucchini.

I ended up grilling them all up to use this week.

I already made a spicy beef thai noodle soup with some of the grilled zucchini – that recipe will be posted later this week.

Alright, I am off to cook up the rest of my SIL’s lunches – I have a short window this week because I am meeting my twin sister and our best friends who are twins for . . . TWINFEST!   

Enjoy your Sunday – let’s make it a great week!


Salisbury Steak on Asiago Cheese Bread

The scale has not been my friend these last few weeks – this week I am up .8!

But my size 12 pants are loose, my running is faster and I am not going to let the scale get the best of me.  I texted Hannah my weigh in, and she texted back “maybe its muscle?”  Love her positive attitude! 😀

I made a delicious dinner last night.  Since my pork went bad earlier in the week and we had pizza on Wednesday, I knew Tony wouldn’t go for pizza a second time.  I know, who the hell can’t eat pizza more than once a week!  Earlier in the day I called him and said, what do you want for dinner?  His response? Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes.

To me that is a middle of October dish, not an end of July 90 degree weather dish.  I decided I would just spin the dinner wheel when I got to the store and see what would jumped out at me.  But nothing did.  There was some slimey stuffed chicken breasts in the 50% meat bin, and in the back of my mind I thought, Salisbury steak sounds delicious!

Salisbury Steak on Asiago Cheese Bread

  • makes 4 servings, each serving, with 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes – 11 points


  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces french bread
  • 2 ounces asiago cheese
  • 1 cup brown gravy (made from a .99 cent package)
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 cups prepared mashed potatoes

Mix all the ingredients from meat to salt and pepper together.  Form into 4 patties in an oval shape.  Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.  You want to get a nice crust on the meat – so once you put the patties in the pan, don’t move them for 3-4 minutes before flipping.

Make gravy according to package directions, adding sauteed mushrooms at the end.  I took 1.5 ounces of bread and added .5 ounce of asiago cheese and put that under the broiler until the cheese gets nice and melty.  Put the Salisbury steak on top of that, put 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes on the side, and pour the gravy over the top.  You’ll notice my plate is sans mushrooms – love the smell of them cooking but cannot stand the texture. 🙁

Tony gave me kudos for this dinner.  Best part?? It was ready in 20 minutes! 😀

This one is a keeper.  We are off to lunch and then going to see Cowboys and Aliens.  Not sure I’ll like the movie, but with all the food tv that Tony watches with me, its the least I can do!

Enjoy your Saturday!


My favorite grocery store is closed! (and PR!)

If anyone lives in the Chicagoland area, you know that Dominick’s and Jewel are the most expensive grocery stores.  I typically only stop by Dominick’s on my way home from work to pick up a couple things I might need for that nights dinner, like hamburger buns.

I am a sale flyer menu planner.  Last week I had my whole meal plan worked out, Tony and I drive to my favorite grocery store, only to see that the whole parking lot was roped off.  We learned a couple days later that they suffered roof damage and were closed until they could make repairs.

According to their website, they’ll be closed for 2 – 3 months!  It’s the perfect store, awesome meat prices, best produce and stunning deli.  My only saving grace is that a Fresh Market is opening up “soon” in Crystal Lake.

Are you loyal to one grocery store or do you use several?

As I was getting out of the shower yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that I forgot to defrost my chicken for my Asian broccoli slaw chicken salad.  I was running out of time and ideas, so I made a quick stop at Walgreen’s on my way to work.  You’ll never guess what I had for breakfast!

Yep, a bowl of cereal.  I love milk, but it doesn’t like me back, so I have it only once in a while.  This was Special K’s almond vanilla – it’s very good – very crunchy.  I didn’t think this would keep me full for very long, but it did – probably the protein in the milk helped. 😀  1.5 cups cereal and 1/2 cup skim milk = 7 WW points.

I checked the weather before I headed out for my run at lunch.  It said 77 degrees, 65% chance of rain during the hour I was going out.  I thought, “who cares if I get wet!”  I started at my “start” line at 12:10.  I concentrated on the music I was listening to, told myself I could stop if I really had to, but convinced myself I was doing fine. 

It was the perfect weather – overcast, sprinkles at times, and at my half way point to turn around, I told myself “walking is not an option.”  Guess what??  That worked!  I ended my 5k in . . .34:10!

That’s the fastest I’ve run outside. . . ever!  My last 5k outdoor race was in 2008 – I can’t believe almost 3 years ago!

Yup – 40:54 was my time back then!  Why didn’t anyone tell me my belly was so big?  I am on the left, Hannah in the middle and my friend Kim – I think that was Kim’s and Hannah’s last race too!

I still need to sign up for two races before Labor Day – and Shelley, to answer your question about the dualthon I was going to do – I realized I’ll be in Virigina that weekend. 🙁

Because of my horrible food planning today, I give you a glimpse into “prepared food Biz food!”  Truth be told, I love Hormel chili – always have.  Next to spaghettios, Hormel chili was my go to.  I also found a new chip that I absolutely love – Tostitos new artisan black bean tortilla chips.  They are thinner than their regular chips and super flavorful.  This bag comes in at 6 points, so with a cup of chili, lunch comes in at 11 points.

Dinner was another simple go to – stuffed peppers for two.  I made these for my SIL for one of her lunches this week – she texted me “outstanding stuffed green peppers!”

Stuffed Peppers for Two (each pepper is 10 PointsPlus)

  • 2 large green peppers
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce, divided
  • 4 ounces ground sirloin
  • 2 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 ounce chopped pepperoni
  • 1 ounce cooked brown rice
  • 1.5 ounces mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper

For an easy weeknight dinner, I just put the green peppers whole in the microwave, poked with a knife, and hit “fresh vegetable.”  Meanwhile, I cook the ground sirloin and Italian sausage until cooked and no longer pink.  Drain the fat.  Add in 6 ounces of the tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, rice, oregano and salt and pepper, cook a couple more minutes.

Once the green peppers have cooled enough to handle, cut off the top. Stuff with meat mixture, top with 3/4 ounce of mozzarella cheese on top of each pepper and broil until the cheese is bubbly.  I added the last 2 ounces of the can of tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.

I’ve tried to have Friday features, like fashion Friday or Friday flashbacks, but turns out I am lazy.  I think what I will do is spread a little link love to new to me food blogs I’ve been enjoying lately.

Broke Foodie.  I just discovered her blog yesterday and already love her writing style and recipes (um, and she may be a cookbook whore like me!) 😀  I may have to give her Thai Carrot Pizza a go – but add cheese!

Crave.  She recently made a chipotle cole slaw that I’ve been drooling about since I saw her post it.  I love that it mixes greek yogurt with a smaller amount of mayo – all mayo cole slaws make me want to throw up in my mouth a little.

The Cooking Bride.  Um, she just made the best looking homemade mini corn dogs.  Must.Make.Soon!

Stats for Thursday:

  • 45 minute workout (included 34:10 5k PR!)
  • 34 points (including 5 points of crackers while watching t.v.)
  • average blood sugar 101 – nice! 😀

PRODUCT ALERT!  Nicole, I hope you are reading this!  I need to find this – soon!  Sadly, when I went to the store locater on Tabasco’s website, this is what it said:

No stores within 145 miles carry TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce 5-oz.

Tony, I may be using some of our paypal $$ to order some!

Happy Friday!  Hoping I have a loss on the scale tomorrow at WW – either way, I know I am a running superstar! 😀