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

Ingredients:

  • 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! 😀

I can’t be trusted.

See that .99 cent bag of trail mix up there?  Seems innocent enough – some nuts, raisins and a few m&m’s.  Throughout the day yesterday I kept reaching my hand in, eating it, loving the salty/sweet combo.  In my head I thought it would be 5 WW points at most.

Um, not so much.  My 3 ounce bag of train mix?  Try 10 points!  That’s almost like eating a 4th meal for the day.  🙁   I can’t have trail mix or pretzels in my vacinity, I just have no control!

Breakfast was a spinach egg sammie with sauteed bananas with raisins and pumpkin seeds on the side – seems like a weird combo, but it was really good – 9 points for breakfast.

Work was super crazy.  One of the secretaries was on vacation the rest of this week, so I became the go to person – I ended up having to eat lunch at my desk and didn’t get out to exercise that’s how busy it was.  Which makes me even more mad that the trail mix was so point heavy on the one day I didn’t exercise.

Since I am making lunches for my SIL who is on WW (she’s so close to losing 10 pounds!) I am trying to broaden her tastes.  She’s never had Indian food, so I thought I would introduce her to my version of chicken tikka masala.  You can find the recipe here.  She loved it!  Lunch comes in at 9 points with the brown rice.

Dinner was simple, I really didn’t have the energy to be that creative.  Sloppy joes and fries.  Remember when I said that I wanted to get 10 servings of fruits and veggies in every day?  Turns out it didn’t happen yesterday!  Dinner was 13 points.

Totally off subject, our shower drain has been so slow, mostly because of clogged hair – gross, I know, but Tony bought this $3 tool and it worked amazing!  Our drain has never run quicker!

AFter dinner Hannah and I went to Good will and then to Deer Park Mall, where my favorite Williams Sonoma store is.  Most of their stuff is way too $$, but I got a few deals.  Check out this product – um, pretty sure I’ll be making fried chicken this weekend.  Normally sold for $18, but I got it for $3.75!

And I won the lottery!  $20 big ones!  Tony won $100 earlier in the week, so pretty sure I need to check my power ball ticket from last night to confirm I won $111 million dollars. 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 41 points
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 124

Q:  What food is like crack to you?  Make it a great day!

 

 

Running, while pushing a wheelchair

I really suck at making omelets, yet just like scalloped potatoes, I keep trying.  So while I had visions of the perfect zucchini omelet, um, let’s just say I got a zucchini egg beater scramble.  Don’t let the looks fool you this was delicious!

I shredded one whole zucchini (2 veggie servings?) and melted 1/2 teaspoon of butter and about 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic and sauteed the zucchini for about 5 minutes.  Then I took that out, wiped my pan clean, sprayed it with Pam and poured in my egg beaters.  Which stuck to my pan, which is why this turned into a scramble!

  • 1 zucchini shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cherry peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter (our butter sits on the counter so its scoopable!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 3/4 cup egg beaters
  • with 2 ounce toasted french bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter on the bread
  • canteloupe on the side

A delicious 10 point breakfast – and filling!

I had plan to bike ride.  I took half the amount of insulin at breakfast, only to remember I had a lunch meeting at work.  Rats.  So I had to take some insulin to bring it down, and then had a serving of granola bites (unphotographed) to fuel me.  It worked perfectly, my blood sugar was 212 when I left and when I got back it was 104 – nice!

After my meeting I decided that I felt like running instead of biking.  I know, I can’t believe I wrote that sentence either!  My run yesterday more than made up for my shitty walk the day before.  It was in the low 80’s, lower humidity – since it had been a while since I last ran, it was a 90% run, 10% walk, but ran pretty much all the way back at the 1.6 mile mark – ended up doing 3.2 miles in 39 minutes. 😀

When I got back to my desk, I went to eTools to put in my exercise – I guess I normally put “jogging” but yesterday felt that “running” was more appropriate.  I guess I thought it was funny that the third choice down was running, while pushing a wheelchair – and was wondering what part of the WW community would consider that an activity that is done very often??!! 

Since I could literally have Mexican food every single day and never get sick of it, I had another taco salad – 4 ounces ground taco beef (4 points), 2 tablespoons light ranch dressing (2 points), taco sauce (0), mixed veggies of broccoli slaw, baby spinach, romaine, carrots, cucumbers and radish (0).  It looks like a hot mess, but its delicious!

And on a total side note, one of the job responsibilities I took on at my old job has followed me to my new job:  refrigerator nazi!   For a couple weeks I’ve noticed some “smells” but truth be told, I have no sense of smell at all.  I think Tony thinks with all the hot and spicy shit I eat, I’ve burned off most of my tastebuds and olfactory cells. 😀

Since basically all the people I work with were from the old firm, I started getting emails “Biz, I think the fridge is starting to get funky!”  So I put on my refrigerator nazi hat back on and cleaned it out – let’s just say there was a Panera bag that had something that resembled a sandwich at one time but was about 10 different colors.  Ew!

Think this:

Turned into this:

I had pork chops on the menu, but as soon as I opened the package I could tell they were bad – and since I had to throw all my frozen meat out after the power outage, other than pasta, didn’t really have anything else to fix, so we ordered our individual pizzas from our local pizza place – $5 dollars for three toppings for an 8 inch pizza:  mine was spinach, spicy peppers and pepperoni – I ate 3/4 of it and am counting it as 14 points?

Stats for the Day

  • 33 points for the day
  • 50 minute walk/run, 39 minute 3.2 included in that time 😀
  • average blood sugar: 124

Okay, this may seem like a weird request, but our blog friend Christina with Dinner at Christina’s needs help.  She and her fiance are getting married in December.  However, her fiances parents own a farm and need it to be looked after so they can attend the wedding – they live in Homer Glen – they have four sheep, a pegeon house, 3 dozen roosters/hens and goats that need to be milked daily otherwise they stop producing.  No experience is necessary!  If they can’t find someone they probably won’t be able to attend the wedding. 🙁

I know its a long shot, but figured I’d try to help Christina out. 😀

Have a great day!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Lentil Bolognese

I am so happy to report that Katie of Chaos in the Kitchen won my salsa gift basket at The Great Fundraising Act yesterday with a final bid of $100!  Thanks so much Katie!!  Send me your address at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.  I love Katie and her blog – here are just some of my favorite things she’s made:

Katie is one of those bloggers who posted regularly, and then didn’t and you know I always think the worst.  So I would leave her comments letting her know I was thinking of her.  Well, she was going through some personal shit, but is getting her life back together and is back to posting delicious recipes – love seeing you post again Katie!  Your photography is stunning as usual!

I was able to get up yesterday morning and make it to the gym.  I ended up doing 40 minutes of laps without stopping except to defog my goggles a couple times.  I can’t help but envy the really good swimmers and wish that were me, but I am content that I don’t drown when I swim and I can actually move in the water. 😀

I put the leftover cornbread that Tony made for me last week in the fridge so it wouldn’t go bad before I finished it, but sadly I think that dried it out.  So after this picture and first bite was taken, a liberal amount of hot sauce was added and that did the trick – 5 point cornbread, 1 egg, baby spinach and 3/4 ounce of brick cheese over the top, then popped in the toaster oven to get all melty.

With a side of cherries this was a delicious 10 point breakfast.

I have said that I normally take half the amount of insulin at breakfast so that I can have a blood sugar in the low 200’s before exercising at lunch.  At 10:30 I could feel the drop of sweat go down my back, and dammit if my blood sugar wasn’t 58.  Crap.  So I ate a banana.  That got it up to 77.  Then I ate a whole bowl of watermelon.  That got it up to 121.

So I ended up eating my lunch, with no insulin and decided I would just walk for 50 minutes.  Lunch was delicious by the way – I made a batch of lentil bolognese over the weekend (I am trying to introduce new foods to my WW SIL) and decided on making sweet potato gnocchi.  This could not be easier.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi  (4 servings at 8 points, or 6 servings at 5 points)

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (mine after peeling weighed 1.2 pounds)
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt

Peel and chop sweet potato and cook in water for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender.  Put in a bowl and mash, mix in the egg, flour and salt.  The dough will be sticky – just put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.  I did have to add a bit of flour to my counter to roll out the links before cutting the gnocchi.

Bring water to a bowl.  After rolling the dough into four long ropes, cut and separate into gnocchi pieces – toss in salted boiling water and stir the water with a spoon so they don’t stick to the bottom.  They literally cook in just a couple minutes.

I had my serving with 3/4 cup of the lentil bologese and a cup of baby spinach at the bottom – 12 points.

I kind of made them a little long, beause they puff up when you cook them, still delicious though!

So literally within 10 minutes of finishing my lunch, I had my window to walk.  Except it was a shitty walk.  I had created such a full stomach with the banana, watermelon and lunch to bump up my blood sugar numbers, that I felt like I was going to puke.  So only 20 minutes away from my office, I had to give up and head back.  So I can just say I “moved” for 40 minutes – nothing stellar!

It’s funny, sometimes I spend so much time on thinking of lunches for me and my SIL that I kind of gloss over what I am going to make for dinner.  I let Tony decide.  I started by saying “I can grill up some pork chops, I can make fish stick tacos.”  And he said “Fish stick tacos!”

My plate:

  • 6 fish sticks (5 pts)
  • 3 tortillas (3 pts)
  • 3 teaspoons avocado (1)
  • broccoli slaw (0)
  • spinach (0)
  • cherry peppers (0)
  • 3/4 ounce cheese (2)

11 points for this whole plate!

Stats for Monday:

  • 40 minute swim 😀
  • 40 minute shitty walk 🙁
  • 33 points plus
  • average blood sugar 91

I am off to make a zucchini and smoked goat cheese omelet for breakfast – make it a great day!

The Great Fundraising Act

I am very proud to be a tiny tiny part of the Great Fundraising Act that Janetha of Meals and Moves has put together for our fellow food blogger Susan of The Great Balancing Act.

Janetha has put together the auction page – after spending days putting this online auction together.

You can check out the auction page here.

To bid on my donation – click here.  The bidding starts at $10.00.  The winner will receive two jars of grilled cherry salsa, and a new salsa (thanks to Tony’s idea!) two jars of grilled pineapple salsa, along with three of my favorite hot sauces.

I have to warn you, because jalapenos differ each time, these salsas are a bit on the spicy side – but since they are paired with a grilled fruit, they are the perfect balance of sweet and heat. 😀

I fired up the front grill as the sun was setting so it wasn’t so hot.

The cherry salsa done:

The grilled pineapple salsa done:

And last, but not least. . . some hot sauce! 😀

I have to say, I think I like the grilled pineapple salsa even better than the cherry.  Tony and I keep thinking of different grilled fruit to make – maybe grilled peaches next??

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 small fresh pineapple, skin removed and sliced thick
  • 1 jalapeno (take seeds out for less heat)
  • 8 roma tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • juice of two limes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Grill the pineapple 10 minutes a side over medium grill heat.  Remove, let cool.  Cook the tomatoes and jalapeno about the same amount of time, or until the skin is nice and charred.

Add all ingredients to food processor  and mix well.  Adjust seasoning with more salt, cilantro or lime to taste.

So I hope someone at least bids $10 of my salsa gift basket for this great cause.  If not, I’ll will ask Tony to bid on it so I don’t feel bad!  Please note, the salsa is canned, meaning it doesn’t have to be refrigerated until opened and will last about 2 weeks once opened.  Perfect for the spicy person in your life!

And to whet your appetite on things to come this week, I made sweet potato gnocchi with a lentil bolognese for lunch one day this week – love!

Erica, totally thought of you when I made these – you are going to love it if I try it!  Okay, maybe after your baby is born!

Hope everyone had a great weekend – I have my game face on this week – I will have a significant loss this week so I can meet my goal of losing 9 pounds in six weeks – I am off to the gym.  Have a great Monday and Happy Bidding! 

Bidding begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m. 😀