Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

When I looked on my workout schedule for the day, I scrolled down to see that yesterday was supposed to be my higher carb day since I had legs on the strength menu.  I also saw a link for recipes and I clicked on the pumpkin spice pancake recipe – it said each pancake was only 64 calories!  But then I read the recipe.  Um, I did have raw pumpkin, I didn’t have unsweetened almond milk and I didn’t want to waste 4 eggs just for the whites, so I rewrote the recipe with what I had on hand.

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Happy Friday!

Since it was “technically” the weekend, Tony made me another amazeball breakfast.  Spicy eggs over a crunchy blue corn tortilla with hash browns made from half a baked potato mixed with a bit of cheese.  This ended up being my breakfast and lunch since we planned on having our Turkey day dinner around 3:00.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday it was so cold.  We keep our bedroom door shut and have a small space heater that keeps our room so toasty.  So it’s a false sense of coziness when you open our bedroom door and step out into the hallway.  I looked up on my phone and saw this:

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Yep, that reads “feels like – 6!”  Gah.  I really, really wanted to just crawl back into bed, but I got my coffee going and got on my way to the gym before I could change my mind.  I ended up snacking on half a cup of grapes before working out.  I use my iPhone to look up my workouts for the day.  I listen to the radio and can toggle between my workout and my songs.  The music was working just fine, but I could not for the life of me pull it up.

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I knew I had chest/shoulders/abs to do so I ended up making up a 45 minute circuit using the machines.  I have to say it was a pretty good workout AND I upped my weights on every piece of equipment.  I did tricep pull downs with 50 pounds!

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And the best part was that I had 15 minutes to shower and still another 15 minutes to get ready before I had to get to work.  I love standing under a long shower.  I actually used the shower that had a bench (the other showers were taken) so I ended up just sitting down having the hot water pour over me.  It was so relaxing!  I even put make up on!

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I ended up having a breakfast sammie for breakfast with half a sliced apple.  It was an 80 calorie whole wheat bun, 1 egg, 2 slices of pepperoni and 1/2 a slice of American cheese.

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I ran errands with a co-worker at lunch, so no lunch workout.  I was actually felling bad that I didn’t get the second cardio workout in, but then realized – wtf – you DID workout for 45 minutes – that’s better than nothing!

I ended up adding some chicken breast to my leftovers from Chinese food since the pork wasn’t much protein.  With sriracha added of course!

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I had to pick up a couple things at the store on my way home.  Holy bat shit was that place packed!  But, thankfully they had like every register open.  Of course I can’t go to the store without looking at the discount bins – score!  50% off Fruit Loops (Tony likes to eat that with yogurt), goat cheese and ground beef!  I can’t help being a 50% off bin whore.

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I actually had a fairly busy work afternoon and was happy to get the hockey puck out of there at 5:00.  I had the other half of a chicken breast to use up, so I ended up making Tony and I fried chicken breast sandwiches on ciabatta bread.   I actually ended up taking the bread off, but Tony liked it!  Super easy and delicious!

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And now I have to get Bizzy in my Kitchen.  We are having a low key turkey day this year.  My Mom is bringing wine.  We are grilling our turkey, having stuffing three ways (onions for my Mom, chorizo sausage in mine and what Tony calls “normal” stuffing for him).  Mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, biscuits.  And for dessert pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

I want to say Thank You for everyone who takes time out of their day to see what I am up to.  I love that readers like Kym send me cool shit, like a Halloween Snowman, and for last year when I was so overwhelmed by the spirit of Christmas from Jody, Lori, Carol, Jenn & Kym

And to my most recent thanks to blog reader Laura (docklady!) who not only found pumpkin M&Ms to give to my step-son when they were all sold out in Austin, she also gave me two new bottles of hot sauce.  Thanks Laura!!

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My life is richer “knowing” all of you and you know I consider you my friends even if we haven’t met up in real life.  I’ve already told Carrie and Louise that I need to hook up with them over the summer since they don’t live too far from me.  And blog reader Peggy is moving closer to me too – can’t wait to meet her in real life!  And it’s my goal to meet Nicole at PreventionRD in 2014 – we’ve only been talking about it for two years!  And I need to hang out with Jacky more often – we live an hour away from each other so there is no excuse!  Plus, she has a really nice kitchen I’d like to cook in!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Hugs!

Happy Friday! Er, Wednesday!

Gotta love a short work week!  Even with one of my bosses out of the office, it’s been busy, so this week is flying by.  I think we should pass a law that says that we could get paid for working five days in a week, but only actually having to work three.   I think of all the stuff I could do with a four day weekend!  Photography classes, trips to Chicago, lunches out with Tony!   A girl can dream, can’t she?!

Yesterday was back at the arms/back/abs.  I was nearly out the door when I realized I never made anything for my pre-workout snack!  So I opened the pantry and what did I see?  A 100 calorie box of Fruit Loops – done!

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Here is another almost camel toe – it’s been cold in the gym lately so I kept my jacket on the whole time.

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Holy shizz people – 55 minutes it took me to get through the workout!  I sent this picture to Tony when I was done.  I didn’t even have the strength to smile!

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But a 5 minute hot shower woke me up again and I got to work.  No picture of breakfast because I started out busy – but I ended up having two more breakfast tacos.  I put them in the toaster oven and set it and started on something and nearly burned them – but they were fine – nice and crispy.  I opted out of my usual Chobani since I had the Fruit Loops before – so combined “breakfast” was 483 calories.

I am still chipping away at my 125 mile goal of moving for November.  And while I was supposed to do sprints, I ended up doing the bike again – this time on a resistance of 6 and got in 7 more miles to the tally – I have 46.5 miles to go!

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Last week I made a really shitty chili with round steak.  While it tasted good the day I made it, I think reheating it in the microwave made the meat chewy and tasted like ass.  So I picked out the meat, added 1/2 a cup of black beans and ate that over a potato skin that I reheated in the toaster oven so it was nice and crispy.  I missed having cheese though – I forgot it.

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I was looking for a picture on Facebook, and stumbled across this picture, which I believe was Christmas 3 years ago?   I couldn’t get over how fat my face looked!

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Tony and I decided to meet out for Chinese right by the grocery store that we were buying our turkey – .39 cents a pound for a Jennie-O turkey!  The smallest one I could find was 19 pounds!  And did I mention it’s just me, Tony and my Mom?!  Lot’s of leftovers!

I ended up ordering something different – Tony doesn’t like pork very much, so I haven’t bought any in a while, so I ended up ordering the pork and green beans – but asked them to make it spicy!

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Huh.  I wasn’t expected ground pork, but this was really good.  Not a whole lot of protein, but for $7 I can’t really complain.  I cooked up some chicken breasts to accessorize my lunch today with the leftovers.   With some rice – love that you can see the flickers of crushed red pepper.

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So right now our turkey is chilling out in a brine.  Have you ever brined a turkey before?  It turns out so good – I think next time I do a whole chicken I might try brining it.  I never thought about it until I saw Mel from You Had Me At Butter brine a chicken.   I ended up buying a brine mix – this is enough brine for 3 turkeys.  Even though it says World Market, I bought this at Bed Bath & Beyond right next to the brining bags.

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Simple boil a gallon of water to two cups of the seasoning, let it come to a boil, then let it cool.  I just let it sit with a top on it on my stove and this morning I put the turkey in the bringing bag and poured the cool seasoned water in the bag.  It will brine until Thursday.  We plan on doing our turkey on the Weber Grill.  We fried a turkey once, and while it was delicious, the time and effort of manning the fryer so it didn’t burn the house down, and waiting for the oil to get to temperature was a bit too much.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1477 calories, 211 carbs, 78 protein, 39 fat, 29 fiber
  • 23% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 55% from carbs
  • Grade of B on caloriecount.com
  • 55 minutes arms/back/abs
  • 7 mile bike ride at lunch

What are your Thanksgiving plans?  How do you prepare your turkey?  Hope it’s your Friday today too!  Make it a great day!

The Season of Treats has begun . . .

I was all set to go to the gym yesterday morning.  Food was packed, my gym bag packed.  Tony was up watching the news so I snuggled with him for a few minutes before getting my ass out of the door in 22 degree weather, with a wind chill, it felt like 10.  I grab my coffee and . . . I can’t find my fucking keys.  It drives Tony nuts that I can’t ever put anything back in the same place twice.  I looked for a solid 10 minutes, but then I just ended up taking the extra key off of Tony’s key ring and was on my way.

The sad thing though?  Guess where I looked?  In the bag I bought my brining bag from Bed Bath & Beyond.  In the freezer, because I brought a bag of ice in.  And in the downstairs fridge, because I put stuff down there too.  Gah!  What was frustrating is that my key fob for the gym and to get into my building is on my key ring.  For the month of November at the gym, every time you swipe your card you get a chance to play bingo and win prizes, like a free months pass, or credit to the bar/grill area or the gift shop.  I asked for my numbers, but since I didn’t have my key fob, he wouldn’t give them to me!  I peaked though and I had one of the numbers, so I will fill it in next time.

Since I got a late start, I didn’t even start my workout until 7:45!

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Can you see the stains on my shirt.  Tony is one lucky man!  Luckily it only took me 45 minutes to complete, and I even showered, dressed and was at my desk at 8:45.  Helps to be low maintenance sometimes!

I had a new personal record yesterday – I am up to 60 pounds on the standing calf raises!

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On Sunday I made six breakfast tacos for the week.  I could literally eat these every day and never get sick of them.  This time I scrambled 1 cup of egg beaters with 1/2 a cup of egg whites, 2 shredded zucchini, six slices of deli ham and 2 ounces of shredded cheese.  I divided that egg mixture between six blue corn tortillas, and fried them up in a teaspoon of coconut oil.  Once cooled I put in Ziploc baggies to grab and go.  At work I put them in the toaster oven – under broil – 5 minutes a side at 400 degrees.  They come back to their crunchy goodness.  On the side was an apple cinnamon Chobani.  Still have yet to find the coconut ones!

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After my 15 mile bike ride on Sunday, I realized I still had 61 miles to go in my 125 mile challenge, so I hopped on the bike at lunch – ended up doing 10 miles while watching The Chew.  They were doing Thanksgiving side dishes and Daphne made a broccoli and orzo casserole that looked really good!  There she is pouring the broccoli mixture in with the orzo.  We love orzo, but I hardly ever remember to make it.

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Lunch was a taco salad.  It was a sad day yesterday.  I had to say goodbye to another bottle of hot sauce.  I love Tapatio hot sauce because its flavorful, not too spicy and has a vinegary kick.

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This time my tomatillo salsa/ranch dressing mix doesn’t look like cat throw up.  I had romaine, carrots, cucumbers, half an avocado and 3 ounces of ground beef taco meat. 

We had a birthday celebration in our office yesterday – so the season of treats has begun!  On the menu?  Baskin Robbins chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing with baby ice cream cones on top.  How cute is this cake??

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I am usually the designated cake cutter in the office, and I am proud to say that I didn’t even have one taste of cake.  NSV of the day!   And for your information, I have already declared ice cream cake insulin worthy!  But I realized this is going to be the first of many holiday treats that are going to come my way, but I just have to take control and not let the food control me.

Later in the afternoon I get a text from Tony.  Here is our latest installment:

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Yep, he found my keys!  He looked in the bag from Bed Bath & Beyond, in the freezer by the ice, just like I did.  He then had a thought – what if I dropped them in the driveway?  Sure enough he was going to get the mail when he literally stepped on them!  Whew!  Note to self – just hang them up on the key rack where they belong.

I never did a full grocery shop this week, but we have plenty of options.  I had two Italian sausage links, mushroom, frozen edamame and pasta.  Since Tony isn’t into red sauces much anymore, I just made a quick alfredo sauce.   Super quick Monday night dinner – 20 minutes tops.  You can always tell when I am hungry because the plating suffers when I just want to get it in my belly!

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So with this new self-hosting site, I think you will have to re-subscribe if you follow by email.  I’ve sent an email to wordpress.com to see if they can transfer them over, but I got stuck in forum hell before being actually able to send an email.   Sorry for the hassle!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1599 calories, 117 carbs, 89 protein, 17 fiber
  • 34% of calories from fat, 22% from protein and 29% from carbs
  • B grade on caloriecount.com
  • 45 minutes legs for strength
  • 40 minute 10 mile bike ride at lunch

Today I am back to arms/back/abs/sprints and what I just noticed was a low carb day!  I have to admit, I haven’t really been following the nutrition part of this program – I think maybe I should check it out.  I just noticed that starting this week 10, they specify different days of low carb and high carb – huh?!  They also suggest several small meals a day, but that would just be two to three more insulin shots I’d have to take, so I don’t do that.  Do any of you guys alternate between high and low carb days during the week?

Make it a great day!

Bacon Pancake Dippers

I love that Tony likes to make me breakfast over the weekend.  He’s an awesome cook once I let him into the kitchen!  But he’s not shy about using butter, oil, cheese, etc.  I used to try to hover around him so I could see exactly what was going into my breakfast, but about a month ago I finally decided not to care.  He knows I am trying to lose weight, and while he may add a touch more butter or oil than I would doesn’t matter.  It’s a loving gesture, and I appreciate it.  So thank you Tony for my amazeball breakfasts you make!

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Breakfast Tacos

Since I didn’t hit the gym before work yesterday, it was nice to have a relaxing morning.  I drank coffee, posted my blog, read some blogs and had time to make breakfast tacos.  What’s not to love?!

This time – I scrambled one egg with 1/3 cup egg whites.  I popped my corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds – if you don’t soften the corn tortillas they will pop open when you try to fry them.

Into each hot corn tortilla went 1/2 the scrambled egg mixture, 1 slice of deli ham, 1/4 cup baby spinach and half a slice of American cheese.  I heated up 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in my pan and then fried them to crispy – about 2 minutes a side over medium heat.

But I was taking these to work to eat.  So once they were done in a pan, I put a paper towel in my container, put the hot tacos in there, put the lid on and put them in my lunch box.  Only problem – the steam will soften the taco – but don’t fret!  If you have access to a toaster oven, simply heat under the broiler setting for 5 minutes and they will be crispy again!

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For 373 calories and 30 grams of fat, this was a super filling breakfast.  I think I may make 10 tacos over the weekend for a quick grab and go breakfast next week.  I could literally eat these every day.

I was doing my strength after work, so at lunch I decided to chip away at my 125 mile goal for November, and did 7 miles on the bike in 30 minutes.  I didn’t do any resistance, but my goal was to not get below 100 rpms.  Kind of like a 30 minute sprint!

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I made chili over the weekend for one of our dinners, but decided to bring some for lunch at work.  Sadly, ground sirloin was $3.99 a pound, and I looked over and they had round steak for $1.99 – so I got that!  When I made it the meat was super tender.  However, I think the reheating in the microwave at work made the meat really chewy and tough.  I gave a bowl of chili to one of my attorneys and after I ate it, I called her and said “sorry I served you shitty chili!”  They can’t all be homeruns, right?

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Later on I had a skinny café mocha – a 25 calorie pack of hot cocoa mix, with coffee and a splash of hazelnut coffee creamer.  While I am not happy about our cooler temps, I am always happy to bring out my snowman mugs!

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So the vibe at the gym at 5:00 is pretty interesting.  Lots of high school boys in the free weight room.  Wearing weight belts and gloves and grunting as they did their lifts.  The other part?  The bar was pretty full!  Yes, there is a bar in my gym, right next to the fire place.  I didn’t know it was a happening place to be for happy hour?!

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On tap was hamstrings, glutes and calves:

  • Seated Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Barbell Lunge: 3 sets of 15 reps, per side
  • Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Bounce-Bounce-Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Standing Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Split Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Single-Leg Barbell Squat on Bench: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Stability Ball Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Lying Leg Curl (one leg at a time): 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Mountain Climbers: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Standing Calf Raise: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Jump rope: 3 sets of 1 minute

Yep, that took me 45 minutes to complete.  I think the toughest one for me was the split squat –  I did it on the Bosu ball.  It REALLY concentrates the muscles on your leg on the floor.

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I had a meeting last night, so didn’t get home until 8:15.  I called Tony on my way home and asked if he’d eaten anything yet, and he said no, but he felt like a cheeseburger, so I stopped at Mr. Beefy’s on the way home.  I was all set to get a grilled chicken pita, but my mouth said “I’ll have a gyros!”  Since I didn’t eat any of the meat at lunch, I was really hungry!

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I ate half the meat and two bites of the pita.  I am calling it 550 calories for half – maybe that’s close??

Stats for the Day:

  • 1578 calories, 143 carbs, 82 fat, 78 protein and 15 fiber
  • 43% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 35% from carbs
  • 30 minute 7 mile bike at lunch
  • 45 minute strength after work
  • 82 miles left in my 125 November challenge

Hooray for Friday!  I have some news – my brother is moving my whole site from wordpress.com to a self hosted site so I can try to get some advertising on the blog.  Because of this migration, this will be the last post until Monday.  I also have to disable the comments section so there is no new content while the migration takes place this weekend.  I don’t understand a word of how it works, but I appreciate my brother Charlie’s help!

In the meantime, you can always email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com, or follow me on Instagram at biz319.  I am also working on a My Bizzy Kitchen page on Facebook!  You can stop by and like it over the weekend. Open-mouthed smile

And check out Courtney’s Cookie Recipe Contest!  You can find out the details here – winner gets a super cute apron and a $25 dollar Williams Sonoma gift card!

Have a wonderful weekend – see you Monday!