Thank you and Crock Pot Beef and Bean Chili

Before I say anything else, I want to thank everyone who commented on Monday’s post, sent me a text, email, instant message on Facebook, etc.  It means more to me than you’ll ever know, and while I’ve read all the comments, I haven’t had time to respond to them yet, but will in the next day or so.  THANK YOU for having my back.  And if that post just helped one person set the wine glass aside for even a day, I will have considered that post a success.

I have to be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be to give up my beloved wine.  But like most things:  deciding to hit up the gym three times a week, drink more water, quit smoking – whatever it is – if you truly put your mind to it, it is amazing what you can achieve.  I have such exciting news for you guys, but I can’t spill the beans yet on that one, other to know that the shear thought of what may come has me smiling from ear to ear.  Promise – you’ll know next week!   How’s that for some bait?! Open-mouthed smile

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So I dove in both feet with the new WW plan.  I love the website, but what I am loving more is the app!  You guys all know what an app whore I am!  You can scan products, which is perfect if you are just about to pour some dressing on a salad, scan the bar code and enter it into your meal plan.  Easy!  Although I realized I do something, that’s not even conscious, but a behavior that needs to stop.  If I wake up in the middle of the night with low blood sugar, it’s been my instinct to hit up the most sugary thing first – whether it’s marshmallows in the pantry, part of a chocolate bar.  Monday night I woke up at 12:30 and my blood sugar was 69.  Rat farts.  The kids have a grab and go snack drawer in the pantry for when they go to school – it has individually packed crackers, cookies, etc.  Instinctively I opened up a Grandma’s cookies that had 140 calories and figured I’d scan it the next day.  My thought was at most it would have been 4 points.  Nope!  7!  Because of the grams of sugar.  So I started Monday off with a deficit of 7 points, but I still made it work.

Tuesday night I woke up at 2:40 a.m. with a blood sugar of 49 – what the what?!  But I knew I had fresh cut fruit in the fridge and ate that – Zero points!  I think I am going to reduce my overnight insulin and see if that happens with my low blood sugars at night.  Thankfully I always wake myself up!

I could have easily used some of my flex points for the cookies I ate, but being that Monday is the beginning of my WW week, I didn’t want to dip into them already that soon.   So what have I been eating?

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  1. Skinny Meatball Sub!  I used two slices of Aldi light bread (2), 1/4 cup of baby spinach, 1/3 cup jarred pizza sauce (1), 4 ounces of sirloin that I made into 12 mini meatballs – just seasoned with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (4) and 1/2 tablespoon shredded Parmesan (1 point) and a sliced Fuji apple for dessert.  8 Smart Points for that lunch.
  2. Look at this cute individually packed mozzarella cheese I found at the Fresh Market.  Six packets for $3.99 – a splurge, but I can’t help loving tiny food like that!  2 SP per package.
  3. Scrambled egg (2) and egg white (1) on top of baby spinach (0) points, 1/2 tablespoon Annie’s goddess dressing (1) and 3 ounces of sirloin steak on the side (3)  topped with 1/2 tablespoon shredded Parmesan (1) – 8 SP breakfast
  4. 4 ounce ground sirloin burger (5) over sauteed cabbage and sauerkraut (0), with a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on top (1) and 1 tablespoon French fried onions (1) : 7 SP dinner
  5. Over the weekend I baked up a few bone in chicken breasts.  Even though I am not eating the skin (best part tho!) always cook poultry with the skin on – it will be so tender that way.  I baked them at 350 for 30 minutes, then let them cool before individually wrapping them.  After I peeled the skin off and pulled the chicken off, I had 5 ounces of chicken (3), the cheese (2), cucs and carrots (0) and 2 ounces of tzatziki sauce (1 point)  I buy my tzatziki sauce at my deli – they sell the gyros meat, but I only buy the containers, and for some reason they just put four in a bag and I never get charged for them!  Super filling 6 SP lunch.
  6. More Aldi bread!  Two slices (2) toasted and topped with baby spinach (0), egg whites (1), 1.5 ounces of shaved deli ham (1) and 1/2 ounce of cheddar cheese (2) with fruit.  Another 6 SP breakfast that was super filling.

I’ve decided I need to utilize my crock pot more often on the nights I hit the gym after work.  It’s so nice walking in the door at 7 p.m. knowing that dinner is done!  Yesterday morning I put this chili in the crock pot – basically with what I had on hand and using my puree of veggies method for my buffalo chicken chili.   When I got home from work, I measured it out, and I ended up with 8 1-cup servings at 5 WW points each.  Nice! 

Crock Pot Beef and Bean Chili
Serves 8
Five minutes of prep before work and dinner is done when you walk in the door.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
208 calories
19 g
44 g
8 g
16 g
3 g
246 g
553 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
246g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 44mg
15%
Sodium 553mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
88%
Vitamin C
50%
Calcium
8%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounce sirloin steak, chopped into bite sized pieces
  2. 2 large carrots
  3. 2 large celery stalks
  4. 1 red pepper
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  7. 2 tablespoons cumin
  8. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  9. 1 15 ounce can Bush’s Chili Beans with sauce
  10. 1 15 ounce can white corn, drained (about 1 cup)
Instructions
  1. n a food processor, puree the carrots, celery, tomatoes, pepper and garlic.  Spray the crock pot with Pam.  Add in the diced beef.  Pour in the tomato/veggie puree.  Add in the cumin, chili powder, chili beans, corn and mix until combined.  Set on 8-10 hours.  (my crock pot runs hot, so Hannah turned off my chili around 3:00 p.m. and I put it in at 7:45 a.m.).  It was still warm but we reheated it in the microwave before eating.
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fat
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protein
16g
carbs
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I topped mine with 1/2 ounce reduced fat Cabot cheese and sliced jalapeno, with a serving of tortilla chips on the side for dipping – so the chili was 5 points and the chips and cheese was another 5 points, so 10 points altogether.

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Still killing it at the gym and walking.  I do strength training 3 times a week, and am averaging about 15k steps a day.  I noticed yesterday that I didn’t drink much water, so I need to see where the water app is on the WW app – I am sure it’s there, I just haven’t found it yet.

So I hope you are having a good week so far – still can’t believe we are in February already, but I love leaving the office and it’s light outside – that much closer to spring and day light savings!  Make it a great day!

16 thoughts on “Thank you and Crock Pot Beef and Bean Chili

  1. Lisa
    I am so glad you are doing WW! I do it too and find that your meals fit nicely with the plan. My Aldi doesn't have the light bread so I'm probably going to have to go with the Sara Lee 45 calorie bread. That must be kind of scary waking up with low blood sugar, but I'm glad your body wakes you up! I have an Android that I use the WW app on, and I believe you have an Iphone but they have removed the tracker for water, oil, fruits and veggies and multivitamin. They left with the introduction of the Beyond the Scale program so you have to keep up with them on your own. No shame for not filling in those markers if you don't get them in, but they are still healthy habits.
    • Biz
      Thanks for letting me know about the water app - I kept looking and I was like "it has to be here somewhere!" I must remember that they had the two teaspoons of oil requirement and one woman at one of my meetings thought she had to eat two teaspoons of oil by itself! Our leader was like "use it to stirfry!" I am pretty sure I can find a water app being the app whore that I am :D
    • Biz
      Well since I don't blog everyday, I like to show people who may be doing WW that you can eat a really wide variety of food and nothing too fancy :D And thanks Ashley - I decided to continue the alcohol free streak indefinitely! :D
    • Biz
      Ha, you'll just have to wait - it will be worth it though :D Hope you are having a good weekend and you did okay through the blizzard - I am behind in my blog reading and need to catch up with you :D
  2. Kym
    I'll be on the edge of my seat waiting for the news and now I am smiling ear to ear for you :) The chili looks so yummy. I'm glad our weather will be dropping out of the mid eighties to the fifties next week. (probably sounds tropical to you but I'm grateful anytime it drops below eighty) I just enjoy foods that people cook when it is cooler weather.
    • Biz
      Thanks Kym - you'll be happy for me for sure! :D We have actually not had a bad winter this year - although I may have jinxed myself and now we'll get snow in March - which has happened. Hannah's birthday is March 7 and some years it's been so warm I've had water balloons and other times I've had to shovel snow so people could get in the house!
  3. I can't wait to hear your exciting news! I am in love with my crock-pot, one of the best kitchen things I bought in the last years. I am going to make it a habit to use it on Mondays too. That's the evening I do some house cleaning and I like it that I don't have to cook. That way I'm done earlier with my chores. I recently made a chili in it too and it was so delicious! Next week it will be chicken tika massala.
    • Biz
      What? I never thought to do chicken tikka masala in the crockpot?! Totally going to try that. So THANK YOU for the Dutch treats! When Jacob came home and saw them on the counter, he thought they were chocolate and of course was disappointed that it wasn't. It is like a really good - like a dark rich licorice. We all loved the peppermint though! (and I'll save the drops for me :D )
      • Happy to hear the package arrived! That tikka masala is in the crockpot as I write this. I am still a little bit worried to leave the house with the crockpot on. I even checked the internet if there were accidents with a crockpot but I couldn't find it :)
  4. Hey - no teasing with news, not fair!! I am so happy to notice how light it is staying in the afternoons now. It's really noticeable!
    • Biz
      Ha, I am such a tease! Hannah and I were just talking about how light it is getting - we pulled into the drive way at 5:25 and it was still light out - love!

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