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June 2016


Bizzy day for MBK!

Another gorgeous summer day in the books for Chicago yesterday.  Even though I knew it was my long work day, I knew I I had to get out and get some steps in, even before breakfast.




My twin sister and I LOVE clouds and for us, you can’t have too many pictures of them!  Tony used to roll his eyes every time I took another picture of clouds Open-mouthed smile

I ended up eating breakfast around 10:30 to stagger my eats for the day.  I had leftover steak, so beef toast was born!  It’s a new food trend I am trying to start, since avocado toast is such a thing now.


Four ounce sourdough roll toast (4) three ounces of leftover steak (3) an egg white spinach scramble on one half (1) and avocado on the other half (2).  This 10 point breakfast kept me full for HOURS.  Even with loading up my car by myself for the market and unpacking.  I ended up eating my 6 point sandwich and watermelon around 6:00.  I never got a chance to eat my hard boiled egg snack, or granola I had packed.   Because the market was so busy, the time flew by, and I ended up getting home around 9:30.  Since I haven’t grocery shopped this week since I am leaving, I don’t have much to choose from, and decided to reheat 9 points of pizza with some fruit on the side.  I was pissed because the raspberries got pushed to the back and I had to pick through the ones that were good.  Hate when that happens!


So a couple days ago Weight Watchers asked if they could repost one of my recipes – my 1 point fruit sauce for parfaits.   Of course I said yes!  But I’ve been asked by lots of other people to reuse my photos (Latinicity, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, etc.) but I never know when they will use it.  I t could be within five minutes, or a couple months!  So because I drive a lot for yesterday’s market, and am busy with customers and only use my phone to take credit card purchases, I didn’t realize that WW had published my photo.  Imagine my surprise when I got in my car and saw that I had over 550+ new followers!


Is that crazy or what?  I’ve had so many nice comments, love your page, love your recipes, etc.  I did get a comment though that said “just wondering if you’ve been doing WW exclusively since January and was wondering if the weight loss is that slow?  I am new to the program and was just wondering.”

Well, most long time readers know I struggle with night time eating/wine, etc.  I explained to her that I am working on the binge night time eating, a problem that comes and goes for as long as I can remember and that if I wasn’t on WW, I’d probably have gained 50 pounds since January.  I told her I am still also struggling with grief after Tony died, and figuring out where my life is going without him, something I thought I’d never had to do.  Her response was sweet: “I understand and have issues with night eating too.  Sorry about the loss of your dear husband.  It’s so good you’re trying and fighting to try to stay healthy.  Congrats on that.  Thank you for answering my question – take care!”

Isn’t the internet a crazy place – where a complete stranger can sympathize and acknowledge your efforts, no matter how small.

Then I found out that my friend Scott reposted my brined and grilled shrimp on his new Instagram page:

IMG_4791 Then my other grill friend reposted my beef toast breakfast!

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So yesterday morning I had 3561 followers on Instragram – this morning?  4122!  Wowza!


So maybe having more WW followers looking at me for guidance will help me control the night time eating.   I guess we’ll see!

I had to share this photo below – my sister Jennifer went to a book signing on her lunch our yesterday with Rick Bayless.  I love when I went on Facebook it wanted to know if I wanted to tag myself!


She happened to run into a woman in line and struck up a conversation with her.  Turns out this woman works in some capacity in the Chicago food industry – not exactly sure because I didn’t talk to my sister much yesterday other than she mentioned that she was going to give this woman my information for us to possible meet and discuss my career options.  The woman told her “I think we were meant to meet today!”


So my heart is full today!  Looking forward to my long weekend with my Mom and family this weekend.  I probably won’t be posting again until next Wednesday, but I may have a couple guest posts up my sleeve until I get back.

As always, thanks for taking time out of your day to follow my journey – I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.  Make it a great day!


Link in Profile

So yesterday you remember how I told you that MY scale showed a 4.6 gain for one week.  In my head, I knew that wasn’t possible, but it really messed with my brain.  I kept going over my online journal, knowing that I couldn’t have possibly eaten 15,000 extra calories without realizing it, unless I was a sleep eater and didn’t know it!  I seriously was totally on the fence about going to the meeting at all.  In my head I was like “what’s the point!”  I knew I could just show up, not actually weigh in and enjoy the meeting (I really love the leader!) but finally decided to go, weigh in, and just live with whatever the number was on the scale.  I always eat my breakfast after the WI, so I quickly put together a 7 point breakfast – 2 breakfast tacos and some watermelon.  I actually put the tacos in my skillet with Pam, then went to put my contacts on, and almost burned them!  Still tasted good though Open-mouthed smile



Guess what?  I was down .4 – three weeks in a row with a loss, and no matter how small, I will take it.   When I got back home I went on a long walk – an hour and fifteen minutes!  It was glorious.  I listened to another Beautiful Anonymous podcast, and it’s amazing how quickly the walk went by.   Yesterday was PERFECT weather.  72 degrees, no humidity.  I wish every day could be like yesterday.

PicMonkey Collage - walk

The company I work for this summer not only makes delicious vegan burgers, but they are known for their soups as well.  On Sunday I asked if I could bring one home, and I picked out the yellow split pea with tofu sausage.  It’s got a spicy kick with chipotle and jalapeno.  I just added a dash of parsley to mine and a pinch of chili powder.  This 2 cup serving came in at 9 smart points, or 338 calories.  I put the following picture on Instagram and someone asked where they could order online – whoop!  Turns out social media isn’t the owners strong suit – I has no posts up on his Instagram account, yet he has followers!


Lately both dogs have been running away through our back woods to the property behind our house.  Rummy always comes back, but Roman I think gets lost and he’s been found across the street.  And they don’t listen to me, which doesn’t help.  Since Hannah and Jacob were both working, I brought my office to the side deck of my house.  I put a baby gate up by the top of the stairs, and it was like a giant baby pen for them.  They could wonder around the deck while I got some work done.  I ended up bringing out a blanket for them to lay on – only Roman took me up on that offer.


So I think I’ve told you about the Food Blogger Pro that I signed up for through Pinch of Yum.  They have dozens of videos showing how you can get more traffic for your site and in turn, make more money.  Because I’ve been doing it all wrong these last nearly 8 years, it’s been a painstaking process, but I am getting there.   One thing I learned is Link in Profile.   My Instagram following is slowly increasing, and I am up to 3500 followers.  The only thing that I hated about Instagram is the links.  Say I post a picture of a pasta dish.  I could change my website address to link that exact picture to have people follow to my site to get the recipe.  I’d point them to the top and say “recipe link in profile.”  But let’s say the next day I want to post a french toast picture, well, if I change that website address to link to the french toast recipe, now people how see the pasta dish would now click on a link that takes them to the french toast picture.

I hope this is making sense!  I went to see if Ashley, Ally and Liz knew about this, but it looks like they don’t.  Here is the one caveat though.  You need to put your URL in the body of your post for this to work after you sign up.


So now instead of seeing this website on my profile: – it’s embedded in the body of my post.  My new website is this:


I’ve probably only embedded about 20 URL’s so far – but if you are on Instagram, click on that link above in my profile and it will take you to this:


You can then scroll down and see all of my photos, and if you see one you like, just click on it and it will direct you to the exact post the recipe is published on.   If anyone has any questions, please let me know.  I was pretty impressed with myself that I actually figured out how to do it.  The whole point of Instagram is to redirect traffic to your blog where you can actually earn revenue from.  I am a ways away from getting there, but each day I get a bit closer.


Hannah and Jacob had dinner together since it was their anniversary of their first date.  (I think 7 years ago?!).  So it was dinner for one last night.  I ended up using that Hardcore Carnivore seasoning again on a 6 ounce steak.  I only ate half of the steak (saving the rest for breakfast this morning) and added 2 ounces of frozen French fries on top, and to make my Mom happy I had steamed broccoli and red peppers on the side.


So good!  I am pretty sure I could eat beef every day and never get sick of it.  I need to find a job as a Beef Ambassador!   How awesome would that be?!

It’s my only work day today, but it’s a night market so I got to sleep in a bit this morning.  I leave at noon and will be back home by 9:30 – then it’s time to pack and get ready for my family reunion!  Can’t wait!  It’s another gorgeous day today, so I hope to sell a lot of veggie burgers.  I’d love to do a wrap station, but not sure he’d let me being that I am by myself, but we’ll see.  

I ended up with nearly 13k steps yesterday too – whoop! 

Guess what Errign and Robin Sue?  It was a year ago today that we had lunch!  Can you believe it’s been that long already – Errign was still pregnant with her son, and now he’s 7 months old.  So happy we had a chance to meet up!


Alright, time to do some laundry and make breakfast – make it a great day!


Treat Yo Self

I had more beef leftover in my fridge that needed to be used up or put in the freezer.  Um, turns out I can have steak pretty much any time of day.  I ended up using the same Black seasoning from Saturday night, but cooked it in my cast iron skillet.  Just as delicious as doing it on the grill.  My 4 ounce steak (4) was perfectly seasoned, and I paired it with 3 ounces of potato cooked in 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil (3) with a hard boiled egg on the side (2).  Super filling – high protein breakfasts really work for me.


I got tagged on Instagram.  A while ago Latanicity in Chicago asked if they could use my picture for their social media.  I’d forgotten all about it, but yesterday they finally posted my picture – so cool!  I still can’t believe I shot that with my iPhone!


Hannah and I have been passing ships in the night.  When I am working, she’s home, when I am home, she’s working.  So we finally got some momma/daughter time yesterday.  We both desperately needed pedicures.  We found an awesome place, it’s super clean, they open fresh tools right in front of you, and for $35 you get a 45 minute pedicure with a hot stone message on your legs.  Felt so good!  Since I am on my feet so much for work, this was a nice treat.  Treat Yo Self!   Hannah treated to the sugar free vanilla iced coffee.



Shelley, I know you’ll be pleased with my choice of color on my piggies! 

While I am not doing a full grocery shop this week, I did need to pic up a few veggies and fruit.   I was given a container of spicy marinated tofu from my vendor neighbor at the farmers market on Saturday for helping them set up their tent.  So nice!  Hannah could probably eat this dish every single day and never get sick of it.  We made a marinated tofu veggie lo mein for 9 smart points.


I put that picture on Instagram, like I do with almost all my food, and another WW asked if I put that on the WW connect app.  I told her I didn’t even know what that was!


Yep, I use the app nearly every day, but just to log my food and exercised.  Never gave any attention to the connect or 24/7 chat.  So I’ve been posting my food pics there too – you never know when one meal might inspire someone to get into the kitchen.

I hit up the gym yesterday.  I never ended up walking outside, because the temps jumped quickly – it was 93 degrees when I left for the gym.  I did 10 minutes upper body, 10 minutes lower body, then did an incline walk on the treadmill for 5k.


Since we had so much leftover pizza, I ended up making a chopped spinach salad with broccoli slaw, cucumbers, then reheated 3 ounces of pizza and cut the pizza into “croutons” and put that on top of my salad.  8 delicious smart points!


Speaking of pizza, I find it pretty funny that a frozen Walgreen’s pizza I posted on Instagram got 400+ likes vs. my homemade pizza – crazy!

PicMonkey Collage

So today is my WI day.  I only weigh myself at home on this day, and I am not joking I got on the scale this morning and it said I was up 4.6 pounds.  I have no idea how that is remotely possible, as I didn’t even use all my flex points and didn’t use any exercise points.  I’ll just go and face the music – but I would have had to eat 15,750 EXTRA calories to gain that much weight in one week.  One slice of a thin crust 14 inch pizza is 285 or the equivalent of eating about 55 extra slices of pizza last week.  Gah.

The weather is going to be perfect today though – high of 70 and a bit overcast.  Definitely hitting the pavement and gym today.  Consistency not perfection.

Alright, time to make breakfast and head to WW.  Make it a great day!