Shit Just Got Real

It is not surprising that I had a gain going into my WI yesterday.  I thought maybe a couple pounds from vacation – note this is a two week WI, but still.

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When I saw 2.4 on the sticker, I thought “well, that’s not too bad!”  Um, no – that’s how much I am up from the first time I weighed in April – so I am up 2.4 in three months.  In case you are wondering, this is what I looked like at that same weight three years ago before I started my Insanity summer challenge of 2013.

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So time to start getting my act together.  It’s funny because my brother Charlie just posted online the other day: “”Come on Charlie, one more time. I got a feeling about this one.” ‪#‎diet‬‪#‎dayone‬ ‪#‎SurelyTHISOneWillBeDifferent‬  We both have decided that stress (for him) and grief (for me) are only excuses.  I need to follow my sister’s lead, and make each day the best you can.  Don’t think about yesterday, or tomorrow, just today.   She continues to avoid all the food at work, she gets up before work to get three miles in, even on days when she doesn’t feel like it, but in the end, never regrets getting up when she’s done.

My meals are spot on – smart point friendly and if I could just stick to those I’d have lost 15 pounds by now.  It’s all the snacks, dip, chips, wine, etc. that I have to kick to the curb.  I sound like a broken record, don’t I?!

I ended up bringing my breakfast to the WW meeting.  Overnight oats!  I know, they have been around forever, but I never thought I’d like cold oats, but this was delicious.  I always use Chobani plain yogurt, because then the breakfast isn’t too overly sweet.   And as luck would have it, my store sells it 10/$10 every three weeks. 😀

Overnight Oats
Serves 2
I never thought I'd like cold oats, but this was really delicious on a warm summer morning.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 2 min
420 calories
67 g
3 g
10 g
16 g
2 g
304 g
10 g
6 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420
Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 67g
22%
Dietary Fiber 13g
53%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
82%
Calcium
34%
Iron
27%
* 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. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 container plain Chobani
  6. 2 teaspoons sugar free pancake syrup
  7. 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  8. 2 tablespoons fat free whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a container with a lid, mix the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and Chobani and mix well.  This can be done in as short a time as 4 hours, but best overnight.  This makes two servings.  In a mason jar, layer half the overnight oats with half the sliced strawberries, drizzling the pancake syrup in between the layers for a bit of sweetness.  Top with a tablespoon of whipped cream.  Hannah was my food stylist yesterday and put a bit of matcha powder on top, totally optional.  One serving is 8 smart points.  So good!
Notes
  1. Note that this is ready in as little as 4 hours, but best overnight
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calories
420
fat
10g
protein
16g
carbs
67g
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So as I think with most Weight Watcher locations in strip malls, on either side of the meeting is a pizza by the slice place, and a Mexican restaurant.  Two doors down is a Dollar General.  I’ve never been in that store before, but a sign caught my eye – “stop in for Ribeye while supplies last.”  WTF?   Curiosity got the best of me!  I scanned the bar code and this came in at 3 points.

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The first thing I did was wash it off to get any excess sodium off, then patted it dry.  I cooked it up in my cast iron skillet with the Hardcore Carnivore Black rub.  Since it was so thin, it literally took only 1 minute per side.

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I let it rest for a minute, then sliced it up to make a steak and cheese sandwich.  The steak (3) with 1/2 ounce Swiss cheese (2) the flatout wrap (2) with mixed greens.  I then heated a pan with Pam to get some crunch on the flatout bread – my sister likes that this is soft, but I need a bit of texture.  On side I had half a serving of veggie straws (2) and watermelon.  9 points total and while this doesn’t even compare to any steak I buy at the Fresh Market, in a pinch, this wasn’t too bad.  It still cracks me up that I bought meat at the Dollar Store!  I am still having technical difficulty with downloading pictures, hopefully in 12 hours when the picture downloads, I’ll add it.

I was all set to go the the gym when I took my blood sugar.   Rat farts – it was 65.

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So I did not eat any chocolate like I would with low blood sugar (go me!) instead I ate a banana and a large bag of watermelon and went to run some errands.  When I was at my family reunion I was talking to my cousin John and he’s doing a low carb/high protein diet, so I was telling him (and everyone else that I can!) about the black rub, so I sent him a bottle.  When I got back home, my blood sugar was up to 183 – high enough for me to walk, but not run.

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I walked about 1/4 mile from my house to a road that has a lot of shade and it didn’t feel too hot – maybe it was 85 yesterday?  I got back and my blood sugar was back down to 67.  Not going to lie I wanted to eat everything and anything.  The kadults weren’t home so I could have done some serious damage.  But I stopped, and made a bowl of cherries and ate that to tide me over until dinner and bring my blood sugar back up.

I am pretty sure I could do taco Tuesday every week.  I ended up using three corn tortillas (5) two ounces of ground beef (3) broccoli slaw with two tablespoons of guacamole.

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I “pam” fried them to get them crispy without any extra oil.   Crunchy, spicy and delish!  I bought this salsa at the dollar store too – so spicy good!

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So it’s back to the market today for me.  I am going to be doing my staggered breakfast/lunch/dinner.   I am making zucchini lasagna roll ups for my dinner tonight and tomorrow night.   It looks like the rain might not start until late tonight, which would be awesome.  Now time to get my steps in before work. 

I ended up with 27/30 points for the day yesterday, so I may add those extra 3 points to my day today or later this week.  It is my goal to write down everything that goes in my mouth this week, and hope that it will show up on the scale next week.  My twin sister and I now weigh pretty much the same, so I have to get on her bandwagon!  Make it a great day!

9 thoughts on “Shit Just Got Real

  1. I wish I had that magic pill, but there isn’t one is there?!! I struggle too. It’s not easy and I often wonder why I can do things like marathons, but still find it difficult to control how much food goes into my mouth. I won’t give up trying. I appreciate your honesty and transparency about this Biz. I’m glad you’re resolved to keep up the hard work despite the ups and downs. I’m right there with you!

  2. Sherry Werth

    Yep, been looking for that ‘magic pill’ myself & still haven’t found it! But kudos to you Biz on hanging in there & not giving up with all that you’ve been through in the past few years! I struggle every day too & know I can do way better with my food choices but some little nagging voice in my head just says ‘go ahead & eat that’! I love to exercise & lift weights so that’s not my problem – it’s all that damn tasty food!! Lol Why can’t lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach…all taste like potato chips???? Oh – and we won’t mention my love affair with beer!! Lol 😀

  3. Sometimes it seems we are our own worst enemy. You do so well with your meals, maybe write a note each time you feel like snacking so you can figure out a pattern and maybe you can break it.

  4. Sorry about the gain. It’s a bummer, huh??
    I’m a recent overnight oats convert. But I’ve decided I only like using steel cut oats because of the texture. Regular oats were just too…mushy for me I think.

  5. You can do it Biz! Thanks for the shout out – you are right – you are the only one standing in your way. You know how we love vision boards, maybe put up positive notes throughout your house, or on the bathroom mirror – or goals you want to get to. If you didn’t recognize your patterns and try to stop it you could be 100 pounds overweight. And there are many people who would kill to be 175 – so don’t worry about the number – just do the best you can each day. 🙂

  6. Randi MacDonald

    Have you seen the book ” Its not what you’re eating, its what’s eating you”? I recommend it. I also recommend grief groups, I’ve seen it help a few of my friends. Oh and for the record, I think you look great.

  7. You are so good about posting your meals – what if, for a week, you honestly posted your extras? I wonder if that might be the catalyst to break some less than healthy habits?

  8. You know that you never give in, right? My guess is also that you’ve probably put on more muscle over the last few years with all the work outs you do. These photos looked great. I think before you splurge you should just look at them and remind yourself how much better they are for you. Of course, I should do the same!

  9. Cll

    Been there and still doing it. Type 1 diabetic for 22 years and I thought I’d have it figured out, but good control is such a moving target, isn’t it? I tend to go very low and then binge when I do. Exercise is too scary to even consider. I admire your upbeat attitude and love the recipes you post. I would love to have your outlook!

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