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One Point Marinara Sauce

One of the things that I love about the WW app – is that there is something called WW Connect – think of it as a mini-Facebook for WW members.  I love how it will pick out random posts of people to “trend” – let’s say that an online member reached goal, and when they entered the weight online, only got a “you weigh xyz.”  No pomp and circumstance like you would at a meeting.  But that post will trend, and then suddenly 3000 people will be cheering that person on.  Love that kind of support!

But now that we are starting a brand new year, it’s hard to read some of these posts.

  • “I feel useless.”
  • “I fell out of control.”
  • “I am on day 2 and all I want to do is eat a loaf of bread.”
  • “I’ll probably always be big.”

The majority of people on WW are women – I would guess 90% are women?  At least based on any WW meeting I’ve ever been to.  It got me thinking.  Why do we have to self-sabotage ourselves so much?  What’s the point?  Would you ever go up to another woman and tell her she’s useless and out of control?  Nope – so why do we do it to ourselves?  I follow many WW peeps on Instagram and a couple of them have come so close to goal, only to have a binge and be a few farther pounds away from goal.  Almost as if the “goal” was the finish line, and once met, what comes next?

The rest of your life, that’s what!   Getting to goal is just part of the journey, not the destination, and if I can help anyone out there (including myself!) on keeping that in the back of our minds, I think we will enjoy this journey of life a lot more.  And to help me visualize myself getting to goal, I’ve already started putting together in my head my goal video from where I am to where I will be.  My brother Charlie doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to help me when the time comes – thanks Charlie! 😀

Yesterday I made my mock Starbuck’s protein plate and it was delish.  We have a stash of condiments in our work fridge, and I found an individual pack of no sugar added strawberry jam (0 points!) which was a nice topping to the Muesli bread.  This whole plate is 8 smart points:   egg (2)  Muesli bread (3)  ½ ounce almonds (2)  Light string cheese (1)  Fruit (0)

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I had every intention of going to the gym at lunch, until I remembered that I switched into my yoga pants before WI last Thursday, got back to the office and got busy, and ended up wearing them home.  (I’ve got clothes packed today).  And even though it’s was raining slightly at lunch, got my walking shoes and walked for 30 minutes.  Hannah and Jacob got me this new small Totes umbrella and it’s amazeballs – it didn’t flip inside out even though it was rainy and it was dry by the time I made it back to my desk – weird!

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In my day long meal prep on Monday, I made a batch of my veggie marinara, and I don’t think I’ve posted this recipe before, and if I did – Google couldn’t find it.  Kinda sad that my recipes are so unorganized that I need Google to find them! Open-mouthed smile

One Point Marinara Sauce
Serves 8
A quick and delicious marinara sauce made from loads of veggies - just 30 minutes on the stove top and dinner is served!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
43 calories
6 g
0 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
145 g
222 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43
Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 222mg
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  3. 1 cup carrots
  4. 1 cup celery
  5. 1 cup red peppers
  6. 3 garlic cloves
  7. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  8. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  9. 1 cup vegetable broth
  1. salt and pepper to taste
  2. Heat a stock pot over medium high heat.  Add the olive oil and add the carrots, celery, red pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for about 30 minutes.   Use a stick blender to puree. Use you judgment on the vegetable broth – sometimes I use all of it, sometimes only half – depends on what consistency you like.  This is 8 servings (very generous 3/4 cup?) and only 1 smart point.
  1. Depending on how much veggie broth you use, each serving is 3/4 to 1 cup.
My Bizzy Kitchen
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I had mine over spaghetti squash with Italian sausage – lunch came in at 6 smart points.   But I hit a wall at about 4 p.m. – I was really hungry and forgot to pack my Premiere Protein shakes for my desk, so had to eat a 6 point granola bar that was in my bag.  It was interesting to see the comparison between a tiny granola bar and that giant plate of food above equal the same amount of points.  

I am working for an attorney on a different floor, and by the time I left the office, I already had 11k steps!  I had this recipe pinned on Pinterest for dinner last night.  I actually realized that my dinner was actually inspired by that recipe, because I switched things up a bit.  I am going to tweak my recipe a bit more before posting, but I am close.  It was delicious and this plate came in at 10 smart points.

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I had the kitchen cleaned by 7:45 so I hit up the gym.  I did another two miles on the treadmill and then did 20 minutes of upper body and 5 minutes of abs.  I wish I had looked to see how close I was to 20k!

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So here’s how I got that all done last night: came home, made dinner from scratch, cleaned the kitchen, went to the gym, came home and put my food together for today AND wrote this blog post.  I didn’t watch a second of t.v.  Turns out there is plenty of time if you don’t spend 2-3 hours watching t.v. at night to get stuff done!

If you don’t follow weatherford5 on Instagram – go do it now.  This guy doesn’t stop – he is a spokesman, t.v. personality, former football player, husband and father to 4 kids.   He always does these motivational screen shots, and I keep the ones that speak to me.  I like this one and I have it hanging by my desk as a constant reminder . . . that I control both my attitude and effort!

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Alright, lets kick some Wednesday ass – make it a great day!

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  • Jill F
    January 4, 2017 at 7:46 am

    thanks for the recipe. I’m definitely making this -maybe this weekend!

    • Biz319
      January 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Awesome! It’s a set it and forget it sauce – and I realized I forgot to say I use a stick blender to purée it at the end ???

  • Karen
    January 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

    What a great, inspiring day! Thanks!!!

    • Biz319
      January 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Have an awesome day Karen! ????

  • Shelley B
    January 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I agree, we can be so harsh on ourselves when we’d never say the same thing to a friend. It’s great that you have found that WW forum and I’m sure you’re spreading the upbeat, positive side of life with those members, just as you do here. 🙂

    • Biz
      January 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Shelley – it helps keep me motivated 😀

  • Kym
    January 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I keep thinking of joining WW but I am afraid I will be overwhelmed and intimidated by all the information. I don’t have any meetings near me where I can go in person so I would have to do an online thing only and then I wonder how accountable I would be without the weigh ins.
    Love the daily motivation quotes!
    I bought myself a Fitbit and will have to put you on my friends list. Any extra competition I can get is great.

    • Biz
      January 4, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      You’d be surprised how many people don’t go to an actual meeting and do just fine. With the WW app it’s really easy. And um, you could always reach out to me if you had any questions, just saying? I have a coupon code if you want it – let me know 😀

      Eek – we’ll be fitbit friends too! Going to send you an invite soon 😀

  • Helen
    January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Your sauce is a great way to pack veggies in! And I agree, TV – and the internet and social media can be a huge time suck.

    • Biz
      January 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      It’s crazy how much more of an “evening” I get without t.v.! I give myself 20 minutes of internet before bed, and that’s plenty 😀

  • Sherry Werth
    January 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I finally got a chance to post today! Lol I read everyday & then something comes up & I totally forget to come back & comment. I’ve missed not getting to my WW meetings for the last month. This foot surgery & cast has completely shut me down. Lol But I’ll be back at it soon! Thanks for the 1 point marinara recipe!
    Stay warm up there! 😀

    • Biz
      January 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Hope you are healing nicely! Thanks for looping back and leaving a comment – happy new year! 😀

  • Lori
    January 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    If I start to think negative, I ask myself if I would say that to another person. Most likely not, so I don’t want to talk that way to myself. Women as a whole tend to treat themselves poorly, at least mentally.

    • Biz
      January 4, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      I wonder why that is?! But it is a great way to stop yourself with the negative talk – just imagine saying it to someone else will stop you in your tracks. But now I just want to have a bagel – your bagel Wednesday’s always make me drool! 😀

  • Fran
    January 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

    That connect thing is on Dutch WW too.
    I do believe though that losing weight is much easier in the end than keeping it off. I have seen many people who lost weight and once they reached their goal gained it back after a while. If you are in losing mode, you have a goal but when it’s finally there, you have to work your entire life to keep it off and that’s for a lot of people more difficult.

    Since January 1 I have exactly watched 1 hour of television and that was yesterday, an episode of The Following on Netflix. I don’t watch that much TV anymore.

    • Biz319
      January 5, 2017 at 7:33 am

      The funny thing Fran is that I don’t miss it much! And I agree – if you think of weight loss as a “diet” vs “lifestyle” you think you are done when you reach goal, but that’s only the beginning ??