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Steak and Shrimp with Creole Pan Sauce

I read that Helen and Caron thought that my overly snacky high point Friday was due to my two glasses of wine, but sadly, that was not the case.  I’d already eaten at least 15 points by then, and I will tell you that the snacking of 31 points was ALL day – not just at night, which is when the urge to snack usually rears its ugly head.

I think what it was, is that I’ve already gotten into the “comfort zone” of Weight Watchers.  I mean, I’ve been down this road so many times, I KNOW the program inside and out, but I think my motivation waned a bit, maybe my eye balling 1/2 a cup of ice cream was more like 2/3 cups – you know the drill.  I have to realize that I need to keep my focus to continue losing the weight.  I am back to journaling, which I did religiously every day since January 1 – but once the calendar flipped to February 1, so did that daily motivation that I need to keep my head in the game.

I did fine over the weekend after Friday night – stayed within my points and both days got nearly 15k in steps.   But as I was meal planning decided to up the protein game with my meals this week.

Breakfast was a steak “picky plate.”  One PB2 muffin (4) that I microwaved for 20 seconds at work which made it taste like it just came out of the oven.  Four ounces of pan seared steak (4), a hard boiled egg (2) and half a tangelo.  10 points for breakfast and I was full for HOURS.  I ate breakfast between 9-9:30 and didn’t eat lunch until nearly 2:30.

Mid-morning I texted my sister to see if she would be up for walking at lunch and she said yes!  We had temps in the mid-40’s with sunshine, but in the shade it was still  a bit chilly, so we kept walking on the sunny side of the street.

It takes us about 7 minutes from each of our offices to meet up, then we set the clock for 30 minutes, so that I have time to walk back to my office and heat up my lunch before my lunch hour is over.

Lunch was leftover Jennie-O turkey chili.  Six smart points for 2 cups, with a side of tortilla chips for dipping (4).  I got busy right when I got back to our walk, so this isn’t the best picture, but this sure was tasty!

Remember when I was talking about getting your monies worth with the cable bill, and how I felt like I wasn’t getting my $600 of entertainment by having the FoodNetwork and HGTV stations and cut down to basic cable?

The same is true with my Y Membership.  I don’t go often enough, and I think after this month (since I’ve already paid for February) that I am giving it up.  I have a free gym at my office and I can just as easily leave my desk at 5 and go down and workout before catching a later train home.  And now that the weather is getting nicer a gym really isn’t that necessary.  

So before I give up my deluxe gym completely, I decided to see how much I can actually use it this week.  I have an hour train ride home, and decided to see how a banana and a premiere protein shake would be as a pre-workout fuel.  I figured it was just long enough to give me the necessary carbs I need to get in the workout I want without my blood sugar dropping, and give me enough time to digest the shake so it wasn’t all giggly in my tummy by the time I got to the gym. 

I felt fine during my workout: 2000 meter on the rowing machine (took me 12:09), abs for 5 minutes, then 30 minutes on the treadmill for 2 miles.  Happy to say my cough is completely gone, although now Hannah is sick, so I hope I can keep healthy.  

I had 22 points spent before dinner (10 breakfast, 10 lunch and 2 for the protein shake) so a low carb dinner was in order.   I whipped this dinner up in a matter of minutes and it was so delicious!  I added the points up in my head and said it was 6 points on Instagram last night, but it’s actually 7 points – oops!

Steak and Shrimp with Creole Pan Sauce
Serves 1
A quick and easy week night dinner that's fancy enough for a crowd!
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
10 min
375 calories
8 g
268 g
16 g
48 g
7 g
386 g
902 g
5 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
Calories from Fat 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 268mg
Sodium 902mg
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 48g
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. 3 ounces beef
  2. 3 ounces shrimp
  3. 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  4. 1 teaspoon butter
  5. 1 tablespoon half and half
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  7. 1/2 teaspoon Hardcore Carnivore Black
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle the room temperature steak with the Hardcore Carnivore rub. Cook steak 2-3 minutes per side, depending on how thick your steak is.
  2. Remove steak to a plate. Reduce heat to medium low. Spray the skillet with Pam. Add the shrimp and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Set on the plate with the steak. Finally, add in the zucchini and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove the zucchini to the plate, and in the pan melt the butter. Stir in the half and half and Creole seasoning (mine is spicy so 1/2 teaspoon was plenty) and pour over the plate.
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This was so delicious.  I wonder if my brother or sister would eat this?  Not sure either one of them is a fan of shrimp.  And because I didn’t eat until nearly 8:30, I was completely full and had no desire to nibble on anything, and ended my day with 29/30 points.


My timehop reminded me that it was TWO years since the Sun-Times article came out about Tony being the ultimate White Sox fan.  You can check out that article here.

And if you missed it, my latest blog post is up on The Chopping Block – my take on Sopa Azteca – only 100 calories per cup or 2 smart points – you can find the recipe here – so good! If you could pop over there with some comment love, I’d appreciate it! 😀

Here is a workout for today that needs no equipment.  I plan on doing this as soon as I hit publish.  Make it a great day!

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  • Errign
    February 14, 2017 at 7:40 am Glad to see you caught yourself getting complacent & are back on track 100%! Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm I wish I didn't have to be so diligent, but it's like a slippery slope - first it's not getting in enough water, the extra licks and tastes - gah! Hope you had a great V-Day! :D
  • Your prettier sister
    February 14, 2017 at 8:22 am I LOVE ? shrimp!! I would eat that dinner - sans the zucchini- too soft. Happy Velatini Day ???
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm The zucchini isn't soft - I only cooked it for like a minute - you'd like my zucchini! Thanks for being my walking buddy again today! Already at 11,700 steps!
  • Kym
    February 14, 2017 at 9:28 am I would enjoy that dinner. I really need to convert my family into zuke people. I'm not going to hold my breath. They will eat them if they are mixed in with something else and as long as there are not too many of them. Such picky people. I love all the veggies! Congrats on figuring out where your challenges are and even better you knew how to fix it and get back on track. I had been wondering about the gym. I thought you were cancelling it back when you got access to your work gym. I had to look up to see what a Russian Twist was. I never knew that was what they were called.
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm It's funny because zucchini is one of my favorites, and after Jacob lived here a few months he told me "I think I've eaten more zucchini in the last three months than I have in the last 10 years!" Now he won't eat it. I meant to cancel the membership, but it charged me for January, forgot again and it charged me for February - I've got a reminder to cancel it though before March! And I let the dogs out in this morning for a while, so I need to do this group of exercises tonight :D
  • Marcia
    February 14, 2017 at 10:13 am Keep working on that journal! I still have a family Y membership, though I'm the only one who uses it. I think I take the kids to the pool once a month. Almost a waste!
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm Thanks Marcia! I pay $55 a month just for me - seems a bit pricey when I don't take advantage of the group classes or swimming pool!
  • Helen
    February 14, 2017 at 10:14 am We are eating twins! I have chili for lunch today and Mr. Helen is making steak and shrimp for our Valentine's dinner tonight. Also, you read my comment wrong. I didn't assume your snacking was due to the wine. I said IF you drank the wine then snacked away, the wine caused it. IF NOT, you were just having a snacky day, which happens. How would I guess either scenario? Experience. I've been victim to wine then eating too much and also to days where I couldn't stop eating and didn't have wine at all.
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm Ah, I guess I did read that wrong - thanks for the clarification :D Your Valentine dinner sounds perfect - enjoy the martini and steak and shrimp! :D
  • Shelley B
    February 14, 2017 at 10:29 am If you have a work gym, then by all means let the paid one go! It's nice to have some extra money hanging around. Here's to a great week, Biz!
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm I agree Shelley - I think it's because I would only use the gym M-F because it's downtown, I would never travel to go there on the weekends, but then again, our weather is getting better, so I still wouldn't use the gym :P
  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    February 14, 2017 at 10:38 am That is my kind of dinner. If I saw it in a restaurant, I'd order it in a heartbeat!
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm Thanks Carrie! That's a true compliment because you guys do eat out way more than I do :D
  • Annette
    February 14, 2017 at 10:42 am Yes, to the dinner. Thank you for your blog, I've been a faithful daily reader for a while now, and enjoy it so much. Thanks for sharing
    • Biz319
      February 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm Thanks Annette! I always appreciate when a loyal reader leaves a comment to say hello - thank you! :D Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Pat Hills Cottrell
    February 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm Beth, what is the 'sticky steak' . That sounds really appealing to me to just have around to snack on. Waiting to hear from you. Aunt Pat
    • Biz
      February 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm Hey Aunt Pat! Are you talking about this line: Breakfast was a steak “picky plate.” I call my "picky plates" just random stuff thrown together for breakfast or lunch. Hope you are doing well - I owe you an email to catch up! Hugs and Love!
  • Sara
    February 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm Steak and shrimp, perfect combination. I've already saved the recipe.
    • Biz319
      February 15, 2017 at 7:52 am Yes! So simple for a weeknight dinner :D Let me know if you like it when you make it - but what's not to love with steak and shrimp?!