Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

I have to be honest, I was a bit surprised with my loss this week.  I had brunch with my Mom and sister with drinks, I had wine last Saturday night, habachi and two beers on Monday night.  I guess my saving grace is that I walk a lot during the day – even on the days I didn’t walk at lunch I was easily at 12,000 steps for the day.  

Now that March is nearly officially over, I can’t use the excuse to celebrate all the birthdays in my family anymore, and it’s time to refocus.  I only tracked 1/3 of the month of March.  And for that I had an overall gain of 1.8 for the month. 

But I am not upset about that at all.  March is a full month for me, and I enjoyed it, but now it’s time to get back to business.

Goals for April:

  • track 25 out of 30 days
  • drink 80 ounces of water a day
  • gym 3 times a week (strength train)
  • minimum 4 pounds to lose (would get me to -20 pounds since Christmas!)
  • maximum 9 pounds to lose (which would get me to -25 pounds since Christmas!)
  • journal every day

I know journaling is key so I need to fit that into my routine.  I am also trying to figure out my workout schedule.  My thought is that if I work out before work: a) it’s done and over with and no matter what my day throws at me, I’ll have already gotten the workout in and b) I can sleep an hour on the train to work if I am tired, so there really is no excuse.  I’ll keep you posted on that one.

I took the early train to get to WW before work to meet my sister, so I didn’t have time to pack my food for the day.  Corner Bakery is in the lobby of the building WW is in, so I got their protein flatbread with avocado and spinach, with a side of fresh fruit.  Not only was this delicious, the salsa was spicy, and this only set me back $5.79 – I am not sure I could get McDonald’s for that price!  (well, if I didn’t get anything off the $1 menu).

One of my bosses was out, so I had no trouble going back to WW for the meeting.  We had a guest leader and I really liked her.  She lost 100 pounds and has maintained that loss for 12 years, but even she admitted that she still has to double check points.  It was funny she said she’d make breakfast and think “that’s probably 6 points” when in reality it was more like 24 points, but she’d have it stuck in her head that breakfast was only 6 points.  

I do love the weekly meetings though – as someone on Connect (Weight Watchers app Facebook) said that she needed the meetings when she had a great week because maybe something she said could influence someone else having a successful week, and when she had a bad week, she still went to get inspiration from others.  I couldn’t agree more.

I picked up lunch at Pret and got a small soup with a hard boiled egg drizzled with Goddess dressing. Lunch was 8 smart points.  I need to make a pot of tomato soup and figure out the points – there is no way that this 110 calorie cup of soup is 13 smart points like the WW app suggests.  It’s delicious though!

Thursday night is what I call “leftover” night because even if I had meal planned, there are always weeks when I plan a meal and then it never happens.  I had tofu in the fridge, so took that as my inspiration.

I think the only person who loves buffalo flavored anything more than me is my DIL Lizz.  She’s been trying to make crispy tofu at home, so I figured this would be an easy recipe to follow.

Serves 4.5 ounces of tofu bites

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

If you have a jones for buffalo wings, try this fake out recipe - it's crispy, light and has all the buffalo flavor you want.

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 9 ounces firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce

Instructions

  1. Put the tofu between two paper towels and press with a heavy object. I just used my tea kettle full of water. After 5 minutes, change the paper towels, and repeat that process two more times. I pressed my tofu for a total of 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl add the almond milk. In another bowl, mix together the flour, corn starch, salt and pepper. Dip the tofu into the flour mixture, then into the almond milk, then back into the flour mixture.
  3. Heat deep fryer at 350. Alternatively, pan fry in coconut oil in a non-stick skillet. Fry the tofu for about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with a bit of salt, then toss in the buffalo sauce. Serve with sweet potato fries, celery and ranch dressing.
Recipe Type: Dinner

Notes

Don't skip the pressing of the tofu part - you'll need to get as much moisture out of the tofu so that it will fry up crispy.

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http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2017/03/31/crispy-buffalo-tofu-bites/

You could make this an even quicker weeknight dinner if you press the tofu in your fridge during the day when you are at work.  Just layer a lot of paper towels on a plate with the tofu, and put a heavy canned good on top. 

I think the corn starch gives it the extra crunch.  I had the points and fully expected this to be one serving of food below, but after eating half, the sweet potato fries and the celery, I was full.  I put the recipe into the WW app, and each serving comes in at 5 smart points.

So spicy and delish!  I love this Whataburger buffalo sauce – spicier than Frank’s Red Hot, but just as flavorful.  I think my daughter-in-law will love this recipe!  Love you Lizz – let me know if you try this 😀

Last day of the month!  I am going to get my taxes done tonight, I have no idea how that will go, so keep your fingers crossed.  

Happy Friday!  

Have you tried Beef Shank?

Since I didn’t meal plan this week, I needed to accessorize my breakfast by picking up a cup of steel cut oats at Pret in my building.  It’s only 4 points per their website, and so creamy.  Although paying $3 for that cup of oats when I can buy a whole container of dried oats, well, I need to get back to meal prep!  I brought the fruit from home and added the Caramel and Coffee granola from Trader Joe’s – I puffy heart this granola, but it’s addicting.  I found myself snacking on it later in the afternoon just because the package was in my desk drawer.  Breakfast comes in at 5 smart points.

I signed up to be the night secretary at my office.  It’s actually a great idea, because it keeps down overtime for support staff.  If I can’t finish work that has a priority, I’ll sign my attorney up for night secretary and then leave on time.  Well, that hasn’t happened quite yet for me, but in a perfect world it works.  I don’t mind because it’s automatically two hours of overtime a week, and because I can work for any attorney, it can be any type of work – estate planning, medical malpractice, etc.  

So I staggered my lunch and didn’t eat until nearly 2:30.  Um, pretty sure I could eat this bowl every day.  Roti is across the street from my office, and it’s kind of like a Meditteranean version of Chipotle. You pick your protein (chicken roti, chicken kabab, steak, salmon or falafel) then have that over seasoned rice, in a wrap, or in a salad.  I got the chicken roti salad.

I love websites that have the nutrional label builder.  After I got back to my office I put in my eats and this whole salad comes in at 16 points.  I am not sure why it’s so high, but I have hummus, Israeli couscous, and roasted red pepper sauce for the dressing.  And I have no idea what they do to their pickles, but they are amazing.

I forgot to tell the kadults that I was working late, so thought I’d send them a snap chat filter pic to tell them not to expect me until 9.   Shelley, hopefully this one doesn’t freak you out 😀

Since I didn’t get home until 9, I decided to do a low carb dinner.  Over the weekend I picked up beef shank:

If you haven’t tried beef shank, try it out!  Only $2.49 a pound, which is super economical.  Normally I would braise it low and slow in the oven, and serve it over mashed potatoes or polenta.  But I decided to make a quick beef shank, mushroom and zucchini stir fry.  There is a fine line – for this cut of meat you have to cook it either fast and furious, or low and slow.

Do you see that silver skin around the beef?  You need to trim that off, like you would on baby back ribs.  I sliced it super thin, seasoned it with Hardcore Carnivore and literally cooked the beef a total of about a minute because it was so thin.

I have to thank my sister Jenn for giving me a light box for my (our) birthday.  It came in the mail last night and Hannah set it up for me.

Here are some pics she took:

I had to laugh at this picture because I didn’t see it until I downloaded it – Hannah has an OBSESSION with any cleaning product that has Gain scent.  

We had an old t.v. that we weren’t using and gave to Jacob’s grandparents, so this dusty table will be my new photo studio.  All the pictures above were taken with my iPhone 7, and this one was with my DSLR.

And in case you were wondering, Hannah was the one that added the green onions on top – that girl loves her onions!  I really have no idea how she spit out of me.
I’m on my way to WW now to weigh in before work.  I think I’ll be able to go to the meeting at lunch, but just in case thought I’d get it out of the way.  I am sure it’s a gain, but it’s all good.  April is around the corner, warmer days and hopefully work calms down a bit and I can refocus.  Still trying to figure out my workout schedule that makes sense.  Next week I am going to try working out before work – we’ll see how that goes.

Another overcast and rainy day in Chicago, but at least its 40 degrees, so I’ll take it.  Make it a great day!

I need a nap.

When my Mom, sister and I were at Trader Joe’s over the weekend, this granola caught my eye at the check out.  I first saw the word coffee and was like “sold!”  I love granola but hate how many points I have to spend for so little food.  Some serving sizes can be as little as 1/4 cup for 8-10 points!  So I was thrilled that this serving size was 3/4 of a cup for 8 points.  I added just 1/4 cup to the top of my parfait and it was delicious.  You definitely taste the coffee!  Check it out next time you go to TJ’s.

It was another busy day at work, but I sound like a broken record when I say that.  One of my bosses is going to be out of the office tomorrow so I had to get a bunch of stuff done and couldn’t walk with my sister and her friend.  I did manage to eat my lunch though at a decent time, although at my desk – I did put my dictaphone headphones on so no one bothered me for a full 30 minutes.  Nice.

I bought some tomatoes over the weekend on the $1 rack and made my first batch of Baja fresh salsa – one of the very first recipes I ever did on this blog back in September of 2008!  I used rotisserie chicken to make a taco type salad.  Romaine, carrots, cucumber, the chicken, 100 calorie pack of guacamole and my baja fresh salsa as a dressing.  Looks like a hot mess, but it was so good.

Worked a bit late again and by the time I got home, I wasn’t all that hungry and I had no desire to be in my kitchen longer than I had to.  I just wanted to lay on the couch and catch up on The Voice.  More rotisserie chicken to the rescue!  I made buffalo chicken tacos – um, why have I not made these before?!  I fried them up in a bit of grapeseed oil, and while the hot sauce bottle kind of got away from me on that first squeeze, I didn’t mind the messy plate.  Thanks Hannah for taking the picture for me.

So here is the book that Roman chewed up.  I’ve never ruined a library book before, can I just buy them a replacement copy?  Maripat you would probably have the answer to this question!  I told my friend Christina that I’d mail her this book when I am done with it, as long as she didn’t mind the chewed up cover 😛

Our temps haven’t been too bad, but still a bit chilly in the morning.  I am ready to see some sun though, but happy that it’s light out by the time I get home.

I am working night secretary tonight, so I am going to spend the rest of my train ride taking a nap. I can pretty much take a nap anywhere, at any time.  #itsagift 😀

Make it a great day!

Last Birthday Celebration of the Month! #pinkyswear

It’s official – the March birthday celebrations have come to an end! 😀  Jacob turned 25 yesterday and he’s the sixth birthday of the month.  Whew!  It was fun while it lasted!

Tony used to tell me that I left all my organizational skills at work, which is partly true.  While my house isn’t 100% organized all the time, my desk is a different story.  I don’t like when stuff starts to pile up and I actually get nervous and anxious if my desk is a mess.  

So I got to work 45 minutes early and my boss was already paging me – gah!  I had started to heat up my breakfast and left it in our little kitchen area, and I got more than a few sideways glances about what was on my plate.

Well, I had spinach that was just about to go bad, so I put half a cup of spinach with 3/4 cup egg whites and made green eggs.  I added salt, pepper and Tapatio hot sauce – they were really delicious!  When my sister, Mom and I were together on Sunday, we stopped by Trader Joe’s and I picked up these chicken patties.  They are fully cooked and just need reheating.  They were pretty good!  I drizzled a bit of sugar free pancake syrup over the top, to make it seem more like breakfast sausage, but I think I’d prefer the texture of these on the grill.  I’ll let you know how they are on the grill.

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Well that breakfast held me pretty much all day.  It was another non-stop day.  I had three court filings all due yesterday which was crazeballs.  I never even looked at my other attorney all day let alone do any of his work.  Around 3:45 I ate my apple and about 2 ounces of cheese to tide me over until dinner.  I just made the 6:00 p.m. train – whew!  Because our dinner reservation was at 7:30.

Normally Jacob loves going to Ruth’s Chris for a huge ass steak for his birthday, but Hannah has lately turned him onto sushi, so he picked Kyoto.  Hannah went there for her birthday too, and they loved the hibachi side, where the food is cooked in front of you.

One of the first places Tony took me when we first started dating was Kyoto, although in their old small location.  I was a super picky eater back then and he ordered this giant boat of sushi.  I kept picking out the raw stuff, eating just the rice – he kept trying to get me to just put the whole thing in my mouth, and I just couldn’t do it.  

One of his all time favorite pieces of sush is fatty tuna.  He would always save it until the end.  Back then that one piece of sushi cost $15!    I met them at the restaurant and the special board caught my eye because one of their specials was fatty tuna!  #misshim

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When you order the hibachi, you pick your meat of choice, and get this soup below, that kind of looks like ass, but tastes amazing.  It’s a chicken noodle soup, but the noodles are thread bear and the top is kind of crunchy.  You get salad, a grilled shrimp appetizer, veggies, rice and your entree.  I shit ton of food.

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This is one of my favorite dishes there – Hannah and I order it pretty much every time we go – agedashi tofu.  A lightly battered tofu dish with this delicious broth and chopped seaweed on top.  I need to figure out how to recreate this at home.

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I love the reaction of the woman across the hibachi from us with the giant flames!  Our cook Danny was hilarious.  I got the New York strip and mushrooms – so delicious.

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Jacob got the fried rice and after the cook served everyone, kept piling up and throwing rice on Jacob’s plate yelling “it’s for the birthday boy!” 

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Jacob’s Mom came with and it was a fun night out.  And Jacob insisted on paying, although I’ll probably Chase pay him back. 😀

While I do love all the celebrations the month of March provides, I am really looking forward to getting back into my groove.  Even without my lunch time walk yesterday, just walking (and sometimes running!) around my office yestereday,  I was at 13,000 steps.  

Hopefully today will be a bit less hectic and I can get stuff off my desk.  Fingers crossed!

Question of the Day:  Do you like sushi?  I can do the cooked stuffed usually, but I am not the biggest fan of seaweed, but Jacob discovered you can ask for soy paper that tastes like nothing, so you only taste the roll, I’ll have to try that sometime.

Make it a great day!

 

Celery Root Puree with Tahini and Lemon

It was a long week at work  last week.  I was pretty spent by Friday night.  The dogs and I snuggled and somehow I stayed up late watching Girls until 1:30 a.m.!  I can’t remember the last time I stayed up that late.  I usually like to go to bed the same time on Friday and Saturday as I do the during the work week.

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Our record temps of 82 on Friday?  I enjoyed for all of about 5 minutes of it.  I worked through lunch, and thought that even though it was a bit misty out, I thought I could maybe grill when I got home?  When I left the office at 5:15 it was 78 degrees.  By the time I got off the train an hour later – 47 degrees –gah!

So Saturday was a great day to take it easy – it was rainy and cold.  I don ‘t know what it is about rainy and cold, but it makes me want to hang out at our local library.

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Have you read any of Ruth Reichl’s books?  She used to be the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine, and this book talks about how she recovered after the magazine shuttered basically without much warning.  She thought her publication would be impervious to reduced subscriptions because it had been around for so long.  But like most of us who find solace in the kitchen, that’s exactly what she did.  Anxious to start reading this one.

If you have Netflix, there is a series called Chef’s Table, and that’s where I first heard of Magnus Nilsson.  I haven’t flipped through this cookbook yet, but just the shear size of it, I am hoping it will be a lot of story telling as well as recipes.  It doesn’t really matter though because I always read cookbooks like fiction book anyway. 😀

I started with NOPI though – I think what drew me to the cookbook was the gold leaf pages.  I was not familiar with this restaurant, not suprisingly because it’s in London.  But Chef Scully has some amazing recipes, and within the first two pages I saw his recipe for a celery root puree with tahini and lemon.  It sounded amazing.

If you are not familiar with celery root, while it has a hint of celery taste, it’s a root vegetable like a potato or turnip.  While the skin may seem really thick, you can easily peel it with a vegetable peeler.  My store sells them for about $1.69 a pound – mine cost about $2 and was 1.2 pounds after peeling.

Serves 3/4 cup

Celery Root Puree with Tahini and Lemon

Adapted from Chef Scully of NOPI - I did leave out the heavy cream at the end to make it more WW point friendly, feel free to add some if you like!

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.2 pounds celery root, peeled and cut into two inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a skillet with a lid, heat the grapeseed oil. Add the diced celery root and cook for about 5-8 minutes, until the celery root starts to brown. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the chicken broth, stir and then place a lid on the pan, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the celery root is fork tender.
  2. Place that mixture into a blender, add the remaining ingredients, and puree. You can also use a stick blender if you have it. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Recipe Type: Side Dish

Notes

If you are new to celery root, you may want to add some potato to help with the texture. However, don't put the potato in the blender otherwise the mixture will get gummy.

Do the same recipe above, but at the end, add cooked potato to the mixture, and use a potato masher to mash together.

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I don’t really have a recipe for my pot roast, because I’ve been making it so long.  I bought a 2 pound chuck roast, seasoned with salt and pepper and then seared on both sides in my cast iron skillet.  I added . . . SLICED ONION!  I know, I can hardly believe it.  If Tony were alive he’d be yelling from the kitchen, what smells like ass?!  I took the pot roast out, put carrots and onions in the bottom of the pan, added 1/2 cup red wine, 2 cups beef stock, garlic, put the meat back in, put a lid on it, and baked it at 300 degrees for 3 hours.

Once it was done, I picked out the beef and carrots, then added the onion gravy to a blender, added 1 teaspoon corn starch, blended that, added it back in the pan and brought it to a boil until thickened.  I put the celery root into the WW recipe builder, and each serving came in at 2 smart points.

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Perfect chilly night dinner!

Sunday was my last and final hoorah for my birthday was lunch with my Mom AND my twin sister.  Regular readers will remember that my Mom only spent our birthday with me last week, only proving once again that I am her favorite. Open-mouthed smile

Whenever I go to Oak Park, while I know there are a bazillion places to eat, and new places that pop up, I love going back to The Little Gem Café.   Their burgers are one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Once we heard $5 brunch drinks we all got one – my Mom got a memosa, Jenn got a beer and I got a bloody Mary – I blame my friend Jacky for that one because she posted a picture of her bloody mary on her vacation in New Orleans that looked amazing.  Definitely on my bucket list to visit some day!

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Love, love a place that does a burger medium rare like that – so fricken good!  I ate 3/4 of the burger, about 1/4 of the fries and my blood mary – my guestimate was that lunch set me back about 800 calories.

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And I always have to do a funny pic, which is what we call the “Classic Biz!” picture – ha!  You’re welcome Open-mouthed smile

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It was such a fun lunch!  It was relaxing, and nice to catch up without any interruptions.  We went to Trader Joe’s, then to a local thrift store.  Do you any of you guys remember Feeding Five blog?  She’s a Mom from California who I now follow on Instagram, but she loves thrifting just as much as I do.  Well, I had to send her this text.  I picked up a pair of these Merrell shoes for $10.   Um, they retail for $110!

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I love that I can wear comfortable shoes to work with all the walking around I do at work.  I think each day last week, even on the days that I didn’t get a walk in at lunch, I still got 10k steps.

I actually never ate dinner last night because I was so not hungry.  I prepped for my lunch today and ate a few bits of chips and salsa, but that’s all I was hungry for.

I was at 37 smart points for the day, but just for the heck of it, put in my food into myfitnesspal to see where I was calorie wise:  1219 calories, 102 carbs, 55 fat, 52 protein and 15.5 saturated fat.  I am sure it bumped up the points because of the higher fat day, but interesting to see I only ate around 1200 calories for that amount of points.

This is going to be another busy week at work, so I am gearing up for it.   I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want to get a gym workout in, I may have to do it before work.  Or go straight to my office gym right after work.  It’s just hard because I am on the go from the second I take off my coat, I kind of look forward to the hour train ride home just so I can sit down for a solid hour! 

 Happy birthday to Jacob!!  He’s now 25 too – Hannah likes to rub it in that her fiance is a younger man – by all of 20 days.  Hope you have a wonderful day – we are going out for sushi for dinner tonight to celebrate.  

Make it a great day!

French Fry Frittata

There are a lot of people at my office who are on Weight Watchers, which I love.   More people to talk about point friendly food!  One woman though the day before yesterday only ate strawberries and grapes for breakfast and wondered why she was starving at 11:00 a.m.   I asked if she had any protein, hard boiled egg, deli ham, anything else?  Nope.  I told her I would bring in a leftover French Fry Frittata, and she was a bit intrigued!

I brought home all the fries from my lunch out earlier in the week.  I had 3 ounces of fries leftover, which was perfect for two servings of this breakfast.  I put this in the WW recipe builder and each serving came in at 6 smart points.

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Serves 1/2 of frittata

French Fry Frittata

A great way to use up leftover French fries!

5 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces leftover French fries, chopped
  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/3 cup chopped red peppers
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 4 Jennie-O turkey sausage links, cooked and chopped
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat, and add coconut oil spray. Put the chopped French fries on the bottom and press down with a spatula. Cook for about 4 minutes. Add in liquid egg whites, chopped red peppers, salt, pepper, dried parsley, turkey sausage and put a lid on the pan, reduce heat to low and cook 6-8 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked through.
  2. I cut this in half, and after reheating it at work, tossed the diced tomatoes with the everything bagel seasoning and put that on top of my frittata.
Recipe Type: breakfast

Notes

Feel free to add any extra seasonings to the egg mixture - I didn't know if my friend at worked liked spicy stuff (turns out she does!) so I'd add crushed red pepper, or maybe paprika or cayenne.

Luckily I had hot sauce at my desk to kick it up a notch!

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So good – and putting Trader Joe’s everything seasoning on the tomatoes was an awesome idea.  My friend couldn’t believe that she got all that food for 6 points, but more importantly, it kept her full for hours.  #winning #changinglivesonebreakfastatatime

I didn’t end up going to WW before work for my weigh in, because I wanted to get in early so I could leave to go to the lunch time meeting.  I am happy to report that my eating/drinking frenzy that was my birthday weekend, only cost me a 1.8 pound gain!  Congrats to my twin sister though who LOST 2.2 during our birthday weekend.  Great job!

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So I basically have to kick some serious ass this last week of March so that I’ll only have a small gain for the month.  Still down almost 15 pounds though – but I was SO close to being down almost 20!  Gah.

Lunch was on repeat – I fricken love the tomato feta soup from Pret!  

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I worked late and was really thinking of hitting up Burger King on the way home because it’s literally two blocks from the train station and I pass right by it every day to and from the train.  I even opened up the app to see what my choices would be before I slapped myself out of it.  Because a.  I knew I would get a side of fries no matter how healthy my order was, and b.  I had plenty of food at home and knew I could figure something out.

Having a stocked pantry is key – I had canned crushed tomatoes, pasta, and more ground sirloin that needed to be used up, so pasta and meatballs it was!  This was literally so easy – while the water boiled I cooked down the canned tomatoes with garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  I used 3 ounces of ground sirloin (4) to make my mini meatballs, and cooked those up with coconut oil spray.  I bought this at Trader Joe’s and I love it because I can use it over high heat.

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I was still able to get a nice sear and the balls before throwing them in the sauce to finish cooking.  These were tiny balls (sometimes tiny balls are okay!) so they didn’t need to simmer too long before being cooked through.

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And because two ounces of dry pasta is hardly anything, I sautéed up a whole zucchini to bulk up my dinner.   Thanks to Hannah who came in and took the photo for me.

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Not surprisingly I follow lots of WW peeps on Instagram.  What was my life without Instagram?  It’s hilarious because I had no idea Instagram was a photo sharing site when I downloaded it a few years ago, and I took a picture of the train leaving after Hannah came to visit me when she and Jacob were living in the city.  I put a cool filter on it (I thought!) and Hannah texted me and said “love the train shot!” and I was thinking “how the hell did she see that picture?!” 

Anywho, one of my fellow WW ambassadors Catherine (@cheeseandcardio – follow her!) is down nearly 90 pounds since this time last year, and while following the Weight Watcher program with the smart points, she’s chosen to do low carb because that’s what works for her.  She’s been recently getting some “hate” comments, for lack of a better word, telling her that since she’s on WW she can eat ANYTHING she wants, so why not eat more bread, pasta, etc.? 

Well, her plan of WW/low carb is obviously working since she is down 86 pounds, but it just shows that no matter who you are, or what your journey is, do what’s right for you.   I think because of social media that more people are able to hide behind their monitors/ipads/laptops/iphones and just say whatever they want because it’s so anonymous. 

So it was only appropriate that I was thinking about not listening to other people in your journey, when my Instagram motivator posted this:

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So this Friday morning I hope that you #BEtheLION!   Make it a great day!

Blogging from my iPhone

I discovered the only downside of deciding to blog on the way to work.  I got settled on the train this morning, opened my laptop and …it’s not working.  I’ve had problems in the past with it holding a charge but haven’t had any problems for the last couple months.  I’ll have to check that out over the weekend.  Can you even replace the battery in a Mac book?


I’ve seen this ad on instagram on Facebook for this “new” weight loss” system called noom which is apparently a weight watchers type program for millennials. Huh – I guess they fell that Weight watchers is for older folks.

I was curious though, and checked it out, and of course the first caveat on the first page said something like “results based on personal effort and commitment, results may vary.” 

Um, duh! I don’t think it matters what program you do, if you don’t put in the effort you won’t get the results you want. As we are nearing the end of March already, I will most likely have a gain for the month. 

You know why? I lost my focus.  I stopped journaling every day. I haven’t kept up with my strength training.  I need to refocus now before I completely revert to my old habits – drinking wine, snacking after dinner, etc.

Breakfast and lunch:


Another salsa egg white wrap (5) and lunch was a cup of tomato feta soup.  According to the WW app that 8 ounce cup comes in at 13 points, but their website says it’s 110 calories.  I called lunch 8 points with the 1 ounce roll.

When I got home from work I had a package – I love getting packages 😍😂


My step-son Joe and his wife Liz sent me this belated birthday loot.  Um, how did they know I love spicy shit?! 🤗🌶

Guys – that jalapeño ranch from Whataburger? I could do shots of that stuff it’s so good! It’s 2 points a tablespoon but so worth it. I tossed my sautéed green beans in 1/2 a tablespoon with Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning, then used the second 1/2 tablespoon to make this buffalo ranch burger.


The label of the ranch dressing said it was the sauce on their Monterey burger. I looked it up and it’s a double cheeseburger with two kinds of cheese and red peppers. Oh, and it’s only 1130 calories and 78 grams of fat 😳

I used a Healthy Life English muffin (2) three ounce sirloin beef patty (4) 1 teaspoon of grape seed oil to sauté the green beans (1) red pepper and mushrooms 🍄 and the tablespoon of the jalapeño ranch (2). 

That was an epic burger. Juicy patty, the spicy buffalo sauce, the tang of the ranch – yum! 

I am weighing in at lunch today, will face whatever the scale says, and just move on. 

Now I still have 30 minutes left of my train ride and am pulling out my journal – something about pen and paper 📝 helps me stay focused. 

Hope you have a great day! 👋🏻👍🏻👊