Breakfast/ Weight Watchers

Banana Nut Muffins

There is temptation all around me every day working in Chicago.  From the coffee shop across from my train station that has THE BEST glazed donuts, to all the food stalls at the train station, the nearly 20 restaurants within a two block radius of my office – it’s everywhere!

Lately though, I’ve had a taste for a giant muffin.  You know the ones I am talking about – the giant ones you can buy at Sam’s Club – chocolate chip chunk, lemon poppy seeds.  I did a quick WW app search and those muffins can range anywhere from 18-28 EACH.  I used to eat an Otis Spunkmeyer banana muffin and a Dr. Pepper for breakfast before high school.  😛  Of course, I was an athlete back then and I could eat whatever I wanted – oh how times have changed!

I had bananas that needed to be used up, so decided to make muffins.  Most muffins call for some type of oil or butter, but I decided to leave that out completely and see what happened.  The result?  A delicious, 5 point banana muffin that cured my muffin jones.


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I met my sister at WW and I was up .6 for the week.  Not bad to maintain, but looking back at my points tracker, I can see that I relied on my brain tracking, and not actually tracking on my app, and I know if I am not 95% on top of tracking EVERYTHING that the scale isn’t going to move in my favor.  

I did manage to pull away at lunch to go back to our meeting at lunch – I love our leader.  Having a great leader in WW makes all the difference!   I picked up tomato/feta soup at Pret to eat at my desk since I was so busy. 

Well, I got so busy that I didn’t eat that soup until 5:00 p.m.  

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I worked an hour overtime and somehow justified that since I worked so hard and hardly had any food, that I DESERVED popcorn.  Not just any popcorn, but Garrett’s popcorn.  A small bag, but 3/4 butter and 1/4 caramel.

I normally respond to social media on the train ride home since I literally am offline all day, but I just wanted to veg out and started watching My 600 Pound Life.  

As I am listening to this woman talk about how she eats breakfast and then wonders what she’s going to have lunch, and then eats lunch and wonders what she’s going to have for dinner, all while I am stuffing my face with popcorn I realized that there was no difference between the woman I was watching any myself, other than the fact that she had 500 pounds on me.

I was literally thinking in my head “woman, get some control over your food!” as I had a handful of popcorn ready to shove in my mouth.  I stopped in my tracks, took the half eaten bag of popcorn and threw it in the garbage – well, after I poured water on it.  NOT that I would go back into the trash and fish it out, but better safe than sorry!

I got home at 7 and loved that there was still a bit of light left.  My town has a “downtown” that is really only one block long, but it’s really cute.

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Thursday night is usually leftover night, because it’s a great way to use up stuff before the weekend.  I am sure I’ve talked about these tortillas before, but they are 1 smart point each, super soft and pliable and delicious.  

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I defrosted this chicken before I went to work – a couple weekends ago I hit up the discount meat bin at Jewel, while this one said Today’s special, the one next to it said Buy 1 Get 1 Free – so I got two chicken breast for $1.35.  I used half of this chicken for dinner last night.

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I have never heard of Cilantro’s Taco and Grill, but one of Hannah’s customers brought this to her and lucky for me, it’s too spicy for her – this dressing is amazeballs!  It’s tangy, spicy and creamy.  1 point per tablespoon.

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So I made a deconstructed taco night – 4 ounces chicken (3), red pepper, romaine, carrots, cilantro, Cabot cheese (2) the Ole tortilla (1) and the Cilantro dressing for a dip (1).

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My mini tacos – only 7 points for the whole plate:

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It’s my birthday weekend!  My twin sister and I turn 49 on Sunday!   Hannah and Jacob have to work all day Saturday and Sunday, but they are taking me out for pizza tomorrow night at a new restaurant that just opened up in our town that has pizzas cooked in a 750 degree oven.  

Then I am having lunch with my Mom on Sunday, and depending on the weather, I may try to grill a pork shoulder Sunday night.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

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  • debby
    March 17, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Good morning! and Happy Saint Patrick’s day, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    Your muffin recipe looks good–I substitute yogurt in a lot of my baked goods recipes, and I like it.

    I have not seen that brand of tortillas, but I will look for them. And now I want chicken tacos!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    March 17, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Our town’s “downtown” is also only about a block long… in the winter, they put twinkle lights in all the trees that line the road. It’s lovely!

    Why didn’t I think of putting feta in tomato soup?

    And I think I *need* that dressing!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Helen
    March 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

    We do the same on Thursday or Friday every week – gather up all the leftover stuff and make something with it. I like my fridge to be ready for the next round of cooking.

    Knocking on 50’s door – Happy Birthday!

    P.S. Your blog is still wonky.

  • Mom
    March 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

    There’s a Cilantros restaurant (small) on Lake & Mannheim, we should check it out!

  • Shelley B
    March 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Yay for a birthday weekend full of celebrations!!! Happy Birthday, Biz!

  • Sherry Werth
    March 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Happy Birthday Weekend!! That salsa looks amazing so I googled it & found out it’s only sold in their restaurants! :-/ Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! 😀

  • Kym
    March 17, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Aww, I just love the downtown block. Sounds like you have some great plans for the weekend. Can’t wait for the recap of it all on Monday (hint, hint). Of course I will stalk you on Facebook and Instagram over the weekend. Happy Happy Birthday weekend!

  • Roz
    March 17, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And happy birthday weekend to you and Jen!!!! Hugs to both of you!

  • Jan
    March 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I watch that show too. In a weird way it keeps me in check, albeit depressing, it works. When I feel myself slipping into that mindless eating zone, I snap out of it quicker. Happy Birthday rockstar!

  • Sandi
    March 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your taco plate looks delish. Hugs,

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    March 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Wait, didn’t you mean to say we are 29?! ????????????????

    The muffin was delicious ? and kept me full for a long time

  • Georgette
    March 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Hope you both had a great day

  • Pam
    March 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Sorry I missed your birthday but, Happy Belated Birthday! Hope y’all had a blast!