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April 2017


Weekly WI–Up .2

I woke up and checked the weather yesterday morning, and it said 50 degrees.  Nice!  I grabbed a light sweater and at the last second grabbed a scarf before heading out the door.  Well, holy balls, it felt like winter again – it was windy, rainy and with the wind chill probably felt more like 40.  I should know better living in Chicago all my life that it’s completely normal to go from 78 degrees the night before to feeling like 40.

I was happy to get back to my routine and met my sister before work to WI.  I had to laugh that she made the same mistake I did by not wearing a winter coat!

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I am totally fine maintaining these last two weeks.  With my iratic schedule, not meal planning, eating out, +.2 is a victory to me.  I could have easily gotten Popeyes chicken, or Taco Bell every late night from the train station before heading home, and not going to lie, literally had to talk myself out of it every.single.night.

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Now that I don’t have the deadline of our office move, things can kind of get back to my normal routine.  I’ll still be crazy busy at work, but the work will always be there, and plan on sticking to my 12:30-1:30 lunch and leaving at 5:00.  My next goal 150 – by June 1!  I picked up breakfast at Corner Bakery – this was an apple chicken sausage flatbread with egg whites and baby spinach with a large fruit cup – 8 smart points and delicious.

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The WW meeting was about how to treat yourself like you would the people around you.  I know I sometimes wish I didn’t have to think so hard about losing weight, keeping it in focus all.the.time and can beat myself up about it.  But I think, would I ever say those words to anyone else?  We all know the answer is no – so this week the goal is to be kind to yourself too.  One of the women in the group goes to Freshii a lot, and there is one in the lobby of my building.  When I walked in and saw a spicy lemongrass soup on the menu, that was that.  While I waited for my soup, of course they had to have delicious cookies the size of my head by the register.  I just gave them the stink eye! 😛

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Now this soup was amazing.  Perfectly cooked noodles, spicy broth and plenty of veggies – mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes even.  It came in a giant container that easily could have been two servings, but I ate it all over the course of the afternoon.  At times I would have to pop it back in the microwave to heat it up, but this was so good.  I need to figure out how to make this one at home vs. $7.  The nutrition label online gave this 9 smart points, but it may be less because they are including the veggies in that equation.  I left it at 9 because of the noodles though.

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I love this mug too.  No one claimed it before our move, so it was mine – I am such a scavenger that way.  I did stay an hour late last night, just to organize my desk a bit more – it’s still a bit chaotic and it’s giving me a bit of anxiety that I am really not sure what’s on my desk.  

I got home around 8, and didn’t really feel like cooking anything, so nachos it was.  I used the leftover beef and zoodle mixture and a 3/4 ounce Cabot cheese over the top and popped it under the broiler.  Easy and delicious and 10 smart points.  I found kale and spinach tortilla chips at CVS believe it or not, and they were delish!

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Happy friday!  I have no plan, and I am happy about that.  Still feel a bit under the weather – only had 13,000 steps yesterday!  I plan to lay low, and drink lots of tea.

Hope you have a great weekend!



Chicago’s Riverwalk

You knew I wouldn’t let my leftover French fries go to waste, right?  I used an ounce of chopped leftover fries as the base of my omelette.  I will tell you though, that this is best right out of the cast iron skillet, because the fries get nice and crunchy, but even reheated, this was tasty.  One egg, egg whites, deli ham, pepper jack cheese and spinach for 7 points, with strawberries and mango on the side.

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I’ve been really excited about walking around new places around my office.  The riverwalk was too far away from my old office to take advantage of.  Basically by the time I got there I would have had to turn around and go back.

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It was probably 74 degrees on my walk and so many people were out.  It’s a great place to take your lunch and just people watch.

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Not more than a month ago, Hannah showed me photo of an igloo – basically no matter the weather, hot, cold, rainy, you can rent this “bubble” and its temperature controlled with comfy furniture and you can drink wine and eat food in there.  Um, it isn’t cheap – a party of six costs $600 – which includes three glasses of wine per person and a charcuterie platter.  It also lights up at night.   Still pretty cool though!

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I meant to defrost some chicken to cook up before work yesterday, but I forgot.  I brought cucumber and hummus and friut, but just needed some protein.  During one of my walks the other day, I saw a sign for this place – The Halal Guys

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I figured I’d just pick up their chicken and make these cucumber hummus chicken bites.  They asked if I wanted their signature white sauce and hot sauce, so I figured why not?  First, I am not sure why the chicken is . . . grey.  Second, while tender, it had hardly any flavor.  And that hot sauce?!  Holy balls, my lips were burning after the first bite.  I tried to scrape it off with a knife, but the flavor still lingered.  I may have eaten half that plate, with an orange and a banana.  Lunch was lame – oh well – there are worse world problems!

The office is coming together, considering we’ve only been in the space three days.  I need to figure out where to put all the junk my bosses don’t want because right now my desk looks like junk yard.  I look at it and think “I’ve only been with this firm for just over five months, I can’t have accumlated this much shit!”

 Lori – you will be happy to know that the mini coffee station is right around the corner from my desk.  It has three different types of teas, coffees and hot chocolate.  It also has a mini fridge so I can keep my lunch in there too.  I like to think they made that area just for me. 😀

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I worked late because I was night secretary, so I didn’t even start making my dinner until 8 p.m.  

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 I got a bunch of Cabot Cheese loot in the mail.  I am loving these individually packaged cheese – each one is 3/4 of an ounce for 3 points.  Um, somehow if I eyeball an ounce of cheese off a block of cheese, it ends up being half the block 😛  I still had some of the prepackaged zoodles in the fridge, and ground beef so I had beef and zoodle tacos with the Cabot cheese.  I know I’ve talked about the ghee at Trader Joe’s before – it’s basically clarified butter, but 1/2 a teaspoon is only 1 point and adds so much flavor to these fried tacos.  I used Pam and that 1/2 teaspoon of ghee to fry these and they were super crunchy, and you get that buttery taste in every bite.

I am on the train early going to meet my sister for our weekly WI.  I missed last week due to the office move and Cooking Club.   I have no idea how much I weigh because neither of the scales in my house work.  I should just throw them out now that I think about it!  And the WW meeting is just  a short 3 minute walk to my office Open-mouthed smile

I’ll be happy to see my sister too – haven’t seen her all week!   Make it a great day!


Beer and a Burger

It was already a balmy 60 degrees when I left the house yesterday morning – love!  I think my ideal temps would be from 50-70 degrees, no humidity. That’s not too much to ask of Chicago, is it?!   I made a mason jar parfait for my train breakfast – one container Chobani (2), strawberries, bananas, a little drizzle of sugar free pancake syrup and 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (1).

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I am loving our new work space.  What I am not loving is that the stuff my bosses don’t want in their offices has somehow piled up at my desk, and I am not a happy camper about that.  I still have four boxes of stuff I need to unpack, but now have no where to put it.  Hopefully I’ll have some down time today to find a spot to put their stuff.  My boss had a lunch meeting, but he was the only one getting food.  Normally hospitality takes care of food, but I told the woman who normally orders food not to worry about it (she’s still getting situated too, with new food options around our new office, etc.).   Hannah’s Bretzel is right around the corner, so I picked a sandwich up for my boss, and got a fruit bowl and a small container of almonds (4) for myself.

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Note to self:  buy fresh mint and put it on all your fresh fruit.  It was so good!!  I could eat a giant container of that fruit.

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My sister has been off the last two days, so I’ve gotten my walking shoes on.  Yesterday I walked to Millenium Park and Maggie Daley Park – such a pretty walk.  By the time I got back to my desk, I was already at 10,000 steps!  Right now I am in two fit bit challenges for the week, and it does push me to get more steps in every day.

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When I got home, the kadults found out that their house closing is being pushed back a week.  This is a sellers market, and the appraisal wasn’t going to get finished in time.  I know they are so anxious to move out, but this is just a small bump in the road.  Hannah is so cute, she went to Aldi yesterday and bought all the staples for her new kitchen – seasonings, flour, sugar, etc.  They both keep asking “what else do you think we need?”  I told them they should just wait to move in and then decided what’s necessary, instead of buying something you may not use (a crock pot!).  

And you know I have so much kitchen stuff, I told Hannah she could take anything she wanted.  Well, except the deep fryer.  She can’t have that.  Or my cast iron skillets.  She can’t have that either.  Kidding!  I plan on giving her a couple of my cast iron skillets, but I am serious about keeping the deep fryer.

They suggested we go out to eat, and even though I had stuff to make burgers at home, we went to our local restaurant and sat outside and had wonderful conversation.  As I sat there listening to them talk, I looked over at Hannah and thought “where did my little girl go?”  It seemed just like yesterday she was in 5th grade, with hair down to her butt and the tallest girl in the class (fast forward to freshman year of high school and she was one of the shortest!)

I am so very proud of them.  They asked if I would miss them and I will of course, but a parents job is to give your kids wings to let them fly, not keep a leash on them to keep them with you.  The circle of life!

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I love this place (Cary Ale House) because they have such interesting beers on tap.  That beer is a NW Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon.  So good!  That pour is worth every bit of the 6 smart points it cost me.

That burger is their signature Pub Burger.  It’s a 7 ounce angus beef burger, and I will always love a place that will cook a burger medium rare for me.  This burger is perfection – soft bun, good bun to patty ratio, perfectly seasoned – I just asked for it without the icky red onions.  That would have ruined it.  

I immediately cut it in half, and asked for a take out box.  I put the fries in the box with the second half of the burger and ate 1/2 of this burger.  It was delicious, and my guess is that half is 10 smart points.  

Because dinner was 16 points, I went over by 2 points for the day, no big. I still have 15 weekly points left for the week, and tomorrow is my WI day, so it’s all good.

Speaking of WI, I think my WW meeting is even closer to this new office – I’ll have to check that out.  Hopefully if my sister isn’t tooswamped today, she can go walking with me, athough I think we have rainy weather in the forecast coming up for the next several days – I think the next time I’ll see the sun is next Wednesday!

Question of the Day:  How do you like your burger?  I know a lot of people who like them well done – just curious!

Make it a great day!