Poultry/ Sauces/ Weight Watchers

+1.8 Weekly WI

I knew I would be up this week.  Mainly because after such a big loss last week, I got cocky, thinking I can have another bite of this, or another glass of wine.  That thinking and eating caught up with me, but I am happy to say I am still in the 150s by the hair on my chin!

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Huh, and I just realized that my weekly points went down from 35 to 28!  That could be another reason!  Also, didn’t carb cycle as strict as last week.  And even though its a holiday weekend, I am bound and determined to meal plan and grocery shop for the week, not just for Easter Sunday. My momma is coming over and I’ll be grilling up something – hopefully a ham. 😀

I met Jennifer before work to weigh in and I’ve told her about the Amish people that are in teh train station on Thursdays.  When I walk off the train into the station, it’s like I’ve just walked into my grandmas kitchen it smells so good.  They have pastries, pies, cakes, brittle, muffins, two pounds of butter even! 

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 As I walked by the end table  I picked up this brittle and came SO close to buying it.  But cooler heads prevailed and I put it back and walked on by – didn’t even ask for a sample (which you can by the way!)

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I also wore my new WW uniform.  I think I told you that I cut off a pair of tights to make them leggings, but looking at this picture, um, I think it looks like fricken tights!  They are super comfy though!

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Corner Bakery for the rescue for breakfast.  This is their avocado and spinach power flatbread – I looked again and it’s actually 8 points not the six I posted on Insagram, but this is delicious, the salsa is not oniony and Jenn and I each got a large fruit cup to go. I ate half that cup with breakfast and the second half with lunch.

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I was all set to leave for my WW meeting at lunch, when my boss had a client come in unexpectedly and I had to stick around to put some docs together.  I was  pissed because the topic was protein – protein is my jam! I would have probably taken over the meeting though! Open-mouthed smile

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I haven’t read the whole weekly yet, but I am definitely putting this on my menu next week – works for both Weight Watchers and for a low carb dinner option with my carb cycling.  Mom, do you like capers??  I am not sure I’ve had them like this, but I think I would love the briney/vinegar combo.

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Since I haven’t meal planned, picked up lunch at Pret.  I appreciate that they put the nutrtion labels on all the shelves.  I picked this salad because it was 280 calories, and regardless of how many points that turned out to be, an under 300 calorie salad is fine by me.   I picked up the skinny Dijon dressing, and was happy that I looked at the label, because that small container is TWO servings.  The salad was 8 points, and the dressing was 2.  It was delicious – although I may bring extra veggies to add to it next time.

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I worked through lunch and 45 minutes after quitting time, and just as I was about to leave, my friend Tia texted me to tell me there was a delay on the train.  Rat farts.

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The train got in 90 minutes later than usual since all the trains were backed up . . .I had to crack up when Tia told me to go downstairs in the train station because they sell tiny bottles of wine you can drink on the train ride home.  She knows me so well!  But alas, I’ve got to kick the alcohol to the curb again except for special occasions – Mom, you’ll be happy to know that Easter is a special occasion.

When my sister and I were walking Wednesday I mentioned that we stopped at a candy store – one of the things I bought were these:

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I had them in my backpack, and I was thankful they were there because fifteen minutes into the train ride home I felt that I had low blood sugar, and sure enough, it was 70.  I ate 5 points worth approximately, but I didn’t have any fruit with me.  Um, these are delicious though!

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That would be my new Weight Watcher’s journal I finally started using.  I just finished my old journal, so it was good timing.  When I get a few days into it, I’ll show you pics.   At first I thought the days had too much space, but now I realize I may need to write smaller.

So after a long train ride home, I was hangry:

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This is a 10 minute one skillet meal.  It’s not really a recipe, but I got a few messages on IG from yesterdays post.

In a non-stick or cast iron skillet heat pan to medium high.  I used 5 ounces of chicken tenders (3), that I sprinkled with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.  Spray your pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.  Put the chicken in the pan, let it cook for 1.5 minutes.  Add in 1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce (I used my one point sauce from the freezer ), flip your chicken over, put a lid on and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove the lid, add chopped fresh spinach and 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, put the lid back on for another minute, and you are done. 

Obviously you could serve this over pasta, or spaghetti squash.  Since I didn’t eat until nearly 8:30 I was too lazy to cook my spaghetti squash.  

Stats for the Day:  

  • 28 smart points
  • 1147 calories, 122 carbs, 43 fat, 17 saturated far, 80 grams of protein.

Inspirational quote of the day – “great things take time, belief and persistence.” – Steve Weatherford

Make it a great day and Happy Friday!!

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  • Tammy
    April 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Does your sister have diabetes? Are you guys identical twins? Love your blog! 😉

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Hey Tammy! Yep, we are identical, but she doesn’t have diabetes. I was diagnosed in 2000 when I was 32. Our Dad got diagnosed when he was 24 – so my Mom said that each of her kids had a 25% chance of getting it at some point in their life.

  • MaryBe
    April 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thanks Charlie for the new header ?

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Ha, I am glad you like it MB! 😀

  • Kym
    April 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Not too bad, and you were expecting the gain so I think it makes it a little easier. I was just talking last night about all the “accidents” on your train and now another one. Hopefully they can figure some additional safety feature to help or make it more difficult to get on the tracks. CrAzY. The chocolate pomegranate seeds sounds really good. I buy these dark chocolate ginger pieces (swoon). So sad you missed your meeting. I thought you just posted a message to everyone that you were taking a “set” lunch time everyday. Have a great weekend.

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:01 am

      It is crazy how many accidents there are on my line, and I saw that someone left a comment below (which I will reply to in a second) that throught I was trivializing the accident by saying that I got home later than normal.

      I always think about the families of the victims, realizing that I am safe, watching Netflix and I am not upset at all about the delay.

      Our office is moving, and we had a client come in unexpectedly, so I have to be a bit flexible about my lunch – I know things will settle down once we move 😀

  • Tia @ Good Genes
    April 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Mt. Prospect has some sort of facility for mental patients (sorry that wasn’t pc) in the area. The patients leave and well…you know the rest. Honestly, there have been more accidents around there than anywhere else. The NW line generally has the most accidents because it has the fastest train speeds with the least amount of stops. It’s great for getting home in record time…if there isn’t an accident. Like I said before, in the 15 years I rode the train, I am pretty sure I got the luxury of sitting through at least 100 accidents. Terrible all around.
    Next time get the wine and call it a vacation! 🙂 (and thanks for the shout-out!)

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

      It is terrible, I just can’t imagine being in a place where I thought ending my life was the only solution. 🙁

  • debby
    April 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    That Amish bakery set up would be difficult to resist at the end of the day!

    Your quick recipe for chicken sounds so good! I will be trying that soon.

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Hey Debby! OMG, if you could only smell it – it’s so hard to resist – luckily it is in the morning, so I have a bit more resolve vs. the end of the day 😀

  • Lori
    April 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    That Amish bakery stuff would be so hard to resist! I love brittle.

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

      I am so happy that Shelley posted the soap she got from you – reminded me that I needed some too! Put in an order on Saturday – I love that oatmeal soap! 😀

  • Shelley B
    April 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Um yeah, I’d have a hard time walking by the Amish bakery…

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:06 am

      I’ve gotten their butter before at a farmers market and it’s amazing. And their cinnamon rolls are as big as my head!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    April 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for adding the “recipe” for that… Sometimes I forget how easy it can be to whip something up.

    I also read a blog a while back where the posted liked to top everything with diced tomatoes or marinara. She called it a “bowl of love”.

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Anything with marinara and cheese is a bowl of love 😀 Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    April 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I love Pret, I wish they had them here. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Biz319
      April 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Em! Hey, just putting your journal in the mail today – I worked late every night and never made it to the post office this week – thanks for your patience 😀

  • Melody
    April 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    So sorry your train ride was delayed by some pesky pedestrian. –rolls etes– I’m deleting your blog from my Feedly.

    • Biz319
      April 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Melody – I do not take those events lightly. I don’t mind the delays because I do think about the victims families and realize that while I won’t remember the train delay a month from now, their family will remember that day forever.

      Sorry you are deleting me from your feedly, but know that I don’t trivialize when stuff like that happens.