Just a little bit of . . . Effort

I am loving these Lavash wraps.  And I just found a Pinterest board with all the things you can do with them – can’t wait to try these!  Two smart points for the whole thing – only 18 grams of carbs, 1o net carbs.  They are soft, slightly chewy and delish, and make my egg white/cheese/romaine breakfast burrito only 5 smart points.

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Work was busy and before I knew it, it was time to meet my sister at Macy’s to meet Kristin Kish.  We both would have thought that she would have been on the 7th floor because that’s where they usually do Chef demonstrations, but we got there and it was completely empty.

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Turns out she was in the Lower Level, and pretty much as soon as we got off the elevator, there she was so we got a quick photo.

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She was super nice, but as I walked away I realized I hardly spoke to her!  I could have asked her about her experience on Top Chef, was Stefan (one of her co-competitors on the show) how he appeared go be on t.v.  Oh well! 

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How is she a Chef and so skinny!  We did get to try her food though.  We tried her braised beef cheek over mashed potatoes with jus.

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And a miso noodle dish – the broth was delish!  

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I didn’t realize we’d be able to eat food, so that was my lunch – called it 8 points.  We still had time on our lunch break, and it was kind of hot outside, so we got our steps in at Macy’s – which is a giant ten story store that you could walk miles in.  I can get there from the pedway and can meet Jenn there if the weather is bad.

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We both posted our pics on Instagram and Kristin liked them both!  Er, well, she has 118k followers, so maybe one of her “people” liked them, but still, pretty cool!

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Hey Jody and Liz!

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Hi Jacky and Roz!

I ate 1/2 a protein bar around 4:30 to last me until I got home.  No one signed up for night secretary, so I got to leave at 5:30.  When I got home, I could feel my blood sugar dropping.  It was 57.  I ate about two cups of watermelon to bring it up, but I felt that wasn’t working fast enough.  If you’ve ever had low blood sugar, you just want that feeling to go away as soon as possible.  Had I just waited it out about 10 minutes it would have come up with the watermelon.  But no.  I ate about two cups of the Chicago Mix popcorn mindlessly standing in front of the pantry waiting for the low blood sugar to go away.  I haven’t looked up the points for that yet, but it’s probably 12?  The watermelon?  ZERO.  

So I wasn’t all that hungry by the time dinner rolled around, but I had already defrosted the beef.  So I made this bunless burger with 1/2 ounce of cheese (5) with Plochman’s angry mustard, Whataburger Buffalo sauce (1) and green beans for fries.  

And while I wouldn’t consider me shoving the popcorn into my mouth as a true on food binge, it felt like it.  Note to self – check blood sugar before coming home so that doesn’t happen again.

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I’ve realized for the past several weeks, my head just hasn’t been in the game.  I did SO well for the first couple months, then the whole March birthday month came, and some of my old habits started creeping back.  Night time eating, wine, etc.  I’ve been watching lots of youtube videos and healthy weight loss feeds on Instagram, and the ingredient that’s been missing?  EFFORT.  And by effort I don’t mean staying at the gym for two hours, meal planning for days on end (who am I kidding, I DO love that part!) but just the day to day effort that got me to 20 pounds lost this year (er, 17 pounds after a couple gains) but still.

I am back to my journal writing and have found stuff that is motivating to me:

“Every day is full on decisions.  The inner dialogue we have that starts when the alarm clock goes off.  Sleep in?  Get up and go?  Every time you choose what you SHOULD do instead of what you WANT to do, you become stronger as a person.” – my buddy (I am sure we would be in real life!) – Steve Weatherford

“You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.”  – Lauren, Lose It Like Lauren

To see changes, you need to make changes.  Other than the low blood sugar popcorn incident, I’ve been on track since Sunday.  Drinking lemon water instead of wine.  Eating fruit on my train ride home instead of telling myself I “deserve” Garrett’s popcorn because I had a busy day at work.  I haven’t spent any money this week on food – I’ve brought all my eats and even my coffee this week.  My change purse thanks me for that one.  It’s so easy to spend $15 a day with a lunch/breakfast/coffee.

Time to put in a bit more EFFORT. 


For some reason my alarm didn’t go off this morning, and I woke up at 6:30.  I meet my sister early to go weigh in at WW, and because I am low maintenance, I was able to get up, shower, and be on the train platform in 22 minutes for the moment my eyes opened.  Luckily I have an hour train ride to put some makeup on 😛

Again, no idea how much I weigh with no scale at home, you’ll just have to check out my Instagram later this morning to find out.  😀  (mybizzykitchen there too!).

Make it a great day!

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  • Kym
    May 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I want to know what you were doing to your sister’s arm in that photo? She looks a little uncomfortable. Were you pinching her? 🙂 FYI I’m not picking on her, you guys just usually look so relaxed in your photos together. The beef cheek looks really good but I don’t know, cheeks really???
    I’ve been extra “snacky” the last two days. Almost sent you a text to talk me out of eating my jalapeno popcorn yesterday and then I had two baby Kripsy Kreme Blueberry Crullers this morning. 🙁
    What is the pedway you speak of? Is it an indoor sidewalk or something?

    • Biz
      May 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Ha, I wasn’t doing anything with her arm, but there were people waiting in line to take pics, so this was what we got 😀 And beef cheeks are the bees knees – so tender! I know no one in your family would eat it, but it you see it at a restaurant, order it.

      You can text me anytime to help you walk away from the food – I’ll do the same! 😀

  • Kym
    May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Oh my goodness, I just looked up the pedway, I was too curious. Does it really have little shops and places to eat along the way? I am so sheltered and feel like I live in some hole in the wall city.

    • Biz
      May 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm


      Yep! It’s underground and there are shops and places to eat along the way – its great when the weather is crappy because it covers about 40 blocks? I’ll have to send you a picture next time I walk it 😀

      You just need to come to Chicago and visit me 😀

      • Kym
        May 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

        Yes, yes I do!!!!! And yes, it needed multiple exclamations marks 🙂

  • Tia @ Good Genes
    May 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I bought a bag of Trader Joe’s cheddar popcorn yesterday and just about ate 3/4 of the bag before dinner. It’s so addicting! I feel ya on the mindless eating though. I just love easy foods!

    • Biz
      May 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Guilty! That being said – we need to meet up for happy hour soon at Kelsey Road house now that the weather is nice to sit outside. There aren’t smart points or calories in wine, right?! 😛

  • Marcia
    May 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Sooo hard sometimes to keep it going.

    • Biz
      May 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I am calling this my “mid-year”crisis. The newness of losing weight like in January and February has waned, too many old habits are creeping back in. I signed up for a WW Focus class June 7 – just going to keep on keeping on 😀

  • Shelley B
    May 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Wait Wait Wait…that Macy’s has TEN stories??? Dang. The biggest one I’ve been in had three floors!

    • Biz
      May 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      OMG, Shelley, you would go crazy in this store! I’ll have to snap a picture next time I go there – you could spend all day in there 😀

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    May 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    It does take effort to stay on track. If only it was as easy to lose as it is to gain. But I think you are approaching it with a good perspective. It takes a lot of energy to keep focused on the goal. And usually more mental than physical. Hang in there!

  • Melly
    May 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hey Biz, I would really look into getting some glucose tablets. They work much faster to up your blood sugar, compared to watermelon (which is more fructose than glucose) or popcorn (which has to be digested) or other foods. They have really helped me.

  • Amanda
    May 19, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I also think the first 10-20 pounds tend to come off pretty easy with just a better diet and a little more movement. Then you tend to plateau for awhile. You might have to add in some more intense workouts in addition to food focus. Have you thought about doing something like T-25 in the morning? Getting home late like that everyday would be really hard to workout. I do T-25 in the morning before work cause its pretty quick and not so hard like insanity. I find if I workout in the morning I’ll eat better during the day. Just a thought!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    May 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    So cool! + Food, too! Score!

  • Jody Lynn
    May 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

    heyhey, i’m famous, i’m on a blog!!!! lol