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June 2017


Weekly WI – .2

I had a great week.  I stayed pretty much on track, other than last Saturday night when we went to our neighbors and I had THREE glass of the delicious sangria my neighbor made.  Three days last week I had 18k steps or more.  I finished through Day 3 of Insanity, drank a lot of water, and only saw a dip in the scale of .2.* But that’s when you have to dig deep and stay the course.  It would be easy to say F*uck it and just eat whatever, but if I did that I’d wake up a few  months from now back at 180 pounds.  #thanksbutnothanks   (*I always forget to mention the disclaimer – thanks MM for mentioning it – WW would let me know about it too ๐Ÿ˜€ *people following the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week).

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I am telling myself the same thing I would tell anyone else – what you did the previous 7 days isn’t automatically going to show up on the day of Weigh In.  So it’s all good.  That being said, my total weight loss for the month of June is 2 pounds.  So July I hope to triple that amount.  I am still only 14 pounds from the 140s!  It would be amazing if I could get there by the end of the summer.  Then I’ll only be 15 pounds to my goal of 135 ๐Ÿ˜€

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I still had money left on my Corner Bakery card, so picked up egg whites and a large fruit cup.  I added the Ranchero scramble on top (1 point for 1/3 cup), but you may think “wow, that doesn’t look like a large fruit cup!”  And you would be correct.  I mean, technically it was free because I used a gift card but I don’t think that’s $7 of value for egg whites and that tiny cup of fruit.

I was all set to go to the Weight Watchers meeting, and then right when I was about to leave, my boss just got to work and had an emergency that I needed to stick around.  Dangit.  I really wanted to go because the topping was Letting Go and I felt I had a lot to share.  But, I’ve got an eye doctor appointment on Saturday and I’ll be up early so I am going to go to my old meeting – hopefully my old leader Marci will be working ๐Ÿ˜€

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My sister was stuck at work too, so I just walked to Mariano’s at lunch to get stuff for my dinner later, and then made this wrap – which looks ass, I know, but it tasted amazing.  The problem is that my lavash may be a week (or two!) past the sell by date, so while it tasted okay, it was a bit dry and hard to roll.

But the star of this sammie is this Jennie-O turkey.  I was sent this turkey as a Jennie-O turkey ambassador a couple months ago, and I’ve been buying it ever since.  It’s in the refrigerated meat section – I buy mine at Wal-mart.  What I love about it is that you can cut it any way you like.  Thin for sandwiches, thick with mashed potatoes and green beans, or because it was the tail end of my portion, I cubed it and made a buffalo turkey wrap.  Yum.

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I bought beef for dinner, so even though I worked late and wouldn’t be eating my dinner until 9:45 p.m., I needed a train snack, so I ate two apricots – which were delicious.  I cannot remember the last time I even ate an apricot!  And then a giant honeycrisp apple and a giant water.  I bought that bottle of water for the bottle only – its 30 ounces and I refill it at home for the train to work and refill it at work on the train ride home.

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No rest for the weary!  Yesterday was 25 Abs – I am really trying to concentrate on my core – as that’s where all my weight likes to lay like a blanket.  I really pushed myself – that’s one thing I have promised myself – if I am taking the time to do the workout, I have to give it 100%.

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This is the package I bought from Mariano’s, although I am not sure that the cut I got is Prime rib because it was extremely lean.

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I used 4 ounces of the beef and made a side “hash” of baby canned new potatoes, mushrooms, zucchini that I cooked in 1 teaspoon of ghee and this seasoning.  I first used this Rub with Love seasoning at The Chopping Block and it’s delicious.  I made sure to brush the hair off the container before I used it – #sorry ๐Ÿ˜€  You can check out that link to see where to buy it – we sell it at both locations at The Chopping Block, and you can find it on Amazon.

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Not the most colorful dish I’ve ever put togehter, but it was delicious.  The meat was super tender and the rub seasoning was so flavorful.  I finished eating dinner at 10 p.m.!  

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Oops, the pictures are out of order, but you couldn’t go a day without seeing an after Insanity selfie, right?!  And one day I’ll have a cabinet above my refrigerator – let’s just ignore that for now.  And the bags in the back room, that have been there for a few days – they belong to Hannah and I keep forgetting to ask her what the destination is for them.

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While I wish I could say that I have a four day weekend coming up because of the 4th of July, sadly my office is open on Monday.  Oh well.  My Mom is coming over on the 4th, but other than that, I don’t have any plans, although I am looking to made a day trip somewhere – maybe Starved Rock for some hiking?  Pack a lunch and just take off?  Who knows!  

I am footloose and fancy free – and it’s a great feeling.  Happy Friday – have a great weekend!


No excuses

I wish I could bottle the days when I am in total control for the days when I need it later.  For some reason, this last week I’ve been focused, and nothing is tempting me.  Take for instance our catered work breakfast yesterday.  It was catered by Corner Bakery and they had cinnamon rolls the size of my head, their cinnamon crisps, bagels with fluffy cream cheese, and my work friend whose on Weight Watchers too and I went straight to the fruit plate.  I didn’t eat much of the yogurt because it was vanilla flavored and after eating plain Greek yogurt of so long, this is just too sweet.  I did eat one of my banana muffins on the train ride home, so I am calling breakfast 8 smart points.

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It was rainy at lunch, so my sister and I walked Macy’s.  At 9 stories high, it’s huge and you could literally walk around the place for an hour and not see every section it’s so huge.  Shelley, if you ever come to Chicago, I’ll have to take you there!  We stopped by the Culinary Studio to see if anything was going on, but it was empty, so of course we had to take a selfie ๐Ÿ˜€

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We can sometimes talk so much that we don’t even realize the time, and we were going to get something on the 7th floor food court for lunch, but there wasn’t enough time.  So I picked up soup from Freshii.  It was described as “Southwestern Soup with black beans, brown rice, tomatoes, black beans.  I was execting a tomato based broth like a tortilla soup, but I was willing to give it a go.  Oh, but hold up.  The soup is 7 dollars WITHOUT protein – I added chicken so this was a $10 soup.  I could make 3 pots of soup for $10 if I made it from scratch.  But the night before last, Hannah had her apron on, which meant cleaning pants, and she was deep cleaning the kitchen when I usually prep my food for the next day, and well, I didn’t want to stop that groove!

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This tasted like ass.  Like water soup.  No flavor, the brown rice was flavorless, as everything else.  I tried adding hot sauce to the soup, but then I had spicy water soup.  I sent an email to them – if I had time I would have gone back, but this was disappointing.  I ate maybe 1/4 of the soup, and that was only because I had already taken my insulin and had to meet the insulin with food. 

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Thankfully I always have stuff in the fridge at work – I have a mini fridge near my desks coffee station, and as of yet, I am the only one who uses it.  I had to work as night secretary last night, so I had an ounce of this salami and fruit.

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I walked in the door at 8:55 – and at 9:00 the heavens opened up and we had lots of thunder storms last night.  I could have easily ditched Day 3 of my Shaun T week, but I committed to the full 7 days – NO EXCUSES.  So a mere 20 minutes after I walked in the door, I started Insane Weights.   Here is the deal though, I could only find my 5 pound weights, so this was tough!  I am feeling muscles in my shoulders and my upper back that I haven’t felt in a while!

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And you’ll have to get used to seeing the after Insanity selfie pics ๐Ÿ˜€

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Two years ago this week we were at our Aunt’s river house for a family vacation.  I sent pictures to my brother of the river, pictures my niece took and pictures of us together.  We’ll be getting together in the middle of July which I can’t wait.  

My brother sent me this picture below of me on the left.  Beer on one side and Triscuits and pimento cheese on the other side.  There is a store brand of pimento cheese near my Aunt’s house that is amazing.  Normally, I just throw all my healthy habits out the window as soon as my foot enters the airport.  

I don’t want this vacation to be like that though.  Mind you, I’ll have my indulgences, like my Aunt’s pork BBQ, but I can’t treat this vacation like a constant buffet eating from the time I get up until I go to bed.  I still hope to get in a minimum of 10k steps.  We spend a lot of time “porching” which means we just all relax, play board games, and just hang out, and while that is fun, I need to balance it out with some activity.

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I am on my way to my weekly WI.  Before I even know what the scale says, I have a #NSV this week – I bought two size 11 pairs of pants and I bought 2 sundresses for my vacation.  I don’t wear dresses too often because of my muffin top, but Hannah actually found them for me when we were at Goodwill and they are very flattering.  

How do you handle vacations?  Do you just eat and drink whatever or are you mindful??  Any tips would be appreciated!  

Now go make it a great day!

Breakfast/ Premier Protein

Skinny Banana Cream Muffins

It still boggles my mind how much I used to eat back in the day.  Fast food at least once, sometimes twice a day.  Buying snacks for the train ride to work, only to fix my breakfast as soon as I got to work around 9, then eating lunch by noon.  One of my go to muffins was from Oak Park Bakery โ€“ the banana nut muffin, and it was giant and delicious.  Most bakery muffins are around 20 smart points.  So my โ€œsnackโ€ used to be nearly almost a whole day of food for me!

As a Premier Protein Ambassador, I was sent a bunch of flavors that werenโ€™t yet available in my area (which they all are now!) one of which was the bananas and cream shake.   While the caramel and chocolate shakes seem obvious to make a 2 smart point coffee drink, I thought Iโ€™d think outside the box with this flavor.  It dawned on me over the weekend โ€“ what about making muffins?! 

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Guess what?  These are delicious!  Light, fluffy and the best part is each muffin is only 4 smart points, so it can truly be considered a snack.

Skinny Bananas and Cream Muffins
Serves 12
A great way to use Premier Protein shakes - add them to your muffin batter to bump up the protein!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
192 calories
31 g
35 g
6 g
3 g
4 g
74 g
113 g
11 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 113mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 cup bananas, mashed
  7. 3/4 cup Premier Protein bananas and cream prepared shake
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tablespoon butter
  11. 2 tablespoons flour
  12. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt together. In a another bowl whisk the egg, Premier Protein shake, vanilla and bananas together. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix only until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the butter, flour and brown sugar together and divide that mixture over the top of each muffin. Bake for the first 5 minutes at 425. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN THE WHOLE TIME. Sorry I am screaming, but that initial heat is what gets the nice mound on the muffin.
  4. Reduce heat to 375 and cook an additional 10-13 minutes, depending on your oven, but check at 10 minutes.
  1. These freeze well! If you want one for breakfast the next morning, just pop one in the fridge while you sleep and microwave for 10 seconds before eating - it will taste just like it came out of the oven.
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And for people who have asked where I got that coffee mug, Hannah got it at Walmart.  ๐Ÿ˜€ I love it!

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I’ve put the recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe builder using the exact ingredients I used, and they came out to 4 smart points, the nutrition label that is built into my recipe software isn’t always 100% accurate, so just use it as a guide.

In case you missed some of my other Premier Protein recipes, here they are:

Elvis Banana Pancakes (with bacon and peanut butter!):

elvis pancakes

Vanilla Coffee Pancakes:

vanilla coffee pancakes

Carrot Cake Protein Waffles:

carrot cake waffles

Skinny French Toast Sticks:

skinny french toast sticks

Strawberry Shortcake Buttermilk Waffles:

strawberry shortcake buttermilk waffles

Just to name a few!  What I love about Premier Protein is that a).  I started using their products long before they asked me to be an Ambassador and b). these are the ONLY protein products that donโ€™t make me want to use the bathroom within 10 minutes after drinking it.  Sorry if that is TMI, but if youโ€™ve had problems with protein drinks before, definitely give these a try.  The cheapest place by me is Samโ€™s Club, a dozen come in a package for $16.68, but you can also find them at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target. 


My eats are going to be a bit interesting since I didn’t grocery shop.  I was hemming and hawing about whether I wanted sweet or savor for breakfast yesterday, so I decided to do both!  On the bottom is a cup of steel cut oats (4) – with spinach, hard boiled egg and hot sauce for the savory side (2) and banana and two tablespoons of granola (2) on the left for the sweet side.  My friend Christina thought it was genius because it was like having an entree and dessert for breakfast – I couldn’t agree more!  

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Another glorious day in Chicago yesterday.  That’s my sister and her co-worker Jenny in front of me.  We got in a quick 45 minute walk before they had to pick something up for lunch.

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My lunch?  Was “throw shit in a bag and see what sticks.”  I did 4 ounces of turkey breast (2) that I smeared with German mustard, then wrapped around dill pickle spears.  On the side was carrots, cucs, 4 tablespoons hummus (3) and an apple for dessert.  That whole plate was only 5 points!

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When I got home from work, the kadults had the grill going, so I asked if they could watch my frozen Jennie-O turkey burgers on the grill.  Since they were frozen, I put them on the cool side of the grill, and then Jacob finished them off over the coals.  If you think you aren’t a fan of turkey burgers, give these a try – they are especially good cooked on the grill.  It’s a 1/3 pound patty, they don’t really shrink when you cook them, and are 6 smart points each.

Yeseterday was Day 2 of Shaun T Week – Pure Cardio!  Luckily this one was only 25 minutes, but 15 minutes of it was non-stop.  I am happy to say that I did 100% of the modified workout, and tried to keep with Shaun T when I could.  Baby steps!

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Remember all the leftover butternut squash from my “tray of happiness” I made for our neighbors?  I turned them into . . . butternut squash tots!  This recipe is still a work in progress, so I won’t share the recipe just yet.  While the outside consistency had that nice crunch to it, the inside was still a bit soft – which I didn’t mind because I love buttnerut squash, but my next recipe will test using shredded butternut squash.  That serving of tots was only 2 smart points though since butternut squash is 0 smart points.  My burger was 8 points with the bun, with pickles and just a tiny bit of mustard.  #mustardoverketcup all day every day!

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My one boss is out today so I hope to get some organization done today.  Still a work in progress since our office moved, but little by little I’ll get there.  There is a slight chance of rain so my sister and I may have to walk the pedway today – we’ll have to wait and see.

Happy Wednesday – no go make it a great day!