He Would Have Bought Me Flowers . . .

I woke up Sunday morning to my Timehop.  It reminded me that 17 years ago yesterday was the first day with my husband.  Can you believe he not only remembered but also posted it on social media?! 

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Long time readers will know that my husband’s name was Jeff, not Tony like I posted here on the blog – however, I called him Tony a lot too!   In fact the most googled thing about “my bizzy kitchen” is “my bizzy kitchen husband.”

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I miss him!  That picture was taken in 2004 – Tony would have been 44 years old, or just 5 years younger than I am now.  I would have been 36.  Bonnie (my MIL) I’ll be sure to email you this picture, as I am sure you’ve not seen it! 

As I lie in bed thinking about him, I thought of all things – carrot cake.  It was his favorite cake on his birthday and I made it every year.  It was my step-sons favorite one too – except Joe didn’t like raisins or nuts in his cake – just carrot cake with butter cream frosting.  So in honor of my husband, I made carrot cake protein waffles on the 17th anniversary of our first date, instead of heading to Dunkin Donuts for two apple fritters. 

Carrot Cake Protein Waffles
Serves 6
A waffle that tastes like carrot cake! #love And only 3 Weight Watcher smart points.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
282 calories
34 g
31 g
1 g
4 g
0 g
132 g
25 g
13 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
Sodium 25mg
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
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 medium bananas, smashed
  2. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 cup flour
  6. 1 teaspoon McCormick cinnamon sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 11 ounce prepared Premier Protein vanilla shake
  1. Mix everything in a bowl and mix just until combined. Let the batter sit while your waffle maker comes to temperature.
  2. I used 1/2 cup measuring cup to get 6 waffles, at 3 smart points each according to the WW recipe app.
  1. These are great to make ahead on the weekend for a grab and go breakfast on a work day.
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Letting the batter sit for a few minutes lets the baking powder do its magic and you’ll be rewarded with fluffy waffles and pancakes every time.

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I had my waffle with 1 tablespoon bacon bits (1), strawberries and 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup (2).

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I could have gone the other way and just eaten like shit to deal with the sadness, or drink half a box of wine.  But instead, I bought myself flowers, because he would have bought me flowers.  Just a $3.99 bouquet from Trader Joe’s, but I chose to be kind to myself and not drown myself in food and wine.

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And I walked it out.  On Saturday I walked for an hour and fifteen minutes, and yesterday I walked for an hour before my blood sugar started dropping and had to come back home.

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And Saturday, I went thrifting and not only fit into a pair of size 10 jeans, they also zipped!  Although, they are a bit tight, but they were on the $1 rack so you better believe I bought them!  Another 5-10 pounds loss and they will fit comfortably.

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I am so proud of myself.  Proud that while I was sad and may have cried a bit while making the waffles in the house by myself, I let the emotions out, instead of filling myself with food.  #nsv for sure!!!

This popped up on Saturday on Instagram, but thought I’d share it here for Motivation Monday.   I especially like #1 – not that my past was bad, but I have to let go with the “what ifs” in order to be happy.  

Which number resonates with you?  Make it a Marvelous Monday!

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29 thoughts on “He Would Have Bought Me Flowers . . .

  1. Docklady
    Awwwww, you met on my birthday🎂. Hold tight to all the memories and smile. You are such an inspiration to so many people, you ROCK. Keep up the great job Beth.
  2. Kelly B.
    You rock!!! Look at those size 10's!! 👍🏻 What a wonderful day you made it turn out to be! While I think we all want/need to be loved by another/others, the biggest love should come from yourself, and you are proving this to yourself every day! Great things to come your way Biz!! Much 💗 And hugs!!!! 😊
    • Biz319
      Aw Kelly - you are so sweet, and I couldn't agree more. Love yourself first and love from others will follow :D
  3. I love that you bought yourself flowers. And created some carrot cake waffles! And the $1 jeans? What a bonus treat!!!
  4. Lynne
    Sorry for the tough moments, but great job in seeing the bright side and taking care of yourself. Hugs to you this week.
  5. I know you like Timehop, but I don't - sometimes, I just don't want to be reminded of certain things unless I think of them myself. I'm glad you were able to pull yourself through the sadness AND that you treated yourself with kindness (and flowers)!
    • Biz319
      Thanks Shelley - and yes, I agree with you somewhat, but I am happy that I was able to deal with my emotions instead of eat them :D Hugs!
  6. Jan
    Hi Biz, You look amazing in that color! So impressed at how you handle your deep emotional roller coasters. Way to go! I like all those rules. So personal and meaningful! Have a great week. Jan
    • Biz319
      Thanks Jan! Orange (and red!) are colors I've been told look good on me, but when I thrift shop, I still get pulled to the blacks and greys :P Hope you have a great week too!
  7. Kym
    You did a great job handling the emotional roller coaster. Congratulations on the size ten and for a dollar, really...? How do you find these things??? Our thrift stores don't have those deals and I'm lucky to find anything I like that is my size. Trust me, I'll keep looking. I'm too frugal, however, I have been finding myself paying retail just to get some pants that fit. :( I am not happy about it either. Great rules for the day!
    • Biz319
      This particular thrift store has "colored tag" sales. This past weekend, it was anything with a blue tag was $1. I just kept flipping through the racks and grabbed all the stuff with blue tags and just tried it all on. Another 5-10 pounds lost and I can wear those jeans to work on Friday's. :D
  8. Randi MacDonald
    You look great, so proud of you!! You know everytime I eat some fried rice, I think of you and Tony.
    • Biz319
      Aw, you are so sweet Randi! Hope you are enjoying your summer so far! I keep meaning to ask you if you are going to take the bar exam this summer?
  9. MaryBe
    Congrats on pulling past another painful memory. Someday, the pain will leave the memories and just leave peace <3
    • Biz319
      Thank you - I agree that will happen one day! Every day gives me just a little more peace and a little less sadness.
    • Biz319
      Well Lori, they do fit, but let's just say it would be a bit uncomfortable to sit down in the jeans just yet. I'll get there though! :D

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