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July 2017

Weight Watchers

Weekly Weigh In . . . July 31?!

I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it being already the last day of July.  Not only has the summer, but this whole year gone by so fast!  Remember when you were a kid and a summer’s day seemed to last a week long.  Somehow the older you get, the fast time goes!

I went to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday to WI.  I have to tell you that I enjoy going to both the downtown meeting on Thursday as well as the Saturday one.  In my book, you can never go to too many meetings, and while both leaders are completely different, they are both super engaging and fun to listen to.  You will remember I gained 3.8 on vacation.  Happy to say, that starting July 19, the day I got back from vacation, I got right back on plan.  I lost 3.6 this past week! (*people who follow the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose between 1-2 pounds per week).

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The receptionist gave me a bravo sticker for not only weighing in after vacation, but getting right back on track.  She says that there are members that have a gain of 3.8 and won’t come back for weeks, which only makes it worse.  I just jumped back on track, switched from wine to water and moved!

As I was driving to WW, I saw that our recycling center was having a special recycle day – pretty much anything but paint, and included one t.v. and prescription medication.  I never got rid of Tony’s medication.  

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I forgot how he used to write on each bottle of medication to remind him what it was for “shingles, gout, pain, heavy pain.”  It made me sad to remember how much he went through the last several years of his life.  🙁

On a happier note, we met Hannah’s friend and her son for lunch.  M is a single Mom, having had C when she was 19.  She’s done an amazing job raising him and we had a great time.   

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He loves his sushi!  Well, let me rephrase that – he likes a vehicle to get soy sauce into his mouth – and he also only eats avocado sushi.   And ate a giant bowl of miso soup!

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Went went thrifting – our local thrift store was 50% all clothes.  I got a couple pairs of pants and tops, all size medium and 12 in pants.  

The Insanity program has Sunday being a rest day, but I switched it up because I obviously have more time on the weekends, so Friday is my new rest day.  I came back home did Insanity day 6 and  and did day 7 on Sunday. Your welcome for the up close sweaty face pic! 😀

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Jacob’s Dad’s birthday was on Saturday, so we took him out to dinner.   Here is how I made this burger work into my meal plan for the day:  1.  drank water instead of their craft beer (which is amazing by the way) 2. ordered the veggie of the day which were amazing sauteed carrots instead of fries and 3. no dessert.  I ended my day with 35 points.

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Hannah and Jacob joined Planet Fitness which just opened up near us.   After our dinner digested a bit, Hannah brought me as a guest Saturday.  We didn’t even get there until 9:30.

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I had no idea it was open 24 hours!  That’s the only part I hated about the YMCA, is that it closed at 5:00 on Saturday and 4:00 on Sunday.  I joined myself – its $20 a month, $1 to sign up and a yearly $39.00 fee that gets billed October 1 every year.  The $20 fee includes the spa, which was really nice – that hydro bed with the monitor attached to it?  It’s amazing!

Jacob and I were both up by 8 on Sunday morning and went to visit Hannah at to the coffee shop.  Jacob worked on homework and I did my grocery list and meal plan.   When we came home I did Insanity Day 7, then spent the better part of 45 minutes in the hammock.  Glorious!

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My store had Delmonico steaks on sale for $4.49 a pound.  Yes please!  With steak like this, you only need a good coating of salt and pepper.  I cooked them to 125, the residual heat will bring them up to 130-135 for perfect medium rare.

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I made a quick bone broth mushroom sauce to top the steak, did a grilled corn and zucchini hash with a teaspoon of my homemade chimichurri sauce, and . . . fries.  Because why not.  Dinner came in at 13 points.

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I went back to Planet Fitness around 8:00 last night while the kadults were watching Game of Thrones.  I am probably one of a handful of people who have never seen that show!  They have this 30 minute circuit and it kicked my butt.  It has 30 stations and it takes you 30 minutes to complete – a red and green light let you know when to stop and start.  I can definitely feel some sore muscles I haven’t felt in a while, even doing Insanity.

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And now I am stuck on the train.  No pedestrian incident today, but a mechanical issue and we are waiting for mechanics to come fix it, but the delay is unknown at this time.  I even took the early train so that I could get to work early since my boss is back from his two week vacation today.  Gah.  Again, worse world problems, but I hate being late.

How was your weekend??  Make it a great day! 

 

Bread/ Premier Protein/ Weight Watchers

Premier Protein Mile High Biscuits

Every once in a while I impress myself with recipes.  You see I write a lot of my recipes in a book, while I am on the train.  I never know exactly how they will turn out, although truth be told, they all turn out great in my head.  When I opened my oven door and saw these beautiful mile high biscuits I squeaked with joy!  Well, as loud as I could at 6:15 in the morning when my kitchen is outside Hannah and Jacob’s bedroom Smile with tongue out

I’ve had several biscuit recipes on the blog over the years, and most, if not all, have some type of sugar in them.  I wondered if I could sub out the sugar and replace it with a scoop of Premier Protein vanilla protein powder? 

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That turned out to be a great idea!  For the record, these don’t taste like vanilla at all, just a slight hint of sweet like you would with any good biscuit.  And these are only 4 smart points!  They are buttery, flakey, and have just the right amount of bite.  I brought a couple for the woman at the front desk at my office, and one said she grew up on biscuits and declared this one of the best she’d ever had – Wow – high praise!

Here are a few tips about baking biscuits that rise like that – first hot oven – I bake these at 450.  Second, super cold butter.

I use my cheese grated to shred the butter – I pull back a stick of butter and shred 4 tablespoons in my bowl and I never touch the butter with my hands.  Third, because even how quickly you work, the butter starts to warm up in the biscuit dough, so I put them in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking – so super cold biscuit to super hot oven = perfection.

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Then add the powdered vanilla Premier Protein – I just use a fork to mix it all together.

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And because I didn’t have any buttermilk, I added a tablespoon of vinegar to the coconut milk (from Aldi!) and let that sit for 5 minutes until it gets really thick. 

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The deep fryer is on the counter so I can clean it, but have to laugh that I have it in the background.  I couldn’t find my biscuit cutter so a mason jar worked just fine.

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Into the freezer they go!

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Bake for 10 minutes and try to not open the oven door while they cook – I promise they will be perfect at 10 minutes.

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I styled that first photo before I left work, but this is what my actual breakfast looked like when I got to work.  Everything bagel seasoning egg white, 1/2 ounce cheese, piece of bacon and fruit.  7 smart points.

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I went to the Weight Watchers meeting and what I love about this meeting is that there is no real direction.  Not that the leader doesn’t touch on the Weekly meeting subject (usually 5 minutes before the end of the meeting!) but everyone talks back and forth about what worked for them.  One woman had an epiphany.  She was walking after dinner with her husband one night, and he said to her “it will be so great when you get to goal so we can go back to eating like we did.”

She said it stopped her in her tracks – she realized she suddenly couldn’t eat the way she did, because – duh, that gave her a body she didn’t want to have anymore.  Her husband thought of WW as a “diet” not a lifestyle.  So true.  Until you wrap your brain around that, I don’t think weight loss will ever happend.  You aren’t “done” just making better choices every day, which I try to do as well.  

I had an 8 point piece of leftover Lou Malnati’s pizza and apples with chocolate PB2 for lunch.  It wasn’t very filling – I missed my giant picky plates that take me an hour to eat.  Oh well!

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I worked late last night.  I had to literally run 8 blocks to the train to make the 6:25 (or 6:30 if I missed that one) otherwise have to wait until 7:30 for the next train.

I made it by 1 minute! 

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Since its an hour train ride, I took out my laptop, started doing stuff, and minutes later realized that we weren’t moving.  It was then that I heard through the intercom that the 6:25 and 6:30 NW line wasn’t going anywhere because a pedestrian was struck on my train line, merely six days after the last one.  

I didn’t get home until 8:30.  I was happy when I looked on the schedule for Insanity and saw that it was Cardio Recovery for 35 minutes.  It’s all strength (lots of squats and lunges) but perfect workout after a long day.  I think I had turkey burgers and fries on the menu last night, but by the time I finished my workout it was 9:30 and just wasn’t feeling it, so tacos to the rescue – 8 smart points and hit the spot.

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Happy Friday! Last day before my boss comes back from being gone two weeks – I actually miss being busy!  This last week has been pretty light for me, even when I’ve asked everyone around me if they need help, but nothing.  I may work for another attorney this morning though that could make the day go by faster, fingers crossed!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Make it a great day!

Breakfast/ Premier Protein/ Weight Watchers

Premier Protein Snickerdoodle Pancakes

So I told you I’ve been reading The Miracle Morning (check out this link for more info).  I am only 1/4 of the way through (I am a slow reader when it comes to books!) but you basically wake up earlier than you normally would to do the things YOU want to do, whatever it is.  They can be broken into 10 minute intervals – like 10 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of folding clothes, 30 minutes on learning a new skill, or taking the time to spend on something that will help shape your future.

It’s not a secret that I love food, food photography, recipe developing, etc.  But I’ve not done the requisite work to do the behind the scenes on my blog to make the SEO higher (Search Engine Optimization), learn how to do recipe videos that you see all over social media, and make my site a bit more “user friendly” if you will.  The hope is that by working hard on that, I can start generating an income on this blog that will help me with my future goals.  This is going to be a long process, but I think by breaking it down into pieces, I’ll be able to figure it out.  I wish I was as smart as my brother when it comes to computers! Open-mouthed smile

The problem with that is during the week, by the time I come home and exercise, and put dinner together, it’s nearly dark outside.  So I got up early yesterday and made pancakes!  And not just any pancakes, Premier Protein SNICKERDOODLE pancakes.  Yes, I am shouting the snickerdoodle part because I love all things cinnamon.  My step-son loves cinnamon more than I do.  I once made him cinnamon monkey bread one time and he ate nearly half of it all by himself with three large glasses of milk!  He was probably 16 at the time? (Hi Joe!)

Anywho this recipe is super quick to come together.   The secret is using vinegar with the vanilla Premier Protein to make a mock buttermilk. 

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And here I am getting all fancy with the syrup!   Gah, going to have to work on my photography background – and I love how my Nikon camera is hiding behind the Premier Protein Open-mouthed smile

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I misspoke on Instagram – while one pancake is 2 smart points, two pancakes is 5 points and three are 7 points. I ate two, with 1 point of SF syrup, the banana and blueberries, and added 2 ounces of deli ham on the side for some protein.  So breakfast was 8 points.

I was super busy at work, and didn’t eat lunch until nearly 2:15, so that extra protein from the Premier Protein really kept me full for a long time. 

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This was a delicious picky plate.  Two ounces of leftover ground beef taco meat (2), baby peppers for dippers, cucumbers drizzled with Bolthouse Farms salsa verde avocado dressing (1)[you need to buy this – so good!].  Wholly guacamole mini cup (3) and 1/2 a large apple drizzled with chocolate PB2 (1).  Have you guys tried the chocolate PB2?! So good!  I found it at Walmart

I was night secretary last night and didn’t get home until 7:45.  I was a bit tired, a lot hungry, but it was only Day 3 of Insanity so I knew I couldn’t quit, because then I’d find an excuse any day to skip it.  When I did this back in 2013, I went 100 days in a row!  So only 94 days to beat that record! 😀

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I meal prepped on Sunday, so these stuffed shells came together really quickly.  However, I am going to tweak the recipe – they are stuffed with fat free ricotta and chopped spinach, and while I thought I spiced it up, they were pretty bland.  I sauteed 2 ounces of smoked sausuage and zucchini for the base, and used this pasta sauce that Hannah bought at Aldi.  It’s only 35 calories per 1/2 cup (still costs 2 points), and if you have anyone who is vegan, this is vegan.   Apparently a lot of jarred tomato sauces have some type of milk or dairy in them?  Who knew?  

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The shells are 2 points each, the cheese is 2 points, the sausage is 3, the sauce 2, for a total of 13 smart points.  This was very filling, and because I ate it at 9:00 last night, I wasn’t even tempted to eat anything before going to bed.

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And because it was so late, it was already dark out, so I had to use the light box that my sister gave me, which is on a small table in my bedroom.  Just though you might want to get a sneak peak behind the scenes to see how professional food bloggers like myself work.  Ha!  Pretty sure Daniel Krieger doesn’t have piles of laundry (mostly clean!) around his  studio 😛  Ten minutes of my morning tomorrow on my Morning Miracle is going to be putting all that laundry away.

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I’ll be going to my Weight Watchers meeting today because I love the leader, but I won’t weigh in until Saturday, my new weigh in day.  Pretty sure going to two meetings a week won’t hurt!

Here’s some Morning Motivation for you – if you don’t follow Steve Weatherford on Instagram, you should.  He has the hardest work ethic, and if that means spending time with his family and not hitting the gym until 11:00 p.m. at night, that’s what he does.  Everyone has the same 24 hours, hope whatever you do these next 24 hours gets you closer to the life you want.  Make it a great day!

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