Pizza/ Weight Watchers

Friday Favorites

I appreciate everyone who commented about going back to the old WW ways – whether commenting here, on Connect, or DM.  I am quite shocked that a couple people who shall remain anonymous, just flat out said to me “just eat less food.”  

I am going to shake those few negative comments off like Taylor Swift and move on.  Everyone’s journey is different and I will find my way one way or another.

I had time to make oatmeal before going to work – I hardly ever microwave oatmeal, but this was delicious.  Just make sure you cook the oatmeal in a big enough bowl – I actually use my 4 cup measure because it puffs up when it cooks, and let me tell you, cleaning oatmeal from your microwave is not fun!  

I made a cup of oatmeal, but decided to start with eating half a cup with my fruit and this was delicious and kept me satisfied.

I finally met up with my sister to get our steps in at lunch after missing each other for a couple days because of our schedules.  It was funny because when we walk and talk, we might walk the same floor several times before going higher, and a worker at Macy’s stopped us after our third lap and asked “can I help you find what you are looking for?”  Ha – no shopping, just stealing your giant store for steps. πŸ˜€

I totally wanted to buy this shirt (Lori, I thought of you!) but not at $32.  I’ll have to spin my luck and see if something like that shows up at Goodwill. πŸ˜€  It was so soft!

I brought a leftover piece of chicken for lunch with some rice, but wanted to add something else, so I picked up this side salad at Frontera Grill on the 7th floor Macy’s food court.  When I got back to work however, things got super busy and I didn’t pull the salad out for a couple hours – 1.  I didn’t realize the salad was dressed already, so the greens were soggy, and pretty fucking sure I didn’t see red onion on the ingredient list of this salad – the bottom of the salad was chock full of them – and I never had time to add the chicken. πŸ™

I only worked 30 minutes late, so was on the last express train home.  And guess what?  Decided it was party pizza Thursday!  This whole pizza was 12 points – 5 points for 1/4 of my skinny pizza dough (that’s 5 points both on freestyle and #backto30), 3 points for the pepperoni (for only 1/2 an ounce – but so good!), 2 points for the sausage, and 2 points for the 2 ounces of lite mozzarella cheese.

I have had at least half a dozen people buy the Baking Steel in the last couple weeks – love it!  A couple things though – I always use parchment paper to transfer my pizza to and from the steel, and make sure your steel is really hot – preheat the oven with it in there, and I usually let it go another 10 minutes or so after it hits 425 degrees.

I went to bed at my normal 10:30, and at midnight was woken by a text – that my office was closed today!!  We maybe have 8 inches of snow, but it’s supposed to snow all day today, so I don’t mind having a 3 day weekend at all.

Here are my Friday Favorites this week!  I used to do this on the blog a very long time ago, and decided to bring it back.  There is just so much out there on the web these days!

  1.  My co-workers daughter has an amazing blog called Well Rounded Fashion and I’ve only looked around a bit, but I love it.  It’s all about being confident in the body you have right now, even if it’s not where you want to be.  Love your blog Keri!
  2. My friend Tia has a new YouTube Channel up!  If you don’t follow her blog Forever Orchard, you should (follow her on Insta too because she’s fucking funny!).  She and her husband struggled with infertility for five years and have recently closed that chapter on starting her family, so she’s spreading her wings and voice on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe!
  3. My friend Tina made a delicious Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo that looks amazeballs.  
  4. My friend Nicole made Korean Beef Bowls that are going on my menu this week – yum!
  5. You guys know how much I love balls in my mouth (!) so check out Ally’s round up of 35 meatball recipes!  I am sure you’ll find a ball to put in your mouth.

I have an unexpected snow day today!  My mind is racing with all the things I can cook in my kitchen today.  Although a lot of it will be given away.  My friend MaryBeth and her husband Josh just adopted their fourth child (the last two children are only 10 months apart in age – two babies under the age of 1) and I signed up for their meal train someone organized for them and Monday is my day to drop off food.  

It will probably be enough food for days, but I don’t mind!  I am making them my buffalo chicken chili, chicken tikka masala with homemade naan, homemade mac n cheese for the kiddos, and probably a batch or two of pumpkin scones.  

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday – make it a great day!


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    February 9, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I would have had a melt down with soggy salad and onions if I wasn’t expecting them. I know there are so many worse things in the world to fret over but sometimes I just don’t get why places think they should put the dressing on for you. πŸ™‚ Glad to see you were able to eat most of it. Woo hoo for an unexpected three day weekend. Those surprises are the best. I haven’t seen a photo of your grilled pilled high with snow in awhile. It always makes me smile to see them. Have a great weekend and enjoy getting busy in your kitchen.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Ha, I’ll have to send you a picture Kym – its under about 8-10 inches of snow! I need to work with our local high school and see if like a woodworking class would build me a wooden grill shelter – so I can grill if its raining or . . . snowing! πŸ˜€

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    February 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Unexpected snow day, whee!! I have an unexpected sick day. I got a call just after 3 yesterday afternoon that my Daniel was complaining of a headache and was laying on the floor of after school care. Not his normal MO!

    So daddy picked him up early (note: turns out they set a 45 minute time for that, WTF?) Anyway, he got there in 35 minutes. Sure enough, slight fever. Now he’s got a slight fever and a cough. Actually, we are all coughing. I’ve had a cold all week. I’ve been working still because: Monday, not sick. And we had no water. Tuesday: Not sick. But started feeling sick during the day. Wednesday: went to work because it was cleaning lady day. But we had no power (replacing poles). So: cleaning ladies couldn’t come. So they rescheduled for Thurs, which means I had to go to work, ugh! I actually feel a lot better today but we are ALL coughing. Work from home in the PJs! Will prob do a little cooking, but I’m almost out of food.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Wow, that makes me tired just reading that comment – so sorry everyone isn’t feeling their best, although I do remember the few times (and literally – Hannah was only sick probably 3 times in her life through high school, and in fact never missed a single day of school ever) that the snuggles were nice because it just made us slow down.

      Hope everyone is getting better!

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    February 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Also, I wanted to make a separate comment about the “eat less food” because I didn’t want it to get lost.

    FUCK THAT. Seriously fuck that, and fuck everyone who ever says that. They have NO FUCKING CLUE. Every body works differently and sure, SOME people can just “eat less food” and lose weight. Those people, lucky ducks, will NEVER UNDERSTAND what it’s like when your body DOESN’T work that way, unless they have a little empathy, or try to understand.

    Hormones, diabetes, inflammation, aging, meds – all those things affect our bodies and a calorie is NOT a calorie. I learned that in the last few years as I realized that I can eat a LOT more calories if I eat more fat and fewer carbs. The ONLY way I was able to lose weight after that baby at 42 was changing the % of calories I was eating in carbs, and dropping to 2 (1/2 cup) servings a day. And THEN even after all that worked and I was able to maintain – I simply dropped wheat and lost another 7-9 pounds. Hello inflammation! I had NO idea.

    What works for person A won’t necessarily work for person B, and what works for Person A now might not work in 5 years or 10 years. Plus, once you’ve been overweight or obese you have PERMANENTLY changed how your body processes food and calories, particularly carbs. People who have never been obese and people who are formerly obese are very very different. (See: Refuse to Regain, by Dr. Barbara Berkeley).

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    Tia @ Forever Orchard
    February 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    You are the kindest person in the whole wide world, and just remember…those shit-heads that nay-say your work and your goals have an issues with THEMSELVES and are simply projecting. It literally has nothing to do with you. Keep you head up and stick to those awesome goals of yours! And thank you for such a selfless shout-out. I am so obsessed with my YouTube Channel it’s insane.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I absolutely agree with everything in this post Marcia – much like when people will DM me on Instagram if I have pasta for dinner and say “you can’t eat that because you are diabetic!” Gah.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      It’s awesome Tia! I am sure you’ll have thousands of followers in no time πŸ˜€

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    February 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

    You are always so thoughtful towards your neighbors, friends and family. May you be repaid a hundred times over.
    Keep working on finding the right points for YOU.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Sharon!! And I am just chalking this program as a work in progress – thank you!!

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    February 10, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Good for you shaking off that negative talk. Those people are just being mean instead of supportive which is what we need to be to one another. As someone who has wonky hormones & lazy thyroid it isn’t as easy as just eating less. You just keep doing what works for you.

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      February 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Paula – I appreciate your support!!

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    Trudy K
    February 11, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Love reading about your days and your meals. I’m not on WW but am trying to eat healthier and cut back on carbs. I LOOOVE chips and salsa. And I like meatballs too. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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      February 11, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Trudy! I could pretty much eat chips and salsa for dinner every day πŸ˜€

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