Weekly WI – +1.4

I felt good going into WI yesterday.  The only day I didn’t track was on 4th of July.  But here’s the thing.  I made the food.  I wasn’t at a BBQ where I pigged out on potato salad, and had one of everything from the dessert table.  We had ribs (I had 4 “bones”) an orzo salad, corn on the cob and mini angel food cakes (3 points each) with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

I had a two point breakfast that day, and made a shrimp cocktail picky tray for lunch for us to share.  I did have some cheese, I did have wine, but I had 20 points going into our dinner, plus my weekly 35 smart points, so I felt it was okay to relax a bit.

I walked FIFTY miles last week.  And I finished Day 10 of Insanity the night before.  So it stung a bit to see a rise on the scale.

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I posted this on my Instagram page, and everyone is telling me that it’s water weight, or muscle building.  This is where I need to dig deep and keep doing what I am doing.  The old me would just say F it, and go back to eating anything and everything.  But I’ve got goals, I am steering my boat forward, and I’ll eventually get to goal.

I wore my weekly weight watchers outfit to WI, so when I got to work I got dressed.  I do feel smaller and tighter.  Not so jiggly if you know what I mean.  At 164 pounds I am still 34 pounds higher than the highest weight for my height, which is 130.  That is not my goal by the way.  My goal is 140, I think that’s maintainable at my age.  So I still have 24 pounds to go, but if I just keep on keeping on, I could hit goal by the end of the year!  And your welcome for the bathroom selfie ๐Ÿ˜€

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I then put my breakfast together.  It’s funny because since I am relatively new to this firm, and since our move have new people on my floor that I didn’t know before, they are always like “did you just make that here?”  Um, dud!  I kid – but this was delicious – One cup of scrambled egg whites (1), topped with 4 tablespoons of my homemade blackbean and corn salsa (2), Joseph’s pita (1) and 1/2 a mini container of Wholly Guacamole (2). 

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I went back to the WW meeting at lunch – the topic was being assertive.  It was interesting to see what people said when the leader asked what you thought of someone who was assertive – some words were:  bossy, demanding, jerk even!  But some people associated assertive with positive notes: confident, self-assured, bold even.  Don’t be afraid to ask what you want!  Whether that’s a little less t.v. time at night so you can go walking with your family, or how to order your dinner at a restaurant – it never hurts to ask!

I normally get my curry chicken at Rock n Roll Thai at the Farmers Market on my way back to my office, since I don’t have time to put anything together.  They were out of it, so I got this char siu pork noodle dish.  After picking it apart and putting it into my WW app, that portion there is 10 points.

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After I took more than half the noodles out, that easily could be another 8 points!  I brought those home for Hannah because I knew she’d like them.

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I can’t believe I am asking this, but what vegetable is this??   Spinach?  Bok Choy?  The top is leafy like spinach, but the stalk was kind of thick – it was delicious!  I need to make this at home, but double the veggies ๐Ÿ˜€

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My blood sugar was all over the place yesterday.  As I was leaving the office it was 72.  I knew I wanted to do Insanity when I got home, so I had two tablespoons of granola (yes I have measuring spoons/cups at my desk!) and a banana for 2 points.

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And ate an apple on the train ride home.  I pulled up the beach body app and saw that it was Pure Cardio last night – that made me nervous!  It wasn’t until last night after I worked out and finally printed out the monthly calendar that I realized I’ve been doing the workouts out of order – I was going in the order listed on the app, so last night should have been cardio recovery – so I’ll be doing that one tonight, then will be back on track.

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My favorite part of pure cardio?  The football drills – wide stance jog, turn to the right, turn to the left, go into a starting race stance, then sprint!  I used to be a sprinter in high school, so I love that part.

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Dinner was quick and easy – I had leftover Greek chicken so made a Greek chicken pita (1), 4 ounces chicken (3), tablespoon of tzatziki (1) and spinach, radish and red cabbage with strawberry and blackberry fruit salad Hannah made.

I don’t always check my blood sugar right before bed, I switch it up.  But I got up to go to the bathroom around 12:45 and I felt . . . off.  I checked my blood sugar and it was 422!  Jesus.  I never checked it after working out, and while usually at that time of night, my blood sugar goes down, it may have spiked for no reason at all.  So I took some fast acting insulin to bring it down.  And an hour later work up and it wa 68.  I ate two oranges and went back to bed.  And woke up an hour later and it was 55.  So I ate two more oranges.  This morning when I woke up?  311!  So crazeballs. 

And just so you know, I do email these strange anomolies in my blood sugar to my doctor.  Just some days diabetes likes to take control and I have to punch it in the face ๐Ÿ˜€

So we made it to Friday!  It’s a gloomy day this morning.  My sister has been, ahem, “off-plan” for the last few weeks, and while today is Food Fun Friday, I am going to see if she wants to go to Food Rivival Hall – I have a taste for the Brown Bag Seafood Company Power Box – they have blackened shrimp over a quinoa/wild rice blend over baby spinach with lemon.  Yum!  

I have to balance it out because I am having pizza tonight – my pizza dough is on Day 10 in the fridge, it’s going to be extra delicious because of that.  #drool

Hope your Friday goes by fast – enjoy the weekend!   

Goals

Even though I don’t do a full grocery shop the week of a holiday, I can always count on a simple parfait for breakfast.  This one comes in at 5 points – 3 points for the cup of plain Chobani, the fruit is free, and the granola is 2 points.  I’ve been trying for over a year to come up with a low point granola that doesn’t taste like ass, but haven’t hit pay dirt yet.  Believe me, you’ll be the first to know!

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I was super busy at work yesterday – a lot of secretaries are still out for the holiday week, so I was assigned another attorney, so that kept me hopping.  I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get away to walk, but it worked out.  It was warm outside, so my sister and I walked Macy’s.  When I got back I put together this quick lunch – not pictured is 4 points of veggie straws.  I love, love, these Joseph’s brand pita breads – low carb and only 1 point each.  

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Look at who much stuff you can put in there?!  I did 3 ounces of turkey breast (2), 1/2 once of cheese (2), the pita (1) and with the veggie straws, lunch came in at 9 points.

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As luck would have it, I didn’t have to work as night secretary last night, so I made it home by 6:45.  The benefit of having an hour train ride home is that you can be productive for 30 minutes, and then take a 30 minute nap, which is what I did.  I was refreshed to hit Day 3 of Insanity – Cardio Power & Resistance.  Um, I forgot how many push-ups were in that one!  Even with the air conditioning on in the house, I worked up a sweat.

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I had some fresh tomatoes to use up and last weekend made another batch of my zero point marinara sauce.  I added 3 ounces of ground sirloin and chopped zucchini to make this 10 point pasta dish.  This hit the spot!

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When my sister and I were walking Macy’s – this outfit stopped me in my tracks.  First, I don’t think I’ve ever worn white pants in my life.  And second . . .I love the blue top that went with the pants.  This is a size small, but I’ve declared this my goal outfit. 

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Which brings me to . . .GOALS.  I know we are already nearly a full week into July, but I have some goals:

  • drink 96 ounces of water a day – even in summer I still struggle with the water intake
  • take a paddle board class – just found out that the town next to mine has an hour paddle board class for only $35 on the weekends ($30 on the week days).  I’ve always wanted to try it, who know, I may love it!
  • continue with Insanity, even on vacation – I know I can find an hour to myself, even if that means getting up early to get it done, while on vacation

I may add to this as the month goes on, or leave it as is.  We shall see!  I am on my way to WI this morning.  This will be my last WI until I get back from vacation – my Aunt lives in a small town and the nearest WW meeting is 30 miles away.  Again, no idea how I did this week, but I feel smaller and “tighter” if that’s even a word to use.  While I puffy heart walking, I know Insanity is going to help reshape my body that walking will never do.

Happy Thursday!  Make it a great day!

Should Would Could. . .Did

It was weird being at work on Monday.  Six minutes before my train got to my station, there was only two other people on the platform.  It was only my one boss and me and our whole side of the floor.  But, my boss worked over the weekend, so I had a huge pile of stuff to get through my inbox.  I was about to leave for lunch when we got notified that the office was closing at 3 – so I powered through and caught the early train home.

You’ll be happy to know that Insanity has finally started!  It’s on the free Beach Body on Demand, but I already know I will continue once the free trial is over.  There are hundreds of workouts, I can do them anywhere (like my vacation next week!) and there are recipes, and all sorts of other stuff I haven’t even checked out yet.

Monday was my Fit Test, and I did better than I did the first time in 2013!  While I am four years older, I am nearly 20 pounds lighter, so that made all the difference.  I sent this picture to my brother and sister when I finished (I love this tank – $4.98 at Walmart!) and my brother said he had the second shirt shown. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Yesterday felt like Saturday again!  Knowing I was going to have ribs later, I had this TWO point breakfast.  I’ve talked about Joseph’s brand lavash which is giant and two points for the whole thing – I recently found these Joseph’s pita breads that are only 1 point and I think 60 calories?  They are light, fluffy and soft.  I made an egg white scramble pita for 2 points with a festive fruit kabob.

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My Mom came over yesterday, but I did Day 2 of Insanity before she got to my house – I fininshed 5 minutes after she got to my house.  I forgot how hard it was, but I was a sweaty mess and was glad I got it out of the way.  It was nearly lunch time, Hannah and Jacob had just gotten off work, so I put togehter this picky plate.  I have to admit, I didn’t track my points after breakfast, but with a tray like this, I stuck with the shrimp cocktail and fruit for a low point lunch.

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Thanks Cabot Cheese for my cheese loot!   They reently sent me these cracker cut slices in six different flavors – the pepper jack was my favorite, while Hannah and Jacob love the white cheddar cheeses. I love that it’s portioned – each slice is .25 ounces, so 4 squares is an ounce for 4 points.  You will never find me skimping on fat free cheese to lower the points, just not worth it in my book!

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After our snacky lunch, my Mom wanted to go to the state park that I posted on Monday.  We took a different path than I took the other day, and found this look out.  I sent the picture below to my brother and sister, you know, just to remind them that yet again, Mom is spending another holiday with her favorite child.  Charlie responded with “where are you – it looks like giraffes will be walking by any moment!  Which he then proceeded to send us the following pictures – so funny!

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We walked for the better part of an hour I’d say.  It was getting hot, so we headed back home.  

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I am close to greatness with these Greek seasoned ribs.  I could have easily doubled the marinade, and will post the recipe once I am happy with it.  

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We played Scrabble – Jacob had never played before.  He had the first turn and was able to use all his letters on his first turn and got a score of 72 his first turn.  I’d like to say beginners luck, but he routinely had scores of 20-30 points per turn and the rest of us had 12 points here, 8 points there.  It was fun though – I love Scrabble.

I bought these giant sparklers at Walmart, so once it was dark, we lit them and walked around the yard.  It was the perfect ending to a great day.  Just don’t look at my kitchen right now – I know there are some of you that can never go to bed with a messy kitchen, but turns out, it doesn’t bother me.  Hannah gets off of work at 11, so I secretly hope she cleans up the kitchen before I get home tonight ๐Ÿ˜€

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So today feels like Monday again!  So crazy – at least the weekend will be here before you know it.  And I already heard my first back to school commercial on the radio already ๐Ÿ˜›  How was your 4th?  Make it a great day!

Happy 4th of July!

I am taking a blog break today.  I laid in bed with dogs until 7:30, just made a 2 point breakfast with some coffee before heading out on a walk and a last minute trip to Walmart for a couple things – there probably won’t be anyone there since its a holiday, right?!

My Mom is coming over today – we are having ribs – one with my new rub and we are making Greek ribs!  They look amazing, I’ve never had anything like them, so if they are a success, I’ll surely post it.

But I wanted to say thank you to all the men and women who keep our country safe.  It’s easy to take it for granted in the hustle and bustle of life, but THANK YOU!

Have a wonderful holiday, be safe, and I hope you are able to spend your day with family, friends and good food.  Hugs!

Spicy Dry BBQ Rub

Last Friday my sister and I finally got to do our Fun Food Friday together.  It had been a few weeks because of my sisters work schedule.  My boss had reservations at Petterino’s, which is a restaurant just a block from my office.  My boss had 1:00 reservations, and he had to cancel, so I asked if he minded if I took them (he’s a regular there) and not only did he not mind, he gave me money to pay for our lunch!  How nice was that?!  

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So let’s say we splurged on $16 sliders – not just any sliders, filet mignon sliders.  These were delicious.  Light bun, perfectly cooked beef, and yes, in case you are wondering, I ate the fried onions, pretty much the only kind I will eat!  I ate one mini burger and 1/3 of the fries and called lunch 12 points.  

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The kadults were working on Saturday, and usually I don’t mind staying in when they are not here because, well, it is rare that I get the house to myself – one or both is usually home.  But it was a gorgeous day.  I googled “hiking trails near me” and Moraine Hills State Park popped up.   I’d heard of it before, but truthfully thought it was a far drive for me, but I looked and its just nine miles.  I’ve lived 9 miles from this amazing state park for 16 years and am just now discovering it.

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I think I walked for at least 90 minutes if not longer.  It was glorious.  I finished the day with over 20,000 steps, which for a Saturday is a lot for me!  I loved how the trails were easily marked, so you couldn’t get lost.  They even posted milk markers to the next landmark or restroom area – which is why I walked to the McHenry dam – it was 1.8 miles one direction from where I parked my car.  I brought a picnic lunch, watched people fish, brought a book to read and it was delightful.

I did a quick grocery shop at Meijer because it wasn’t too far from where I was.  I don’t normally grocery shop there and I wasn’t a huge fan of their produce prices, pretty expensive.  But I did pick up these giant bone in chicken breasts for $1.29 a pound.  I should have bought more and grilled up half a dozen!

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While I don’t mind a good BBQ sauce chicken, Jacob is not a fan of BBQ sauce, so he requested a spicy rub.  I normally have several BBQ rubs in my seasoning cabinet, but I think either I’ve used them up already, or the last time Hannah helped me clean out my spice cabinet, some that never got used got tossed.  So I came up with this one.  I think the star of this rub is Penzey’s black and red seasoning.

Spicy BBQ Rub
Serves 25
A sweet and spicy BBQ seasoning perfect for chicken and pork. Marinate your meat at least an hour before grilling, or up to 24 hours for more flavor.
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45 calories
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Serving Size
16g
Servings
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
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Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1514mg
63%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. brown sugar
  2. 1/3 c. kosher salt
  3. 1/4 cup garlic powder
  4. 1/2 c. smoked paprika
  5. 1 T. black and red seasoning*
Instructions
  1. Mix together and use liberally on chicken or pork.
Notes
  1. If you don't have a Penzey's store near you, for the black and red seasoning, use 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon black pepper.
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Jacob gave this rub two giant thumbs up.  My Mom is coming over tomorrow and we are having ribs – I’ll have her try the rub before adding it to her ribs, because it’s a tad spicy, but since Tony used to tell me that I’ve burned all my tastebuds off with all the spicy stuff I eat, I am not a good judge of what’s hot and what’s not ๐Ÿ˜€

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It was much hotter yesterday, so I did a quick 40 minute walk around my neighborhood.  It was both equal parts productive and lazy.  I wash, dried, folded AND put my clothes away.   Last night I made grilled romaine chopped salads with the leftover grilled chicken from Saturday night – that salad below is only 6 smart points and was absolutely delicious – a summer salad at it’s finest.  I put this on Instagram and a few people messaged me and wanted to know what was at the top of salad – some guessed grilled peaches, but it’s actully leftover roasted butternut squash. 

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I also finished Day 7 of Shaun T week.  Yesterday was by far the hardest – 14 different exercises each one lasting a minute long.  Thank goodness I was working out in an airconditioned house!  I sent this picture to my brother and sister after I finished, and my brother Charlie drew the thought bubble and sent this to me.  I need to put more art work on this wall, and Hannah put this on the wall and that’s where our decorating stopped at the moment.  “This life is your message to the world – let it be exraordinary!”  #love

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We also played games and I dominated in banana grams – our family is serious about our board games and pretty competitive.

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And I spent quite a bit of time in the hammock.  I never thought I’d like a hammock, but I love it – kudos to Hannah for buying it.  If nothing else, it forces you to slow down, not worry about what is on your to do list, and just sway back and forth, feeling the breeze across your face.  Life is good!

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I think its BS that I have to work today – our firm is open.   The list of attorneys out of the office was nearly three pages long, so either it’s going to be a cake day because only one of my people are in, or I’ll be swamped working for everyone.  I guess we’ll see!

Make it a great day!

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!