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I love foggy mornings.  What I don’t like is driving through fog.  I remember driving home from my brother’s house in Iowa – Hannah was probably about 6 – and I drove through what seemed to be about 100 miles of fog.  I or course was on the right side of the road, flashers blinking the whole time, when cars on the left of me were driving 80 mph without a care in the world even though you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you.


By the time I got downtown it was blue skies and sunny!




Once again I hit the ground running and ate my breakfast around 10:45.  I had about a cup of mango at my desk around 9:30 and ate a banana on the train ride in.  This is just 1/2 cup shredded potatoes cooked with egg whites (3) and Canadian Bacon (1).  And hot sauce – duh.


Here is where you would usually see my lunch, except I never had a chance to eat it.  Luckily my breakfast held me.  I was able to catch the last express train home at 6:25, and bought this for the train ride home because by now, I was hangry.  I used my WW app to scan this – 20 points for the whole thing, so I ate half, and kicked myself for not picking the fruit cup next to it which would have been zero.  But then I realized I’d only had 4 points all day, so no big.


The kadults went out to dinner with a friend, so it was just me.  I bought a pork shoulder at Jewel for $3.81 and cooked that low and slow in my dutch oven – pork for days!  I made a mini pork bbq sandwich with a mustard bbq sauce and had a serving of tots on the side.  I want to preface that the bun is only an ounce, I had 3 ounces of pork and that’s a salad plate, not a dinner plate – but it does look like a lot of food, doesn’t it?!  Dinner was 12 points.


I love me some tater tots – if they are ever a choice on a menu, my first thought is always “why don’t you ONLY have tots?!”

My boss who’s office is closest to me is going to talk to the office manager today about my three partner assignment.  You all know that I’ve been working long hours, late and through lunch this past month.  And yesterday one of my attorney’s dominated my whole day, so I am even more behind with the other two. 🙁   We’ll have to see how that pans out.  

All I know, is that today is like my Thursday – loving this short week for me!  

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!


Dinner for Lunch

Another train delay caused me not to get into work until 9:30.  Second day in a row.  This time it was the train in front of us, which was a local train, so they dumped all the people off at one station, we picked them up, and my express train was now a local train and made all.the.stops to Chicago.  Gah.

I brought yogurt to make a parfait, but by the time I put it together at 10:00 a.m., the yogurt was room temperature, so I put the whole thing in the fridge for 30 minutes and ate this at 10:30.  6 smart points – 2 for the yogurt and 4 for the Kind chocolate granola.

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I’ve decided that since I am working out at night now, to switch up my meals and eat what I typically would eat for dinner at lunch, and have lighter meals for dinner.  Perfectly normal to cook up a pork chop and saute apples at 6:15 in the morning, right?  

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I also had zucchini that I cooked for my side, but sadly forgot that on the stove.  My sister, our friend Jenny and I walked to Mariano’s on our lunch walk, and I picked up 1/4 pound of this quinoa corn and edamame salad and some tear drop grapes, which were delicious.  I’ve seen them before online, but never in person. 

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My afternoon snack was some canteloupe (I have yet to have good canteloupe this summer) and an apple with 2 tablespoons of chocolate PB2.  I was still hungry at 5:00, so unphotographed was a banana dipped in 2 tablespoons of granola.  

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I think my Fitbit is officially broken.  I’ve switched the battery, and it doesn’t seem to matter where I put it – on my bra, on my shoe or on my pants, all of a sudden it will just reset itself to zero.  I had just looked down before I went on my lunch at walk and had 4900 steps.  When I got back I checked it and it was back to zero.  Getting a new one is not in the budget, and while I realize I don’t need a Fitbit to tell me how many steps I do, I did enjoy the challenges.

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Last night was Day 8 of Insanity.  But I’ve switched it up.  I am moving to Insanity Max:30.  Still a 60 day program, but they are only 30 minutes long – and intense!  Because I am going to Planet Fitness later at night, this 30 minute workout is perfect, and truth be told, I was kind of sick of the same old Insanity videos, because they repeat every third day or say.

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I ate dinner around 8:30.  I made chicken taco lettuce wraps.  Six ounces of chicken (4) 1/2 cup drained corn (2) with green chiles and chopped baby peppers.  This was filling and I didn’t feel my dinner at all when I was working out later.

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As I was letting my dinner settle, I had things I wanted to do:  downloan my pictures for the day, put my food togehter for today, when Hannah asked if I wanted to play a game of Yatzhee before we went to the gym.  Yep!  Always say yes if your child asks to do something with you. 😀  

Um, welcome to the gun show!  Ha – I love this pic though 😀

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I am starting to see some definition in my shounders, which is nice!  Now if I could just get rid of my tummy, I’d be happy.  I know it will come in time, so it’s all good. 

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Because we pay the $19 a month, we get full access to the “spa” area.  I tried the red light therapy last night.  It’s 12 minutes long, you stand up, the floor vibrates and there is music playing.  I am not sure how I feel about it.  Standing for 12 minutes after doing the 30 minute circuit, abs and stretching, I wished I could have laid down like in a tanning bed.  Apparently it’s good for your skin?  Anyone else heard of this?  Is it bullshit?!

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The best part was the 10 minute message chair – at 11:00 p.m. at night.  Perfect way to end the day.  We were home by 11:20, I was in bed by 11:30 (asleep in 1 minute!) and I woke up at 6:30 this morning, so a solid 7 hours of sleep. 

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It’s so weird, because literally all Tony and I did after dinner was watch t.v.  Basically from 7:30 until 11:00.  Now I don’t watch t.v. except for Friday nights, and occassionally on the weekend, and I really don’t miss it.  Everyone has the same 24 hours, do you feel you have enough time to get everything done that you want?  

Curious minds want to know – how many hours of t.v. do you think you watch every day or week?  

Make it a great day!

Pork/ Sauces

East Carolina BBQ Sauce

Going into this weekend, I had a couple of events that I knew could throw me off my plan, but that I semi planned for.  The first one was a birthday party on Saturday – I enjoyed two beers and half a sandwich, and managed to avoid the cheese tray and the ice cream cookie dessert.

On Sunday, my twin sister and I met up with our best friends who are twins to meet at Wildfire.  I always get a burger at Wildfire because they are amazing.  I even told my sister earlier in the week that I was going to get one.  But when I woke up, I asked myself – do you really want to spend 40 points on lunch?

I ordered the shrimp cocktail with a side of broccoli with lemon vinaigrette, and had two glasses of wine.  It was perfect.  I wasn’t overly stuffed, because as much as I would think I’d only eat half of the burger, I knew I would eat it all, as well as all the fries.

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So remember how I told you last week that I just up and decided to rip up the back carpet on my back stairs – with no plan in mind?   Even Roman was like “what the F?!”

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I think I showed you all the layers that were part of the back room – my house was build in 1922, and I think that this back part of the house at one time may have been a three season porch as one time?

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I was blown away when Jacob told me he bought me new flooring, and he, Hannah and Jacob’s Dad spent hours peeling up the old flooring, sanding, sawing.   Not only did they pay for everything, I also found out that they paid some of Jacob’s Dad’s bills to thank him for his time.  So thoughtful.

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It turned out beautiful.  I am planning on hiring the guy who painted the rest of my house come in and pain the paneling the same grey color that’s in the front of the house, and stain all the wood beams from the front of the house to the back of the house so they are all the same. 

And the front of my house that’s been stacked with boxes for the move that Hannah and Jacob didn’t make, Hannah finally got to a point where she was over the disappointment of not moving out, and the clutter trumped her disappointment.  So on Sunday night, we did a clean sweep, and yesterday morning it was so calming to walk out of my bedroom and see this:

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Not only is my house put back together, but since my boss was out of town last week, I finally got rid of a bunch of stuff to offsite storage, and have my desk exactly the way I want it.  There is just something so calming about having things in order.  And it reflects my eating as well.  I had no temptation to each any junk this weekend at all.  It feels good to be back in control.

My Mom came over yesterday, and we had plans to go to a thrift store that was having a 50% off the entire store sale.  I didn’t want to be tied to my grill yesterday, so I pre-grilled a pork roast on Sunday to make chopped pork sandwiches.  That’s grilled sweet potato on the board too – so good!

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Obligatory picture of me and my Mom – spending yet another holiday together.  Once again proving that I am her favorite child.  Oh, and your welcome for the no make up!

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When my Mom comes over I try to fix her stuff that she wouldn’t cook just for herself.  She’s a great cook, but living alone, she’s not about to buy a 4 pound pork shoulder just for herself.

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Her Dad, my grandpa, who died when I was 11, still made the best North Carolina BBQ I’ve ever eaten.  Let me clarify that – best EASTERN North Carolina BBQ.  And that’s a pretty impressionable food memory to have nearly 38 years later.  I think that’s where I got my love of spicy food and vinegar from – I remember a carafe of hot vinegar peppers on my grandparents dinner table when we went to visit.  While my Aunt Martha makes the second best North Carolina BBQ, this is a close third.

East Carolina BBQ is always vinegar based, and what I would call a “mop” sauce.  Next time I will definitely use this as a mop, but since its a new recipe, I didn’t want to put it on there and people not like it, but my Mom and Jacob loved it.  #winning

My Aunt Martha does her pork bbq in the crock pot, cooking it slowly overnight, then dousing it with generous pours of vinegar, Tabasco sauce and crushed red pepper.  She also chops her pork up really fine.  Since Hannah wasn’t eating any, I just did a rough chop on the pork.

And a pork bbq sandwich wouldn’t be complete without topping it with cole slaw! 

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East Carolina BBQ Sauce
Serves 20
A delicious vinegar based bbq "mopping" sauce - can be used to mop your pork while it grills, or drizzle over your grilled pork sandwich.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
15 min
32 calories
7 g
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41 g
490 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 490mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
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 apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 cup ketchup
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon salt
  5. 1 teasoon crushed red pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  1. Mix all the ingredients into a stock pot, and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it boils, boil for one minute while whisking, then remove from the heat and let cool. Store in a mason jar.
My Bizzy Kitchen
It was a great weekend.  I stayed on track – used some weekly points, but still have 18 points for the next few days before Thursday’s WI, I didn’t declare it “holiday weekend!” and just go crazy with the eating and drinking to get “back on” today.  I just followed the program, much like I did in January and February and it felt good to be back in control of my eating, instead of it controlling me.

I’ll leave you with this picture of Hannah and Jacob’s dogs – they love me so!  Turns out I love them too Open-mouthed smile

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