Weekly WI–Up .2

I woke up and checked the weather yesterday morning, and it said 50 degrees.  Nice!  I grabbed a light sweater and at the last second grabbed a scarf before heading out the door.  Well, holy balls, it felt like winter again – it was windy, rainy and with the wind chill probably felt more like 40.  I should know better living in Chicago all my life that it’s completely normal to go from 78 degrees the night before to feeling like 40.

I was happy to get back to my routine and met my sister before work to WI.  I had to laugh that she made the same mistake I did by not wearing a winter coat!

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I am totally fine maintaining these last two weeks.  With my iratic schedule, not meal planning, eating out, +.2 is a victory to me.  I could have easily gotten Popeyes chicken, or Taco Bell every late night from the train station before heading home, and not going to lie, literally had to talk myself out of it every.single.night.

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Now that I don’t have the deadline of our office move, things can kind of get back to my normal routine.  I’ll still be crazy busy at work, but the work will always be there, and plan on sticking to my 12:30-1:30 lunch and leaving at 5:00.  My next goal 150 – by June 1!  I picked up breakfast at Corner Bakery – this was an apple chicken sausage flatbread with egg whites and baby spinach with a large fruit cup – 8 smart points and delicious.

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The WW meeting was about how to treat yourself like you would the people around you.  I know I sometimes wish I didn’t have to think so hard about losing weight, keeping it in focus all.the.time and can beat myself up about it.  But I think, would I ever say those words to anyone else?  We all know the answer is no – so this week the goal is to be kind to yourself too.  One of the women in the group goes to Freshii a lot, and there is one in the lobby of my building.  When I walked in and saw a spicy lemongrass soup on the menu, that was that.  While I waited for my soup, of course they had to have delicious cookies the size of my head by the register.  I just gave them the stink eye! 😛

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Now this soup was amazing.  Perfectly cooked noodles, spicy broth and plenty of veggies – mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes even.  It came in a giant container that easily could have been two servings, but I ate it all over the course of the afternoon.  At times I would have to pop it back in the microwave to heat it up, but this was so good.  I need to figure out how to make this one at home vs. $7.  The nutrition label online gave this 9 smart points, but it may be less because they are including the veggies in that equation.  I left it at 9 because of the noodles though.

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I love this mug too.  No one claimed it before our move, so it was mine – I am such a scavenger that way.  I did stay an hour late last night, just to organize my desk a bit more – it’s still a bit chaotic and it’s giving me a bit of anxiety that I am really not sure what’s on my desk.  

I got home around 8, and didn’t really feel like cooking anything, so nachos it was.  I used the leftover beef and zoodle mixture and a 3/4 ounce Cabot cheese over the top and popped it under the broiler.  Easy and delicious and 10 smart points.  I found kale and spinach tortilla chips at CVS believe it or not, and they were delish!

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Happy friday!  I have no plan, and I am happy about that.  Still feel a bit under the weather – only had 13,000 steps yesterday!  I plan to lay low, and drink lots of tea.

Hope you have a great weekend!


New Digs!

That tall building is my new office! It’s super modern, and several notches up from our old space. I think they had been in that old location 30 years?!

It took me just over 12 minutes to walk from the train station – not too bad.  Since I had no idea how my day was going to start, I ate my breakfast on the train. Leftover steak (3) Cabot cheese (3), and sautéed apples (1) and mango.

I found my desk, started to unpack and my boss wanted me to move closer to him. So after a lot of shuffling around, I finally unpacked my desk around 3 in the afternoon.

Our lunchroom faces West but it’s still a pretty view – I am on the 41st floor.

I made a batch of lasagna soup Sunday night. So filling and delicious and is going to be my lunch again today. I think that’s batch 2.478 🤣

My sister had the day off yesterday but I wanted to see how close her office was to mine – less than 5 minutes 👯‍♂️👏🏻👍🏻 Latinicity is half way between our offices so I know we will meet there often.  Jacky, I think we need to schedule a lunch for next week!

I did pick up a few things at the store on Sunday night. This zoodle bowl is worth every penny.  It’s a 14 ounce container and easily 3-4 servings.  As I was sautéing the veggies, I realized my 3 ounces of shrimp (1) and 1 tablespoon Szechwan sauce (1) meant my dinner was going to be 2 points! 

I found some leftover rice from the kadults takeout and added 3/4 cup to my dish, making my dinner 6 points.

It doesn’t look like it, but that was a lot of food for six points! 

I feel like I am starting to catch a cold. I think my breakneck pace these last few weeks is catching up with me. I am thrilled that I have no plans this weekend. It’s supposed to be rainy too so I think I need to make some homemade bread 🍞 or scones.

And because they are so darn cute and I will miss them when the kadults move out, I’ll leave you with Roman and Rummy 💕

Make it a great day! 

47 point day

While I didn’t have lunch planned, I can always count on my Chobani breakfast parfait.  Simple, easy, delicious and most important, filling!  I’ve been whittling down my office plates, glasses, etc. in anticipation of the office move, and realized I had nothing to put my parfait in.  I found this rocks glass in the shared office kitchen – I love that it says Glenlevit on it 😀 

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So I don’t know what provoked me to stop at Dunkin Donuts to pick this up on my way to work.  It’s a reduced fat blueberry muffin that when I looked on the app as I was getting off the train, thought read 7 points and totally knew I could incorporate that into my points for the day.

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It was delicious by the way.  Light, fluffy, with a nice crunchy sugar topping.  It was then that I was admiring the sugar topping that I realized I needed to add it to my food for the day on the app, and wouldn’t you know it – it was SEVENTEEN points, not 7.  I really need to get reading glasses.  Like for real.  I was proofing documents at work and I was literally holding them as far away from my face so I could read the words.  I turn 49 and then all of a sudden I need reading glasses! 😛

So lunch wasn’t Roti Mediterranean like I thought I was going to have after that misstep, so I got chicken noodle soup from Pret for 4 points. 

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Works crazy as usual, although I am not getting done what I want, but I realized last night going to bed that I am just going to do the best I can, and whatever doesn’t get done, just gets moved to the new office and I’ll have to deal with it after the move.  About 4:30 I felt my blood sugar start to drop.  It’s also at that moment that I realized I had nothing in my desk – no candy, fruit, etc.  (Mom, I’ve brought stuff to stock my desk today, so don’t worry!).  I remembered that a secretary on another floor always has candy on her desk and I ate 5 baby Twix bars, which were about the equivalent to a regular Twix bar, and 12 smart points later and 10 minutes later, I was fine.  

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When I walked into the kitchen and Hannah and Jacob were elbow deep in their dinner prep, Jacob was making bone broth, so I let them have the kitchen, got into my comfy clothes and started watching The Voice on my DVR.  I finally just threw a frozen DiGiornio pizza in the oven, had a slice of pizza and was in bed by 10:30.

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So while I had 12 points the day before, yesterday I had 47.  Truth be told, I wanted to eat everything yesterday – when I have low blood sugars like that, I just want to continue eating and felt like stopping at CVS and buying a whole bag of chocolate chip cook cookies, because who cares?!  I already ate so much, so why not more?

But, luckily I stopped myself.  When I think about it 12 +47 is 59 – which is 1 point under the 60 points I was allotted for the last two days.  

I’ve made a ham and spinach egg white omelet for breakfast, and will get Roti for lunch and I am going to bake off some bone in chicken breasts (or grill if weather permits) for dinner tonight and protein for later in the week.

I am in control of my food, not the other way around.  I just need to remind myself sometimes. 


We like hand cut fries. . . and fresh baked cookies.

Good morning!  Yesterday was again a busy day, and Wednesday’s are the days that I am night secretary so I worked until 7:00 p.m.  The next train isn’t until 7:30, and it makes ALL the stops, so I didn’t get home until 9:00 last night.

I was sitting at my desk in the morning and I got a text from ComEd that the power was out at my house.  Huh. It was a beautiful day, no stormy weather that would have knocked a power line out.  Turns out somebody ran their car into a transformer on the main road.  It took them nearly 8 hours to repair our power, and about 30 minutes before it turned back on Hannah and Jacob ordered Chinese food and they got home at the same time I did – to have the power come back on. 😀

I didn’t download any pictures yet, but you can see my breakfast and dinner on Instagram.  Lunch was a leftover burger and I never posted that because I reheated it like three times before I ate it, and it kind of looked and tasted like ass at that point.

And I ate Chinese food – probably not the best idea the night before weigh in, but it was late, I was tired and hungry.  I probably ate a cup of fried rice with steamed chicken with hot mustard sauce.  It was so good – can’t remember the last time I had Chinese food.

I did get a walk in with my sister yesterday though.  We keep walking in different directions just to see what’s out there.  Of course, food and restaurant signs are everywhere in Chicago – you could literally have a dozen choices of food in one square block.

We’d walk by a hot dog place that had a sign saying that they had hand cut fries, and Jenn and I would say “we like hand cut fries!”  Another sign asking us to come in for fresh baked cookies, and we would say “we like fresh baked cookies!”  Temptation is everywhere.

We say a sign for a candy store and Jenn still makes Easter baskets for her kids so we checked it out.  Super cute, I’ll share the pics later, but I bought a tiny bag of sour gummies and a tiny bag of chocolate covered pommegranate (sp?) seeds.  Did I need that?  No.  Impulse buy for sure, but this past week, after my giant loss last week of 4.6, I think I lost my focus just a bit.  

I had wine several times, the meal out with my Mom on Sunday with creamed spinach and lobster mac n cheese (that I still dream about!) and I only went to the gym once.  When Jenn and I were walking I told her that I thought I might skip weigh in this week, because I know it’s going to be up, but she wouldn’t let me.

We both told each other no matter what, we’d show up to WW every week, good or bad and attend the meetings.  

So that’s what I am doing.  I caught the early train to meet her for our weekly weigh in, assess the damage and move on.  Progress not perfection, right?!

Off to catch up on blog reading and replying to comments on the remainder of my train ride in – make it a great day! 

Oh, and a huge shout out to my brother Charlie for making me a new header!  I know a lot of you were sick of the one I had – and it was driving my brother crazy because it was blurry 😛  Thanks Charlie!


Carb Cycling and –4.6!

Do you ever have those days where you feel . . . “smaller?”  I woke up like that yesterday.   Like most Weight Watchers on day of WI you try to wear the lightest outfit you own.  My new WW “uniform?”  Tights.  Well, I bought tights at Sam’s Club thinking they were leggings.  Rats.  So I cut off the feet and now I made tigths into leggings – they were so comfy!  They actually do look like leggings by the way – I bought the same for my sister, and she did the same thing, although her son was able to hem them for her to make them look a bit nicer.  Me?  I don’t care 😀

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Our WW meeting has be on the “list” to getting the machines that print out your weigh ins – I was watching the receptionist write this down and it was all I could do to say “can I make that a bit neater?! Smile with tongue out

I do contribute some of that weight loss to water weight.  I kind of slid through the month of March – didn’t track that much, hence my monthly 1.8 pound gain.  I also didn’t drink enough water.  So April I kind of started over, tracked my points, drank tons of water, and carb cycled.

My goal for April was to lose 4 pounds on the low side to hit my –20 or 9 to hit my 25.  I love that I was able to meet that goal in the first week.

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I’ll post my breakfast and lunch really quick, and then delve into this whole carb cycling via Weight Watchers program that I am doing.

Breakfast:  These were the steel cut oat waffles I made, but I have to say, these are best eaten the day of or possibly the next day.  These were really dry.  Breakfast came in at 8 points.

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Lunch:  I still had leftover BBQ chicken from Blackwood BBQ from last week and made a low carb BBQ chicken wrap.  If you haven’t found the Ole brand wraps at Walmart, try to look for them this week.  Only 1 smart point for an 8 inch tortilla.   Lunch came in at 7 points.

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I can’t show you what I had for dinner because the recipe I made is for my next blog post for The Chopping Block, and since they pay me for my posts, they get first dibs – I’ll link to it next week because it was a super quick and delicious dinner.

Back in the day when Jenn and I were doing WW, there was something called the “Wendy” plan.  I am sure I’ve talked about it at one point or another, but the basic premise is that you keep switching up your eats, all while still keeping on plan.  Some feel (including me) that if you eat exactly 30 points a day, eat the same foods, do the same workouts, your body gets used to it and stalls your weight loss.  

Since I take insulin every time I eat, I think I feel better when I eat lower carbs, even though I am a carb lover at heart – give me a heaping bowl of pasta and I am a happy lady!

If you read anything about carb cycling it basically says you can eat “until satisfied” as long as you stay under a certain amount of carbs.  Most carb cyclers eat around 50 grams of carbs a day and that’s just too low for me.  On my low carb days all my carbs are from fruit and vegetables, and I eat between 75-100 grams a day.

I get 30 points a day + 35 weeklies.  I’ve never eaten my activity points, mainly because my only form of exercise of late is walking.  I am averaging about 13,000 steps a day between my walk to work, walking at lunch and walking around my office.

I am combining my love of smart points with carb cycling, because for me, I’d keep eating if I was told I could eat “until satisfied.”  I like having the points to keep me in check.

So with 30 points a day + 35 weeklies, I get to “spend” 245 points a week.   Most lower carb days I only eat about 20 points because my fruit is free.  But my high carb days (2 per week) I might eat close to 40 points, but in the end, it all evens out, and I will have “spent” my 245 points in a week.

I am working on a quick eBook with recipes and meal ideas which I hope to have done in the next few weeks, in case anyone is interested in carb cycling on WW.  Thoughts?  Anyone interested in that?

As a WW Ambassador I sometimes get swag, and was thrilled when I got the mail last night.  It’s a journal!  I’ve talked about how journaling keeps me focused, and the second I stop, so does the scale.  These journals will be available to purchase at your local WW locations soon, if they are not available already.  If my local WW location has one, I’ll do a giveaway next week.

It comes with all these cool stickers, and lots of room to add your food, activities, thoughts, goals and keep track of points.  Love!  

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So dream big; it’s progress, not perfection; keep on keeping on; you got this!; life is full of possibilities and say hello to a brand new day.  Happy Friday my friends!  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section 😀 

They Are Ready to Fly!

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After a couple months of searching, finding places they like, only to have them go under contract before they can even see them, being outbid on other homes, they finally found one!  Not only that, their offer was accepted, below asking price, the home inspection went through with flying colors and if everything goes as planned, they will close on April 28.

I could not be happier for them.   Since I was a single Mom for the first 8 years of Hannah’s life, I’ve raised her to be independent.  The circumstance that had her move back in, only weeks after Tony died, with her boyfriend and two dogs, couldn’t have worked better for all of us.  They could save money and I could figure out my life without Tony.  I really don’t know what I would have done had I been living alone these last two years.   But I think I am in a good place.  They will only be 15 minutes from me (not 90 minutes like when she first moved out!) and it’s not like I don’t talk to her every day, even though we live together.  

I met them, Jacob parents and the realtor at the place so us parents could check it out last night.  I love how they have handled everything themselves.  Even though I’ve done real estate closing for years with my job in various law firms I’ve worked at, I have not butted in and have only answered questions that have been asked of me.   (Well, I did tell them how to take title of the house – but that’s it!) Open-mouthed smile

So afterwards we went out to an impromptu dinner at a place Tony and I used to take the kids when they were little.  When we had Joe on the weekends we’d ask the kids where they wanted to go to eat,  they would ask “can we go to the dead animal place?”  There are literally dead animals all over this place.

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Charlie and Jenn, it’s a restaurant where you can eat all the peanuts you want and throw the shells on the ground – always reminds me of Ground Round – isn’t that the place where we could do that when we were little?

Hannah has been stock piling and reorganzing their stuff from when they moved in for the last several weeks.  My back room is filled now with all the stuff that they will be moving.  I know they have wanted to be on their own for a while now, but I applaud how they handled looking for a house, not going over budget, and letting go when they were outbid.

Can you believe it was cheaper for them to buy a house than it was to rent?  So crazy!

So in less than a month, I’ll be an empty nester again.  And no, I am not going to get a dog (I am gone 12 hours a day) and I won’t get a cat because I don’t like cats.  My friend Alison suggested I get a fish, so maybe I’ll get a fish. 😀


I need a nap.

When my Mom, sister and I were at Trader Joe’s over the weekend, this granola caught my eye at the check out.  I first saw the word coffee and was like “sold!”  I love granola but hate how many points I have to spend for so little food.  Some serving sizes can be as little as 1/4 cup for 8-10 points!  So I was thrilled that this serving size was 3/4 of a cup for 8 points.  I added just 1/4 cup to the top of my parfait and it was delicious.  You definitely taste the coffee!  Check it out next time you go to TJ’s.

It was another busy day at work, but I sound like a broken record when I say that.  One of my bosses is going to be out of the office tomorrow so I had to get a bunch of stuff done and couldn’t walk with my sister and her friend.  I did manage to eat my lunch though at a decent time, although at my desk – I did put my dictaphone headphones on so no one bothered me for a full 30 minutes.  Nice.

I bought some tomatoes over the weekend on the $1 rack and made my first batch of Baja fresh salsa – one of the very first recipes I ever did on this blog back in September of 2008!  I used rotisserie chicken to make a taco type salad.  Romaine, carrots, cucumber, the chicken, 100 calorie pack of guacamole and my baja fresh salsa as a dressing.  Looks like a hot mess, but it was so good.

Worked a bit late again and by the time I got home, I wasn’t all that hungry and I had no desire to be in my kitchen longer than I had to.  I just wanted to lay on the couch and catch up on The Voice.  More rotisserie chicken to the rescue!  I made buffalo chicken tacos – um, why have I not made these before?!  I fried them up in a bit of grapeseed oil, and while the hot sauce bottle kind of got away from me on that first squeeze, I didn’t mind the messy plate.  Thanks Hannah for taking the picture for me.

So here is the book that Roman chewed up.  I’ve never ruined a library book before, can I just buy them a replacement copy?  Maripat you would probably have the answer to this question!  I told my friend Christina that I’d mail her this book when I am done with it, as long as she didn’t mind the chewed up cover 😛

Our temps haven’t been too bad, but still a bit chilly in the morning.  I am ready to see some sun though, but happy that it’s light out by the time I get home.

I am working night secretary tonight, so I am going to spend the rest of my train ride taking a nap. I can pretty much take a nap anywhere, at any time.  #itsagift 😀

Make it a great day!