Blogging from my iPhone

I discovered the only downside of deciding to blog on the way to work.  I got settled on the train this morning, opened my laptop and …it’s not working.  I’ve had problems in the past with it holding a charge but haven’t had any problems for the last couple months.  I’ll have to check that out over the weekend.  Can you even replace the battery in a Mac book?


I’ve seen this ad on instagram on Facebook for this “new” weight loss” system called noom which is apparently a weight watchers type program for millennials. Huh – I guess they fell that Weight watchers is for older folks.

I was curious though, and checked it out, and of course the first caveat on the first page said something like “results based on personal effort and commitment, results may vary.” 

Um, duh! I don’t think it matters what program you do, if you don’t put in the effort you won’t get the results you want. As we are nearing the end of March already, I will most likely have a gain for the month. 

You know why? I lost my focus.  I stopped journaling every day. I haven’t kept up with my strength training.  I need to refocus now before I completely revert to my old habits – drinking wine, snacking after dinner, etc.

Breakfast and lunch:


Another salsa egg white wrap (5) and lunch was a cup of tomato feta soup.  According to the WW app that 8 ounce cup comes in at 13 points, but their website says it’s 110 calories.  I called lunch 8 points with the 1 ounce roll.

When I got home from work I had a package – I love getting packages 😍😂


My step-son Joe and his wife Liz sent me this belated birthday loot.  Um, how did they know I love spicy shit?! 🤗🌶

Guys – that jalapeño ranch from Whataburger? I could do shots of that stuff it’s so good! It’s 2 points a tablespoon but so worth it. I tossed my sautéed green beans in 1/2 a tablespoon with Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning, then used the second 1/2 tablespoon to make this buffalo ranch burger.


The label of the ranch dressing said it was the sauce on their Monterey burger. I looked it up and it’s a double cheeseburger with two kinds of cheese and red peppers. Oh, and it’s only 1130 calories and 78 grams of fat 😳

I used a Healthy Life English muffin (2) three ounce sirloin beef patty (4) 1 teaspoon of grape seed oil to sauté the green beans (1) red pepper and mushrooms 🍄 and the tablespoon of the jalapeño ranch (2). 

That was an epic burger. Juicy patty, the spicy buffalo sauce, the tang of the ranch – yum! 

I am weighing in at lunch today, will face whatever the scale says, and just move on. 

Now I still have 30 minutes left of my train ride and am pulling out my journal – something about pen and paper 📝 helps me stay focused. 

Hope you have a great day! 👋🏻👍🏻👊

She Made Me Cry

It was a few weeks back in a Weight Watchers meeting that we were talking about motivation.  How to get it, savor it, and most importantly, hot to keep it.  The first 8 weeks of this year I was tracking like it was my job, making sure I got blue dots on my healthy daily eating chart, and I was focused and determined.  I had two gains the first two weigh ins in March and it’s thrown me off my game.  Now that I’ve got my –112 point for the week going after my birthday weekend, I know this weeks weigh in is not going to be pretty, but I already know that going in.

Being on a train two hours a day commuting gives me lots of time to think.  I put my headphones on, and I can go down the path of watching inspiring videos, just as easily as I can watch videos on how to make a 1000 calorie double grilled cheese burger.  I love them both! Open-mouthed smile

I’ve known Kim on social media for about a year and a half, if not longer.  She and her best friend Lori started posting videos to YouTube, and I loved their honesty from the start.  Whether the week went well, or it didn’t, they discussed the pros and cons of the week and each weekly weigh in and then moved on.

Here is one of their first videos when they started Weight Watchers!

https://youtu.be/tj1iyCadBys

One of Kim’s biggest bucket list things was to run a 5k without stopping.  She just recently hit her 100 (+!) pounds lost and last weekend accomplished her goal of running that 5k!  First, can I just say how cute she looks with her green accessories and red lipstick?!

https://youtu.be/s-zrwuCtito

Oh my gosh you guys!  I watched this on the train ride home and it literally made me cry with happiness for her.  She persevered, she stuck with it.  She had good weeks, she had bad weeks, but most importantly, she never gave up!  Just another reminder that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.  You can get up 30 minutes earlier if that’s what it takes to get a workout in.  Spend 15 minutes less time watching t.v. at night to pack your food for the next day.  Progress, not perfection.  If I ever get a tattoo (Hannah keeps wanting to get matching tattoos!) that might be it!  Or maybe this one?!  But a lot smaller. 😛

still i rise

So Kim (and Lori who doesn’t join her on the YouTube videos anymore, but is there in spirit!) thank you for continuing to be a reminder to never give up.  Hugs!

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I had a planned lunch out with a co-worker for a belated birthday lunch, so I planned accordingly and ate this picky breakfast plate – hard boiled egg (2), 3 ounces reduced fat ham off the bone (2), strawberries, bananas and a tablespoon of granola (1).

Blackie’s is in the lobby of my office building so I don’t even need to leave the building to get this delicious burger.  So good.  Perfectly seasoned patty, good patty to bun ratio – I got the Black and Blue burger which was a Cajun spiced burger with blue cheese.  #swoon.  I ate half for 10 points of the burger and plan on making a breakfast frittata with the leftover French fries.

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I was going to make chicken fajitas for dinner, but realized I still had some leftover grilled pork left and these pork tostadas were born.  I had these mini corn tortillas and I crisped them up a bit with 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil in my cast iron skillet.  Then sauteed zucchini and red peppers, and added a bit of Tajin seasoning, and right before taking this off the heat, shredded an ounce of reduced fat Cabot cheese.  This whole plate is 10 points, super delicious and filling.  And a great way to use up leftovers.

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I am loving my new iPhone 7 Plus.  Still figure out all the new features with the phone, but can I just say how much I love the camera?  This was taken in Hannah and Jacob’s room, at night with only side lamps on, yet you can still see all the details of his nose.  

I then asked him if he wanted to sleep with grandma and he went and hid under the bed.  I guess that was a no!

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I am switching up my blog schedule a bit, and utilizing the time on the train to write my blog on the way to work in the morning.  For those of you who read my blog in the morning before work, or when you get up, it will likely be published between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Chicago time.  I sound as if I have SO many followers, but I have a few dozen that worry about me if I don’t post at my usual time.  Just wanted to give a heads up.

Here’s your motivation today – make it a great day!

I stand corrected . . .–112 points!

While I was on the train ride to work, I was looking at my WW app and realized I never entered my food for dinner Saturday night OR this chocolate pie!   So while I thought I was -82 points for the week, I stand corrected – I am at -112!  #gobigorgohome 😀

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Tony used to buy me this pie every birthday.  It’s a sugar free French silk pie from a local 24 hour diner near out house.  And while it may be sugar free, it is not calorie free, but it’s amazingly delicious, and I love that she remembered that Tony used to get this for me. 

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Breakfast was a simple egg white and salsa breakfast wrap.  I just added 1/2 a coffee cup worth of liquid egg whites with 2 tablespoons of jarred salsa and nuked that at work for a minute and thirty seconds.  I added 1/2 ounce of cheese and chopped romaine and fruit on the side – breakfast was 5 points.

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Right before I left the house and was finishing packing my lunch, I dropped a whole 32 ounce package of strawberries on the floor.  Gah.  For half a second I thought to just leave them and text Hannah to see if she minded cleaning up my mess, but quickly got it cleaned up and was still able to get out of the house on time.  

Sadly, the leftover pork that I had planned for my lunch time wrap never made it into my lunch bag.  Sure enough I texted Hannah and she said “you mean this bag of meat on the kitchen counter?”  Um, that would be yes.  Luckily she was able to put it in the fridge for me. 

But now I needed something to put in my wrap.  There is a diner called Venice Cafe a block from my office that another co-worker was talking about how they have a managers special every day of grilled chicken with sauteed vegetables.  When I looked up their menu, I saw that as a “side” I could get a grilled chicken breast for $3.95.  Nice!

When I got there I saw their specials board, and for a second thought “well, I am already over -112 points for the month, maybe I should try that panini or meatball calzone?!”

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When I ordered my grilled chicken he asked if I wanted it sliced, yes please!  Then asked if I wanted complimentary marinara sauce.  Um, double yes please!  The chicken was delicious and moist and I could have done shots of that marinara sauce.  Good to know there is a place like that near my office. 

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I had the other 1/2 ounce of Swiss cheese from my breakfast so I made kind of a mock chicken parmesan wrap and it was delicious.  I counted the chicken at 5 points, the cheese 2 and the wrap 1 point for an 8 point lunch.

I am having a “situation” with my neighbor.  A week and a half ago it was super windy and my neighbor said that one of my branches fell on his house . . . causing $6000 worth of damage.   His wife suggested that I have some trees cut off my property that were dead – well, if I did that, I would spend $10,000 in tree removal, which just isn’t in the budget.  I kindly thanked her for her suggestion, and did not cut down any trees.  They are now accusing me of being negligent by not cutting down the trees – my neighbor even said that the contractor told him “if this limb went through your window (which was 10 feet from where it landed) and any one of his family was sitting on the family room couch, they most likely would have been killed.”  A bit dramatic if you ask me, but in any event, I was talking to my insurance company as I was walking into the train station and got on the wrong train.

Luckily, it was the right train line, just the 5:33 train vs. the 5:20 train I normally take, which has way more stops so I didn’t get home until 7:00.  

When I walked into the house, Hannah was reheated leftover food from our dinner on Saturday night, and I reheated the bland pizza I ordered.  I brushed it with a bit of olive oil and some sea salt and reheated it on my baking steel so the crust turned out amazing, and that little pop of salt made all the difference.

I cut 2 ounces of pizza (6) and made pizza “croutons” to go over my salad.  Delish!

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I have to say though, that after my “hands in the air, don’t care” eating over my birthday weekend, my old habits want to come back – i.e, the night time snacking, the wine.  I almost contemplated going out and getting a bottle of wine!

But I know if I don’t reign it in right now, it’s a slippery slope and I can go right back to eating whatever I want and drinking whatever I want, and we all know that isn’t going to get me where I want to be. 

I still plan on weighing in on Thursday, because that’s what my sister and I agreed to do at the beginning at the year.  

I have one last birthday lunch with a co-worker today, but plan on eating reasonably.  I have a 4 point breakfast full of fruit which will help balance out my lunch, and I have chicken fajitas on the menu for dinner tonight, so it’s all good.

Here’s some morning motivation for you – make it a great day!

Almost Perfect Birthday

Hannah and Jacob both had to work on my birthday yesterday, and Hannah was so apologetic about it, but I told her it was not a big deal.  I had already planned on going to my Mom’s church yesterday morning and we were going out to lunch.

So Saturday night the kadults took me out to dinner at a new restaurant in our town that touted that they had pizza that was cooked in a 750 degree oven.  Sold!  We got appetizers of fried calamari, a cured meat and cheese platter.  Jacob and Hannah split a salad and Jacob got the stuffed mushrooms and Hannah got the four cheese baked pasta.  Jacob’s Dad came along and he got the carpaccio steak salad.

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Since everything tasted so great, I was so excited to get the pizza.

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Huh.  Where are the charred bits you get on a pizza cooked in a 750 degree oven?  Not only that, the dough had absolutely no flavor whatsoever.  So unfortunately, I will not be going back for the pizza, but I will go back for the wine and everything else that was ordered.  I almost wanted to go back into the kitchen and ask “what’s in your pizza dough?  How long do you proof it?!”  Ha!

The birthday gift I gave to myself was the new iPhone 7 Plus.  I puffy heart this phone!  The camera is amazing, love the portrait setting too.   My old phone was starting to not hold a charge anymore.  I would leave the house at 100%, then get to the train station only to have it give me the symbol to plug it in.  If I didn’t find a seat on the train station that had an electrical outlet, I’d have no phone or laptop access for the whole hour train ride.  I’d get to work, plug it in for 2 minutes and it would be back to 100%.  It didn’t matter if I did a hard reboot or anything. 

Check out this photo of wine from lunch yesterday:

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Mom and I went to caffe DeLuca in Forest Park.   We’ve never been disappointed with food and service there before.  We split the pear/goat cheese/candied walnut salad with balsamic dressing – this is half!

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And once I found out that the quiche of the day was spinach and goat cheese, I was sold!

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It’s the fluffiest, most delicious quiche I’ve ever had.  I have no idea who they get it that fluffy, but it was delicious – a layer of goat cheese on both the top and bottom.  Swoon.

Mom and I walked around for a while before moving on with each of our days – thanks for hanging out with me on my birthday Momma!  Just more proof that she loves me more than my sister, because the last I checked my sister wasn’t with us! Open-mouthed smile

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I liked this picture of my Mom too – she looks amazing for 76!

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On my way home I went grocery shopping.  I had planned to go Saturday afternoon, but drove to a grocery store I normally go to to stock up on meat, only to realize that it closed a month earlier.  I had already done my meal plan off that grocery store’s sale flyer, and I didn’t have time to redo my game plan before heading out to dinner Saturday night. 

When I got back from the store, Hannah and Jacob were napping (they started work at 5:00 a.m.) so I got my grill lit, poured myself a glass of wine, and enjoyed the nice weather.  It was at that moment, that I realized it was almost a perfect birthday.  The only thing missing was Tony.  I could imagine watching him light up a cigar, us listening to Frank Sinatra music and him being bundled up in a parka, hat and gloves in the 52 degree weather, and me being in capri pants and flip flops.  It’s occasions like my birthday that are hard not to be a little sad that he’s not here to celebrate with me.

I told the kadults not to give me anything for my birthday, because I don’t really need anything.  The older you get you realize birthdays are less about the stuff and more about who you share the day with.  But, Hannah did hear me tell her that my commuter back pack was coming unzipped all the time and I had been looking into getting a new one.  This one is really sturdy and I know it will hold up for a long time.

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Of course with such great weather I  couldn’t not grill.  I bought a pork shoulder to make BBQ pork sandwiches on pretzel bread.  For a cut of pork like this, I cook it to 195 degrees, then let it sit for 30 minutes before slicing or shredding.  This was a boneless shoulder, with a nice fat cap on the top.  I cooked it in my Weber grill dedicated cast iron skillet on in direct heat.  It was just over three pounds, and took about an hour and 45 minutes to get to 195.  My coals were a bit hot to begin with so I had to bring the heat down a bit. 

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Love the crust on the outside.  So delicious.  It was nice seeing the dogs outside picking up all the sticks in the yard.  Roz, I thought you would like the random heart in the photo below!

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For the record, I stopped tracking my points when I got to –82 points for the week.  Not kidding on that number!  From pizza and beer Friday night, to my dinner out Saturday night with more beer and wine, and lunch out yesterday . . . with more wine – I am 82 points in the hole for the week.  But I am not upset by that at all.  I am going back to being alcohol free until the next occasion arises.  I have my food planned and packed and I’ll be hitting the gym this week so it’s all good.

And while I wish Tony could have been with me today, that was the only thing missing to an otherwise perfect birthday.  Thanks Mom, Hannah, Jacob, Joe, Lizz, Bonnie and Carl for making my birthday weekend.  Cheers to starting my 49th year!  I have a feeling it’s going to be a great one!

Pork Potsticker Noodle Bowl

Um, can I just say it’s bullshit that work is getting in the way of me posting my eats on Instagram?!  Hahahaha!   I am kidding . . .a little bit.  The minutes and hours go by so fast.  I’ll have my phone plugged in under my desk and even though it’s on mute, I can hear the vibrations of notifications on my social media, and I have to wait until the end of the day to catch up with you all.

So question:  has anyone had trouble viewing my posts?  I’ve gotten a couple dozen emails, texts and messages on Instagram asking if I am okay, because they haven’t seen a post since March 8 or 9th.  I know my posts are published, other people are commenting on them, just wondering so I can let my brother know.  I have no idea how the back end of my blog works, even after nearly 9 years Smile with tongue out

Breakfast and lunch were good, but nothing out of the ordinary.   Breakfast was an egg, deli roast beef and spinach tortilla (6 points) and lunch was more deli roast beef with spinach, cucumbers, tzatziki and the best potato chips I’ve ever had from a place in the French Market near my office called Frietkoten.   Note to self, I’ll have to go back for some Belgian beer, but these potato chips were insanely delicious – so much so that I ate the whole small bag (the portion on this plate was about 1/4 of the bag) and my guess was 7 points, but so worth it!

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The reason I stopped at the French Market was because the wind was so strong, even though it was sunny, it was cold AF.   So I got my steps walking around the market – how cute are these marzipan?!

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I am not sure I’ve ever even eaten marzipan but I wanted to buy a pig, a hot dog and a taco!  

At least when it snows this late in the year, it doesn’t last long. 

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And before I knew it, it was time to call it a day and head home.  Some people have a hard time with daylight savings, but it does nothing to me.  But what it does do is make me happy when I step off the train at 6:30 and the sun is just setting.

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My store had ground pork on sale for $1.99 a pound – did you know that you can buy 96% lean ground pork?   It’s only 2 points for 3 ounces, and a quick Pinterest search landed me on Kristin’s page (Iowa Girl Eats) for her pork potsticker noodle bowl.  She’s gluten free, so I took inspiration from her recipe.  She also called for A LOT of soy sauce, and this being my weigh in day, I wanted to reduce the sodium in the dish as much as possible without sacrificing flavor.

These are the noodles I use to make this a super quick week night dinner.  I found them in the Asian aisle at my regular grocery store.  Each packet contains two servings – and I just cut the bag in half and microwave the noodles for a minute and they are ready to go.

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This recipe is for my one serving:

Serves 1 bowl

Pork Potsticker Noodle Bowl

A super quick and easy weeknight dinner, that tastes just like eating the inside of a pork potsticker, without the deep fryer.

5 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon szechwan sauce (I use House of Tsang)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 3/4 cup noodles (mine were 5 smart points)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Normally I would salt and pepper the pork before cooking, but I think the sauce has enough salt so it's not necessary. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork and add ground pepper, and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, chicken broth, szechwan sauce, sriracha, ginger and garlic and mix until combined. Add this mixture to the pork and cook for about 30 seconds. Add in the cabbage, carrots and zucchini and cooked pasta, and cook for an additional minute or so. Plate and garnish with fresh cilantro or green onions.
Cuisine: Asian | Recipe Type: Dinner

Notes

While I used pre-cooked noodles, feel free to sub in any pasta you want - gluten free noodles, ramen - just be sure to check the points.

I also used 96% lean ground pork, so using the Weight Watcher recipe builder, this comes in at 10 smart points

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That, my friends, is the perfect bite!  It literally does taste like the inside of a pork potsticker, without the deep fryer.  Although I did think that a pan fried wonton wrapper or two crumbled over the top would be a nice addition.  Love that this was so super quick too.

It’s Thursday, so it’s WI day for me.  Hopefully the sodium packed dinner wasn’t a bad idea.  For those of you following along I gained 1.6 last week after a couple mini binges and Hannah’s birthday.  I had a good week this week, although my strength training is not going as well as I had hoped.  I need to figure out how to squeeze that into my day.

So here is your daily motivation – make it a great day!

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Protein Pancakes Two Ways

For some reason lately I’ve had a taste for pancakes.   Friday night I worked as the night secretary.  I actually volunteer when the opportunity arises because it’s overtime and a lot of times no one needs help, so I get the peace and quiet with no interruptions and actually get a lot done.   I didn’t get home until nearly 9 p.m. on Friday night and while you all know I love my party pizza  Friday, when I walked into the train station I could feel my blood sugar dropping, checked it really quick, it was 63 and I had nothing in my bag for the hour and 15 minute train ride home.   I had 6 minutes until my train, and Burrito beach was the only food court spot that didn’t have a line, so I bought chips and spicy salsa, which cost me 6 smart points. 

I had 16 points going into dinner for my planned pizza, but now I was down to 10, and decided to just make breakfast for dinner.  I made a batch of Premier Protein pancakes – I tweaked a few recipes I saw online to come up with this one – this whole recipe made 10 pancakes for 2 points each.

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1 container chocolate premier protein

Mix the dry ingredients together, then the liquid ingredients, then mix just until combined. These pancakes never looked like they were “cooked.”  You know how pancakes are golden brown?  These were pretty good, and with bacon, syrup and strawberries, this was a quick and easy dinner (I ate 2 of the 4 pancakes shown).

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When I was cleaning out the pantry, I found this lone Quest protein package –  I think I bought these last summer?

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That package is 1 smart point and is meant to be a protein shake mixed with 8 ounces of water.  I decided to make that my “flour” but after mixing everything together, I needed a batter that was a bit more tight, and added 2 tablespoons of flour – that did the trick!  This recipe is for 1 serving and made 4 pancakes for 4 smart points.

  • 1 (one ounce) single serve Quest protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 mashed banana

In a bowl, mash the banana.  Add the egg, egg white, cinnamon and vanilla and mix well.  Mix in the protein powder, flour, baking powder and salt and let the batter sit for 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  This was when I cooked up my Jennie-O turkey sausage (2 links for 1 point!).

I used 1/3 cup measure spoon per pancake, and cooked for about 2 minutes a side until golden brown.

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That syrup?  That’s 2 tablespoons of PB2 mixed with 1/4 cup Smucker’s sugar free pancake syrup.  This breakfast is a protein punch – 22 grams for the pancakes, 8 for the turkey sausage and 5 for the PB2 syrup.

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The Quest protein pancakes were amazeballs.  Like, I could eat these every day amazeballs.  Super fluffy, you didn’t taste the “protein powder” taste you sometimes get with those products, and that plate kept me full FOR HOURS.   I believe I picked up the individual packages of Quest at GNC – and if memory serves, each one was .99 cents.  There were lots of flavors to choose from too, so the possibilities are endless, but these tasted like I was eating fresh out of the oven banana bread with the vanilla notes from the protein powder and added vanilla extract. 

I can’t remember if I posted it here, or on Facebook, but I am carb cycling this week (actually started on Saturday).  I just toggle between lower carb and higher carb foods every other day.  The only exception is breakfast.  And by low carb, I don’t go below 125 grams of carbs a day – still need carbs in a healthy diet.  I still count points too, but I’ll show you what I mean below for my food ideas this week (LC=low carb; HC=high carb).  On the low carb days, nearly all of my carbs will be coming from fruits and veggies.

Breakfasts:

  • individual potato crusted zucchini quiche (HC) with fresh fruit
  • egg white omelet with zucchini, turkey sausage and cheese (LC) with fresh fruit
  • steel cut oats with fresh fruit (HC)
  • steak and eggs (LC) with fresh fruit
  • breakfast burrito on low carb wrap (LC) with fresh fruit

Lunches:

  • chicken fried rice (HC)
  • chicken fajitas (LC)
  • roast beef veggie roll ups (LC)
  • leftover pork potsticker noodle bowl (HC)
  • grilled chicken picky plate with veggies (LC)

Dinners:

  • pork with roasted carrots and zucchini (LC)
  • potsticker noodle bowls (HC)
  • grilled chicken Caesar salad (LC)
  • steak with mango salsa and garlic green beans (LC)
  • spinach ricotta pasta with turkey sausage meatballs (HC)
  • Thai red curry coconut soup with turkey sausage meatballs (LC)

Here’s how my grocery shopping went this week:  

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$24.96 at my regular grocery store – although I was pissed because I wasn’t paying attention – I asked for 1/4 pound of roast beef and she sold me 3/4 of a pound – which cost more than the sirloin steak that I bought!

$55.03 at Sam’s Club – $38.00 was for food – stocking up on chicken breasts, fresh cut fruit, etc., the rest was paper products and laundry detergent

$7.88 at Jewel at the 50% meat discount bin for pork chops, Italian sausage and more chicken breasts that will go in the freezer.  So I spent $71.28 for food this week, but a lot of the meat will be used in the next two weeks, so I’ll spend considerably less the next couple weeks.

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I got my cleaning pants on this weekend and tackled my basement.  One of Hannah’s regular customers was giving away a brand new four drawer filing cabinet and Hannah picked it up for me a couple weeks ago.  I have lots of photos, papers, etc. that needed to find a central home.   I came across some things I had forgotten about!  That’s a drawing my Dad did of Hannah when she was three.

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Tony had a thing of hanging onto every single chord we ever owned.  I’ve walked by this basket of chords every time I go to do laundry, and other than pulling out extension chords that I know I will use, I have never touched or needed a chord from that basket in years, and now that it’s been more than two years since Tony passed away and I still haven’t needed a chord for anything, I threw the whole thing out.

I found my Weight Watcher card from 2000! I was maintaining my weight around 140 pounds.  I met Tony in May of 2000.

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Kashi was my go to cereal back then.  I used to eat 1 cup of that cereal with 1/4 cup of Lucky Charms most days of the week.  The first time I was spending the night over at Tony’s house, he found my favorite cereal, and scanned the box with that note and emailed it to me.  I still remember opening up my email and my heart fluttered when I read that – we’d only known each other a few weeks, but we both already knew. 

Tony wrote me notes all the time.  I am so glad that I saved them – I loved this one in particular:

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For newer readers, my husband’s real name was Jeff, not Tony – Tony was the name he wanted to use on the blog because he’s Italian and always wished he had more of an Italian name.  And I should mention that he was also half French Canadian on his Mom’s side, but for some reason would never acknowledge that, so Bonnie, that’s for you!  (and one of his nicknames for me was Booger Butt, among dozens of others over the years!).

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I am not looking forward to the weather this week – snow, when we didn’t get any snow in January and February, and highs in the low 30s, with lows in the low teens.  I am so ready for spring!

Make it a great day!

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Fall in Love with the Process

  1. Good morning!   If you signed on this morning and saw this, sorry!

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Thank you for everyone who commented, texted me or sent a message via Facebook telling me that my 56 point day was not a big deal.  Because in the whole grand scheme of things, it isn’t.  But for some reason, over indulging, something I haven’t done in a long time, suddenly made a shift in my brain – the whole good vs. bad with eating and I need to remind myself that life happens – I mean your daughter only turns 25 once!  We had a great time, and it’s time to keep moving in the right direction.

I know I’ll have a gain this week, and it is what it is.  That is life!

I am still loving these steel cut oats – I wish I would have made them with cashew milk sooner because they are so creamy.   3/4 cup oats (3), kashi cinnamon squares (2) fruit and a drizzle of sugar free pancake syrup (1).

I finally broke away from work at 1:30 and walked to Mariano’s to accessorize my lunch.  I brought rotisserie chicken to make chicken tacos.  For $1.80 I bought pepperoncini, pom seeds, red cabbage and red peppers.  This whole plate is only 5 smart points!

I had leftover beef that I needed to use up.  This plate was delicious – I have to remember about canned potatoes – I was surprised that when I put this picture on Instagram that some people had never used canned potatoes before?!  They are fully cooked, so only take minutes, perfect for a weeknight dinner.  I made a quick hash of canned potatoes (3) with zucchini, mushrooms and 1 tablespoon of giardiniera (1).  So spicy and delish!  With two baby bunless burgers – 3 ounces beef (4) with 1/2 ounce of pepper jack cheese (2).

 

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I’ve talked about Steve Weatherford before – I  follow his Instagram, he’s a former football player, father of 4 kids and he’s just really up beat and positive and literally makes the most of every minute of his day.  

This was yesterday’s motivation and it was exactly what I needed to read – “Fall in Love with the Process . . . Not Just the Prize.”   Love this.  I actually printed this out for my journal for a reminder. 

Shelley, can you believe it was a year ago yesterday that we met for lunch?  So crazy!  Those burgers were amazing and I loved that we got along the instant we met – it was like meeting an old friend that I hadn’t met in a long time.  So happy we are friends! And because she loves snapchat photos so much (ha!) here’s one for International Women’s Day:

Off to weigh in!  Wish me luck! 😀