Just a little bit of . . . Effort

I am loving these Lavash wraps.  And I just found a Pinterest board with all the things you can do with them – can’t wait to try these!  Two smart points for the whole thing – only 18 grams of carbs, 1o net carbs.  They are soft, slightly chewy and delish, and make my egg white/cheese/romaine breakfast burrito only 5 smart points.

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Work was busy and before I knew it, it was time to meet my sister at Macy’s to meet Kristin Kish.  We both would have thought that she would have been on the 7th floor because that’s where they usually do Chef demonstrations, but we got there and it was completely empty.

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Turns out she was in the Lower Level, and pretty much as soon as we got off the elevator, there she was so we got a quick photo.

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She was super nice, but as I walked away I realized I hardly spoke to her!  I could have asked her about her experience on Top Chef, was Stefan (one of her co-competitors on the show) how he appeared go be on t.v.  Oh well! 

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How is she a Chef and so skinny!  We did get to try her food though.  We tried her braised beef cheek over mashed potatoes with jus.

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And a miso noodle dish – the broth was delish!  

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I didn’t realize we’d be able to eat food, so that was my lunch – called it 8 points.  We still had time on our lunch break, and it was kind of hot outside, so we got our steps in at Macy’s – which is a giant ten story store that you could walk miles in.  I can get there from the pedway and can meet Jenn there if the weather is bad.

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We both posted our pics on Instagram and Kristin liked them both!  Er, well, she has 118k followers, so maybe one of her “people” liked them, but still, pretty cool!

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Hey Jody and Liz!

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Hi Jacky and Roz!

I ate 1/2 a protein bar around 4:30 to last me until I got home.  No one signed up for night secretary, so I got to leave at 5:30.  When I got home, I could feel my blood sugar dropping.  It was 57.  I ate about two cups of watermelon to bring it up, but I felt that wasn’t working fast enough.  If you’ve ever had low blood sugar, you just want that feeling to go away as soon as possible.  Had I just waited it out about 10 minutes it would have come up with the watermelon.  But no.  I ate about two cups of the Chicago Mix popcorn mindlessly standing in front of the pantry waiting for the low blood sugar to go away.  I haven’t looked up the points for that yet, but it’s probably 12?  The watermelon?  ZERO.  

So I wasn’t all that hungry by the time dinner rolled around, but I had already defrosted the beef.  So I made this bunless burger with 1/2 ounce of cheese (5) with Plochman’s angry mustard, Whataburger Buffalo sauce (1) and green beans for fries.  

And while I wouldn’t consider me shoving the popcorn into my mouth as a true on food binge, it felt like it.  Note to self – check blood sugar before coming home so that doesn’t happen again.

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I’ve realized for the past several weeks, my head just hasn’t been in the game.  I did SO well for the first couple months, then the whole March birthday month came, and some of my old habits started creeping back.  Night time eating, wine, etc.  I’ve been watching lots of youtube videos and healthy weight loss feeds on Instagram, and the ingredient that’s been missing?  EFFORT.  And by effort I don’t mean staying at the gym for two hours, meal planning for days on end (who am I kidding, I DO love that part!) but just the day to day effort that got me to 20 pounds lost this year (er, 17 pounds after a couple gains) but still.

I am back to my journal writing and have found stuff that is motivating to me:

“Every day is full on decisions.  The inner dialogue we have that starts when the alarm clock goes off.  Sleep in?  Get up and go?  Every time you choose what you SHOULD do instead of what you WANT to do, you become stronger as a person.” – my buddy (I am sure we would be in real life!) – Steve Weatherford

“You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.”  – Lauren, Lose It Like Lauren

To see changes, you need to make changes.  Other than the low blood sugar popcorn incident, I’ve been on track since Sunday.  Drinking lemon water instead of wine.  Eating fruit on my train ride home instead of telling myself I “deserve” Garrett’s popcorn because I had a busy day at work.  I haven’t spent any money this week on food – I’ve brought all my eats and even my coffee this week.  My change purse thanks me for that one.  It’s so easy to spend $15 a day with a lunch/breakfast/coffee.

Time to put in a bit more EFFORT. 

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For some reason my alarm didn’t go off this morning, and I woke up at 6:30.  I meet my sister early to go weigh in at WW, and because I am low maintenance, I was able to get up, shower, and be on the train platform in 22 minutes for the moment my eyes opened.  Luckily I have an hour train ride to put some makeup on 😛

Again, no idea how much I weigh with no scale at home, you’ll just have to check out my Instagram later this morning to find out.  😀  (mybizzykitchen there too!).

Make it a great day!

Spicy Wonton Soup

I posted my wonton soup on the WW connect app, and several people asked for the recipe.  I love having Trader Joe’s cilantro wontons in the freezer – you can get 10 wontons for only 3 smart points!  This is for one big bowl, but after dinner I made a second batch, so next time I’ll double it.  If you make some to have for leftovers, don’t store the wontons in the soup – they’ll end up soggy, just add in the cooked wontons when you reheat the soup the next day.

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili paste
  • 1 large carrot sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 10 cilantro wontons

In a stock pot, add the chicken broth, water, PB2, garlic, ginger, chili paste and the carrot.  Bring to a simmer over medium high heat.  In a separate small skillet, add the ghee and saute the mushrooms and zucchini for about 5-6 minutes, just until the mushroom start to brown.  Add them to the stock pot.  In the same skillet, add the frozen wontons with 3 tablespoons of water, put a lid on the pan, and steam the wontons for 3-4 minutes.  

Spoon the broth into a bowl, add the wontons, and toss in the fresh chopped spinach at the end.   This giant bowl of soup is only 5 smart points – 3 for the wontons, 1 for the ghee and 1 for the PB2.

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I wish I could come up with a low carb recipe for granola that doesn’t taste like ass, but after several attempts, it hasn’t worked out yet.  Most granola recipes are about 1 smart part PER TABLESPOON.  Yes, I am shouting because I call BS.  This is River Valley Kitchens Cranberry Pecan with Cocoa & Sea Salt Granola: 
Wisconsin rolled oats, brown sugar, pepitas, dried cranberries, pecans, organic coconut, coconut powder, cinnamon, rice oil, sunflower oil and sea salt.

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Here is the perfect bite of my breakfast:  there is Trader Joe’s steel cut frozen oats on the bottom (5), banana, blueberry and two tablespoons of granola (2).

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My sister had a work meeting, so I was on my own, but still got my walking shoes on, even though I had a super busy day.  It’s my inclination to just work through lunch and power out the work, but I realized the work will always be there, it its such a nice break to get outside.  Even though I’ve lived in the Chicago area my whole life, I still love looking up at all the buildings.

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And there is a suprising amount of park areas in and around Chicago.  When we were little and visited our grandparents tiny town in Virginia, the kids used to ask us if we had trees in Chicago. 😀

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But there is always construction going on – whether its highrises being built, or the expressways – it’s never ending.

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When I got back from my walk, I heated up my leftover wonton soup – the broth got extra “mushroomy.”  Not sure if that’s a word, but I am sticking with it.  I also added 2 points of spicy tofu to the mix, making this a 7 point soup.

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The afternoon flew by – check out the temp when I left the office!  It was hotter in Chicago than it was in Austin, Texas!  So strange that just early last week I was still wearing a winter coat to work because it was 37 degrees when I left my house.

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I stopped by Starbucks in the train station to get some water.  Did you know you can get free water at Starbuck’s at any time – stop buying bottled water – they are on like every other block in Chicago – just ask for a Venti ice water to go – bam!  And you don’t have to buy anything either.  FYI, I was at a stop light when I took this pic.

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I saw on Instagram coming home last night that it was National BBQ Day!  Whoop!  I had bone in chicken breasts that I bought over the weekend.  I just did salt, pepper, and a bit of McCormick Montreal steak seasoning.  I grilled them on indirect heat until they reached an internal temperature of 160, because the residual heat will bring them over 165 by the time they rest for 10-15 minutes.

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When I worked the grill event at The Chopping Block a couple weekends ago, we grilled up sweet potatoes and they were delicious.  I used this veggie rub that I bought that day, and absolutely love it.  Just drizzled with about a teaspoon of grapeseed oil, then finished them on the grill when the chicken was hanging out.

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I didn’t eat the skin (um, even though that’s the best part!) but always leave it on when grilling.  You’ll end up with perfectly cooked chicken.

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My sister and I are headed to Macy’s on State street today.  

It’s Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.   If you watched Top Chef on Bravo, you’ll remember Chef Kristin Kish – she’s one of the Chef’s that will be at the lunch event.  Hoping to get a quick picture with her Open-mouthed smile  It runs from 12-2, they have this giant test kitchen at Macy’s and have these events for free every so often.

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Happy Wednesday – make it a great day!

G.H. Cretors Popcorn

My server was down this morning for quite a bit – so hopefully not too many of you were worried about me 😀  

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I love popcorn.  Tony made the best homemade popcorn, and I am glad that is one of the skills I was able to make as good as he did.  Still working on his fried rice!   I could eat a 12 course dinner and if I smell popcorn, I will want to eat it.

So I was thrilled when G.H. Cretors reached out to me and asked if I’d like to get a movie kit from them  Um, yes please! 

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If you have never had “The Mix” popcorn before, it’s the best of both worlds.  Salty cheese popcorn mixed with caramel corn.  I am weird in that I have to eat a piece of cheese popcorn and a piece of caramel popcorn in each bite.  This combo is obsessively delicious! 

G.H. Cretors is a local Chicago based popcorn company that’s been around since 1893 when Charles Cretors unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago’s World Fair.  It’s made in small batches, they use non-GMO ingredients and popcorn and is 100% gluten-free.   Here are some fun facts about popcorn:

  • American’s eat an estimated 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year
  • Nearly 70% of popcorn is eaten at home
  • Popcorn is the official snack of the State of Illinois, home of G.H. Cretors!

I am giving away TWO 22 ounce bags of The Mix popcorn.    Just leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever had The Mix combo before.  I wonder if it’s just a Chicago thing?!  Good luck – I’ll pick a winner on Friday.

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My eats for the day:

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Walking shoes with my sister:

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Riverwalk!

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Lunch!  Finally found the Lavash bread – that giant wrap is only 2 smart points.

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The wonton soup recipe will be posted tomorrow – thought you’d like to see some behind the scenes of my amazing professional photography skillz. 😛

Best outtake – me, tank top, no bra, extra long pink hippo pajama pants with the dog

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me trying to take a bite

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the finished project

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Filling, delicious and spicy!

Be back tomorrow with the wonton soup recipe – you are going to want this one in your list of things to make soon!

A Great Momma Day!

Not surpringly, my Mom spent Mother’s Day with her favorite child.  I remember last year it was so cold we were wearing winter coats while we shopped for flowers for her garden.  Yesterday was gorgeous – low 70’s, sun shine – and I was wearing a sleeveless shirt!

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One of the members of my Mom’s church is turning 100 this week.  She made a comment that one hundred years went by really fast!  I have no doubt my Mom will make it to 100!  

We haven’t gone out for Mother’s Day in many many years.  It’s too expensive, you feel rushed and it’s just not fun.  We went to lunch at Marianos!  It was perfect, soup and salad – we bought salad dressing from the grocery store portion of the store – if you haven’t tried this light Olive Garden light dressing, it’s delicious – only 1 smart point for 2 tablespoons.  Also that Bai brand drink?  Delicious.  Only 5 calories for the whole bottle – it was peach tea but it wasn’t too sweet. 

We managed to walk out of there without gelato or chocolate covered strawberries the size of our heads.

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No trip to Mariano’s would be complete without going to Goodwill which is next door.  Always a good time there.

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We bought matching cowboy hats.  Kidding, but it would have been funny if we did.

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My score of the day was this espresso machine.  It originally cost $159.00.  It’s only missing the “coffee holder” – not sure what the exact term is called, but I think Hannah can order me one through her coffee shop.  I’ve been buying two shot espressos at Starbuck’s for my Premier protein shakes, so hoping this will work to save me money in the long run.  We’ll see!

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We went back to Mom’s house, got into comfy clothes and got our walking shoes on.  She’s got a gorgeous trail near her house – it was so nice.

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My dear daughter bought me roses – I’ve always loved white roses.

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And check out my loot!   And that coffee cup couldn’t be more true, expecially on a Monday – I really need a day between Saturday and Sunday!

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Jacob’s Mom was hosting a BBQ at her Mom’s house so we went there for dinner.  It was nice not to have to cook – these steak tacos with seasoned beans were delicious.  I have to laugh because as much as I look way to much for the amount of people I am serving, you would have thought 10 more people were going to come over.  So I’ll be having leftover beef in my lunch today.  

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No post would be complete without a “Classic Biz” pic!  I think its so funny how my left eyebrow always goes up when I take these pics!  I just got my eyebrows done, so they are on fleek.

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My Baby:

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Hannah is the best thing to ever happen to me!  I can’t believe yesterday was my twenty fifth Mother’s Day.  She makes me so proud to be her Momma.

And my step-son Joe and his wife sent we a wonderful card, and we had a long conversation on my drive home.  I am going to see them this weekend because they’ll be in town for Lizz’s brothers high school graduation.  

Hard to believe Joe we became a family 17 years ago – love you!

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I had a great weekend food wise.  Stayed within my points and didn’t make my Mother’s Day all about the food like I have in years past.  

I have more Monday Motivation from my Instagram buddy Steve Weatherford:

“Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s importanat and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”

Make it a great day!  What was the highlight of your weekend?

Come back tomorrow because I’ll be having a popcorn giveaway! 😀

Weekly WI– +2.8

Not surprisingly, there was a bit of a gain on the scale yesterday.  Even though I knew it was going to be up, I was happy to go.  As I was walking there, I thought to myself, if you read a post where someone had an off week, would you call them a failure, tell them they aren’t worth it and they should just give up?  Well, of course that answer is no, so why would I tell myself those things?!

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I need to learn to treat myself with the same kindness I would give anyone else.  So that’s what I am chalking that up as – just an off week.  I am refocused.  I am still fitting into my size 12 pants.  Yesterday is gone, and today I will focus on making good choices.  I had a Premier protein chocolate shake (2), hard boiled egg (2) and fruit for breakfast.

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The farmers market opened yesterday for the first time this season, and my new office is right across the street.  I met my friend Jacky there.  We walked around to see what was there.  Of course, so many baked goods, fresh breads – I wanted one of everything!  But I bought my favorite mushrooms, my favorite tofu, my favorite granola and something for lunch.

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I wish I had a green thumb – so many gorgeous plants, but sadly I am only really good at growing weeds and killing everything else. 

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Jacky had Rock N Roll noodles before, and while I would have gotten a noodle bowl, it was easily two cups of pasta and I would have eaten the whole thing.  We opted to get the lemon grass chicken over a salad.  I didn’t use the peanut sauce, but asked for hot sauce on the side.  The salad was already lightly dressed.  

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The chicken was cold, so I opted to nuke that for a minute before assembling my salad on my dinner plate.  This was SO good.  Light, crunchy, the chicken was so flavorful – I need to figure out how to make lemongrass chicken at home.  I counted this as 12 points because I added a bit of peanuts on top and I wasn’t sure what the dressing was.

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When I worked the farmers market in Lincoln Square last summer, the vendor across the way from me was River Valley Ranch and Kitchens.  They have a restaurant/grocery store that I’ve been wanting to go to.  One of these weekends I’ll have to take a drive there.  

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These cremini mushrooms are amazing.  Why I didn’t like mushrooms the first 40 years of my life, I will never know.  I knew I would incorporate them into my dinner somehow.

I worked late so didn’t get home until 7:45.  I bought these thin chicken cutlets last weekend that I needed to use or freeze.  Supa cheap!

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Hannah wanted spinach tortellini that I bought at Trader Joe’s last week, so I took 1/2 a cup of that (5) as the base of my dish.  While I sauteed the mushrooms, I put my chicken cutlet in the same pan with the lid on.  Just salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper on the chicken, stuffed with fresh spinach, rolled it up and it was cooked in about 7 minutes because it was so thin.

I tossed the tortellini in 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and topped the chicken with a tablespoon of shaved Parmesan (1).  This whole dish came in at 10 smart points.

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Guess what I am having tonight?  PIZZA!  Although it’s a new crust I found at my grocery store – about a 7 inch personal crust that comes in at only 4 smart points.  That leaves more points for cheese – oh, and these mushrooms – definitely going on there too.

I am happy to report that my cough is almost gone!  Only took three weeks 😛  If it’s rainy tomorrow I am going to the gym.  And since I missed my WW meeting yesterday, I am stopping by my old meeting with my old leader Marci.  

The topic couldn’t be more perfect for me this week – STAY THE COURSE!

“We all do it—that slight or not-so-slight slide or detour from the plan. We might not track so carefully, or maybe we eat a little more ice cream than we intend to, or we sleep in instead of taking that morning walk. Stuff like that. Whether or not it shows up on the scale, you’ll want to course-correct quickly.

The first step is recognizing that a slip isn’t a big deal (or a deal-breaker). That’s essential to remember: If you think it is a big deal, you may be more likely to throw in the towel, and a comeback can be harder. Turning things around is a matter of small steps—and mindset shifts. As your Weekly lays it out, looking at a slip from a fresh perspective and giving it a reality check can steer you right back on course. Whether you analyze your reaction to the slip from a factual point of view (“Is it really true that I never stick to my SmartPoints®Budget?”) or from a friend’s point of view (“You overdid it at one meal—big deal. You can get back on track at your next meal.”), you’re more likely to arrive at a helpful thought that gets your head and your plan back in the right place.”

Hope you have an amazing weekend – and Happy Momma Day to all the Mom’s out there. 😀  Hugs!

One Pot Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

I spent ten minutes yesterday on the train planning my day – journaling always keeps me focused, and if I steer away from it, my healthy vision starts to get blurry.

I had another picky plate for breakfast.  Hard boiled egg (2), deli ham (2) and 3/4 ounce Cabot cheese (3) and fruit.

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My sister is out of the office the rest of this week, so I was on my own.  It looked like it might rain, but I made it back to my office just in time.  I decided to walk north on Clark because I knew I’d pass by Xoco to accessorize my breakfast. 

My new office is close to the Merchandise Mart – I need to go there for Taco Tuesdays!  A chef makes tacos for lunch, giving cooking tips and you get to eat – all for $20.  Here are some upcoming dates:  Um, pretty sure I should go to the buffalo chicken taco one!

Carne Asada Tacos with Pico de Gallo Tuesday, May 16 12pm-12:45pm

Buffalo Chicken Tacos Tuesday, May 30 12pm-12:45pm

Chicken Tinga Tacos Tuesday, June 6 12pm-12:45pm

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While I am walking for exercise, it it wrong that I am scoping out places for me and my sister to eat on Fridays?  I am going to suggest this one to Jenn – the menu looks interesting!   They also have Art Smith’s “unfried” chicken there – yum!

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If I feel like getting fancy, I want to try this place out – Bottlefork.  It’s only open for dinner, but it might be worth it to head there after work one day and get a glass of wine and salad.  Or the grilled octopus with homemade spam.  That one sounds interesting!

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But Xoco was my true destination.  It’s the fast casual restaurant around the corner from Rick Bayless’ other restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo.  While I was tempted to order my whole lunch there, I knew I was only accessorizing my leftover taco fixings from the night before, I only spent $3 on chips and salsa.

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As I was walking back to my office with chips in hand, I had to laugh at this license plate on this motorcycle.  Um, why haven’t I thought of this vanity plate before?!

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Here is how my lunch turned out.  12 chips (4) topped with three ounces leftover ground beef taco meat (4), red cabbage, carrots and 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese (2).  10 delicious points – I am kicking myself for not asking if they sold this salsa in bigger containers.  They are both slightly spicy, but SO flavorful – the red one has a depth of smokiness – I could have just done shots of those salsas for lunch all by themselves they are so good.

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Non-scale victory right here peeps – I put the rest of my chips in the lunch room for someone else to eat – I knew if they were still on my desk I would have eaten them all.  They almost taste like they have a lime salt on them?  I need to see if I can make lime salt.

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By the time I left the office after being night secretary, it was a bit cold, rainy and just gross.  I remembered I bought a bag of cauliflower rice at Trader Joe’s last weekend, and the idea of making a one pot mac n cheese sparked my dinner.

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The secret to this mac n cheese is the Laughing Cow cheese, using pasta water instead of butter to make the roux.  I know, I wasn’t sure it would work either, but the water is already starchy so I thought it would bind together nicely, and it was so creamy, you wouldn’t even know there is no butter in the dish.

I used this spiral pasta from Trader Joe’s as well – love the colors!

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  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta (3)
  • 1.25 cups cauliflower rice (0)
  • 2 tablespoons pasta water (0)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (1)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (0)
  • 1/8 cup cheddar cheese (2)
  • 1 laughing cow cheese (1)
  • 1 zucchini, sliced (0)
  • one chicken sausauge (I used Kirkwood brand tomato basil) (5)

Cook the pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.  I used just 2 tablespoons, but you may need to use more depending on your pasta used.   Drain pasta, and in the same pot, cook the sliced chicken sausage for about 6-7 minutes, add to drained pasta.  Spray the pan with Pam, and add the cauliflower and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.  Add in the 2 tablespoons of pasta water and flour and cook for one minute.  Slowly stir in the almond milk and continue to stir until the milk thickens and gets incorporated.  Remove from the heat, add in the laughing cow cheese, the cheddar cheese, cooked pasta and sausage and stir for a minute until the cheese melts.  This could have easily been two servings, but I was hungry and it was delicious – so I ate it all!  Pure healthy comfort food on a dreary night.  The cauliflower really bulked up this dish – so cheesy good!

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I am on my own for WW today since Jenn is off work.  I am on my way to WI, but I am having lunch with my friend Jacky.  I’ve already planned on going to my old meeting on Saturday, so it’s all good!  

Jacky and I are going to the Daley Center farmers market, which is now just across the street from my office – hopefully the rain will stay away.  

With my two cups of coffee with a bit of creamer, I had exactly 30 points yesterday.  I was focused and while there were temptations, I thought consciously about my food decisions for the day and am happy that it feels like I am back in control.

Now I will just have to give the Amish bakers in the train station this morning the stink eye when I walk past them this morning – they have cinnamon rolls, granola, pies – it smells like the most amazing bakery when you walk by.  Be strong Biz – be strong! 😀

Make it a great day!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who commented, texted me, sent me emails about my post yesterday.  It means so much to me that you are not only in my corner, but lifted me up when I needed it.  This blog and the friendships I have formed both online and in person has enriched my life more than you’ll ever know – so THANK YOU!

When I woke up yesterday morning, the first thing I did was pull out my journal and plan out my day.  I grabbed more inspiration from Steve Weatherford on Instagram – “you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”  So true!  

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I had a low point breakfast because I knew I was going out to lunch with a co-worker.  One egg (2), 2 ounces ham (2) banana and so sweet tangerines.

The place we went to is your typical Greek diner.  I remember eating here about 25 years ago when I first started working downtown.  But back then, not unusual for me to get a reuben sandwich, fries AND a slice of French silk pie. I chose the 1/2 soup 1/2 sandwich combo.  Tomato soup and the turkey sandwich (no mayo – ew!).  I counted lunch at 12 points.

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I have a new post coming up soon on The Chopping Block’s website.  I was stunned when I looked back through my blog archives that I never made flour tortillas from scratch before!  Guys, these are so easy and delicious, even made from scratch on a week night.  I’ll link to the recipe soon, but you’ll definitely want to put this on your soon to make list.  You can leave the dough in the fridge for a week, then just make however many you need.  Or, you could cook them all up and freeze them – they’ll keep for a few months.  Just defrost in the microwave, or in the fridge overnight.

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The best part is that these giant tortillas are only 3 smart points.  The possibilities are endless – I am thinking grilled pizza, breakfast burritos, and I have an idea for a mock apple pie that would come in at only 5 points for the whole thing – still recipe developing that one, but in my head it turns out really good!

As I was looking at this picture I realized that I need a manicure!  And a pedicure too.  Not that it’s flip flop weather, but knowing Chicago, next week will probably be in the 80s. 😛

My reset button is set.  I’ve got my food packed.  I am on my own walking this week – my sister is off work the rest of the week.  I forgot my Fitbit yesterday so I need to catch up on my weekly challenge.  I never know who much to manually add to my Fitbit.  I may just add 4 miles because I know I always get a minimum of 10k steps a day, even without my lunch time walk.

Happy Hump Day – make it a great day!