Yesterday was the first day that I’ve done any Christmas shopping (except for a few things that I recently bought online). We are celebrating Christmas here on December 17th!! I’m scroooged. (cracking myself up) I gotta get busy! I’ve got a menu to plan, stockings to stuff, presents to buy and wrap! I have a feeling that no Christmas Cards will go out this year. How is it that the time goes by so dang fast???

I left the house at 7:30 am and came home around 6:00 pm. I got a lot done, loved my day of shopping and sipping on hot tea while I drove around, and to make it all just a bit more festive, we had our first snow flake. They were small, but I liked the feel of the snow flakes falling and I was feeling the Christmas spirit.

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While shopping, would you believe that I found a Barbie Food Truck?? Yesterday was my food truck bosses birthday, so I sent her this picture. I pondered buying it for her, but who am I kidding? I would love this WAY more than she would. I didn’t buy it, but I might go back.  The grandkids need to learn Gigi’s food truck order taker skills!!

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Besides getting lots of presents bought, I also met my dad and aunt for coffee. 

It was a great day that ended watching Hairspray Live! Did anyone watch? I loved it! I smiled all night long.

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Okay, off to do a little more Weight Watcher training. So much to learn!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 8 SP

First Watch Breakfast Taco’s…No Cheese, Egg Whites

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Lunch – 7 SP

These come in handy on the road! I did not take a picture, but I had the Pumpkin Spice. I love them all so far.

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Afternoon Snack – 2 SP

I ran home to let the dogs out and finished off the fish and broccoli from the night before.

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Dinner – 12 SP

One of my skillet meals that I have no idea what I am making until it is on the plate.

Browned some ground Turkey with onions, celery and carrots. Added tomato paste and broth and seasonings and diced Sweet Potato. Mike loved it and I thought that it was….fine.

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I Didn’t Even Throw Up

December 8, 2016 — 2 Comments

I did it. I lead my first Weight Watcher meeting. I didn’t throw up, or stutter, or go blank in the middle of a sentence. I imagined everyone in their underwear and the meeting went great!.

Kidding.

But just to make them giggle, I did think about asking them to take off their clothes so I wouldn’t be so nervous. I decided to relax, be myself and utilize the tools that I learned in training over the weekend.

There were about 40 members in the meeting and they were all so nice and welcoming. I know what it is like to go into your WW meeting, only to discover your fabulous Leader has a sub. Yesterday, not only was I a sub, but I was brand spanking new!

Carol is my mentor/trainer and the Leader of the meeting that I was able to do Tuesday morning. She has been wonderful to me and I feel really lucky to have her. She promised me that this was a great meeting and that they would all welcome me. They did. I felt comfortable and they were a sharing bunch, which helped the meeting to flow nicely. Although I have a lot to learn, I was pleased with how my very first meeting went.

From that meeting, I went with Carol to a different meeting where I was scheduled to work as a receptionist. Shortly after we opened the doors, two of my friends (Thank you Becki and Tammie! You girls rock!!) from my own personal meeting showed up to watch me lead a meeting! What? How awesome were they to come watch me? They made me feel so good, but I was not scheduled to lead that meeting. Of course Carol overheard them, I introduced them all, and Carol practically insisted that I lead the meeting, so I did. Two under my belt!

I will say that I was unprepared mentally to do a second meeting and for some reason my nerves kicked in. I didn’t do nearly as well at the second meeting as I did the first, but I did remember to do a few things that I had missed at the first meeting. All in good time.

I could not be happier right now. It feels so good to get to give back to the Weight Watcher community. What a great group of people to be associated with!!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Okay, it was a different flavor, but I did have an RXBar and a Banana. I had the Apple Spice and I loved it!

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Lunch – 6 SP or 12 SP??

I bought this salad at Trader Joe’s at 3:30 in the afternoon and I was starving. When I got home, I dumped everything from the container into a big bowl, mixed it all up and ate every single bite. It made a huge salad. After I finished eating my salad,  I scanned the barcode with my Weight Watcher App for the SmartPoints. I did not realize that the salad was two servings. The app said that it was 6 SmartPoints for 1 container, however, the container said that it contained two servings. When I entered in the individual nutritional information on the package, the WW app said 6 Smarporoints.

I really don’t know if I ate 6 or 12 SmartPoints for lunch. Either way, it was a really good salad!

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Dinner – 5 SP

Pretty simple. Cod prepared in the skillet in Olive Oil, Smashed Cauliflower, Broccolini sautéed in a skillet with just a little Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

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Make today GREAT!

 

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Officially official!

December 6, 2016 — 16 Comments

Yay!

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What a great weekend. I must say, this was a whole new experience for me. I’ve never worked at a job where I’ve been to any type of formal training. I was really anxious about the weekend and I had a lot of fears and anxiety going into these last three days. I think my biggest fear, as I’m sure was felt by so many of us at Leader training this weekend, was standing up in front of a group of people and speaking.

A large part of me had decided that since I was so comfortable talking and sharing in my own Friday morning Weight Watcher meeting, that it wouldn’t be a big deal. Another part of me knew that now all eyes would be on me, and I just might be a nervous wreck. 

What did I learn this weekend that will help me the most in being a Successful Weight Watcher Leader?

Be myself. Listen to my members. Get to know my members. Do not overthink how I will word the next question that comes out of my mouth, but listen to the person that is speaking.

The first couple of times that I did any role playing this weekend, my nerves were all over the place. I will say, that as the hours went by, and as we all were able to get to know each other just a little bit better in our small groups, the nerves started to fade just a little. Don’t get me wrong, I was still really nervous on our last role play, but I felt like I worked through it a little better, and I felt like I was actually leading a meeting. My small group was great at participating. We all helped each other work through a Mock meeting by offering up a part of our real story and our personal experience as a Weight Watcher member. I only cried once and it was a one on one role play that I was doing with my new friend, Helen. I got really wrapped up in the moment!!

These are just a few of the amazing people that I was able to share my Leader Training in Dallas with this weekend. What an awesome group. So many great stories, so many nice and interesting people. I wish I had a chance to chat with all of them just a bit more, but the ones that I did get the opportunity to know just a tad, were all so nice.

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There were new Leaders from all over the United States. I think that there were 29 of us? We were split up into two groups, so it was hard to get to meet everyone. I know that we had Leaders in training who have reached Lifetime status and we had Leaders in training who are still on their weight loss journey.

I met one new Leader who had lost 20 pounds to get to goal and I met one new Leader who had lost 260 pounds to get to goal. I met many in between. I met new Leaders in their twenties and I met new Leaders in their sixties. What a wonderful and diverse group of people!

I wish that I had taken my picture with the trainers. Connie, Kathleen and Maria were the trainers for my group and they were AWESOME! They all had a great sense of humor, they all shared their own story, and they were all just so darned nice! I’m fairly certain Connie is a stand up comic, and I might be in love with her.

Friday was a long day, and after wine with a few new friends in the hotel bar, I was off to my room for some hot tea. I watched a few planes take off and land at DFW, then I crashed. Learning is exhausting!

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We stayed at the DFW Hyatt at the airport, which is apparently where they do WW training on a regular basis. The meals that we ate together as a group were prepared by the staff right out of a Weight Watcher cookbook! Nice, huh?

I didn’t take a picture of every meal, but here are most of them.

Breakfast each morning was in the hotel restaurant at the buffet. I took advantage of the Omelet Bar each morning, along with a few taters, Chicken Sausage and fruit.

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One of the meals that they prepared for our group? Chicken Fajita buffet with lots of veggie options too.

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Another lunch for our group, a Veggie or Beef Burger option with all of the fixings. There is a Veggie Burger under there somewhere. I was starving at Saturday’s lunch!

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We had dinner on our own Saturday night. I decided to stay at the hotel and rest up. I had wine with a few new friends in the bar, then I enjoyed dinner with two of my new friends in the hotel restaurant. I opted for the Chicken with extra veggies. Dinner was delicious.

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We wrapped up late Sunday afternoon and I headed to the airport with my Weight Watcher Kansas City buddies where we ended the day with a beer. Of course we did!

I am leading a meeting at 9:30 in the morning as a sub. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

I have several opportunities to fill in as a sub for the rest of December, so I’m really excited to get to work this month.

It was great to be inspired and motivated by so many Weight Watcher members this weekend. 

I tracked like a champ today!

Here are the day’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 SP

Kodiak Pancake Mix (1/2 C Water) topped with Cherries (I keep some frozen, and I cooked them just enough for a sweet topping!) and 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup, Egg Whites Scrambled.

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Lunch – 9 SP

Street Taco size Corn Tortillas filled with Grilled Chicken (I found some in the freezer) with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Apple with Almond Butter and a Honey drizzle.

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Dinner – 8 SP

Dinner was out. I never made it to the store. We have no food!

The perfect Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, dressing on the side. (no dressing was needed)

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Have a great day!

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It’s Really Happening!

December 1, 2016 — 10 Comments

Tomorrow morning, I leave for Dallas to finalize my Weight Watcher Leader Training.

Finally! What a great way to end the year!

I come home on Sunday, and although I don’t have a regular meeting of my own yet, Carol, my awesome trainer, is letting me lead one of her meetings on Tuesday! That’s like in FIVE days!!

This begins another chapter (probably the most exciting chapter) for me in my weight loss journey.

My weight loss journey has become so much more than just a number on the scale or the size of my clothes. I have discovered how good “healthy” feels, how to appreciate my body for all of the things that it can do when I take good care of it, and I’ve learned to focus on all of the positive changes that I have made in the last few years, instead of focusing on any negative aspects of my journey.

For so many years of my life, I felt so negative about my body, my weight, my eating habits and my inability to get to a place where I felt good about my physical appearance. To think that I will stand in front of a room full of people and introduce myself as someone who has had weight loss success, is living a healthy life and has learned to embrace the body (even with its flaws) that I stand before them in, is something that I never envisioned for myself. 

I am so happy to join the Weight Watcher family in a different role. Weight Watchers has taught me so much about living a healthy lifestyle. I am eager to help others discover the tools that can help them to have the same success.

If you’ve followed my journey for a while now, you might already know that I applied to be a WW Leader in 2013 when I reached my goal weight of 160. I was told that because my personal goal weight (approved by my doctor) was 10 pounds above the BMI maximum for my height, I could not be hired.

I tried hard to get to 150, and it just wasn’t happening. I put the WW Leader job on the back burner.

In 2016, I was made aware that WW had changed the rules. Yay Weight Watchers for recognizing that we do not all fall into the BMI category for a healthy weight! I applied. I interviewed. I walked away from my interview certain that I had the job. I was on cloud nine. Several weeks later, I received an email stating that I was not being considered for the position at the time. WHAT??? No! This is not a part of my plan. All of those feelings that I had overcome of not being good enough, not being worthy, had resurfaced in the blink of an eye! What is happening???

No. I will not allow myself to feel this way. I’ve already decided that this is what I am going to do with the rest of my life! I can do this job. I want to do this job. I need to do this job. I will be a WW Leader until I’m 100! Maybe even longer! End of story.

In all honestly, I felt that I had received the email in error. With a few phone calls and emails, I was given an opportunity for an in person meet up. I got the job that day.

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!!!

I promise to not let Weight Watchers down. 

I am so excited about this weekend and I’m looking forward to meeting the other new Leaders! The schedule sounds pretty packed but hopefully there will be some time to get to know a few of them and hear their stories.

All of that being said, these are my honest thoughts on leading a meeting next week.

  1. What will I wear?
  2. Will I open my mouth and then have complete stage fright and no words will come out? (I keep dreaming this!)
  3. Will I open my mouth and the words will just flow? That’d be cool, although I have not had that dream.
  4. Will I be so nervous that I will have hives all over my neck and look like a nervous maniac?
  5. Will I forget what I was saying mid sentence and just stare at the wall?
  6. Will I begin to introduce myself, become overwhelmed with emotion, and bawl? That may actually happen.
  7. Will I walk away from the meeting knowing that I did my best? I’m going for this one.

I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thank you for all of your support! I gotta go pack!

Follow your dreams. You are all beautiful. You are all worthy of living your best life. Never underestimate yourself. Accept yourself. Love yourself. Be your best self.

Hugs to you all,

Julie

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Cleaning Up and Catching Up!

November 30, 2016 — 4 Comments

My plan over a busy and rather long Thanksgiving/Birthday holiday was to make the best choices possible, drink plenty of water and get in lots of activity.

Seven of the eleven nights that Tess and Manuel were here visiting from Dallas, we had something on the calendar. I had a family birthday party one day, a small birthday party with some girlfriends another day, then dinner out on my actual birthday, we had two baby showers, one a party at night with couples, the other at a winery during the day, of course we had Thanksgiving Day, and we had a family sleepover the day after Thanksgiving. I did say “no” several times to food and beverage, but I also said “Yes” more times than I should have to food that I didn’t need, and of course to, beer.

These last three days have been filled with clean eats and lots of water and my body is feeling much less bloated and happier. I’m cleaning this body up and it is thanking me already.

Here are a few pics from my Thanksgiving break that was filled with family, fun and a little food too.

Friday morning, Tess and I headed to my WW meeting with our Frothy Coffee’s and a Pumpkin Spice RXBar to share.

At the meeting, Tess weighed in at her goal weight for six weeks in row. If you are a WW member, you know that means that Tess got Lifetime on Friday!! Yay! I am so proud of her for sticking with WW and learning so much about living a healthy lifestyle. She looks amazing and I am so happy for her.

We celebrated with food. Just kidding. We did, however, go out to breakfast.

First Watch. Breakfast Taco’s, no cheese, egg whites and sub fruit for the beans. I ate two of the taco’s and was satisfied, so I left a taco on my plate. Yay me. No guilt about leaving food on my plate.

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Friday night was a little family get together at Top Golf for my 50th. It was a tad chilly if you weren’t sitting directly under one of the heaters. Snuggling helped too.

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Papa gave a few lessons…..

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The little ones did great!

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How cute is she?

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The men may have been just a tad competitive. (insert eye roll here)

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Saturday morning, Tess and I played with my new toy. I bought a Waffle Iron. I have no idea what took so long.

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Let’s just say, we were learning as we went along. 

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We ended up making four different flavors.

Plain, Pumpkin, Vanilla Protein and Bacon and Cheddar. The Bacon was my fav!!

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Saturday afternoon, a nice 4 mile walk for Tess and I while the boys took a nap. 

Saturday night we went to a couples baby shower and had a great time catching up with friends, hanging out at the bon fire and watching the happy couple open gifts!

Sunday, church with our son Jake and his wife Jordan, then brunch. We’ve discovered a Cinnamon Chip pancake at First Watch, so we ordered one for the table and we all shared. Yummmmmm. You guys…I love breakfast and I love First Watch.

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Tess and I also shared this yummy Chickichanga? It is chorizo and chicken wrapped in an egg and a flour tortilla, topped with some kind of yummy sauce. Again. Yummmmmm

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Then… football and the couch! Such a great Sunday.

I asked Tess and Manuel what one of their favorite weekend meals was. They both agreed Fajitas made with the marinated steak and chicken that they buy at the Mexican market in Dallas. We have a Mexican grocery store fairly close and I thought that sounded delicious, so we went to the market.

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Manuel grilled up some skirt steak and chicken.

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We had enough meat for the whole block! Fajita’s for dayzzzzz

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Dinner was AWESOME!

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The rest of the evening we spent in the basement. Mike and I kicked their butts in several games of Pool. 🙂

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Monday, a pedicure with Tess and a small get together with friends celebrating ME! Happy Girl.

I stole this picture from a friends snapchat. 🙂

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Tuesday was my actual birthday, so Mike and I and Tess and Manuel went to a bar (of course) that I had been wanting to go to AND a restaurant that I had been wanting to go to.

Both were great!

The bar is called Ruins Pub. There is a wall of beer! The waitress/waiter gives you a card, you place your card on the tap (there’s a chip in the card), and pour your own beer. You are charged by the ounce. This allows you to try a few different beers and only have a few ounces of each. Love it!

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Wednesday was a chill day working at the food truck, then to an annual Thanksgiving Eve party in the neighborhood.

Thursday was Thanksgiving, filled with fun, food and of course family.

Every once in a while, the burning bushes still have their leaves on them on Thanksgiving and make for beautiful pictures!

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You guys…..my face looks huge. Thats what several days of crap food does to me!! Is that a wig I’m wearing?? What the heck?? Really, this is not a great picture of either of us, but I had to include it. Lets just focus on that bush!! It’s gorgeous!

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Friday…family sleepover!

Cuddles…..

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Ornament making.

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Puzzle time….

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Saturday morning, we had breakfast casseroles, made all sorts of waffles, drank coffee and hot cocoa.

Then, everyone left us.

I spent the day decorating for Christmas and got in a walk.

Sunday, I got up early and went to Hot Yoga and began my Thanksgiving Detox.

Just before heading to the airport, Tess and Manuel finished the 1000 piece puzzle they had worked on for the past 11 days!

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It was a great Birthday/Thanksgiving holiday and I was so happy to be able to spend so much time with all of our family.

Now, Weight Watchers and how I handled the Holidays.

Here is what I have learned about my body. Just over a year ago, I gave up a lot of different foods to see how my body would react. My body loved what I did for it, so I continued to do so. Over the last two months or so, I have gradually brought some of those foods that I had given up, back into my diet. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Weight Watcher plan or SmartPoints, but how my body feels when I eat, or do not eat, certain foods.

My body is not a fan of sugar, however my taste buds are. After several days of sweet treats, I really was beginning to feel like crap. My joints hurt and I felt sluggish. Mike said the exact same thing. We had gone for so many months having none of it in the house, then we both went on a sugar overload and it did NOT feel good to our bodies.

I’m not saying that I will never eat sugar again, but I do know for sure that I need to limit it.  After just a few days of clean eating and lots of water and exercise, the scale is back at my happy place of 172 and I feel like me again. 

My next post will be all about officially Leading a WW meeting in just a few short days!!

Happy Wednesday!

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Stopping By to Say Hi!

November 28, 2016 — 4 Comments

The last 11 days have been full of family, friends and fun. We took Tess and Manuel to the airport last night and it felt like our Thanksgiving break was officially over.

You know when I haven’t blogged in a while, I always feel the need to write a novel and catch the blog up on every single day. I don’t have time for that right now, but plan to do so tomorrow.

For today, I will say that my birthday was great, Thanksgiving was great, coffee chats by the fire were great, the baby showers that we attended were great and our first annual family sleepover the day after Thanksgiving was great.

I ate like crap, and now my body feels like crap. The last two days I’ve gotten back on track with a long walk on Saturday and a hot yoga class on Sunday, The last two days I ate awesome and I drank lots of water. Two days ago the scale was really ticked off at me, and this morning, we are closer to being pals again. Today, more treating my body as it should be treated.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures over the last several days.

Thanksgiving at my In-Laws.

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Our four kids, their significant others and our four grand babies. There are two babies in two tummies in this picture!! 🙂 Our little family just keeps growing!

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I had to include this picture. Look at that face!!

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We had all of our kids and grandkids at our house for a sleepover the day after Thanksgiving. I’m hoping it was our first annual. We had pizza and snacks, decorated the tree and hung the stockings on Friday night. The little ones made Christmas ornaments.

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After they went to bed, Mike and I and our kids watched a really inappropriate stand up comedian? I’m not sure about this tradition, but we were all dying laughing.

Saturday morning, coffee and snuggles, breakfast casseroles and a variety of waffles, more snuggles and Papa Mike teaching Malik how to play Chess.

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This is one of my favorite activities from the last several days. Mike organized all the kids and grand kids going to Top Golf for my birthday. We had a great time and this is one of my favorite family pictures.

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I’ve got to go now. I have a WW training session today and a couple of training videos to watch online.

You guys…..I go to Dallas on Friday to wrap up my WW training, and next week I am Leading a Weight Watcher Meeting! I can’t believe that it is finally happening!

I’ll write a longer blog tomorrow, hopefully. I have a LOT to say. Of course I do.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy some time off of work with family and friends.

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I picked up my daughter and her boyfriend at the airport at midnight on Wednesday. I’m not really sure how they both were able to pull this off, but they are going to be here until the 27th! That’s 11 days with me!!

Besides working the food truck and a few WW meetings, here is what is going on for the next 11 days.

Two Baby Showers for one of our friends. Tess was in her wedding, so I am really happy that she is able to be here for the showers.

My 50th! (You know that I’m taking full advantage of as many days to celebrate as possible) One birthday celebration is a family day at Top Golf with all the kids and grandkids. I have a birthday breakfast planned with a few close loved ones, another birthday get together with a very small group of close friends. On my birthday night, dinner out….somewhere. That outta do it. Ya think?

We have an annual Thanksgiving Eve party at a friends house.

Thanksgiving at the In-Laws, then dessert at my moms.

The day after Thanksgiving, a family sleepover here with all of our kids and grandkids so we can put the tree up together, watch Christmas movies and play games. I’m hoping it’s a new tradition! Breakfast casseroles and hot chocolate the next morning.

I know that we have a lot planned, but we also are going to work in some nice down time with long walks, couch time and football games, yoga and coffee chats.

I’ll keep you posted.

Tess and I are actually snuggled up in my bed right now. I love that when she is here, she likes to come crawl into my bed in the mornings.

There are going to be a lot of food and beverage challenges over these next 11 days. I plan to make the best choices possible, drink lots of water and stay active. 

Here are yesterday’s eats. I made good choices, didn’t count points.

Breakfast

Tess and I were chatting away and I forgot to take a picture!

Un-Pictured Sweet Potato Hash topped with scrambled egg whites.

Lunch

Tess and Manuel and I were out doing a little shopping, then we grabbed lunch out.

Salmon Salad. Simple, yet delicious. I ordered the dressing on the side, but the tomatoes were marinated and the salmon was cooked to perfection, so I didn’t even need the dressing.

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Dinner

I had no idea what the day had in store, and I hadn’t planned dinner, so Mike and Tess and Manuel and I all grabbed a bite out at our little neighborhood bar and grill.

I was in a salmon mood yesterday.

Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad. Again, dressing on the side and I ended up using less than a Tablespoon.

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With so many things planned over the next several days, I’ll try to blog, but I don’t want to take a lot of time away from the fam.

Thanks for being such great readers. 

You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on the blog and send me emails. Those comments and emails mean so much to me. I’m so happy to be able to connect with so many of you through the blog.

I keep it real, and that seems to be the connection.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs to all of you!

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Fall Trees. That is All.

November 16, 2016 — 2 Comments

We planted two maple trees in the backyard just a few years ago (five?) and I absolutely love them. We planted them for privacy, but I’m so glad that we did because I am really enjoying them in the fall. Soon, the leaves will fall, and we will again be aware of the fact that we can almost reach out and touch our next door neighbor.

I think that this one is called a Brandywine? It is much more purple than it appears in this picture. I seriously just stand there and look at it. It makes getting up in the morning to let the dogs out just a tad easier.

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Love….

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I can’t remember the name of this maple, but this is my view while sitting on the deck. It’s a good place for morning coffee, and maybe even a blog post.

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Fall trees, that is all.

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 10 SP

1 Egg, 1 Slice Bacon (I cook them cut in half in a little pan. I know. It’s weird.), Sweet Potato Rounds, 1/2 Serving Oatmeal with diced Apple, Raw Walnuts, Cinnamon and a drizzle of Maple Syrup

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Lunch – 5 SP

Lunch was walking out the door!

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Snack – 7 SP

Un-Pictured Leftover Slice of Papa Murphy’s Delite Pizza. We had some family over on Monday night, and that was dinner. 

Dinner – 7 SP

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili with a little added Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Broccoli

I roasted my Butternut Squash the EXACT same way that I always do. I have no idea why it was so dark! The flavor was great though!

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan

Drink 100 ounces of water each day

Exercise 5 days a week

Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

 

This is my tree!

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A Full Few Days!

November 15, 2016 — 4 Comments

When it’s been a few days since I’ve blogged, I never really know if to blog about what I did, or what I ate!

I’ll blog a little about what I did, and if it doesn’t seem to be turning into a novel, I’ll throw in some food pics too!

Friday day was a Food Truck work day. Friday night was a quiet night at home with a girlfriend chatting over wine while I did some food prep in the kitchen.

Saturday was a full on play day with that same friend. Everybody needs a good Saturday play day once in a while! I picked her up in the convertible, with the top down, (it was a tad chilly) and off we went to the City Market. We walked, shopped and bought just a few items. I bought this. I can not, for the life of me, remember what kind of squash it is, but you can be certain that I’ll be roasting it up soon!

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After the city market, we went to one of my favorite breakfast spots, The Beer Kitchen in the Westport area of Kansas City.

I ordered the Corned Beef hash,(served over root vegetables) and it was amazing! Yeah, I had beer with breakfast. No judgement. (This can’t really surprise many of you anyway, can it?)

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After breakfast, we took the scenic ride home with the top still down. It was a gorgeous day, and with our hot tea in hand, the heated seats on and the heater full blast, it was perfect!

Saturday night I went to a friends house where we did a food prep workshop for a company called Wildtree. Have you heard of it?

Prior to the workshop, we were able to choose what meals we would like to make. We were sent our grocery list in advance with directions on what prep we should do prior to the party. At the party, we were given our full recipes along with the oils and seasonings, and we put together our meals!

Girlfriends, wine, making up some meals….um, okay!

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Meals in freezer bags, then into the cooler to take home! I’ve got dinner for a while! All Weight Watcher friendly too!

Check out the fridge. (Those meals are all in the freezer now.) I feel so organized, and you know I love that!!

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Sunday morning began with a cup of coffee by the fire. Happy happy morning.

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I went to Hot Yoga at 9:00 a.m. and it felt so good to be there!

After Yoga, I was back in the kitchen cooking! I was in the mood for some Sweet Potato Turkey Chili. It sounded yummy to have on a Fall day to eat while we watched our KC Chiefs win. Chiefs, that win was a little stressful!!

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After the game, we headed out for some fresh air. Mike put up the Christmas lights while I assemble some cheap little fire pit that I bought. We are thinking about something permanent in the backyard as far as the fire pit goes, but we haven’t yet agreed on what we’d like back there. 

He LOVES hanging the lights!! (He hates hanging the lights.)

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Monday was an errand day. The calendar is pretty well packed for the remainder of November and I had several things that I wanted to get knocked off of my “to do” list and my “to buy” list. That “to buy” list was a killer!

I did get in a 6 mile walk with a friend. I saw so many of these beauties!

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I’m in search of everything necessary to make two of these for my porch. Is that not gorgeous?? I can’t remember where I found this picture, but I need to make this!! Twice!!

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Our two year old granddaughter was here for a bit last night. The moon was gorgeous, so her and I were going out in the backyard to look at it.

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I had on socks and slippers and I was carrying her, wrapped up in my long sweater, down the deck steps. There are several steps.  I missed the last step and went down hard. ON TOP OF HER! My top half landed on her in the grass while my knees hit the concrete landing pretty hard. It all happened so fast and I was so worried that she was hurt! She was totally fine. “Let’s go see the moon Gigi.” I was so relieved.

My knee has doubled in size. I think I broke a vein?

Ice.

Have a nice day.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Busy Week, Feeling Good

November 11, 2016 — Leave a comment

Tuesday night I went to the tasting party that I told you that I would share more info about this weekend, and I will.

Wednesday night I had book club. Aka…Wine Club. (( stared at, but did not eat ONE Peanut M&M!)

Thursday night, we had a birthday dinner for my dad. Happy Birthday today, Pops! I took him an individual size cake. No temptation there for me!

I worked WW meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, and the Food Truck Wednesday and Thursday, and again today, so a busier than usual week.

Loving the busy week and the beautiful weather that has accompanied it!

I’ve missed being able to go to my Friday morning WW meetings, so I’m going to sneak in there for just a bit this morning before heading off to work at the food truck.

I hope you all have a great weekend planned and that the weather is beautiful where you are too!

Here are just a few of the things that I’ve had to eat over the last couple of days. I’ve had a few snacks not included in my pics!

Wednesday

Breakfast 

Egg White, diced Pancetta and Sweet Potato Scramble with Delicata Squash on the side. So good. So so good.

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Lunch

Tuna Salad, Carrots, Tomatoes and Roasted Plantains on the go!

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Dinner

Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs, followed with wine at Book Club.

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Thursday

Breakfast

I worked at an EARLY WW meeting, too early for me to eat. In between WW and working the Food Truck, I had

Tuna Salad, Carrots, Roasted Plantains, Tomatoes and Raw Cashews

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Lunch

1/2 Apple Chutney Gouda Burger at the Food Truck. You guys, this is ridiculously delicious.

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Dinner

Hawaiian Skewers (Chicken, Peppers, Pineapple, Zucchini) with Broccoli at dad’s birthday dinner

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Short and sweet today…..

Happy Friday!

These are my 2016 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”