0 Miles

March 25, 2017 — 4 Comments

My house was really needing some TLC this week and I was beginning to think it wasn’t going to get any. I consider myself to be a tidy person, so things are pretty much in order. The kitchen and bathrooms are kept clean, but when it comes to vacuuming and dusting and mopping, those things seem to fall to the bottom of the list.

Yesterday….

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Mop all floors
  • Dust
  • Balance Check Book
  • Pay Bills
  • Gather Tax Information
  • Unpack boxes delivered for my At Work and organize

I knew that it might rain and that I should walk my miles early in the day or jump on the treadmill. At some point in the middle of afternoon while knee deep in my “to do’s”, I made the decision to continue to attack my list and skip the walk. It will put me even further behind on my challenge, but the idea behind the challenge is to keep me active, not to stress me out! lol

I never stopped moving yesterday so it’s not like I spent the day on the couch and did nothing, although right now that sounds like a great idea!

I really need to look into buying a fitness tracker. I would love to know how many steps I got in just getting the house clean and all the trips that I took going  in and out of the garage organizing my WW supplies.

Coffee with pop’s this morning.

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Happy Saturday to you all!

Go KU!!!

Breakfast – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle with Blueberries inside and on top! I love topping my Waffle with Banana Slices and 1 T Pure Maple Syrup!

 

Lunch – 8 SP

Tuna Egg Salad, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Plantains

 

Dinner – 31 SP

Happy Hour at a friends house.

I snacked on this great veggie tray with Hummus and Multi Grain Crackers, I had a few bites of Pirates Booty Cheese Puffs and Wine.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 45

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Mostly Food

March 24, 2017 — 8 Comments

I got to walk with Becky yesterday. We can walk and talk and get in some miles without even thinking about it. My pups needed a short walk after too in order for me to get in 6 miles yesterday.

Yesterday was pretty packed and I am feeling really caught up on things around the house. I even pulled all of the weeds from the landscape last night after dinner and I trimmed down all of the monkey grass! That makes your back feel great!! (not)

Yesterday morning I made a “to go” breakfast before walking out the door just before 7:00 a.m. Toast with a smashed Banana and Almond Butter. It was too messy to eat while I was driving and by the time I had reached my destination it just tasted gross. I ate a few bites before realizing it was truly disgusting and threw the rest away. Why did I think smashed banana would taste good on toast??

 

After working an early WW meeting as a receptionist, I went to First Watch and ate a delicious breakfast!

 

After breakfast, I went to what will hopefully be my second At Work Weight Watcher meeting. I actually knew a few of the ladies there from my personal meeting. I would love to be able to lead this meeting and I should know by the end of the day if enough members sign up!

I ran a few errands late in the afternoon and I found this at Target.

It was mostly fresh ingredients and I thought it might be a good thing to keep in the fridge for a quick meal to add some protein to. The container is one serving and is 11 SmartPoints. I took it home for Mike and I to share with our dinner. I only had 1/4 of it due to the points and I did like it, but 11 Smartpoints was high for a meal with no protein if you plan to eat the entire container, in my opinion. I’m sure the Smartpoints were high due to the dressing.

Right before I went into Target, I was talking to my daughter on the phone. We were talking about what we were having for dinner. I told her I had some hamburger and I wanted to grill out but had no idea what we were having.

When visiting her in Dallas one time, we went to a restaurant that served Burger Bowls. They were SO good! She reminded me of that, so Burger Bowls for dinner!

I believe the one we had in Dallas was a bowl of Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Greens, Burger, Bacon, Egg and Cheese?

I made His & Her Burger Bowls for dinner.

 

Yummmmm.

 

It was pretty delicious.

 

I topped His with Cheese, Mayo and Tomato. Mine had Tomato, Red Onion, Dill Pickles and Smashed Avocado. 

That wraps up yesterday’s eats!

Pre-Breakfast – 2 SP

A few gross bites of Toast, smashed Banana and Almond Butter

Breakfast – 9 SP

First Watch…Two Poached Eggs, 1/2 of the Potatoes on my plate, Dry English Muffin, Fruit. I loved dipping that English Muffin in my Soft Poached Eggs!

 

Lunch – 4 SP

Leftover Chicken Fried Caulirice

 

Snack’s – 0 SP

Pear and Blueberries

 

 

Dinner – 14 SP

Burger Bowl and 1/4 Serving of the Nourish Bowl from Target. Also included in these SmartPoints…the bites I took after dinner.

Mixed Greens, Roasted Butternut Squash, 4 oz 90%/10% Beef Burger, Tomato Slice, 25 g Smashed Avocado, Red Onion, Dill Pickles

I thought it might be missing some additional condiments or dressing, but after chopping it all up, the tomato and avocado coated everything just right!

After dinner…..

I had points left, so I had 1/2 Burger with a smear of Smashed Avocado. 


Daily SmartPoints Total = 29

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

Have a great day!!

 


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

I headed out yesterday determined to get in a 5 mile walk. About a mile into my walk, I saw a friend starting her walk. We continued on together and it was great to get caught up and the time just flew by!

Yay!

 

It felt good to finally get in a good long walk. I hope I see her again tomorrow!! And every other day for the rest of the month!!! Well, then well after that too. She’s super sweet.

 

I like the way my tracker looks now with all of those fitpoints!

 

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 9 SP

Scrambled Egg Whites with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge stirred in and topped with Tomatoes.

1/2 Serving Gluten Free Oats with cinnamon, diced Apple, 1 T. Almond Butter and a honey drizzle.

 

Lunch – 11 SP

I worked at the Food Truck yesterday and those big juicy burgers were really smelling good, but I settled for this delicious Pork Taco, no tortilla and 1/4 C of Honey Roasted Sunflower seeds that we top our Market Salad with.

 

Snack – 0 SP

Banana…my fav.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

Chicken Fried Caulirice.

You can follow my Caulirice recipe and add in your favorites to make this dish. I used left over grilled chicken from the night before and a bag of riced cauliflower. Dinner came together quick!

I’m not really trying to fool anybody. I ate it with a fork.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 27

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

Walkin and Talkin

March 22, 2017 — 4 Comments

This week in Weight Watchers, we are asking “Is It Worth It?”

What foods are worth it to you, and what foods are not? I love hearing all of the different answers and hearing how members are fitting those foods that are worth it into their day, and hearing what substitutions they have come up with for foods that are not worth it to them.

Yesterday when I asked, “What is one food that is totally worth it to you?”

One member replied, “Beer”.

You guys know me. I was standing right beside her and I held up my hand to high five her. She just looked at me. Everyone laughed. I said, “I need a high five! I love beer too!”

She said…”Oh, I thought you wanted to slap me!”

We all got a good laugh and the meeting just took off from there. I LOVE THIS GROUP!

 

I headed out for a 5 mile walk yesterday before dinner.

So many neighbors were outside and here’s what happened!

 

I’m just so chatty sometimes. You know, building relationships can be healthy too!

After 2 1/2 hours, I’d had some great conversations, but only got in 3 miles. I was starving, so I headed home.

That’s my favorite emoji right now. I often feel the need to roll my eyes, usually at myself. 

Remember when I was in the hole 1 SmartPoint on Saturday? Well, walking those miles these last few days has got me back in the positive!

Tracking is such a great tool for me to keep in check. It would have been so easy to be frustrated about eating/drinking 69 SmartPoints on Saturday. Instead, I tracked it, I’ve tracked since and I am back to where I like to be.

After dinner, I took a long bath in Epsom Salt with only candles lit.  After my bath, I took a long shower and used a salt scrub. I guess it was spa night. You could say I went to bed feeling very relaxed.

It was a really good day.

Yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

5 Scrambled Egg Whites (I accidentally got just a tad of yolk in there) with one Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge stirred in at the end. Those melt nice in warm scrambled eggs and gives them a great creamy texture. 

You probably know that I love a whole egg, but occasionally I like to bulk up my breakfast with protein if I know I’m going to have a late lunch.

One whole egg has 6 g of Protein for 2 SmartPoints.

One Egg White has 4 g of Protein. I can have 5 Egg Whites for 1 SmartPoint and that’s 20 g of Protein.

2 Slices of Trader Joe Bread (3 SmartPoints) toasted with 1 T. Almond Butter and Banana Slices.

 

Lunch – 9 SP

Mixed Greens, 7 oz Rotisserie Chicken (dark and white meat), Tomatoes, 50 g Avocado and 1 tsp Olive Oil.

I stirred this all up really good and the avocado became smashed, which made a great dressing mixed in with the teaspoon of Olive Oil.

 

Snack – 5 SP

I tracked my dinner while I was cooking it. When I realized I had 6 SmartPoints left for the day, I cracked open a beer and poured it into a chilled glass.

I love beer, but you know that already.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

On my grocery run on Monday, I had no planned meals so I stocked up on meat and veggies. When I’m not sure what to make and I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (or when I chat with all of the neighbors and run short on time), it’s so easy to roast some veggies and throw some meat on the grill.

Easy Peasy!

Grilled Chicken Breast and Grilled Zucchini. Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 29

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

WW Members Motivate Me!

March 21, 2017 — 4 Comments

I have loved going to my Weight Watcher meetings for a long time and I have been very vocal about that. There is something to be said about being surrounded by a group of people with the same goal in mind, sharing the same struggles and sharing successes along the way.

My schedule hasn’t allowed me to attend my own meeting in several weeks, but being a WW employee now has provided me with the opportunity to regularly be surrounded by these awesome people and be motivated by them.

I subbed as a Weight Watcher Leader in one of our stores yesterday and I LOVED it! WW members truly are just the best people to be around!

Whether attending a WW meeting as a member or as an employee, WW members motivate me to be my best self, and I love them for that!

I am truly loving working as a Leader with my members in the At Work program that WW offers, but working in a store as a Leader yesterday made me even more eager to get my own meeting in a store so I can meet even more members! Meetings are coming to me slowly so I will continue to embrace the ones that I have and I will be patient. 

Good things come to those who wait, right?

I wanted to get 5 miles in yesterday, but I only managed 3. I need to get 5+ miles in each day in order to finish the challenge on time!

How are YOU doing on the walking challenge??

I’ve mentioned that I started this at a bad time, and I kind of knew that, but the challenge has definitely forced me to get out and walk on days that I know I wouldn’t have made time for exercise, so I am glad that I decided to go for it!

I really like walking outside when it’s in the 70’s. What happened to my Spring??

I was being so careful yesterday with my points that I ended up with a lot left after dinner, so I made a yummy trail mix and ended the day completely satisfied.

Breakfast – 7 SP

Blueberry Bar on the way to work! These are so handy to keep in the car, or my purse!

 

I like all of the flavors that I’ve tried, but this seems to be my favorite and I can buy it at Trader Joe’s for $1.99!

(These are $2.79 at Whole Foods…Booo Hiss Hiss)

 

Lunch – 4 SP

Whole Foods Salad Bar (not cheap either, but always so many great choices!! I love this salad bar!)

Veggies, (that’s Butternut Squash, not Sweet Potatoes) 3 oz Rotisserie Chicken, Balsamic Vinegar and 2 tsp Olive Oil.

I bought a rotisserie chicken and brought that home to add to my lunch.

 

Snack – 1 SP

I was hot when I got home from my walk and wanted something super refreshing. Fruit plate with 1 tsp Almond Butter and Ice Water with frozen Strawberries.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

I had leftover grilled veggies from our cookout on Saturday, so I heated those up with 8 oz of Rotisserie Chicken. I really piled on the chicken here, and after tracking my dinner, I realized I still had all sorts of points left for the day!

 

Snack – 11 SP

I love trail mix, but it can be so high in points. I decided to make up a bowl and it was the perfect after dinner snack to end the day!

10 g Walnuts – 2 sp

20 g Walnuts – 3 sp

Navitas Cocoa Nibs – 2 sp (I tracked it, but I don’t have the serving size in my tracker. I think it was 1 T.)

20 g Dried Cranberries sweetened with Apple Juice (from Whole Foods) – 4 SP

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 30

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

We drove home from the lake in a little bit of sleet last weekend. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground.

This weekend I took a walk in the beautiful 70 degree weather on Saturday and yesterday Kansas City broke a record for a high of 89!

I do love a variety!

We continue to get outside and enjoy it!

I’ve heard that once you start updating things around the house, it’s hard to stop. Mike has been talking about updating the Master Bathroom for a long time. I try not to get too excited when he talks about projects like this because sometimes when he is talking about doing it, he is really just thinking about doing it, then I get antsy and irritated. Me? Once I get an idea in my head, I can’t stop thinking about it until its done. 

Well, I think painting the hallways and changing things up a bit around here has got the bug in him!

We went to the Home Show here in KC yesterday and looked at shower heads and tile. We were a bit disappointed at the little variety we found, but it was still fun to throw around different ideas and share what we think we want the bathroom to look like.

I have been wanting a sliding Barn Door to separate the bathroom from the bedroom for a long time, and we saw one that gave Mike a few ideas of his own. You guys….I think we really are updating our bathroom!!

Here is the back side of the barn door that we found. I’m not a fan of this color for our house, but I like the idea.

 

Here is the other side. I was trying really hard to be inconspicuous and these people wouldn’t move! lol

 

I can tell Mike is thinking seriously about this too because look what he made me this week for the powder room that we just had painted! He is in the mood for projects!!

 

I found this mirror at World Market and really wanted a towel bar to go with it!

 

This room looks so different now and I love it!

 

We currently have a shower insert with one shower head in our master bath. Mike wants a tile shower, and a larger shower with two shower heads. Since we’re dreaming, I’d like wall spray jet things that shoot water out of the wall along with a fancy schmancy shower head. I figure we are saving all sorts of money here since Mike plans to do the majority of the work himself. 

We currently have carpet in the master. When we built the house, we were pinching pennies and picking and choosing wisely where we spent out money, so carpet there was the best option at the time. That carpet is now almost 18 years old, and it’s beige. Use your imagination here. 

Here are some fancy bathrooms that we found last night while browsing the web for a little inspiration.

This could actually happen without a whole remodel. I love this.

 

 

I’m loving the dark floors and gray tile. I guess gray is my thing right now. Mike likes this too.

 

I think we both like the dark floors and grey tile.

 

Probably too dark, but beautiful! Look at those walls!

 

Okay. more dark floors and grey tile.

It’s always fun to plan. I’m excited to see how we work our new geriatric bed into our new master bath plan!

I walked 2 miles in the morning before we went to the home show, then I walked 4 miles when we got home. I’m determined to finish this challenge! I’m trying to take a few different trails in the neighborhood. I’ve walked here before, but not very often. Feels like I’m really out in the country! See the train?? 🙂

I’m out the door. I’m subbing for a Leader in one of the WW stores this morning, so I’m really looking forward to work today!

I’ll be at the Prairie Village location for the 10:00 am meeting if your local and you’re wanting to switch things up this week!

Have a Happy Monday!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 14 SP

Breakfast Bowl that is super ugly. Egg, Egg white, Pork Sausage, Purple Potatoes and lots of veggies, topped with Avocado.

 

Lunch – 17 SP

A Beer, a Taco, and a Tostado and a couple of chips at this great little outdoor joint that used to be a gas station. Love it there. 

I can’t get enough outsideness!!!

 

Dinner – 6 SP

3 Turkey Meatballs, Marinara over Spaghetti Squash

Daily SmartPoints Total = 37

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Winery Fun!

March 20, 2017 — 2 Comments

Mike and I are both knocking things off of our “to do list” while trying to work in some good down time too!

After a productive Saturday morning, we spent the afternoon at a Winery with friends, then ended the evening at their house grilling out and enjoying this gorgeous weather.

Here is my WW tracker at the end of the day. I used 69 points!! I used all of my daily points, my weekly points and my fitpoints that I had earned.

I’m in the hole 1!!!

I got up Sunday to get some miles in so I could be back in the positive! Whew!!

We had a great day with friends. I didn’t beat myself up over it and I actually gave myself a pat on the back for tracking it all.

It was the perfect day for the Winery! Live music, a food truck, friends and sunshine. All things that make me really happy! Such a great day!

 

Mike enjoyed a little Paella from the Food Truck! I had a bite. DELISH!

 

Before heading to the winery, I got some miles in! I’ve still got a ways to go, but I’m finally making some progress. Happy Dance!

I was having fun watching the map on map my fitness. I was trying not to repeat a path, yet stay in the neighborhood. I ended up walking the dogs on the path I’d already been on. Sometimes it’s fun just to give yourself something else to think about.

 

We ended our night doing this. Perfect day!

I did plan a smart lunch knowing I would have wine and a snack at the winery. I had no plans to eat so much cheese at the winery and drink so much wine at the cookout afterwards!

Here is what I chowed down on Saturday!

Breakfast – 9 SP

I do love a breakfast sandwich. I made this Open Faced Sandwich with Sweet Potato Buns, a layer of Smashed Avocado, Egg Whites, 1/2 Slice Canadian Bacon on each, more Smashed Avocado.

 

Lunch – 5 SP

Tuna/Egg Salad with Dill Pickles and Cucumber Slices

I planned a lunch high in protein and low in points.

I wanted to enjoy some wine and the I knew there was the possibility of having something from the El Tenedor food truck.

 

Winery

I shared a little Wine and Bruschetta from the food truck with Mike. But just a little. I had more than my share of cheese from cheese platter.

 

Dinner and Winery – 55 SP

Burger, Asparagus and Grilled Sweet Peppers and more wine. I also snacked on those bell peppers you can see with some hummus.

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 69! My best guess.

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

 

I did wear my wrinkled T-shirt yesterday and I did drink some beers!

My morning was filled with attacking my to do list and in the afternoon, Tucker and I enjoyed a walk outside in the sunshine. It was the perfect temperature yesterday and it made getting outside for a walk a cinch!

Mike and I took the top down on the convertible and went for a nice drive to meet up with a group of friends. We watched the KU game and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. It was a great day and I’m looking forward to our day today.

I hope that you all are having a great weekend and that you are able to get outside and take in some of that fresh air!

One of the things on my “to do list” has been to make a final decision on what to hang on the wall beside the bathroom door.

 

Here is what I put together without having to buy anything!

 

I think it turned out cute. Not too busy. That’s a picture of my mom in an old paper stock frame. I think it’s perfect.

 

Someone was really ready to get outside. Someone else was enjoying napping.

 

Tucker and I headed out and it was my favorite temperature. I love it in the 70’s. Don’t need a jacket. Not too hot. Perfect. I should move to Florida.

 

We headed down to the science center (about a mile from our house) to walk the trails behind the grade school. We have lived here for 18 years. I’m not sure how long the science center and  trails have been there, but it’s been a long time and I have NEVER walked on them!

We have a lot of asphalt paths to walk on throughout the neighborhood, so usually I walk on those or the sidewalks.

It was nice to take a different route.

 

It was a great day to walk the trails!

 

Tucker was all….”Let’s explore!!”

 

So we did.

 

Can you see the family of Turtles sunbathing out on that platform? 

 

I should have had Tucker in this picture so you could tell how HUGE this tree trunk was!

 

I got a few miles in and I have a LOT of miles yet to walk!

Well, I’ve enjoyed my morning coffee in bed and blogging. Now I gotta go walk!

Can we talk about how lucky Mike is?

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 SP

Light English Muffin toasted with 1 T Almond Butter, Banana Slices with Chia Seeds, Clementines with Scrambled Egg Whites with Cracked Black Pepper.

 

Lunch – 11 SP

Tuna Salad, Dill Pickles, Plantains and Grapes. I took this outside and ate on the deck. Such a pretty day!

 

Dinner – 22 SP

I ate a really late lunch so when everyone was ordering, I wasn’t super hungry. I had planned to order the fish taco’s, but it was a huge plate of food! I decided to order the appetizer of fried pickles and share them with the table.

I had a few fried pickles, a few bites of Mike’s Nacho’s and beer for dinner. Yes, I did. I also took two bites of Mike’s fish taco’s.

This is one of those dinners where I make my best guess in points, track it and enjoy my evening. We had a great time watching the KU game at a bar with friends and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

 
Daily SmartPoints Total = 40

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

So Much to Say!!

March 17, 2017 — 8 Comments

First, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t think I have an ounce of Irish in me, but I’m always up for a celebration of sorts. Mike and I had a plan to spend the day together, but that’s been changed to Sunday. Now I have no idea what the plan is for today. You know I always have a “to do list”, so I might attack that and save the fun stuff for Saturday and Sunday. I do have this cute t-shirt though that wants me to be wearing it and drinking a Green Beer. I can probably work that into my day.

Somebody needs to iron a t shirt!!

It’s been a busy last few days. I feel like I say that a lot. But it truly has!

Tuesday was an awesome day! My At Work Weight Watcher meeting is going really well. I leave there each week thinking how truly happy I am that I get to be a Weight Watcher Leader, a job that I have thought about for so so long. This is a great group of people and they are all doing wonderful! I am so excited each week to hear about their successes. Seriously couldn’t be happier with my job right now. It looks like I’ll get another At Work meeting in the next week or so. Yay!! My goal is to Lead four meetings a week. You guys…then I’m buying that little Vintage Camper that I want!!

After a great day at work, Mike and I had a great evening holding Baby Wren. I cooked up a few things for the new mommy and daddy and we went over to their house for the evening. She is just precious.

 

Wednesday, I typically work at the Food Truck, but it was a bit too chilly, so we cancelled for the day. I’m pretty pleased with how I decided to spend my unexpected hours of the day. Mike bought me a Massage for Christmas, and I’ve already scheduled that once and had to cancel. Wednesday was the day! My Spa day started with a 30 minute stretch session. It was awesome! Basically, the massage therapist comes in the room before you get ready for your massage, and stretches you every which way. I loved it! What a relaxing way to start a massage. Mike really went all out at Christmas, because my gift card allowed for the 30 minute Stretch, a 90 minute massage with a foot sugar scrub at the end and I still had money left over for a bottle of Essential Oil and this little foot massager that will hopefully help with this dang Planter Fasciitis. It was a great day!

 

Thursday, I worked a WW At Work meeting as a receptionist, then came home and tackled some paperwork. I found out this week that I am now the responsible party for my cousins finances. What??? I thought now that we got her moved into the nursing home and her apartment all taken care of, that now we just scheduled visits and outings and fun stuff. Nope. There’s a whole stack of bills and legal stuff to go through. I will say that things are pretty organized and that if I am ever in the position that she is in now, I hope that I leave my legal and financial matters as organized as hers are.

I did finally get outside for a long walk. The weather was really nice here yesterday, so I had lunch on the deck and enjoyed a long walk with Tucker.

I’ve never been so far behind in my own Challenge! I did the math today and I can still get it done, but I really need to get up earlier if this is going to happen!

In other news, I was cleaning out a closet making room for my WW store (seriously…there is a lot of stuff to keep at home!) when I found these! Leftover stocking stuffers.

 

I found these right after eating too many Baked Banana Chips. They had me craving something sugary. I knew the best thing to do was to put those sweet treats down the garbage disposal.

 

Wednesday’s massage put me in a really goofy mood on Thursday. Too much animal print? Nah.

Tuesday 

Breakfast – 6 SP

Toasted Light English Muffin, one Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Canadian Bacon and 3 Egg Whites.

I hadn’t made a sandwich like this in a long time. It was perfect!

 

Lunch – 6 SP

I tossed all of the veggies that I could find in the fridge into a skillet with Olive Oil and a little bit of Rotisserie Chicken and a few random seasonings. Pretty tasty!

 

Snack – 15 SP

I opened these. I ate one serving. I put them away. Later I got them back out and had a few. I put them back. Later, I got them back out and had a few. I put them back. You see where this is going, right? The bag was 2 1/2 servings. I ate the whole bag.

 

Dinner – 12 SP?

Un-pictured dinner with the baby! I made Baked Chicken Fingers and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots to take to the kids. I ate just a little of that, but I also ate a cookie at their house and some nuts when we came home.

Wednesday

Breakfast – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle recipe with 1 T. added Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and fresh Blueberries, I’m digging the pancakes lately.

I topped these with 1 T. Pure Maple Syrup

 

Lunch – 10 SP

Three Street Taco Corn Tortilla’s, Chicken with Peppers and Onions in Fajita Seasoning topped with Smashed Avocado.

This took just minutes to cook up in the skillet with some leftover chicken breast that I had pulled out of the freezer.

 

Snack – 1 SP

Banana, 1/2 tsp Almond Butter (0 sp), 1/2 tsp Chia Seeds (0 sp) and 1/2 tsp Honey (1 sp)

 

Dinner – 12 SP

Salad with Chicken, Egg, Red Onion, Dried Cranberries and Maple Vinaigrette

 

Thursday

Breakfast – 7 SP

Oatmeal topped with diced Apple, Sliced Almonds, Dried Cranberries and Cinnamon

 

Snack – 0 SP

Lots of Banana’s lately…..

 

Lunch – 10 SP

Mixed Greens, Chicken, Egg, Red Onion, Dried Cranberries, Sliced Almonds and Diced Apple with Maple Vinaigrette

 

Snack – 0 SP

Clementines. I love these little guys.

 

Dinner – 11 SP

I found this recipe for Baked Almond Chicken Fingers and liked the idea of them on a salad, so I toasted a few Almonds and made a honey mustard dressing. Yum!

Tuesday Daily SmartPoints Total = 39

Wednesday Daily SmartPoints Total = 29 

Thursday Daily SmartPoints Total = 28 

2017 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

Yesterday was a really full day, but I won’t bore you with all of the details….well I’ll try not to. You know how I do.

I told myself before going to bed on Sunday night that I would walk outside or on the treadmill first thing Monday morning. Probably not before breakfast, but FIRST thing after that! What did I do? I had breakfast, coffee, posted my blog, looked at my “to do list” for the day, replied to a few emails, made some phone calls, tossed in a load of laundry, un-packed a few boxes that were delivered with WW supplies, made more phone calls, reorganized a few things in my closet (What the heck???), balanced the check book then got on the treadmill. It was after 12:30. Now I’m running late for the rest of my afternoon.

I walked one mile.

I swear I’m not making excuses when it comes to getting in my walking challenge miles. I’m just not planning and prioritizing very well.

Let’s talk frozen food. 

The best kind of frozen food that you can have for a meal is the food that you cook for yourself, from fresh ingredients. Food that you have prepared and had complete control over what ingredients went into that food. I try to make a habit of cooking extra meat when I’m grilling out. I also like to double or triple up when I cook Taco Meat. I could maybe eat Taco Meat like I don’t know…..Every. Single. Day. Why not have some in the freezer? Soups freeze great too!

I try to eat anything that I freeze within two to three weeks. It’s just kind of a rule that works for me. I have discovered that if I do that, I don’t end up wasting any of what I have frozen. When I fill the freezer too full, things get buried and by the time I find them, they seem to have freezer burn and I have to toss them. If I only keep a few things in the freezer and try to use them on a regular basis, I avoid wasting food and I also avoid wasting the time I spent preparing it for the freezer in the first place!

I like the freezer gallon and quart sized bags that I can write on with a sharpie. I write the date and what the food is and place it in the freezer so I can see the label and I double bag. Make sure you squeeze as much air out of those bags as possible!

If you’re not a microwave person, and I know that not everyone is, then of course you would need to plan a bit in advance to set your frozen food out to thaw. Still, you’re a step ahead of the game when it comes to meal time.

Do you freeze food?

Do you cook extra food with the plan to freeze some of it?

What are your favorite things to freeze?

Do you have any food freezer tricks?

Yesterday’s lunch and dinner were great examples of how freezing food saves me time on a busy day and allows me to stay on track as well.

I said that I would be a good Weight Watcher yesterday, and I was.

Breakfast – 9 SP

Sweet Potato Buns with Smashed Avocado and a runny Egg to dip them in. Strawberries on the side and Black Coffee.

I LOVE this meal.

This is only 30 g of Avocado for 3 SmartPoints!

 

Lunch – 8 SP

Grilled Chicken Breast (I have a few of these in the freezer for days like this!) on a bed of Mixed Greens with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing and Pine Nuts

 

Snack – 5 SP

One Date with 1 tsp Almond Butter….I haven’t had one of these in a long time. I put all of the dates that I received from my friend Ronda in the freezer and I am so glad that I did that! Another great freezer find! Thanks Ronda!

 

Dinner – 8 SP

Beef Taco Meat (pulled that cooked taco meat out of the freezer too…so handy!!) on Greens, topped with Avocado and Bell Pepper and an un-pictured Banana

Daily SmartPoints Total = 30 

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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