Archives For November 2012

What was I thinking??????

November 18, 2012

I’d say I’m too old for this, but most of the people that were with me are my age too, and a few, even OLDER! We’re not a real bright group…….

Friday night was really fun.

It’s a Hookah Party……with lots of wine.

Saturday morning was really rough.

All morning, I tried to pry myself off the couch.

Instead, I watched every show that I DVR’d this week.

Then I attempted food.

Toast, pumpkin butter, coffee
(It stayed down)
3 PPV

Noonish??

Breakfast Burrito (I really wanted a Sonic Jr. Cheeseburger and Tots, but wasn’t sure I could make it there.)
6 PPV

It also stayed down, but barely…….

Later…..WW Fudge Bar
3 PPV

Then, after more couch time……I made a smoothie with my WW smoothie mix, water, ice, strawberries and frozen bananas. It was so thick, I put it in a bowl. A big bowl of ice cream goodness. (I think I’m dehydrated…)
2 PPV

Mike called me and told me to “get with it” because it was date night, so I did. Thats when I drove to Sonic. Tucker ate half of my junior burger and tots.
8 PPV

After about 3:00 pm, I was fine. 🙂

Tomato Bisque and a side Salad while watching KState LOSE! It was a sad, sad game. No beers for this girl. Lots and lots of water!!
10 PPV

It was too dark for pictures with my vintage, no flash, phone…….but you can’t blame a girl for trying.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 3
Lunch = 6
Snack = 2
Snack = 3
Sonic = 8
Dinner = 10

Total = 32

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31
How many glasses of water I drank today = 15


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

Friday Reflection

November 17, 2012

I feel much much better about the last two weeks than I did about the four weeks prior to that. The scale went down last week and this week. I am still in my 165-168 range, but trust me, when I see 164, the entire world will know!

I had medical massage number two Friday morning, and my neck is feeling much better. Hopefully when I get in to see the Orthopedic Doctor on December 4th, my neck will be 100%, and we can focus on the shoulder issue.

I ran some errands after my WW meeting and did a little shopping for some winter basics. While in the dressing room at Target (I really need to expand my shopping habits) trying on some fitted long sleeve tops for layering, I really hurt my shoulder when I got stuck in one particular salmon colored shirt!!! Yeeeeouch!!! I really wanted the dressing room attendant to help me out of the shirt, but it was a guy, and it just seemed awkward. So I am pretty sure I added insult to injury (no pun intended, that totally was an accident. I even had to google “insult to injury” to see if that was really a saying anyhow) as I wiggled myself out of it.

While checking out, the clerk asked me if I was starting my Christmas shopping early………

“Um….no…..this is all for me.”

🙂

After hitting Steinmart, DSW, Target and Marshall’s, I came home exhausted. My trunk looks like that of a hoarder, or maybe a shopping addict. It’s one of those days you hope the hubby isn’t home when you get there. I shop pretty smart, so I really didn’t spend much, but from the bags and the variety, it looks like I went absolutely CRAZY!!!

Now, on a different note.

I received a text from my daughter that I HAVE to share…….

She calls frequently with cooking questions, and while I do love to cook, I really don’t know very much about it at all. I wing a lot of stuff. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Her question, however, was a simple one that I was able to answer.

Later she sent me a picture of the results, and had this to say about it.

“I’m a miniature you in the making. Whoever marries me is one lucky son bitch”

That’s my girl…….

She was wanting to copy the Egg White, Turkey, Feta, Spinach Omelet that I like to order at First Watch. Looks JUST like it!

That girl does a momma proud!!

I skipped breakfast today, but it was an accident.

Lunch
Fruit
Bow Tie Pasta
Mixed Veggies, Chicken

7 PPV

Dinner was Happy Hour(s) at a girlfriends house. I drank wayyyyy too much wine, and ate very little of the Happy Hour Snacks.

Saturday morning has NOT been fun.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Lunch = 7
Happy Hour = 31

Total = 38

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 37
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

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

Nutella Coffee?

November 16, 2012

Nutella Coffee……kinda.

Hazelnut flavored coffee from my Keurig, Sugar Free Chocolate Coffee Syrup, Steamed Frothy Skim Milk!
1 PPV

Perfect way to start of a Chilly November Morning.

I had been missing my Oatmeal Banana Pancake.

I melted (just a few seconds in the microwave) an extra tablespoon of Better N Peanut Butter…….and drizzled it over the top!

My Oatmeal Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes were……
7 PPV

Lunch (after an hour on the treadmill…..yay)

Salad at home…..
Black Bean Burger (3 PPV)
1/4 C Kidney Beans (1 PPV)
2 T. Otts Fat Free Dressing (1PPV)
1/8 C Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese (1 PPV)
Shredded carrots
Romaine

6 PPV

I snacked on these at a friends……
5 PPV

Snack
(I was having a craving!)
2 Tablespoons

4 PPV!


Dinner

One Take-Out Taco
6 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 7
Lunch = 6
Snack = 5
Snack = 4
Dinner = 6

Total = 28

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 11
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9


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

Short & Simple

November 15, 2012

Short post……but trying to save the shoulder.

I ate good, drank lots of water, ate lots of power foods. I did not exercise first thing, which was a mistake, and as usual, the day got away from me, so I didn’t earn any activity points. I will work extra hard to earn some activity points on Thursday!

Here’s the day eats…….

Breakfast
Egg whites
Tortilla
Laughing Cow Cheese
Bacon Bits

I like to warm the tortilla, spread the cheese wedge over the whole thing, fill it with scrambled eggs and 1 T. of bacon pieces and roll it up with a side of salsa!

Baaaa…ritto!
5 PPV

Snack time! Power food!
Filling, juicy, sweet-snack!
Nice and ripe Pear
0 PPV

Crawfish Mac and cheese…..AT THE FOOD TRUCK! Oh My………………

It’s Creamy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese topped with crawfish, corn and green onions that have been sautéed in BUTTER!

The picture does NOT do this justice!

Just enough to taste….
5 PPV (over estimating here…..1 PPV per bite)?

Leftover Progresso Soup and canned peas
Loaded with veggies! Power foods!
4 PPV

Popcorn, Light Microwave (also a power food!)
3 PPV

Banana with Better N Peanut Butter (yip….power food)
2 PPV

Sunset Grill for dinner…..
Hawaiian Chicken Skewers and Broccoli (this comes with roasted potatoes, and even though they are a power food and taste great, I substituted broccoli)
Power, Power!
6 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 5
Snack = 0
Lunch = 5
Lunch (2) = 7
Snack = 2
Dinner = 6

Total = 25

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 11
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

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

Breakfast
First Watch with my kiddo!
Egg White Omelet with Turkey, Feta, Onions and Spinach
1/2 of that Pumpkin Pancake
1/2 dry toast with Jam
Coffee
12 PPV


Lunch
Leftover Skillet Meal
(small portion)
4 PPV

And an Apple
0 PPV

Um, could I get that to go, please?
(I know…I know….apples are to go as is, but I hate wondering what to do with the core when I’m driving!)


Dinner…..
I let Mike have the end of the Skillet Meal. He made me promise that I would make it again soon. So I did. 🙂
I had a can of Progresso, mixed with a can of peas, topped with parm.
I ate a little over half.
6 PPV

I knew this would be an easy favorite this Fall…….

Dessert
Pineapple with a little Lite Hershey drizzled over it.
1 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 12
Lunch = 4
Dinner = 7

Total = 23

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 11
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

I walked on the treadmill for 50 minutes at an incline, did my PT and drank LOTS of H2O!

Another successful day!

Picked that up from the yard. Look at it! It’s so perfect!

Make it a great day!

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

Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee
Frothed Skim Milk
Sprinkled with Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 PPV


Breakfast
Pumpkin Bagel Thin
Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese
Egg whites
Salsa

5 PPV

Starbucks! Grande Nonfat Misto (I spend a lot of time running errands!)

2 PPV

Lunch
Salad Bar, Water
🙂

5 PPV

All the yummy veggies, Chicken, Olive Oil
(Them are carrots, not cheese, just in case you’re wondering)

Dinner

Roasted Veggies with Rotisserie Chicken and Turkey Smoked Sausage

Yellow Onion
Red Bell Pepper
Small White Potatoes
Zucchini
Carrots
Brussels Sprouts
Corn

(I copied this idea from Sidney at Beauty of the Bistro.)

If you’re a local, you should come out to the Food Truck at 199th and Metcalf on Wednesday for lunch and give it a try!

Roast the veggies with Olive Oil and seasoning………

Get some chicken and sausage…..any kind I’m guessing?

Toss it all in the skillet, season some more, and cook til just a tad crispy!

Holy Cow! (Wait, there’s no cow in this. Holy Chicken!)

We topped it with just a tiny bit of spicy mustard…..so so tasty!

My portion was 9 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 6
Snack = 2
Lunch = 5
Dinner = 9

Total = 22

Activity Points Earned Today = 3
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 11
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

I had a great Monday today! I hope you did too! I really tried to focus on lots of Power foods, with a few non Power Foods tossed in there too. I drank plenty of water, I did my Physical Therapy, and I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes.

Feels good.

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

My daughter called from college a couple of weeks to say…..

“Mom, cooking is a learning experience, right?”

She was making a Pinterest recipe that required her to roll out biscuit dough. She had no roller. She used a liquor bottle. I love that kid.

I spent Sunday messing things up, adding things that didn’t belong, running to the store to replace my goofs, throwing out perfectly tasty things that looked horrendous, and thoroughly enjoying preparing for a houseful of family on a cold Sunday night.

It was nice to spend the dreary morning in the kitchen baking and cooking. It was my dads birthday, and he picked the menu! (well, I gave him a couple of options to pick from that I thought I could possibly handle.)

Spaghetti, Caesar Salad, Crusty Bread, Red Velvet Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream.

I wanted to have everything ready when all the family came over so we could all chat, and I wouldn’t be stuck in the kitchen catching bits and pieces of the conversations going on.

I set the mood for the day while I had my first cup of coffee. Candles were lit, music was playing and the fireplace was all a glow…….

I had decided to bake the cake from scratch (and really, I didn’t think you could buy a boxed cake mix for Red Velvet). I baked my first cake from scratch in September for my moms birthday, and decided my dad should get the same treatment! I found a recipe and even watched a video on how to make this Red Velvet Cake come out perfect! While shopping on Saturday for all my groceries, Mike called to see if I wanted to go to a Movie and Dinner? I’m thinking to myself…..well, I had planned on cooking my sauce Saturday night so all those yummy flavors could spend the night together, and I was going to bake my cake from scratch that night as well. So, I was torn. Movie and Dinner Date Night? A Saturday evening in the kitchen? As I was pondering my decision, a boxed cake mix for Red Velvet literally jumped off the shelf at me! Yay! Then I decided if I got up super early and started the sauce, it would have plenty of time for all the flavors to fall in love with each other through out the day. At least with the sauce, I wouldn’t be totally be cheating dad out of a home cooked meal.

I bought the mix, went to dinner and a movie with the hubby. We saw the new Denzel Washington movie, Flight. Denzel does NOT make a bad movie! Loved it!

While having my first cup of coffee Sunday morning, I got the sauce going, ( I always buy Ragu, so making the sauce was kind of a big deal), then I started on the cake. I have only done two round cakes and iced them once before, and I remember it did not go well, but I honestly don’t remember what it looked like, or if it even was eaten? I wanted the birthday dinner to be special, so I was going to make this cake look as good as I could.

I can never remember what round cake goes upside down or right side up! The cakes came out of the round pans beautifully!

Step one? Success.

I put the first round cake on the cake plate, upside down, and iced away (with my store bought cream cheese icing). Then I put round cake number two on top of it, also upside down. I was puzzled by all of the space between the two, and decided to fill it up with icing, the whole time thinking, this isn’t going to look very pretty when we cut into it???? What am I doing wrong? Then……I RAN OUT OF ICING! I made a mad dash to the store in whatever clothes and hat I saw first. When I got home, I realized I had more eye makeup under my eyes than anywhere else. Nice. While driving to the store, it hit me that the second round cake should have been put on right side up. So as soon as I got home, I grabbed the biggest spatula I could find, and wedged it in between both cakes, and flipped it over!

I think this isn’t going to work……….

It really never dawned on my to slice the rounded top off of the bottom layer for a flat surface. Now I know better.

“Mom, cooking is a learning experience, right?”

🙂

Step two? Fail!

Then I threw it in the sink. (not without taking a bite first, you know, to make sure this boxed thing tasted decent)

While at the store buying the extra icing, I anticipated things at home going awry, so I bought three containers of icing and one more boxed cake mix. Just in case. The grocery clerk was judging me, I just know it!

Ta da!!

I felt so proud…….at least dessert looks pretty.


The Sauce.

I found several simple recipes for Marinara Sauce. The one I picked called for 1/2 Cup of “good Chianti”. I had Two Buck Chuck Cab. Same thing, right? At this point, I was certain Julia Childs was shaking her head. I know. She was a French Cook, not Italian, but I felt her presence, and she wasn’t pleased with me. All I could taste in this wonderful sauce, was the wine. The Two Dollar Wine! Even after it had simmered for several hours, it just wasn’t going to do. So then I started adding things……Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg……just a dash of each. This comes from an old Spaghetti and Meatball recipe I have that I had always liked. Then I added a little sugar, then some tomato sauce, then more time……to simmer……not the spice. Would you believe after simmering all day, and adding the Italian Sausage, it ended up tasting delicious??

Unfortunately, I will never be able to make this sauce again, because I really have no idea how much of what I put in it, or exactly WHAT I put in it. My family says I do this all the time, make something great by accident, and they never get it again. It’s true.

I spent so much time playing around in the kitchen, I forgot to eat after breakfast, and that NEVER happens! Good thing though. I didn’t really make anything for the birthday dinner that was WW Friendly. I drink water ALL day long though.

Breakfast
Yogurt, banana
2 PPV

The evening ended up just perfect! Dad sliced up the cake for everyone. The house was warm and cozy, and we sat around the table chatting for the rest of the evening…….

I think my entire meal was….including wine and dessert…..
38 PPV (I am probably over estimating here, but I want to play it safe)

The cousins…….

The gang……..

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 2
Dinner = 38

Total = 40

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 11
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Monday’s focus is exercise and Power Foods.


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

Saturday

November 11, 2012

I enjoyed a lazy Saturday morning on the couch watching The Campaign with the dogs. It really is ridiculously gorgeous outside for practically the middle of November! The dogs didn’t enjoy the movie nearly as much as I did. They kept insisting we play outside!

Breakfast
Coffee, Toast with Pumpkin Butter (it’s almost allllll gone)
3 PPV

Lunch
3 Egg Whites
2 small White potatoes
3 slices Canadian Bacon
1 slice Reduced Fat Cheddar
Salsa

5 PPV


Snack?

Cooked carrots…… (Thinking power foods here)
0 PPV

VitaTop with Better N Peanut Butter
3 PPV

This is a bowl full of pineapple with one tablespoon of Hershey’s Chocolate Lite Syrup drizzled over the top! (Thanks for the idea, Joan!)
1 PPV

What a CRAP picture!
Houlihan’s
Edamame = 3
Tomato Bisque = 14 (yikes!)
Red Wine = 8
Everything tasted wonderful!
Total = 25

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 3
Lunch = 5
Snacks = 4
Dinner = 25

Total = 37

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 25
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

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

Friday Reflection…..

November 10, 2012

It turned out to be a fairly successful week. I did weigh in today, and I am still under 170, but also still playing that 165-168 game. I feel back in the Zone though, so that should change and I feel 164 coming my way!

Today’s meeting was all about Power Foods. I thought I knew what all of them were, but I learned a few things today, so as always, so glad I went to my meeting! Power Foods are basically fruits and veggies, lean meats and whole grains and low fat dairy. One lady said the easiest way to remember what Power Foods are……You can pick it off a tree, or it comes out of the ground, or you can shoot it!!!! Egads! I am NOT shooting anything, but I don’t mind eating it! 🙂

Breakfast was a smoothie for the road.

WW Chocolate Smoothie
2 T PB2 Chocolate
1 frozen Banana
1 C water
6-8 Ice Cubes

3 PPV

After the meeting, I enjoyed a Free Sample bar, compliments of WW!
2 PPV
(Not pictured)

Some friends called to meet them for lunch. We sat outside on this gorgeous November afternoon and had a couple of beers. I ordered a Chicken Taco Salad, No chips, Dressing on the side. It came with BEEF, not CHICKEN! This has been happening a lot lately and I despise sending my food back. I ate it. As is.

It WAS pretty tasty.
10 PPV?
Beer (2) 7

Tucker and I took a beautiful walk. We were gone for over an hour, but with all the sniffing and all the talking he did with the other dogs, I think we only got in just over 2 miles…….

VitaTop with Better N Peanut Butter
4 PPV
(Forgot the picture part)

Sliced Pear, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Raisins
2 PPV

I haven’t been to a High school football game since Tess graduated. She was a cheer leader and I always liked to go and feel the awesome spirit in the air of the students and parents! Friday was a playoff game and the weather was to perfect to NOT go! In the spirit of the game, I had…….

One Beer
4 PPV

This brought back a lot of “Tess” memories! Here come the Tigers!

There was just enough wind to put a little chill in the air, so to show my support, I got a hot chocolate.
4 PPV

We played an awesome game, but with just a few seconds to go, didn’t make it on 4th down, 2 yards to go, and lost 23 to 22.

Sad face…….

Late Dinner/Snack?
Toast, Better N Peanut Butter, Banana, tea
3 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 3
Snack = 2
Lunch = 10
Beer = 7
Snack = 4
Snack = 2
Beer = 4
Hot Chocolate = 4
Dinner = 3

Total = 39

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 36
How many glasses of water I drank today = 6


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

Mc Julie????

November 9, 2012

I’m keeping things short here as I am late in blogging, and trying to type as little as possible until the shoulders and neck feel lots better!

I made a DELISH egg McMuffin! Julie Style…..

Light English Muffin
One Egg
One Slice Reduced Fat Cheddar
3 Slices Canadian Bacon

7 PPV

Super Filling!!!

You should try it for your next breakfast, or for your kids!

While working today, I came across a few mini candy bars. They were calling my name. I’m not kidding. I could hear this high pitched voice screaming at me! “EAT THE CANDY BARS, OR DIE”. I was scared. Of the voice. So I ate them.
8 PPV??

Lunch was leftover soup, with the leftover Turkey Skillet concoction added in.
Then an Mc Apple Pie, Julie Style??

I made my Apples in a Bag, , then scooped some into a tortilla.

Folded it over, nice and neat. (Thanks for this idea, Sidney!)

Sprayed with Butter flavored cooking spray, sprinkled with a little taste of cinnamon sugar……

Took a bite, and fell in love………..

Then I decided to top the remaining half with the rest of the apples……

Lunch was superb!
12 PPV

Mike and I met for dinner, and the guy was a regular Chatty Cathy, and when that happens, I TOTALLY forget to take a picture of my food! We each ordered two tacos and water. You know the waitress was hating us. Our total bill was $12!

I’m a cheap date. (sometimes)
12 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 7
Snack = 8
Lunch = 12
Dinner = 12

Total = 39

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 7
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

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