Archives For September 2013

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. When I get focused on something, THAT’S the only thing I seem to be able to focus on! I put all of my energy and time into it, and everything else moves to the bottom of the list, in no order. All equally at the bottom. If I’m focused on a new workout schedule, laundry and other household chores seem to move to the bottom of the list. If my focus is strictly meal planning for the week, then I’m awesome at that, and sucky at everything else for that week. Once I am able to move “workouts” and “meal planning” into some sort of schedule, then I am able to get back on track, but in the beginning, when I make the change, adjusting seems to make me forever. These are silly examples, I know, but my inability to focus on more than one thing at a time, seems a little silly too!  But when I get a PROJECT, well….absolutely nothing else is going to get done when it really needs to get done. It’s just the way it is. My current project, redecorating a bedroom, has completely consumed all of my time the last couple of weeks. But honestly, I’ve had so much fun doing it, and I am so pleased with the way it all turned out, I’m ready for another project already! I’m thinking the laundry room???

I do have one chair to finish painting today, then tomorrow I will share pictures of the new Guest Room!  Tess is coming home this weekend to attend the wedding of a college friend, so I’m happy to have it completed so she can enjoy it!

 

Saturday Morning……

I headed to my dad’s house to finalize our Parade preparation. I was ready to go!


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About 15 minutes after I arrived at his house, they cancelled the parade we have been preparing for. I was pretty bummed, but I hated the thought of riding in the parade in the rain and possibly ruining all of the hard work we had done, so now it looks like we are completely prepared for the Parade next year!!!

Since I skipped a couple of days of blogging, I won’t bore you with every single thing that I ate, but I will give you a couple of highlights and favorites! One, super healthy. One, not so much! Both, really really good!

Sunday Morning……

Mike and I enjoyed a great Fall Sunday morning yesterday by sleeping in a bit. I loved the chill in the house. I’m so ready Fall, I can hardly stand it! I was fairly certain that Mike would enjoy the Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee as much as I do, so I made a pot and filled the house with smells of complete Fall Deliciousness!!

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Last Fall, I found this recipe for Apples in a Bag, that I couldn’t seem to get enough of! My favorite way to eat it (although just out of the bowl is wonderful!) is over a nice warm bowl of oatmeal! Click HERE for the recipe! The original recipe calls for cornstarch, but I leave that out and it doesn’t seem to make a difference to me, and it’s one less step! I do DICE the apples though, instead of just slicing them. So I guess I added a step, huh? We cuddled up on the couch with our cozy Fall Breakfast, and of course the dogs, and the movie that we didn’t make it through on Saturday night, and had the best morning!

Ingredients for One Serving of Apple Pie Oatmeal

1/2 C. Quick Cooking Oats

1 packet sweetener

3/4 C. Boiling Water

Apples in a Bag

Directions

Mix Oatmeal, sweetener and boiling water. Let sit for 2 minutes to thicken. Top with Apples in a Bag!

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One Big Bowl of Fall for 4 PPV!

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“Four Week Chicken Challenge”!

I am one Chicken Blog Post behind! I cooked an awesome chicken recipe this weekend, I just didn’t have time to write about it, you know, with the PROJECT and all!

Now, this was not the healthiest recipe, and it was not the easiest recipe, but it was a delicious, and I would totally make it again. I only ate a half of a portion, and that was plenty. It was very rich, and I am certain that I could make this again and play with the recipe to make a lighter version.

Mike and I had our very first date on September 27, 1996. I know that everyone might not remember or celebrate the anniversary date of their first date, but it was also my girlfriends 30th birthday party, and I took Mike as my date, so it’s easy for us to remember.  🙂

This year we decided to celebrate by staying in. Saturday, I made us a nice dinner at home, and we actually ate dinner at the table. We usually eat at the bar, and sometimes on the couch! We enjoyed a nice dinner at the table with music in the background instead of listening to “Fast and Loud” or “Pawn Stars”. Ahhhhhhhh……..it was really nice.

Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Picatta

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 pound thinly sliced or pounded boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
One 3 1/2-ounce jar capers, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon or more fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

If you are not completely freaked out after reading 6 Tablespoons of butter, you can click HERE for the entire recipe!

I ate half of a serving (15 PPV), over Angel hair pasta with green beans on the side! It was time consuming, but really really good and we enjoyed our evening!

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My Weight……My Mental State about it all…….

Friday morning, I stepped on the scale at home, and it remains at 157. I know that my body has become comfortable at that number. I have now weighed that for EIGHT weeks! I am honestly struggling to find the motivation to get these last 7 pounds off. I know that I can do it, and I know that I will look better, but I just feel so darn good right now, it is honestly difficult to take the steps to do what I need to do to get the last few pounds off. I am still counting points and writing down what I put in my mouth, and I have been remaining within my points range for the week, but my body seems to be fighting me, again.  Eight weeks ago, when I was having a hard time breaking through the 160 number, I drastically increased my protein on the advise of my trainer, and it worked! I was ecstatic! But honestly, I was bored with protein and veggies for two straight weeks. I feel a lot of pride in the fact that I have lost the weight that I have lost by simply learning how to eat smarter. I really enjoy my food, and I have learned how to enjoy so many of the foods that I really enjoy by making changes in my food preparation and learning to be satisfied with smaller portions. That being said, I do realize that getting these last 7 pounds off is going to be the most difficult part of my weight loss journey, and I am going to have to eat a bit differently than I will eat when I reach my goal weight and I am at maintenance. I really want these last seven pounds off, and I’m ready to get it off. I know, I have said this before. My birthday is about 8 weeks away, and since I did NOT make my goal of August 31st, I’d really like to be at goal weight by November 22nd. Then, I will never have to face another birthday or New Years, saying that I am going to lose weight This Year!

My motivation has to simply be my personal success. Yes, I would still VERY MUCH like to be a WW Leader, and I plan to do all that I can to make that happen, but my motivation has to be about my success in reaching my final goal of 150 pounds. So, today, I recommit to increasing my protein and working out harder. I get bored really easily in my diet, so not eating a lot of variety is definitely a challenge. In order to stay committed, I have to keep my eye on the finish line. So, I’m focused. Forgive me if I seem completely out of everything else and distracted for the next 8 weeks!

“Coach”, sorry for the distractions. If I do something creative with my laundry room, I will NOT make that my priority! “I” am my “priority” for the next 8 weeks!

 

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

Slacking on blogging the last two days, busy as heck with everything else!!

I am proud to say that my newly decorated guest room is coming along nicely and might be done before I go to bed Sunday night!!!

Pictures to come…..

The Downtown Overland Park Parade that my dad and I have been preparing for is today, and the forecast does NOT look good!! But I’m heading out the door anyhow to see what Pop’s wants to do.

I owe my readers a chicken recipe for Thursday and Friday. I did make something “chicken” on Thursday, but Friday night we went out to dinner. I’ll be cooking a Chicken “Pinterest” recipe for tonights dinner and staying in, so hopefully I can write a nice long blog tomorrow and catch you all up on my current weight, where I am at mentally about my current weight, and my plans for the next 8 weeks! My birthday is in 8 weeks and I WILL WEIGH MY GOAL WEIGHT OF 150!!!

Here is a VERY simple lunch or dinner idea.

Chicken Salad Wrap for One!!

Ingredients

2 T. Tzatziki Sauce

1/2 C. Broccoli Slaw

6 oz. Cooked Chicken

Lettuce Leaves

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 I don’t think it really needs a lot of explanation. But it is Easy, Healthy and 8 PPV!

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During my “Four Week Chicken Challenge”, I have been trying to avoid as many processed foods as possible, but lets be honest, sometimes convenience wins. I’m a firm believer of “All Things in Moderation”. I’ve spent the last few days getting lots done around the house, including painting a room along with painting a chest, a headboard and footboard, and a chair. Things are coming along nicely!

Before

These 18″ squares took forever when I painted them, but I loved the look!

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After

Now I’m going with a soft, light blue for a relaxing Guest Room. I knew I wanted a blue, but I was having a hard time finding a color based on paint chip samples. I found a soap dispenser at Bed Bath and Beyond that was exactly what I was wanting, so I took it into Home Depot and they matched the color perfectly for me! I can’t wait to get back in there today!!

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Now for the pizza’s….

I like to keep Whole Wheat Pizza Crust on hand for nights exactly like this…..

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Having a bottle of this on hand came in handy too!

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This 1/2 empty package made an amazing surprise pizza!

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Ingredients for Chicken Thai Pizza

1 Whole Wheat Crust, Packaged….or….make your own???

1/2 C. Peanut Sauce, divided in half

6 oz. Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded

Shredded Carrots

Chopped Green Onion (I didn’t have any, but they taste great on it!)

1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Spread 1/4 C. of Peanut Sauce on Crust. Mix Chicken with remaining 1/4 C. of Peanut Sauce and spread evenly over crust. Top with shredded carrots, green onions and cheese.

Bake according to package directions for crust.

Makes 8 servings. 1 Slice = 4 PPV

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Ingredients for Chicken Fajita Pizza

1 Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

1/4 to 1/2 C. Traditional Pizza Sauce

6 oz Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded

Fajita Seasoning

Sliced Onions

Sliced Bell Peppers

1/2 C. Monterey Jack Cheese

Mix cooked chicken with Fajita seasoning in a pan and add a little water. Stir and heat until just a little thick.

Spread 1/4 to 1/2 C. of Pizza Sauce on Crust, depending on how saucy you like your pizza. Spread chicken mixture evenly over crust. Top with onions, bell peppers and cheese.

Bake according to package directions for crust.

Makes 8 servings. 1 Slice = 3 PPV

 

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Here is a simple way (and really the only way I know how) to figure PPV when you are making a recipe, or in this case, throwing something together for dinner in a bit of a hurry. Write down all of the ingredients, total it up, and divide it by the number of servings. I cut each pizza into 8 servings. The ingredients for the Thai pizza are on the left, and the fajita ingredients are on the right.

 

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Thai Pizza

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Fajita Pizza

Somebody, who shall remain nameless (my husband, Mike) snuck in there while I had camera issues!! 🙂

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Breakfast

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Snack

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Banana, 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter, Coffee with Skim Milk (5)

Snack = Whey Protein Shake with 1 C water, 1 C. Ice, 1 C. Frozen Strawberries (3)

Lunch = Mixed Greens, Pulled Pork, Aioli Sauce, Strawberries (4)

Snack = Provolone Cheese, un-pictured (2)

Snack = 24 Almonds, un-pictured (4)

Dinner = Pizza and Salad (9)

Total = 27

Today’s Exercise = Painting and mowing? I really suck at having a project during the week and sticking to my regular exercise routine!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

 

So, I weigh in tomorrow, and early in the week, I really thought the scale would move past 157 this week, but according to my home scale this morning, that STILL isn’t going to happen. “Coach” suggested I count calories, just to see how many calories I am really taking in. That honestly sounds like a lot of work because I am so accustomed to counting points, and I basically know how many points EVERYTHING  is, but I am willing to give it a try. I know I eat a lot of fruit, and maybe it is stalling things. I have been taking a picture of everything I eat and sending her a picture before I put it in my mouth, but I admit, if it’s a fruit, which is zero points, I don’t always write those down and I don’t always take a picture. I love WW and it has really taught me a lot about healthy eating, but I have possibly taken advantage of the Points Plus program where fruits count as zero points.

I’ll eat lots of protein today and drink lots of water, and hope tomorrows weigh in is 156!

I can’t lie. I still feel amazing.

 

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

Tuesday was full of the unexpected and I loved it! I have been working on redecorating a spare bedroom for several weeks now. By redecorating, I mean….planning what I am going to eventually do. Pinning ideas on Pinterest, jotting down notes of things I want for the room, and eventually, picking a paint color for the walls and buying it. Since I finally did buy the paint, I had planned to spend all day Tuesday painting the room, painting the bed (that was mine in high school), and painting a small chest (that was also mine in high school). Late Monday, a friend suggested a movie at 11:00 am on Tuesday. I’m a sucker for going to the movies. I LOVE going to the movies. I like to wear comfy clothes, sneak in a coffee under my sweatshirt, and grab that front row seat with the bar in front of it so I can plop my feet up there and relax. That’s exactly what happened! We saw “We are the Miller’s” and I thought it was hilarious. Raunchy in parts, but to me, hilarious.

Then…….home to paint. I had planned on spending a couple of hours painting, then taking the dogs for a walk, then exercising.  Except for making dinner, I spent the rest of the day painting! Right up until about 10:00 pm, I was painting away, with the tunes playing, reminding the dogs to keep their noses out of the paint can. I can hardly wait to get back in there today! Curtains are bought, new bedding is bought, I picked out a few new accessories for the bathroom, now I just need to finish painting the furniture, and get it all put back together!

I’m painting light blue over this…….and that’s my headboard from high school that I passed onto Tess. She moved and left it here!

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Dinner was quick and easy, but really good.

I found this Tikka Masala sauce at World Market awhile back, and we both really liked it, so I went back for more.

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The only thing you have to do is cut up chicken breast in bite sized cubes, cook in Olive Oil, then add the sauce and simmer. One serving of sauce = 3 PPV. Since we’re kinda digging the Quinoa, I served it over Quinoa that I cooked in Chicken broth. I was in a hurry, so a can of peas accompanied our dinner.

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Breakfast – Oatmeal made in the Crockpot!

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Snack

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Lunch

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Snack

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats (4)

Snack = Nonfat Latte (3)

Lunch = Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt, Strawberries (3)

Snack = 2 oz. of Chicken, 1 Slice of Provolone (4)

Snack =  Un-Pictured 12 Almonds (2)

Dinner = 6 oz. of Chicken, Tiki Marsala Sauce, 1/2 C. Quinoa, 1/2 Cup Peas  (14)

Total = 30

Today’s Exercise = 6 Hours of Painting?

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

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

Greek Chicken Burgers, No Bun

September 24, 2013

I started making turkey burgers and baked sweet potato fries about three years ago. I started making that meal based on a favorite meal I would order at The Blue Moose. They have the best Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries!! The turkey burger is topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions, and it….is……delicious!!

When I started making the turkey burgers at home, I wanted them to taste as close to The Blue Moose as possible, so I would always make the caramelized red onions and goat (usually feta) cheese to serve on top. We rarely eat them with buns, simply because they taste fantastic without the bun!

The last couple of times that I made my turkey burgers, I decided to make 8 patties out of one pound of meat instead of 4 patties. I made them the same diameter, I just made them really flat. I have tried to cook them outside on the grill, but I prefer these made inside on the grill pan. I think because the meat is so lean, when cooked outside, what fat they do have drips out and they get a little dry. But if you cook them on a grill pan with some cooking spray or some Olive Oil (my favorite method), they seem to soak up a bit of the oil, and the oil makes them just a little crispy on the outside.

The last couple of times that I have made the turkey burgers, I have topped them with this Tzatziki Sauce that I buy at Costco. I love this stuff!! I still love the caramelized onions and feta cheese, but its also nice to have options.

In my quest for “Chicken”, I decided to try Chicken Burgers!

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp Cavender’s Greek Seasoning (I but the Salt Free at Price Chopper. I have seen it at several grocery stores)

12 chopped Kalamata Olives

1/4 C. Reduced Fat Feta Cheese

Topping…..Tzatziki Sauce (I buy this at Costco, but there are a lot of recipes out there for making your own, I’ve just not attempted that yet)

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Mix all ingredients.

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Form into 8 flat patties. Drizzle a little Olive Oil into a heated grill pan. Cook 4 burgers for about 5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for about 4 more minutes.

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Repeat with the next 4 patties.

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I decided to skip the Baked Sweet Potato Fries and go with a green vegetable. I had bought some green beans, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to prepare them. I decided to follow the directions on the packaging and blanch them, then stir fry them in a skillet. I cook green beans with white or yellow onions all the time, but I had never made them with red onion, but in keeping with my theme of my Greek Burgers, I decided to give it a try. So, I added red onion to the skillet and seasoned them with the Cavender’s Seasoning that I used in the burgers. Mike and I both loved the way the beans tasted a little sweet mixed with the red onion. I will be making green beans this away again for certain!!

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One Chicken Burger = 2 PPV

Dinner was a hit!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Strawberries, Coffee with Skim Milk (4)

Snack = 24 Almonds (4)

Lunch = Zucchini and Chicken, Apple (4)

Un-Pictured Costco Samples….. (6?)

Dinner = Greek Chicken Burgers, Tzatziki Sauce,  Green Beans with Red Onions and Olive Oil  (8)

Total = 26

Today’s Exercise = Walked 4.5 Miles, Strength Training

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

Activity Points Earned Today = 6

 

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

Weekends and Family

September 23, 2013

It really was a great Family filled weekend!

Mike and I enjoyed dinner with our son and daughter-in-law on Friday night.

We spent Saturday morning watching our grandson play Flag Football.

I enjoyed Saturday afternoon at my dad’s house getting ready for the upcoming parade.

Late on Sunday afternoon, Mike and I took a drive and ended up at Mike’s parents where we had a great visit on the deck enjoying the most gorgeous day outside, then they took us to dinner!! Spontaneous days can really be awesome!

I just had a great visit on the phone with Tess, and my weekend now feels complete!

i hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

I’ve got some painting to do today, so here are yesterday’s eats!!

Breakfast

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Snack – To Go!!

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Lunch

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Dinner at Longhorn

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I ordered a Dry Baked Sweet Potato, and it came with a ball of butter covered in cinnamon sugar on the side!! I had planned to only eat 1/2 of the potato, which I did, but I put a little of that mixture on the second half and gave it a taste. HOLY HECK that was good!! Just a taste though.

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Coffee with Skim Milk (6)

Snack = Whey Protein Shake with 1 T. Chia Seed, 1 C. Water, 1 C. Ice, 1 C. Frozen Strawberries (4)

Lunch = Leftover Chicken, Quinoa, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Onions (8)

Dinner = Salmon, 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato, Caesar Salad (15)

 

Total = 33

 

Today’s Exercise = walked 30 minutes

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15

Activity Points Earned Today = 2

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 38

 

 

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

Fall begins today, and I couldn’t be happier! Jeans, Sweatshirts, Football, Bonfires, Crisp morning air, and yes, Pumpkins Spice Lattes. I was one of those people that went absolutely crazy last year with Pumpkin everything, and I have no plans to do anything different this Fall!!

My Saturday was everything I was hoping it would be and then some! Mike and I witnessed an AWESOME Football game Saturday morning! The pictures I took were not so great, so I am stealing this one that is from last weeks game, but do you see the really cool kid carrying the football? He just happens to be our grandson! He also just happened to score TWO, that’s right, TWO touchdowns in yesterdays game, leading his team to a victory of 13-0!!

 

 

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It was great to watch the parents and all of their enthusiasm! I always loved the parent tunnel!

 

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Even his sister sat on the bench at watched intently……well, for like three minutes.

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The weather was perfect, my coffee tasted so good, it was great to drag Mike out of the office for a few hours, and BONUS, they won!

Then I headed over to my dad’s house. We have been working on our parade entry for the Downtown Overland Park Parade that takes place next weekend, for a few months now!

My dad loves to play and he loves his toys. When he gets an idea, he goes with it!

His idea for the parade this year, involved him building an oversized Radio Flyer Wagon, which he did!

 

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The oversized wagon would be the STAR of our entry, but what to do with it exactly, was still up in the air. He knew it would somehow involve ME riding in the wagon, and possibly pulling an “actual size” wagon. I love that he is always coming up with silly ideas. Gives me a good reason to shake my head at him and roll my eyes, all the while enjoying every second of his silliness!

Here’s what we came up with!

He is pulling the oversized wagon with his 1954 Farmall Tractor. Behind the oversized wagon, will be an actual size wagon, and behind that will be a miniature wagon. I will be riding in the oversized wagon, Penelope Sue (thanks to my neighbor, Andie, for providing the doll after I posted on Facebook that I was needing a Child Sized Doll) will be riding in the actual size wagon, and then Linda Lou (I found her at Salvation Army, along with Penelope Sue’s outfit) will be riding in the miniature wagon at the end. Each wagon will have a sign (my dad insisted on signage!).

 

Here’s my pops…..

 

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We decided with our childish ideas and the fun we have, we needed a Name for our Parade entry that reflected that.

Here’s what we came up with….

“ALWAYS DREAM BIG, NEVER GROW UP!”

 

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While Pop’s got the hitches all figured out, I pained signs.

 

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Here’s Penelope Sue’s sign for her wagon…….

 

 

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Yes, this is for Linda Lou and her wagon……
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We spent well into the early evening making sure everything would all come together for Parade day.
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Oh, my dad and myself AND Penelope Sue AND Linda Lou will all be wearing Red shirts and Overalls. I knew that if I kept my Overalls, they would come in useful one day!

 

 

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Can you see Penelope Sue? We’re gonna make her wave through the entire parade! Here, she is practicing. She said her arm was getting tired. I didn’t hear her say that, but Pop’s insisted that he did.

 

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He hopped on the tractor and started it up, and drove down the driveway just a bit, making sure eveyone was pulling everyone without any trouble. So far, success! Next week, we will have about a 10 block drive from his house to our parade line up destination. In the years past, that always gets a lot of fun stares. I’ll be riding in the big wagon, in my overalls, with the big 4’x7′ sign that my pop’s made me make. Should be fairly entertaining.

 

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Okay, moving on to Chicken! My friend Rachael, who writes a blog, Running with Racheal, sent me an awesome recipe for this marinade! I made it up Friday night and let the chicken marinade for 24 hours. I was really looking forward to coming home, sitting on the deck with the tunes on and a cold drink, and grilling up this chicken!
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Mike got home just in time to sit on the deck with me while dinner cooked…

 

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This skillet dish turned out WAY better than I was even expecting, and apparently I now like Quinoa! I sauteed some onions, mushrooms and asparagus in a little Garlic Infused Olive Oil.

 

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Meanwhile, I had Quinoa cooking in chicken broth (I guess the chicken broth is the secret to delicious tasting Quinoa!). When the veggies became nice and tender, I added the cooked quinoa to the veggie mix. We both loved this along side our grilled chicken!

 

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We had dinner on the deck! I loved this day!

 

 

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I’ll be making this again for sure!

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Dinner was awesome and super healthy!
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The only planned thing that didn’t happen on Saturday was my walk, so with absolutely nothing planned for today, I’ll get in an extra long one!

 

Breakfast

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Snack

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Onions, Avocado, Coffee with Milk (6)

Snack = Apple, Latte (2)

Snack = Un-pictured Almonds (4)

Dinner = Chicken Breast, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Onions, Asparagus (12)

 

Total = 24

 

Today’s Exercise = none  🙁

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful first day of Fall!

 

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

The Perfect Fall Saturday

September 21, 2013

Today is the end of week Two of “Four Weeks of Chicken”! I am enjoying the challenge, and loved two of the new recipes that I tried this week! I hope that I am able to provide some new dinner ideas for some of you! I did have a WW member tell me at the meeting that she was looking forward to making “Not Your Mama’s Taco Salad”, and I received an email from a reader that told me that she made the “Italian Chicken” and that her whole family loved it! Yay!

We had the pleasure of enjoying dinner out last night with our son, Jake, and his wife, Jordan. Jake spent a lot of time helping me get my blog up and running, and I wanted to take him to dinner as a “Thank You”, but really it was just an excuse to spend the evening with two of my favorite people!

So, obviously,I didn’t cook a thing!! But, not to worry, I do have a chicken recipe to make for tonight!

Friday’s Weigh in? 157 and holding. You would not believe how many conversations I have had lately with my extremely, patient “coach” where I say…”Okay, this is my week. I’m ready to move forward and get these last 7 pounds off!” Then I make decisions throughout the week that lead me to maintain and not lose. However, the last 4 days have been awesome and right on track and I really am expecting a loss at the scale on Friday! Thanks to my “coach”, Roberta for sticking with me every step of the way since February!!! I love you.

I’m keeping this post really short and simple today. Lot’s of great Saturday things going on today.

I’m heading out the door early to get myself a Starbuck’s!

Then Mike and I are heading to one of our Grandson’s Flag Football games. It feels like an awesome Fall morning out today! I can hardly wait to be outside with my coffee in my sweatshirt watching Football! (Yes, he is the stud carrying the football!)

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After THAT, I’m heading to my dad’s house to put the finishing touches on the Parade entry for the parade that will take place NEXT Saturday at The Fall Festival in Downtown Overland Park!!

At some point, a Workout.

Then I am grilling up some yummy Chicken that has been swimming in a marinade recipe that a friend sent to me yesterday, and I can’t wait to try it.

After dinner? Relaxxxxx…….Looking forward to a “Movie and Couch Saturday Night”!

Sunday? Hopefully the Plaza Art Fair!

Here are Friday’s eats!

Breakfast

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 Lunch

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Snack

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Nonfat Latte (2)

Lunch = Panera Harvest Turkey Salad with 1/2 of the Dressing (11)

Snack = Whey Protein Shake, 1 T. Chia Seeds, 1 C. Water, 1 C. Ice, 1 C. Frozen Blueberries (4)

Dinner = J. Alexander’s….The Best Piece of Salmon I have ever had, Grilled Zucchini  (with Butter and/or Oil?) (13)

 

Total = 30

 

Today’s Exercise = Day Off

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49

 

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

Not Your Mama’s Taco Salad

September 20, 2013

(This post was modified on March 30, 2014.)

 

How many of you grew up eating your mom’s Taco Salad made with….

1. Ground Beef Taco Meat

2. Shredded Cheddar

3. Crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos

4. Catalina Dressing

5. Kidney Beans

6. Ice Berg Lettuce

Lots of you, right?

It was always one of my favorite dinners! And….it was healthy, because it was a salad!!

I honestly still love a taco salad topped with Nacho Cheese Doritos and Catalina Dressing. I’m not gonna lie. I did learn to eventually start making it with lean ground turkey, the “100 Calorie” pack Nacho Cheese Doritos and Fat Free Catalina Dressing. Still absolutely delicious!

However, in my quest for trying to eat “cleaner”, here is the list of ingredients for….

Not Your Mama’s Taco Salad

Ingredients

1 lb of cooked Chicken Breast OR….1 lb of Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken

Homemade Taco Seasoning or 1 packet of Store Bought Taco Seasoning

Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, or Mixed Greens. You pick your favorite!

Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed

Largely Chopped Cucumbers

Largely Chopped Bell Peppers

Largely Chopped Tomatoes

Largely Chopped Avocados

Shredded Carrots

Salsa

Sour Cream. Or, if you’re brave and you like it…..Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt!

Your PPV for this salad will obviously depend on how many ounces of chicken you eat, and what toppings you decide to use. I highly recommend a scale in your kitchen. I use mine everyday. I estimated on a lot of foods for a long time, but if you are questioning your portion sizes, it’s a great kitchen tool to have!

(Would you believe, I really enjoy this salad without cheese or chips? If I decide to add cheese, I go for the full fat cheddar, but I use it sparingly. If I decide to add crushed chips, I crush a few baked tortilla chips and enjoy!)

Directions

There is really no science to this dish. Cook your chicken, shred it, chop it, however you like it best in a Taco Salad, (or your meat of choice) then season it with the taco seasoning. Add a little water and let it simmer for a bit.

When you’re ready to assemble, fill a nice big bowl with your lettuce choice, top it with the seasoned taco meat, throw in some yummy black beans, then just go bat shit crazy topping it with all of those fresh, yummy, largely chopped up veggies. Top it off with your favorite salsa! I typically love a chopped salad with everything chopped up all tiny. But I like to eat this salad with all of the ingredients in big chunks, except those carrots. I love shredded carrots in a salad. I think it’s the crunch! I can’t explain it. Just try it! The taco seasoned chicken and the fresh avocado are probably my favorite parts of this salad! I don’t think you will be disappointed leaving out some of the traditional ingredients, and then you’ll realize, you might just be able to eat your Taco Salad like this EVERY time! Unless of course, you’re at your mother’s.

 

Breakfast

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Lunch

Leftovers again, and still just as tasty!

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Dinner

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Dinner was delicious!!

I like a little bit of everything in every bite, so I mixed it all up really good!

 

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Oatmeal with PB2, Coffee with Skim Milk (6)

Lunch = Left Over Italian Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Basil (8)

Dinner = Not Your Mama’s Taco Salad, 6 oz. Chicken, 1/2 Avocado, 2 T. Light Sour Cream, Veggies  (12)

 

Total = 26

 

Today’s Exercise = Walked 7 Miles, Strength Training

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

Activity Points Earned Today = 8

Activity Points Earned This Week = ?

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

Go Chiefs!!!!!

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

In my quest for Healthy Chicken recipes, I keep finding more recipes on Pinterest that look yummy, and fit my criteria fairly well.

I also have been receiving recipes from several of you, so Thank You!!!

The dish I made last night was even BETTER than the new recipe that I tried the night before, and I realllly liked that one!!

I have been looking for recipes that included spaghetti squash. I have become a fan of it, and for some reason, I think it’s just a really cool vegetable. I started to wonder…..How long do you think Spaghetti Squash has been called Spaghetti Squash? I mean, do you think initially, all squashes were just called “squash”? Was spaghetti, the pasta, invented first? Maybe several varieties of pasta had been around forever, and then, someone ate spaghetti squash and decided there should be a pasta noodle this size, and THAT’S how spaghetti was invented? ORRRRRR…….did someone who really enjoy spaghetti (the pasta) and really enjoy squash (the spaghetti version) decide that the awesome little squash that cooked and became these great little noodle strands, should be called SPAGHETTI SQUASH????? You were thinking the exact same thing, weren’t you?

Click HERE to go to The Tasty Kitchen for the original recipe that I found where???? Pinterest!

 

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes

I divided this recipe into 4 Servings. I used 10 oz of shredded chicken for the entire recipe.

1 Serving = 6 PPV

 

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The original recipe calls for (2) Grilled Chicken Breast, broccoli AND peas. I had previously cooked up some chicken breast, shredded them, and put them in the freezer, so I used those and it worked out perfectly. I wasn’t crazy about broccoli and peas in the same dish, but I love them both. I decided to go with the broccoli, but this was so darned good, I’ll make it again soon for sure. Next time I’ll use the peas. I absolutely LOVE peas. The canned ones. I could eat them all day long. They could be my last meal. Just canned peas. That’s how much I like them. But they are a little starchy and cost me some WW Points, where the broccoli does not, so I’ve stayed away from peas for a while. Okay, enough about me and my love of peas, which I didn’t even use in this recipe! I think I’ve had too much coffee this morning!!

My shredded chicken seemed to soak up the juice in the dish as it simmered. So I increased the chicken broth in the original recipe from 1 Cup to 2 Cups. Keep that in mind if you decide to make this dish and use shredded chicken!

 

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Breakfast

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Lunch – Leftovers from the previous night’s dinner!

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Seriously…..just as good leftover.

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Snack

(Tucker could smell the chicken, and would NOT leave the kitchen!)

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Dinner

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Have I told you about the snake in our house? I mean, I haven’t actually seen it yet, but I’ve heard it “hissing”. It all started one evening, a few days ago, while I was in the kitchen. I heard the strangest noise in the vent over the cooktop that goes outside. Occasionally I hear noises in that vent that I believe to be birds? But this was a real “hissing” noise, with a possible rattle included. Mike had gone to bed, and I was freaking out that a snake was coming into the house, so I put on my slippers and went outside to the side of the house to see if a snake was dangling out of the vent on the side of the house. Nope. That S.O.B. was probably all curled up INSIDE!! I told Mike about it the next day, he humored me by looking in the vent, and assured me that there was no snake in our house. Fine.

The next day, I heard the exact same noise in the garage when I took a bag of trash out! I was certain the snake was under the steps that lead into the house from the garage, so now, I was really freaked out! I knew that soon, the snake would be on the interior of the house!

That very same night, right after Mike went upstairs to go to bed, I was doing my “before bedtime checklist”…. letting the dogs out, filling the coffee pot with water and plugging in electronic devices to charge. I went outside to see what the dogs were up to and they were both sitting on the steps, pondering if to go into the yard or not. Then I realize, at the bottom of the steps, is a dead bunny, which Tucker now realizes too, and wants to investigate, which has me freaked out! I yell and scream at the thought of Tucker picking up the bunny and running inside before I can stop him, but my yelling and screaming simply scared him into running inside. Here is the note I put on Mike’s desk so he would see it in the morning before he left for work.

 

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P.S. Mike said the noises I am hearing are locust, but I still think we have a snake. Maybe even TWO!

 

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

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 and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, ! Slice Cheese, Strawberries, Coffee with 1/2 C Steamed Skim Milk (4)

Snack = Pulled Pork from the Food truck (un-pictured) (5)

Lunch = Leftover Italian Chicken (8)

Snack = almonds (3)

Dinner = Spaghetti Squash Chicken Dish (6)

 

Total = 26

 

Today’s Exercise = Worked in the yard for 2 1/2 hours. Trimmed with the weed eater, Mowed and bagged, Pulled weeds, trimmed bushes.

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+ (I stopped counting)

Activity Points Earned Today = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week =

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

I don’t have any reason to cry, I just liked this when I saw it!

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