Archives For October 2013

I do have plans to get out of the house today, and it’s a good thing. I’m honestly on some kind of cleaning frenzy, and I can’t seem to stop myself. I’ve basically been cleaning since Friday, and making list of “projects” that either NEED to be done, or things that I WANT to do at some point during this Fall and Winter. I still haven’t even stepped into the basement to clean it, and I’m on day FIVE! It seems as though, not only am I obsessed with Pumpkin, but I am currently obsessed with cleaning as well!! I feel like I’m nesting. No. I am not pregnant. I think the closer I get to my goal weight, I feel like now that that part of my life is finally in order, I need to make sure the rest of my life is in order too? Not sure, but that’s the only thing I can come up with. I was crazy yesterday with that cleaning bucket! Baseboards, window sills, curtain rods and stair railings. I found cracks and crevices that I almost wish I hadn’t! The more I seemed to clean, the dirtier I began to think my house was!!! I even swept out the garage! Then I kept finding areas around the house that needed a little touch up paint, or I’d find a dent in the wall that needed fixing, or I discovered things in places that I now decided needed to be MOVED!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!! And you KNOW I had to make a new list of “To Do’s”.

How often do YOU deep clean YOUR house?

While sweeping out the garage, I decided it was time to find a home for my Grandma’s Grandfather Clock that my brother brought over a couple of months ago. (Why is it called a Grandfather Clock anyhow? Now I have to add looking that up, to my “to do” list!!) Well, I decided on a spot for it, and I absolutely HAD to take care of it right then. Yip. I carried it from the garage to the upstairs hallway. I am SO happy that there is not a video of this event. Yes, it was an event. I prayed the whole way up the steps that I wouldn’t trip, or lose my balance and then lose my grip on it. I went one step at a time, and at step 5, I was wishing I had waited until Mike came home. I couldn’t stop now. So step by step, I made it to the top. I’m sure I’ll pay for it today with some kind of stiff neck or something, although, so far, so good. Now……I’m not even sure if I like it where I put it! Urggggg……..I am excited to have it in our house though. I doubt we will have it chime. I remember spending the night at my Grandma’s house when I was a kid and laying in bed and listening to it, counting the chimes. I have a good feeling that if we did have it chime, the dogs would just be barking every 15 minutes and I would go insane! They bark at every doorbell on the TV and run to the front door!! Silly mutts.




I promise not to talk about Pumpkin. Tomorrow.

I went ahead and attempted one more Pumpkin recipe. It was really good, but the next time I make it, I might share it. It was really filling.

Breakfast – Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes



Snack – Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpeas




I made this chicken about a month ago, and it froze really well, because lunch was delicious.






Dinner – this picture does NOT look appetizing.



Snack – Apple slices with a variety of toppings




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 = Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, Coffee with skim milk (9)

Snack = Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpeas (4)

Lunch = Caesar Salad with Italian Chicken Tenders (5)

Snack = Heavy I know. It was 4:30 and I had just grilled up a bunch of chicken for the week. I was hungry, so I ate. (6)

Dinner = Small serving of Chicken Masala with quinoa and Garlic Naan (7)

Snack = Apples, Not Donuts, Apple Slices topped with Better n’ Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Butter and Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Wedge (2)


Total = 33


Today’s Exercise = Walk/Run 3 Miles, Strength Training


How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

Activity Points Earned Today = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 10

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31

Alcohol consumption = zero



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I literally spent most of the weekend in my p.j.’s cleaning and organizing and rearranging. It felt so good to have the windows open and fill up the house with all that fresh air!

I must admit, I can’t seem to stop the Pumpkin Madness. I opened up a can of Pumpkin to add to whatever it was I made first, and now I can’t seem to stop until all of the pumpkin from that can is gone!! I’m soooo close.

Saturday Breakfast – Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal


Saturday Lunch – I have eaten almost all off my Butternut Squash Chili



Saturday Dinner

I never actually ate dinner. The day literally got away from me and I was so busy, I simply wasn’t hungry. Not something I would advise, and I did find enough room for a few glasses of wine while sitting around a Fire-Pit with friends, but I just didn’t’ eat a meal.


Sunday Breakfast – Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal



Sunday Lunch, for real……(sorry for the gross picture)



Sunday Snack – I can’t stop the Pumpkin!!!!

Pumpkin Protein Shake, You Guys! It’s like Pumpkin Ice Cream!!!

Go Chiefs! 6-0! Whoo Whoo!!



Snack – Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpea’s

A friend of mine sent me a Pinterest recipe on Sunday morning, and before the Chiefs game was over, I had made it! These were not crunchy. I was expecting them to be, but they were yummy!

1 Serving = 4 PPV



Sunday Dinner – I made marinara for the very first time with home grown tomatoes!







My Marinara sauce ended up tasting pretty good, but it ended up being one of those things where I kept tasting it, and then adding spices, and I have no idea what I really put into it, but I will tell you that I added Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice. I know that sounds odd, but when I was married to Tess’ dad, his mom made a spaghetti sauce with those spices cooked into the meat AND into the sauce and I loved it. She passed away several years ago, and Tess always liked the memory of her when I would add those spices to my jar of Ragu. 🙂

I’ll try it again one day, and if I get it right, I’ll share. 



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 = Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal, Coffee with milk (6)

Lunch = Butternut Squash Chili (It’s almost all gone. I didn’t think it would freeze well, so I just keep eating it!), avocado, chips (10)

Dinner = It just never happened, but I did have a little wine while sitting around a fire pit!

Alcohol = 3 glasses of Wine (15)


Total = 31


Breakfast = Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal, coffee with milk (6)

Lunch = 1/4 of Mike’s leftover hamburger patty from his dinner from the night before. Weird. I know. (5)

Snack = un-pictured grapes and an apple (0)

Snack = Pumpkin Protein Shake (4) This recipe comes from Peanut Butter Fingers. She always has the BEST recipes!

  • 1/3 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 scoop All the Whey cup cake batter protein powder (you can substitute with vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Snack – Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpea’s (4)

Dinner = 1/2 Italian Chicken Sausage, Homemade Marinara, 1 C. Whole Wheat Pasta, Caesar Salad (13)


Total = 32


Today’s Exercise = Saturday – walked 5.5 miles. Sunday – Urg! None!


How many glasses of water I drank today = Saturday 12, Sunday 12

Activity Points Earned Today = Saturday 6, Sunday 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 38

Alcohol consumption = Saturday – 3 Glasses of Wine, Sunday – None



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Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancake's
Serves 2
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  1. 1/2 C. Quick Cooking Oats
  2. 1/4 C. Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt
  3. 1/4 Canned Pumpkin
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  6. 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  7. 1 packet of sweetener of your choice
  8. 1 T. Pumpkin Butter for Topping
  1. Put all ingredients, except for Pumpkin Butter into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour batter onto hot grill sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Top with Pumpkin Butter
  1. The recipe makes 4 Pancakes.
  2. One Pancake is approximately 2 SmartPoints.
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Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal

October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal

I was going to post this Monday morning, but it was so delicious, I ate it yesterday AND today, and couldn’t wait to share!

The secret to really making this Oatmeal taste like the best bowl of Fall you could ever have on a cool morning, is the little jar of deliciousness that I buy each year at Louisburg Cider Mill!



They have pumpkins galore!



I had a hard time picking out just the right one, but I finally found it!




Not only do they make Apple Cider and Apple Butter, but they make all sorts of butters and jelly’s here, and as much as I do love the apple butter, the Pumpkin Butter is by far my favorite!


If you take a trip out there this Fall, you can ask for a tasting, and they will bring out all sorts of butters and jelly’s for you to sample! They did for me anyhow. (If you simply can not make it to Louisburg, I believe I bought a pretty good tasting jar of Pumpkin Butter at Trader Joe’s last Fall)

I highly recommend that you buy the Pumpkin Butter so you can drive home and make this!



1/2 C. Quick Cooking Oats

1 tsp. Splenda Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Dash of Allspice

1/4 C. Canned Pumpkin

3/4 Boiling Water

1 T. Pumpkin Butter




Put the Oatmeal, and the next four ingredients into a bowl. Add the boiling water and stir well. Let sit for 2 minutes to thicken.

Top with 1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Butter………



…..and give it a good stir.


Now, take a bite!


Go ahead……


Pumpkinfy yourself!


1 Serving = 5 PPV



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I’m Living in a Land of Pumpkin!!!! Literally!


I’m not even kidding. This happened to me last Fall as well, and I just went Pumpkin Cray Cray!! I want pumpkins all over the house, I want pumpkins in the yard, on the deck, in the kitchen, in my food and in my latte’s!! I am dreaming Pumpkin!

It’s just through early December people, then I’m all cinnamon, and I’m good until the following Fall……I think. I’ll Pumpkin Ponder that.

Okay, let me go back to Thursday. Wait, really Wednesday. Wednesday when I stepped on the scale at home, it said 154. I bout fainted. Must be a fluke. 155 just knocked at my door LAST Friday, so I knew that it couldn’t be real. Thursday morning, 154 at home again. I put on this pair of shorts that fits, but fits snug at 157. They felt really good and I had JUST washed them, so I knew it was true. Ahhhhhh. I felt awesome! I ate great throughout the day, drank lots of water, got my exercise in and followed all the rules. I was kicking ass and taking names. I was “ON”. 

Thursday night. On Thursday night I was getting together with a few of my girl friends from High School and really looking forward to it. We have been much better about getting together lately and I have really been enjoying it. There were five of us that night and we have all known each other since the 7th grade, some even before that! So you can imaging the story telling and the laughs and the memories we all share of “first” experiences and sneaking out and school sports and spring break trips and just so many good stories. We started at the kitchen table with awesome appetizers…..Honey Crisp Apples (I could eat them all day long), chips with homemade salsa, and an awesome cheese platter with sausage and grapes. I mostly stuck with the apples and grapes, and enjoyed a few bites of the salsa with a couple of chips. I drank tons of water as well. Then there was the cheese. Ah, glorious cheese. It’s a trigger food. Damn the cheese. It was so creamy and rich.



and you guys… paired well with the wine…..




…….which I only had a glass and a half of, and I was completely satisfied with that, but I’m quite certain I overdid on the cheese, but gosh darn it, that was some really good cheese. Did I say I liked the cheese?

I brought Butternut Squash Chili for our entree. It seemed to be a hit. I found this recipe last year on Pinterest, and even Mike liked it when I made it last year, so I knew, even though there is no Pumpkin in this, it was keeper.



Then we all went outside and sat around the fire-pit. More stories. It was an awesome and perfect Fall night with good friends. 

Friday I weighed in. 156. Damn that cheese!!! I think I can flush all the salt out by tomorrow. No worries.

Then……I spent the entire day on Friday cleaning. Fall cleaning? I guess. The windows opened and the stereo cranked up! I’m doing it again today. I can’t believe I am spending two entire days of this beautiful Fall weather, cleaning, and not outside watching a Football game, or at a City Market, but it just feels good to be home and not have to be hurrying around going anywhere. (Mike’s on a golf trip, and due home tonight)

While cleaning, I had to take a break. A Pumpkin Break, that is. Your surprised? I found this Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Coffee Syrup last year at World Market, and you know we fell in love with one another. This week, I discovered they also have Pumpkin Pie flavored sauce! What?


Here’s my morning love for this Fall Season. Breakfast Blend coffee, just a tad of Pumpkin Coffee Syrup, frothy milk and a drizzle of Pumpkin sauce. It’s heaven, for pumpkins. (well, and me.)


I may have been on Pinterest while sipping on my coffee, and came across this idea…..



um, okay.

So, I did.



Yes, that is a pumpkin cookie made with those two items. Cake mix and canned pumpkin.




I melted 1 T. of butter and lightly brushed the tops while they were warm. I made 50 (1″ size) cookies, and used the 1 Tablespoon of butter for all of the 50 cookies.





Then I mixed 2 packets of Truvia with a little bit of cinnamon.



I sprinkled that on top, then added a dusting of powdered sugar.


1 Cookie = 1 PPV



Then I immediately put some on a few paper plates and distributed them to other homes!!!!




All while smelling my Pumpkin Candle. I said PUMPKIN PANDEMONIUM, didn’t I???



Here are Friday’s eats….


Breakfast – FREE SAMPLES at the WW Meeting!!!!





Snack – Grande Nonfat Latte with 1 Splenda and 1 Pump of Pumpkin Spice







Lunch Butternut Squash Chili, in a “Pumpkin” colored Bowl! I can’t stop myself!!!!


Dinner….again Butternut Squash Chili. Yes, it’s just that good.




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 = WW Crackers (2)

Snack = Latte, Banana (3)

Lunch = Chili with avocado and chips (8)

Snack = Pumpkin Cake Cookies (6)

Dinner = Chili with avocado (5)


Total = 24


Today’s Exercise = Friday’s are my 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

Alcohol consumption = none, and the entire time I was baking, I was wanting to sip on wine. Do they make Pumpkin Wine??????

Hey look! Pumpkin Beer!!!!!

It’s from Last Year. You think I should toss it? How long is beer good? It’s never been in my fridge for that long…….




Saturday morning, I made Pumpkin Oatmeal for breakfast! I’ll tell you all about it Monday morning!


 Have a PamPumpkinPastic Day!



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Strawberry Protein Shake

October 10, 2013

I’m now on a quest to see how many variations of Protein Shakes I can come up with using Protein Powder and Greek yogurt in ALL of them! The only problem I have found so far, is that the Greek Yogurt adds lots of bulk, and I can’t blend the whole thing in my little individual sized blender, so I need to use the regular blender, or blend in two batches, but they are so good, its completely worth the extra step!


Strawberry Protein Shake
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  1. 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  2. 4 oz Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt
  3. 1 T. Chia Seeds
  4. 1 C. Frozen Strawberries
  5. 1 C. Water
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  1. One Serving = 5 SmartPoints
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This Protein Shake is 42 grams of Protein. That includes the protein in the Chia Seeds.

My Big Beer Mug was the only thing I could find that would hold it all!


I suppose if you were in a sharing mood, you could do that too! 🙂

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I was recently asked if I used Greek Yogurt in my smoothies, and I said that I didn’t because I make mine with protein powder. 1 scoop of protein powder has 27 g of protein, so I never really thought about adding any more. Well, then I was curious about the texture. I assumed it would be really thick, and that the extra protein would really stay with me for a long time, so why not give it a try. I made one the other day with 1/2 scoop of protein powder, and it was really good, but out of curiosity, and trying to eat more protein anyhow, I made THIS one yesterday.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Packed Shake
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  1. 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (27 g of protein)
  2. 4 oz (Yes, I did weigh it on my scale) of Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt (11 g of protein)
  3. 2 T. of PB2 Chocolate (4 g of protein)
  4. 1 Frozen Banana
  5. 1 C of cold water
  6. 1/2-3/4 C of ice
  1. Put all dry ingredients in a blender, then add wet ingredients. Blend well.
  1. I count this as 4 SmartPoints. I do not have smoothies very often.
  2. If you eat smoothies or treats made with blended fruit several times a week, Weight Watchers suggest that you count them as more points because those calories can really add up!
  3. When I enter this recipe into the WW Recipe Builder as a drink, it is 9 SmartPoints.
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An Overdue “Reflection”

October 9, 2013


I haven’t done a “Reflection” post in quite a while. If I’m honest, which I do like to be, especially here, I have to admit that my exercise habits these last few weeks have been terrible! I don’t know why. I have no good reason. I had gotten in such an awesome habit of exercising 5-6 days a week, no problem! I really don’t even remember what threw me off, or what excuse I made, but for some reason, the excuses continued and I completely have gotten out of one of the best habits I had developed!!! That changes today. No excuses. I remember learning from “coach”……For each day that you exercise, you strengthen your body, for each day that you don’t, you decay. I don’t want to decay!!! Well, the fat can decay, that’s cool, but not the good stuff!!! So, back to 5-6 days of exercise…..EVERY WEEK! I want to be stronger, I do NOT want to decay! The exercise is now, not even about weight loss, but more about good health in general. 

I was super ecstatic to reach 155 last week, and the fact that I did that with little exercise, was a bit surprising, but I have to say, the more I think about things, the more I realize how much my eating habits have really changed over the last four years. We recently had a Weight Watcher meeting about “habits”, and the whole time I kept thinking about all of the changes that I have gradually made over the last four years. Here is a list of some of the major things that I have changed that I know have contributed to me losing weight slowly over the last few years.

1. Fast Food.  I won’t say “No Fast Food”, but I eat it so infrequently, that I can’t remember the last time that I had it. I know the last time that I went to McDonalds’s, I ordered a nonfat latte and an Oatmeal. I did not eat all of the toppings that came with the oatmeal. If I am out and about, and I’m hungry and running errands and need something quick, I’ll find a grocery store and grab a few things off of the salad bar, or maybe just grab an apple, then eat a little something more when I get home.

2. Fried Foods. Again, I won’t say “No Fried Foods”, but I hardly EVER order it. I will take a few bites of someone else’s fries, or a bite of someone else’s “Fried” something, but I wouldn’t order it myself.

3. I think nothing at all of drinking 10-12 (8 oz) glasses of water a day, sometimes more.

4. I am satisfied with smaller portions. It took awhile. I was one of those people that ALWAYS cleaned my plate. I now know that it’s okay to leave food on my plate, but sometimes it is harder than others.

5. I try to include protein most mornings for breakfast. If I only eat a breakfast of carbs, I’m starving by 10:00, but if I include protein, I don’t seem to even think about food until lunchtime.

6. The biggest surprise to myself in the habits that I have changed???? My beer drinking. I drank beer on a pretty regular basis. Anytime we went out to dinner, which used to be a LOT more frequently. Every time I mowed the lawn? A couple of beers. Because it’s Friday? Quite a few beers. Because it’s a gorgeous afternoon outside? Cold Beer! Football is on??? Beer!!!! I am drinking a lot less in general, and although I certainly still have a beer or two on occasion, I am a little more choosey about when I decide to do that. I opt for wine more often than beer, and for the most part, when I do drink, I am drinking less quantities. I’m still enjoying Happy Hour with my girlfriends, and I am certain there will be Happy Hour’s to come, that I enjoy a few too many, but in general, I am drinking less alcohol, and it feels good.

7. We eat dinner out a LOT LESS often than we ever have. I like to cook now probably more than I used to, and it’s just the two of us, so obviously cooking is easier when there are less people to please, in my opinion. It’s much easier to know how many WW Points are going into your mouth when you are the one that has prepared it.

8. I recognize my trigger foods, and there are MANY! I try to avoid keeping those at my house because I can’t seem to stop at a serving size.

 a. sweets (candy, cookies, any dessert items)

 b. cereal (I would start to eat cold cereal right out of the box, and stop when the box was empty!)

 c. bread (I could be addicted to toast!)

 d. crackers (I could live on cheese and crackers alone!)

 e. chips (like the cereal, I could start eating chips and never stop!)

 f. trail mix (I convince myself it’s “healthy”, but once I start eating it, I can’t stop!)

These are all foods that I can’t seem to stop eating at just one serving, and when that happens, I am so disappointed in myself, I’m worthless for the rest of the day. I’ve learned to eliminate this behavior by simply not having these foods at my house. 

I’m a total “close”t binger, so having these foods available to me at a party is manageable. Sometimes at a party, I will eat a little more than I wish that I had, but nothing at all like I would do at home alone. It’s such an unattractive part of my weight issue, but I’ve learned how to deal with it by not keeping those trigger foods at home. Outta sight, outta mind. 🙂

Those are the “reflections” running through my head lately. I am planning to be at 150 by November 22nd!


Redecorating the Master Bedroom

Okay, my brain is so busy dreaming up new Master Bedroom colors right now, I can’t really think about anything else. I know. I’m an idiot. Since redecorating the New Blue Guest Room, all I can think about are paint colors and new bedding for the Master. Likely, a new headboard. A Black and White Theme? A Cream and Black Theme? Gray and White? Gray and Green? Black and Green? Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Literally, my brain won’t shut off the colors!! I have this huge green chase lounge in our bedroom that really has no other place to go, and I really want to keep it in the bedroom anyhow, so I feel like I am going to pick my final colors based on that chair!

Here are a few pictures that are inspiring me for my next project!!


I think I’m addicted to white bedding now…….



I really like the black and white, but I am considering “Grey Walls” but the grey will have to work with my chair…..



I’m really liking the idea of a pattern vs. solid for the window treatments……



I have three big windows that I’m considering creating a “sitting area” in front of, but I don’t have near this much space……



This is where the “Grey” idea came into play…….My nightstands and current head board are black.



I was looking for green and grey together to see what I thought. I think I like it, although my green isn’t that bright?



We have this nasty, blah, beige carpet. Maybe I could get an area rug for added texture????



This makes me feel relaxed. Maybe a slip cover for that green chase lounge we have!! And Look! More patterned window treatments!!


The last time a friend helped me redecorate our Master, she hung curtain rods exactly like this over our bed. I have since taken the fabric down, but I am considering doing this again. Your thoughts????? If I did all white bedding, and white over the bed, like in this picture, it could have a really relaxing feel to the room for sure.



Okay, enough about that for now, but I have to tell you, my brain will NOT shut off about it all.

Yesterday, a girlfriend and I snuck out to a movie at 11:00 am. I guess I say “snuck”, because there’s just something about an afternoon movie on a weekday that is a bit of a guilty pleasure. Anyhow, she loves going to the movies just as much as I do, so I was excited to sneak my Starbucks into the show (its just part of my movie routine and apparently I was feeling “sneaky” all day yesterday!), and curl up in my seat and enjoy a show. We saw “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and much to our surprise, it was only being shown in 3-D! I had never seen a movie in 3-D before, so it was quite the experience!


Then we headed to lunch, then home to be productive. Oh yeah, and prepare for an evening out with a girlfriend. I guess I had a bit of a guilty pleasure day, all day long. Sometimes, ya gotta just do that!

Here are the day’s eats…….






A mutual friend of ours (my movie friend) works at the restaurant that we went to for lunch, and she INSISTED on us trying the Cheesecake for dessert! It was ridiculous, and I believe we each had four small bites. As difficult as it was, we walked away from over half of it!!







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, Pineapple, Coffee with Skim Milk (4)

Snack = un-pictured Nonfat Latte (3)

Lunch = Salmon Salad, A Few Bites of Cheesecake (15)

Snack = Protein Shake made with 1/2 Serving Size of Protein Powder, 1 C. Skim Milk, 1/2 C. Greek Nonfat Yogurt,

1/2 C. Frozen Strawberries, 1/2 Frozen Banana (5)

Dinner = Cup of Butternut Squash Soup, 1 Glass Red Wine (9)


Total = 36


Today’s Exercise = None….that changes TODAY!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 0



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“To Do List” Day…..

October 8, 2013

Monday was all about getting sh*t done! I was determined to get everything on my list done, including an extra long walk, which I hadn’t done in tooooo many days.

I had laundry to do, the lawn to mow, blogging to do (yesterday’s blog includes all of my recipes from “Four Weeks of Chicken” ), miles to walk and a few more chores to get done around the house.

It all got done! That 7.5 mile walk felt awesome!!

I have a new list for today, so I’m keeping this short. Here are yesterday’s eats……

















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 = Whey Protein Shake with 1 T. Chia Seeds, 1 C ice, 1 C water, 1 C frozen strawberries (4)

Lunch = 7 oz. Hamburger Patty, Carrots, Tomatoes, Tzatziki Sauce (14)

Snack = Un-pictured 12 Almonds (2)

Snack = Pineapple, Grapefruit (0)

Dinner = Chicken Chili (6)

Total = 30

Today’s Exercise = Walked 7.5 Miles, Mowed and Trimmed the Yard

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Activity Points Earned Today = 8




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This is my first blog post since Friday and so much has happened!!

Let me start with…..I finally broke through 157 and I now weigh 155! That’s 52 pounds lost and 5 pounds to go to GOAL!!

I’m super excited!

I spent Friday afternoon doing a little shopping with a friend in the West Bottoms, which is always a great time! I found just a couple more items to add to the new bedroom……

Love this…..




I really just needed something for this wall, and it was blue……but it makes me giggle….



I love this little skate case, but it makes me want to redo my Master, in Black and Cream…..




I had this vase, and I just keep bringing in sticks from the yard! (and little spiders….oops)


 Um, had to have it…..




I needed to fill the empty space on this wall…….



so I did…..


…….and the room is now officially finished! Tess came home Friday night, and loved the new room!


On Saturday morning, Tess and I drove to Pleasant Hill to watch an intense Flag Football game with Anne, Malik’s mom. It was freezing, but it felt sooo good!!



Our Sooners won 13 to 12!



Here comes Malik into the Victory Tunnel!!



Then Tess and I headed back home to get ready for the wedding we were going to at 2:00. One of Tess’ friends from college, Laura, was getting married, and I was going as Tess’ date! I think I was just as excited as Tess to get to see some of her college friends and hang out with them for the evening! Would you believe I pretty much put my phone away for the rest of the weekend, and just enjoyed the moment? Well, I did, but I did steal this great picture of the Bride and Groom, Laura and Brent, from her Facebook page!


The wedding was beautiful, the food was awesome, the DJ was great, and we all had a really great time! Best of luck to you Laura and Brent!

Our Sunday was filled with some awesome couch time, Football and Chicken Chili. Tess had decided to take the latest flight home on Sunday that she could, which meant I got to enjoy her all day long. Her and Mike spent the afternoon drinking beer and yelling at the TV. I was as happy as I could be! My mom came over and listened to them for a bit and did her own little burst of yelling at the TV too! I guess it all worked out, because now our awesome KC Chiefs are an amazing 5-0!!!


This is the last Chicken recipe of my “Four Week Chicken Challenge”. I had planned to come up with my own seasoning recipe before I made this during this four weeks, but then I decided, I have been making this chili like this for a long time and I really really like it, so why mess with a good thing?


Chicken Chili

Makes 6 Servings

1 Serving = 6 PPV


1 packet of Williams Chicken Chili (No Salt) Seasoning

1 pound chicken (I almost always use a rotisserie chicken for this, but the seasoning packet has directions for cooking the chicken)

1 1/2 C. Water

1 Can of White Shoepeg Corn, drained (or frozen corn)

1 Can of Great Northern Beans, undrained



Follow directions on seasoning packet for cooking the chicken. (Or, like me, use already cooked chicken. If you choose this option, still use the 1 1/2 cups of water and simply combine it with the chicken and all of the other ingredients)

Combine all ingredients in a pot and let simmer. Enjoy!

This is one of those dishes that I like to make in the crockpot so I can walk away from it, let it simmer, and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day! It’s nice to be able to stack few bowls beside the crockpot and let everyone serve up their own when they’re hungry!



After cooking “Four Weeks of Chicken”, I discovered that taking just a little bit of extra time to prepare some chicken in advance, and freeze it, really helped allow me to prepare healthy dinners quick and easy. I did cook some chicken breast in chicken broth, cool it, shred it and freeze it. I also bought several rotisserie chickens at Costco (because they are LARGE and only $4.99), took all of the meat off of them, and froze them in individual Freezer Bags for future use. Such a time saver!!!

If you can take a little time to “Meal Plan” for the week, I also think that this helps to make meal prep much easier during the week and one less thing to think of during the week.

Here are the recipes that I made over the last Four Weeks!

Chicken Philly Skillet for One

Betsy’s Zucchini Soup

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Roasted Veggies and Chicken

Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

Chicken Taco Stew

Delicious Italian Chicken

Chicken, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spaghetti Squash

Not Your Mama’s Taco Salad

Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Greek Chicken Burgers

Chicken Tikki Masala

Chicken Thai Pizza, Chicken Fajita Pizza

Chicken Salad Wrap for One

Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Piccata

Simple Grilled Chicken Marinated in Italian Dressing

Apple Cider Baked Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Not Your Mama’s Chicken Soup!

I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy week!




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