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Apple Quesadilla

January 30, 2014

(Revised to SmartPoints 9/25/16)

You will want to make the Warm Cinnamon Apples filling to put in this Quesadilla.

I found these Gluten Free, Brown Rice tortilla’s at tSprouts Grocery Store. They remind me more of a pastry? They’re a little flaky…..and they are 4 SmartPoints.

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I sprayed one of the tortilla’s with nonstick cooking spray. I put it on the hot skillet. I made my Warm Cinnamon Apples, and put them on half of the tortilla, leaving a few out to sprinkle on the top. 

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I browned the tortilla for just a few minutes….then, I don’t know how ordinary people flip their quesadilla’s, but I use my “Pig Cutting Board” that my Great Grandfather made. Don’t you think he’d be proud?

I lay it on top of the tortilla, apply pressure with my hand, and flip the pan really fast with my other hand. Then just slide it from the pig back onto the skillet. How DO ordinary people flip their quesadilla’s???

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Nice and brown…..

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I cooked this for just a couple minutes longer, then moved it to my plate and topped it with the remaining apples and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Look how big it is??

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I love this tortilla! It was crispy and flaky…..

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 I think it even looks like a pastry. 

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Makes me think of pie crust.

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Here…take a bite!

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Be certain to make your Warm Cinnamon Apples before getting started.

Apple Quesadilla
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Food For Life, Brown Rice Tortilla
  2. Cooking Spray
  3. Recipe for Warm Cinnamon Apples
  4. 1/2 tsp Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Lay tortilla on hot skillet.
  3. Place desired amount of Prepared Warm Cinnamon Apples on half of tortilla and fold empty side over the full side.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.
  5. Flip and brown the other side.
  6. Remove from heat and plate.
  7. Top with remaining Warm Cinnamon Apples.
  8. Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar
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Breakfast was delicious…. 

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A Very Tasty Tuesday!

January 29, 2014

 

(This post has been revised on August 4, 2014, to include my Homemade Marinara that I promised that I would make when tomatoes were in season!)

Tuesday was a day filled with lots of food and unexpected, really good food!

I could talk (write…type…blog….whatever) about some of the food I ate yesterday….all day long, but I’m getting this written late today, and it’s almost time to start writing tomorrow’s post, so I’ll try to make this short. Yeah, yeah, yeah….Your Welcome.

After doing 21 days of “Gluten Free Dairy Free” at the beginning of January, then doing my weird little experiment that included cheese and crackers, then going back to just a regular diet of healthy eating, I’ve realized it was a lot easier for me to eat less points when I was really paying attention to the “No Gluten No Dairy” thing. So I am going to continue to focus on that, because I really do feel better when I’m paying attention to it all (and surprisingly, it does get a little easier).

I do miss beer though, and I can’t remember the last time I had one, and I REALLY can’t remember the last time I had two or three!! Ahhhhh…..the good old days. 

Yesterday, I made my second trip to the new Sprouts store. I really paid attention to the prices, and I think I might be shopping there on a regular basis!

I looked around the store for a few different things, specifically a few gluten free items. I bought bagels, bread, tortilla’s and pizza crust. I’ll let you know what brands I bought as I use them.

I also bought almond butter for the first time. I might be saying goodbye to my Better n’ Peanut Butter in my quest to find processed foods with fewer ingredients. 

I seem to be on a Peanut Butter and Banana kick lately, but here are all the great things I ate yesterday!

 

Breakfast

I’m really liking Sweet Potatoes for breakfast. I got the skillet a little too hot when I attempted Sweet Potato Hash Browns, but they tasted great!

Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Veggie Egg White Omelet

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Snack

Grapes

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Snack

Berries & Banana Slices with 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter

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Lunch

Leftover Steak (Sliced it and froze it last week, tasted great!)

Carrots, Tomatoes, Hummus

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Snack

Nonfat Latte 

At the beginning of the year, I was buying Soy Latte’s and trying to back off the Splenda, so I started carrying packets of Truvia in my purse. After really missing my Nonfat Latte’s, I’m back at those, but with my own sweetener. It’s not as sweet as I really like it, and I miss the Flavored Syrups, but I’m adjusting. 

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Snack

This Brown Rice Tortilla caught me off guard. I hadn’t bought tortilla’s in a while, and I certainly hadn’t bought any of the Gluten Free ones. I looked at a few, but they didn’t look tasty. For some reason, I picked these up and bought them. 

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I also bought Almond Butter, which I hadn’t bought before. The label made it sound soooo good! Vanilla Bean and Espresso???

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The tortilla seemed a bit flaky, almost like more of a pastry? When I pulled it out of the package, I knew immediately what I was going to do with it. I cut it in half. They are HUGE! I spread 1 T. of my new Almond Butter on it. Then I cut a banana in half and wrapped it up with the tortilla, then sliced it. I drizzled 1 tsp. of honey all over it.

I would seriously take this as dessert to a party! The surprisingly flaky texture of the tortilla made for a great dessert!

(I can’t wait to share with you what I did with it for breakfast today!)

 

Brown Rice Tortilla, Almond Butter, Banana & Honey

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Dinner

The Simplest Spaghetti

Okay, let me talk about this for just a sec. I knew I was making spaghetti for dinner, and I had planned on using my new Gluten Free Pasta. But then a friend sent me a picture of her lunch (this happens often, and I love it because it inspires a new meal idea) that included spaghetti squash. I realized I hadn’t made that in a while. So I switched things up a bit.

I cooked my onion and garlic and ground turkey. I then planned on opening a jar of spaghetti sauce, when I decided to add canned tomatoes and canned tomato sauce instead. I seasoned it a bit with Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, added the cooked spaghetti squash, then topped it all with a little parmesan cheese, and ‘Deliziosa!

This was one of the freshest tasting meal’s that I have made in a while. 

The Best part of this dish…..It Taste Great!

The Second Best part of this dish??

It’s only 5 PPV!

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Ingredients

1 Spaghetti Squash

2 tsp Olive Oil

1 lb. Ground Turkey (I use 93% Lean)

1 onion, diced

2 garlic gloves, minced

1-2 tsp Garlic Infused Olive Oil (regular olive oil is fine too!)

Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

15 oz can diced tomatoes 

15 oz can tomato sauce 

OR

Replace the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce with the Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

Ingredients

10 Home Grown Tomatoes

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 sweet onion, diced

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Oregano

Basil

1-2 Bay Leaves

Dash of Cinnamon

Directions

Bring a pot of water to boil. Drop tomatoes in water for about 30 seconds, then transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water. The skin will peel off super easy! Place the tomatoes in a food processor and chop or grind to the consistency that you would like your sauce.

Cook onion and garlic in Olive Oil. Add the tomatoes and season to your liking. Let simmer for about an hour!

 

Directions

Split Squash in half. Remove seeds. Add 1 tsp Olive Oil to each half and rub it in with your fingers, presumable after you’ve washed your hands. One time, I forgot.

Season with Salt and Pepper and place cut side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and scrape squash strands out. Set aside.

Heat garlic infused oil in a skillet and add onions and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add turkey and brown. Add the cans of tomatoes and season with Sea Salt and Pepper. Add squash to skillet and stir in mixing well.

I don’t know why such a simple combination of things tasted so good. I always buy spaghetti sauce in a jar, but I was just in the mood for a fresher taste of things? I’m sure adding the garlic gloves and using the garlic infused Olive Oil helped a lot with flavor. I may never buy a jar of spaghetti sauce again……

I divided this into Five Servings. 

1 serving = 4 PPV

1 T. Parmesan Cheese = 1 PPV

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = Veggie Egg White Omelet, Sweet Potato Hash Browns (3)

Snack = Grapes, Berries, Banana & Better n’ Peanut Butter (1)

Lunch = KC Strip, Carrots, Tomatoes, Hummus (8)

Snack = 1/2 Tortilla, 1/2 Banana, 1 T. Almond Butter, 1 tsp Honey (5)

Snack = Nonfat Latte (3)

Dinner = Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti (5)

Total = 25

Exercise = 40 minute Treadmill workout

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 8

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 24

Alcohol Consumption = none

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(This post was modified on April 19th, 2014. I had previously miscalculated the points. This recipe has been modified and is now correct.)

 

I do love a pancake for breakfast (or any meal, really). Since I’ve been reading blogs and looking on Pinterest for recipes, I’ve discovered all sorts of different ways to make an easy, healthy, low point pancake. You really can’t mess these up either. It’s Banana’s and Eggs, just in a bunch of different combinations with lots of yummy additions to the banana’s and eggs! I made one the other day called a Three Ingredient Pancake! That one was just as tasty as this one, but that was several little thin pancakes, and this is one, big nice and thick pancake!

Peanut Butter Packed Pancake!

Pancake = 4 PPV

Pancake with Toppings = 6 PPV

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Ingredients

1/4 Dry Oats

3 Egg Whites

1/2 Ripe Banana, mashed

2 T. PB2 Powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Packet Truvia (optional)

Toppings

1/2 Banana, Sliced

1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter (Or nut butter of your choice!)

1 tsp Honey

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender. (You can mix really well with a fork or a whisk too!)

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Pulse just a few times until well blended, but don’t over blend. I have recently discovered this works much better than whisking with a fork in a bowl.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter onto heated skillet and cook for about 3 minutes.

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I have a very large spatula (this pancake is 6-7 inches in diameter!!) that made this easy to flip. I think blending the batter made it all stick together well on the skillet! Cook for about an additional 2 minutes.

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Top with the other half of the Banana, 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter and 1 tsp of honey!

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Nice and Thick!

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Breakfast

Peanut Butter Packed Pancake

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Lunch

Shredded Mexican Chicken, Corn, Pinto Beans, Salsa

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Snack

Pineapple

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Snack

Light Microwave Popcorn

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Dinner

Mahi Taco’s on Corn Tortilla, Black Beans and Rice

One Glass of Red Wine

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As I looked over my food for the day, I did a terrible job of eating veggies? Lots of veggies today and an actual workout!

Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

PreBreakfast = Coffee with Skim Milk (1)

Breakfast = Peanut Butter Packed Pancake (6)

Lunch = Shredded Mexican Chicken, Beans, Corn (6)

Snack = Pineapple (0)

Snack = Popcorn (3)

Dinner = Mahi Taco’s with Beans and Rice and Wine (17)

Total = 33

Exercise = I cleaned house ALL DAY LONG! Like the “on your hand’s and knee’s” kinda cleaning…….

How many glasses of water I drank = Not Enough! 6?

Activity Points Earned for the Day = Cleaning has to be worth something?? 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 23

Alcohol Consumption = Wine

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Happy 4th Birthday, Amiyah!

January 27, 2014

Sunday we celebrated Amiyah’s (our Granddaughter) 4th birthday with a few friends and family. It was a “Frozen” theme, but being all out of the 4 year old loop, I didn’t really know anything about “Frozen” until the party.

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Her cake was super cute!

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Her mom always does such a great job decorating!

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There was even a Photo Booth! Kinda…..

Thanks Uncle Jake!

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Of course, Amiyah had to approve all photo’s…..

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Then there were lots of presents and a good time was had by all!

 

Now, let’s talk food….. 

I was trying to get a lot of protein in today, so I started the day with egg whites and quinoa, then I made this really tasty Tuna Salad for lunch! 

Sweet & Chunky Tuna Salad

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Sweet and Chunky Tuna Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz Can of Tuna in Water, drained
  2. 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
  3. 1 Small Apple, Chopped
  4. 2 T. Sweet Relish
  5. 1 T. Light Mayo
  6. 1 tsp Mustard
  7. Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Ya just mix it up folks! Ya can't mess up Tuna Salad, and if ya do, well…..then don't invite your friends over for Tuna Salad!
Notes
  1. One Serving = 2 SmartPoints
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This would be great over a bed of lettuce served with a nice little chunk of cheddar cheese, but I didn’t have either of those things, so…..well, I didn’t eat either of those things. 

Breakfast

Quinoa Power Breakfast Bowl

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Snack

3/4 Cup Cinnamon Harvest Cereal

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Snack

Strawberries & Banana’s

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Lunch

Sweet & Chunky Tuna Salad

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Birthday Party Snack’s Un-pictured

1/2 C. Popcorn, 1/4 C. Trail Mix, 1 Toasted Ravioli

3 Slice’s Fried Pickle, Cake

Lots and Lots and Lots of Water!

 

Dinner

More Sweet & Chunky Tuna Salad

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = Quinoa Power Breakfast Bowl (3)

Snack = 3/4 C. Dry Cereal (3)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Lunch = Sweet & Chunky Tuna Salad (5)

Party Snacks = Popcorn, Nuts, Cake, Ravioli and Fried Pickles (15)

Dinner = Sweet & Chunky Tuna Salad (4)

Total = 30

Exercise = None 🙁 I had really planned on a walk after the party, but I was pooped by the time everyone left the house.

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 4

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 26

Alcohol Consumption = none

 

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Saturday With My Pops!

January 26, 2014

My dad loves Antique shopping. He could look at trinkets and collectibles for days. I’m not sure I could look as long as he could, but I am certain, the curiosity of what is hidden away in some of those little booths, has been passed down to me. He collects elephants, but loves to look at anything really, and I seem to have a love for chairs and clocks? I have no idea why. I have an odd little chair collection scattered throughout my house.

The two of us were due for a day together, and agreed we needed to spend some time shopping at an Antique Mall that I honestly have NEVER shopped at, and he said that he hadn’t been there in years, and it’s likely the closest one to our houses! 

If you’re local, and you enjoy a little antiquing, this one offers double the fun, because tucked inside, is the cutest little Bistro that has excellent food! So we shopped, had lunch, and shopped some more!

 

83rd and Mission

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Right after lunch, we found a little nook with only a few things, and they all seemed to be marked down. We started hunting. I noticed a little metal box. I have no idea why I was attracted to it, curious what it was I suppose. It was a file box with three drawers. Just the right size to sit on a desk, perhaps.

 

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I opened the drawers. There were actually several small pieces of paper inside. One cancelled check and several receipts for deposits made on utilities. I noticed the dates were 1917, 1918 and a few for 1922.

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I’m like….”Hey Dad, check this out.” He takes a peek and notices that the cancelled check says Augusta, Kansas, his hometown, which is small now, but was REALLY small when he was a kid.

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So immediately we are both trying to read the signature on the check and try to determine who this little metal file box may have belonged to? Looking through the receipts, he finds a printed name, and says “Hey! She was my teacher!”, so he bought the box! 

You just never know…..huh?

In the same little nook, I spotted the cutest little travel clock, so my daddy bought it for me. 🙂 

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When I got home, I took these guys out for some fresh air!

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It was beautiful outside…..

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But It was a little chilly!

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After stopping for our photo op, we moved right along, getting our hearts rates up and feeling a bit warmer! That fresh air always makes me feel so good though.

 

Moving on to a delicious food day!

Breakfast

2 Eggs, 1 Banana….Made into a Pancake!

That’s right! It’s another one of those funky pancake recipes! But I have to tell you…..this may be my favorite! I found this recipe on a new blog that I have been reading, Danica’s Daily! She is a WW Member and counts points too, and I love it when I can find a blog where they are a WW member and include points in their blog and their recipes!

Danica’s Three Ingredient Pancake

Okay, like Danica, I did add a couple of extra things to this recipe. Whenever I find a recipe that only uses the banana’s for sweetness, it just isn’t quite enough for me. But if the sweetness from the banana does it for you, then by all means…….

This is how I made it……

Ingredients

2 Eggs

1 Banana

1 packet of Truvia

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Dash of Cinnamon

Directions

I usually just mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a fork when I find a recipe similar to this, but on Danica’s advice, I put it in my blender and gave it a few pulses! It did seem to make more of a batter.

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I heated my nonstick skillet over medium low heat and coated it with nonstick cooking spray.

I poured on three pancakes.

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Cook for about 2 minutes, then flip.

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I think they look perfect! It made 8 pancakes!!

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They’re super thin, almost like a crepe!

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I really wish I would have had some fresh strawberries (and whipped cream) to top these with!

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1 T. of Better n’ Peanut Butter will do just fine….

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I’m totally making these again!

This Big Plate of Pancakes with Peanut Butter?

5 PPV!

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Lunch

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad with Diced Sweet Potatoes

1/2 Turkey Pear Bacon Brie Sandwich

(Everything here is delicious!)

Pop’s had Chicken Noodle Soup and 1/2 a Meatloaf Sandwich

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Snack

Leftover Chicken Breast, Green Beans

(I was going for Protein)

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Dinner 

Barley’s Brewhaus has a great Small Plates menu along with a Lighter Side Menu

Dinner was the perfect size and delicious!

Salmon, Whipped Cauliflower, Asparagus, Wine

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = Pancakes with Better n’ Peanut Butter, Coffee with Skim Milk (6)

Lunch = Pecan Crusted Chicken, !/2 Turkey Sandwich (12)

Snack = Chicken Breast, Green Beans (3)

Dinner = Salmon, Asparagus, Whipped Cauliflower, Wine (14)

Total = 35

Exercise = Walked 4 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 4

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

Alcohol Consumption = Wine

 

I need to remember this….sometimes I just THINK too much!

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I’m Back In My Size 8’s!

January 25, 2014

After weighing myself at home on Friday morning, and finally being under the 160 mark, I decided to see if I could slip into those size 8 jeans that I bought back in October! Yay!!

Yes, I am quite pleased with myself, and yes, this is my butt. And….Yes, those upper thighs are why I think swimsuits suck! 

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Below is a picture from a Blog Post that I wrote back in December,  “The Truth Is In Your Jeans”, where I talked about how frustrated I was with myself for putting on enough weight that I couldn’t button these, and then be able to breathe! It felt so good to be able to wear these yesterday!

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 I LOVED my WW meeting Friday morning! It was one of those meetings where the Leader has asked a few members to come up to the front of the meeting room as a group and discuss a particular topic. The topic was “Challenges”, which I would imagine that every WW Member, and actually anyone who has ever lost weight, has experienced. All of the speakers did an excellent job!

I hate that so many of us have weight loss challenges, but it is comforting to hear other people share there challenges, and know that you are not alone. Why can’t it just be easy, huh? WHY?? 

One of the speakers was a previous WW Leader, and she talked about how hard it was to admit that she had gained weight, and that WW would not hire her back until she was at goal. She shared that information a few meetings back, and she teared up when she talked about it. Then I teared up!  I wanted to hug her because I know how hard that must have been to say to everyone. She had lost her weight and became a Leader!! My dream job!! Then life happened. I SOOO get it. She did the brave thing, the healthy thing, the smart thing. She came back.

One of the other speakers talked about how she had joined before, but when she joined “this time”, it was forever. She has lost THREE sizes in clothes! She is not at goal, and she has struggled the last year with the same 2 pounds (um, were we separated at birth???), but she said she will never quit. She knows that she is much healthier than she was before she joined, and that it has been completely worth it to continue to come this last year and fight those two pounds. One of my favorite things that she said was…..paraphrasing just a tiny bit…..

“I already consider myself a “Lifetime Member” (That is a WW Member that has been at goal weight for six weeks, and maintained that weight loss) because I know I will come to my meetings and be a WW Member for the rest of my life!!”

(Me too! Seriously….separated at birth???)

The other speakers did such a great job too! Everyone had great advice, and all agreed that attending meetings are at the very TOP of the list in their weight loss successes!!

(I didn’t tell a sole at the meeting about my little “3 Day Diet” experiment! I do know some of them read my blog though.)

Today…..Loving Weight Watcher’s and counting points and making healthy choices!! Oh, and eating SNACKS!!

 

Breakfast

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Snack

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3/4 C. Cinnamon Heaven, Gluten Free Cereal

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Snack

Medium Nonfat Latte, Apple

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Lunch

Chicken Breast, Green Beans

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Happy Hour(s)

Veggies, Dip and Wine

I end up snacking on whatever food is the closest, so I made sure to sit by the veggies all night. I think I ate most of those carrots and yellow peppers!

I had a few nuts and popcorn too.

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = Hot Tea, Banana (0)

Snack = 3/4 C. Cereal (3)

Snack = Nonfat Latte, Apple (3)

Lunch = Chicken Breast, Green Beans (4)

Happy Hour = Veggies, Dip, Popcorn, Nuts, Wine (26)

Total = 36

Exercise = Scheduled Day Off

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 39

Alcohol Consumption = Wine

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Stupid….The End.

January 24, 2014

Okay, after Pinning the “3 Day Diet” on Pinterest Monday, and making a really fast (and possibly desperate) decision to start it on Tuesday morning, (oh, and while fully admitting that it sounded “stupid”) I was anxious to finish it up last night at dinner, and step on the scale this morning!

I lost 4 pounds! It is exactly what I was hoping for and it got me back out of the 160’s! Now I need to bet back to the 154 that I had gotten to in October and move forward to 150!

The “3 Day Diet” is supposed to be the right mix of foods, chemically, to burn fat fast, or something like that? How that stuff all works is over my head. Sometimes I just like to be told what to eat. Deciding what to eat three to five times a day, and staying within your points, and watching the dairy and the gluten and the sugar and the sodium and getting plenty of protein and fiber and all those healthy rules……can sometimes be exhausting!! So, I actually kind of liked being told exactly what to eat. You are supposed to lose “10 pounds in 3 Days”. I would imagine that if you have a lot of weight to lose, and you are just starting out, losing 10 pounds in 3 days could be a possibility. But I wouldn’t recommend it. I did keep track of points, and surprisingly, I was not eating drastically less points, (due to the ice cream, I would imagine), but I was really hungry between meals, and typically when I am doing my regular thing, eating three meals a day with snacks, and counting points, and losing a little at a time, I never really feel hungry. I do know that the healthiest way to lose weight and keep the weight off…..is by eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. 

I did realize that I had gone from trying “No Gluten, No Dairy” for 21 days, to Cheese and Saltines for 3 days, but I did eat Gluten Free Bread for my toast!! 🙂

 

These are a few of my thoughts specifically.

1. I was super curious how many pounds I would lose, if any. I lost 4 pounds!

2. I wondered how I would handle my stomach growling in between meals? I kept myself busy, I drank water, and imagined the pounds melting off.  I didn’t snack at all! I did eat dinner earlier than I would usually eat, and then I was fine for the rest of the evening.

3. I LOVE full fat cheese and Ice Cream, so I ate those slow and REALLY enjoyed them!

4. Most of the food on the diet is food I eat for the most part and like anyhow, so I sliced things thin, spread it out on my plate, and ate slow.

5. I like short term goals, so it was easy for me to be disciplined on this. It’s 3 DAYS!!

6. The most difficult part for me was the “No Coffee” on Day 2 and Day 3. You are only supposed to have coffee at breakfast and at lunch on Day 1. Then on Day 2 and Day 3, you only drink water. With the cold weather, and my obsession for hot drinks, this was hard, so I actually drank hot water in the evening. I used ONE tea bag for Day 2 and and One tea bag for Day 3 and just dipped it in the hot water real quick! The weakest tea I’ve ever had……

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Would I do the “3 Day Diet” again, and do I recommend it? Honestly? I achieved exactly what I set out to achieve, and I liked the discipline I had, but I have to say, it just doesn’t sound like a good idea.

Here are the eats for Day 3….the hungriest day!

Breakfast

2 oz. Cheddar Cheese, 5 Saltines, 1 Apple

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Lunch

1 Egg, Toast

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Dinner

1 Cup Tuna, 1/2 Banana, 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = 2 oz Cheddar Cheese, 5 Saltines, Apple (8)

Lunch = Toast, 1 Egg (4)

Snack = YOU CAN’T HAVE ANY!!

Dinner = 1 Cup Tuna, 1/2 Banana, 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream (8)

Total = 20

Exercise = 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes strength training and stretching

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 16

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none

 

I found the quote below on the day I decided to give the “3 Day Diet” a try. It feels like me……

ohwells_whatifs-300x300“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Stupid…Day 2

January 23, 2014

Day 2 of the “3 Day Diet”

I shared on my blog yesterday that I was participating in an experiment. I mean, I’m the only participant, but it is an experiment. I pinned this silly “3 Day Diet” on Pinterest, and I became curious. The food was easy, I’m anxious to get the holiday weight off before vacation, it sounded simple, and there’s not much cooking at all, so I decided to give it a try.

The “3 Day Diet” is pretty cut and dry, but there are a few substitution options. The only thing on the diet that I didn’t want to eat, was the (2) hot dogs that you are supposed to eat for dinner on Day 2. Plain hot dogs. No bread, no ketchup. That seemed like a lot of fat and salt for this girl. You could substitute 4 oz. of beans for each frank, so I did that. It just sounded much healthier! It was a strange dinner.

I will say that on Day 1 AND Day 2, I was really hungry for dinner, so I ate early, (4:30 on Tuesday, and 5:00 on Wednesday) then I was fine for the rest of the evening. I spent the evening filling up on water. I drink a lot of water anyway, so this wasn’t difficult.

The plan does says to exercise, and on Day 1, I did not do cardio, just weights. When I went to do the treadmill yesterday afternoon, Day 2, I felt dizzy. So I skipped it. I should have tried again after dinner, but didn’t. Today, I will be able to exercise shortly after breakfast. I’m planning on an hour, so we’ll see how I feel and how that goes?

The diet says to not weigh until the morning after you have done the “3 Day Diet”, so that’s what I’ll do.

Tomorrow I’ll have what I ate for Day 3, my weigh in results, and a few thoughts on the “3 Day Diet”!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

1 Egg, 1 Slice of Toast, 1/2 Banana

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Lunch “To Go”!

1 Hard Boiled Egg, 2 oz. Cheddar Cheese, 5 Saltine Crackers

(You can get these ROUND now! Who knew? Well, I didn’t.)

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Dinner

8 oz. Black Beans, 1 Cup Broccoli, 1/2 Cup Carrots

1/2 Banana, 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = Egg, Toast, 1/2 Banana (4)

Lunch = Hard Boiled Egg, 2 oz. Cheese, 5 Saltines (10)

Snack = Ya Can’t HAVE ANY!!!

Dinner = 8 oz. Beans, 1 Cup Broccoli, 1/2 Cup Carrots, 1/2 Banana, 1/2 C. Vanilla Ice Cream (10)

Total = 24

Exercise = none

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 13

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none.

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

Stupid? Kinda….

January 22, 2014

Yesterday was such a weird day, food and otherwise, that I won’t even go into “otherwise”. I don’t know where to start. I’m always honest on my blog, and sometimes when I make a decision, (a food decision) it’s much later in the day that I remember that I am going to have to blog about it! Well, I guess I don’t HAVE to, it is a decision I make, but it is what I do. Then I think….how will I explain myself without looking so stupid? Then I realize, I kinda look stupid a lot, and really, people are used to it and nobody cares. So…here’s the deal.

It is super important to me that I weigh less that 160 when I leave for vacation exactly three weeks from today! I can’t explain it, except for the fact that I have never been on vacation and weighed less than 160 pounds in my entire life…..well, except for maybe in grade school, but that doesn’t count.

Now, I realize that I am not going to look that much different weighing less than 160, (157 would be great!) than I do today, weighing 161.0, it’s just a thing. A mental thing. A mental thing that I just can’t seem to get past. When I got my weight down to 154 in October, I was ecstatic knowing that I would weigh in the 150’s the next time I went on vacation! The thought of it was exhilarating, until the holiday’s came, and I messed the whole thing up and let my weight creep up to 167!!

So, I’ve been doing my thing and working at getting those pounds off, and they are coming off, but I am panicking a bit thinking the pounds aren’t going to come off as quickly as I had hoped. Here’s where things get weird and you will likely think that I am stupid. It’s okay, I think it too, and after I told Mike what I am about to tell you, he thinks so too. Monday night, while on Pinterest, (DAMN YOU PINTEREST!!! I saw this dumb ass “3 Day Diet” that say’s you’ll lose 10 pounds in three days. So, I decided to read all about it. It’s ridiculous, but the attraction to me was the simple food, the very detailed list of exactly what to eat…..and…..it’s only 3 days! I have NEVER done any kind of a crash diet (EVER) and I have always thought they sounded like the dumbest thing ever. But for some reason, I decided to try this one. I think it’s just an experiment that I feel I must try, and I will most likely regret it, but if I do lose even 4 pounds in three days, I’ll be pleased, but I will still think it was a stupid thing to do and that I was stupid to do it. 

There is no need to tell me how stupid this is. I read all about it and found nothing positive about it, except for the fact that it can work, but is NOT recommended. 🙂

Seriously, I have NOT had a good night’s sleep in days, so I blame that for my poor decision making.

No comments on this post are necessary. You may however, roll your eyes. I am. Mike did.

 

Here is day 1……

 

Breakfast

1/2 Grapefruit, Toast with 2 T. Peanut Butter, Black Coffee

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Lunch

1/2 Cup Tuna, Bread, Black Coffee

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Dinner

3 oz. Chicken, 1 Cup Green Beans

1/2 Banana, Apple

1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream….What the…..?????

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My points for the day totaled 20. Obviously, if I eat less points for three days, I am going to lose some weight. I really just think I wanted to try it, as an experiment. Before dinner yesterday, I was really hungry at 4:30, so I ate then. I was full the rest of the evening, but I did drink water ALL night long.

Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = 1/2 Grapefruit, Peanut Butter Toast, Coffee (4)

Lunch = Tuna, Bread (4)

Dinner = Chicken Breast, Green Beans, Fruit Salad, Ice Cream (12)

Total = 20

Exercise = 30 minutes Strength Exercises

How many glasses of water I drank = A LOT! Spent the whole evening in the bathroom!

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 13

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none

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

A Great Girlfriend Day!

January 21, 2014

I woke up really looking forward to the day that was ahead of me. It was going to be a Great Girlfriend Day!

A friend of mine had the day off work and had decided she was due for some quality girl  time! I agreed that spending the day together doing some girly stuff sounded like a great idea!

We decided on an early movie, then lunch, then a pedi.

I had promised myself that I would get up early enough to get my”chores” done around the house, exercise and shower and be out of the house by 9:00 to get a couple of errands in before the movie.

Typically when I plan to exercise early in the morning, I figure out all sorts of reasons why I just can’t get it done. I convince myself that I will get it done later in the afternoon, or at least in the evening, maybe before dinner, and then well……maybe after dinner, and certainly before I get to bed. I end up doing it too late or not at all. Am I alone here?

I’ve done a really good job of getting my exercise in since writing my schedule a few weeks back. I do NOT always get it done first thing, but I HAVE been getting it done before the afternoon is over, and that feels great!

Yesterday morning, while attempting to procrastinate just a wee bit, I decided to just put my shoes on and get at it! I only had 30 minutes instead of the hour that I have been getting in, (because I did procrastinate just a bit) so I increased the incline and kept the speed between 4.0 mph and 5.0 mph and pumped my arms the entire time I was walking/running! Except for the pebble in my left shoe that was stabbing me in the heel, I felt great when I was done! I think that’s the hardest I have worked on the treadmill in awhile.

I lost weight three weeks in a row, then last week maintained at 161.0. I am really wanting to weigh less than 160 when we go on vacation in three weeks, and I think it’s gonna happen!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

I have fully brought back dairy into my diet, but I plan to try and eat less of it. 

I am not going “Gluten Free”, but now that I realize how many things that it is in, I plan to pay more attention, and eat gluten free as often as possible.

Breakfast

5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Salsa

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Snack

 Nonfat Latte

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Lunch

Salmon Caesar,  Wine

(I picked off the croutons, but ate the cheese)

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 Dinner

Quinoa, Shredded Mexican Chicken

Black Beans, Monterey Jack Cheese

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Salsa (3)

Snack = Grande Nonfat Latte (3)

Lunch = Salmon, Caesar Dressing, Romaine, Wine (12)

Dinner = Quinoa, Shredded Mexican Chicken, Black Beans, Mont. Jack Cheese (9)

Total = 27

Exercise = Walked/Ran for 30 minutes and an incline of 2.0.

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = One Glass Red Wine

 

We all deserve a Great Girlfriend Day!

 

thGirlTime

 

 

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