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I Ran THREE Miles Today!

March 31, 2014

March 30, 2014

I ran THREE miles today, outside.

It may not seem like much to some, and to some, my excitement about this completed task makes perfect sense!

When I was in grade school, running would only give me an asthma attack, which was scary. I remember I would get hot, my chest would start itching and stinging, and then a full blown asthma attack and me gasping for air in PE class, and I would be stuck at school with no inhaler.

When I was in Junior High School, we did a lot of conditioning for Volleyball, and the running part was always difficult for me. I participated in Track, but I hated the long distance run. The asthma attacks that I had experienced when I was younger still occurred on occasion, but if they didn’t, I had so much anxiety anticipating an asthma attack, that made it hard to breathe.

High School, pretty much the same story with Basketball and Volleyball.

After High School, I never really saw a reason to run. I didn’t like it. Why would I do it?

As I got older and exercise became more important to me, I had tried running/jogging a few times instead of walking (which I really do love to do) in order to get my heart rate up, but always feeling a bit of a “panic” feeling, I had decided that it just wasn’t for me. Inhaler and all, I couldn’t do it. My body was not the body of a runner. It wouldn’t cooperate. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to try. I couldn’t do it. 

I couldn’t do it. I believed that. I wanted to believe that. Then I wouldn’t have to try. I could blame my asthma, my anxiety. I really didn’t think that I had it in me to do it. I didn’t think I had the stamina. I didn’t think I would be able to control my breathing. I thought my body weighed too much to be able to run for that long. The people that I see running are thin. Lean. They look light on their feet. Most of them. I was too heavy. I was too slow.

Maybe at goal weight, I could run.

Somewhere in that bright little kid of mine’s head (okay fine, she’s 22) she decided that the two of us should really push ourselves and train for a 5K. Really, I had no interest. I didn’t want to disappoint her. I didn’t want to say that I would do it, and then NOT be able to actually complete it. But there was just something about the idea of it. There was something about the challenge. I needed a challenge. I had gone to visit her the first week in February and we were talking about plans and goals for the year. While having coffee that morning and talking about life, we signed up for a 5K, and we decided that together, we would run it. We would run it without stopping. 

So, I started training with this little phone app telling me what to do, and then doing it.

Each time that I ran longer than I ever had, I couldn’t believe it. I was making progress. The whole time I really was thinking that running THREE miles sounded awful, and I just wasn’t sure that I would be able to complete it. Going back to the thoughts that, I’m just not going to be able to do it. I’m not fast. I can’t run very far. I can’t run very long. I can’t do this.  I had no confidence in my bodies ability to complete this physical task. 

All of a sudden, the training app had me running 20 minutes. Then 22 minutes. Then 24 minutes. I had ran for two miles! Then I ran for 28 minutes. Then I ran for 30 minutes. Then I ran for 31 minutes. That’s when I finally believed in myself. Holy Shit. I am going to run THREE miles. I can do this.

Then I did.

I’ve had a hard time along this weight loss journey actually believing that I could weigh 150 pounds. I have a hard time believing sometimes that I am strong enough to get there. I have a hard time imagining myself at a weight that I have never been. I’ve always been that person trying to lose 40, 30 or 20 pounds. I’ve never been the person that wasn’t trying to lose weight. For some reason, there is a part of me that finds reaching my goal a bit scary. It’s funny. It’s my goal. It’s what I want, yet I got so close to it, and then backed away. It always seemed like I would just constantly be working towards it, but I never really believed that I would get there.  

I never really believed that I could run THREE miles. Today, I did.

It gives me the confidence that I needed to believe that I can reach my goal weight.

The Weight of My Weight. It’s Heavy.

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

This started out as an awesome Spring Sunday morning with a cup of coffee on the deck! Of course I was in my big thick cozy robe, but still, it felt great to start out the day with fresh air! I love that!

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I made myself a nice, big, low point Breakfast, then I put on my running clothes! That’s right, I said running clothes! I knew that Today was the day. This was the day that I would run 3 miles, outside, without stopping. And you what? I frickin’ did it!

I guess I just never believed I really could. Honestly, I never really wanted to before now. Felt pretty damned good.

I had been home from “my morning run” (hee hee….that felt good to say) for just a few minutes, bragging to Mike about how awesome I was, and he kindly agreed, when I went inside to get some water, then head back outside to help him finish trimming the hedges. Only I didn’t get back outside. Mike came in the house, went to the kitchen sink, and calmly said…..”Um, I think you might need to take me to get some stitches”.

Um, yes. Stitches definitely needed! Seems as though the hedge trimmers found a couple of his fingers. The ER is never a quick in and out, so we spent a good portion of the afternoon there getting his fingers glued up (yep, no stitches, just some pretty cool glue though) and had planned to spend the afternoon at his folks house with our kids and grand kids. Well, we missed out on lunch, but they saved us some! It was now dinner time by the time we got there, and I was STARVING!!! I had an apple on the way there, and guzzled some water, but I knew getting in three meals was NOT going to happen today.

I knew we were going over for some BBQ, so I had planned to have a small salad for dinner with a veggie burger.

Here is what I ended up eating for the day……

Breakfast

Omelette made with 5 Egg White’s

Spinach, Portabella Mushroom’s 

1 T. Goat Cheese

Coffee with frothy Skim Milk

4 PPV

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I’ve just recently discovered that 1 T. of soft Goat cheese is only 1 PPV and sooooo good!

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Snack

Apple

0 PPV

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Dinner

Turkey, Potato Salad, Green Salad

Pickles, Strawberries

10 PPV

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Dessert

1/2 Slice Apple Pie

4 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Omelete, Fruit, Coffee with skim milk (4)

Snack = Apple (0)

Dinner = Turkey and Sides, Dessert (14) 

Total = 18

Exercise = I RAN OVER THREE MILES!! WHOOP…WHOOP…WHOOP!!!

How many glasses of water I drank = 6  – I am NOT doing a great job on the water intake lately!!

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22

Alcohol Consumption = NONE

I’ll try not to give him any “Honey Do’s” for a few days,

but it’s Spring, and there’s just so much to do!

 

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

It was a great Saturday Spring Morning spent with two of the Grand Kids here. They spent the night on Friday, and I had all sorts of great things planned for Saturday morning. Pancakes at IHop, Downtown City Market, then to the park that I played at when I was a kid.

None of that happened. So much for a plan.

Here’s what we did do.

After some good early morning cuddling on the couch with the dogs and lots of blankets, I made French Toast, which apparently neither one of them had ever had. They are both great eaters and always like my food. They both thought the idea of bread dipped in egg was “weird”. One of them didn’t want syrup, even after I explained that’s how you eat it, and the other one wanted a big pile of syrup for dipping! They both ate a LOT of fruit, but little French Toast, and eventually breakfast was over and I had a really BIG mess to clean up!

Eventually, we got dressed and headed outside.

We spent a good 30 minutes in the backyard with them pointing out where the dog poop was, and me picking it up, so we could actually play in the backyard. Then we did all sorts of great Spring things. We played frisbee and football. I got the umbrella and all the cushions out for the deck. We hung the hammock and played in that. We blew bubbles and chased them. We took the dogs for a walk while the kids enjoyed the scooter I found at a garage sale last year. I played a pretty good game of P.I.G. in the driveway with Malik while Amiyah drew us an awesome picture with chalk.

I was now exhausted and it was only 11:30 am!!!

They went home sometime in the afternoon, and it really was a great Saturday spent with those two awesome kids!

Then, car wash, bank, gas station, pick up the mower blade, grab a few groceries, and take a 4.5 mile walk. It felt so good to take a long walk outside. I tried really hard to just take in all of that fresh air and think of nothing. Have you ever tried to do that before? Think of nothing! It’s hard! When I try to think of nothing, I just breathe and think about my breathing. Each breath in, I would say the word “breathe” in my head. Each breath out, I did the same thing. All of a sudden I would realize I was thinking….I need to get the tax stuff in this week….We should paint the house this summer…..Did I deposit that check….Do I have an appt this week that I forgot about…..we need to trim the bushes….when is Easter….wait, what day is this…..shit….breathe.

Mike and I had a quiet night at home, sipped on some wine, had a long chat over dinner, and ended up in one of those good long conversations about life, and I was reminded of how close we have become since being empty nesters.

So, grand kids and empty nesters……

I’m 47!!

Allright, here are the day’s eats…..

 

Breakfast

Un-Pictured coffee with skim milk

French Toast

Made with Egg Whites, A Splash of Skim Milk, Vanilla and Cinnamon

Trader Joe’s Bread

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Topped with 1/2 Sliced Banana

1 tsp. Powdered sugar and 1 T. Maple Syrup

Strawberries

6 PPV

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Snack – The Grand Kids loved this idea!

Apple With Better n’ Peanut Butter drizzle

1 PPV

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Lunch

Leftover Chicken Alfredo Pizza, Carrots

5 PPV

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Snack

Un-Pictured AND UNPLANNED Townhouse Crackers and Cheese

I was talking to the kids and getting them a snack, when in the middle of acting silly and entertaining and talking, I realized I was mindlessly eating cheese and crackers!!! Urg. I ended up working it into the day, but it was crazy how I had no idea I was even eating!!

1 WW French Vanilla Smoothie Packet

1 C. Water, 1 C. Ice, 1 C. Frozen Raspberries

2 PPV

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Dinner

This salad that I made could really have a variety of ingredients. I was trying to keep my dinner under 10 PointsPlus. I valued my portion at 8 PointsPlus. Please keep in mind, I am trying to give meal “Ideas”….suggestions. I’m not the best at “Recipes”. To get the best calculation for YOUR DINNER and the Points Value of YOUR meal, you need to weigh and measure your ingredients.

For this salad I used…..

Two 5 oz. Chicken Breast

2 T. Bacon Pieces

Mixed Greens and a variety of vegetables 

1/2 C. Shredded Cheese

4 T. BBQ Sauce for the dressing, extra for basting

4 T. Light Ranch Dressing

I mixed all of this up, and had about 1/3 of it left.

Every vegetable I could find in the fridge….

Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Bell Pepper, Onion, Carrots

 2 T. Bacon Pieces

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Chicken Breast, cut into strips and grilled in the grill pan coated with cooking spray, brushed with BBQ Sauce, then cut into bite sized pieces.

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Grill pan inside, or the outdoor grill, I LOVE this sauce!

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I mixed equal parts of BBQ sauce and Light Ranch dressing…..

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……added it to the salad mixings, added the cooked bites of BBQ chicken, and gave it all a good chop! 

I topped it all off with a little shredded cheese.

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Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad

8 PPV

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Two 5 oz. Glasses of Red Wine

9 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = French toast, Fruit, coffee with skim milk (6)

Snack = Apple, Better n’ Peanut Butter (1)

Lunch = Pizza and Carrots, Cheese and Crackers (11)

Snack = Smoothie (2)

Dinner = Chopped BBQ Salad (8)

Dessert = Wine (9)

Food Total = 28

Grand Total = 37

Exercise = Walked 4.5 miles

How many glasses of water I drank = 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 5

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22

Alcohol Consumption = Red Wine

The whole family is headed over to my In-Laws for the afternoon for football and BBQ sandwiches. It’s going to be a great day to play outside!

 

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

It’s been a busy day of playing with the Grand Kids outside and enjoying this gorgeous sunshine! Two of the grandkids spent the night last night, and we haven’t stopped playing since they walked in the door! Well, except for a few short hours of sleep.

Breakfast

1 C. Kashi Cereal

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with 1/2 C. Skim Milk and a Banana

6 PPV

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Snack

Nonfat Latte

3 PPV

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Lunch

Salmon Caesar  

8 PPV

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Snack

Apple Sticks (10 for 1 PPV!)

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And Hot Tea

Love these little treats!

1 PPV

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Happy Hour

Un-pictured Red Wine 13 PPV

 

Dinner

Tilapia Taco’s on Corn Tortilla’s

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Brown Rice, Black Beans, Corn, Salsa and Cheese

10 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Cereal and Banana, Coffee with skim milk (7)

Snack = Latte (3)

Lunch = Salmon Caesar (8)

Snack = Apple Sticks, Hot Tea (1)

Happy Hour = Red Wine (13)

Dinner = Taco’s and Rice (10)

Total = 42

Exercise = none

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 33

Alcohol Consumption = Red Wine

Hope You’re Having a Great Weekend!

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

(Revised March 29, 2014. It was brought to my attention by a reader, (Thank you Rene!) that I was off on calculating the points for my Blueberry Pancakes. I was counting the 1/4 of Dry Oatmeal in the pancake mix as I would count 1/4 of Cooked Oatmeal. The Blueberry Pancakes are 3 PPV, not 2 PPV. Sorry about that! Still a yummy plate of food for 3 PPV!)

Thursday I got on the treadmill to run my first THREE miles in preparation for the upcoming 5K on April 12th. I ran 31 minutes straight the day before, and 30 minutes straight the day before that. I felt like I was ready! The 5K training App that I have been using on my iPhone suggest that you train only three days a week. Yesterday would have been three days in a row of “running”, which most of you know, is a fairly new activity for me. After 20 minutes of running on Thursday, I had to stop. My thighs felt thick, heavy and rubbery! Maybe that “Three Days a Week” thing is recommended for a good reason? Ya think? Anyhow, I did get in a good 20 minute run, and I walked for an additional 25 minutes, then I did a good arm workout with my weights. All in all, a good day of activity and exercise!

Breakfast

3 PointsPlus Blueberry Pancakes

These really are delicious!

3 PPV

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Snack

Grapes

0 PPV

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Lunch

Turkey Burger Patty on a Grilled Light English Muffin with

1 T. Soft Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

(I keep these patties made up and in the freezer)

Carrots, Bell Peppers, Hummus

9 PPV

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Snack

Banana (Great with an Apple too!)

with 1 T. Melted Better n’ Peanut Butter

1 PPV

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Dinner

I knew I was making pizza for dinner, and I had decided to try a Gluten Free Crust…..Then I made Alfredo Sauce with flour in it???? Yep. I did.

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…..and top it with Alfredo Sauce, Chicken, Spinach and Mozzarella. I searched online for a healthy Alfredo Sauce and found myself at the site of the Minimalist Baker. The sauce she made was to serve over pasta, but I didn’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work for my pizza! The sauce looked easy, and I had all of the ingredients, (well, except for the pesto, and I left out the red pepper flakes) so I gave it a try. It was easy and delicious and just what I was looking for! Click HERE for her awesome Alfredo Recipe!

Two Slices of Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Caesar Salad

14 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Un-pictured Coffee with Skim Milk, Pancakes (4)

Snack = Grapes (0)

Lunch = Turkey Burger, Veggies, Hummus (9)

Snack = Banana with Better n’ Peanut Butter (1)

Dinner = Pizza and Salad (14)

Total = 28

Exercise = Run 20 minutes, Walk 25 minutes

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 22

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none

What are YOU cooking?

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

 

So, I ended YESTERDAY’S post with this…. 

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I’ve never really thought I’d be a runner, even a 1 mile runner, or a 2 mile runner. I’ve never liked it. And I still don’t think I’ll be a regular runner, but it does feel good to know now that I can head out for a 1 or 2 mile run when I’m in a crunch for time and can’t get in a long workout! It has felt good to be training to complete running a 5K. It has felt good to have a goal, and to be working towards something. The first time during the training when I ran for 8 minutes without stopping, the thought of running for 10 minutes, or 15 minutes sounded dreadful. I just knew I wasn’t going to like it, and I actually doubted that I could do it. Training to do this with Tess has pushed me. I knew she was counting on me. On Tuesday, I ran for 30 minutes, and I still really can’t believe it. I wasn’t even DEAD at the end of it. My breathing was in control. My legs felt strong, and I wasn’t experiencing any anxiety. A comfortable pace for me on the treadmill seems to be right at 5.0 mph, and I know that’s no great speed, but the fact that I ran that speed without stopping is pretty exciting for me!

I decided that yesterday morning I needed to hop on the treadmill FIRST thing in the morning, otherwise it just might not happen, and then I would just be upset with myself. I got my clothes on shortly after getting up, then went to put on my shoes, only to discover that Tucker, rhymes with……okay never mind, had pee’d ALL OVER MY RIGHT SHOE!! Why on earth would he do this?? The house training has been going so well! The only thing that I can come up with is that we went to the dog park a few days ago and my shoes picked up some dog scent that Tucker felt he needed to “Mark His Spot” on!!! I was NOT happy. The only other pair of shoes I could use are NOT comfortable for even walking too far in.They’re barely “Errand Running” shoes!! This was the best excuse ever for skipping my workout. I put my shoes in the washer, threw a huge fit, stomped around the house for a bit, then put on the uncomfortable shoes and got on the treadmill. I ran. I ran for the same thirty minutes that I had ran the day before, and then I added ONE MORE MINUTE!! Yep, uncomfortable shoes and all. Now my feet REALLY did hurt from Kicking So Much Ass!

Today, I am going to run 3 miles!

After getting off of the treadmill, I signed up for Yoga! I have done Beginner Yoga in the past just a few times, and I have a few Beginner Yoga tapes that I have done. I liked it and I’m not sure why I didn’t continue. I know that I need something else in my exercise routine besides walking and running, and my shoulders are still tight and causing a little discomfort, so I’m hoping the stretching required in Yoga will be just what I need to help my shoulders, give me a good variety, and possibly bring a little Zen to my mood as well.

Here are the day’s eats for Day 3!

 

Breakfast

4 Scrambled Egg Whites, Salsa

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin with Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

Fruit and un-pictured Coffee with Skim Milk

6 PPV

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Snack

Banana

0 PPV

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Lunch

Salad Greens, Strawberries, Red Onions

1 T. Feta, 1 T. Sunflower Seeds

1 T. Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

4 PPV

 

 

Half Serving of Turkey Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash 

Minus the Parmesan Cheese

2 PPV

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Snack

Popcorn

3 PPV

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Dinner

Chicken Fajita’s over a bowl of Quinoa!

This was not what I had planned for dinner, but when it was time to start cooking, I realized that I was out of one of my main ingredients for what I WAS going to make, so another day. I searched the pantry and the fridge. I always have lots of peppers and onions, and then I found this!

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So I decided to make a skillet of Chicken Fajita’s, easy, and serve it over a bowl of Quinoa and top it with Cheese and Light Sour Cream. Mike and I agreed, we will be having this for dinner again!

I cooked 16 oz. of chicken in 2 T. of Olive Oil and added LOTS of peppers and onions to bulk this up!

This made four servings.

The Idea of the 21 Day’s of meals is simply to add things to your list of meals that you make regularly that are quick to prepare and that are Weight Watcher Point Friendly. If you don’t like the idea of eating this over Quinoa, then have your Fajita’s in Small Corn Tortilla’s! They are only 1 Weight Watcher PointsPlus!

I’m really enjoying Quinoa, and I love a One Dish Meal, so this was a perfect and tasty dinner for us!

Chicken Fajita’s cooked in Olive Oil

Served over 1/2 C. of cooked Quinoa

Topped with 1/4 C. of 2% Mexican Cheese Blend

and 2 T. Light Sour Cream

12 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Egg Whites, Bagel Thin with Cheese, Fruit and Coffee with Skim Milk (6)

Snack = Banana (0)

Lunch = Salad,  Turkey Spaghetti (6)

Snack = Popcorn (3)

Dinner = Chicken Fajita’s over Quinoa (12)

Total = 27

Exercise = I RAN FOR THIRTY ONE MINUTES!!!

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 17

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = None

 

Fill in the Blank……

I Run Because __________________________.

 

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

This is how I ended yesterday’s post when I wrote it. I needed it to be a good day. I planned for it to be a good. You know what?

It was a really good day!

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I had coffee with a couple of girl friends and got caught up. I got a few errands in. I had lunch with my mom. Ran a few more errands.

Then the best part of the day happened. The Part that made it a really Great Day!! I planned to run for 25 minutes. One minute longer than the last time. I didn’t get a run in since Friday, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I ran for 30 minutes!! Yep. At 25, I decided to go for another minute, then I just kept adding them. I had figured that if I ran for 30 minutes at the pace I was going (5 mph) I would get in 2.5 miles!! So I did! I felt great. I could have probably just ran the three miles, which is kind of freaking me out. I was on the treadmill, so hopefully the weather will cooperate so I can get a chance to run three miles outside before our 5K on April 12th in Dallas!!

Super Excited!

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Day 2’s eats…….

 

Breakfast

Coffee at home with Skim Milk and Cinnamon

1 PPV

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Steel Cut Oats with 2 T. PB2 Powder from home

Fruit

5 PPV

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Lunch at Le Peep Restaurant with Mom

Egg White Omelet with Chicken, Cheese

(I asked for HALF the cheese)

Veggies and Avocado, Fruit

(It came with Toast. I did not eat it.)

Nonfat Latte

10 PPV

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Snack

Fruit Bowl

0 PPV

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Dinner at home

4 oz. Turkey Burger

with 1/2 oz. Goat Cheese and Caramelized Red Onions

2 oz. Sweet Potato Fries, Chopped Salad

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For the salad, I roasted 1 C. of edamame, 1 C. of corn, chopped red onions, chopped butternut squash, 1 minced garlic clove, sea salt and 1 T. of Olive Oil at 400 for about 20 minutes.

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I let that cool, then put it in a bowl.

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Then I added a chopped tomato and a little lime juice and a little more Sea Salt. I chopped up Romaine lettuce, added the roasted veggies, topped that with Salsa and 2 T. of Light Sour Cream, then chopped it all up. The roasted veggies would have made a great side dish alone, but I was trying to bulk it up and get a few more veggies in!

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The Salad made 4 servings.

One Serving = 3 PPV

 

 

Sweet Potato Fries

I cut my potatoes, drizzle with Olive Oil and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Spray a baking sheet with Cooking Spray and Bake the fries at 400 for 35 minutes, turning over fries half way through cooking time. I like to weigh my fries for an accurate PPV. I ate about half of a medium size potato. 

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Dinner Total = 10 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Coffee with Skim Milk at home, Steel Cut Oats with PB2 (6)

Lunch = Omelet, Nonfat latte, Fruit (10)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Dinner = Turkey Burger, Fries, Salad (10)

Total = 26

Exercise = RAN for 30 minutes, Walked for 10 minutes

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

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”

The whole idea of this 21 Day Challenge is for me to get back in the groove. I’ve been in Spring Break mode now for (let me check the calendar……..) yeah, like a month! We went on our vacation in the middle of February, and I just keep celebrating.

Before vacation and right after vacation, I was really struggling with a mood funk. I had decided when we got home that I was going to keep my social calendar full to help me pull myself out of my funk. That has helped me immensely with my mood. Now that I am feeling better, stronger and happier, it’s time for me to plan my socializing food and beverage into my Daily Points, which is doable. I know. I’ve done it before and made it work.

When I had this idea a few days ago to do “21 Days”, I didn’t put into thought eating out very frequently. But eating out is my reality, so I’ve decided to just make that a part of my plan. I will do my best to chose things when eating out that are point friendly, but also simple enough so that meal can be made at home. That way I can look back at these 21 days and repeat them with ease.

So, I recommit to Weight Watchers by doing 21 Day’s of Simple Weight Watcher Meals, some cooked at home, and some eaten out.

I will make sure I eat a variety of foods so that I don’t feel deprived, remembering to keep trigger foods out of the house, and keeping track of EVERYTHING that I put into my mouth!

No grazing.

No unplanned snacks.

No BLT’s. (Bites, Licks, Taste)

No adult beverages unless they fit into my meal plan for the day.

I have plans to eat out a LOT this week (breakfast AND lunch today) with various family and friends. That all just kind of happened yesterday with various phone calls and text.  I’ll try to keep a good variety there too, just to show how doable it all is. The whole idea behind this is to remind myself to make better choices and to eat smaller portions. Eating out and eating smaller portions (since the portions can be so large when you eat out!) can be a challenge, but I’ll make the necessary decisions to make it all happen.

Exercise

I’m really not trying to make excuses, but I had a LOT of unplanned problems come up yesterday (30 minutes on the phone with the cable company, a huge mess of pineapple juice in the fridge that basically required taking the entire fridge apart to clean it, an even worse mess in my back seat after picking up the dogs from the groomer and letting them walk to the car in the wet, dirty gravel, then get IN the car and make a huge mess, cleaning UP the mess when we got home…..there’s even more…..) so I had decided to exercise after dinner, and after dinner (7:30-8?) I was seriously ready for bed and had NO energy whatsoever!!

In working in plenty of fruits and veggies yesterday, I actually ended up UNDER 26 points for the day! 

Day 1

Breakfast

Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich

Light English Muffin, 4 Egg Whites,

1 Slice Kraft 2% Cheddar, torn into pieces and divided

1/4 Avocado smashed with Sea Salt and Lime Juice

Fruit and Coffee with Frothy Skim Milk

8 PPV

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Lunch

Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Bell Pepper,

Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger, Chopped up

5 Crushed Baked Chips, 1 T. Light Sour Cream, Pico

6 PPV

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Snack

Grande Nonfat Latte and Banana

3 PPV

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Dinner

Turkey Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan

5 PPV

Grilled Zucchini and Parmesan

1 PPV

 

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Dessert

Strawberries & Pineapple

0 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Breakfast Sandwich, fruit, coffee with skim milk (8)

Lunch = Salad (6)

Snack = Latte and Banana (3)

Dinner = Spaghetti and Zucchini (6)

Dessert = Fruit (0)

Total = 23

Exercise = none

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 5

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = I lost count. This will NOT happen again.

Alcohol Consumption = none

Today is going to be an awesome day!

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

Ping Pong!!!

March 24, 2014

First, let me apologize for such a late post and such a short post, but hopefully it is a little entertaining?

I will hurry though because it is late in the afternoon and I have a yummy dinner to make and I need to get in my 25 minute run! Yep, that’s right. Todays run will be 25 minutes, with NO stopping!!

I was going to start my “21 Day Challenge” of Meal Plans yesterday, but instead I spent the entire day in bed or on the couch and didn’t keep anything I ate in my belly. Um, I’d like to say it was the flu? However, I doubt it.

Here’s why……

We Hosted a Ping Pong Tournament Saturday Night!

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We had sooooo much fun! Too much fun.

But look at how cute those baby Solo Cups are!!!

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You can barely see my Tournament Bracket in the background on the easel,

but I did attempt to make a bracket! I was serious about this!

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The ladies were serious too!!

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Several games, and hours after starting…..Mr. Competitive (my husband)

and his partner Sidney, won the championship!

We had a ceremony….an actual (step up on the platform) ceremony.

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The losers got prizes too!

Paddles for practicing for our next Tournament…

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…and a mini bottle of Fireball!

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I told the girls that I wanted ONE more picture.

I reminded them to look their best and put their chin’s up!

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Even after winning the Gold Metal, Mr. Competitive needed more play time!

He is SO serious!

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Okay…I made Sub Sandwiches for everyone, and they all brought great dips for snacking on. I think I took two bites of a sandwich, and possibly two bites of each dip. When I host, I keep busy and hardly eat, unfortunately I usually do have something to drink in my hand. 

The whole idea was to have friends over for a game night and a have a lot of fun.

SUCCESS!

I really had planned on working on a menu plan yesterday, but food was the LAST thing on my mind, so I’m working on that today!

I plan to have 21 Days of a variety of foods throughout the day that will include one or two snacks each day. I will change up breakfast and dinner each day, and try to have a bit of a variety. I’ll have omelets, but fill them with a variety of foods. I’ll eat a lot of chicken, but change it up a bit with sides and different preparations. Lunch for me is usually kind of boring. Leftovers and salad bars are a popular choice, but I think a lot of people keep lunch simple, so I’ll stick with what I usually do, but still try to maintain a variety.

Sorry for my delay in my great idea of a “21 Day Challenge”! My great idea for a Ping Pong Tournament got in the way!!

Do You Have Game Night??

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I did pick up my REAL Medal today for participating in the St. Patrick’s Day run!! Whoo Whoo!!!

I didn’t even know we GOT medals!!

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Let me finish this post with……I have been having a lot of fun lately. Fun that involves food and beverages. I know that the fun around food and beverage does NOT help me where the scale is involved. Please don’t think that I don’t know that. I do. I’ve just kind of been ignoring it lately.

My “21 Day Challenge” will include any weekend Food and Beverages that I consume and I will keep it all within the 26 to 30 PointsPlus range. No game playing for me where “shot” are involved.

That being said….I hope you all have a Great Evening, and I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow all of the yummy and point friendly food that I ate today!

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

The 21 Day Challenge!

March 22, 2014

I’ve decided it’s time for a Challenge!

Okay, after talking about how great I feel and how healthy I feel, and how I’m not worried about the scale, but simply living healthy, I’ve decided that’s all great, but I need a challenge in addition to the 5K Training. I need a Food Challenge!

I am in a much better mood not worrying about the scale, but if you read my blog regularly, you know I get bored….easily. So I’ve decided it’s time for some sort of a challenge. A challenge that WILL make a difference on the scale, but without me worrying about looking at the scale.

I am eating healthy foods, but I am struggling with portions and snacking too much between meals. I know the best plan would be for me to eat three meals, and one to two planned snacks each day. 

My challenge is going to be to come up with three full weeks of meals and one to two snacks each day that total between 26 and 30 PointsPlus Value (PPV) per day.

Here is the Weight Watcher plan, which I include at the end of each blog post.

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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

I have found that if I eat my 26 PointsPlus per day, and only eat HALF of the 49 extra points allowance during the week, and eat NONE of my earned activity points, I will lose weight. I have tried before to eat ALL of the 49 extra points AND eating my activity points, but that is when I seem to maintain. I guess at least I know what I need to do to maintain??

In talking to other WW members, I think eating half (or less) of the 49 extra points, is fairly common, so I feel like I can come up with Three Weeks of Meals in that PointsPlus range. Hopefully, it can help some of you on your weekly meal plan too, and encourage all of us to eat a little more variety.

My meals are always fairly easy to make (I think) and usually include ingredients that we all are familiar with. I”m looking forward to the challenge and I’m looking forward to my new clothes from last summer fitting a little better than they fit now! If you remember, I gave away all of my size 12’s and have NO intentions of shopping for any Spring clothes in a size 12!

In Other New’s

Friday’s 5K Training session included a nonstop 22 minute run. I knew this because Tess had told me so. She is a couple of days ahead of me in the 5K training, and she had informed me of just how much sweat was dripping from her body when she completed the 22 minute run! I wasn’t so excited to hear about the sweat, but I was just so stinkin’ proud of her for continuing to train for the 5K that we are doing together, I was ecstatic!!

My 22 minute run was going really well yesterday. I was a bit nervous to try that outside, (hills scare me!) so I went with the treadmill. Well, at 22 minutes, I decided I could go one more minute, and then ONE MORE MINUTE after that! I ran for 24 minutes! I have never done that….in my life…..even as a youngster. I ran for 2 miles! It was pretty darn cool, I gotta tell ya. Who knows? Maybe this 5K thing in April is going to go real smooth? It’d be so cool to just do it, without any struggle. I’ll do my next session outside, (if it’s above freezing!!) unexpected hills and all.

I still can’t believe I ran 2 miles…..for 24 minutes!!

Okay….food. I met my dad and his friend, Dale, at a little bakery yesterday morning for coffee. When I got there, they had ordered a Breakfast Pizza! I didn’t even know this little shop had a Breakfast Pizza. I thought it was just all donuts, muffins and scones. First of all, going in at 7:00 am and hungry, smelling all of that fresh bread was difficult! I hadn’t really planned to have anything, but this really did look good!

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 They talked me into having a piece!

Breakfast

Pizza with Eggs, Canadian Bacon and Mushroom’s

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Snack

Un-pictured Nonfat Latte

Lunch

Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger

on Light English Muffin, Red Onion, Kraft 2% Cheddar Cheese

Strawberries, Carrot Chips

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Dinner

Baked Coconut Shrimp, Veggie Pot Stickers

Salad, Brown Rice with Pineapple Salsa

Red 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.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Pizza (7)

Snack = Nonfat Latte (2)

Lunch = Veggie Burger, Carrots, Fruit (8)

Dinner = Coconut Shrimp, Potstickers, Rice, Salad (12)

Wine = (7)

Total = 36

Exercise = 5K Training…Ran for 24 minutes, Then Walked for 20 minutes

How many glasses of water I drank = 6

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 5

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 39

Alcohol Consumption = Red Wine

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