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……
Allright, here are the day’s eats…..
Un-Pictured coffee with skim milk
Made with Egg Whites, A Splash of Skim Milk, Vanilla and Cinnamon
Trader Joe’s Bread
Topped with 1/2 Sliced Banana
1 tsp. Powdered sugar and 1 T. Maple Syrup
Snack – The Grand Kids loved this idea!
Apple With Better n’ Peanut Butter drizzle
Leftover Chicken Alfredo Pizza, Carrots
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
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
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.
Grill pan inside, or the outdoor grill, I LOVE this sauce!
I mixed equal parts of BBQ sauce and Light Ranch dressing…..
……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.
Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad
Two 5 oz. Glasses of Red Wine
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!
“love the life you live, live the life you love”