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Pumpkin Pancakes

August 17, 2014

 

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Pumpkin Pancakes
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 C Dry Quaker Oats , Quick 1- minute Oats
  2. 1/4 C Canned Pumpkin
  3. 3 Egg Whites
  4. 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  6. 5 Drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla OR 1 Packet of Sweetener of your choice
  7. 1 T. Pumpkin Butter
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except for the Pumpkin Butter, in a small bowl and mix well with a fork. Lightly spray your skillet with cooking spray.
  3. Pour batter onto skillet, making three pancakes.
  4. Spread out the thick batter with the back of a spoon into desired shape and thickness.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Top with Pumpkin Butter
Notes
  1. This recipe makes one serving.
  2. One serving = 5 SmartPoints
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This was a little different than the Pumpkin Pancakes that I have made using more oatmeal, and greek yogurt. They were less points, and more dense. But I do like both!

The “icing on the cake”, (pardon the pun) is the Pumpkin Butter on the top! You really need a good Pumpkin Butter to make these complete!

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Super Successful Saturday!

August 17, 2014

It felt really good to wake up on a Saturday morning not feeling bloated and puffy from the alcohol and snack’s that I might have consumed Friday night. 

I’m leaving Thursday night to go visit Tess in Dallas for her birthday, and I know that we will go out. I just need to make a plan this week to really minimize what I do so that I don’t come home from that trip feeling all blahhhhh…….then frustrated.

Saturday was a full day of yard work, lunch and a little afternoon shopping with my mom.

We had some unexpected things come up in the evening, so dinner was weird, and all I could really think about was……I could use a drink.

Then I thought…..what do people that don’t smoke and don’t drink, do when they get stressed out? I wasn’t in a place where I could take a walk, and nobody was answering the phone, so phone a friend wasn’t working for me either. And then I said to myself….maybe I should just deal with the issue at hand. So, that’s what i did. I didn’t have a drink or eat any food to deal with the stress, and I’m still alive. Weird, huh? 🙂

Here are the days eats……

 

Breakfast

I made my Blueberry Pancakes,

but I replaced the blueberries with a Banana and Strawberries!

1 tsp Maple Syrup

4 Egg Whites topped with Salsa

Frothy Coffee

5 PPV

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Snack

Ice Cream…..well, kinda.

6 Frozen Strawberries, 2 Frozen Banana Chunks

1/2 C. Skim Milk, 4 Drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla, Blended

1 PPV

Of course, served in a frosty beer mug!!

I made this the day before too, but with 1 C of Strawberries and 1 whole frozen banana. I tried it yesterday with just the berries, and it just wasn’t creamy enough. I peel banana’s, then break them into 1″ chunks, and freeze them. Two chunks of frozen banana made this nice and creamy.

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Lunch at First Watch

Quinoa Bowl with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Slivered Almonds

 with the Dried Cherries and Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side

This shows as 21 PointsPlus according to the nutritional information online. I ordered the cherries and dressing on the side. I only ate three cherries and drizzled very little dressing. I’m guessing here. I’ve had it before and it really is good!

15 PPV

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Snack

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Veggies, Hummus

2 PPV

 

Dinner

(I ordered dinner while we were out, but it was gross, so I didn’t eat it and I sent it back)

At home – Light English Muffin,

One Egg, 1/4 Smashed Avocado

7 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 = Pancakes, Egg Whites, Coffee (5)

Snack = Shake (1)

Lunch = Quinoa Bowl (15)

Snack = Hummus and Veggies (2)

Dinner = Egg Sandwich (7)

Total = 30

Exercise = Mow, Yard Work

How many glasses of water I drank = I lost count, but over 15

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 43

Alcohol Consumption = ZERO…..

 

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Feeling Strong!

August 16, 2014

It’s just been a really good last few day’s. My Weigh In went WAY better than I was expecting after the weekend I had last weekend. I actually lost weight! The last three days, I’ve gotten in two walks like this one I did yesterday……

 

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……I’ve consumed a LOT of water, went to bed early, and I’ve eaten really well. I already feel a lot better than I did just a few days ago!

I met another WW member for coffee after my meeting Friday morning. She read’s my blog, and she had said that she thinks that we have very similar struggles and she wanted to get together and discuss. We had a great hour and a half chat about our life long battle with weight, and the mentality of it all. I’m not sure we solved any unanswered questions for each other, but it felt really good to sit down and share our thoughts  and feelings with each other, thoughts and feelings that I’ve not even shared here on the blog.

I’ve received several emails and comments on the blog from readers who are saying they can relate to my own weight loss journey.

Here are a few…….

 

“Julie, I am a fellow WW member and love your blog.   We seem to struggle with many of the same issues and I, like you, just keep plugging along.  Thank you for your honesty.  For me, the fact that you are real, is the most helpful thing.”

 

“Julie, I am so proud of you! You have set some amazing goals and have met them and are continuing to keep them. Good for you! That is perseverance and commitment and determination. Determination is powerful. You inspire me every day. This healthy living stuff isn’t the easiest, but the payoff is pretty huge. Yes, we make unwise choices some days, forgive ourselves when the day is done, and recommit the next day. It’s all OK. Thanks for all you do.”

 

“I have the same trouble. Just wanting to eat like a “normal” person….it’s hard, but it’s a journey. Keep up the good work, you inspire me!”

 

“New reader, love your blog. We have a lot in common. Kudos to you for addressing the issues and making a plan. That’s what winners and successful people do! I know you’ll see the scale heading down soon. You inspire me!”

 

Those comments always mean a lot to me.  I think some of it is just knowing that there are other people out there who understand exactly what my food struggles are, and they’re right there with me. I think there is always comfort in numbers.

Today, I am in the zone. Why do I allow myself to get OUT of the zone? I have no idea.  For now, I’m just going to enjoy being in it, and hope that I can stay there without allowing myself to be distracted.

I went to a Happy Hour last night with some girlfriends, and I knew before I went that I would only drink water. Making the decision to only drink water BEFORE I went, led to a successful evening for me. Every time I do that, I feel awesome, and I tell myself that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Well, wait. Actually it was a really big deal. It’s a decision that made me feel really good about myself. I felt in control, and I felt strong. When I say it wasn’t a big deal, I mean nobody there cared if I drank or not, and I still had a really good time with my girls. 

Here are the days eats…….

 

Breakfast

Nonfat Latte

3 PPV

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Lunch

Chopped Salad, Grilled Chicken Breast

My Dressing?

1/4 Smashed Avocado with Sea Salt, Lime Juice and a little Olive Oil all mixed up!

I topped this off with the remainder of avocado and a little salsa.

10 PPV

 

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Snack

This was yummy and really did taste like ice cream!

1 C Frozen Strawberries, 1 Frozen Banana, 1/2 C Skim Milk

a few drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla Stevia drops.

Blend in a blender. Enjoy!

1 PPV

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Happy Hour!

Veggies, Hummus, Raw Nuts and LOTS of water!

5 PPV

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Dinner

Salmon, cooked in 1 tsp Olive Oil

Chopped up my leftover Sweet Potato

and tossed it in the skillet with the salmon,

then chopped it all up!

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 = Latte (3)

Lunch = Salad (10)

Snack = Frozen Fruit Shake (1)

Happy Hour = Veggies, Hummus, Nuts (5)

Dinner = Salmon, Sweet Potato (9)

Total = 28

Exercise = Walked 6.5 Miles!

How many glasses of water I drank = 15!

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 8

Activity Points Earned This Week = 8

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 47

Alcohol Consumption = NONE!! And it was a Friday Night!!

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It was a busy morning and I had a lot of things on my “to do list”. After running a few errands in the morning and enjoying the weather outside, I knew I wanted to get out and walk. I have a few friends that like to walk outside just as much as I do, and I know I walk further when I go with someone, so I sent out a few text messages. Becky almost ALWAYS say yes to a walk, and she did not disappoint yesterday!

I will say at the end of this walk, I was ready for a pitcher of ice water and a chair!!

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Breakfast

Open Faced Sandwich with Light English Muffin

4 Egg Whites, Tomato Slices, 1/4 Smashed Avocado

Strawberries

Black Coffee

6 PPV

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Lunch

Chopped Salad with Crockpot Shredded Mexican Chicken

 1/4 Smashed Avocado

10 PPV

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Snack

Fruit Bowl

0 PPV

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Dinner

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan, Salad

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 = Open Faced Egg White Sandwich, Fruit, Black Coffee (6)

Lunch = Salad (10)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Dinner = Chicken, Zucchini, Salad (12)

Total = 28

Exercise = Walked 6.5 Miles!!

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 8

Activity Points Earned This Week = 20

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = Noneda07355784ccba4696d98f801d44aefd-2

 

 

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A Day in Control

August 14, 2014

I’ve got a full day today, so I’m keeping this super short! I didn’t get a post written yesterday, and I struggled on Tuesday to make the best food choices. I was gone all day, then didn’t take pictures, but basically I ate meat and tortilla’s and a few pieces of fruit. 

Yesterday, I was back on track, and it felt good to be in control.

 

Breakfast

Frothy Coffee

Oatmeal topped with Warm Cinnamon Apples

5 PPV

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Lunch at the Food Truck

Shredded Chicken, Chipotle Mayo and Secret Sauce!

8 PPV

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Snack

Fruit

0 PPV

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Dinner

Salmon, Baked Sweet Potato

Grilled Zucchini topped with 1 T. Parmesan

14 PPV

I cooked the Salmon in 1 tsp of Lemon Infused Olive Oil, and the Zucchini in 1 tsp of the same Olive Oil. It made this whole meal taste so good! I’ve been eating my baked sweet potatoes with absolutely nothing on them. They are so creamy if you simply mash them up!

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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 = Oatmeal, Frothy Coffee (5)

Lunch = Chicken and Sauce (8)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Dinner = Salmon, Sweet Potato, Zucchini (14)

Total = 27

Exercise = Walked 3.8 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 12

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = None

 

As I constantly recommit and work on my goals, I keep trying to remind myself of this……

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

Yesterday was a great day full of chores. Getting organized for the week, doing some much needed housework, menu planning, grocery shopping, then working out in the yard for about four hours. For some reason, I never did get to the mulching that needed to be done this Spring. So I chose yesterday to do that. What better way to spend an afternoon, while aching from head to toe from tubing over the weekend!! It actually loosened up my tight neck, and I felt much better! 🙂 

While meal planning, I found some chicken in the freezer that I wanted to use for dinner. When I found a simple recipe through Pinterest on Gimme Some Oven, for basically layering a bunch of things, including cooked chicken, and tossing it in the oven, I knew that was dinner. The recipe for a Chicken Enchilada Casserole includes a recipe for Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce, and it was delicious! She has a TON of yummy recipes!

Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast

Scrambled Egg Whites, Salsa

Peach and a Pear

1 PPV

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Snack

Sandwich made with…..

Two Slices Trader Joe’s Bread, Toasted

One Egg, 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

topped with 1 T. Strawberry Jam

6 PPV

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Snack

Pretzels and Hummus

5 PPV

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Lunch

Chicken Quesadilla, Apple

7 PPV

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Dinner

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

topped with Smashed Avocado

10 PPV

You can alter the points by changing up the filling.  I lightened up the cheese a bit, and I didn’t use as many black beans and corn that the recipe called for. I made 10 servings. This was really good! The recipe highly recommends that you make the Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce, so I did! No regrets!

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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, Salsa, Fruit (1)

Snack = Egg Sandwich (6)

Snack = Pretzels, Hummus (5)

Lunch = Chicken Quesadilla, Apple (7)

Dinner = Enchilada Casserole (10)

Total = 29

Exercise = Mowed, Trimmed, Trimmed Bushes, Mulched

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 8

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none

 

Today……..

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

It was a great long weekend with lots of relaxing, lots of playtime, and lots of people!

My lake weekend began with a four hour drive south to the beautiful Table Rock Lake……

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……..which is the clearest and cleanest lake that I have ever been to! I should have taken a picture of my feet dipped into the water so you could see how clear it was!

Thursday

I’m not a super fan of night time driving, and the drive to the lake ended in the dark, on your typical winding lake road, IN THE RAIN!! I was 10 and 2 on the steering wheel, leaning forward just as far as I could (seriously, how does this help??) and gripping that steering wheel just as tight as I could! I was following friends since I wasn’t sure where I was going, and with a good 15 minutes to go, I had to pee really bad.  Let’s just say that when we finally pulled into the driveway, it was the happiest that I had been, in a really long time!

It was after 10:00 pm when we got to the lake, and after unloading and organizing just a bit, we all took a spot on the deck and enjoyed a few good hours of chit chat. We went to bed at 3:30 am!!

Friday

After a few cups of coffee and a breakfast burrito, we spent Friday on the dock and in the lake, soaking up a few sun rays. Sitting in a life jacket in the lake makes the BEST chair ever!

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Later in the afternoon we packed coolers (okay, I didn’t, but someone fabulous packed coolers with snacks and drinks) and took a boat ride to an area of the lake where you can hang out and watch foolish people jump from about a 50′ drop! The water here was about 150′ deep! The view really was gorgeous! I didn’t take my phone with me on this ride since I have a history of dropping my phone in water’s of all types. No need to add lake to my list.

After a day on the lake, we had a great dinner and spent the rest of the evening pretty relaxed and greeting those that were arriving Friday night.

There were six families invited to the lake house.  I think I counted 11 family members in one family, then they ranged from five to four to two to me, Julie, family of one. Mike worked and Tess couldn’t get off work. The final count was somewhere just under 30! The adults and a few kids made it to the lake Thursday night, and the rest of the kids came down on Friday night. The “kids” range from 18 years old to 27 years old…I think. There was even one grand baby, and he was adorbs!!!!

Saturday

Saturday seemed like it was about three days long. I can’t believe how much we got in on Saturday! This morning started off with biscuits and gravy and “cooked to order” eggs! I hadn’t had biscuits and gravy in forever and it was heaven. After breakfast, I put on my sneakers and headed out to explore a bit. I love a walk on a road at a lake. Lot’s of great hills, lot’s of trees and unexpected beautiful views!

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I got in a nice three mile hike, then headed back for a full day of fun.

Again, someone fabulous packed coolers with snacks and beverages and hauled them down to dock. We filled up two boats with coolers and people and headed out for some fun on the lake. Some crazy person convinced me to go tubing with her. So I did. I currently hurt from head to toe. The insides of my arms are bruised, I have a bruise on the bottom of one foot, every muscle in my butt hurts, and I can’t move my neck. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! We were laughing so hard, it was almost impossible to talk. Somehow, she convinced three other people to do this with her too! I’m not sure which was more fun, riding myself, or watching the pain of the others riding! Unfortunately, a storm rolled in super fast, and the tubing had to come to an end as we headed back to the dock. I was just thinking I was ready to go again too!

The rest of the day was filled with food, (Have I mentioned the food??? Brownies, cookies, cakes, more cookies and cakes and brownies, chips, nuts, candy, salty snacks…..mac and cheese (so good cold at 2:00 am!!!) and cheesy potatoes, turkey, ham, chicken, steak, shrimp………we could have fed three times the amount of people that were there!!) and fun.

We played different types of charades, we played “name that tune while humming and playing the tambourine”, we played a terrible game called Card’s Against Humanity, then more charades, and I think more singing. There may have drinking games involved. I may have participated.

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I’m not sure when bedtime came on Saturday. Later than it should have. 🙂 

Sunday

Most of the gang, including myself, was heading home on Sunday, and a few were staying until Monday. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, I decided to pass on the boat ride, and go up to the house to take a nap. After thinking about how cranky I am when I nap, and how hard it is to fully wake up from a nap, I decided it would be in my best interest to load up on some caffeine and head home. 

It was an awesome weekend and I’m so glad I got to go!!

Today…..water……water……..water.

I hope you all had a Fun Filled Weekend as well!!

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

That’s how I felt when I woke up yesterday morning! Bright Eye’d and Bushy Tailed!

Between my Advil PM, and the breathing technique’s I’ve learned in Yoga, I’ve been going to sleep easier, and actually staying asleep. I had TWO good nights in a row, and that just never happens. I’m a total tosser and turner. Some mornings I wake up exhausted from all of the tossing and turning!! Not yesterday morning though. I woke feeling super rested and ready for the day!

I always say I am going to exercise before leaving to go work the Food Truck on Wednesday’s, but I rarely do. Yesterday morning, I took care of my morning chores, put on my exercise clothes and headed out the door with Tucker!

As Tucker attempted one of our traditional “sniff and stroll’s” I said to him….

“Nope. We’re running this mile buddy! It’s beautiful outside this morning, We got a good night’s sleep! We’ve got these strong legs we can run on. I woke up in a really good mood, and we are running!!” Yeah, I was feeling all sorts of extra happy for some reason, so I went with it!

So we ran. We ran our mile, (I didn’t even trip over the leash once!) then we walked a mile. I hopped in the shower, ate a yummy breakfast, then headed off to the Food Truck for another very successful Wednesday!

I’ll be heading to the lake today, so I’ll be back with the weekends shenanigan’s on Monday!

I hope you all had a Great Day!

 

Breakfast

Frothy Coffee

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

6 PPV

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

 

Lunch

Pulled Pork, Broccoli Slaw, Jalapeño Aioli, Salsa

8 PPV

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Snack

Pear and Banana

0 PPV

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Snack

Toast, Hard Boiled Egg, Tea

3 PPV

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Dinner

A Tuna Melt for 9 PPV

Again with the Trader Joe’s Bread!

For ONE sandwich, I lightly buttered (using 1 T. of Country Crock Light Spread for 1 PPV) my two slices of bread. I put Tuna Salad, 1 slice of 2% Sharp Cheddar, and two big slices of home grown Tomatoes on my sandwich. I grilled these instead of just toasting them. So yummy!

Tuna Salad

1 Large Can of Tuna, drained 

4 Hard Boiled Eggs 

4 T. Light Mayo

2 T. Sweet Pickle Relish

Salt and Pepper

Makes Four Servings. One Serving = 5 PPV

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Tuna Melt, Carrots, Side Salad and 6 Tots!

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 = Frothy Coffee, Oatmeal (6)

Lunch = Pork Taco’s, No tortilla (8)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Snack = Toast and Egg (3)

Dinner = Tuna Melt, Veggies, Tater Tots (12)

Total = 29

Exercise = Ran One Mile, Walked One Mile

How many glasses of water I drank = 9

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 21

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 17

Alcohol Consumption = none

 

Today……..

 

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

Small Meals

August 6, 2014

On Monday, I ate only a banana for breakfast, and it was late when I had lunch, which left me with lots of points for snacks, or small meals,  throughout the rest of the day. At the end of the day, I still had 2 points left. At my WW meetings, I have heard other members talk about how they eat small meals (around 5 points) throughout the day. So yesterday, again, I ate small meals, and I ate often. After looking at what I ate, I only ate two fruits and the only veggie I got in yesterday was the tomatoes in my marinara sauce! Oops. I brought bread into the house for the BLT’s the other night, and it’s a total trigger food for me. I love the Trader Joe’s bread as toast, and it’s only 1 Point for one piece, but it will be a good thing when it’s gone! I craved TOAST all day long! I’ll shoot for less bread today, and a big salad for Dinner!

Pre-Breakfast

Banana, Hot Tea

0 PPV

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Breakfast

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1 Sweetener, 1 Gigantic Fresh Peach, Dash of Cinnamon

Black Coffee

2 PPV

I struggled to enjoy the plain nonfat greek yogurt for awhile. I’ve discovered that when I mix in ONE packet of sweetener, (I use Stevia) and about a cup of fresh fruit, I really like it. The protein in the yogurt helps keep me full and I really like the fresh fruit in it. The yogurt that you buy with the fruit mixed in it has a lot of added sugar, so this is a great way to cut down on your sugar intake if that’s a concern for you.

The fresh peaches in it just might be my favorite!

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Peachy Greek Yogurt

 

Snack

Hot Tea

Two Slices of Trader Joe’s Bread, Toasted

with 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter divided

3 PPV 

I forgot just how much I like this bread toasted! It’s a small slice, but it’s dense and nutty and I love it!

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This Garlic Bread has been a great new find! I baked one loaf with dinner the other night, and the leftovers stayed nice and fresh in a baggie.  I read about this bread on another blog that I follow. Later I found it in the freezer in the health food area of the grocery store. Two Slices is 3 PPV. It’s nice and soft in the middle, lightly buttered, with a great crusty outside. Perfect for dipping in that Homemade Marinara!

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Lunch

The last of the Turkey Spaghetti with Homemade Marinara 

1/4 C. Pasta, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Bread

7 PPV

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Homemade Marinara

 

Snack

Toast with 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter, 1 T. Strawberry Jam

3 PPV

Did I mention I really really like this bread??

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Snack

Pistachio’s

7 PPV

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Dinner

Toast with 3 Scrambled Egg Whites and Cheese

3 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

 

Pre- Breakfast = Banana and Hot Tea (0)

Breakfast = Greek Yogurt and Peaches (2)

Snack = PB Toast and Tea (3)

Lunch = Turkey Spaghetti, Garlic Bread (7)

Snack = Toast with PB&J (3)

Snack = Pistachios (7)

Dinner = Scrambled Egg Whites on Toast with Cheese (3)

Total = 25

Exercise = 30 Minute Core Yoga Class, 60 Minute Yoga Class

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 18

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 20

Alcohol Consumption = none

 

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

Learning to Run

August 5, 2014

Last night Mike asked…..”How did “Running One Mile Everyday” for the month of July go?

I said….”I think I only missed 5 days.” 

The awesome thing about my blog is that, I can look back at anything I need to and see just how I did.

I MISSED 17 DAYS!!!

Okay, I will say only five of those days I did NO exercise at all, but I couldn’t believe I missed 17 days. It felt like such an active month!!

After looking back at my blog I discovered this……

One of those days that I did not run,  I walked 6.8 Miles and Biked 3.0 Miles.

One of those days that I did not run,  I went to THREE yoga classes.

One of those days that I did not run,  I walked and worked in the yard for hours.

The other days that I did not run,  I walked good long walks.

So, as disappointed as I was to see that I missed 17 days, I realized after looking over my month, that I was super active and I am LOVIN’ Yoga!

I did learn to run, but I never really did learn to LOVE running. It did become easier for me to do. A few times I really picked up my pace, and on those days, I did not like running. I discovered that if I keep my nice, slow pace of a 12 minute mile, I actually do enjoy the run.

I’ll continue to run periodically, but I have no plans whatsoever to run everyday in August. 🙂

Now for an awesome BLT for 8 PointsPlus!

After seeing all of the tomatoes that my mother-in-law brought to us, Mike suggested we have BLT’s. I have never….ever……made a BLT. I’m not sure why. I guess as I kid, i wasn’t a huge tomato fan, and still, I wouldn’t say a plate of tomatoes is anything I crave. But I learned a couple of years ago, that there is definitely something different about a homegrown tomato! There almost meaty!! And the juice! Oh the juice!

Well, I used all of the tomatoes that we did have for the Homemade Marinara sauce the other night, but there is this little veggie stand down the street from us that sells tomatoes, along with a few other things, so I decided to take a little shopping trip! I bought tomatoes and peaches. These tomatoes were huge, and they really were extra juicy! I felt like I could make a yummy BLT for less than 10 PointsPlus, and I did!

I used my favorite Trader Joe’s bread and light mayo. I did use real butter, but this bacon that I bought at Trader Joe’s was only 2 PointsPlus for three pieces! JACKPOT!!

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Ingredients

2 Slices Trader Joe’s Bread

3 Slices Trader Joe’s Bacon, cooked

1 T. Butter, softened

1 T. Light Mayo

Fresh Sliced Tomatoes

Lettuce 

Salt and Pepper

My Personal Assembly……

Spread 1/2 T. of Butter on one slice of bread. Lay in skillet over medium heat. Spread 1 T. Light mayo on the slice of bread that is in the skillet. This works best with the back of a spoon, and avoids you having to hold a buttered piece of bread! Top that slice of bread with the tomato slices and the three slices of cooked bacon.

(I made three sandwiches…..Two for Mike on Sourdough, One for me on Trader Joe’s bread.)

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Butter the second slice of bread with the remaining 1/2 T. of butter, and place butter side up, on top of the sandwich. Grill until lightly brown and flip! You gotta flip quick though…..You don’t wanna lose the whole thing! Grill until nicely toasted!

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Here are all of yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Frothy Coffee and a Banana

1 PPV

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Brunch?

4 Egg White Omelet

Mushrooms, Bell Pepper and One Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

Topped with Avocado and Salsa

Grapes and a Pear with Another Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

5 PPV

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Lunch

Leftover Turkey Spaghetti over Spaghetti Squash

1 T. Parmesan Cheese

1 Slice Garlic Bread

7 PPV

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Snack

Peach

0 PPV

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Dinner 

BLT and Sweet Potato Fries

11 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 = Frothy Coffee, Banana (1)

Brunch = Omelet, Fruit (5)

Lunch = Turkey Spaghetti (7)

Snack = Peach (0)

Dinner = BLT and Sweet Potato Fries (11)

Total = 24

Exercise = Mowed the yard

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 13

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 20

Alcohol Consumption = none

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