Archives For October 2014

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014

October has been a really full and fun month with the KC Royals winning the playoffs and advancing to the World Series! What an awesome month of baseball. We also had a lot going on socially and I got to enjoy my daughter Tess being in town for almost a full week!


That being said, I’ve just been a really crappy Weight Watcher member as of late. I’ve drank too much, I’ve ordered food items when eating out that I don’t typically order, and I’ve lacked on my exercise. September was such an awesome month with my 100 Mile Walking Challenge, and I liked what the scale was doing.

I got on the scale yesterday morning, and it was actually less than I was expecting, so like an idiot, instead of taking advantage of that and feeling like I had a head-start on my new weight watchers week, I ate everything in sight!

Today is my husbands birthday…..Happy Birthday Mike!


We are having our grandkids over for dinner and to Trick or Treat in the neighborhood, and then probably going to some friends house, so I need to plan accordingly. When I went to bed last night, I gave myself a serious pep talk, and I’m ready for today, and I’m ready for this week, and I’m ready for the month of November!

I’m looking forward to November and I’m going to repeat my 100 Mile Walking Challenge!


I’m thinking Butternut Squash Chili, Chicken Soup and yummy Pot Roast to have over the next few days.

I hope you all have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

I’m ready for November!



I’m off to my Weight Watcher Meeting!

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

(revised 10-29-14 with banana snack that I forgot about!)

That’s the chant you will hear all throughout the Royals games at Kauffman Stadium.

If you’re a baseball fan, heck, even if you’re NOT a baseball fan, you likely know that the KC Royals won game 6 (10-0!) of the World Series last night. That means we are now 3 and 3 in the series with the Giants, which means we will be playing Game 7 tonight to become the World Series Champions of 2014!! 

This has been such an exciting time in Kansas City! Fountains around the city have Blue water….



……T-shirt stands are set up on corners all over the metropolitan area, people have an extra energy about them and you can feel the pride in the city!

I’m so excited for the game tonight!




While watching the game, we were also watching this little cutie! Grand Baby Charlotte! I can’t believe she is almost 9 months old! I was in the delivery room and got to see this little angel come into the world! She’ll be walking before her first birthday, I’m certain of it!



I bought a high chair at an antique shop a few years back, and was so excited to have it for my grandkids to use! It’s been sitting beside the kitchen table ever since, and FINALLY, last night, grandchild number four sat in the high chair and ate her dinner! I can’t say she loved it, but I loved getting to finally use it!



Okay, lots to do today!

Have a great day today, and if you’re watching the game tonight, and you’re not a Giants fan, YELL super loud for those Boy’s in Blue!!

Here are yesterday’s eats!

(Dinner was supposed to be White Chicken Chili, but I think my cooked chicken in the freezer was bad. I tossed out the whole crockpot!)


Pumpkin Spice Frothy Coffee

Pumpkin Oatmeal topped with Pumpkin Butter





Banana, Melted Mini Chocolate Chips, Walnuts, Sea Salt




Pork Bahn Mi Salad at the Food Truck and a few extra bites of Pork

12 PPV




Egg and Cheese Sandwich on Sara Lee Bun

(my planned dinner Failed!)




Breakfast = Pumpkin Oatmeal, Frothy Coffee (6)

Snack = Banana Dessert (3)

Lunch =  Bahn Mi Salad (12)

Dinner = Egg Sandwich (5)

Total = 26



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

I had a great time with my daughter last week, then Mike and I went to a beautiful wedding out of town this weekend. I ended up taking an unplanned break from the blog and totally went into vacation mode.

Tess and I ended up watching the Royals game on Tuesday at a great little Brewery, of course. Then we watched Wednesday at a favorite place of ours where we met a few friends, made a few new friends, and cheered really loud!

Tess paid a little tribute to our Mimi on Instagram one of the nights while we watched the Royals play!



l found this picture today that a photographer took of Tess and I at the Pep Rally downtown that we accidentally came upon! We are all about our Kansas City Royals and our blue shirts, and we still can’t believe we happened upon this big pep rally without ONE stitch of Royal Blue on!!! But since I was having a good hair day, I had to post it! 🙂



Tess and I spent Thursday morning and afternoon doing absolutely nothing in honor of it being her last day in town.

Thursday evening, we took Tucker to a new place to board him for the weekend that I was really excited about! When I checked in on him, this is the picture that i was sent! My little Tucker man is the white dog on the pillow in the back corner. He’s in the Diva Room! Is this AWESOME?????



After we dropped off our high maintenance dog, a girlfriend of mine, that Tess adores, came over and we pulled out the good wine! We had some great girly chat!

I ended up getting about an hour of sleep Thursday night, then Mike and Tess and I headed to the airport at 4:30 Friday morning!

Tess was heading back home to Dallas, and Mike and I were going to a wedding in Chattanooga!

When I wasn’t sleeping on the flight into Nashville, I was taking a thousand pictures of this view!



Mike and I spent a great afternoon in Nashville bar hopping, listening to music, and having lunch. I love that place!




Sometimes, ya gotta just be goofy! 



Then we took a nice drive through some beautiful mountains to Chattanooga! I was driving, so I have no pictures, but it was gorgeous!

Friday night we ended up at a place called World of Beer’s, where about 20 (or more) of us from Kansas City, ate pizza, drank Pumpkin Beer’s and cheered on the Royals to a victory!

Check out this list of craft beers!



Saturday was the wedding!

Meet Alli and Casey!



What a beautiful bride….



They are both adorable and the wedding was beautiful! I was so happy we were there!



I never did get a good picture of Mike and I….this will have to do……



Late Saturday night, (1:30 ish) after saying good bye to the Bride and Groom and coming back to the hotel, several of us ended up at a place called the City Cafe! We went there after having some of this gigantic Snicker’s Cheesecake in the hotel lobby!



The place was packed and we had to wait for a table! Did I mention it was 1:30 am???



Mike and I sat at the counter where we happily shared a Reuben and Fries. I think with every other bite, we each had to grab a new napkin. It was ridiculous.



Now, I’m back home. I’ve had a really great past several days, but as always, I am ready to get back to my routine and making healthier choices!

Monday I craved carbs all day long. I usually do the day after several days of adult beverages.

I started off my day with one of my newest favorite meals…

Sautéed Red Onions, Zucchini, Cooked Sweet Potato, Egg and Avocado!

The rest of the day consisted of a WW Smoothie, a Gigantic Honeycrisp Apple and a Chicken Sausage on a Sara Lee Hamburger bun with mustard and sauerkraut, and a skillet dish with left over Chicken Kabob’s, zucchini, red onions and corn! I also had a bagel thin with almond butter and a granola bar, so yesterday was a bit of a struggle.

After breakfast, I took a six mile walk with a friend and throughout the day, I drank a ton of water!



I’m looking forward to an awesome November filled with lots of exercise and lots of healthy comfort foods!

I walked 100 miles in September, and I loved having a challenge for myself. After realizing how much I slacked on my exercise this month, I’m doing the 100 Mile Walking Challenge again in the month of November!

It feels good to be back!


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

Let’s Go Royals!!

October 21, 2014

Okay, so here’s what I’ve proven to myself time and time again. When my daughter and I get together, I totally regress back to my 20’s and we just have a really, really good time.

She moved to Dallas after she graduated from college, almost two years ago, and every time we get together, it’s like some kind of mini vacation for the both of us!

I said that I would count my WW PointsPlus this week and keep on track, but I knew that it would be tough. I’ve totally failed at that.

Saturday included an Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast, A Quinoa Bowl for lunch, and a Chicken Sausage with Sauerkraut and Sweet Potato Fries for dinner.


Sunday my meals included Bagels and Cream Cheese at my son and daughter-in-laws new house, a leftover chicken sausage at home, and we then went to a BBQ dinner for my son’s 30th Birthday! 


I didn’t take one single picture at the BBQ!! I was, however, totally into the party and chatting with everyone! The food was amazing!

Monday, Tess and I literally played all day long!

We started our morning with Tucker at the Louisburg Cider Mill, where we each had a cider donut and a warm apple cider.



We then headed down to the Boulevard Brewery for a tour and of course, a tasting!



Then we shopped downtown for new KC Royals shirts to wear! While downtown, we discovered that there was a huge Pep Rally planned for the Royals at 6:00 pm, so we found a table, and of course a couple of beers, and enjoyed all of the crazy fun!



We went out and joined the crowd for a bit too!



They showed game highlights on the big screen at the Power and Light District and it was AWESOME!



The adrenaline rush was ridiculous!



We’ve had an awesome past few days, and I promise to not write about how I regret the choices that I made.

When this girl is around, I just enjoy her and I being able to be together and do the things we love to do!



Now, we gotta get ready to watch the game!!

Go Royals!!

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

Had a great evening toasting with our kids!



Here are yesterday’s eats!


Egg Rolls





Carrots, Hummus

Banana and Nut Butter



Cheeseburger Quesadilla



2 Small Corn Tortilla’s (3 PointsPlus)

1 Slice of 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese, torn into pieces (1 PointsPlus)

1 Cooked, Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger (3 PointsPlus)


Lay one tortilla in a heated skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Tear half of the cheese slice into pieces and place them on the tortilla. 




Lay the cooked veggie burger on top of the cheese pieces and tear the remaining half slice of cheese into pieces and place those on top of the burger.



Top with remaining corn tortilla. Spray the tortilla with nonstick cooking spray. Heat, flip, and continue to cook until tortilla browns.



 This would be awesome topped with some avocado, but I couldn’t find one anywhere in my house! 🙂 



 This was super easy and very satisfying!



That’s a big lunch!




Baby Bud Light – 8 oz







One Beer, One Slice of Pizza

13 PPV

We went to our son and daughter-in-laws new house for a champagne toast! Then we all signed the bottle!



Pizza on paper plates and Dom Perignon! Life doesn’t get much better than that!!

So happy for these two awesome kids!



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 = 2 Egg Rolls (5)

Lunch =  Quesadilla Burger, Carrots, Hummus, Banana, PB (10)

Snack = Baby Beer (2)

Dinner = Beer, Pizza (13)

Total = 30

Exercise = None

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

How many glasses of water I drank for the day = 10

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49


Food and Fitness Goals for THIS Week!

I will eat only 26-30 Points per day.

I will walk 20 Miles this week.

I will attend 1 Yoga class this week.

I will drink 10 (8 oz) Glasses of water each day.

I will NOT eat earned activity points.

I will track every bite that I put in my mouth!



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

It’s going to be a busy day, and a great weekend!

I hope that some of you found a Quinoa Bowl that you’d like to try in yesterday’s post!

I’m getting a haircut today, by my lovely daughter, Anne. My hair hasn’t been this length in forever, and every time I try to curl it, I look like I’m right out of the 80’s! I’ve asked her to help me look a little more “current” today!

Our son, Jake, turns 30 today, and we are going to see him and his wife tonight at their new home that they just bought! I’m trying to come up with a clever gift to show up with for the first time home owners. They have a ton of tree’s, and all I can think of is a rake and lawn bags!!

I’m picking up my Little Sis, Samone, in the morning, and we are going to breakfast together, then headed to the airport to pick up my daughter, Tess! Tess is coming in for Jakes birthday BBQ on Sunday, and she is ecstatic to be able to stick around for a few day’s and get to watch the first two games of the World Series here in Kansas City!

It’s going to be a full week, and very challenging in the Weight Watcher’s department, but I am determined to make it a successful week!

I may not get in a daily blog, you know, with stories and all, but I’ll post my food!

Have an awesome weekend!

Here are yesterday’s eats!



Frothy Coffee





Pumpkin Spice English Muffin, Pumpkin Butter

Scrambled Egg Whites





Carrots, Hummus

Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce





(2) Chocolate Rice Cake’s with Almond Butter




Pretzel Crisp





Green Beans, Spaghetti Squash

Marinara, Chicken Meatballs, Parmesan



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 = English Muffin, Egg Whites, Frothy Coffee (7)

Lunch =  Shrimp, Carrots and Hummus (4)

Snack’s = Pretzel Crisp, Rice Cakes with Almond Butter (11)

Dinner = Spaghetti Squash, Chicken Meatballs (8)

Total = 30

Exercise = Walked 3 Miles


Food and Fitness Goals for THIS Week!

I will eat only 26-30 Points per day.

I will walk 20 Miles this week.

I will attend 1 Yoga class this week.

I will drink 10 (8 oz) Glasses of water each day.

I will NOT eat earned activity points.

I will track every bite that I put in my mouth!




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

Quinoa Bowls

October 16, 2014

I’ve been doing several meals lately with quinoa, and some of these dishes have really turned out yummy! When I first tasted Quinoa, I wasn’t too crazy about it, but after hearing the suggestion that I cook my quinoa in chicken broth, or vegetable broth, verses cooking it water, I did that and I thought that it made a huge difference!

Now I like it to keep Quinoa cooked up and in the fridge. I’ve added it to my eggs, I’ve added it to salads, I’ve made breakfast bars with it after cooking it in water, and I have eaten quinoa in a similar way that you would eat oatmeal, but my favorite way to eat Quinoa, is cooking it in chicken broth, and eating it hot. I like to add a variety of cooked veggies to it, along with Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges. Often, I’ll throw in some cooked chicken, another great thing to keep on hand, and it makes a meal come together in a pinch! 

(I like to keep cooked chicken in the freezer. A six ounce bag of shredded or chopped, cooked chicken, seems to work best for me. If I’m adding chicken to my Quinoa Bowl, a 6 oz portion makes a good sized dinner for me and my husband, along with all the veggies I like to throw in. If I need to add a salad, then I can. If I want to skip the salad, and add two 6 oz bags of chicken, then that works too, and we can enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day!)


When I make a Quinoa Bowl for a meal, I like to have all of my ingredients ready to go.

These are my tips for throwing together a quick and healthy Quinoa Bowl.

  1. Keep cooked Quinoa in the fridge.
  2. Adding chicken to your Quinoa Bowl? Have the chicken weighed, and ready to add to your Quinoa Bowl.
  3. Adding sautéed veggies? Prepare those first. Keep them in the skillet. You can heat up your Quinoa Bowl in this skillet!
  4. Adding canned veggies or canned beans? Have them rinsed and ready to go.
  5. Want to add Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges? There are so many great flavors!
  6. Adding a lot of ingredients like extra chicken, or a LOT of veggies? Keep the pantry stocked with chicken broth or vegetable broth in case the Quinoa Bowl needs more liquid.
  7. Maybe you want to add Marinara sauce? Keep that in your pantry too!

You can make a serving for one, and heat everything together in the microwave, or you can make a large skillet for more than one person, just make sure you measure out your ingredients if you are counting WW Points.

Below are my favorite ingredients to add to your Quinoa Bowl.

  • 1/2 Cup of Cooked Quinoa = 2 PointsPlus
  • 3 oz. of cooked Chicken Breast = 3 PointsPlus
  • 1 Wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese = 1 PointsPlus
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil = 1 PointsPlus
  • 1/4 C. of corn = 1 PointsPlus
  • 1/4 C. of Black Beans = 1 PointsPlus
  • 1/4 C. of Edamame = 1 PointsPlus
  • 1/4 of Avocado, chopped = 2 PointsPlus
  • 3 oz. of Cooked, Sweet Potato = 2 PointsPlus

Okay, those are my tips and my favorite ingredients for throwing together a quick and healthy Quinoa Bowl!

Below are a few that I have made that Mike and I both really liked!


  • Quinoa with Chicken, Onion, Garlic, Cooked Bacon, Green Beans and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Creamy Swiss

Sauté Onions and Garlic in Olive Oil. Add cooked bacon. Cook for an additional two minutes. Add chicken broth, cooked quinoa, cooked green beans and cooked chicken. Stir and heat through. Add Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Let sit for about one minute so the cheese can melt. Remove lid and stir cheese in.

Mike asked me if I wrote this one down. He said it was his favorite, but he say’s that about almost all of the Quinoa Bowls!




  • Quinoa with Chicken, Corn and Black Beans and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Creamy Swiss

Add all ingredients. Heat through until cheese is melted.




  • Quinoa with Corn, Black Beans, Edamame and Avocado

Heat Quinoa, Corn and Black Beans. Add chopped Avocado. This also taste great as a cold dish!




  • Quinoa with Corn, Black Beans, Cooked Sweet Potato….topped with a Turkey Burger

Heat Quinoa, Corn, Black Beans and cooked Sweet Potato. Top with a Turkey Burger!




  • Quinoa with Shredded Cooked Chicken, Zucchini, Shredded Carrots and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Creamy Swiss Flavor

Sauté Veggies in Olive Oil. Add Quinoa, Chicken and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges to the skillet of veggies, and heat through until cheese melts. 




  • Quinoa with Marinara and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Queso Chipotle Flavor. Spicy and SO good!

Add all ingredients together and heat through until cheese melts.




  • Quinoa with Sautéed Zucchini and Red Onion, Marinara and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Chipotle Queso Flavor

Sautee Veggies in Olive Oil. Add Marinara and Queso Cheese Wedges. Heat through until cheese melts.




  • Quinoa with Yellow Squash, Zucchini and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, Light Creamy Swiss Flavor, Cracked Black Pepper

Sautee Veggies in Olive Oil. Add Quinoa and cheese and heat through until cheese melts.




  • Quinoa with Chicken, Chicken Broth, Slivered Almonds, Feta Cheese and Dried Cherries

(This is from a restaurant, but I have made this combo at home too!)

Heat Chicken, Quinoa and broth. Top with almonds, Feta or Goat Cheese, and a few dried cherries.




  • Quinoa, Chicken, Edamame, Soft Goat Cheese, Balsamic Glaze

Combine Quinoa and Chicken and heat through. Add edamame at room temperature. Top with Soft Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze. I found the Glaze in the Salad Dressing Aisle. Top with Cracked Black Pepper.




I hope this post was helpful! If you try any of these combo’s, I’d love to know if you love them as much as I do!


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




October 15, 2014


  1. an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster.

If you read my blog regularly, you know that along with battling how to maintain a healthy weight, and party like a 20 year old on occasion, I usually have a random story. Today is no different.

Trying to get my dogs to poop in the rain is a real chore. Monday night, after a FULL day of rain and neither dog wanting to stay outside long enough to do their business, I put Tucker on a leash and literally walked in circles in the front yard while Mishka followed us. I was going around and around and around the tree, hoping to give each dog enough exercise to poop, and I was hoping the tree would shelter me a bit from the rain. After 10 minutes of walking in circles, and starting to feel dizzy, and now with really wet feet, I gave up and came inside. I closed the garage door, and closed the door from the house to the garage. As I let Tucker off of his leash, I see something flash before me in my house. It’s a CAT! WE DON’T HAVE A CAT!! I am highly allergic, and deathly afraid of cats! I am instantly freaking out and yelling Mike’s name. He has been in bed for awhile and isn’t answering me. The cat now heads up the stairs! I decide I’ll go up to the bedroom to get Mike, but I realize that I would have to walk past the cat to do so. Then I fear the cat will swipe at my leg with his ferocious claw’s, or worse, follow me to the bedroom and hide under our bed! So, I just stand on the stairs, yelling….”Mike! Mike! MIKE!! Wake Up! I need Help! Mike! Mike! MIKE!”


I decide to reach out with one hand and gently pick up the cat. I am freaked out, but saying….”hi kitty. hi kitty.” I walk down a few stairs when Mishka, my older dog, starts to quietly growl. Tucker begins to growl, but with a ? at the end of his growl. Now the cat hisses, so I drop it in an instant! I go to the back door and open it. Now the cat is about five feet from the back door, but up against the wall with both dogs in it’s face. I just know that one of them is going to draw blood any second. It’s awful!! “Mike! Mike! Mike! Help me! MIKE!! MIKE!!”

I’m shooing at the cat with a bar stool while the dogs are right at my feet and both making noises I’ve never heard either of them make before. It’s awful and my heart is racing. I’m SO not good in a panic. The cat runs out the back door, and I slam it shut! The dogs are now barking like crazy and running all over the house. I decide to go ahead and let them out in the backyard, where I swear, they both pooped immediately!  Stupid dogs.

Mike show’s up on the landing with panic on his face…..”What is going on?????” I said….”Um, sorry to wake you, but there was a cat in the house, and I was literally having a cat-tastrophy.”

Sometimes he thinks I’m funny. Sometimes, not so much.

He went back to bed.



I’ve been keeping cooked quinoa on hand lately and eating it a lot! Mike seems to like what I throw together, and I think my quinoa creations have been pretty good lately!

I’ll work on a post with several different variations of Quinoa Bowls and I’ll include the Points Plus Values.

Here’s what ‘s been going on with my food the last two days.

Today, plan, drink water, walk and no mindless or unplanned eating!


Monday Breakfast

Egg White Sandwich on a biscuit with Jelly




Monday Lunch

Salad Bar





Asparagus, Zucchini, Spaghetti Squash

Light Alfredo Sauce





A Few Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce



Quinoa Bowl

Mike asked me if i wrote this one down. He LOVED it!

Onions, Garlic and Bacon

Green Beans, Cooked Quinoa, Cooked Chicken

Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss

8 PPVIMG_1535


Tuesday’s Eats….

It was a crazy food day on Tuesday. I worked at the Food Truck, I ate breakfast too early, and we weren’t super busy at The Food Truck. That combo makes it hard to not want to eat everything in the Food Truck!!



Then I ate this……

One Pork Taco, no tortilla

A Few Bites of Cowboy Skillet (Potatoes, Chicken, Sausage, Other Veggies)

1/2 C Mac and Cheese

Then, after packing up the truck, we went to an Ice Cream store!

I ate ONE Scoop of Pumpkin Ice Cream! It was heavenly.


I came home and entered everything into my WW Calculator. I had eaten 25 Points!

I decided to skip dinner, but then ended up having wine and cheese while watching the Royals win!



Exercise on Monday = Walked Three miles…IN THE RAIN!!

Not one of my better food weeks.

Today will be a healthy, happy, planned out day.


Seriously having SO much fun with this awesome team right now! Proud to be a Kansas Citian!



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

Relax, Breathe, Yoga

October 13, 2014

I enjoyed a really relaxed Sunday yesterday. I had decided early in the day, that I would basically do a whole lot of….well…..absolutely nothing. So that’s pretty much what I did. Mike had a golf date and was out the door right after breakfast. I got caught up on the blog, emails, phone calls and text messages, all while curled up on the couch with a blanket and multiple cups of coffee. I didn’t get dressed until about 3:00 pm. I had decided to go to a Yoga class at 5:00, and I hadn’t ever done a class on a Sunday. It was the perfect way to end my relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing.

Here’s what I ate during my nothing doing.


Frothy Coffee





Biscuits and Gravy, Egg Whites



1 C. of Frozen Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles


Skim Milk

Salt and Pepper

Reduced Fat Buttermilk Biscuits


Cook the Sausage crumbles in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the cooked turkey. Now place the turkey into skillet, heated over medium high heat. Add 1-2 T. of flour to the skillet. Coat the sausage well with the flour and stir. Add about 1/4 Cup of Skim milk to the skillet, and stir until it is thick and bubbly. Add more milk as needed. Salt and pepper to your taste. 

Makes Two Servings. One Serving of Sausage Gravy = 4 PointsPlus

One Reduced Fat Buttermilk Biscuit = 4 PointsPlus

One serving of Biscuits and Sausage Grave = 8 PPV

Scrambled Egg Whites = 1 PPV




Turkey Chili over Sweet Potato

11 PPV


Turkey Chili



Grapes, Carrots, Hummus





Un-Pictured Light Popcorn




Spaghetti Squash, Sauteed Zucchini and Sauteed Asparagus

Mixed with 1/4 Cup of Ragu Light Alfredo Sauce




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, Biscuits and Gravy, Egg Whites (10)

Lunch = Turkey Chili, Sweet Potato  (11)

Snack = Grapes, Carrots, Hummus, Popcorn (4)

Dinner = Veggies, Alfredo (3)

Total = 28

Exercise = 60 minute Yoga Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

How many glasses of water I drank for the day = 8


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

Not the Best Way to Wake Up!

October 12, 2014

I didn’t get a blog posted on Friday morning. Nope. I had other things going on. Let’s see….

Friday morning, at 5:00 am, Mike woke me up saying….”I think Tucker pooped in his kennel”.

First of all, I’m not one of those people that gets out of the bed in the morning feeling elated and overjoyed. Never have been. My feet touch the floor, I sit on the side of the bed pondering…..”What day is this? Why did morning come so fast?”  I slowly walk to the bathroom. I brush my teeth, (not really, but I guess I should, right?) I go downstairs, I let the dogs out, and I start my coffee. By coffee time, I have realized what day it actually is, and I start to come alive.

Hearing the words….”pooped in his kennel”….at 5:00 am, dreaming about more sleep, didn’t really help me come alive in a positive manner. I literally got out of bed stomping, and I stomped all over the house, looking for the dog shampoo, slamming cabinet doors, collecting towels and yelling random stuff that didn’t make any sense at all.  Then I stomped into the bathroom to start the bath water. Tucker hates a bath just as much as he hates being in the kennel, so by the end of the bath, I was drenched and the tub needed to be disinfected. Mike was outside taking care of the kennel, but I had to inform him that he was doing it all wrong (because you guys…I was cranky and still asleep!). At 5:00 am, everybody is doing everything wrong, as far as I’m concerned. You can imagine the next 30 minutes or so, and if you can’t, then that’s probably best.

At 6:33 am, I stepped in a wet spot on the carpet in the living room. I’m assuming all of the negative energy I was giving off in the house, sent Tucker into an anxiety frenzy, and he pee’d on the carpet. I cleaned that up! At this point, everyone I know is stupid and all dogs are stupid and carpet is stupid and dog kennels are stupid and sleep is stupid and husbands are stupid and Friday’s are stupid and just plain old life… stupid.

At 8:15 am, (and this is NOT a joke!), the chirping started! I can never figure out which smoke alarm is chirping, and I faithfully change all of the batteries every 6 months! What the H E double hockey sticks?????? Now the dogs think everything in life is stupid. I go to Walmart and I buy batteries. I come home, I stomp into the garage to get the ladder. I stomp to the basement, I stomp upstairs. Stomping is hard while carrying a ladder, but I was really serious about stomping. After changing all nine of the ridiculously placed smoke detectors (Yes, I realize that this could one day save my life) the flipping chirping continued. I could die.

I remembered that last year I bought a carbon monoxide detector. I changed the battery in it. The chirping stopped. I stopped stomping. My legs were tired.

I wanted a Bloody Mary, but instead, I cleaned out every single cabinet in my kitchen! It actually felt good to take out all of that frustration on cleaning and organizing instead of eating a package of cinnamon rolls. The only downfall of my emotional cleaning, is that I likely threw away things in an emotional state, and later I’ll be wondering where certain things are But really, who needs 25 plastic Christmas cookie plates and veggie platters?

I went to the later WW meeting. I drove from there to meet a friend for lunch, where I had a bloody mary.

When I got home from a long lunch with my friend, Tucker had pooped in the kennel again. This bath was outside in the backyard. Another disinfecting of the kennel.

Saturday morning I slept in until about 9:00. Tucker slept in our bed on a 5′ leash all night, with the leash around my wrist. Mike is wondering how long it will take of for him to just poop in the bed. That’s not really going to happen, right?

Some days with that dog are just so exhausting. I try so hard to remain patient. I would feel nothing but guilt if I were to get rid of him. He would only become someone else’s problem. I feel like he is here for a reason. Not sure what it is yet. Teaching me how to properly clean up poop?? He really is 95% really good dog. Some days I think I must be crazy for putting up with him, other days I wonder how could I ever get rid of him? 

I left the house at 10:00 am to go to an early show with a friend. We saw Gone Girl. Creepy weird. I never did get a blog written yesterday either. 

I made a pot of Turkey Chili and I feel like that’s all we have been eating since I made it! Chili, honey crisp apples, banana’s and eggs!

This is what I ate on Thursday!


Pumpkin Oatmeal

Frothy Coffee





This ridiculously HUGE Honeycrisp Apple

with 1 T. Jiffy Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter





Dole Chopped Salad





Zoodles, Red Onion, 1/4 C. Garlic

Sautéed in Olive Oil

1/4 C. Ragu Light Alfredo Sauce





Un-pictured Frozen Yogurt




Sautéed Red Onions, Zucchini, Cooked Sweet Potato

Topped with One Egg and 1/8 chopped Avocado




These are just a few of the things that I’ve had to eat on Friday and Saturday!

Turkey Chili

Cheese, Sour Cream

10 PPV



Turkey Chili in a Corn Tortilla with Cheese




Egg Whites

Pumpkin Spice English Muffin with Pumpkin Butter




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


Thursday’s Menu

Breakfast = Oatmeal, Frothy Coffee (5)

Snack = Apple, PB (2)

Lunch =  Salad (4)

Snack = Veggies and Alfredo (3)

Un-pictured Frozen Yogurt (5)

Dinner = Veggies and Eggs (8)

Total = 22

Exercise = Walked 3 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 24

How many glasses of water I drank for the day = 10

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 7


After all of the doggy business, I’ve enjoyed a movie, watching the KC Royals win a few really exciting games with friends, lunch out….and Mike and I had a much needed date night last night. My weight stayed the same this week, and considering that I had a four pound loss last week, I didn’t expect the scale to move, even though I had a successful week. I had points left over from my weekly allowance and I earned 24 activity points. My goal was to walk 20 miles this week, and I walked 21 miles! I got in all of my water, but I did not get in a Yoga class, and I am really missing those.

I’ve got a great week planned out, and I’m going to Yoga tonight, which I wouldn’t typically do on a Sunday, but it’s a stretch class and I know I need it.

Make a plan for yourself and have an awesome Week!


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