Archives For February 2015

What’s Up Doc?

February 26, 2015

No Doc for me today, but I’m heading out the door early this morning to chauffeur Mike to a doctor’s appointment. He’s been having all sorts of throat, heart burn, acid reflex type issues for a few months now, and after giving up several foods and all soda pop, and seeing no change, he’s decided it’s time for the doc. Today they will send a little scope down his throat and hopefully find some answers??

We’re out the door. 

Have a great day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…….

Pre-Breakfast

Frothy Coffee, Grapes

1 PPV

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Breakfast

Oatmeal Pancakes

topped with Almond Butter and Blueberries

7 PPV

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Lunch  

Food Truck Boom Boom Pork Taco, No Tortilla

8 PPV

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Snack

Smoothie

1 C Coconut Milk, 1 C Frozen Berries

1/2 Frozen Banana, 1 T. Chia Seeds, Raw Stevia

2 PPV

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Dinner

I received a great email from a reader this week. She was full of all sorts of compliments, but one of my favorites was the fact that she likes my idea of cleaning out the fridge and making a one dish skillet meal! Because she reminded me, that was dinner last night!

Ground Turkey, Onion, Homemade Taco Seasoning, Black Beans, Red Bell Pepper, Broccoli Slaw and a little Chicken Broth for moisture. This was one of those skillet meals where I start with ground turkey and an onion, then I just start throwing in stuff and it always ends up tasting delicious!

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Turkey Bowl

topped with Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream  

8 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, Grapes, Pancake (8)

Lunch =  Pork Taco Bowl (8)

Snack = Smoothie (2)

Dinner = Turkey Bowl (8)

Total = 26

Exercise = none, but I got to work today!

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 3

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 9

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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Ahhh….Much Better

February 26, 2015

Tuesday was a much better day than Monday.

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I started off the day with a great breakfast, then I walked on the treadmill. It was only 0.6 mile, but I did it. It didn’t feel good.

I think I’ll give the collarbone one more week before I go all treadmill.

It was warm enough today to open the Food Truck! I honestly am not sure if I should be working or not, but I wanted to try. I am feeling less pain and the swelling is almost all gone. I was cautious. I know the ultimate goal is to maintain stability in order to heal, and I certainly don’t want to prolong healing, but I wanted to work today. So…..I did.

We were super busy and sold out of everything! I took it easy and everything went just great!

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Here are Tuesday’s eats! 

Breakfast

Egg Whites, Salsa

Light English Muffin with Almond Butter

Grapefruit

Frothy Coffee

8 PPV

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Lunch

Leftover Turkey Stroganoff-ish stuff?

8 PPV

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Snack’s

Roasted Butternut Squash

0 PPV

I made Roasted Butternut Squash the other day using Olive Oil, Cinnamon and Sea Salt. I made this yesterday using cooking spray in place of the Olive Oil. This was good, but for the extra 2 Points, I prefer these made using the Olive Oil.

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Snack

Smoothie

1 PPV

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Dinner

Baked Chicken with Panko Bread Crumbs

Quinoa, Green Beans

10 PPV

This chicken was….okay. Not worth posting the recipe though.

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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 = English Muffin, Almond Butter, Egg Whites, Frothy Coffee (8)

Lunch =  Turkey Stroganoff (8)

Snacks = Butternut Squash, Smoothie (1)

Dinner = Chicken, Quinoa, Green Beans (10)

Total = 27

Exercise = Walked 0.6 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 1

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 3

How many ounces of water I drank for the day =    80

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 9

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s.

 

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Carb’s and Comfort Food Mood

February 24, 2015

Let me first say this……

If you are trying to lose weight, or even maintain a weight loss, tracking what you are eating can be such a great tool!

Whether you are counting points, or counting calories, or simply writing down what food you eat, I encourage you to continue to do so, even when it’s difficult. 

I had a rough day yesterday. I didn’t take pictures of everything that I ate, but I did write it all down. When I start to see those points add up, it can be helpful in not going as overboard as I might have otherwise.

Yesterday…….was icky.

I slept like crap and woke up cranky.

I had lot’s of things that I could have done yesterday at home. I did none of them.

I had errands that I could have ran. I never left the house.

I have book club next week, and I’m on Chapter One of my book. I didn’t read. I watched two episodes of Downton Abbey and rented The Theory of Everything. (Loved that movie!)

I was going to split up my treadmill walk and do some in the morning and some in the afternoon. I did none in the morning…..and then to even out my day, I did none in the afternoon.

I had toast and coffee for breakfast. A whole bunch of it! I’ve been good about being satisfied with one piece of toast, but I wanted two. There were three slices of bread left. Who leaves ONE slice of bread in the bag? I ate all three of them.

I snacked.

I ate a smart lunch. My one proud accomplishment for the day. Well…..and deciding to watch The Theory of Everything.

At dinnertime, I had NO plan whatsoever. I had some ground turkey, and that was as far as my plan went. I made a sort of Stroganoff? It tasted good, and was point friendly, but it wasn’t made with the foods I’ve been trying to eat, and I made it more out of a mood for comfort food.

I didn’t drink much water.

At the end of the day, I ate 40 points.

I’m feeling certain that I will NOT have a loss at my WW meeting this Friday, no matter what food choices I make for these next three days. If I am going to dip this far into my extra 49 Weight Watchers points for the week, I’d better be getting in some good workouts for the week, and that’s just not a possibility right now.

So, basically……yesterday sucked in the healthy living department.

I’ve planned my meals for today and I know at the end of the day I will be happy with all of my choices.

I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. Yesterday wasn’t my best day. Today will be better.

(Journaling…(or blogging)….is great, because you can have a real shit day, get it all out, and move on!)

Beating yourself up about some decisions you’ve made? Food or otherwise?

Journal it.

Write it down.

Get it all out.

Move on.

Here are yesterday’s eats……

 

Breakfast

Gluten Free Toast with Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam

Frothy Coffee

13 PPV

What the heck?????

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Un-Pictured Stuff

12 PPV

Coconut, Almonds, Some Oatmeal, More Toast…….UGGGG!!

I tracked it all!! 

 

Lunch

Sweet Potato, Egg

5 PPV

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Dinner

Turkey Stroganoff….Kinda

10 PPV

Ground Turkey, Onion, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Chicken Broth, Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges, S&P.

Here’s what the leftover’s look like this morning…….

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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 = Toast and Coffee (13)

Snack’s = Almonds, Coconut, Oatmeal, Toast (12)

Lunch =  Sweet Potato, Egg (5)

Dinner = Stroganoff (10)

Total = 40

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 2

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 2

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50?

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 10

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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Family Time

February 23, 2015

We had a great Sunday! As much as I like hanging out with Mike at the house on a Sunday, I’ve been trying to plan things for us to do so were not just sitting on the couch all day, although, once in a while, that’s a pretty good way to spend a Sunday.

We’ve been hitting the movie theatre a little more than usual and trying to be better about spending time visiting family. Being an empty nester has it’s perks, but this house can get lonely at times, so we’ve been trying to spend more time seeing our parent’s, kids and grandkids.

Yesterday, after lots of coffee and a late breakfast, we went to visit our son and daughter in law, Jake and Jordan. They moved into their first house in October, and we had seen the house, but we hadn’t been over lately to see them all moved in and settled! I love their house! I love the older part of Kansas City that they are in, I love the style of their house, and I love seeing how excited they are about it!

After our room to room tour, the four of us went out to lunch and Jake and Jordan shared with us the details of their recent trip to Guatemala.

Jake and Jordan have started their own company, Olive Media. Jake and Jordan have a friend, Patrick, who lives in Ecuador, and works for a non-profit organization, called ROMP (Range Of Motion Project). ROMP helps people in Ecuador who are in need of prosthetics. Jake and Jordan went to Ecuador last year and filmed and produced an awesome documentary about three people that live in Ecuador that were in need of prosthetics, and their story. They did a really awesome job on the documentary and titled it, Movilidad (Spanish for mobility)

The organization has a small branch in Guatemala, so Jake and Joran decided to meet Patrick there two weeks ago, and do research for another documentary that they will be making that will include more detailed information about the prosthetics.

I’m super impressed with these two kids!

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Then we chatted about more really important stuff, like movies and the Oscars!!

I was really looking forward to our evening at home watching all of the Oscar buzz. Mike could take it or leave it. Okay, likely he could leave it, but he is usually a pretty good sport and will watch whatever it is that I really want to watch without much of a fuss.

However………on our way home from seeing our kids, and all of our movie and TV chit chat, Mike decided we needed to be able to watch Netflix on our TV instead of just on our computer, so he spent the evening hooking up the adapter we purchased yesterday. Our TV and stereo system is a little complex? This was my view of the Oscars last night, for wayyyyyy longer than I will admit.

I’m not even kidding.

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I did a lot of heavy sighs, and he did a lot of mumbling under his breath.

Eventually, he had the TV cabinet reassembled and was sitting on the couch with me!

Now I have a list of movies I need to see!

How about you? How many of the Oscar nominated movies did you see?

 

Breakfast

Egg Whites, Canadian Bacon, Potatoes, Cheese

Strawberries

Frothy Coffee

7 PPV

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Lunch

Vegetable Soup, 1/2 Turkey Sandwich

15 PPV

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Dinner

Un-Pictured Chicken Fajita Leftover’s

12 PPV

 

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, Potatoes, Canadian Bacon, Cheese, Frothy Coffee (6)

Lunch =  Soup, Sandwich (15)

Dinner = Chicken Fajita’s (12)

Total = 33

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 2

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 2

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 24

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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Steel Cut Chocolate Oat’s

February 22, 2015

I made it to the treadmill yesterday for only the second time since breaking my collarbone. The first time might have been a little too soon, and since then I’ve been a little reluctant to try that again. Yesterday was the day. I didn’t feel super great at the end of my mile, but I did feel better about myself just getting on there.

After that, I got out of the house for a while. I picked up my Little Sis, Samone, and we did some shopping. I went to Samone’s string concert one night this week, but we didn’t get a chance to chat at all, so I decided a little shopping was in order. It was really nice outside, so we walked from shop to shop and found all sorts of cute things….that we didn’t buy. ๐Ÿ™‚ It felt good to get some fresh air and sunshine. We ended up at Panera, chatting and getting caught up. 

When I got home, I was feeling the long afternoon. That’s the most walking I have done in two weeks. I hate wearing that sling and it has played all sorts of games with my back and neck. When I got home, I was feeling uncomfortable, frustrated and irritated. I had no desire to cook, and lots of desire to relax with a glass of wine. (Small pity party? Perhaps.)

Mike picked up dinner, and after dinner, we shared a bottle of vino.

For several different reasons, I had decided that I was only going to have alcohol one time per month for 2015. I didn’t drink at all in January, I had drinks with a friend the first week in February, then ended up with a broken bone. I decided I deserved a “do over” day, so Mike and I shared a bottle of wine on Valentines Day, and I convinced myself that it was totally fine. 

Last night, we were staying home, there was a fire in the fireplace, I was in pj’s and settled in for the evening, and I wanted to relax. So we shared a bottle of wine. 

I’m having some mixed feelings about deciding to have wine last night. 

Good Guy….. Bad Guy thoughts in my head…..

  1. You didn’t party and get crazy drunk and down a 12 pack of beer! You enjoyed some fine wine at home.
  2. Alcohol adds up and it’s too many points at the end of the day! That’s why you decided to limit it.
  3. You didn’t follow through with your plan.

I’ll try not to overthink it all. Yeah…right.

 

Steel Cut Chocolate Oat’s

One morning this week, I cooked up a batch (4 servings) of Steel Cut Oats! I really like the texture of Steel Cut Oats. They do require a bit of extra cooking time.  You have to stand over the stove for 25-30 minutes stirring them so they won’t stick to the bottom of the pan! Needless to say, I don’t make them very often, but when I do, I’m glad I did.

I was finding all sorts of recipes on Pinterest this past week for cookies made with Oatmeal, and I was also hearing all sorts of chit chat recently about Girl Scout cookies. I decided to cook up some Chocolate Steel Cut Oats, and see if I could come up with a big bowl of Oatmeal that made me think I was eating a cookie!

I cooked the Steel Cut Oats according to package directions. When they were done cooking, I added 4 tsp of unsweetened Cocoa Powder and 4 packets of Raw Stevia and gave it a good stir. I then divided that into four bowls. I covered three of those bowls with plastic wrap and I put them in the fridge so I would have them to eat throughout the week.

For the bowl that I ate that morning, I topped it with Toasted Almonds and Coconuts, like I did when I made my Almond Joy Oatmeal. While I called it Almond Joy, it also reminded a bit of the Caramel DeLight Girl Scout Cookie, but I suppose without the caramel.

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Steel Cut Chocolate Oats – Almond Joy

 

Breakfast

Steel Cut Chocolate Oat’s

1 T. Almond Butter and Banana Slices

7 PPV

For yesterday’s bowl of Steel Cut Chocolate Oat’s, I added a splash of milk and heated them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. I topped my oats with 1 T. Almond Butter and Banana Slices.

You know what?

It tasted like a great big bowl of Cookie!

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Snack

Grapes, Grapefruit

0 PPV

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Snack

Tortilla, Cheese, Egg

4 PPV

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Lunch

Open Faced Egg White Sandwich

Gluten Free Toast

3 Egg Whites, 1/8 Avocado, 1 Slice Center Cut Bacon

7 PPV

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Snack

Un-Pictured Latte at Panera

3 PPV

 

Dinner

Chicken Fajita, Chips, Black Beans

11 PPV

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After Dinner

Un-Pictured Red Wine

11 PPV

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 (8)

Snack = Fruit, Egg and Tortilla (4)

Lunch =  Egg Sandwich (7)

Snack = Latte (3)

Dinner = Chicken Fajita’s, Wine (22)

Total = 44

Exercise = Walked one Mile on the treadmill

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 2

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 2

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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Roasted Butternut Squash

February 21, 2015

I bought this bag of Butternut Squash at Walmart, and it is so handy if you just don’t have time to peel and dice a squash.

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Roasted Butternut Squash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Butternut Squash, peeled and diced (orโ€ฆjust buy a bag)
  2. 1 T. Olive Oil
  3. 1 T. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. Sea Salt to taste (1/2-1 tsp)
  5. Garlic Powder to taste (1/2-1 tsp)
Instructions
  1. Combine Oil and Vinegar and Squash in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Put Squash on parchment paper and spread out into a single layer.
  4. Season lightly with Sea Salt and Garlic Powder.
  5. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes, turning once during baking.
Notes
  1. You may want to add additional salt.
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Eat on a salad, mixed in with Scrambled Egg Whites, add to your Omelette or bulk up your Taco Salad by adding this to your Taco Meat. 

There are so many ways to eat this yummy Roasted Squash! 

It taste great all by itself too!

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Plain and Simple

February 20, 2015

Today’s post is plain and simple cuz it’s Super Duper Late in the day for me to be getting this posted!

Yesterday was a yummy food day and I kept the day at 26 Points Plus and got in 100 ounces of water!

Here are the day’s eats…..

 

Breakfast

3 Egg White Omelet topped with

3 oz Cooked Sweet Potato, 1/8 Avocado

1 Slice Center Cut Bacon, Salsa

Frothy Coffee

6 PPV

I don’t usually take the time to cook up one piece of bacon, but this was really really good!

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Snack

Apple

0 PPV

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Lunch

Almond Joy Oatmeal 

6 PPV

Un-Pictured Bites of Coconut!

4 PPV

I was craving one of those Girl Scout Cookies with the chocolate and coconut….and caramel, (I mean, we don’t have any in our house, and it’s a good thing….I was just thinking about them…) when I remembered that I had made Oatmeal with Almonds and Coconuts mixed in it before and I really liked it! So….I had this big bowl of oatmeal instead of cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Snack’s

Veggies

2 T. Hummus, 1 T. Reduced Fat Feta

1 PPV

Did you know that 1 T. of Reduced Fat Feta is Zero Points? I love it stirred into a little hummus!

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Dinner

1 1/4 Cups Beef Chili

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 = Omelet, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (6)

Lunch =  Oatmeal, Coconut Bites (10)

Snack = Hummus, Veggies, Apple (1)

Dinner = Chili (9)

Total = 26

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 0

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 100+

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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

Berry Berry Oatmeal

February 19, 2015

Before I talk about this…….

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Berry Berry Oatmeal 4 Weight Watcher Points Plus

 

 

I finally did get to the grocery store on Tuesday!

It was doing this outside….blah……

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I decided we needed at least a few staples….Eggs, Chicken, Turkey, Fruits and Veggies!

Before the store…..

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Ahhh, after the store……I love a full fridge!

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Would you believe that after all of that grocery shopping, I still ended up having the last 1/2 of a Turkey Burger for lunch, and I pulled Chili out of the freezer for my dinner last night!

While shopping, I was grabbing things and not really planning out any meals in my head. At least we won’t go hungry!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Pre-Breakfast

Frothy Coffee

1 PPV

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Breakfast

Berry Berry Oatmeal

4 PPV

This satisfied my sweet tooth and carb cravings! I will be making this a lot!

I made my oatmeal following my Blueberry Oatmeal recipe…….

Ingredients

1/2 C Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats (Any Quick Cooking Oats will do.)

1 packet Raw Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 C. Frozen Blueberries

3/4 Boiling Water

(Additional 1/2 cup of mixed berries for the Berry Berry Oatmeal. I used Blackberries and Raspberries)

 

Directions

Put Oatmeal, sweetener and cinnamon in a bowl.

Cook frozen blueberries in the microwave in a microwave safe dish for 1-2 minutes. This gets them warm and juicy! Add the additional 1/2 cup of mixed berries to the blueberries and stir. This will heat them up just a bit.

Add the berries and the boiling water to the oatmeal mixture and stir. Let set for about 2 minutes, then give it all a good stir. The raspberries seemed to melt nicely and made this beautiful jam in my oatmeal!

It was Berry Berry Delicious!

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Uh……yummmmm

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Lunch

Turkey Burger Quesadilla

Grilled Baby Peppers

5 PPV

1/2 Turkey Burger, 1 Small Wheat Tortilla, 1 T. Shredded Cheese, 1/8 Avocado, Salsa

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Snack

Gluten Free Toast with Smear of Almond Butter

3 PPV

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Snack

Blueberries

0 PPV

Maybe I’ve replaced my love of banana’s with my love of blueberries. They’re so easy to just grab and eat!!

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Dinner

1 Cup of Beef Chili 

6 oz. of Cooked Sweet Potato

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 = Oatmeal, Frothy Coffee (5)

Lunch =  Quesadilla, Veggies (5)

Snack = Almond Butter Toast, Blueberries (3)

Dinner = Chili over Sweet Potato (11)

Total = 24

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 0

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 100+

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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

Blueberry Bliss

February 18, 2015

I seem to be in a Blueberry Bliss lately. It’s great to have a favorite food with so many healthy benefits! I have read that blueberries are super high in antioxidants, a great brain food, great for your eye sight, great for our cardiovascular system, and you can freeze them without losing any of their health benefits!

Some of the fresh blueberries that I have had lately have been super plump and juicy!

One of my favorite things in my freezer right now is my gigantic bag of frozen blueberries!

I have discovered that if I put one cup of frozen blueberries along with 1 packet of sweetener (I’m currently loving the raw stevia) in a bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes, it makes a great topping for my oatmeal, my pancakes or my french toast! No need for any butter or syrup with the sweetness that these berries provide!

Breakfast yesterday was soooo good!

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Fresh Blueberries all alone….

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Fresh Blueberries on top of some Nut Butter Toast or English Muffin!

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Frozen Blueberries in the microwave, then as a topping for my Oatmeal!

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Mixed in with other berries…..

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As a “To Go” snack!

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Did I mention Fresh Blueberries alone??

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Frozen Blueberries blended in my smoothie made with Almond Milk…. or Coconut Milk??

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Here are yesterday’s eats…….

Breakfast

French Toast with Warm Blueberry Topping

Orange Slices 

Frothy Coffee

6 PPV

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Lunch

Quinoa, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Zucchini

6 PPV

This was Mike’s dinner leftovers from the night before. I used the last of the grilled chicken I had in the freezer for his dinner, while I had the last of the veggie burgers for my dinner. After this meal, I did pick up a few things at the store! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Snack

Smoothie

1 C. Coconut Milk, 1 Frozen Banana

1 T. PB2, 1 Raw Stevia Packet

2 PPV

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Snack

One Un-Pictured Banana

0 PPV

I bought two banana’s along with a few other things at the grocery store yesterday afternoon.

 

Dinner

Mini Turkey Burger Quesadilla

Un-Pictured Mini Cheese Quesadilla

Carrots

Fruit Bowl 

8 PPV

I haven’t had any tortilla’s in the house, that weren’t Gluten Free, for a long time! These are 1 PointsPlus. I went to the grocery store for a few things and I was STARVING!!!

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Dinner was odd, but I was so hungry at 5:00 and we don’t usually eat until about 7:00. I found one last turkey burger in the freezer, so I heated it up, then cut it in half, and made a baby quesadilla burger with a little provolone cheese. I added a few carrots, and thought I would eat a small dinner later with Mike.

Still really hungry and loving the crispy tortilla I’d just eaten, I put a little cheese in one more tortilla and made a mini cheese quesadilla, but failed to take a picture of it. 

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By the time Mike got home, (after 7:30) I wasn’t super hungry, so I made this fruit bowl with some fresh raspberries, blackberries and the other banana that I bought yesterday! While I didn’t eat all of my points for the day, I’m certain that I consumed plenty of calories.

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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, Orange, Frothy Coffee (6)

Lunch =  Quinoa Bowl (6)

Snack = Smoothie, Banana (2)

Dinner = Turkey Burger Quesadilla, Cheese Quesadilla, Carrots, Fruit (8)

Total = 22

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 0

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 80

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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

Are You Drinking Your Water?

February 17, 2015

I woke up to snow here in KC yesterday. It wasn’t much, but I have a rear wheel drive car that doesn’t like an inch of snow, so I decided to stay home for the day and enjoy the fireplace, a few cups of coffee, and lots of water!

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I spent the day helping Tucker post pictures to Instagram, (You guys, he loves his Instagram page!)…….

Tucker literally laying on my broken collar bone two days after it happened!! He would not leave my side. True love…..

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Playing Hide and Seek in Mishka’s bed!

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Acting like he hasn’t had a meal in dayzzzzzz……

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Then I spent a lot of time looking up recipes and decorating ideas on Pinterest, cleaning out the fridge and freezer, and practicing the piano, with my left hand…..

On my list for 2015 is to spend some time learning to play. This piano belonged to my grandma on my dad’s side and I love having it in our house, but nobody knows how to play.  I bought a few adult beginner books a few years ago, and every once in a while, I get them out and give it a go. I love the sound of a piano!

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I also spent yesterday drinking lots of water and green tea!

I’ve been trying to get in 100 ounces of water each day. That’s not a WW recommendation, that’s just a Julie thing because I seem to retain extra water, and the more water I seem to drink, the more water I seem to shed. When I can drink 70 ounces of water, that’s a good day, but when I can get in 100 ounces, that’s a great day!

These are a few tips that have worked for me when I am struggling to get my water in.

  1. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and add a lemon slice, or strawberries, or even a few cucumber slices to the water. Sometimes that sounds more appealing that just boring tap water.
  2. Start each morning with an 8 ounce glass. Before and after each meal or snack, drink 8 ounces of water! You might eat less too!
  3. Set a timer on your phone as a reminder to drink 8 ounces every hour. If the timer goes off, and you still have water in your cup, drink up, then fill it up again!

I did this yesterday at home, but I set the timer on my microwave. Since I knew I was home for the day, I was filling up my glass every 30 minutes yesterday afternoon! Lots of potty trips yesterday, and I woke up feeling great!

Dinner has been weird lately. I really need to go to the grocery store today. I’ve been trying to use up all of the veggies in the veggie drawer in the fridge and use up what’s in the freezer. A few nights, Mike and I have had completely different meals, but dinner has been super easy.

Have you tried Coconut Milk? When I wasn’t eating Dairy in January, I bought almond milk, and although I do not like the taste of it plain or in my coffee, I do like it for my smoothies.

I decided to try the Coconut Milk and I really like it! I haven’t tried it in my coffee yet, but I might give that a try today! The smoothie I made with it yesterday was really good, and I even tasted it right out of the container and liked the taste much better than the Almond Milk!

1 Cup = 1 PointsPlus

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Okay, I’ve babbled plenty for today. Here are yesterday’s eats…… 

 

Breakfast

Light English Muffin with a Smear of Nut Butter

Fresh Blueberries, Egg Whites, Salsa

Frothy Coffee

6 PPV

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Lunch

One Slice Papa Murphy’s DeLite Mediterranean Pizza

Carrots, Pear, Orange

5 PPV

There were still two pieces of pizza left, and I threw them away. One was plenty for lunch and I’m feeling really good about my decisions right now.

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Snack

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

1 C. of Coconut Milk

1 Frozen Banana, 2 T. PB2

1 Raw Stevia Packet

2 PPV

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Snack

Veggies and Smashed Avocado

3 PPV

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Dinner

Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger

Sweet Potato, Black Beans, 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese

9 PPV

I was just throwing stuff together. This is a super un appetizing picture of my dinner last night, but it did taste good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 = English Muffin, Nut Butter, Blueberries, Egg Whites, Frothy Coffee (6)

Lunch =  Pizza, Fruit, Veggies (5)

Snack’s = Smoothie, Veggies and Avocado (5)

Dinner = Veggie Burger, Veggies and Black Beans (9)

Total = 25

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 0

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 100+ 4 Cups of Green Tea

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

  1. I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking
  2. I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
  3. I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what. I’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
  4. I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

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