Archives For April 2015

Large or Small…..it’s alway’s nice when a plan works.

I worked at the Food Truck yesterday and while I was there, I only ate an apple that I brought from home and some cheese! Working at the food truck more frequently has made it difficult for me to not indulge and go over on my points for the day. When I do eat at the food truck, I am guessing on points too, so it can be a Weight Watcher challenge for certain! Yesterday, I took my own advice and ate a late breakfast that included lots of protein in hopes that it would keep me full until I got home, and I took an apple. I’ve also been drinking Diet Coke while working at the food truck. It taste so great with that spicy food! Yesterday,  I skipped the Diet Coke and had three bottles of water!

Now….if I can just do that again on Friday!

It was beautiful in Kansas City yesterday, and while I didn’t get in a super long walk, I did get in 2 miles. I feel like I’ve had a good variety this week of Yoga, Jazzercise and some outside activity.

Dinner yesterday was NOT a fail. Finally!

I made Tilapia Taco’s using this seasoning from Whole Foods! I love this stuff!

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Here are yesterday’s eats!

Breakfast

5 Egg White Omelet

 14 g Cheddar, 30 g Smashed Avocado

Grapes

Black Coffee

4 PPV

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Lunch

Apple, 2 Slices of Cheese

5 PPV

Terrible picture, but I had two slices of full fat cheese from the food truck, and an apple that I packed.

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Snack

8 oz Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1 Packet Sweetener, 2 T. PB2

1 Sliced Banana

4 PPV

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Snack

Fruit & Veggies

0 PPV

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Dinner

Tilapia Taco’s on Corn Tortilla’s, Salad

14 PPV

Tilapia – 3 Points, Cheese – 2 Points, Corn Tortilla’s – 2 Points

Smashed Avocado – 2 Points, Salad – 5 Points

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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 (4)

Lunch = Apple, Cheese (5)

Snack = Yogurt (4)

Dinner = Tilapia Taco’s (14)

Total = 27

 

Exercise = Walked 2 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 13

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

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Time for a Project….

April 29, 2015

I spent most of the day yesterday shopping for items to decorate my laundry room. We have lived here for almost 16 years, and I’ve never done anything fun in there. It’s a fairly small laundry room, so it’s not like I’m putting a chase lounge in there or anything, I just want to perk it up a bit. I did paint a few random flowers on the walls a few years ago, but it’s always looked a bit cheesy, and after spending a little time on Pinterest, I decided I needed a small project.

Hopefully that gets done tomorrow! 🙂

On Monday, I went out to dinner, but I had made Mike a meatloaf. I’m not sure what I did wrong because this recipe taste awesome every time I make it, but for some reason, it just wasn’t great. Mike choked it down.

Last night, I made a big skillet of quinoa and chicken. It tasted great, but we needed a veggie. I grilled some asparagus, chopped it up and added it to the skillet. It tasted great. Then, I was bored and waiting on Mike. I added some corn. Still great! Now it needed a little moisture. I added some chicken broth. When Mike got home, I lifted the lid on the skillet and the broth had turned the asparagus to mush. It was disgusting and I threw away dinner. 

I made Mike a skillet of breakfast food, and I hated to throw away the meatloaf that he choked down the day before since I was already throwing away a skillet of chicken and quinoa! I found a jar of Beef Gravy, and I ate that for dinner. Dinner was eh……not worth the 14 points.

Today’s dinner will be Tilapia Taco’s, which we haven’t had in forever and I’m certain that it WILL be delicious!

Here are yesterday’s eats…….

Breakfast

Apple Raisin Oatmeal, Black Coffee

5 PPV

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Lunch

5 Egg White and Onion Omelet

14 g Reduced Fat Cheddar

30 g Smashed Avocado and Salsa

Fruit, Toast and Jam

6 PPV

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Snack

Smoothie

1 C. Almond Milk, 1/2 Frozen Banana, 2 T. PB2

2 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 Raw Stevia Packet

2 PPV

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Dinner

Meatloaf, Potatoes, Peas

14 PPV

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Oatmeal (5)

Lunch = Egg Whites Lunch With Toast and Fruit (6)

Snack = Smoothie (2)

Dinner = Meat Loaf, Potatoes, Peas (14)

Total = 27

 

Exercise = Yoga Stretch Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

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Happy and Healthy

April 28, 2015

A lot on the “to do” list today, so I’m out the door early.

Yesterday was a great Happy and Healthy day, and that’s my focus right now.

I went to Jazzercise, and I’m loving that class more and more!

I went to dinner afterwards with a girlfriend and I kept my beer drinking to just one. However, there was some sort of a delicious Cinnamon Biscuit that came out with my Salmon Caesar Salad along with 2 large pieces of garlic toast?? What the HECK??  I’m not sure what the Cinnamon Biscuit was all about, but I ordered a cup of coffee and thoroughly enjoyed it! I left the garlic toast alone….well, except for a taste.

Here are yesterday’s eats!

Have a great day!

Breakfast

Light English Muffin

Scrambled Egg Whites, 14 g Cheddar

30 g Avocado, Smashed with Lime Juice and Sea Salt

Grapes

Frothy Coffee

7 PPV

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Lunch

Sweet Potato, Salmon

7 PPV

It ain’t pretty, but it’s what I had and it tasted yummy!

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Dinner

Salmon Caesar, One Beer

Un-Pictured Biscuit

19 PPV

One of the specials on the menu was a Blackened Salmon Caesar! My favorite!

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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 = Scrambled Egg Sandwich, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (7)

Lunch = Salmon, Sweet Potato (7)

Dinner = Salmon Caesar, One Beer, Biscuit (19)

Total = 33

 

Exercise = Jazzercise Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 9

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 9

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

 

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

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Not “In The Zone”

April 27, 2015

I wasn’t sure if to title this post…..

Not “In The Zone”….or….

“Happy and Healthy”

Confusing…right?

I am definitely Not “In The Zone” these last several days with my food choices!

I’m drinking my water and I feel good about the exercise I’m doing, but the food and drink???

When I am “In The Zone”, I am constantly telling myself that it really isn’t that hard, and that I feel great! I think no matter what I weigh, being “In The Zone” feels good to me mentally. It feels good because I feel strong. I feel confident. I eat without any guilt.

When I am Not “In The Zone”, I feel rushed because I am grabbing something to eat without planning and thinking about the quality of the food, I feel guilty about the food and drink choices that I make, and I feel lazy for not being “In The Zone” and putting forth the effort to make the healthier choice.

I was so ready to have the grandkids here this weekend and make good food choices. The first night that they were here, I had a Salmon Caesar Salad and followed through with my plan. 

They spent the night and I made oatmeal for myself and pancakes for them for breakfast on Saturday. I hadn’t had a Buttermilk Pancake in forever, so guess who ate what was left on their plates?? This girl! Like….I shoved those bites of pancake in my mouth!!

Saturday was full of playtime and I quickly ate a bowl of Zero Point Weight Watcher Soup and some fruit. All good, right?

After lunch, and another walk around the neighborhood with Tucker, my Granddaughter and I built a fire in the fire pit outside, and a glass of wine sounded good while sitting around the fire. She had popcorn, I had wine. She told me it was the best day of her life! She’s five. I smiled the rest of the night!

We ordered Mexican take out for dinner and I ended up sharing their chips and guac AND their nachos along with the shrimp fajita’s that I had ordered for myself for dinner.

Later, we showered, put on pjs and built a fort in the basement.

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I could play with her for days…..

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The kids parents picked them up that evening, and then I had more wine. 

Sunday, I didn’t even eat lunch. I drank it.

I had a nice relaxing Sunday morning with coffee and a healthy breakfast, then I went to Yoga. After Yoga, I mowed my yard, I trimmed, I pulled a few weeds, and I collected sticks from the yard. I was drinking water the whole time. I was having a super healthy and active day!

I have a HUGE pile of sticks in the garage that I have collected from our River Birch that sheds sticks like crazy! I decided to hang out by the fire pit and burn up all of the sticks! I love a fire pit and it was the perfect day for it. The sticks went up in flames and freaked me out for just a sec!

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A couple of friends stopped by that live in the neighborhood, and after we chatted for a bit, I opened up a bottle of wine for the three of us to share. Then I opened up another bottle of wine. I never did eat lunch.

I start off everyday with a healthy breakfast that is point friendly and pleasing to my pallet. I start everyday with such good food intentions, then the day seems to get away from me.

Last night I did a lot of thinking about where I am at in this whole “The Weight of my Weight” journey, and as off track as I am this week, I feel really happy, which is baffling to me for some reason, but good, I know.

For years, I have journaled. As a kid, and as a young adult, I would start every single journal entry with the date, then my weight, like it defined where I was at in my life, or my mood for that particular journal entry. Some days, I DO let that number on the scale define my mood, but I am getting better at that. Much better.

While I am a little frustrated with myself for not staying “In The Zone” and getting back to my goal weight, and I am confused as to why at times I am so “In The Zone” and other times I am not, I know that right now, today, I am happy. While I am not at my ideal weight, I am healthy. That’s the goal. Happy and Healthy.

Today will be a great day! 

I hope that if you are struggling with your weight and food choices, that you will stop today and recognize the positive changes that you have made to make your life healthier, and that you will give yourself credit for those changes.

We all deserve to be happy.

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I worked at the food truck yesterday. I did NOT eat my breakfast late in the morning so I wouldn’t be as hungry when I got to the food truck, as I suggested to myself in yesterday’s post.  I was hungry as soon as I started smelling the burgers cooking. I did NOT wake up early enough to get any exercise in before working, and not only did I eat a little pork that I didn’t take a picture of, I also ate a little chicken salad and a bag of chips.

To top it off, we are babysitting the grandkids for the weekend and I have none of the food planned.

On a good note, my WW week starts on Friday and yesterday wasn’t the end of the world. My granddaughter took a mile walk with me and the dogs last night. I have a fridge full of plenty of healthy options, I just need to take the time today to prepare something for myself. I need to portion out whatever I do eat so that I’m not doing any mindless eating while hanging out with the kids, which is sometimes what I do when they are here.

Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts.

Looking forward to a fun day today with the kiddos!

 

Okay, here are yesterday’s eats.

 

Breakfast

Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Canadian Bacon

Grapefruit

Frothy Coffee

9 PPV

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Lunch

Chicken Salad, Chips

Un-pictured Pork

17 PPV

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Dinner

Salmon Caesar Salad

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 = Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (9)

Lunch = Chicken Salad, Chips (13)

Dinner = Salmon Caesar (9)

Total = 35

 

Exercise = 1 Mile walk

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 1

Activity Points Earned This Week = 1

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 1

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 60

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 40

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

 

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The last couple of weeks have been busier than usual for my typical schedule. We’ve been super busy with the Food Truck, which I love, and there’s just been a lot going on…..in life.

The last two day’s I’ve had major computer issues which have consumed way more time than I’d like to admit. After Googling all sorts of things and tying to do some troubleshooting of my own, followed by two phone calls to tech support, I solved the whole problem (I think) by turning my computer off, then on. I hate it when that happens. WHY WHY WHY do I not simply do that to my computer and/or phone EVERY time I have an issue, 90% of the time it solves the problem, and I would save myself so much mental frustration and time!!!

Wow…I feel better after a good vent. Thanks for listening….or reading. 🙂

Yesterday I got to spend some time with my Little Sis, Samone! We went to a candle/jewelry party in my neighborhood, then out for dinner. I swear the most fun we have is in the car singing and taking pictures. Thirteen year old girls love music and phones!!

We usually end up having a meal together when we see each other. (If you’re not familiar with the Big Brother Big Sister Organization and you have some free time in your life, I highly suggest looking into this program in your area.) Last night we went to a new Pizza place and tried the Egg Pizza along with a side of Brussels Sprouts! Both were delicious! I love the fact that Samone, at the age of 13, is willing to try just about any food I suggest. While waiting for our food, we had a little fun with the camera!

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I have struggled these last couple of days with eating in between meals and not tracking. My meals have been decent, and my snacks have been dried fruit and raw nuts, but I know that I have had too many. 

I’ve been allowing myself to have a glass of wine, or a beer, or two lately without even thinking about it. I need to go back to limiting myself. With summer coming and more frequent driveway and deck impromptu get togethers, I need to get my mental attitude prepared for how I will handle these situations.

I have not been able to go to a WW meeting for the last two Friday’s and I will have to miss next week too. It makes a huge difference for me when I don’t get that weekly motivation that I know that I need.

Surprisingly, I weighed at home this morning and I am only up a pound.

I’m not trying to make excuses, but working more hours at the Food Truck has been a challenge. I”m trying to eat small portions of the food that I eat when I am there, but it’s hard to count points, so I am guessing. Being in such a small space surrounded by delicious food is a huge challenge!

I think I need to go back to eating a late, high protein breakfast when I work at the food truck, and taking an apple to snack on. I’ve done that in the past and it has helped me get through a shift without eating anything at the truck.

I’ve been about getting in my activity, but really poor these last two days at drinking my water! When my schedule gets changed around just a little and I’m not at home as much, I forget to get my water in!

Here are Wednesday and Thursday’s eats.

I’m in a rush, so not taking the time to list points and all. Leaving soon to go pick up two of our grandkids who will be spending the weekend with us! I’m taking them out to pizza! I’ll check out the salad menu and skip the beer tonight.

 

Breakfast – Avocado Toast with Scrambled Egg Whites and Cheese

Lunch – Half of the Food Truck Burger

Snack – Dried Apples

Dinner – Salad

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Breakfast – Almond Butter Toast, Scrambled Egg Whites, Fruit, Frothy Coffee

Lunch – Weight Watcher Zero Point Soup with Avocado

Snack – Apple Slices with Almond Butter, Melted Chocolate and Coconut

Dinner – Pizza

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Good Day…Weird Stuff

April 22, 2015

It was just one of those good days that moved right along. Things got done. I had a plan for the day for what I would do, what exercise I would do, and what I would eat.

I stuck with my plan. Along with all the good things that filled up my day, there was some weird stuff too. Here’s my day……

Breakfast – delish

Blog, Emails, Facebook…Instagram!  (super important stuff!)

Yoga – Yay!

Starbuck’s – Yum

Car Wash – Overdue

Lunch – 1 POINT!!

Walk – 3 Miles! Yay again!

Errand’s – Weird

Dinner – Loving this salad combo!

Shower

Couch time…..Ahhhhhh………

One of my errands yesterday was to return a Rotisserie Chicken to Target. Yes, you read that right. I was returning a chicken! I’ve never bought a rotisserie chicken at Target before, and I love me some Target, but there was NO meat on this chicken! I don’t know if it over rotisserie-ed…..or what, but it was skin and bone. Literally. I thought it was the weirdest thing I’d ever seen. Until I was walking out of Target….then this happened.

I saw a woman that appeared to be in her 30’s or so…..with another woman who appeared to be in her 50’s or so. I’ll assume it was a mother/daughter duo out for a day of shopping, right? The younger woman was wearing a T-Shirt that said…..”Me and my mom talk sh*t on you”. I read it and then realized she was watching me read it, but then I thought when you wear a shirt like that, you want people to read it, right? Then I looked at who I assume was her mom to see if her t-shirt said…..”and we have no friends”. It was just a weird shirt. That doesn’t even make sense on a coffee mug, or a sign over your basement bar, or a sign at your lake house, or on a ball cap…..or anywhere! I would have been more amused if it would have just said….”me and my mom are bitches”. I considered asking her if I could take a picture of it so I could have said to her….no one is ever going to believe that someone is really walking around wearing a shirt that say’s this. Super weird, and I usually LOVE weird.

That is all. 

Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Frothy Coffee

6 PPV

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Snack

Un-Pictured Tall Nonfat Latte

2 PPV

 

Lunch

Weight Watcher Zero Point Soup

14 g Trader Joe’s Cheddar Gruyere  

Un-Pictured Banana

1 PPV

If you’re eating a zero point soup for lunch, then you can afford to eat some full fat cheese! I weighed out 14 g of full fat Cheddar Gruyere cheese to put on top of this soup and it was really really good! 

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Snack

Apple, 10 g 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

1 tsp Raw Unsweetened Coconut

2 PPV

I melted the chocolate in the microwave, then drizzled it on the apple. I follow weightwatchers4me on Instagram. She does some amazing things with a little chocolate drizzle. Check out her website at drizzlemeskinny.

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Snack

Un-Pictured Walnuts and Raisins

3 PPV

 

Dinner

Mixed Greens, Dried Cherries, Gorgonzola

Walnuts, Beets, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chicken Breast with Avocado Cream Sauce 

12 PPV

This Avocado Cream Sauce is from yesterday’s post. I’d like to play with this a little more, but it tasted pretty good on this chicken!

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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 = Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Frothy Coffee (6)

Snack = Tall Nonfat Latte (2)

Lunch = Soup with Cheese, Banana (1)

Snack = Apple with Chocolate and Coconut (2)

Snack = Walnuts and Raisins (3)

Dinner = Chicken, Salad (12)

Total = 26

 

Exercise = 60 minute Yoga Class, 60 Minute Walk

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 10

Activity Points Earned This Week = 19

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 19

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 75

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

 

This went along with my “weird” theme, and I’m not sure how many conversations Mike and I have had about how weird we think we are at times. Plus, who doesn’t love Dr. Suess??

 

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Friends

April 21, 2015

Yesterday was a full day at home of “to do’s”. After completing most of the “to do’s”, I met a friend at Jazzercise. This is just my second class since being back after the broken collar bone. The first class I did with no weights, and I felt great afterwards. Yesterday, I went with the 4 pound weights, and again, felt great afterwards! Yay!

After Jazzercise, we went to the little neighborhood Mexican joint around the corner, where Monday is Taco night. I ordered two taco’s……..and a Bud Light. After some deep, good girlfriend chat, I had more beer. Sometimes a good long chat with a girlfriend over a few beers, out ranks how many points I’m eating for the day. 

(I’m at the weird weight where I don’t feel fat. I want to get back to my goal weight of 160 and I know I will feel amazing when I get there. I’m stuck at 172 and there just seems to be a mental block keeping me here.)

Here are the rest of yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Egg White Omelet, 14 g of Red Fat Cheese

Trader Joe’s Bread, Toasted

30 g of smashed Avocado

Kiwi and Pear

Frothy Coffee

5 PPV

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Lunch

Zucchini Noodles, Edamame, Corn

Avocado Cream Sauce

Chicken, Cherry Tomatoes

4 PPV

I made the zucchini noodles with a regular old vegetable peeler. I thought they were pretty. 🙂 I played just a little trying to make an avocado cream sauce.

1 Avocado

1/3 C Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt

Lime Juice

Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper

Mix in food processor. 

After assembling my bowl of vegetables and chicken and about a Tablespoon of the avocado cream sauce, and then taking a few bites of it all at room temperature, I decided that it tasted better after I heated it all up just a bit in the microwave. The cream sauce still needed something, but it wasn’t too bad for a little variety.

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Snack

Banana, Melted Chocolate

Raw Unsweetened Coconut

2 PPV

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Dinner

Taco’s and Bud Light

25 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, Avocado Toast, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (5)

Lunch = Zucchini Bowl (4)

Snack = Banana, Chocolate (2)

Dinner = Taco’s and Beer (25)

Total = 36

 

Exercise = Jazzercise

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 9

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 9

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um…this is a work in progress)
I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise.
I will track every single day for the entire year. No matter what.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

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Hello Blog! It’s been a busy crazy weekend! 

I’m ending today’s post with the Weight Watcher Zero Point Soup Recipe, but first let me get caught up!

I mentioned in a blog post last week that it was going to be a challenging week with food, and that it was! I did a little socializing on Tuesday, which I blogged about. I worked at the Food Truck on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I attended an awesome Blogging Event on Thursday night, where I walked into a room full of an awesome buffet of food, drinks and dessert! I met some friends for a Happy Hour on Friday to celebrate a friends birthday, Mike and I had a long overdue date night and went out to dinner on Saturday, and Sunday Mike and I went to breakfast with a few family member’s, then to our niece’s daughter’s 2nd birthday party! Lots going on. Lots of food challenges.

I LOVE my little part time job working at the Food Truck. I get to take the orders and chat with the people. Think about eating at a Food Truck. Your in an atmosphere that isn’t your typical lunch atmosphere. Most people that come to our truck already know that they are in for a treat, or they’ve heard about us, and they are excited to try the food. My job is great because I get to greet all of these people and chit chat a bit with them! I love working for Sidney, the owner, and I love working with Nina, our third member in the truck. We have a great time joking around and enjoying Sidney’s yummies on the truck, and I love talking to the customers, but this job does have it’s food challenges. Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious, but not super point friendly. I typically only work Wednesday’s at the Food Truck, which is completely doable to stay on plan, and have a taste of some of the yummy food that the Beauty of the Bistro has to offer. The menu has Three amazing burgers, Crawfish Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork Taco’s, a Chicken Salad Sandwich, a ridiculous Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich, and a Market Salad with a homemade vinaigrette that is delicious! The grill is going all the time and those burgers cooking can really make it hard to not eat at all. The pulled pork is tender and always amazing, and sits in a pan directly behind where I take the orders. It too…..smells amazing. Often, we are at a location with other food trucks, and we share food with each other so we all have an opportunity to know what the other trucks are serving up! We typically work 10-2. That being said, you can understand how this job has it’s food challenges for a WW member! 🙂 Check out the Brisket Bacon and Cheese pie we shared from the Pie Hole Food Truck! I brought this half home to Mike, then I ate it instead!

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Thursday, I was invited to a Kansas City Food Bloggers Happy Hour. I was super excited to go and meet other bloggers! I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to eat dinner. I had no idea I was going to an event that provided us with a full on beautiful buffet of Thai Food, along with drinks and desserts! I had Vegan Tempura and Drunken Chicken Noodles and a tasty cocktail!

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Friday, I skipped eating a dinner, and had a beer and two glasses of wine instead. I ate this beef taco from another food truck for lunch!

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Saturday, I thought I was making a great dinner choice of Pecan Crusted Trout with Mango Salsa and Slaw, but didn’t think to ask how it was prepared. Pretty certain this was a big plate of Pecan Crusted Fried Fish, but it was oh so good!

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Sunday, before the birthday party, Mike and I met my mom, brother and niece for breakfast. This was my breakfast, and it was awful. I ordered it because it was full of veggies. It was to come with Hollandaise Sauce, and I asked them to leave that off. The swiss cheese was gross and hard, as was the avocado. There was spinach and mushrooms under the swiss cheese and it was all just awful. I ate the poached eggs and some of the potatoes. I guess every meal you eat out can’t be amazing. 🙂

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I did actually cook a few things over the last few days.

This is always easy, and always makes for a successful Weight Watcher meal.

Weight Watcher’s Traditional Zero Point Soup

I haven’t made this cabbage soup in forever! It sounded like such a “diet” thing. Truth is, I LOVE soup! So I did a little searching on Pinterest, and found several recipes. I can’t seem to find the “Original” recipe, but I found several that were similar. Most of them used Beef Broth, Tomato Paste and Basil and Oregano.

Here is the recipe that I made, and I think that it taste great! 

Weight Watcher Zero Points Soup

Weight Watcher Zero Points Soup

 

Weight Watcher Zero Point Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. Cooking spray
  4. 3 cups nonfat chicken broth
  5. 2 15 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  6. 3 cups chopped cabbage
  7. 1 cup chopped carrot
  8. 1 cup green beans
  9. 1 small chopped zucchini
  10. 1 T. Italian Seasoning (or more)
  11. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook garlic and onions in cooking spray until onions are tender.
  2. Add all other ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Make sure to add any Points Plus for the toppings or add in's that you choose!
Notes
  1. All of these make great toppings! Make sure to add the necessary points!
  2. Parmesan Cheese
  3. Avocado
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Cheddar Cheese
  6. Baked Tortilla Chips
  7. Corn
  8. Black Beans
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Life……

April 16, 2015

Last week, I tried really hard to stay at 26 points a day. At the end of the week, I was happy with my food choices, and I was happy with the scale. I’ve been trying to get out of the 170’s and back at goal weight for awhile now. I know that the way to do that is to stay at 26 points a day, and get in lots of activity.

At our WW meeting last week, we talked about Negative Talk, and Positive Talk within ourselves. I really used to have a lot of negative conversations about myself inside my head. I’ve gotten so much better at remembering all of the positive changes that I’ve made over the last few years, and the Positive Talks within myself are now much more common.

That being said, here is my confession for Tuesday….

I spent the entire day and night with a friend and I enjoyed a Bloody Mary, a couple of beer’s, some wine and some yummy food! I’m not beating myself up because it’s Life. I would have stressed myself out trying to count everything that I was eating and drinking and I know that about myself. I had a great time. I indulged a bit. I did have cravings yesterday (I think that happens to me the day following some drinking) so I didn’t eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but I didn’t go overboard on the foods that I was craving either.

Today and tomorrow? Exercise and eat 26 Points a day. Right back to the choices  that will get my body where I’d like it to be. 

Sidenote: I’ve also gotten much better about appreciating the body that I have, how strong it is, and that weighing less doesn’t make me a smarter, prettier, or better person. 

Tuesday

Egg White Omelet and fruit.

Pizza for lunch and snacks off and on….and a couple of beers, and a Bloody Mary.

Salmon Dinner and Wine.

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Wednesday

Avocado Chocolate Pudding with Walnuts and Banana.

Taco while working the Food Truck

Huge Salad with Kale, Cabbage, Mixed Greens, Taco Meat. Some I stuffed into a corn tortilla.

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 I’m out the door to work the Food Truck again today. Busy Week this week!

 

Have a great day!

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