Archives For April 2015

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

April 14, 2015

I haven’t tried any new recipes in awhile, so yesterday was the day. I found a few new things I’d like to try this week. I shopped and bought ingredients for a Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, which we had for dinner last night, and I am planning to make a Zucchini Noodle Basil Pesto dish before the end of the week!

I had a reader ask recently about my favorite tortilla’s. I am always trying a new brand, but this is a Corn Tortilla that I like!

One Serving = 3 Points for 3 Tortilla’s. They are thin, so they don’t always hold together really well. If that bother’s you (it does my husband) then these aren’t for you, but if you’re looking for a low point corn tortilla, and that doesn’t bother you, then these are just for you! 

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I had a super productive day yesterday that included grocery shopping, meal planning and another Hot Yoga class. I LOVE that class!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Blueberry Oatmeal

Black Coffee

4 PPV

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Lunch

Grocery Store Salad Bar

Lot’s of Veggies, Grilled Chicken, 3 T. Taco Meat

Garbanzo Beans, Kidney Beans, Salsa

1 Corn Tortilla

10 PPV

This salad tasted great, and the package of tortilla’s was laying on the counter with the rest of the groceries that I hadn’t put away yet. I kept thinking about how yummy one would taste with some salad stuffed in it, so I did.

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Snack

Dried Apples

3 PPV

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Dinner

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

8 PPV

You can click HERE for the recipe that I found that inspired this simple dinner.

The original Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe is a vegetarian dish. I added Turkey Taco meat to get a little protein in. I didn’t use all of the same ingredients that are in the original recipe. I was really just looking for something new and different that included a spaghetti squash, and I loved this idea of a Burrito Bowl type meal.

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash could be a great idea for a family dinner night if your family is digging the spaghetti squash! You could set up a little assembly line on the counter top, and fill your Squash Bowl with your favorite ingredients, top it with cheese and put it under the broiler for a bit. Or….leave the cheese off. It’s delicious either way!

Ingredients

Cooked Spaghetti Squash 

Cooked Turkey Taco Meat (or Ground Beef, or Ground Chicken)

Black Beans

Corn

Veggies of your choice

Cheese of your choice

Optional toppings…Avocado, Sour Cream, Cilantro

Directions

Cook the spaghetti squash. Let it cool for a few minutes. Remove the majority of the squash and put it in a bowl. Now start filling up your Spaghetti Squash bowl with the squash and the other ingredients that you’d like to add, except for the cheese. I added Turkey Taco Meat, Black Beans, Corn, Red Bell Pepper strips and Salsa. Now pack it in tight. Top with cheese and place it under the broiler just until the cheese melts. Add any additional toppings of your choice!

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I stirred in a little light sour cream before I took this picture. Avocado would be awesome on top of this too!

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This Stuffed Spaghetti Squash meal is a keeper as far as I’m concerned! Next time, I’m thinking Chicken, Grilled Asparagus and Alfredo!

 

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, Black Coffee (4)

Lunch = Salad (10)

Snack = Dried Apples (3)

Dinner = Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (8)

Total = 25

 

Exercise = 60 Minute Hot Yoga Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week =  10

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 10

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31

 

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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A Little Sis Afternoon!

April 13, 2015

Last year, I became a part of the Big Brother Big Sister program. That’s where I was matched up with Samone! Next month will be our One Year Anniversary! Big’s and Little’s are matched up through a series of questions. As different as Samone and I are at age 48 and 13, we always have a great time together! One of our similar interest is art. Samone has a super creative side to her that I always find amazing. We’ve been to the Art Fair, we’ve done creative things at the house and we’ve talked about a few artsy things we’d like to do in the future.

Yesterday we had an awesome opportunity to get to paint together! The Big Brother Big Sister organizations does a great job of letting you know about activities that they sponsor throughout the city. When I saw an opportunity to paint together, I signed us up!

We went to the cutest little art studio downtown called Happy Tree’s Painting, where we were walked through painting a little Palm Tree Sunset picture. We were the first ones to show up, but there were about 20 other Big’s and Little’s there too!

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We will be going back for sure! 

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Here’s the whole group! Samone and I are on the far left!

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Here’s my painting……not too shabby for a first timer!

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We had a great afternoon together and I can’t wait to back there and watch Samone paint a masterpiece!!

Here are yesterday’s eats……

 

Breakfast

Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal

Frothy Coffee

6 PPV

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Lunch

Bacon Avocado Hash with Poached Eggs

13 PPV

I ordered this with no cheese and a dry English Muffin. They remembered the no cheese, but it came out with a buttered English Muffin, so I decided I didn’t need the bread anyhow and I skipped the muffin. This hash was awesome!

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Snack

Apple

0 PPV

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Dinner

Salmon Caesar Salad

9 PPV

This is the exact same dinner that I had on Saturday night, but last night we ate at the restaurant, so I didn’t actually weigh my salmon like I did when I brought it home on Saturday. It looked about the same size to me! I did NOT eat the garlic bread in the background. I was challenged with buttery bread TWICE yesterday! I picked off the croutons. 

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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 (6)

Lunch = Hash (13)

Snack = Apple (0)

Dinner = Salad (9)

Total = 28

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 7

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 7

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31

 

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

 

I woke up Saturday morning ready to go back to the Yoga Studio. I went to a morning class prepared to do a Yoga Level 1 Class. What I ended up doing, was a Hot Yoga Mixed Level Class. At the end of the class, I was so glad that I had gone to it! I felt like I pushed myself, but I was able to do everything without any shoulder pain and it was a great workout! The right collar bone feels healed, and the left rotator cuff seems to be happy with the cortisone shot! Yay shoulders!

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(If you were fortunate enough to read…Jazzercise, Pant’s and Bra’s, I was careful to wear all of the right clothing for exercising, and nothing fell out of anything, and my pants stayed up!)

After a few tasty eats, I decided to get back into the swing of lawn mowing. I actually don’t mind it, and I love that look of a fresh cut lawn. After mowing, I trimmed, pulled weeds and then took Tucker for a short walk. I was getting in all sorts of activity!

I was anxious to enter my activity into my Weight Watcher E-Tools and see just how many activity points I had earned for myself. I like to watch that number climb through the week!

Weight Watcher’s offer’s all sorts of great tools for weight loss. One of those tools is earning Activity Points. Each day in my blog, I include whether I exercised or not, and how many activity points I earned for that particular exercise. Activity Points can come in handy for a lot of people on Weight Watcher’s, because if you eat your Daily Points, and you happen to eat your 49 Extra Weekly points, then you can dip into your activity points if necessary. Now, I will admit, if I eat my Daily Points, and my Weekly 49 Points, and I eat my activity points, I don’t lose weight, but that’s just me. I know from attending Weight Watcher meetings for so many years, that some members do have success with weight loss when eating their activity points. That is part of the weight loss journey, learning what works for you and your body. I like to keep track of my Activity Points for the simple fact that seeing that I’ve been active reminds me that I’m making good choices for my body and for my all around health.

When I enter my activity into my Weight Watcher E-Tools, it tells me that 60 minutes of Yoga is 3 Activity Points. There are no options in E-Tools for what kind of Yoga you are doing. I love Weight Watchers and so many things that it has to offer, but when it comes to calculating activity points, I never really know how accurate it is. I am quite certain that I earned more than 3 activity points while sweating and bending and stretching and sweating and bending and stretching, and then sweating and bending and stretching some more for 60 minutes. It tells me that I also earned 3 activity points mowing the lawn with a push mower for 40 minutes! These two activities were completely different when it comes to physical exertion.

I don’t really know how many activity points I earned yesterday, or how many calories I burned, so I’ll just record what it tells me. What i do know, is that I was active yesterday. and being active gives me lots of energy, and makes me feel good about myself. My goal this week is to get in a lot of exercise, so I’m pleased with what I accomplished yesterday!

Correct or not, I love that I’ve earned Activity Points!

Here are yesterday’s eats!

Breakfast

1/2 Grapefruit, Egg

Pumpkin Pancakes topped with Pumpkin Butter

Frothy Coffee

7 PPV

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Snack

Almonds, Raisins

2 PPV

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Lunch

Egg White Sandwich with Smashed Avocado

and Salsa on a Toasted Light English Muffin

Orange, Apple

5 PPV

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Snack

Avocado Chocolate Pudding 

4 PPV

I found this recipe and was super curious. This was amazing! There are only 4 ingredients! Avocado, Unsweetened Cocoa, Honey and Almond Milk! I weighed my Avocado so I would know how many points it was for sure. I highly recommended giving it a try! Click HERE for the recipe!

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Dinner

Salmon Caesar Salad

9 PPV

I ordered take out for dinner. When I got home, I weighed the salmon and measured out 1 T. of the dressing. They sent home at least 1/2 Cup of dressing! I was really in the mood to “go out”, but Mike has been really fighting a bug for two weeks now, so we had dinner on the couch at 8:30 and he was asleep before 9:00. Poor guy needed some rest! The upside of this? I weighed and measured my food and knew exactly how many points dinner was! 🙂 

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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 = Pancake’s, Egg, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (7)

Snack = Almonds, Raisins (2)

Lunch = Egg Sandwich, Fruit (5)

Snack = Pudding (4)

Dinner = Salmon Caesar (9)

Total = 27

 

Exercise = 60 minute Hot Yoga, Mowed the yard, Short Dog Walk

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 7

Activity Points Earned This Week = 7

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 7

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 33

 

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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I went to my WW meeting yesterday morning in Jeans! I rarely do that, especially when I’m really looking for a loss at the scale. I weighed at home with my jeans on and off, and they weigh at least a pound. I usually weigh in wearing a pair of ancient and super thin, yoga pants, but I had plans for the day, and besides…. it’s fun to let the WW members know that I own some actual clothes. 🙂 I still had a loss at the scale! I was happy with how my weigh in went, jeans and all. I had a good week tracking and getting back into a bit of an exercise groove.

I know that sticking to those 26 points a day, and getting in activity, will eventually get me back into the 160’s. I dipped into the 49 Weekly Points a points a little bit, but not too bad.

Yesterday, day one of a new week, I went to lunch with some girlfriends for a birthday celebration. We met at the restaurant at 12:45, and left at 6:30!! Yep, that’s right….we were there ALL day long just chatting away and becoming BFF’s with out waitress, Julie! I did go over on my points for the day before I left the restaurant, and then I ate dinner too!

What does that mean for this week? It really wasn’t a great week for me to do that. I have a few plans this week that involve a social drink here and there and food prepared by others, so it’s going to be a challenge to not use up all those extra 49 points. What’s my plan? Exercise.

I went to my first official Yoga class this morning and it felt great! I thought I was going to a Yoga Level 1 Class, but it ended up being a mixed level Hot Yoga class. It pushed me, but I kept up and at the end of class, I felt great!

I plan to get in a variety of Yoga, Jazzercise and walking this week, get in lots of water, and just make the best choices that I can in the situation when it comes to the food.

I hope you all have a Happy and Healthy Week, and that you treat your bodies good!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

It’s the wine that did it for me………SIX hours is a long lunch!

 

Breakfast

6 Egg Whites, Salsa

2 PPV

See how smart I was here? I was planning for my afternoon……

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Lunch

Carrots, Cucumbers, Hummus and Pita Bread

Red Wine….Lots of water

28 PPV

 I did order all veggies, and no pita bread with my hummus, but someone else at the table ordered all pita bread and no veggies, so I ate a few bites of his pita bread, then a few bites of someone else’s pretzel…..dipped in cheese! I have no idea how many glasses water I drank, maybe 5?

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Dinner

Pork Bahn Mi Salad

11 PPV

The Food Truck that I work at decided to set up for some Friday night fun, so Mike and I went out to say “hi” to a few friends and have dinner. Totally forgot to take a picture, so I stole this from Beauty and the Bistro’s Facebook Page!

Pork, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Yummy Sauces and Jalepeno’s on a bed of cucumber’s!

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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 = 6 Egg Whites, Salsa (2)

Lunch = Hummus, Veggies, Pita Bread, Wine (28)

Dinner = Bahn Mi Salad (11)

Total = 41

 

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 = 90

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 34

 

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 week? Lots and lots of exercise!! No excuses!

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

Thursday’s eats……

April 11, 2015

Friday was full of all sort’s of fun, so I didn’t get a chance to write a post!

On Thursday, I did Yoga for the first time since the broken collar bone and it felt pretty darned good! I just did a 30 minute Restorative Yoga routine from my exercise on Demand station on my cable, but it felt good, so i am heading out the door for a Yoga class this morning! I’ve missed it so much!

I’ll get a blog in all about yesterday later this afternoon.

I’m looking forward to a great weekend and I hope that you are too!

 

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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 = Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Butter  (4)

Lunch = Pork Variety at the Food Truck (12)

Snack =  Blueberry Smoothie (1)

Dinner = Skillet of Turkey, Asparagus, Zucchini, Carrots, Potatoes (8)

Total = 25

Exercise = 30 Minutes of Yoga

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 15

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 15

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

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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Pumpkin Oatmeal

April 9, 2015

It was rainy and chilly when I got up to let the dogs out…..and all I could think about was Fall, so I needed pumpkin!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Quick Cooking Oats
  2. 1/4 C Canned Pumpkin
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 packet sweetener of your choice
  7. 3/4 C. Boiling water
  8. 1/2 T. Pumpkin Butter for topping
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the Pumpkin Butter.
  2. Let sit for 2 minutes, then stir.
  3. Top with Pumpkin Butter.
Notes
  1. 6 SmartPoints
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I’ll spare you all of the details about yesterday….not because I don’t want to share….I really do. But I’m limited on time. Anyhow, you’ve already heard all about my exercise pants and sports bras!

4:30 a.m. Snack!

Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Cheerios, Raspberries

3 PPV

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6:30 a.m. Breakfast

Light English Muffin, Scrambled Egg Whites

14 g Reduced Fat Cheddar, Strawberries

5 PPV

1/2 Serving of cheese (most packages list 28 g as a serving size) really goes a long way!

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8:30 a.m. Snack

Toast, Almond Butter Smear

3 PPV

It’s maybe 8:30 at this point…….

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10:00 a.m. Snack

Dried Apples

6 PPV

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Lunch at 11:30!

Tuna, Garbanzo Beans, Reduced Fat Feta

Red Bell Pepper, Cucumbers, Carrots

Olive Oil

7 PPV

It’s 11:30, and I’ve consumed 24 Points! I’m really working on a goal of 26 per day!

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I cleaned house like crazy and kept myself super busy so I wouldn’t eat, all the while wondering how I was going to eat a 2 point dinner and be full before bedtime. Part of me was also thinking about the 23 points that I ate the day before and actually shorted myself three points!

Come dinner time, I started with this skillet of green beans and mushrooms….cooked in a little olive oil and broth.

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I ended up eating a 5 point dinner, and ended my day with 29 points. It’s all good.

 

Dinner…..at 7:00 p.m.

1 oz. Chicken, 1/4 C. Cooked Quinoa

Green Beans and Mushrooms 

Zoodles cooked with Onion and Garlic, Marinara Sauce

1 T. Parmesan

5 PPV

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

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

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

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Pre-Breakfast = Yogurt, Cheerios, Fruit (3)

Breakfast = English Muffin, Egg Whites, Cheese, Fruit (5)

Snack = Toast, Almond Butter, Dried Apples  (9)

Lunch = Tuna Salad (7)

Dinner = Chicken, Quinoa, Parmesan Cheese, Veggies (5)

Total = 29

Exercise = None, but I did clean house….hands and knees kinda stuff, from noon to 6:00!

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

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 = 42

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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I finally made it to a Jazzercise class yesterday! It’s been over 8 weeks since I broke my collarbone so it’s been a while since I’ve been to class! I was going to go last week, then I had all sorts of really good excuses why I couldn’t make it. You believe me, right?

Okay, let me talk exercise pants and sports bra’s. Forward to the food pictures if you’d like to skip the TMI. I’ll understand.

I have a small variety of yoga/exercise pants that I like to wear. Some of them fit great, some of them are more flattering than others, some are capri length, some are long, some fit like leggings, some have a flared bottom, some are black, some have a cute pattern, some stay up well, and others I am constantly pulling up! I keep them on two different shelves in my closet. One stack stays up well, the other stack doesn’t. I try to save the “doesn’t” stack for day’s when I’m just walking, not jumping all over the place.  I wore pants from the wrong pile to Jazzercise! I think I did more pulling up than I did Jazzing!

I also have a variety of sports bras. Some old, some newerish. Some underwire, some with no underwire, but just fit snug enough for good support when walking. Occasionally, I double up on the “less supportive” bras if I think I might get in a little jogging. These girls need a lot of support, and I usually wear the right bra to class…again…the jumping. It just wasn’t my day. The sports bra that I did wear has no underwire and it fits a little loose.  I fell out of my bra. I kept putting them back in and they kept falling out. I’d turn around to face the back wall and rearrange, then get back in the groove. Sometimes, I just held my boobs with my hands and did the steps, then I pulled up my pants. I was exhausted.

It was an interesting first day back at Jazzercise, but at least I made it to class!

Here are yesterday’s eats!

Breakfast Taco’s

Scrambled Egg Whites, 14 g Reduced Fat Cheddar

30 g Smashed Avocado, Salsa

Pear, Black Coffee

6 PPV

I scrambled my egg whites, then melted the cheese on top of them. I laid the tortilla’s in the skillet sprayed with pam and filled them with the eggs and folded them over to brown them just enough so that they would be crispy. Then I smeared the avocado inside. These were so good!

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Snack

Black Coffee, Banana

Un-Pictured 1 tsp Almond Butter

1 PPV

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Lunch

Mixed Greens, 1/2 C. Tuna, 2 T. Reduced Fat Feta

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper

2 T. Greek Dressing, Black Pepper

6 PPV

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Snack

1 C. Almond Milk, 1 C. Frozen Blueberries, 1/2 Frozen Banana

1 PPV

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Dinner

Chopped Salad

2 oz Chicken, 1 oz. Diced Cooked Potato 

28 g. Gruyere Cheese, 1/4 Garbanzo Beans

Cucumber, Tomatoes, Carrots, Lettuce

1 T. Greek Dressing

8 PPV

I used full fat yummy cheese for 3 points in this salad, and it was completely worth it!

Salad number two for the day! I like salad, but I wouldn’t say that I ever crave it. After my friend, Becky, made me an awesome salad and a smoothie last week for lunch, I’ve been craving salads! I do like a chopped salad. You get a little taste of everything in each bite, and I think you can get away with less dressing if you put it all in a big bowl, put the lid on it, and just shake the ever living daylights out of it! So I did!

I planned on garlic toast to go with our salad for dinner, then I got so excited making the salad, I forgot to throw the bread in the oven!

I ended up with points left for the day that I had planned to use on the garlic toast, so I had a frothy coffee for dessert and ended up with a few points leftover.

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Snack

Frothy Coffee

1 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 = Breakfast Taco’s, Fruit, Black Coffee (6)

Snack = Banana, Almond Butter, Coffee (1)

Lunch = Salad (6)

Snack = Smoothie (1)

Dinner = Salad (8)

Snack = Frothy Coffee (1)

Total = 23

 

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 = 60

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45

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

Feeling Good……

April 6, 2015

We celebrated Easter with our kids and our grandkids last weekend, but Mike and I still had lots planned for yesterday that included two Easter Meals and a long drive. Mike has been sick all week, so we changed up our plans and we slept in yesterday. We had breakfast at home, chilled most of the day so he could get some rest, then we went to my mom’s for dinner. Since our plans changed a little, my food challenges were easier to tackle and I had time for a nice walk outside!

I’m trying to stick to 26 points a day this month, and I finished the day with 30. Not too bad for a Holiday.

I started off my morning with my Frothy Coffee in Pink for 1 Point.

I made an Egg White Veggie Omelet with a little Cheese and Avocado with a big bowl of fruit at around 11:00 for 5 Points.

For a snack, (or lunch, I guess) I had an apple and a banana with a dash of cinnamon for 0 points.

Then…Easter Dinner of Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, and a Deviled Egg for 15 Points.

After my meal, I was really looking forward to the cute little eggs that I had made on Saturday night and had thought about all day yesterday. I poured myself a cup of coffee, and prepared for dessert! I had one of my cookies and an unplanned brownie for a total of 8 Points. Then I had 10 jelly beans for 1 point while we sat around the dinner table chatting.

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I had asked my mom what the menu was, so I had completely planned out my meal and entered it into my tracker before going to her house. I wasn’t quite at 26 points, so I had a few to spare for the unexpected. With the deviled egg, the brownie and the jelly beans, I went over on my points just a wee bit, but I’m feeling super successful about my weekend!

 

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 White Omelet, Fruit, Frothy Coffee (6)

Lunch = Apple, Banana (0)

Dinner = Ham, Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Deviled Egg, sweets (24)

Total = 30

 

Exercise = Walked 3.5 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 4

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 4

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45

 

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’ll track if I eat 26 points, I’ll track if I eat 76 points.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s. One down, 5 to go!

 

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

Happy Easter

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter to those of you celebrating today!

I’m really focusing on only eating 26 points a day this month and I am feeling “In the Zone”. I love that feeling of control and I wish I knew why sometimes I have it and sometimes I don’t, but for now, I’m enjoying the fact that I have it!

Yesterday I took my Little Sis, Samone, downtown to the West Bottoms in Kansas City, where tons of old buildings have been turned into awesome shops full of vintage furniture, refurbished furniture, great Flea Market finds, clothes, vintage jewelry and Food Trucks galore!

We had a great time shopping and walking from truck to truck trying to decide what we would eat! I ended up choosing Shrimp Taco’s from the Twisted Asian truck and they were awesome!

I had packed a cooler with apple slices, grapes and carrots sticks and wholly guacamole…….

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……just in case I ended up not eating at a Food Truck. I wanted to prevent myself from eating something I would regret on the way home if got too hungry. I didn’t end up needing it, but I liked knowing that I had it with me in case I had a snack attack!

I went out to dinner with my dad and stepmom and I really really wanted a glass of wine and some salmon, one of my favorite meals, but I skipped the wine, skipped the mashed potatoes that came with the meal and doubled up on the asparagus, and happily ended my day at 26 points!

Last night after dinner, I was making dessert for Easter Dinner at my mom’s house tonight. These are Lemon Oreo’s and cream cheese balls, but shaped into eggs and dipped in White Almond Bark. I haven’t had ONE!! Click HERE for the recipe!

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Yesterday was full of food challenges with the Food Trucks, eating dinner out and wanting a glass of wine, and making dessert, but it felt great to make it successfully through the day without going over on my points! I did not get any exercise in, but I did get lots of water in and made good food choices. 

We had two family dinner’s planned today, but Mike hasn’t felt well all week, so he’s resting for the day, then we’ll have dinner tonight with my family. The event that we are missing today is with his side of the family. This is a picture from last year.

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Mike comes from a huge Catholic family and as many family members as can get together, do so once a year on Easter Sunday.. It’s a huge potluck full of wonderful comfort food. Going through that line is always tough with so many yummy casseroles and crockpots full of family recipes. The dessert table is huge. I hate that Mike hasn’t felt well and that we will miss this family tradition today, but I will say it’s one less food challenge for me today!

Sidenote: I like to remind myself of this when I am in the Zone. I didn’t have a huge Saturday morning breakfast of French Toast and Bacon and Sausage yesterday morning. I didn’t have dessert at the Coffee Cake Food Truck yesterday. I didn’t have wine at dinner yesterday. I didn’t eat any sweets last night when I could have.

What I did do, was eat really good food that I really like the taste of. I love Oatmeal and I love eating it in a variety of ways. The shrimp taco’s at the food truck were plenty and I didn’t need any more food for lunch than what I had. When I’m skipping on the sugary treats, fruit taste really really good! I love salmon and asparagus, so dinner was perfect! I just like reminding myself that I am making healthy choices and eating food that I really do love! I do not feel deprived, I feel healthy.

Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast

Oatmeal with Blueberries and Raspberries

Black Coffee

4 PPV

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Snack

Banana, Black Coffee

0 PPV

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Lunch

Shrimp Taco’s

10 PPV

Cilantro, Thinly Sliced Cucumber, Cabbage, Green Onion, Shrimp, some kind of delicious sauce!

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Snack

Raisins, Raw Almonds

2 PPV

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Snack

Apple

0 PPV

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Dinner

Salmon, Asparagus

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 = Oatmeal (4)

Lunch = Taco’s (10)

Snack’s = Yogurt Snacks, Apple, Raisins, Almonds (3)

Dinner = Salmon and Asparagus (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 = 90

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49

 

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. (unless I’m sick..or break a bone!!)
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.
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

 

I started my morning off with a little Pink Frothy Coffee!

Have a Healthy and Happy Easter!

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