Archives For May 2015

I’ll just start by saying that yesterday was a lot of fun and a Perfect Saturday!

A friend came over for coffee, then we headed to downtown Overland Park to the City Market. It’s small compared to downtown Kansas City’s market, but they have a lot to offer, just on a smaller scale. My friend and I noticed a long line at a tent, so we stopped to see what must be so good that there was such a line! It was for toast. 

This toast……

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They also had Pour Over Coffee, (you can see them making it behind my toast!) which I love! The toast was amazing. We had them cut ours in half so we could share it, and I did share a couple of bites of mine with some friends that we ran into! I’m guessing on the points, but it really was worth standing in line for! The pour over coffee was delish! Oh….and I bought some zucchini and bell peppers!

Later in the afternoon, two friends accompanied me on my walk, and we ended up running a lot of it!

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We had some impromptu plans with friends for a Happy Hour and Dinner! We spent the evening enjoying sushi and wine.

After dinner, we all decided to stop by the neighborhood bar on the way home, and there we found more friends attending a birthday party, so we joined in and there, I drank beers.

I had a really fun day yesterday. I got my exercise in. I drank lots of water. I ate mostly simply filling foods. My only real mess up was the drinks.

I even thought I was Madonna! See what 2 glasses of wine, and 3 Tank 7’s will do to a girl?

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Here are yesterdays eats.

Breakfast – 6 PPV

Light English Muffin with 2 tsp Almond Butter, Watermelon, Frothy Coffee

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Snack at the City Market – 5 PPV

1/2 Slice of Cranberry Walnut Bread, toasted, with Almond Butter, Honey and Sea Salt, Pour Over Coffee

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Lunch – 4 PPV

Kale, Feta, Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Dressing

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Dinner, Sushi – 10 PPV

Four of us ordered five rolls, then shared them. I ate more than what is on this plate, but I would say that I ate one roll, along with some edamame. I’ve included the wine points below.

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Drinks – 26 PPV

One Beer at Happy Hour before dinner, Two Glasses of Wine at dinner, Two more beers at the bar.

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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

Snack = 5

Lunch = 4

Dinner = 10

Drinks = 26

Total = 51

 

Exercise = Walked/Ran 5 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 7

Activity Points Earned This Week = 12

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 24

 

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. Two down, 4 to go!

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I’ve literally spent the last 3 days at the Verizon store in an effort to help my mom enter the texting world so she can keep in contact with my brother. Mom can now text, and send and receive pictures. Miracles do happen.

My older brother (haha, my only brother) sold his house and everything that he owns last year and lived in his camper for one year to prepare for a new journey in his life. This is him, learning how to use his iPhone. Also…a miracle. He prefers the simpler things in life, hence the camper.

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He left three weeks ago to head to the east coast and start a new life of camping and beaching it!

This is his home! (I think this picture was at a KOA campground is N. Carolina?)

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He calls her Stella.

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This is the rear end of the trailer he pulls. He’s a Bob Segar fan.

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He has owned this 1967 Chevy Truck and Camper for several years now, and it is as cute as can be inside! He has been planning this trip and lifestyle change for several years now.

I talked to him yesterday, and he said he is the happiest he has been in a long time! I’m super happy for him and his new adventure’s! He was at a KOA in Naples, Florida for this picture!

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And…..after three day’s and several hours at the Verizon store, my mom can now keep in touch with him much easier!!

 

Here’s an update on my walking challenge as of yesterday! Tucker will be joining me for most of these miles!

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I loved being able to finally get to a WW meeting yesterday! Those members are like a second family! And…they get me! We talked very specifically about different foods to try, so I’m looking forward to trying a couple of new combinations of food this week!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 1 PPV

Banana after my WW meeting, and one of My Frothy Coffee’s from home.

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Lunch – 15 PPV

Kale and Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. I forgot to ask the waitress for the dressing on the side! This salad had raw walnuts in it and beets. I love this salad at The Tavern in Prairie Village. This is a guess on points, but it feels like a safe guess.

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Snack – 0 PPV

Grapes and Hot Tea on the go! (Mom’s house, Verizon store, Mom’s house, Verizon store….on and on and on…..) 🙂

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Dinner – 6 PPV

The last of the Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables. This SkinnyTaste.com recipe was great!

1/4 Avocado

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Snack – 2 PPV

Almond Milk PB Banana Smoothie…..in a chilled beer glass, of course.

1 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Frozen Banana

1 packet Raw Stevia

2 T PB2 

1 T Unsweetened Cocoa

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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 = 1

Lunch = 15

Snack = 0

Dinner = 6

Snack = 2

Total = 24

Exercise = Walked 4 miles

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 5

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50. So focused on other stuff, I forgot to drink more water!

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.
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!

 

For my brother………

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I did some shopping yesterday!

The last time that I went to Jazzercise, I knew I would have to buy new shoes before I went to another class. Walking Shoes are NOT Jazzercise shoes! 

And speaking of walking shoes, those babies had a few miles on them and it was time for a new pair! Good shoes are important!

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I bought a pair of workout pants at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago that I love! They are fairly high waisted and the waist band is wide, so they stay up when I’m jumping all around! I found a few new pairs to jump up and down in!

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Now I’m really ready for my 5 Week Challenge!

I walked one mile in my new Walking shoes, and I jumped up and down in my new pants while wearing my new Jazzercise shoes!

I ate some yummy food, and went to bed satisfied. It was a good day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Banana, Black Coffee

0 PPV

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Snack

Grande Nonfat Latte with 1 pump of Sugar Free Vanilla

3 PPV

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Lunch

Quinoa Sweet Potato Burger with Smashed Avocado on Toasted Trader Joe’s bread

Grapes

5 PPV

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Dinner

Cheesy Quinoa Veggies

Leftover Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Salad – Mixed Greens, Broccoli Slaw, Kale, Raw Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Feta, Trader Joe’s Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola Dressing

13 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 = 0

Snack = 3

Lunch = 5

Dinner = 13

Total = 21

Exercise = Walked 1 Mile, Jazzercise Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 30

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70…Not enough!

 

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!

Happy Friday!

 

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5 Weeks…Day 1

May 28, 2015

It’s so much fun to write a blog post when I’ve had a really successful and healthy day!

It felt good just writing my blog yesterday morning knowing I had a goal for the next five weeks.

On Tuesday, I walked 6 miles with a friend in the afternoon and watched Extreme Weight Loss on Tuesday night, so I was feeling energetic and motivated to set some goals.

Yesterday, I worked at the food truck, and I did end up eating my lunch there. I ate a burger with no bun, no cheese, no mayo, but I enjoyed it with the avocado corn relish that we serve on one of the burgers. So, while I had planned to not eat at the food truck, what I ate was a good choice, and I kept within my points for the day.

After work, I took the dogs on a walk. The route is 0.4 miles.

After that walk, I went on a 6.2 mile walk/run with a friend.

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After dinner, Mike said….”Lets take the dogs for a walk”, which he NEVER says….so we repeated the 0.4 mile route.

At the end of the day, I did not go to Jazzercise, but I did walk 7 miles!

I tried a new Roasted Chicken and Vegetable recipe for dinner and Mike and I both loved it! It’s another SkinnyTaste.com recipe, and her recipes are always tasty!

 Click HERE for the recipe. (The recipe calls for chicken thighs. I used chicken breast.)

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Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Blueberry Pancakes with Banana Slices

Black Coffee

3 PPV

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Click HERE for my recipe. These are made with Oatmeal, Egg Whites and smashed Banana and they really are easy and delicious!

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Lunch

Burger, Avocado Corn Relish, Arugula

Strawberries

13 PPV

I ate a burger, but skipped the cheese, mayo and bun!

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Snack

Pineapple, Banana

0 PPV

Pineapple…..sweet as candy!

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Dinner

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Sweet Potato

7 PPV

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

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

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

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Blueberry Pancakes (3)

Lunch = Burger (13)

Snack = Fruit (0)

Dinner = Chicken, Vegetable, Sweet Potato (7)

Total = 23

 

Exercise = Walked 7 Miles

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 9

Activity Points Earned This Week = 24

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

 

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. Two down, 4 to go!

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Five Week Plan

May 27, 2015

I’m starting a Five Week Challenge today that includes a food and fitness plan.

If you are new to the blog, let me update you on my weight loss journey. 

I reached my goal of 160 (actually a little below that) in July of 2013.

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I stayed there for about 6 months, and then found myself back in the mid 160’s through 2014. At the end of the 2014 holidays, I found myself at 179. I worked hard in January 2015 eating 26 points a day on Weight Watchers and I joined Jazzercise and continued to practice Yoga and walk. At the end of the month, I felt great and weighed 172. My body (not me so much) LOVES 172!

The first week in February, I broke my collarbone, lost all motivation, and have remained at around 172 since.

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I haven’t been to a meeting since April 10th! I’ve been working on Friday’s, and just haven’t made an effort to make it to a different meeting. I’m off on Friday, so I WILL be there this week!

I currently wear a medium top, and a size 10 or 12 pants. I don’t feel fat. I actually feel healthy and I feel good, so honestly, it’s been hard to get motivated to get back to 160. But here’s the motivation. I feel good at 172, but at 160, I felt GREAT! And…..I haven’t challenged myself in awhile, and its time to push myself a bit.

Now you’re all updated.

Five Week Challenge

(I was going to make this a June Challenge, but I decided to give myself a one week head start! Five weeks gets me to July 1st!)

Walk 125 Miles

Last September, I did a 100 Mile Walking Challenge, and I loved the way I felt after that accomplishment, so I’ve decided to do a walking challenge again.

Since it’s a Five Week Challenge, I’m doing 125 Miles! The last time I did the walking challenge, it was tough to get in Yoga or any other exercise along with the walking, so I’m going to have to walk early in the day to make sure I’m also going to Jazzercise and Yoga, and it will for sure be a challenge!

Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling

As far as food, I’ll be following the Simply Filling Weight Watcher’s plan, which is for the most part, whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, fat free dairy (which I will likely just skip, except for my skim milk in my coffee) and a recommended 2 tsp of healthy Oil each day. You can click HERE for a complete food list.

Weight Watcher’s recommends not tracking while doing Simply Filling. The idea behind Simply Filling is to enjoy whole foods until you are satisfied, not full. I’m not great at portion control, and I actually like the process of weighing and measuring my food, especially when I’m working towards a goal, so I will be counting points, and trying to stay at 26 points per day.

Okay, that’s the plan! Today I’ll be walking and jazzing and working at the food truck while not eating any of that deliciousness!!

Have a great day!

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Tess Came Home!

May 25, 2015

It was such a great weekend!

My daughter came home for the weekend from Dallas and she brought the boyfriend!

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We had a lot on our agenda for the weekend, (including a 5K) but mostly, we were excited to get to spend time together and Tess wanted to introduce Manuel to Mike and her siblings.

Mike and I picked up the kids late Thursday night at the airport and came home to get settled in for a nice long weekend. We had a beer and a good little chat before finally getting to bed late! It was a late night for Mike, considering he is usually in bed by 9:00!

Friday, Tess and I wanted to show Manuel as much of Kansas City as we could, so after a healthy breakfast and a somewhat relaxing morning at the house (there was an emergency trip to the vet), we headed out for some Kansas City fun. First stop? Gates BBQ. When you walk in the door, they literally YELL at you….”HI, MAY I HELP YOU??”, and I just think it’s hilarious. Tess and I always go for the Beef on Bun and a cold beer. Manuel went with the sausage sandwich.

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After agreeing that we all should have shared a sandwich or skipped the fries, we were off for the scenic route of Kansas City through some of my favorite parts of the city with our destination being the Boulevard Brewery!

After a little browsing and a few purchases in the gift shop, we each ordered a Flight of beer and headed out to the patio. Beer. Yum.

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It was a great Friday afternoon!

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After enjoying our flight and discovering a couple of new favorite Boulevard Beers, we headed to one of the oldest bars in Kansas City. Kelly’s!

It was Happy Hour, so the kids bought my beer! Manuel loved this bar! Who wouldn’t?

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Since we were getting up early on Saturday for the Chiefs 5K, we headed home to meet Mike for a chill night on the couch and dinner at home while watching the Royals. We’re showing Manuel a KC weekend!

Saturday….early to rise! Lets DO this! They stretched. I took selfies.

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They had a mini drum line!!! I loved it!

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Ready……Go!

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We actually got to run through the stadium (not on the field)! This is the tunnel the players run through onto the field. Pretty cool…..we had to stop!

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The 5K route took us through the stadium and we ended up on the 50 yard line in the Chiefs practice field! We were not as prepared to run the 5K as we have been in the past, but we ran 2 to 2 1/2 miles of it. We promised each other we would run the first mile, then walk, so we were actually all really pleased with ourselves. 

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And check out this medal!

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I’m just gonna say that I think these two are adorable!

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We were loving being on the practice field! Yes, we are wearing identical shirts. Unplanned. Dorks.

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It was a great morning! And….Yes, we were standing in the exact same way. Still dorks.

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Our reward for the 5K? More BBQ and Kansas City adventures! I took the kids downtown to the City Market where I knew we could sit outside and people watch, enjoy a little Winslow’s BBQ, and chat about how awesome running through the Chiefs stadium was.

We ordered a Sample platter to share of brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork, fries and sweet potato fries. Those burnt ends were awesome!!

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That Bloody Mary was a lunch all on its own!

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Then, because we decided to make the weekend all about BBQ, we headed to Joe’s Kansas City BBQ (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s…and what I will always call it). This location is in a gas station, and for me, thats part of the fun! There were probably 100 people in line all the way around the building!

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We decided to go to one of the other locations closer to our house, and order it to go. There was still a crazy line at this location, but it was worth it!

We took a variety of BBQ home and THIS was by far all of our favorites for the weekend.

We had decided to order a variety and share. We ordered The Z Man sandwich…..Beef, Provolone and Onion Rings! We had a Beef and Pulled Pork Plate, and Ribs. Lunch was awesome! We had officially had our fill of BBQ!

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After a nap and a shower, we had big plans to go out for the night. Instead, we were wiped out and super excited to stay home. We went to a little place fairly close to home for dinner, (I wasn’t even hungry so I had a glass of wine) and came back home to watch a movie, which Mike and Tess and I watched 5 minutes of before falling asleep, and Manuel made it through the whole thing, but wished he hadn’t.

Sunday we all slept in and had brunch at home at noon. I had seen this picture on Facebook for Bacon Pancake Dipper’s!

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Tess and I decided that we had to have them! She even made them for us! These were genius!

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We also made eggs topped with smashed avocado, potatoes and fruit! Brunch was a hit with the boys!

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After brunch, our girls and grandkids came over for a little game day at the house. (Grandpa is napping in his recliner) We played Jenga, Checkers, Trouble, Ping Pong and Pool. Tess and I stayed in our PJ’s the entire day! Ahhhh…….

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Nieces and nephews can wear a girl (and a dog) out!

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Along with all the BBQ and beer, we did eat lots of fruit, I ate my Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and I drank tons of water!

Tess loves my frothy coffee, so we had a few of those over the weekend. We had a light breakfast of egg whites, fruit and almond butter before heading out for the day on Friday, and we had an egg sandwich before the 5K on Saturday. Friday night’s dinner was pizza, salad, fruit and veggies.

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We had to leave the house around 6:00 last night to take Tess and Manuel to the airport. It was such a great weekend and I really wasn’t ready for my girl to go back home. I can’t wait for our next visit!

Tomorrow’s post? My food and fitness plan for the next five weeks! It’s time to get back to treating my body the way that it deserves to be treated!

I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend with family and friends.

My many thanks to those who are serving, and to those who have served.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

May 22, 2015

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I know that there are several varieties of these cookies all over Pinterest, and I truly think that if you like Oatmeal, and you like Banana’s, then you can’t mess these up.

Since my daughter and her boyfriend will be here for a long weekend, I wanted to have something sweet around the house that I could snack on without eating a bunch of sugar and going way over on my points!

I came up with these, and they hit the spot!

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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Quick Cooking Oats
  2. 2 1/2 Smashed Ripe Banana's
  3. 1/2 C unsweetened Applesauce
  4. 1 T. Honey
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla
  6. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  7. *Optional Add In's...Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Nuts, Dried Fruit
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Flatten slightly with spatula.
  4. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Notes
  1. One Cookie = 2 SmartPoints
  2. Obviously, and add in's will increase the SmartPoints.
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We’ve got a busy weekend planned so I know getting a blog posted over the next few days is highly unlikely, but I’ll take pictures all weekend and do my best to not eat and drink too much!

Looking forward to the 5K Saturday morning!

We are picking up the kids at 9:00 tonight and I am SO excited to have them here! 

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Busy Crazy Day…

May 20, 2015

Everything that didn’t get done on Monday, got done yesterday….along with the Tuesday “to do” list, AND….the Wednesday “to do” list!

Oil changed, a menu made for the weekend, groceries bought, fridge cleaned out and stocked and a clean house! All I can think about is what a great weekend it is going to be with my daughter and her boyfriend here at the house! They are coming in Thursday night, then Friday is a full day of Kansas City stuff, Saturday is the 5K at the Chiefs stadium, and Sunday is family day at the house with grandparents and siblings stopping by for coffee or lunch and to hang out and meet the boyfriend!

As productive as yesterday was, I ate too much bread, and I didn’t get to Jazzercise. 

It’s rainy and chilly outside right now and I am leaving soon to work at the Food Truck. These rainy and chilly days are the hardest for me to not eat lots of comfort food while working! Planning to eat lunch today in moderation and go to Jazzercise after work!

Have a great day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Granda Nonfat Latte, Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

9 PPV

I rolled out of bed and left right away to get to the car dealership early for an oil change. I hung out at the Starbuck’s next door. I wouldn’t eat this sandwich again. Kinda dry, kinda blahhhhh

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Lunch

Corn Tortilla’s

Shredded Carrots, 2 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges

3 PPV

Weird, I know. But good and low in points and I didn’t have much in the fridge at the time.

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Snack

Banana, 1 tsp Almond Butter, Water

1 PPV

I bought bottle of water at the grocery store check out and just kept filling it up for the rest of the afternoon. I kept forgetting to drink water on Monday!

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Snack

Two (One Un-Pictured) Slider Sized Pretzel Bun’s

8 PPV

So these are really dangerous. I’m not sure why they are so good, but I bought them to have for little sandwiches over the weekend. I bought all sorts of groceries yesterday (I did buy lots of fruit and veggies for snacking too!) that I don’t usually have in the house since we will have Tess and her boyfriend here all weekend. I made the mistake of opening these up. Now I’ve set myself up for a real challenge to not eat a ton of these over the next few days!!!

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Dinner

Chicken Breast, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Salad, Pasta 

10 PPV

I cut the Chicken Breast into bite sized pieces and sautéed them in Butter infused Olive Oil and seasoned them with Montreal Steak Seasoning.  

When I have chicken breast, but no real plan for dinner, I’ll cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and sauté them in Olive Oil in the skillet. It cooks up quick this way, and you can season it a variety of different ways. I really like the Montreal Steak Seasoning, but I also really like Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, or Cavendar’s Greek Seasoning is a yummy option too!

You can eat it like we did last night, or add it to a big salad!

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

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

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

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

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Latte and Sandwich (9)

Lunch = Corn Tortilla’s with cheese and carrots (3)

Snack’s = Banana and Almond Butter, Pretzel Buns (9)

Dinner = Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, Salad, Pasta (10)

Total = 31

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 6

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

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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 While Mishka, my 13 year old pup, was getting groomed yesterday, I got a text from the groomer.

“Found a couple of fleas”

The really weird thing is, I dreamt all night long that ants were crawling all over me and I kept waking up scratching! The dogs sleep with us. Basically, I was now disgusted for the rest of the day. Still am a little bit. I spent a lot of time cleaning yesterday.

Then…..

Mishka got sick. Vomiting, diarrhea and shaking.

We went to the vet. I had a ridiculous reaction to all of the cats there and sneezed 150 times over the next few hours.

Misha either was shaking or sleeping on my lap for the rest of the day.

Now it’s boiled chicken and rice for the next two days for her, I felt like the parent of a sick infant trying to comfort her all day yesterday.

I also felt like the parent of a child who came home with a note from the school nurse that said my child had lice! Both dogs have fleas!

Here are yesterday’s eats…….

 

Breakfast

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

5 PPV

1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats

2 T PB2

1/4 tsp Raw Stevia

1 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

3/4 Boiling Water

Mix all together and top with a Sliced Banana

It’s like a big Oatmeal Cookie!

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Lunch

4 Turkey Meatballs, Marinara, Spaghetti Squash

9 PPV

I love leftovers…….

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Dinner

Grocery Store Salad Bar

12 PPV

I made a huge salad with lots of greens, carrots, broccoli slaw mix, 7 bean salad, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken and a little pasta salad.

I brought it home and chopped it all up and shared it with Mike. Lots of flavors and convenient since the grocery store is right up the street!

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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 = PB Oatmeal (5)

Lunch = Spaghetti Squash, Turkey Meatballs (9)

Dinner = Salad (12)

Total = 26

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 6

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 50 (I just forgot!)

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!

I like to remember this when the day doesn’t go as planned.

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

I’m having some issues with my blog.

My “Subscribe” option under my picture on the right seems to completely disappear some days. 

If you’d like to subscribe, and you see that option to the right under my picture, then please try and hopefully it will work now!

There also seems to be an issue with me finding “Comments” when you lovely readers take the time to comment!

Please know that if you’ve been so kind to take the time to comment on my blog, that I am not ignoring you, I’m just having issues. I love it when readers comment!  So please continue to do so and hopefully I will get all of the bugs worked out!

OH! Speaking of bugs! I had whacky dreams all night long last night that ants were crawling on me, and the groomer just sent me a text that she found a couple of fleas on one of my dogs and one flea on my other dog while grooming them this morning. I’m completely grossed out right now.

Moving on……

Yesterday was a full day, and it was gorgeous outside! I made it to a Hot Yoga class in the morning, then I spent the day doing laundry, mowing the yard and planting some flowers. Mike detailed his car in the driveway while the dogs lounged in the grass and watched. I guess the dogs brought a few little friends in the house with them, and I will spend the next couple of hours fully cleaning our bedroom! I feel like I just found out that my kids have lice!

Lot’s going on here lately. 

We built our house 16 years ago next month and it’s time to do a little updating on a few things……hard wood floors…..landscaping…..interior updates…..and on Friday, we got a new A/C and Furnace unit. Between making phone calls, getting bids, and scheduling it all, it’s been a little busy around here.

More busy fun stuff? Guess who’s coming home this weekend? These two!

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(Love this pic! Last week they went to a Texas/Kansas City baseball game in Dallas!)

If you are fairly new to the blog, this is my daughter Tess and her boyfriend, Manuel.

Tess moved to Dallas right after she graduated from College 2 1/2 years ago. She works at Southwest Airlines and loves Dallas! We see each other fairly regularly, but more often than not, it’s easier for me to go see her.

This time, she is coming home and I am super excited! I’ve met Manuel a few times, but this will be a first for the rest of the family, so it’s kinda a big deal. I’m really excited about our weekend. 

Tess and Manuel and I are participating in a 5K on Saturday that puts us on the 50 Yard Line at Arrowhead Stadium when we cross the finish line. Super excited for a great weekend coming up!

Since I haven’t blogged in a few days, here are a few of the things that I’ve been eating…..

Tilapia Taco’s on Corn Tortilla’s….using the Organic Fish Taco Seasoning from Whole Foods. Love this!

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Sautéed Red Onions, Diced Cooked Sweet Potatoes, Avocado….topped with two eggs. Always filling. Always delicious. I usually throw in some diced zucchini with this as well, but I didn’t have any in the fridge.

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Lot’s of Berries…..I think Blackberries taste like candy!

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Egg White Omelet topped with Avocado and Salsa and Black Pepper….Berries. I have a love affair with avocado’s.

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Grocery Store Salad Bar……simple, but it does the trick in a hurry!

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Dinner out…..Shrimp Fajita’s on Corn Tortilla’s and a Bud Light at a little Mexican joint that we had never visited. We’ll be back for sure! Soon!

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 Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast

Un-Pictured Banana, Black Coffee

0 PPV

 

Brunch

Breakfast Burrito’s

3 Egg Whites, 14 g Cheddar

1 Turkey Sausage Link, 5 French Fries

Smashed Avocado with Sea Salt and Lime Juice

Fruit

10 PPV

I scrambled the egg whites, cooked the sausage and diced it and baked the fries and diced them. I mixed all in a bowl with the cheese, then divided that into two and filled the tortilla’s. I folded them up and browned them in the skillet with a little cooking spray to make them crispy!

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Topped with some smashed Avocado, these were delicious!

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Snack

Beer

5 PPV

After Yoga, laundry, planting some flowers and mowing and trimming the yard, I enjoyed this on the deck yesterday afternoon.

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Dinner

Dole Light Caesar Salad – 2 PPV

Two Slices of Alexia Garlic Baguette (found in the freezer) – 3 PPV

Two Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs – 3 PPV

1/2 C. Marinara, Parmesan – 3 PPV

Spaghetti Squash – 0 PPV

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 = Burritos, Fruit (10)

Snack = Beer (5)

Dinner = Spaghetti, Salad, Bread (11)

Total = 26

 

Exercise = Hot Yoga Class, Mowed 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 6

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!

 

Make your Monday AWESOME!

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