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Eating Your Weeklies….

August 30, 2015

I really do look forward to my Friday morning WW meeting. Yes, I need the meeting, but I also love all of the members that are there. 

We talked about a lot of things at Friday’s meetings, but one of the things that we discussed was whether we eat our 49 extra Weekly Points or not. I have never been able to not dip into those. I’m surprised at how many people either don’t use them at all, or eat all of them, and have success in their weight loss.

I usually eat them all, or at least half. My brain this last week or two has been on Weight Watcher thought over load. I’ve maintained my 172 pounds for over a year and a half now, and sometimes I would really like to be back at my goal weight of 160, and other days, I’m fine where I’m at. I’ve been back and forth on that subject matter a LOT the last couple of weeks.

In discussing whether I should be eating my 49 points or not, in order to lose weight, it was suggested by another member that I do eat them, especially since I am also exercising. Maybe my body needs those points!

I left my meeting feeling ready to take on the week, and planning to eat my weeklies.

Friday night, I went to a Happy Hour that lasted for 6 hours and I drank a whole bottle of wine. Saturday night, Mike and I went to two parties where I had drinks and a full plate of Mexican Deliciousness. I ate and drank my weeklies. I’m going out on a limb here and assuming alcohol and a big plate of Mexican Food was not the recommended way to use those weeklies, nor was using them all up in two days. I have now even had 2 of of my earned activity points.

I’m not even frustrated with myself. I knew what I was doing when i was doing it. Obviously on Friday and Saturday, I was comfortable in my clothes, I liked the way I looked and felt, and I decided I was just fine at 172. I’m sure by Tuesday, I’ll wish I weighed 160.

Here are the last two day’s eats…..

Friday…..

Breakfast – 2 PPV

Two Un-Pictured Frothy Coffee and Grapes

Lunch – 8 PPV

I had some leftover Mexican Seasoned Chicken (4 oz) . I mixed it with 2 T Greek Yogurt, then put it on top of Sweet Potato Buns (5 oz), and topped that with Smashed Avocado (30 g) with Sea Salt and Lime Juice. This was a weird combo, I’m aware. But it was really good! Veggies on the side.

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Snack – 2 PPV

Banana with 1 tsp Almond Butter, 1 tsp Chia Seeds and 1 tsp Honey Drizzle. This was an AWESOME sweet treat!

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Dinner – 6 PPV

1 C of White Chili made with Ground Turkey, topped with 7 g of Cheddar

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Happy Hour – 30 PPV

Un-Pictured, One Bottle of Red Wine, a few bites of dip, a few crackers, carrots and grapes.

Breakfast = 2

Lunch = 8 

Snack = 2

Dinner  = 6

Happy Hour = 31

Total = 49

 

Saturday…..

Breakfast – 6 PPV

Scrambled Egg Whites and Salsa, Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions, Frothy Coffee

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Lunch – 3 PPV

1 C. Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Vanilla Stevia, Cinnamon, Peaches and Berries.

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Snack’s – 5 PPV

Un-Pictured Snickers Mini and Dates

Dinner – 40 PPV

I’m giving this my best guess. I’m guessing high. Nothing WW Point Friendly about this plate of food or the 2 Summer Brew’s and 2 Beers that I drank.

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Breakfast = 6

Lunch = 3

Snack’s = 5

Dinner = 40

Total = 54

Friday’s Exercise – Jazzercise

Saturday’s Exercise – Walked 3 Miles

 

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

 

Activity Points Earned This Week = 8

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 6

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

Healthy Food, Happy Life

August 28, 2015

I’ll be quick today. Heading out the door to my Weight Watchers meeting this mooring. Yay!

Instead of Jazzercise class yesterday, I went to Hot Yoga last night. I love both of my classes, but I’m going to try to alternate them. That Hot Yoga class really makes me feel awesome, strong, happy, so many good things…..it was a great way to end my WW week.

Last night’s dinner….Grilled Chicken Taco Salad. Mike requested Grilled Chicken Salad all week, to which I replied….”That’s dumb.” I like to mix things up and I get bored easily. I had no desire to eat the same thing for dinner every night. Then I thought, let’s just see how many different salads I can come up with this week!

This Weeks Salads

Greek Grilled Chicken Skewers served with salad

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Salad

BBQ Salad

Cobb Salad

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 PPV

Un-Pictured Frothy Coffee, Blueberry Oatmeal topped with 1 tsp Almond Butter, Scrambled Egg Whites with Salsa

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Lunch – 8 PPV

Market Salad with a little Chicken Salad at the food truck.

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Snack – 0 PPV

A handful of humongous grapes!

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Dinner – 10 PPV

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad. I chopped up some leftover Grilled Chicken and added water and homemade taco seasoning and simmered it for a few minutes. I added 3 oz of that Chicken to a bed of mixed greens and topped that with 30 g of cooked, diced potato, 1/4 C. Kidney Beans, 30 g Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, 14 g Cheddar Cheese, 1 T. ff Catalina Dressing and 1 T. Light Sour Cream.

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Snack – 1 PPV

3 Dried Figs. These look disgusting, I’m aware. I’ve never bought fig’s in any form other than a Fig Newton. I saw them in the bulk bin and I was curious. Yep, tasted just like the inside of a fig newton! I would try these again if they weren’t so dry. It’s always good to try new things.

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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 = 7

Lunch = 8

Snack’s = 1

Dinner = 10

Total = 26

 

Exercise = Hot Yoga

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 27

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 27

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 29

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

Almost Perfect

August 27, 2015

Yesterday was an almost perfect day, and that makes me very happy.

I ate breakfast at 9:30. I ate lunch at 2:30. I ate dinner at 7:30. I was busy in between meals and there really wasn’t any time for snacking. Yay.

I walked in the morning. I planned a filling breakfast and ate it right before going to work at the food truck. (I’ve discovered that this helps me to not make bad choices while working there.) I had an awesome lunch of leftovers from the salads that I’ve been making all week. I went to Jazzercise class in the afternoon. I drank over 120 ounces of water, and dinner was delicious.

The only reason yesterday was almost perfect….I planned out this great Cobb Salad, cuz ya know…I’m doing this salad thing this week. I planned it all out and listed all of the ingredients, so I didn’t leave anything out. I made a dressing to go with it. I chopped and prepared, took pictures, and ate it. It was awesome! While cleaning up, I discovered the hard boiled egg that was supposed to go on my salad sitting on the counter top!

That’s an almost perfect day, right?

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Here are yesterday’s yummy eats……

Breakfast – 8 PPV

Two Hard Boiled Eggs on a Toasted Light English Muffin with 30 g Smashed Avocado with Lime Juice and Sea Salt….and one Giant Orange.

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Lunch – 6 PPV

Cleaned out the fridge. A few bites of leftover BBQ Chicken Thigh, a few bites of leftover Grilled Chicken Breast and Veggies from my Skewers earlier in the week, 1/4 Cup mixture of leftover black beans, corn and edamame, Carrots Sticks for some crunch and Apple Slices with two Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges with Cinnamon for a sweet treat. My sweet treat was yummy!

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Dinner – 12 PPV

Cobb Salad….kinda. I’ll be making this salad (with the egg!) again for sure! Mike is lovin’ dinner this week.

Romaine, 2 T. Feta, 30 g Avocado, 3 oz. Grilled Chicken, 1 Slice Cooked and Crumbled Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes, 2 T. Dressing.

Click HERE for the Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing 

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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 = 8

Lunch = 6

Dinner = 12

Total = 26

 

Exercise = Walked 3 Miles in the morning, Jazzercise in the afternoon

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 9

Activity Points Earned This Week = 23

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 23

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 120!

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 29

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

Cranky Crankster

August 26, 2015

Yesterday I was cranky all day long. I haven’t had one of those days in a long time. I slept crappy the night before, I had a stiff neck, and I got a paper cut early in the day. I’m not even kidding. Let’s be real. A paper cut can jack with your whole day. Because of my stiff neck, I talked myself into and out of my 4:30 Jazzercise Class at least three times. After 4:30, I talked myself into and out of a 6:30 Hot Yoga class as least twice. After we ate dinner at 7:30, I changed clothes and put on my walking shoes. Then I sat down on the couch beside Mike (who also had a crap day) and never did go for a walk. We went to bed before 9:00 pm!

Today? I’m rested. I’ve already been out for a 3 mile walk. We’re having Cobb Salad for dinner. I will go to Jazzercise this afternoon after working at the Food Truck!

Have a great day, and I hope that none of you get a paper cut. It can ruin the whole day, people!

Breakfast – 6 PPV

Un-Pictured Frothy Coffee, Egg Whites Scrambled with Salsa, Toasted Light English Muffin topped with Laughing Cow Cheese, Berries and Cinnamon.

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Lunch – 8 PPV

Leftover BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad

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Snack – 1 PPV

Ice Cream made with 1 Frozen Banana, 3/4 C. Frozen Cherries, a few drops of Vanilla Stevia and enough Skim Milk (Almond milk is good too!) to get things moving in the blender.

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Snack – 2 PPV

Almonds

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Dinner – 8 PPV

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Grapes on a bed of mixed leafy greens.

I used 4 oz cooked Grilled Chicken Breast and 2 T. of the dressing listed below. 

Honey Mustard Dressing – Makes 3 Servings at 2 Tablespoons per serving.

2 T. Olive Oil

2 T. Whole Grain Mustard (the stuff with the seeds in it)

2 T. Honey

2 tsp Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons = approx. 4 PointsPlus

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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

Lunch = 8

Snack’s = 3

Dinner = 8

Total = 25

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 14

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 14

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 29

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

Salad, Salad, Salad

August 25, 2015

I rarely ask Mike what he would like for dinner, because…

  • He tells me that he has too many decisions to make during the day and he doesn’t want to make another one.
  • He tells me that he likes everything that I make, so it doesn’t matter. (He doesn’t want to make a decision.)
  • He’s super sweet and tells me that we can just go out to eat. (He doesn’t want to make a decision.)
  • He actually answers me and tells me that he wants Grilled Chicken Salad, and he really does!

I’m going to see what kind of Grilled Chicken Salads I can come up with this week!

I am loving this cooler weather we are having and it is making me anxious for Fall. I love having that first cup of coffee on the deck, so that’s exactly what I did yesterday before going to Yoga.

After Yoga, I mowed and spent a lot of time outside in the yard. I pulled out my hammock for the first time in a long time and I plan to enjoy it a little bit all week long.

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Besides coffee on the deck and hammock time, I’ll be grilling some chicken for those salads.

If you are also lucky enough to be experiencing some cooler temperatures, I hope you are getting to enjoy it!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 4 PPV

I didn’t eat breakfast as soon as I woke up, (I was chilling on my deck with my coffee) and I usually do. All of a sudden it was time to walk out the door for Yoga, and this was my crappy, odd, sugary, salty breakfast choice. Two handfuls of Popcorn and a few Chocolate Covered Almonds. WTH?

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Lunch – 8 PPV

Yum. leftovers from my Grilled Chicken Salad the night before. I chopped up leftover Chicken and Veggies from the skewers and added them to my leftover salad.

Romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, bow tie pasta, parmesan cheese, greek dressing, grilled red bell peppers, grilled red onions and grilled chicken breast.

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Snack – 1 PPV

Blueberries and a Pear with 1 tsp of Almond Butter drizzled and a few Chia Seeds.

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Dinner – 13 PPV

BBQ Ranch Salad

Dressing = mix Equal Parts (1/4 C each) of Ranch Dressing and BBQ Sauce. 2 T. = 3 PointsPlus

BBQ’d Chicken Thighs. 2.5 ounces cooked = 6 PointsPlus (4 for the chicken, 2 for the sauce)

1 T. Black Beans, 1 T. Corn, 1 T. Edamame = 1 PointsPlus

30 g. Avocado = 1 PointsPlus

20 g. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cut into small chunks = 2 PointsPlus

Romaine, Shredded Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers = 0 Points

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I’ve made a version of this before, and I forgot how yummy it really is. To cut down on points, you could always grill chicken breast and not baste them in BBQ sauce, but the thighs on this salad were really delicious!

A little surprise bite of full fat sharp cheddar cheese in an occasionally bite made this feel like a big hearty bowl of dinner!

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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 = 4

Lunch = 8

Snack’s =1

Dinner = 13

Total = 26

 

Exercise = Hot Yoga, Mowed the Lawn

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 7

Activity Points Earned This Week = 14

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 14

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 29

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

St. Louis Trip

August 24, 2015

The Fun

What a fun weekend it was. It can be really hard to drag Mike away from work, but when I do, we always have such a good time.

My daughter, Tess, and her boyfriend, Manuel, were going to be in St Louis for the weekend to attend the wedding of a friend of theirs on Saturday. Tess wanted us to come hang out with them on Friday because it also happened to be her birthday weekend.

We headed out Friday morning for our road trip. It’s a 4-5 hour drive, depending on snack and potty stops. We hadn’t done a road trip together in a while, and it was good to spend that much time together in the car just chatting. Mike drove for an hour, while I entertained him with songs and stories.

After an hour of that, I got antsy in the passengers seat (I am a terrible passenger!) so I took over the open road. 

We got to the hotel within minutes of Tess and Manuel arriving, where we settled into our hotel room, and came up with a plan for the rest of the day.

Food and Drink and a good view of the city were on the list. We headed out the door to check out St. Louis. 

We found a great little spot on Morgan street to have a couple of beers and lunch outside and catch up. Perfect weather.

Then we hopped on the shuttle to go to the Arch. Mike is in this shuttle somewhere……I swear.

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The wedding that Tess and Manuel were going to was in this church, right under the Arch. A beautiful setting!

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Mike decided it was just dumb to drive all the way to St. Louis, and not go up in the arch, so off he went, Manuel at his side. Um, no thank you. I’ve been skydiving, but for some reason, riding up the arch in that little elevator that I hear about, sounded terrible. Claustrophobia?? No regrets. Tess had no interest either.

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I like it down here.

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We goofed around a bit.

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For the best possible picture and for me to avoid a double chin, l told Tess to lean over with me…..like this!!

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I decided to just cut my chin off of this picture. 🙂

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While the boys were up in the sky, and after we tried to get a good selfie, we found a great spot to have a cold beer and peek into Busch Stadium.

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The weather could not have been more perfect.

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We ended the day at a sports bar watching the Royals AND the Chiefs lose. While there, we ran into several of Tess friends from Dallas that had also come into St. Louis for the wedding. It was fun to be able to put a face to name with some of those that I hadn’t met yet.

We had a great day in St. Louis.

Saturday was Tess birthday. We all went to brunch at a spot downtown called the Rooster. Brunch was awesome!

I ordered this gigantic B.E.L.T. (Bacon Egg Lettuce Tomato)

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After breakfast, Mike and I headed back to Kansas City, and Tess and Manuel had a wedding to get ready for!

They will be in Kansas City in two weeks for another wedding. Yay! More fun with the kids!

The Food

Friday before we hit the road, I made Mike and I some scrambled egg whites along with some fruit. I packed snacks for the road, but we never did end up opening any of them up.

Lunch was a few appetizers and beers at the first little spot we stopped at. Tess and I shared a really yummy Steak Bruschetta.

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Friday nights dinner at the sports bar? Beer.

Saturday breakfast was the huge BLT. On our drive home, Mike and I stopped at a Panera where I ordered a half salad and soup.

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Saturday night for dinner, I had coffee and grapes. Weird, I know. The two meals that we did eat were big and we just weren’t hungry.

I tracked all of my points as best as I could for the weekend. I still have 29 of my extra weekly points left, but I’ll try not to eat any of those this week and stick to my 26 daily points.

The Exercise

Yesterday was a beautiful day outside, and it looks like it’s going to be beautiful all week long. I’ll still get in my 3 Jazzercise Classes and 1 Yoga Class, but I’m ready for some cool morning walks too!

Yesterday I got in a 6 mile walk with a few friends and it felt great!

Exciting Stuff

I actually get to go to my WW meeting this Friday, and I love my meetings. I am looking forward to that “recharge” feeling that I have when I go.

This happened yesterday, and it was kinda cool. Weight Watchers reposted one of my Breakfast ideas on Instagram!

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Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 11 PPV

IHOP breakfast with my mom. I looked in my Weight Watcher app for IHOP meals, and found this meal of Nut and Grain Blueberry Pancakes with egg whites and turkey bacon, so I knew how many points to track. That’s always handy.

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Lunch – 8 PPV

Odd, I know. Popcorn and Chocolate Covered Almonds. Breakfast was late and I really just wanted a snack.

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Dinner – 11 PPV

These Marinated Greek Chicken Skewers and a Greek Themed Salad with Olives, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Bow Tie Pasta, Red Onions and Ken’s Steak House Greek Dressing.

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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 = 11

Lunch = 8

Dinner = 11

Total = 30

 

Exercise = Walked 6 miles

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 = 70

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 29

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

 

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

Road Trip

August 21, 2015

Mike and I are heading out the door for a little road trip to St. Louis. My daughter and her boyfriend are flying into St. Louis this morning from Dallas to attend a wedding there on Saturday afternoon. Tess thought it would be fun for Mike and I to come visit for a day. It also happens to be her birthday this weekend, so we have a little celebrating to do! We are just staying for one night, but I’m certain we will fit in as much fun as we possibly can.

Yesterday was a great day. I went to my third Jazzercise class for the week, and it feels good to know that I completed one 3 mile walk, one Hot Yoga Class and three Jazzercise Classes this week.

I am going into the weekend with a positive frame of mind, and I’m super excited to see my kiddo!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 5 PPV

Egg White Omelet with Turkey Sausage, one Laughing Cow Spicy Pepper-jack Cheese Wedge and Salsa. An apple with 1 tsp of Almond Butter and an un-pictured Frothy Coffee.

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Lunch – 12 PPV

I brought home Chicken Salad from the food truck. I’m guessing on points, but I ate about 1 Cup of it.

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Snack – 0 PPV

Watermelon

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Dinner – 8 PPV

 I also brought home a Salad from the food truck and added about 1/4 C of Chicken Salad to it. I’m going to have to say no to Chicken Salad next week while I’m working at the food truck. This stuff is delicious, but not super point friendly.

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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 = 5

Lunch = 12

Snack = 0

Dinner = 8

Total = 25

 

Exercise = Jazzercise

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 30

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 30

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 20

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

Ending Strong

August 20, 2015

Thursday is day 7 of my WW week, and although I wasn’t really happy with the way I started my week, I feel like I am ending my week strong.

Yesterday was busy and full and happy and good and I was chipper all day long. Maybe even a little sassy. (It was in the 70’s, my absolute favorite temperature! Makes me giddy!)

I woke up early and did a few chores around the house in the morning, followed with a Frothy Coffee on the deck in the nice cool morning air. I left just before 10:00 am to work the food truck for our regular Wednesday lunch crowd, then I went to an intense Jazzercise class. I pulled in the driveway after Jazz and decided to mow. By the time I finished mowing, it was 6:30, and I was now in the mood to do nothin. So I did.

Well…..except watch the Kansas City Royals with the hubs. These games are so much fun to watch right now and I love this team! Mike is enjoying the fact that I now know most of the players names, positions and numbers. I yell at the TV, just like he does while we eat dinner sitting on the couch. I’m not quite as emotionally invested as he is, but we are having fun watching. If we get more than two runs behind, he can’t watch. Cracks me up.

I hope you all are having a Healthy and Happy week!

I did get all wrapped up in the cool weather, and drank a lot of coffee and hot tea, and drank very little water yesterday…..oops.

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 6 PPV

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal for 5 PointsPlus and an un-pictured Frothy Coffee for 1 PointsPlus.

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Lunch – 14 PPV

Food Truck Market Salad topped with Chicken Salad, un-pictured…3 bites of a brownie

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Snack – 0 PPV

Baby Carrots

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Dinner – 8 PPV

Kept it simple. Turkey Burger topped with an Egg and Avocado and a few apple slices.

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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

Lunch = 14

Snack = 0

Dinner = 8

Total = 28

 

Exercise = Jazzercise, Mow the lawn

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 8

Activity Points Earned This Week = 25

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 25

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 40

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 20

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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

My Motivation for the Day

August 19, 2015

No matter where I seem to be in my journey, sometimes I lose my spunk. I get side tracked. I forget to apply the things that I’ve learned. That’s when I start to seek motivation.

I can find motivation in a lot of different places, but sometimes I need to remember to take the time to look for it. I like to say that my main motivation is my health, but sometimes that doesn’t completely do it for me, so I find motivation in other places.

Sometimes I look at old pictures of myself at my highest weight and I’m reminded how I never want to be there again. Sometimes I’ll skim through a fitness magazine and read the personal stories of the people featured in the magazine. Sometimes I read my own blog around the time I reached my goal weight in the summer of 2013 and I am reminded at what I was doing then that helped me to be successful. Hearing about other peoples success can motivate me too. 

Recently, I started recording the TV show, Extreme Weight Loss.  I’ve watched it in seasons past, and I’m always super emotional after each episode. There is typically so much emotional baggage that goes along with carrying extra weight. These people completely transform their bodies and their mindset over a 12 month period. So many of them say things about themselves that I have felt at times. So many of them have so many obstacles to overcome. I’m always so impressed with them and so happy to see their success at the end of the show.

After watching an episode, I feel recharged and eager to eat right and exercise hard.

Yesterday morning, I watched two episodes and completely feel in love with the two women that were featured on the show. It made me eager to eat right, exercise hard and take good care of myself yesterday.

The entire time I was at Jazzercise yesterday, I imagined how hard some of those people on the show work out in those first few months when they are 100+ pounds overweight. I exercised hard yesterday. I jumped high. I kicked up those knee’s high. When she said skip, I rocked that skip. I’m certain that was my most intense workout at Jazzercise yet! It felt great knowing that I could work that hard, and again I reminded myself how far I have come physically and mentally.

Between listening to my body in Yoga this week and watching Extreme Weight Loss, I’m feeling pretty motivated to continue down the healthy living road.

What’s your motivation?

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. If that doesn’t do it for you, find something that does.

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Pre-Breakfast – 1 PPV

Frothy Coffee on the deck on a nice cool morning.

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Breakfast –  5 PPV

Toasted Light English Muffin topped with Salsa, Egg Whites and smashed Avocado, Clementines

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Lunch – 9 PPV

Turkey Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns with Smashed Avocado, Berries

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Snack – 0 PPV

Banana and berries

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Dinner – 12 PPV

Soup made with Chicken, Quinoa, Broth, Corn, Black Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes. Topped with Avocado and served over cheddar cheese.

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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

Lunch = 9

Snack = 0

Dinner = 10

Total = 25

 

Exercise = Jazzercise Class

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 17

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 17

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

 

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

Great Start to the Day

August 18, 2015

I started my morning off yesterday with a Hot Yoga class, where I was reminded how strong my body has become. I was reminded to be kind to myself and to respect the body that I have, no matter where I am in my journey.  I left that class feeling really good about myself.

Starting the day off being so conscious of my body and what it is capable of, made it easier to focus on healthy choices and filling my body with the right foods. Knowing that I was making healthy food choices, put me in a great place mentally for the rest of the day.

That Yoga can be some good stuff!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast (Pre-Yoga) – 3 PPV

Frothy Coffee and 2/3 C. Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Vanilla Stevia drops, Cinnamon and Blueberries

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Breakfast (Post-Yoga) – 4 PPV

One Egg, One Egg White over Smashed Baked Sweet Potato

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Snack – 0 PPV

Berries

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Lunch –  7 PPV

Morning Star Black Bean Veggie Burger on Tortilla with 14 g shredded cheddar cheese, carrots

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Small Grocery Store Salad Bar and a Banana

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Dinner – 11 PPV

Turkey Burger with Cheese and Bread and Butter pickles on Light Bun, Carrots, Watermelon

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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 = 7

Lunch = 7

Dinner = 11

Total = 25

 

Exercise = Jazzercise

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 12

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 12

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22

 

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked one weekend this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Three down, three to go!

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