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The Saturday after……

November 30, 2015

Christmas Decorating

I always decorate for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Tradition. It always comes down the Saturday after New Year’s. Tradition. That’s what my mom did. That’s what I do.

We did put up the tree a few day’s earlier than usual since my daughter was in town.

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The rest of the decorating happened yesterday. I actually have a few things to finish putting up today. Nothing fancy, and actually this year as I was decorating I realized some of my stuff is really really old. I still like my mantel though.

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On Saturday, we had ZERO groceries in the house. You guys…people actually live here.

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Grocery shopping was at the top of my priority list. By the time I did all of my running around, it was late afternoon, and I still had some cooking that I wanted to do. After my cooking…. it was three-ish. Going up and down the stairs to the basement with totes didn’t sound like a real blast, so I had a glass of wine and sat by the fire and looked at my Christmas Tree. Now that, was fun. After three text messages from a friend of mine asking me to come over and watch our High School Football team play for the State Championships with a few other friends, and drink beer, I left my house and went to her house. We lost the game. Mike got off work, then came over too. We all drank beer and played games. I had a really good time. No decorating happened on Saturday and we never did eat any dinner.

Know what I did all day Sunday? Yep. Decorated. Started at noon. In addition to decorating, I also made chicken salad for our lunches this week, I made pork sausage for Mikes breakfast (I prefer to use my points on eggs and avocado’s) and before all of the decorating began, I put a roast in the crockpot. It was a fairly productive Sunday. The weather has been crap, so staying in makes me happy.

Food, Alcohol, Exercise

We’re still eating about 90% Paleo, (maybe even 95%?) since finishing our Whole30 on November 10th. I say 90%-95% because aside from the alcohol we’ve been drinking, I am back to using Nonstick Cooking Spray, which has a small amount of soy in it, and Worcestershire Sauce in our meatloaf and no bean chili, which has a little sugar in it. I missed the convenience of cooking spray, and I like the fact that it’s zero points. For the amount of sugar in the Worcestershire sauce, and for as infrequently as I use it, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal to begin using it again, and I love the taste of it. While doing the Whole30, we were really strict about those types of things. Even no gum or mints! We are still skipping on the bread and pasta, I’m making homemade mayo, drinking black coffee, eating sugar free bacon (that stuff is expensive!!) and eating my eggs (along with several other things) with no cheese. I have an occasional un-pictured raw nut or date as a snack, but I’m trying really hard to not eat between meals at all.

We never did officially re-introduce Dairy, Grains, Sugar or Legumes. We had a little sugar and dairy over our Thanksgiving Week, but we are trying to just keep them out of our diet. There is surprisingly no dairy that we are both dying to have. I’m sure we will work grains back in to our daily diet eventually, we just like what we are eating right now and in no hurry to add anything back in.

Mike is STILL losing weight. He lost 18 pounds during the Whole30, and he has lost 3 more pounds since we finished the Whole30.

I still make his breakfast and lunch. You guys. He’s so spoiled.

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I lost 6 pounds during the Whole30, which put my weight at 166, and that’s where it remains.

I’ve done a real crap job of exercising these last several weeks. No clue why.

I made plans to meet a friend at Jazzercise today, knowing that if I commit to someone else, I will go.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Here are Saturday’s eats…

Breakfast – 9 PPV

We literally had NO groceries Saturday morning. Banana, Almond Butter, Chia Seeds, Dried Fruit and Raw Nuts

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Lunch – 6 PPV

Ahhhh……groceries. Turkey Spaghetti over Zoodles

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Dinner – 11 PPV

We never did eat food, but we did drink beer.

 

Here are Sunday’s eats…

Late Breakfast – 10 PPV

Turkey Spaghetti over Zoodles, Plantains

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Lunch – 3 PPV

Banana break while Christmas decorating.

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Then I had Six of these little fig guys. I had never bought them before, and since I knew I was only eating two meals, I ate a few more than I probably should have. I’m not even sure if my WW app is tracking that correctly, but they were tasty!

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Dinner – 8 PPV

Rump Roast in the Crockpot with a few veggies. Pretty basic stuff.

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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

 

Exercise = none, Saturday or Sunday

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = Saturday and Sunday, 80 each day

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 46

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (I’m sucking pretty good at this goal)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I did great on this until about the beginning of October)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Done!

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Back in the Groove…..

November 28, 2015

Yesterday was quiet and productive at home. Lots of laundry and a few snuggles with my pups. Mostly with this one……

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All day I kept thinking how I had to get to the grocery store because we really had no food. Lunch time came, and I was able to put together a pretty tasty lunch. Dinner came, and as I was telling Mike that he could just eat my leftovers from my lunch, and I would eat eggs, I remembered that I had set out some lamb chops that I had been a bit hesitant to make. The only thing in the vegetable crisper was a bag of carrots and a bag of mixed greens. You guys….dinner was amazing.

But today. I HAVE to grocery shop!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ve got to get out of the house today!

Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast – 7 PPV

Potato Skins? Kinda. I took my baked sweet potato, and sliced in lengthwise. I took three slices and put them in the skillet in a little coconut oil (and just a tad of the bacon fat from the slice of bacon that I cooked) until they were just crisp. I topped them with smashed avocado, a scrambled egg and one slice of crumbled bacon. A clementine and Black Coffee on the side. Yum.

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Lunch – 8 PPV

I sautéed Fresh Green Beans and Onions. I added a piece of cooked bacon to the skillet, leftover rotisserie chicken and Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetable Broth. Let it all simmer, and lunch was filing and delicious.

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Dinner – 14 PPV

I’ve never made lamb chops before. I’m not sure that I’ve actually eaten lamb chops before. I bought them right after buying the Whole30 book, but for some reason was reluctant to make them. They tasted like steak! Roasted Carrots and a Salad made with my new Balsamic Vinegar and Oils I picked up last week at the Olive Oil store. This dressing combo was Blood Orange Olive Oil and Cranberry Walnut Vinegar with a few Walnuts tossed in the salad too. I used a little wine to cook the lamb chops, so of course a glass of wine with dinner finished it all off nicely. 

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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

Dinner = 14

Total = 29

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 46

 

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, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Done!!

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Family, Friends and Traditions

November 27, 2015

It’s been a full couple of days, and today has been a nice quiet day at home with a fire, shopping online, (I don’t do Black Friday shopping. Does NOT sound like fun to me at all, plus its super dreary here and really cold outside) doing laundry and listening to Cary Grant movies play in the background while I try to get some order back into the house.

Wednesday night we went to a friends house for a party that has become a really fun tradition. It’s a Thanksgiving Eve Kegger. No joke. Kegs in the garage, snacks in the house. People come and go. Each year I think more and more people are able to come. Everyone always seems super relaxed and it’s the first party of the year that starts of the Holiday Season. We came home much later than I was expecting to, and yes, I had more beers than I had planned to have.

I surprisingly woke up feeling chipper, got dressed and headed out the door to do my sixth 5K for the year!

I had several goals for myself for this year. Not all of them met, but this one I did meet! Maybe this 5K becomes a new Tradition??

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The weather was perfect yesterday morning!

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After giving myself a little pat on the back for getting in six 5K’s this year, enjoying a cup of coffee and a quick shower, we went to Mike’s parents to spend the afternoon and have dinner with 15 other family members.

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It was a smaller group this year with a few of the younger generation (my daughter included) living out of town. I was a little bummed to be there without my kiddo this year, especially knowing that Thanksgiving Dinner at Mke’s parents house is one of her favorite traditions, but I know it’s a part what growing families experience, and I found comfort in knowing that she was spending the day with her boyfriend and his family, and that they will both be back here for a long weekend over Christmas….so Yay!!

We came home around 5:00, and literally did nothing, and that made me very happy. I did not count points yesterday for Thanksgiving, but Friday starts my WW week, and I’m counting today. I skipped my meeting this morning, but that was mostly due to the weather and reports of icy roads. Ick.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy time with Family and Friends and enjoying your own Traditions.

Here are Wednesday’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 PPV

Sweet Potato Buns with Eggs, Smashed Avocados and Blackberries

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I could eat Sweet Potato’s everyday…..and avocados……

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Lunch – 6 PPV

Turkey Soup with Plantains. Definitely making this soup again. (see my previous post for a link to the recipe)

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Dinner – 3 PPV

A big Serving of Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts before we went to the Kegger!!

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Thanksgiving Feast

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Snack

Leftover Thanksgiving Ham, Sweet Potato, Egg

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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

 

Exercise = 5K

 

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, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Six….Done!!!

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Paleo Turkey Soup!

November 25, 2015

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If I’ve made soup from leftover Thanksgiving Turkey before, it wasn’t yummy enough that I remember it. That all changed yesterday. I was searching for a simple soup recipe. Really, I should know enough about cooking to make a simple soup. Carrots, Onions, Celery and broth. Right? As much time as I like to spend in the kitchen, sometimes I’m just more comfortable following a recipe.

Yesterday, I found exactly what I was looking for. Carrots, Onions, Celery……and Sweet Potatoes! I probably wouldn’t have thought of that. I’m so glad that I went searching!

I’ve mentioned the Organic Sweet Potatoes that I’ve been buying recently. They have a Purple/Red skin, and they are white on the inside. So creamy and sweet. They were perfect for this soup recipe!

Now I’m going to have to make an 18 pound turkey for a bunch of people again, so I can make this soup from leftover Turkey!

I spent several hours at my mom’s house yesterday afternoon doing a few winter chores. I took her some soup. She loved it!

Check out Trina’s website, Paleo Newbie. I just found it yesterday, and I already know that I’ll be making more of her recipes! Read her story on why she is Paleo It’s great! That’s where I found this awesome Paleo Turkey Soup recipe. The only thing that I did different, was add fresh green beans.

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 6 PPV

Pancake Recipe

1 mashed Banana, 2 Eggs, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Blend these ingredients well with a fork, and pour onto hot oiled (or cooking spray) skillet and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until just set. Flip and continue to cook. This recipe takes a little practice. These are very thin pancakes. Making small pancakes, (4-5) and having a spatula the size of the pancake, makes for easier flipping. I promise.

Topping

1 Chopped Apple, 1 T. Water, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon. Put these ingredients into a baggie. Seal and shake. Vent 1″ and cook in microwave on a microwave safe plate for 2 minutes. Tada! For 2 more PointsPlus, add Chopped Walnuts. Or not. You decide.

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No Sugar, No Dairy, No Grains. A lot of yumminess.

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Lunch – 4 PPV

Turkey Soup! Soooo good.

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Dinner – 16 PPV

Two Servings of Soup with Plantains. After simmering in my crockpot all day, even better! 

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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 = 4

Dinner = 16

Total = 26

 

Exercise = Chores at my mom’s?? I know…it’s a stretch.

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

 

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, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

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

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Walk, Drink Water, Eat Well

November 24, 2015

Yesterday’s goal was to get in some sort of exercise, drink my water and eat healthy food.

I spent the morning making sure all leftover food from Saturday was out of the house, the fridge was organized and we had plenty of healthy options for the week.

My friend Becky suggested a walk, and I was so glad she did. We got in five miles before lunch, which left me feeling energetic for the rest of the day. Since I spent the rest of the day at home marking items off of my “to do” list, I drank a lot of water, although not as much as I had hoped.

I’m out the door to help my mom with a few things at her house, then hopefully…..to Jazzercise.

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 3 PPV

Scrambled Egg Whites, Avocado, Banana, Black Coffee

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Lunch – 9 PPV

Tuna with Mustard, Cucumbers, Carrots, Plantains, Dill Pickles

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Dinner – 7 PPV

Grilled Chicken and a great recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Red Onions and Brussels Sprouts over at BasilandBubbly.com

The recipe for this Roasted Veggie Dish included Olive Oil and Maple Syrup, and it was delicious!!

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Breakfast = 3

Lunch = 9

Dinner = 7

Total = 19

 

Exercise = Walked 5 miles

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’ve done “two a day’s” to make up, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

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

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Lot’s of Great Family Time

November 23, 2015

I took a break from my blog, my phone and social media for the last few days. Okay, that’s not true. I posted a few things and took a few pictures, but much less than I usually do, and traded that time for some time spent with family. It was a great long weekend!

My daughter can’t be here this year for Thanksgiving Day, so we had my parents and a few of my relatives over for dinner on Saturday, then a whole bunch of relatives from both sides of our families over later in the evening. We will be having Thanksgiving again on Thursday at Mike’s parents, so lots of food and family going on here for a while, and I’m loving it.

My daughter and her boyfriend came in late Wednesday, and when we weren’t running errands on Thursday for our Saturday Thanksgiving Dinner, we were playing games, listening to music, sitting by the fire and lots of chatting.

Everyone enjoyed Mike’s foosball table that he got for his birthday a few weeks ago. This table got a good workout this weekend, along with the ping pong table, the checker board and one of my favorites, Jenga!

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We decided to simplify our Saturday Thanksgiving, and cook the turkey on Friday. Tess cooked the Turkey this year, and it turned out great! She injected it with butter, so of course, it was delicious! Making it a day early worked out perfectly, in case your thinking of doing the same. We sliced it up, saved all the juices, and warmed it up on top of the stove before dinner on Saturday.

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Turkey perfection. Tess filled the cavity with celery and orange juice….and more butter. Yummmmmmm

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I set the table about four days in advance.

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One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving Dinner…..

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My mom came over early on Saturday to help cook. I insisted on aprons this years.

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After a mimosa (or two), we got the giggles. I loved being in the kitchen with my mom and my kiddo! My mom makes amazing Dressing!!

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Tess also made the mashed potatoes this year. This crockpot thing sure makes cooking easier!

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The buffet is open!

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Each year, I try to get a picture with Mike and I and all of our kids and grandkids. It’s hard to get four little kids to smile at the same time, but after lots of pumpkin pie and ping pong, there’s only so much one can hope for. This makes me smile.

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To make my weekend even better, Sunday was my birthday! I’m 49. That sounds weird. I think I’m 32…..maybe 37. My mom gave me this cute hat and scarf so I could walk the dogs in the cold.

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My daughter gave me this bracelet. She has one to match. I cried. I love this kid.

“I carry your heart in my heart”

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After opening presents, Tess, Manuel, Mike and I went to Mass, then to Brunch. I may have started brunch off with the best Bloody Mary ever. It had bacon in it!

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My birthday meal? Corned Beef Hash. This was ridiculously delicious!

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After brunch, we came home and put up the tree. We had a fire going, the Chiefs were on TV, and I was surrounded by happiness. I had a great birthday.

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After tree decorating, we pulled out the leftovers. What we didn’t eat, I got rid of.

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I ate more than I had planned to eat on Saturday, and on Sunday. I bought a Pumpkin Cheesecake at Costco that was SINFUL. I should never have taken a bite of it.  Same goes for my mom’s Pumpkin Bread. Too many yummy bites of Pumpkin! Having all of the leftovers in the house on Sunday was more of a challenge than I expected.

Today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Lots of water, meat and veggies. All of the leftovers are out of the house!

I got in a great 5 mile walk today and I feel rested from the weekend.

Thursday should be less tempting, since we will be at Mike’s parents house.

Have a Great Week!

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Short blog post today. Lot’s to do this morning. I’ll be picking up my daughter and her boyfriend late tonight at the airport and they will be here until late Sunday evening. We pretty much have something planned for each day, so I’m taking a break from the blog until Monday morning so I can spend lots of quality time with my kiddo.

Thanksgiving and extra people in the house can be a real food challenge, but I’ll do my best to drink lots of water and not graze! Other than just a few small bites, we still haven’t reintroduced grains, dairy or sugar, and we are going to try and stay clear of those through the Holidays. 

Mike was faced with a plate of cookies at his office yesterday for the entire day, and he called on his way home from work to tell me he didn’t have one! Apparently they were so close to him throughout the day, he could smell them. He also forgot his lunch, and ate lunch out for the first time in almost 40 days! He ate a safe lunch. I love hearing him talk about the changes that he has made and how he good he feels about it.

After telling me that he passed on the cookies…..all day long…..I had to tell him how I looked at the Mac and Cheese all day yesterday while working at the Food Truck. I really wanted just a bite! It was cool and rainy all day here yesterday, and that weather makes me want a big bowl of warm yummy food, but I didn’t go there.

Yes, it is just as creamy and as cheesy in real life as it looks in this picture I took yesterday.

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Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 7 PPV

Pancakes are not allowed in the 30 days of Whole30, even though you can make pancakes using Whole30 compliant foods. Yesterday, for the first time since completing the whole30, I made one of the pancakes that I used to make, but left out any sweetener that I’d used in the past. Apparently, leaving sugar and artificial sweeteners out of your diet, really does help you to appreciate the natural sweetness of fruit, because I really liked this and I didn’t need any additional sweetener.

Two Eggs, One Smashed Banana. Mix and pour onto hot griddle or skillet. This makes 4-5 thin pancakes. I topped these with 1 T. Sunflower Butter and had berries on the side.

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Lunch – 8 PPV

Pork and Pickles at the Food Truck

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Dinner – 15 PPV

Click HERE for the Paleo Meatloaf recipe that I made last night. I’ve made it twice now since we started doing Whole30. It’s one pound of beef and one pound of pork and it’s held together with Almond Meal instead of bread crumbs. 8 servings is 9 PointsPlus according to her website. Love it!

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I also made a side dish using Butternut Squash, Pecans, Bacon and Maple Syrup. It was an experiment for our Thanksgiving Dinner here this Saturday. Click HERE for that recipe. I used frozen chunks of Squash, which turned into mush, so it does not look like the picture on the website at all, but still, we both loved this recipe!

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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

Dinner = 15

Total = 30

 

Exercise = None. You knew that though.

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 0

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 3

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

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, and slacking lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

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

 

Have a Great Weekend!

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In yesterday’s post, I said that Jazzercise was on the day’s “to do” list, and it was. It was on the list along with two items that I wanted to return, and one hundred and two items that I needed to buy in preparation for our Thanksgiving Dinner number one at our house on Saturday. My daughter and her boyfriend will be coming in late Wednesday night from Dallas for a nice long weekend. They can’t be here for our big Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, so were squeezing in a dinner on Saturday, then filing up the house with even more family for a fun filled game night!

After reading through my blog about last year’s  Perfect Thanksgiving for decorating ideas, I’m not sure I can top that, but I started shopping yesterday. I did go back and read a few blog post about past Thanksgivings, and this Thanksgiving Blog Post and this Thanksgiving Day Blog post made me giggle. Can cooking a turkey really be as complicated as I made it sound? Doubt it.

Anyhow, I did NOT go to Jazzercise, but I did return two items, I feel like I bought more than one hundred and two items, and I worked a few hours doing food prep for the Food Truck. I was gone all day long, and didn’t sit down until after I showered last night, like at 9:00. I was pooped! Surely, I earned a few activity points and burned a few calories.

Totally sucking at exercise and drinking water. What’s my dealeo??? I’m honestly not sure what exercise I will get in during the next few days. I still have a gazillion things to buy for Saturday. I’ll drink more water. There. That’s a goal. Hey. I’m eating great.

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 5 PPV

I had a little leftover Whipped Cauliflower, so I added an egg and some seasonings, and made Fritters! Seriously, everything taste great with a runny egg!

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Lunch – 10 PPV

Chicken Salad made with Whole30 Mayo, Blackberries, Celery with Almond Butter

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Dinner – 13 PPV

Chicken Apple Sausages, Shredded Chicken Breast, Cooked Sweet Potatoes (the yummy white ones!) zucchini, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. Toss it all in some Butter Infused Olive Oil and seasonings of your choice until crispy! So yummy!

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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 = 10

Dinner = 13

Total = 28

 

Exercise = Errands? Oh okay…..none.

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 3

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 26

 

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, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

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

 

I plan to smother you with “Thankful” quotes for the next several days…….Your Welcome.

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A Little Catching Up

November 16, 2015

Now that my daily routine is back to counting weight watcher points, and eating clean is becoming much easier, I’ve GOT to get myself back to some regular exercising! Each time I get my bank statement, and see the fee that I am paying for Jazzercise, I think….I GOTTA get there!! I’ll be really frustrated with myself if I don’t make it to at least one class this week. It’s on the “to do” list for today.

I went to my Yoga class on Saturday morning, and I loved it! Unfortunately, I did no exercise on Friday or Sunday.

In my recap post, I didn’t really talk about the specific food challenges I’ve had over the last few days, or all of the great food that I did eat!

While spending time with my girlfriends, I passed on two flavors of homemade bread. I’m not really even certain what flavors they were, but I know they would have tasted great with my coffee those two mornings that we spent together. Passing on the bread was a pretty big deal for me, but I loved every second of hanging out with my girls.

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I took dinner for the girls for one night. I made Chili, (no beans for me, beans for them) and served it over Crispy Sweet Potato Chunks and topped it with Avocado and Plantain Chips. (Mike and I are loving these plantain chips!)

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After coming home on Friday, I made Turkey Spaghetti for Mike and I for dinner. I decided to mix things up a bit, so I cooked up a couple of slices of bacon, crumbled them and added them to the sauce. I also added Cinnamon and Allspice to the sauce. Have you ever tried these spices in your spaghetti? It’s a wonderful little treat. We had our spaghetti over Zoodles made with my vegetable peeler, and spaghetti squash. Dinner was delish.

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I kept breakfast simple on Saturday. One slice of Bacon, one Egg and a few Sweet Potatoes.

I am loving the new Sweet Potatoes I found in the organic produce department. They have Purple Skin and they are White on the inside. They are so sweet and creamy. Please try them if you can find them!

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I’m enjoying my Loose Leaf Pumpkin Spice Tea in the evenings. Great, now I’m a hot tea addict.

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The party that Mike and I went to on Saturday night had a buffet with dinner rolls and cheesy potatoes. We ate the brisket, and all of the veggies and fruit they had to offer, and passed on the rolls and potatoes. Not only did they have a beautiful dessert table, but they also had a candy table. We basically were sitting right beside it. They had the cutest little bags for you to pack a “to go” bag. Everything was super cute! We didn’t even think about having any sweets though. The beer tasted good. 

One of our daughters took this picture Saturday night. Look how great he looks! His face is all skinny and cute.

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Yesterday was all whole30. Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast – 7 PPV

Bacon and Sweet Potato Hash, topped with two Eggs. Strawberries and 1/2 of a Banana. Black Coffee.

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Lunch – 8 PPV

 A large portion of Leftover Turkey Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti Squash. Even better leftover!!

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Snack – 5 PPV

Unpictured Raw Cashews with Dried Cherries. I hadn’t planned to have these, but I was making trail mix bags for Mikes lunch for the week, and it just sounded so good, so I had a few, and I’m guessing on those points. I struggled with raw cashews being a trigger food early on in the wholee30, but they didn’t seem to be an issue yesterday.

Dinner – 13 PPV

Ribeye Steak, Salad with 1/2 Slice Turkey Bacon, Peppers and Carrots and homemade dressing on the side, Whipped Cauliflower and Mushrooms. Dinner was awesome!!  I love it when I accidentally grill my steak perfectly! So does Mike!

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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 = 5

Dinner = 13

Total = 33

 

Exercise = none

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Activity Points Remaining This Week = 3

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

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 28

 

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, and slacked lately)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

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

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

My Whole30 Recap

November 15, 2015

It’s been a busy four days. The timing for our Whole30 could not have been more perfect. We ate every meal at home for 30 days, with the exception of one meal at our sons house, and one lunch that I ate out, and we kept those meals whole30 compliant.

Day 30 was Tuesday, then I left on Wednesday afternoon to spend Wednesday and Thursday night with a few girlfriends. I took plenty of whole30 foods to keep myself whole30 as much as possible, but with plans to have wine. I made sure the fridge at home was stocked with whole30 foods for Mike.

The reintroduction of foods, post Whole30, is supposed to be gradual so you can tell how your body is reacting to foods that you haven’t been eating for 30 days. On Wednesday night I had wine. On Thursday morning, I had a little breakfast casserole that had sour cream and cheese in it, but it didn’t seem like enough that it would bother me much. Thursday night, I couldn’t resist the urge to roast a few marshmallows over the fire we were sitting around outside, and Friday I ate only whole30 foods. I will admit, I had a little belly ache on Friday and I’m not sure if it was the small amount of dairy or the sugar and alcohol, but it wasn’t terrible. 

Last night, Mike and I had a Dinner Party to go to, and we had all sorts of Whole30 items to choose from, and dinner was great! We each had two beers, and so far, we both feel fine.

Today through Saturday, we are eating whole30, then Saturday we are hosting a full Thanksgiving meal. I’m trying really hard to keep it as traditional as possible for the rest of the family, but have plenty of whole30 options for Mike and I too.

Our next challenge will be Thanksgiving Day at Mikes parents house.

Neither of us has a desire to reintroduce anything right now, so we’ll take that one day at a time.

 

Okay, here’s my recap. I think I’ve already said most of this, but I felt a recap was necessary.

What is the Whole30?

“Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” The Whole30

The Whole30 is more about your head to toe health and wellness and your relationship with food than it is about weight loss, so if you are thinking about doing the Whole30 only to lose weight, rethink that thought.

During the Whole30, it became a habit to eat three meals a day, with little to no snacks (okay, minimal snacks for me….Mike had zero snacks). This is one of my largest hurdles, and I will continue to work on this and blog about it. It’s pretty amazing how successful you can be when you only fill your fridge and pantry with items for meals, and leave the snacking type foods at the grocery store (or out of sight if you have other people in your house that can responsibly snack).

If you are planning to do the Whole30, these are just a few things to know that might make your 30 day journey the best that it can be.

  • Read the book

Read the book first. Before you decide, please read the book so you can properly understand the Why, and so you can properly prepare.

 

  • Choose your start date

Look at your calendar, and decide on those 30 days wisely. Of course you can still have a social life, but decide what events on your social calendar will include food, and think about how you will handle those situations, Eat before you go? Take your own food? Find out what the menu is before you go? Decide how you will handle social situations that likely will have non compliant Whole30 food.

I would not suggest doing the Whole30 during the months of November and December, unless of course, you have the most amazing control of anyone in the whole entire universe, in which case, you probably have no need to even be considering the Whole30. Right?

 

  • Housework

Remove non Whole30 items from your pantry and fridge (or at least remove them from your view if you don’t live alone) and stock your kitchen with Whole30 compliant items. Use those non whole30 foods up before your start date. Give them to family or friends. Donate them to a food bank. You never know, you may never want to eat some of those foods again, or….having some of those foods in sight, may be too much of a temptation for you.

 

  • Meal Planning and Shopping

Make a meal plan for your first week, and do some grocery shopping. I suggest setting aside a little time at least once a week to meal plan and do a little prep work for the week. The first week for me was a little overwhelming, but once we were into week two, I knew what our favorite staple items were (egg salad, chicken salad, cooked chicken breast, cooked sweet potatoes, breakfast sausage, mayo) and meal prep became much easier.

 

  • Support

Whether you are doing this alone, or with someone else, you will want support. You will need support. You can find some great support online. I love Social Media for Weight Watchers support, and it was also great for Whole30 too! Instagram was one of my favorite places for support and meal suggestions. You can even find support on the Whole30 website. Of course support from family and friends is awesome too! If you don’t live alone, but you are the only one doing the Whole30, make sure those living under the same roof as you are supportive of your goals. If you’re an empty nester, like us, maybe your spouse will jump on board with you and love everything about the Whole30! They may even begin a new breakfast routine of cooking at home and skipping the fast food drive thru, and packing their own lunch and skip eating lunch out all together!!!! (Okay, so happy that happened here and really hope that it continues!)

 

  • Success

I hope that if you decide to do the Whole30, you will have the success that we did. We love that we are eating whole foods, and that we are more mindful of what we are eating. I love that we are both sleeping better. There’s a lot of pride that goes along with successfully completing 30 days of eating so different, and knowing that we both want to continue, feels pretty darned good too! Mike lost 18 pounds and I lost 6 pounds. We would both like to lose a few more pounds, and I’m assuming continuing to eat whole foods with little or minimum snacking, we will do just that!

I blogged a little about some tummy issues that I was having during the Whole30, and since starting a probiotic and reducing the amount of high fiber veggies that I was eating, my gut is much happier!

Please feel free to ask any questions, and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll try to find it for you!

Happy Whole30!

 

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