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2015 In Review

December 31, 2015

I just reread my post titled, 2015, Bring it!. It was a recap of my 2014, and my plans and goals for 2015. After reading that post, I realize that 2014 was a really great and busy year and 2015 was really boring.

Here is a recap. Hopefully the pictures make it seem a little more exciting than it was. 


I made the following goals for myself, and posted them at the end of each blog post for most of the year.

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I Will Choose One Occasion Per Month for Social Drinking
I will go no more than two days in a row without some sort of exercise. (unless I’m sick)
I will track every single day for the entire year. 
I will RUN in a minimum of six 5K’s

I skipped the alcohol in January, and then again for 30 days towards the end of the year, but the rest of the year was pretty much like any other year, so boo hiss hiss on my first goal.

I had an injury that slowed down my exercise routine for several weeks at the beginning of the year, and in October I struggled with motivation for a few weeks, but I am ending the year strong, and I feel good about the exercise habits that I developed this year. I’m loving Hot Yoga and Jazzercise, and I will always love to walk.

I didn’t track for the 30 days that Mike and I did the Whole30 program, and I missed a few other days during the year, but for the most part, I stuck with the tracking.

I really did run in six 5K’s this year, and that feels awesome!!

I took a break from dairy, gluten, alcohol, and a few other foods for the month of January, and after all the junk that I had consumed in December, that made me feel great!

I started off the year great, and I was ready to work on ME.




After a month of eating pretty darned clean and not drinking, I had a fun girly day planned for the first weekend in February. I drank too much, and I fell down and broke my collar bone. I then had to wait 8 Weeks to go back to Jazzercise, and 12 Weeks to go back to Yoga. The rest of the month was fairly dull.



I ran my first 5K for the year in Dallas (The Color Run) with my daughter, Tess. We ran The Color Run in 2014 too!




The only thing worthy of repeating for the month of April is the fact that I got my first every Cortisone shot. My left shoulder has a partially torn rotator cuff. I had rotator cuff surgery in my right shoulder a few years ago, and the thought of going through all of that again sounds awful, but I know it’s going to have to happen. Each Yoga and Jazzercise class is uncomfortable, along with pulling shirts over my head, putting on my coat and blow drying my hair. Blah Blah Blah



My brother sold everything that he owned and moved to Florida to live in his camper and start a new life of adventure.

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My mom is really missing him and worries about him a lot, so I have tried to keep her busy and entertained in an attempt to help her worry less. He lived about 5 minutes away from her, and the convenience of him being able to drop over for a cup of coffee is something that she really misses, so I try to get over to see her more often. I live about 25 minutes away, so it’s not that far, but 5 minutes away from her would be so much easier. 

My daughter Tess, and her boyfriend Manuel, came to town and ran my second 5K of the year with me at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs! I am loving her 5K support!




I started a 5 week challenge to walk 125 miles. (I need to schedule another one of those! They always make me feel so good!) Tucker walked a lot of those miles with me!



A few of my friends walked a lot of those miles with me too!



I painted my Laundry room, and although it seems to be such a simple thing, I honestly smile every time I walk in there now.




I finished my 5 Week Challenge to Walk 125 Miles


I got in my third 5K for the year. I ran the Bubble Run with a bunch of fun and crazy ladies!



I attended my 30 Year Reunion, and had a blast!

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I became a Big Sis to Samone through the Big Brother Big Sister organization in May of 2014. My little sis moved about two hours away in August, so our weekly visits came to a halt. We’ve kept in touch, and I know that she is happy, but I do miss her.

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Mike and I took a road trip to meet Tess and Manuel in St Louis to celebreate Tess’ birthday. Good times!


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I discovered eating sweet Potatoes as Buns might be life changing.




I took a trip to Dallas for some quiet girl time with my kiddo. We got in a lot of walking and talking.



Tess and Manuel and Mike and I attended our first and only KC Royals game of the season.




Mike and I took on the challenge of the Whole30, and it may have changed the way we eat forever.

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We drank no alcohol for the entire month, even through a very busy and exiting baseball season and Mike’s birthday!

I ran in The Mustache Dash 5K, my fourth 5K for the year.


I spent several hours laying stones to make a sitting area in my front yard, and we had all new landscaping put in the yard.

On Halloween morning, I ran in my fifth 5K for the year, and my very first 5K alone…in the rain.

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The Royals won the World Series, and the city went crazy with excitement. Tess even came home to watch the parade! (We ended up avoiding the crowd, and watched the parade in a bar with friends, but still….fun!)



Mike and I successfully finished The Whole30.

On Thanksgiving morning, I ran my final and sixth 5K for the year, alone, but with pride. How many will I do in 2016?




December was filled with Christmas. I shopped online, I decorated, I watched Christmas movies, I listened to Christmas music, and I made plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tess was here with her boyfriend for four days, and I know that for 2016, she will be spending Christmas in Dallas, so I soaked up as much of her and our Christmas traditions as I could, and I thought a lot about the reason for the season.


It wasn’t a super exciting year, but it was a healthy year and a happy year.

Last year, I included these two goals for 2015 in my post.

1. Paint One Full Wall in the Basement with Chalkboard Paint for the Grandkids to draw on! (and me!)
2. Take Piano Lessons (my grandma’s piano just sits in our living room, and I feel that it needs some love)

I didn’t do either of these things, and I still want to. Maybe 2016?

What are your goals for 2016? I’m posting mine tomorrow!

Have a VERY safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!


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

Are You Ready?

December 30, 2015

Are you ready for 2016? Have you had time to reflect on 2015? I hope it was a great year for everyone. The older I get, the more I enjoy reflecting on the past year, then planning for the upcoming year. I love change and I love a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to set new goals and challenge myself. It’s going to be a great year!

The last few days of 2015 have been nice and quiet. I don’t take down my Christmas decorations until after New Year’s, so I’ve been enjoying the last few days of lights and stockings and candles and the fireplace. I met a friend for lunch yesterday, and today, I’m treating myself to a movie, which means I need to get myself dressed. Have a great day!

I ate well yesterday, but I didn’t count points.

Here are yesterday’s eats…


Veggie Hash with Two Eggs and Chopped Avocado




Chicken Taco’s on Corn Tortilla’s with grilled Veggies




Two Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (They’re all gone now.)



I didn’t feel so great last night, so I skipped dinner.


What great thing will you be doing for your health in 2016?



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

Our First Snow

December 29, 2015

After posting yesterday’s blog, and thinking about what a wonderful Christmas we had, and how happy I was that Tess and Manuel made it home safely to Dallas, I felt completely selfish for not acknowledging in my blog post the fact that so many people around the country experienced tradgedy over this holiday season with the winter storms. Please know that we are all thinking of those affected by the storms and that we have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Now, we did end up getting some snow in Kansas City yesterday, but not much. First, freezing drizzle, then a little snow. Thank goodness the kids are still out of school on Winter Break, and at least some accidents were avoided with less traffic on the roads.

I, myself, never left the house. I tossed out groceries from the holidays that crept into the house, I organized my chaotic desk that became a dumping ground after Christmas shopping.



Then, I paid bills. Eeeekkkkk. 


I snuggled with my pups, thought about my goals for 2016, and Mike and I continued with our annual tradition of binge watching Homeland, which our son Jake, buys us every year for Christmas.

I took a couple of pictures.






I added these Santa hats to the porch about three days before Christmas.



They looked super cute with the snow on them and the Christmas lights on.


The pups aren’t crazy about going out into the yard to do their business, and I’m not crazy about the mess they are making on the floors when they come in, but the snow in December sure is pretty!

I worked myself back into some healthy eating yesterday by making smart choices, but I did not count points. A few of the things that I made for the holidays that were Paleo friendly, I didn’t calculate the WW Smartpoints on. Yesterday, I just ate good food. I tried not to over eat, and I drank a lot of water.

I’ll likely do that the next few days as well, then I’ll be ready to count, track, cook, and do all the right stuff come Friday! I love that Friday is the beginning of my WW week, AND…’s New Year’s Day. Um, how appropriate is that??

I’m finalizing my plans for 2016 and my Year End Blog Post. I’m sure you’re thrilled. For now……..

Here are yesterday’s eats….


The last of one of the Christmas Morning Breakfast Casseroles topped with Avocado




Veggies and an Egg while staring my Year End Blog Post. It’s a long one!




Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin, and a Apple Bacon Muffin. I served these Christmas morning, and loved them both!




Salad with Mixed Greens, Chicken, Bacon, Egg, Apple, Walnuts, Avocado, Vinaigrette


Are you planning for 2016?



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

Christmas Fun!

December 28, 2015

I’m pretty certain, that every year of my entire life, I’ve said…..”Now THAT was the best Christmas ever.” And each year, I mean it. They just get better and better, and the more the family grows, the more people we have to share it with.

My Mother-In-Law thought it would be nice if we could all go to Christmas Mass together this year. I’ll be honest, we don’t go to Christmas Mass every year, but it was a pretty easy gift to deliver, so as many of us went as could, and I know that she loved having us all sit together on Christmas Eve.

After Mass, most of us slipped into pjs, then we had a houseful for food and presents. I always save the stockings for the end. Yes, Santa did bring the grandsons Fart Powder to put in their stockings. (Sometimes, I’m just a small child.)



I love sitting there watching everyone.

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I surprisingly embraced the mess for a really long time…..



That’s Manuel, Tess’ boyfriend. This was his first Christmas with us. He might think we’re crazy. I hope not, because I love him dearly.



Grandma really likes him too. He thinks she’s a sweetheart, and she is.



These two played all night long.



He goes banana’s over Lego’s!



This kid loves everything, even Gigi’s silly hats.



Um, this one is starting to talk, a lot! The little one, not the big one, although the big one talks a lot too.



Such a warm feeling when you know they want to love on you.



She think’s her Papa rules the world. I could not love this picture more. (The $2.99 toy’s were a BIG it!)



Everyone stayed until almost midnight, and I loved every second of it.



Christmas morning we lounged for a bit with coffee and Christmas lights, then my dad and stepmom came over for brunch. I made a couple of casseroles. One was this really yummy Paleo casserole…..



I made two different muffins, both paleo. One was a Lemon Poppy Seed, and the other were these Apple Bacon Paleo muffins!  We were in pjs and looking pretty rough, so no “People Pictures” were taken Christmas morning.



On Christmas Night, we went to my Mom’s. She made a great spread of Chili and snacks and yummy drinks. Mom has a fairly new neighbor. Her name, coincidentally, is Tess. (We don’t know many other Tess’.)  Tess is from the Philippines, has little family here, and has completely adopted my mom, as her mom, and my mom loves her. Tess brings my mom delicious food all the time. On Christmas, she brought us over a huge plate of Spring Rolls and a pork dish that was made from a whole pig that roasted all day over an open fire. Uh….Yum! She’s super sweet and they are lucky to have each other as neighbors.



Mom’s apartment is tiny, but it’s always cute and cozy.



We did a little FaceTime with my brother in Florida. We literally passed him around the room. Manuel and my brother, met of the first time, via FaceTime. After FaceTime, we played “What’s Yours Like?”. Have you played? Lot’s of fun!



Let me tell you a short, short story. Tess and I are wearing almost identical necklaces in this picture. Manuel bought Tess her necklace for Christmas. When Tess showed it to me, I completely freaked out and ran up to my bedroom to get my necklace. My necklace belonged to my grandma, (my mom’s mom) and we have no idea how old it is, but the design is almost identical, and we couldn’t wait to show my mom. How cool is that??



Okay…moving on. We ended our night with a picture of Grandma and her granddaughters.



Saturday, the day after Christmas was spent lounging in pj’s, watching movies on the couch, taking naps, drinking coffee, snacking, more naps and more movies. However, on Saturday night, we took our kids out to dinner. Usually, we spend all of our time with our kids at our house, and I love that, but I feel like you get to know your adult kids in a little different way when you spend time with them socially too. We went to dinner on the Country Club Plaza. I love the Plaza at Christmas time. The lights are so pretty, and really, if you live in KC, or if you are visiting, you have to see the Plaza lights at Christmas.



So happy we all made it out to dinner!

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We weren’t done chatting and telling stories, so we had after dinner drinks and dessert in a cozy part of the restaurant. I’m hoping we get to do more of this!

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No matter how old they get, kids still like ice cream.



Maybe we’ve started a new tradition?

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Sunday….more movies, naps, Chiefs football (We’re going to the playoffs!! Kansas City is killing it in with the sports this season!) more food, more drinks, more movies. Tess actually got up at one point and said…..”I think I have bed sores”. We did a lot of relaxing. Did I say that?



The tree was cracking me up by the end of the day with the lighting situation. I decided to sip on a Bailey’s and just enjoy it.



I got a lot of great gifts this year! A massage, a Hot Yoga towel for my mat, a scarf, beautiful framed family pictures, a really nice monogrammed vest, and this cookbook, that I’ll be spending a lot of time cooking from in the next few weeks!


We took Tess and Manuel to the airport late last night. They were on the last flight to Dallas, and we got home just as it startled to drizzle freezing rain. Everyone made it home safe and sound and Christmas was wonderful.

Food? Yeah, I ate everything in sight over the last four days. Last night, I actually felt sick.

I’ll blog about my food and exercise plan in tomorrow’s post. You know I have one. Right now, I need to go throw a bunch of food away!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!




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


Ready for Christmas

December 24, 2015

Okay…..keeping it short. My kiddo is laying in bed with me right now and I want to spend as much time as possible with her! I’m not proofreading or anything. It’s Christmas! Yay!

The house feels cozy and I’m looking forward to filling it up with family today and having a Very Merry Christmas!

The Entry



What you see when you walk in the front door.



On my desk…



Simple Center Piece on the dining room table.



The Santa pitcher and mugs have been passed down to me from my grandma on my mom’s side, and I usually put them on top of the old piano from my grandma on my dad’s side.



One of my favorite parts of the house right now.



Ready for a full house. Feels so good.



The Manger that my dad built of out sticks from our backyard when I was a kid. It has a small light in it so it looks like the north star is shining in on them. I love that I have this. The next door neighbor (from when I was a kid) painted the figurines.



I love this bag for my dad and stepmom’s gift. The gift is a salad bowl for their vintage camper!




All Wrapped and Ready!



Ho Ho Ho!



Gotta make it all festive….



My Powder Room



Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 4 SP

Scrambled Egg Whites, Bell Peppers, topped with Smashed Avocado. Banana and Berries.




Lunch – 8 SP

Mixed Greens, Rotisserie Chicken, Pears, Roasted Beets, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Blood Orange Olive Oil, Walnuts



Dinner – 10 SP

The exact same salad as my lunch, with added Paleo Candied Pecans! So Good!



For Christmas Brunch, my dad and stepmom will be coming over, and of course, Tess and Manuel are here! Then to my mom’s for Christmas Dinner. I’m so happy to have my kiddo home.

I’ll be making a couple of Casseroles for breakfast tomorrow. Mike and i will be eating Breakfast Casserole with sausage and sweet potatoes

I’m making two different Paleo muffins, Apple bacon muffins and poppy seed muffins.


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra WeeklyPoints 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 = 10

Dinner = 10

Total = 24


Exercise = none

FitPoints earned for the week = 15

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 7



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

Super Excited!

December 23, 2015

This year, for some reason, about every three days or so, another string of lights goes out on the tree. I just keep adding new strands of lights without taking any ornaments off! That’s no easy task!! Last night, more lights out. Egads. It’s starting to look a little ridiculous if you get real close. Un-Decorating is going to take forever this year!


I’ll add more lights to my tree today, because I want it to be perfect for tonight! Guess who’s coming home tonight? Yep! My kiddo! Tess and her boyfriend, Manuel, are coming in on the late late fight tonight, and I am so excited. They will be here until the late late flight on Sunday night, so we get to spend all sorts of time together!

I’ll blog tomorrow morning before anyone wakes up, then enjoy Christmas with my family. I hope you all have a wonder Christmas and Holiday!

Let the food challenges begin. I have some cookies in the house now for the grandkids on Christmas Eve, and after overthinking them being here, I finally ate a Lara Bar yesterday instead of any of the cookies. That’s a success for sure, but that little tiny bar is now 8 Points on the new plan! It’s all fruit and nuts, so for me, that was a much better choice than 8 SmartPoints of cookie’s. It did the trick, I stopped thinking about the cookies. (Well, until now. Crap.)

I’ve been in a hash slump, so I tried to add in some variety yesterday. No complaints about the hash, it was just time to change things up a bit.

Since I no longer eat cheese or croutons or bottled salad dressing on salads, I haven’t been eating salad very much. I think I eat more salad in the spring and summer anyhow. After finding the Fall Salad that we’ve been eating and really enjoying, and discovering how much I like flavored vinegars and oils as salad dressings, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas to eat as salad toppers. At Costco the other day, they had beets in a container that were all chopped up and ready to go! I bought some knowing that I would roast them and see how they tasted on top of a salad!

I mixed them with a little Butter insured Olive Oil and Sea Salt. I roasted them at 400 for about 20 minutes. Yum!


They tasted much better by themselves than I was expecting them to! After a late yoga class, I ate some beets with green beans, and it was a yummy little snack! No worries. I have plenty left to top a salad with today.

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 6 SP

Egg cooked in an avocado slice (this is really really yummy, if you like eggs and avocado’s, which I really really do) Sweet potatoes and red onions on the side, and a few berries.




Lunch – 7 SP

Chicken Apple Sausage topped with Sauerkraut and mustard, Carrots for a little crunch and Celery with 1 T. Almond Butter.




Snack – 8 SP

Better than the Sugar Cookies and Thumbprints!



Dinner – 7 SP

Turkey Burger, Avocado, Tomato. I wasn’t super hungry.



Snack – 3 SP

Beets, Green Beans with Bacon. I made the beets and the green beans after I had already had my turkey burger. Mike didn’t like my beets. Shocker! He likes everything! That’s okay. More for me to top my salad with today!


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra WeeklyPoints 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 = 7

Snack = 8

Dinner = 7

Snack = 3

Total = 31


Exercise = 60 Minute Hot Yoga Class

FitPoints earned for the day = 7 

FitPoints earned for the week = 18

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 7


So Excited for the next few days!


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

Banana Walnut Pancakes

December 22, 2015

Have you tried the pancakes yet that only use 2 Eggs and 1 Banana for the batter? It took me a few times making these before I actually figured out all of the tricks, but now that I know what I’m doing, I really like these.

Combine the eggs and the banana. Add in any extra’s of your choice. Cinnamon, Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice? I added 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon to this batch.

Give them a try!


Banana Walnut Pancakes
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  1. 1 Banana, smashed
  2. 2 Eggs, whisked
  3. 1/2 tsp of one of these, or mix them up. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Toppings
  5. 10 Chopped Walnuts
  6. 1 T. Maple Syrup
  1. Combine the eggs and the banana. Add spices, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice? I added 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon to this batch.
  2. Heat skillet over medium low.
  3. Spray skillet with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter onto skillet in very small amounts, about 2 Tablespoons. I cook 4 at a time.
  5. Let cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. This is important. Using a spatula that is larger than the pancake, flip and continue to cook about 1 minute, or until pancake browns and no longer appears wet.
  1. 9 SmartPoints
  2. A few tricks to making these come out right. Make them small, cook them over medium low heat, flip with a spatula that is larger than the pancake.
  3. These do take a little practice.
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Yoga, Football, Food Prep

December 21, 2015

I’m really enjoying this whole “I’m done shopping” thing. Yesterday was a great day that started with a hot yoga class, then breakfast with Mike, watching the KC Chiefs win…again, and then spending a little time in the kitchen making sure we are prepared for the week.

I feel organized and ready for Christmas. However, would you believe that EIGHT of my gifts that I ordered from one store online, (on December 4th!), still haven’t arrived? According to an email I received, they are scheduled to arrive on Christmas Eve. Ug. Go figure. So much for planning ahead.

Here is a little planning ahead that I can control, food prep for the week.

Our biggest food challenges this week will be Sweet Treats that find their way into our house when we host Christmas Eve, and a Chili Dinner with Cheese and Crackers and Cookies and Pumpkin Bread on Christmas night at my mom’s house. Mom typically has a fruit tray and a veggie tray, so we’ll count on that, and possibly eat some protein before we go. 

Yesterday I made Pork Breakfast Sausage using the Whole30 recipe so Mike can have an easy breakfast this week. I made extra to freeze. I made the Whole30 mayo, then used that to make Tuna Salad and Chicken Salad for lunches this week. I made a Turkey Meatloaf for dinner last night that will work for two meals for us, and I also made some roasted carrots, steamed broccoli (that actually heats up great) and some sautéed asparagus. I was in the kitchen for less than 2 hours, and now I know what we’ll be eating this week!

While cooking in the kitchen, I was sipping on hot tea and every once in a while, I’d grab a fig out of the pantry. I had several points left for the day, and I knew that dinner was going to be low in points. I thought that I had a good idea of how many points I was eating in figs. Before I knew it, I had probably had 6 or more figs. Likely 8. They taste really good with Gingerbread Spice hot tea!

I put 4 figs on my scale and they weighed just over 66 g. I entered the info into my WW app, and it was 9 SmartPoints! When I entered in 130 g, it was 17 points in figs! Egads.

Needless to say, I ate a very small dinner. After all those figs, I really wan’t that hungry after all.

Aren’t these carrots pretty?



Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Pre-Breakfast – 0 SP

Un-Pictured Banana and Black coffee before Yoga.

Breakfast – 8 SP

Hash. Veggies, Sweet Potato, 1/2 Chicken Apple Sausage, Egg

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Lunch – 5 SP

3 oz Tuna, mixed with mustard, 1/2 T. Homemade mayo and one hard boiled egg, along with a few Carrots and Tomatoes.



Snack – 17 SP

Figs. Oops.



Dinner – 5 SP

To keep dinner Paleo friendly, I made Turkey Meatloaf, but I replaced the breadcrumbs with almond flour, and I replaced the ketchup with tomato paste. Tasted great!

1/2 Slice Turkey Meatloaf, Veggies This is really an ugly picture of food!


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra WeeklyPoints 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 = 5

Snack = 17

Dinner = 5

Total = 35


Exercise = 60 Minute Hot Yoga Class

FitPoints Earned for the Day = 7

FitPoints Earned for the Week = 11

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 15


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

Chillin’ Before Christmas

December 20, 2015

Yesterday was a pretty relaxing Saturday for being the Saturday before Christmas. I had a quiet morning.

Tucker and I ran a few errands…..


I bought these napkins, and because my bangs are pretty much white, this made me giggle.



I took both dogs on a short walk…..




Later, Tucker and I took a longer walk and it was gorgeous outside. (White Bangs….)


I was showered and in my pjs before dinner. We had movie night on the couch (Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal) and we went to bed before 11:00.


Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

Breakfast Hash…again. Zero Point Veggies, Sweet Potato, Chicken Apple Sausage, Eggs, Black Coffee




Lunch – 5 SP

5 oz Tuna (1 SP!) mixed with mustard, salt and pepper, celery, 1 tsp lemon infused olive oil and cherry tomatoes Banana with 1 T. Almond Butter.


Dinner – 14 SP

I really do love this Fall Salad. Click HERE for the full recipe. The recipe calls for roasted Butternut Squash, and I usually make that, but I completely forgot to prepare the squash, so we had the salad without it, and it was still delicious. If you make this salad, make the butternut squash!

I weighed and measured everything for each portion, then wrote it all down in my recipe book, because we both really love this salad and  I plan to make it a lot.

This is for ONE Salad

4 oz cooked Chicken Breast – 3 SP

1 Slice Crumbled Bacon – 2 SP

1 Hard Boiled Egg – 2 SP

5 g Dried Cherrries – 1 SP

10 g Chopped Pecans – 2 SP

2 T. of the dressing included in the recipe – 4 SP

Mixed Greens, Red Onion, Chopped Apple – 0 SP

Total SmartPoints = 14



Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra WeeklyPoints 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 = 5

Dinner = 14

Total = 27


Exercise = Walked 45 minutes

Earned Fit Points = 4

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 20


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

Weeklies, No Guilt

December 19, 2015

Guess who I got to spend the afternoon with yesterday? Little grandbaby Char wasn’t feeling so great, so I picked her up from Day Care and we played all afternoon, then took a cozy nap. She was mesmerized with the ornaments. She spent a good 30 minutes taking them off, then putting them back on (well, she tried to put them back on).

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I love that little girl so much.

Yesterday mornings Weight Watcher meeting went great, and I am feeling good about the changes that Mike and I have made in our daily menu since doing the Whole30 in October. Lately, I have been craving a Cheat Meal. Since completing the Whole30, I’ve had a few dairy items, a few grain items and a few sugar items, but I’ve kept them in small quantities, and pretty infrequent.

Yesterday, I wanted to go out to dinner, order something I haven’t had in a long time, and enjoy it without any guilt. I had plans with some friends for Friday night that got cancelled, so I sent Mike this text.


He has been sticking to the Paleo diet pretty much all the time. He did tell me last week that he ordered a Cheeseburger and Fries for lunch one day, and that it was great, but he didn’t want to get into a habit of eating that regularly again. It just sounded good, and it was.

That’s what i was wanting last night. Dinner with no restrictions, for one night. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying all of the food that we are eating, and I’m in no hurry to change anything, but I was just wanting to order something off of the menu that I haven’t ordered in a really long time, and enjoy it without guilt.

We went out for pizza and I used up a bunch of weeklies, with no guilt, and dinner was awesome. (Okay, maybe a slight belly ache afterwords). Now, I’ve had my fill of cheese and wine for the weekend, back to that clean eating that makes me feel so good.

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 0 SP

Un-pictured Banana

Lunch – 6 SP

Sautéed Broccoli Slaw, Zucchini, Onion and Brussels Sprouts, with Roasted Butternut Squash and cooked Turkey Taco meat added to the mix. Topped with Cherry Tomatoes. 



Happy Hour – 12 SP

Un-Pictured Red Wine and a few Crackers with Cheese

Dinner – 27 SP

Two Slices of Pizza, One Coffee Stout Beer

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra WeeklyPoints 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


Lunch = 6

Happy Hour – 12

Dinner = 27

Total = 45


Exercise = none

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 20


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