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Round 2, Whole30, Day 8

March 31, 2016

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I ended up really liking the Chia Pudding on day two. You make it the day before, then refrigerate overnight. The first morning that I ate it, I was surprised at how thick it was, so I put it in the microwave for just a second, and ate it basically at room temperature. On day two, I heated it up in the microwave and ate it warm. Made a HUGE difference.

It’s high in points due to the Coconut Milk, and I haven’t done any shopping for Whole30 compliant Almond Milk, but I did like it enough that I will make it again, and play with different “add in” options.

Here is how I made this one.

Makes Two Servings

One Serving = 8 SmartPoints

Ingredients

3 T. Chia Seeds

3/4 C. Canned Coconut Milk (I empty the can and mix it well before measuring out 3/4 Cup.)

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Cinnamon 

1 tsp Cocoa Powder

1 Banana, mashed

2 tsp Almond Butter

Directions

Combine the first 4 ingredients, mix well, cover and refrigerate over night.

The next day, heat up and add in the last 3 ingredients.

(I think you could make a base of the first 4 ingredients, and then get really creative with your “add ins”.)

(I added just a bit of Almond Butter to the top to make it pretty)

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After working at the food truck, I spent a little time in the kitchen yesterday afternoon. A friend of mine suggested that I might like Soft Boiled Eggs, so I tried those yesterday. Yummmmm

Ingredients

Two Eggs

Boiling Water

Directions

Place eggs in a small pot of boiling water. Boil, uncovered for 6 minutes. Remove eggs from boiling water with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice water. After 1 minute, remove eggs from ice bath and peel. Cut into the beautiful yellow yumminess.

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I made Mike Breakfast Egg Muffins yesterday afternoon for his “to go breakfast” this week. I layered Bacon, Sautéed Mushrooms, Diced Cooked White Sweet Potato, then poured Whisked Eggs over the top. I baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. 

When I pulled them out of the oven, the bacon didn’t seem as done as I thought that it should be, so I set them in the skillet for just a few minutes until the bacon was just a tad crispy on the bottom. I was curious how these would taste, so I worked one in as my Afternoon Meal, along with a few Blackberries. I liked them a lot! I hope that Mike does too!

Eventually, I’ll try this combo again, then list it under my recipe links. Yesterday I was just hoping to like some of the food that I was making!

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Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 11 SP

Chia Pudding with an Egg White and Veggie Scramble topped with smashed Avocado

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Lunch – 5 SP

Tuna Salad with soft boiled eggs.

Instead of adding hard boiled eggs to my Tuna Salad, I put these beautiful soft boiled eggs on top of my Tuna Salad.

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Afternoon Meal – 4 SP

Blackberries, Black Coffee and an Egg Muffin. 

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Dinner – 9 SP

Leftovers. I cooked two pieces of bacon, then I heated up some leftover Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Carrots in the skillet that I cooked the bacon in. I crumbled the cooked bacon and added it in. Whipped Cauliflower on the side.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 11

Lunch = 5

Afternoon Meal = 4

Dinner = 9

Total = 29

 

Exercise = none

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 32

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 7

March 30, 2016

Yesterday…..

I tried Chia Pudding, and I’m pondering whether I like it or not. We had a long prep day getting ready for a busy week at the food truck. I took the dogs for a walk in the afternoon. I spent a good 30 minutes picking up sticks in the yard, then another 30 minutes sweeping out the garage, then another 30 minutes throwing things in the garage away that will likely come back to haunt me later. Sometimes, I just start throwing crap away. You guys, it just feels good.

Mike came home from work and dismantled my Food Processor that went caput the other night. The guy can fix anything! Well, apparently, I burnt out the motor. WHAT?? I had noticed the last few times that I put my frozen banana’s in there, it sounded like I was working it a little hard. Oops. Time for a bigger and better Food Processor! Thats what I say.

After two nights of sucky dinners, I made Turkey Taco Meat, because no matter what, it always taste great. I added shredded carrots and Zoodles to my Taco Meat. We always love that too!

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Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 10 SP

Scrambled Egg Whites, Tomato and Basil salad with Olive Oil, Chia Pudding

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Lunch – 8 SP

Chicken Salad made with Homemade Mayo, and bulked up with Cucumbers, Dried Cranberries and Sliced Almonds. Raw Veggies on the side.

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Dinner – 12 SP

Turkey Taco Meat, Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Plantains, Bell Peppers and Smashed Avocado

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 10

Lunch = 8

Dinner = 12

Total = 30

 

Exercise = Walk, Yard Work, Garage Cleaning

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70…Too much coffee, not enough water!

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 32

 

For many personal reasons over the last few months…I LOVE this!

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 6

March 29, 2016

I’m not sure if it’s my taste buds or if I’m just sucking in the kitchen, but the last two dinners have not tasted great to me at all. I heated up my mushy spaghetti squash leftovers for lunch yesterday, and they were edible, I suppose. I hate to throw away food and I wasn’t about to throw away an entire Spaghetti Squash, or any portion of my Roasted Chicken! And…..it was a really low point and Whole30 compliant meal! Just wait until you see my lunch picture! Weak stomach? Just skip over it.

Last nights dinner wasn’t all that great either. I’m certain that it’s because after looking at the bottle of Oyster Sauce that I bought for the recipe, I realized it had all sorts of Whole30 “no no’s” in it, so I left that out of the recipe. Oh, and….the recipe called for chicken breast, and I used ground chicken. I don’t know why. Then, my Food Processor went caput, so instead of serving my Thai Basil Chicken over Cauliflower Rice, I made whipped Cauliflower. Dinner was weird.

I attempted to meal plan for most of the morning yesterday, looking for new recipes to make, but nothing was soundng fantastic, so I jotted down a few things, made some decisions, then went to the grocery store and got a couple of things. Surely something will taste good this week.

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I got in a great walk with some friends in the afternoon, then got in another short walk after dinner with the dog and the husband.

Here are a few things I’m pondering making this week.

Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut Milk, minus the honey, maybe add Cocoa Powder and a Banana…and some Almond Butter?

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve made a version of this, but this is a new recipe that I have not tried and all of the comments just rave about it!

Ham and Sweet Potato Soup. This one I have made, and Mike loves it.

Fall Chopped Salad. We love this and it’s becoming a regular item on the menu.

Steak Tips in Mushroom Gravy. I made this once, and we loved it, so it’s on the menu this week.

On the up side of my day, I got in all of my water and I exercised! yay

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

The best thing I ate all day.

Avocado Toast (okay….Sweet Potato Buns) with two Runny Eggs, and a Banana with Cinnamon and Black Coffee. Lot’s of coffee. This was delicious, and I did pick up those Sweet Potato’s and dip them in that yolk!

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Lunch – 9 SP

Its Italian Mush…don’t ask. And that’s a Pear with 1 T. Almond Butter. This plate seriously looks so disgusting. My apologies.

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Dinner 8 SP

It’s Thai Basil Chicken over Whipped Cauliflower, and I did not follow the recipe at all, and I should have. It’s from SkinnyTaste.com, and I love all of her recipes! When we finish Whole30, and I decide to try Oyster Sauce, we’ll give this a try again.

This is only chicken and cauliflower, but I did use Ghee in the cauliflower, so I’m giving this dinner a SmartPoints value of 8.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 9

Dinner = 8

Total = 25

 

Exercise = Walk 60 minutes

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 32

While I am certainly thinking about how great I will feel at the end of the 30 days, it is focusing on one day at a time that will get me there with the results that I want.

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 5

March 28, 2016

When it snow’s on Easter, you layer. No Spring dress or sandals yesterday. Leggings and boots, a sweater with another sweater, and one more layer on top of this to shed the snowflakes!

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Since we now celebrate Easter with our kids and grandkids on Palm Sunday, yesterday we came home after church and vegged. I made lunch, then I traded my sweater for a sweatshirt,  my boots for fuzzy socks, and curled up to read my book with a cup of coffee and some strawberries.

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After a long afternoon of reading, I roasted a Spaghetti Squash, threw a few things in the skillet with plans to add the cooked squash to it, and I roasted the other Chicken that I had in the fridge.

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I made Mike some Trail Mix for the week for his Afternoon Meal. That dude gets hungry around 4:00 pm too ya know.

Raw Sunflower Seeds, Raw Almonds, Raw Cashews, Shredded unsweetened Coconut, Dried Cherries (unsweetened) and Dried Cranberries Sweetened with Apple Juice (I find these at Whole Foods)k

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Would you believe that we went from a snowy morning to a beautiful Sunny afternoon? Yep. That’s Kansas for ya. Tucker and I took advantage of that and got in a 20 minute walk while the chicken finished roasting.

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It was a quiet day, but a good day. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 8 SP

This is a repeat breakfast of the day before, but so darned good, and this time made for two!

Sauteed Zucchini, Cooked Sweet Potato…then added Scrambled Egg Whites and Cooked Pork Sausage. Topped it off with Smashed Avocado.

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Lunch – 6 SP

Spinach, Roasted Chicken, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers, Avocado, 1 tsp Olive Oil, S&P, Lemon Juice. After lunch, I took a bowl of strawberries to my bed to eat while I read. I am loving this salad!

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Afternoon Meal – 8 SP

Trail Mix

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Dinner – 6 SP

I over cooked the squash and it was mushy. Dinner was a hodge podge of everything I cooked yesterday and frankly, none of it tasted very good. It happens sometimes.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 6

Afternoon Meal = 8

Dinner = 6

Total = 28

 

Exercise = Walked 20 minutes

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 32

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 4

March 27, 2016

Saturday started off with a quick cup of coffee, then Yoga at 8:00 am! I tweaked my back a few weeks ago, so I’ve just been walking if I’ve done anything at all. It felt so good to get back to a Yoga Class.

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After Yoga, I met Mke for a little car shopping.

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Who knows if it will happen or not, but he’s talked for years about getting a “Sunday Afternoon” car. I grew up in a car family. We always had a classic car/old car/antique of some sort and we always belonged to car clubs. I would love to see Mike buy a car so we could make that a part of our weekends. We’ll see what happens. I think now that he actually went to look at one, he’s a little more eager to find just the right car. The shopping part is fun! The guy that owned this show room was 84 (would never has guessed it!) and we both could have talked to him for hours……

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After car shopping, a Trader Joe’s trip in the pouring rain.  After the rain cleared up, Tucker and I got out for an afternoon walk that included some grassy hills. Only a 30 minute walk, but a hilly good one that gave me a good workout.

Next on my list? I took a 90 minute bath and read this book!

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I finally had to get out of the tub to make dinner! Well, get out and eat, or add hot water and starve. I always choose food!

This is the second book in a row that I’ve loved from our Book Club picks. Thanks Book Club girls! I’m happy to be reading again and happy with this years choices.

After dinner, off to a friends house to watch KU. It was a sad loss. I sipped on my hot tea and sulked. We were in bed shortly after 10:00.

Here are yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast – 8 SP

Skillet Scramble. Sautéed Zucchini, Cooked diced Sweet Potato (50g) and Onions in 1 tsp of Olive Oil. Then added in Scrambled Egg Whites and Cooked Pork Sausage (1 oz). Topped with Smashed Avocado (20g)

For the Pork Sausage I used Juil’s recipe for Apple Fennel Breakfast Sausage over at Paleomg.com. I omitted the Maple Syrup from the recipe while doing Whole30, and instead of making Patties like the recipe suggest, I just cooked the sausage with all of the other ingredients in a skillet crumble style. You could freeze some if this is too much for just one person, which it likely is. Or…..freeze it if you just don’t want sausage every day. I get that too.

This is an excellent recipe, Whole30 or not. I weighed out 1 oz of cooked sausage for my breakfast and it was perfect because it gave me just a little taste of sausage in every bite!

I still think my favorite way to eat Avocado, is to smash it and add Lime Juice and Sea Salt. It will spread nicely over just about anything. Who needs melted cheese when you have creamy avocado?? Huh? WHO?

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Lunch – 7 SP

Big Salad with Kale, Chicken, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumbers, Avocado’s, Lemon Juice, S&P and Olive Oil. A Banana too.

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Afternoon Meal – 3 SP

Tuna Salad with Carrots and Strawberries

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Dinner – 13 SP

Big Salad Number Two for the day. I think I got my veggies in yesterday!

Chicken, Kale, Spinach, Roasted Butternut Squash, Hard Boiled Egg Whites, Dried Cranberries, Red Onion

I used the Pear Vinaigrette Dressing from Trina over at Paleo Newbie, but I used an Apple instead of a Pear. Fresh out of Pears!

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 7

Afternoon Meal = 3

Dinner = 13

Total = 31

 

Exercise = 60 Minute Hot Yoga Class, 30 Minute Walk

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 90

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 32

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 3

March 26, 2016

Yesterday was a successful and social Friday, with no drinks.  

First, I got to finally go to my WW meeting. I hate not being able to go a few weeks in a row. I miss those girls terribly. The meeting was great, and I was down 3.4 pounds from the last time I was there, and that was an awesome way to start off my weekend. It’s only day 3 of Whole30, and I already feel less bloated.

After my meeting, I met a friend for lunch that I hadn’t seen in forever and we had all sorts of catching up to do. We did talk about a lot of subjects other than food….but she told me that she had JUST ordered the Whole30 book and was pondering doing it! Of course I was super excited to have someone to talk to about it. Her daughter and son in law are doing it now and feel great. Yay Whole30!

While at the restaurant, I saw a girlfriend of mine come in with a few of her friends. When my lunch date had to leave, I joined my friend and her friends and bellied up to the bar. At the bar, I ordered coffee. While there, I drank a pot of coffee! I felt coffee drunk by the time I left. Seriously…..major coffee buzz going.  When we finished up there, I knew that some of my friends were at the Wine Bar across the street, so I headed that way, where you guessed it…I drank more coffee. Did you guess that?

Finally, I did some grocery shopping, washed my car, cranked up the tunes (it was sunny and so pretty and I was in a damn good mood) and came home. It was a full day. It was a good day.

It was one of those days where I was patting myself on the back for all of the calories that I had saved myself by not having any drinks, and that always makes me feel good.

Okay, headed out to an 8:00 am Hot Yoga class this morning. Happy Saturday!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 3 SP

Whole30 meals should include veggies and protein, but I needed something quick that I could eat after I weighed in, and I wanted something small since I was eating an early lunch.

Banana and Raw Cashews

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Lunch – 12 SP

This is always a hard guess on points for me. My WW app says that Shrimp Fajita’s at a restaurant are 9 SP, but shrimp and veggies are hardly any points at all? It’s hard to know exactly how much oil is used to prepare this dish, but to be on the safe side, I’ll go with the suggested 9 SmartPoints. I had Guacamole on the side. This feels like a pretty safe Whole30 meal to eat out.

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Afternoon Meal – 6 SP

And by Afternoon Meal, I mean 5:00 pm. I had lunch early and I was hungry. I knew that I was too hungry to wait until dinner to eat, and that’s exactly why I am planning to have a Afternoon Meal each day between lunch and dinner.

Tuna Salad made with Mustard and Homemade Mayo, bulked up with Carrots and Celery, along with a Pear with 1 tsp Almond Butter.

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Dinner – 11 SP

Halibut Steak with Smashed Potatoes and Broccoli

I’ve never made Halibut before. This tasted meaty, not fishy at all. We both liked it and I’ll make it again for sure. I put it in the skillet with a little Olive Oil, S&P and squeezed fresh Lemon Juice on it. I cooked it for about 4 minutes on each side with the lid on it, as suggested by the friendly guy behind the counter at Whole Foods.

The potatoes? I bought two different types of Sweet Potatoes at Whole Foods just for fun. I forgot to take a picture first, but they were both shaped more like a cucumber? Any who…..I cooked them in the microwave, then sliced them into 1/2″ slices, then smashed them with the bottom of a glass. I put them on a baking sheet and light brushed Olive Oil on them, sprinkled with S&P, and baked them for about 20 minutes at 400 to make them crispy.

I was going for Fish and Chips.

That potato idea comes from the Pioneer Woman. Click HERE for her Crashed Potato recipe.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 3

Lunch = 12

Afternoon Meal = 6

Dinner = 11

Total = 32

 

Exercise = none

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 33

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 2

March 25, 2016

Yesterday was Day 2 of Whole30, and also day two of just go go go. Before we ate dinner, I showered and put on my pj’s. After dinner, couch time for American Idol and KU Basketball, then bed later than I really wanted. Bed felt like clouds and I was zonked.

Dinner could not have been any easier. Cut up veggies in big chunks. Put a chicken on top and season. Bake.

This is my Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe, and I forgot how….

  • Easy it is to make.
  • How good it makes the house smell.
  • How delicious it taste!

This is a perfect Whole30 meal!

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Ahhhhh….the smell makes me happy. Think….Grandma’s house.

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I like to put it on a platter and admire it.

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Enjoy all the beautiful views of this pretty bird.

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Guys….easiest dinner ever!

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Here are the rest of yesterday’s eats….

During Whole30, I’m eating four meals a day.

Breakfast – 8 SP

One Egg on a bed of Smashed Cooked Sweet Potatoes (I stirred those cooked smashed potatoes around in a skillet in a little bit of bacon fat, then added 1/2 slice of cooked crumbled bacon- You should totally try it!) with Strawberries and a half of a Banana.

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Lunch – 5 SP

Under those Cherry Tomatoes is some yummy Tuna Salad that I took to eat while working at the Food Truck.

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Afternoon Meal (that’s what I’m calling it now) – 6 SP

Turkey Burger with Mustard and Pickles. Leftover Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

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Dinner – 11 SP

Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots and Whipped Cauliflower with a dot of Ghee. Mmmmm…..ghee. (If you’ve not heard of it, it’s Clarified Butter.)

For my Whole30 Whipped Cauliflower, I simply boil cauliflower florets for 8-10 minutes, drain well, add back to pan and mix with an immersion blender. Add just a little ghee and salt and pepper to taste.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 5

Afternoon Meal = 6

Dinner = 11

Total = 30

 

Exercise = none

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 0

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Round 2, Whole30, Day 1

March 24, 2016

I like it when I do some sort of a challenge. It makes coming up with a title for my daily Blog Post a much easier task. Boring, but easy.

Day 1 was great! I didn’t snack and I realized that planning and meal prep this go around will be much easier.

(I say I didn’t snack, and I didn’t, but I do plan to eat three meals and one planned snack between lunch and dinner each day.)

The weather was great yesterday, windy, but sunny and pretty. We were super busy at the food truck and I was equally busy for the rest of the day as well. I got home at around 3:00 from the food truck, and by 4:30 I had made a big pan of Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts to roast in the over, made Turkey Burgers and grilled those outside, made homemade mayo and made Tuna Salad for our lunches for the next two days. At 4:30 I was out the door with Tucker for a one hour walk.

When I got home from our walk, I realized that I had a little spare time before the next item on my “to do” list.

My mom got a new mattress and box springs, so the rest of the evening was filled with picking it up, delivering it to her (in the rain!) and disposing of her old ones. It was a full Wednesday! I was pooped.

I ate great, I drank 100 ounces of water and I even got in a long walk. It was a pretty good day one!

Here are yesterday’s eats!

(None of my pictures look very appetizing today….)

Breakfast – 9 SP

Weird Breakfast for day one, but I wanted to get in my veggies and I had some leftover Taco Meat.

Taco Meat topped with Two Poached Eggs with a side of Avocado and Green Beans

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Strawerries and 1 tsp Almond Butter. I ate this with my breakfast, I just didn’t take a picture with everything in one picture.

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Lunch – 9 SP

4 oz Pulled Pork at the Food Truck (I even weighed it there!) and a few Dill Pickles. Pulled Pork isn’t the best WW choice. 4 oz is 9 SmartPoints, but it is soooo good.

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Snack – 6 SP

Leftover Slice of Turkey Meatloaf, Green Beans and Whipped Cauliflower

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Dinner – 6 SP

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Cranberries (sweetened with Apple Juice) and Raw Cashews. topped with an egg. I was going to eat one of the Turkey Bugers that I grilled out, but it was late, and I was shy a few points. I love eggs, so this was perfect.

For the veggies…..

I combined 2 T. Ghee and 1 T. Balsamic Vinegar and poured that over the Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash in a large bowl. Once I had it mixed, I put that on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, then I topped it with a few Raw Cashews and a few Dried Cranberries. Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes.

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 9

Lunch = 9

Snack = 6

Dinner = 6

Total = 30

 

Exercise = Walked 60 minutes

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 0

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More Fun at Work

March 23, 2016

Yesterday was a prep day for us at the food truck. What that means is that I go to the bosses house and we chop, we slice, we blend, we mix and we get to have really good girl chat. My girlfriend Renee (We’ve known each other for about 30 years!) has been working with us for the last several months. Yesterday she came out to help us do some prep work. Really, I think she just came out to see the horses….and the goats.

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Yep, the boss has two horses, two goats, three dogs and two cats.

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Renee loves the horses…..I love the dogs.

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The horses love Sidney. That horse went right up to her and gave her a kiss!

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Renee fed them carrots, then brushed them, then rode one! It was a pretty darned good day at work!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

Veggies, Eggs, Avocado

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Lunch – 8 SP

Turkey Taco Meat with sautéed peppers and zucchini added in, on a bed of greens with tomatoes and Smashed Avocado

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Dinner – 11 SP

My Turkey Meatloaf recipe (I used Almond Meal in place of the Bread crumbs), Whipped Cauliflower, Green Beans

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Snack – 11 SP

Since we start the Whole30 today and we won’t be drinking, I had two glasses of wine, which took me over on my 30 points, which I said I wouldn’t do, but I did.

 

These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 8

Lunch = 8

Dinner = 11

Snack = 11

Total = 38

 

Exercise = none 🙁

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 0

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

Round 2, Whole30

March 22, 2016

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you know that back in October, my husband and I did the Whole30 and we had great success. Feel free to read my Whole30 Recap. I have attempted to do it again since then, but my heart and my brain were not completely committed. 

We went on an All Inclusive vacation in February, and we ate and drank anything and everything that we wanted. That was the first time since completing the Whole30 in October, that we had really allowed ourselves to eat and drink anything that we wanted. We ate a lot of dairy, a lot of bread and a good amount of sugar and consumed a lot of alcohol over that seven day vacation. We came home and went back to our healthy eating, only to have what we will both assume was withdrawal headaches. We both have caved to our cravings over the last two weeks and picked up some old bad habits. Neither of us likes the way that we now feel, and after a few conversations, we are both ready to do the Whole30 again. Yay!

The first time that we did the Whole30, we had to get used to No Cheese, No Frothy Coffee’s, No Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners of any kind, No Honey, No Bottled Ketchup, No Bottled Salad Dressings, No Grains, No Legumes, No Soy, No Corn and No Alcohol! Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? I thought I would really have a hard time giving up my Frothy Coffee’s and cheese, but I actually didn’t. Since we both felt so good during our Whole30 challenge, giving up all of that stuff really wasn’t all that bad. I don’t miss cheese like I thought that I would,  and I love a good cup of Black Coffee made with freshly ground coffee beans even more now than I did before the Whole30. 

This time around, should be much easier. The house is stocked with Whole30 compliant foods, I am used to planning and having a prep day in the kitchen. I have a list of meals that are our favorites. I’ve continued to make my own mayo. We stopped eating ketchup all together and now opt for mustard or homemade mayo. I always have available the ingredients for homemade salad dressings. Eating at home has become habit and I’ve continued to make and pack Mike’s breakfast and lunch.

Wow! Writing that paragraph made me realize all of the changes that we made during that first round of Whole30, and have continued! That felt pretty good to write. 

If you are not familiar with the Whole30, the foods that you can eat are….Meat, Seafood, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruits, Raw Nuts, Avocados and Healthy Oils. You focus on there meals a day and no snacks. I eat lunch around noon, and dinner around 7:00, so I did allow myself one planned snack (small meal) in between lunch and dinner.

The toughest part for me is  the “No Snacking” and “No Alcohol”, but I always feel better when I take a break from the alcohol and I always need to work on the “No Snacking”.

The first time that we did the Whole30, I knew it might be overwhelming, and it was at first, so I didn’t bother to weigh or measure my food. I did not track any WW Points. This time around, I am going to weigh, measure and track. It will be good to compare and see if tracking makes a difference for me on the scale compared to my results in October. I have a feeling that it will.

I think Mike and I both indulged on Palm Sunday knowing we were days away from our second round of Whole30.

Okay, Round 2, Whole30. Lets do this!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 6 SP

Although the ingredients in these pancakes are Whole30 complaint, pancakes are not, so I got pancakes out of my system. Pancakes are too much like a cake, and desserts are not Whole30 compliant. It’s kind of a mental thing.

1 Banana, 2 Egg Pancakes topped with 2 tsp Almond Butter, Warm Blueberries and Unsweetened Coconut

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Lunch – 7 SP

Leftover Cod, Cilantro Cauliflower Rice, Avocado and Roasted Plantains.

(Revised info about Plantains……Plantains are Whole30 Compliant when eaten with a meal, like my lunch here. There are not to be used as a snack in between meals. If you are tempted to eat them between meals, then it’s best to keep them out of your Whole30 plan, and enjoy then later when you know that you can eat them in moderation.)

Plantains are not Whole30 compliant for me. Too much like a chip, and chips and fries are not Whole30 compliant.

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Dinner – 16 SP

We went out for dinner and I ordered a Salmon Caesar Salad and a Beer.

This Caesar Dressing is not compliant, and really, I could eat this Salmon Caesar Salad with no dressing at all and be satisfied. I love salmon, and they always cook it just right here.

Beer is NOT Whole30 compliant, but you gathered that, right?

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = 6

Lunch = 7

Dinner = 16

Total = 29

 

Exercise = none

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

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 0

Succeed

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