Archives For October 2016

I Need to Whine

October 27, 2016

I’ve had five days in a row of no structure, a very large headache and a lack of sleep. These last two days, my back has been acting up. I haven’t had time to sit down and write a blog like I like to write and I am now behind on updating the blog recipes. Ugh.

For the last several days, I have felt as though a cold was coming on, but I wasn’t sure if I was actually getting sick, or if allergies are just trying to kill me. I’m still undecided, and I still feel like crap.

Saturday, I ate a good breakfast, had a Larabar for lunch in the car, a Tuna Salad sandwich for dinner in the car at 6:00 and a bowl of soup and a beer at about 8:30.

Sunday I ate a normal brunch type breakfast, then went to our sons house where I snacked on cheese and crackers until dinner was ready. Oh, and I ate a cookie. Then I ate half of a burger, some cheesy potatoes and a few baked beans. I also had two beers. When I got home from taking Tess to the airport that night, I ate a piece of cake that Mike brought home from the family party. My stomach was a mess and I felt all out of whack as far as any eating schedule goes. I really do like to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with a snack thrown in there to keep me satisfied between lunch and dinner. That has become my routine, and I like it. When my routine gets all crazy, I find it harder to make healthy choices.

Monday, I woke up feeling awful. My back was all messed up (I woke up at 4:00 am and took some Advil and grabbed an ice pack), I had a headache, and I felt like I hadn’t slept at all. I went to work at the food truck, and I felt like I was going through the entire day in a bit of a fog.

It was one of those food truck events where there were several food trucks, and each truck at the end of the day was sharing each of their deliciousness. I was cranky and uncomfortable, and comfort food sounded good. I ate a brownie and a taco, and something else?? I know that I had a diet coke, and I haven’t been drinking pop for almost a year. I have one about every two months or so? By the time I got home, I just wanted a nap and a shower and I felt bloated and like I weighed a thousand pounds. I caught a glimpse of myself as I walked past a window, and I think that I looked as bad as I felt. I took a shower until all of the hot water ran out. 

Tuesday, I worked two WW meetings. I woke up early so I could make myself look better than I was feeling. Again, my head was full, my eyes were puffy, and my back wasn’t feeling great. I was nervous about the meeting that I was working because I had a dream the night before that I messed up a few things on the computer. Well, wouldn’t you know it? Dreams really do come true! I totally messed up something in the computer!! I felt terrible and it was a time consuming task for myself and my coworker to fix, but I am told that it happens to the best of them, and once you make that mistake that I made, you never make it again. Geeszzz….good to know! That should give you an idea on what a pain in the ass it was to fix. The rest of the afternoon was still a bit foggy. I met a friend for Happy Hour, and the rest of the evening was a breeze.

That brings us to Wednesday. I woke up later than I wanted to. Puffy and itchy eyes, headache and an achy back. I took some drugs, made some coffee and I updated you on my weekend.  Then, off to work the Food Truck. I only ate a banana for breakfast. 

After the food truck, I took it easy for a bit and listened to the hubs do his own share of whining. We took turns whining. It was fun.

I have had no desire to exercise since Yoga Saturday morning. Hopefully this headache thing goes away, I start to plan my meals better around this temporary schedule of mine, and my back stops aching.

At 7:30 last night, I had a Weight Watcher Training Webinar scheduled. I got on the call only to discover that it was ET. I was an hour late. I hung up, rescheduled my webinar, and whined some more to Mike.

I went to bed with a headache at 10:00 pm, and I was still awake at 2:30 am, head pounding. I got out of bed, stretched, drank hot tea (decaf), took more drugs, climbed back in bed and put my headphones in while listening to a Pandora Waterfall station. I fell asleep for about an hour, then woke up and had to pee. I was awake for an hour. I cancelled my WW shadowing that I had scheduled for this morning (I look awful and I’ve had no sleep) and I scheduled a Dr Appt for today. I think I have a sinus infection, among other things.

I would like a do over day.

That is all. Thanks for listening to me whine. 

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast – 1 SP

Tess loves my frothy coffee, and I haven’t had it for a long time. While she was in town over the weekend, we bought some skim milk and made these. I’m finishing up the milk!

Frothy Coffee and a Banana



Lunch – 6 SP

A Small bite of pork at the Food Truck (this is an old picture, but pretty much what I ate)



Snack – 5 SP

I was happy to come home to a fridge with cooked spaghetti squash and cooked chicken in it!

Chicken, Spaghetti Squash, Basil Pesto and Tomatoes



Snack – 2 SP

Banana and 2 tsp Almond Butter



Dinner – 13 SP

Caulirice topped with Turkey Taco Meat, Smashed Avocado, Tomatoes and a side of Roasted Plantains

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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


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

It’s A Girl!!!

October 26, 2016

On Sunday, our son and daughter-in-law, Jake and Jordan, had both sides of the family over for a reveal party! Remember back in the old days when you didn’t have a clue if it was a boy or a girl until the baby was born????? Ahhhh…..the good old days. lol. We even got to see a 3-D sonogram picture!! Adorable. Of course.

Jordan went all out with the party and everything was so stinkin cute!

This was on the porch right before walking into the house.



Then we had to guess. I knew it was a girl! 🙂 You can see my “Gigi” bow on the bottom right.



So excited to watch our family grow!



Jake is our oldest, and this is their first!




The whole house was decorated so darned cute! The smell of Hot Cider in the kitchen filled the house.



Jordan’s dad and three brothers were on Hamburger and Brat duty. This is Jordan’s parents first grand baby, and one of her brothers and his wife just recently announced that they are pregnant too! So excited for Jordan’s parents to have two grand babies on the way!



Mike enjoyed some time with his two grand daughters on the front porch, swinging. So sweet. These girls love their Papa Mike.



Tess and Jordan were chatting away on the porch, and I told them that they actually look more like sisters than sister-in-laws! You can see one our our grandson’s, Malik, peeking in there too. Our other grandson, Alex, didn’t get to come, but we are looking forward to seeing him and all being together on Thanksgiving!


It was a great day spent at Jake and Jordan’s. The evening ended with me dropping of Tess at the airport and saying good bye until next month!

I do love a weekend spent with family!


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

A Chill Friday

October 26, 2016

Our Friday started off with a WW meeting, then Tess had lunch with a friend while I got a few things marked off of my To Do List.

Friday afternoon Tess wasn’t feeling so well  🙁

We did run a few errands together, then ended up chilling at the house in the evening. I grilled out a bunch of food, and roasted a bunch of food, then forgot to take a picture of my dinner plate. 🙂

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Tess woke up early Saturday morning feeling better, so we went to an 8:00 am Hot Yoga Class. Yay.

I had a training session from 2:00-6:00 in the afternoon, so Tess spent some time with her sister-in-law, Jordan. Jordan and Jake were having ALL of the family (both sides) over on Sunday for a reveal party and Tess wanted to help her grocery shop.

Saturday night we kept things simple and Mike and Tess and I went up the street to one of our favorite neighborhood bars where we listened to music and had some dinner and good chit chat.

Friday’s eats…

Breakfast – 1 SP

un-pictured Nonfat Latte, Banana, Grapes while sitting in the WW meeting.

Lunch – 12 SP

That delicious Fall Salad


Late Afternoon Snack – 10 SP

Larabar and Popcorn

Wine – 16 SP

Dinner – 7 SP

Spaghetti Squash with Basil Pesto, Three Chicken Fingers, Grilled Peppers and Zucchini

Total for the Day – 46 (30 SmartPoints in Food, 16 SmartPoints in Wine)


After our Yoga class on Saturday, Tess and I made Pumpkin Pancakes using the Kodiak Pancake and Waffle mix. Thanks for the suggestion Ronda! We just added pumpkin and pumpkin spice to the mix, then topped our pancakes with thin Banana slices and Pumpkin Butter!

Of course we had a little scramble on the side.


On the way to my training, I ate a Larabar. They served Panera at our WW training session, which I had not planned on, but did eat a Tuna Sandwich, but never looked up the points.

I kept dinner light with a bowl of soup and a beer.


I started off the long weekend tracking everything, then ended the weekend making the best choices possible, but not tracking or even taking pictures on Sunday!

My next post is all about Sunday! It’s a Girl!

Today…..Track my food!

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 loved having Tess here for a long weekend! She will be back for Thanksgiving! Sometimes I really miss having her live here…….


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

Enjoying Some Family Time

October 21, 2016

I’ll keep this short today. My daughter came in town from Dallas yesterday and we have a fairly full and long weekend planned. Before the weekend got too busy, we were able to enjoy some nice down time yesterday afternoon. We ended our day with a Hot Yoga class last night, then dinner at home.

We are starting a 30 Day Yoga Challenge together, and I’ll blog more about that tomorrow!

Today we went to my Friday morning WW meeting, and not only was it great for me to get to a meeting, it was great to have her there with me! We will be counting points and exercising together this weekend, while also getting in some good quality time spent with family.

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Breakfast – 5 SP

Banana with Almond Butter and an Un-Pictured Nonfat Latte



Lunch – 10 SP

Lunch at First Watch after picking up Tess from the airport.

Butternut Squash Frittata made with Egg Whites, Fruit, Bread and Honey



Snack – 4 SP

Two Mini Snicker’s Bars (just like the day before!)



Dinner – 11 SP

I have been wanting Tess to try this Fall Salad that we eat so often because I just knew that she would love it and she 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


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


October 20, 2016

Yesterday I sneezed 982 times.

When I sneeze, I don’t hold back. Those that know me, know this all too well. Holding back hurts!

By then end of the day, my head and abs hurt from sneezing. I have not yet decided if the last few days have been full of sneezes and a running nose from allergies or possibly a cold? I left the Yoga classroom four times during the hour to blow my nose on Tuesday night. There is nothing worse than constantly sniffing, unless of course it is having to listen to someone else constantly sniffing.

Anyhow, yesterday wasn’t much fun and I took three showers trying to wash the allergy away or clear the cold out of my head.

Sneezing aside, it was a good day full of good food and lots of water. I skipped the workout.

Here are yesteraday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Egg White Omelet stuffed with Peppers, Onions, Pork Sausage and Roasted White Sweet Potatoes. Topped with thin slices of Avocado and a Banana.

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Lunch – 11 SP

Tuna Salad and Carrots while working at the Food Truck. (7 SP)

Un-Pictured bites of Food Truck Chicken Salad and one bite of Mac and Cheese (4 SP)



Snack – 4 SP

My daughter, Anne, cut my hair and she keeps candy at the counter in her hair salon. I knew I had the spare points. Perfect!



Dinner – 8 SP

I finished off my Beef and Bacon Stew, served over Whipped Cauliflower. As much as I love to cook, it is nice to have leftovers and enjoy a night off from the kitchen.


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

Say “Hello” to a complete stranger today. It could make a difference in their day, and yours.


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


I Feel Pumpkinny!

October 19, 2016

Yesterday was the second morning in a row that I’ve included some Pumpkin in my breakfast. I made these Pumpkin Pancakes.


I am also loving my Pumpkin Spice Flavored Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Have you tried it?


What is your favorite Pumpkin Treat? Is it low in WW SmartPoints or is it a treat that you are willing to sacrifice a few SmartPoints for?


Yesterday was one of those days that was filled with healthy choices and at the end of the day, I went to bed feeling good on the inside, and out!

A Hot Yoga class last night was a great way to end the day.

I hope you had a great day as well!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Pumpkin Pancake’s, Egg White and Veggie Scramble



Lunch – 9 SP

Tuna Salad, Plantains and Veggies



Dinner – 11 SP

This was really yummy. I sautéed Zoodles, onions and garlic in Olive Oil spray for just a few minutes. I topped that with leftover Flank Steak, chopped mini tomatoes and 2 T. of Basil Pesto (Kirkland Brand from Costco).

Zoodles topped with leftover Flank Steak, Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

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Dessert – 3 SP

1 T. of Almond Butter on top of Ice Cream made only of frozen Banana’s and a splash of Almond Milk


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

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

And….Feeling Good!

October 18, 2016

Yesterday started off with a hilly (and hot!) walk that was just over 6 miles. It was a great way to start the day! 


I had the day off yesterday, and I had no desire to get anything checked off of my to do list.

I drank lots of water, ate good food and kept within my points for the day. For some reason, I feel kinda pooped lately,  Around 3:00 in the afternoon, I decided to put my feet up for just a few minutes…in my bed. I woke up after 5:00!! I am not a napper. I wake up cranky thinking about all of the things that I could have/or should have been doing. I even woke up cranky from naps as a kid. Not yesterday. I woke up feeling rested. Guess I was needing it.

After my nap, I cooked up some yummy grub.

I grilled up a Flank Steak that would feed an army. Okay, it will feed the two of us for several meals.



Six minutes each side. Perfect every time. The pups even get a little juice on their food and they love it!






I roasted up some White Sweet Potato Fries



I cut up one piece of bacon and cooked it in the skillet with a little red onion. I then added my beans and about 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetable Broth and let it simmer with the lid on it, giving it a good stir every few minutes. These were delicious.


On today’s agenda, a Yoga class, working an At Work Weight Watcher meeting this afternoon and a few online training classes.

Make it a great day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Pre-Breakfast – 0 SP

Un-Pictured Banana and Black Coffee

Snack – 5 SP

Un-Pictured Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains right before my walk at 10:00 am.

Breakfast – 6 SP

Egg White Omelet with Peppers and Tomatoes topped with Avocado and 1/2 Serving Pumpkin Oatmeal



Lunch – 6 SP

Small serving of the Beef and Bacon Stew from the day before. Some amazing dishes can be doubly amazing the next day!



Dinner – 13 SP

5 oz Flank Steak, 100 grams of baked White Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans.



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



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

In the Red

October 17, 2016

Saturday, I planned my breakfast and lunch around the fact that I had concert plans for the evening. I knew that I would have a few beers and we had plans to eat dinner out before the concert. I made a conscious effort to eat a breakfast and a lunch that were high in protein and low in points. I did have a plan.

Well, I ended up drinking all of my weeklies in beer and then we went to Ihop at midnight because we ate a fairly small dinner. I was now in the red with my weeklies. That was NOT my plan at all! I did have a great time, but I overdid on drinks and let myself get caught up in the fun.

I had a blast with these two crazy ladies!



I said that I would track all of my food this week, and although I had to make a guess on some of what I ate, I did track it all and I know where I’m at for the week.

Yesterday, I was back on track with some great tasting food that kept me within my points for the day.

Now….back to that plan of getting into the 160’s!

Here are Saturday’s eats…

Breakfast – 2 SP

Egg White Omelette topped with Avocado and fruit.



Lunch – 8 SP

Lunch with my Dad at First Watch. Egg White and Chicken Breakfast Taco’s (no cheese) and I subbed fruit for the black beans.



Dinner and Drinks – 42 SP

Shared appetizer’s. Salmon Sliders, Flatbread Pizza and Dumplings.

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Late Nite at IHop – 12 SP?

One Egg, One Slice of Bacon, Hashbrowns, One Pancake

Total for Saturday – 64 SmartPoints!


Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 8 SP

My breakfast hash topped with an Egg and Avocado and one slice of Bacon.

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Lunch – 4 SP

Leftover Shepherd’s Pie that I topped with Roasted Butternut Squash.



Snack – 9 SP

Un-Pictured Sushi California Rolls that I picked up while grocery shopping.

Dinner – 9 SP

YUM! You add red wine and let it simmer for an hour and a half.

I have made this one time before and had forgotten just how amazing it was. It is a little time consuming, but worth it!

Beef and Bacon Stew served over Whipped Cauliflower. This recipe is from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. I believe this recipe is only in the cookbook and not online, or I would give you the link.

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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’m headed out on a really long walk with a friend. What are you doing today to make yourself feel proud?


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

Playing Catch Up!

October 15, 2016

It’s been a few days since I’ve sat down to blog, so I have a little catching up to do.

Wednesday was a Food Truck day, and I wanted to eat everything that we serve up in the truck! There is something about that cooler weather setting in that makes me want to eat big servings of hot and delicious food! Cant explain it. Comforting I suppose. The weather was a little cool and dreary on Wednesday, and we were not super busy, and I just wanted to eat. I didn’t overdue, but I thought about eating the entire time I was in that truck!!

After work, I walked 4 miles with a friend and that put my eating choices back into perspective for the evening. Thank goodness.

Thursday, I worked early morning at a WW meeting, so I grabbed a Larabar and cup of coffee and headed out the door.

Right after that, I headed to work the Food Truck. Again, I was really wanting to eat the whole time we were working, but we kept just busy enough that there was little time for eating, so that was a good thing.

After working at the Food Truck, we had a memorial service to go to. This is never a happy occasion, I know, but this was a friend of ours that was a healthy and robust guy, full of energy and zest and a great sense of humor. Just over a month ago, he went to the ER with a staff infection, and never left the hospital. He was 56 years old with a wife, two children and three grand children. It was just a really sad day. His family insisted on keeping the mood light and asked everyone to wear Beach Wear to the memorial at the church, and to the party at their home afterwards. They knew that it was what he would want. Before the memorial service at the church began, Jimmy Buffet songs and similar songs were playing to a slide show that the family had put together. I don’t know how they did it, but the family did an amazing job and kept the mood light and full of celebration.

Between the memorial service and the party, a few of us met at a bar that we knew that our friend liked and we all snacked on appetizers and drank beer, myself included. I was mindlessly eating, and I felt it when I woke up on Friday. Ugh.

Friday, my house felt like it was a disaster, (as did my stomach) so I spent the day getting it back in order and eating right. I counted everything and tracked it and worked on that goal of 169 by November 1st that I set for myself.

This morning, I was at a WW meeting at 6:15 to work, and then worked one after that. There is seriously so much information to absorb!

After work, breakfast with my pops.

I’m leaving the house today at 3:30 for a night out with the girls that includes dinner, drinks and a Florida Georgia Line concert. I plan to be on my best behavior!

I will not list everything that I ate over these last few days, but here are yesterday’s eats and I plan to post every bite this week!

Breakfast – 8 SP

My favorite Breakfast….a bunch of veggies, a crumbled slice of Bacon and Sweet Potato all topped with an Egg

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Lunch – 8 SP

Toss a bunch of veggies in the skillet with some Olive Oil and Sea Salt and cook until veggies are tender. I added Chicken Sausage to these veggies and lunch was delicious and filling!

Lunch was the same idea as breakfast really, just Chicken Sausage instead of Bacon, and topped with Smashed Avocado.



Wine – 14 SP

Dinner – 10 SP

I don’t have a good picture of this on my plate OR in the baking dish.

I made a Shepherd’s Pie, kinda sorta.

I topped it with Roasted Butternut Squash (in an effort to keep my points lower) and we both thought that diner tasted great!


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


Happy Saturday!!


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


Back at Routine and Training

October 12, 2016

Yesterday was a full day and it felt good to get back to training and working at a few Weight Watcher Meetings. I’ve never been to a Weight Watchers At Work meeting, but I love that they have them to offer and yesterday I started training at one.

I love the concept of being able to attend a meeting At Work with co-workers, This particular group was awesome, chatting about walking together at lunch or afterwork and sharing different trails to walk that are close to the office. I even heard chatter about a frisbee game at lunch!

I was just busy enough yesterday, that lunch never happened. That doesn’t happen often for me. I always have time for food!

I weighed my potatoes and counted my points for breakfast, then had an apple in the car for lunch. I did not take the time to weigh or measure my dinner. I feel pretty certain I was within my points for the day.

I was on a roll at getting recipes on the blog updated with SmartPoints and Recipe Cards. I’ll get back to work at that this afternoon.

For now, I’m off to work the Food Truck in the rain!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 5 SP

Egg White Omelet filled with Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes from dinner the night before. Banana with 1 T. Almond Butter.



Lunch – 0 SP

Un-Pictured Very Large Honeycrisp Apple


Dinner – ?? SP

Salmon, a Variety of Roasted Sweet Potatoes (leftover), Quinoa and Brussels Sprout Salad. (There are recipes all over Pinterest for this salad.)


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


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