Archives For October 2016

Roasted and Grilled

October 11, 2016

What I did not get done on Sunday (Basically, I did nothing at all on Sunday), I made up for yesterday!

I did make it through breakfast and lunch before I absolutely HAD to go to the grocery store. That cooking and freezing thing can really come in handy!

I went to Yoga and plan to continue to make it to more than just one or two classes a week. It was a great Monday!

I ate great yesterday and I drank a lot of water, but i still didn’t count points. My brain is not fully back from vacation??

I could not decide what sounded good for dinner, so I filled up my grocery cart with a ton of veggies and plan to eat Roasted Veggies all week long with some Grilled meat. How easy is that? Roasting and Grilling keeps things simple and makes for a quick clean up after dinner.

What’s not to love about that?

I roasted two different varieties of Sweet Potatoes and a lot of Broccoli and Cauliflower.

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Dinner tasted great!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast

White Sweet Potato and Pork Sausage Breakfast Casserole I had some of this in the freezer.

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Lunch

Mom’s V-8 Soup. I had some of this in the freezer too!

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Dinner

Chicken, 1/2 Beef Kabob, roasted Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Cauliflower

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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

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

A Sharing Moment

October 10, 2016

I feel like no matter what age your children are, you feel a great sense of pride and joy when you see them makes decisions that show personal growth in who they are and what they want out of life.

Tess (my daughter) is a Weight Watcher member and was lucky enough to find a Friday morning meeting in Dallas that she loves just as much as I love my Friday morning meeting here.

This is what she posted on the Weight Watcher Connect App just a few days ago. She also posted a shorter version of this on IG, but I like this version.

Way to go kiddo!!

 

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I am so proud of her for finding what works for her in her young and busy life. I have watched her eating habits change and I have watched her teach herself how to eat healthy without giving up the social life that is the reality of a twenty something living in Dallas.

I have watched her become this person that knows how important it is to stay active not only for a healthy body, but also for a healthy mind.

You make your momma proud!

This quote that I have in every blog post? Tess is the one that introduced me to that!

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

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

We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday. Honestly, our trip was one of those that you come home from feeling a bit wiped out from. We were both asleep by 10:00 on Saturday night and slept until almost 8:00 am Sunday morning!

The rest of the day was mostly spent on the couch watching football and that crazy debate. I missed my pups, so I snuggled with them a lot.

I did get out for a long walk with a friend. It was about a 5 mile walk and it was beautiful outside!

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When I got home, I was ready for the couch again.

I never even made it to the grocery store, which must happen today! Since I almost always have some sort of cooked meat in the freezer, I figured out meals for the day.

We ate well yesterday, and we ate all of our meals at home. I did not measure or count points. It just felt good to eat good.

I drank a ton of water!

I am out the door to Yoga!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast

1/2 Serving of Oatmeal bulked up with Warm Cinnamon Apples and Walnuts, Scrambled Egg Whites and an Egg with cooked Pork Sausage (that I had in the freezer) topped with some Avocado.

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Dinner

I wanted a Quinoa Salad that I recently had at a friends, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients and I wanted it to be a full meal, so I cooked up some Quinoa, then just started adding some of the ingredients from the salad, and then a few ingredients of my own.

Quinoa, Cranberries, Toasted Pecans, Olive Oil, Orange Juice, Rotisserie Chicken (I had some in the freezer), diced apple and a drizzle of Cranberry Walnut Balsamic Vinegar. Yummy!

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Snack

We ate dinner much earlier than usual, and at 8:30 we were both hungry.

I microwaved a Sweet Potato and heated up some Pulled Pork that I had in the freezer. Made a pretty good snack!

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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

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

Our New York City Trip!

October 10, 2016

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This trip truly could not have gone any better. We met so many incredibly nice and interesting people. We kept our trip relaxed and let each day simply happen. We saw a lot more than we expected to see, and we can’t wait to go back and do some more exploring of New York City. This was the first trip that we had taken with just the two of us since we have been married. We decided that we should try to do that more often!

I mentioned in my last post that a friend of mine has a son that lives in New York. He sent me a lot of information that included restaurants, places to people watch and the best mode of transportation based on the area that we were staying in. We took him up on a lot of his suggestions and we were so happy that we did. Thank you Hersh!

We checked into our hotel just a little early on Tuesday, and our room wasn’t ready yet. We checked our bags with the hotel and went out on a walk to find a cold beer. We had hoped to meet a lot of locals on our trip and learn about the city and the people that live there. We did just that.

Our first stop, Dave’s Tavern on 9th street.

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This bar was a common place for the iron workers to stop at and have a beer before getting on the bus to head home for the night. There were only about 8 guys in the place, and Mike and I. The bartender filled us in on where to go and what to see and welcomed us to New York. She recommended a Thai restaurant down the street for dinner. 

We headed back to the hotel to finally check in, only to find out that our room was still not ready. They gave us a complimentary bottle of wine, apologized and sent us to the Lobby for their complimentary Happy Hour. After an hour, we were Happy, but wanting to check in, and the room was still not ready. When the room was finally ready, we were happier, and to make up for our wait and late check in, they gave us one night for FREE!! Hello vacation!! (Our hotel wasn’t exactly cheap!) We decided that we were now VERY happy, and that we were going to have a great time in New York.

The view from our room.

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Dinner at Room Service, the Thai place, was awesome and so was the couple that was seated beside us! Great food, great conversation.

Hello Pad Thai. I ate my entire meal with my chopsticks!

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We chose a hotel in Times Square, and for us, that ended up being a great location.

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Wednesday was our first full day, and as much as we ended up doing, the day never felt rushed. We enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, then put on our comfy shoes and headed out for the day. Comfy shoes are very important!!

We knew that we wanted to see the 911 Memorial and Museum, so we headed that way. It was an emotional morning to say the least. 

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One World Trade Center

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Then we walked towards the Statue of Liberty in search of a ferry.

It was a perfect day to be on the water.

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She is a beauty!

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Have you heard of Stone Street? We were thirsty and hungry, so we headed to this cute little street to satisfy our needs. It is one of the oldest streets in New York City, and it is lined with restaurants. There are no cars on the street, but plenty of tables and chairs. We settled on the Stone Street Tavern where I started things off with a Pumpkin Beer.

That likely doesn’t surprise any of you. Does it?

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I ordered the Sliders and Mike ordered the Fish Taco’s. Both were delicious. My Sweet Potato Fries had a balsamic glaze…..Uh, YUM!

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Our waiter was Mikey, and I loved his story of how he came to America, and I wanted to take him home with us, but my Mike said no.

Then, off to a pub by our hotel to watch the Wild Card game and chat with more locals. 

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On the way back to the hotel, we discovered this pizza place on the corner. $1 a slice. 

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We each got a slice and stood at the street corner at a tiny table and drooled all over ourselves while several others did the same. We were very happy.

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We knew that we’d be back.

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Thursday, we were up and out of the hotel by 6:00 am. I was on a Good Morning America mission!

I am so glad we did this. It was such a silly thing that I wanted to do, but I’ve watched that show for years, and I just wanted to stand outside of the studio and see what it was like.

Michael Strahan waved at a group of us waving at him outside the window, and it made my day!

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After my GMA excitement, we found a little diner on 9th street and had breakfast.

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After breakfast, we walked from Times Square to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park. The weather was beautiful, so the walk was great and we knew that we were getting to see so much more of the city by walking.

I loved Central Park.

The Carousel

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The John Lennon Memorial

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Did you watch the show Friends? Remember the fountain in the begining of the show?

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After a long walk through the park, we went to the MET. You guys….it is HUGE!

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I love to look at contemporary art.

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This is the view of the street when you walk out of the MET.

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Folks just like to hang out on the steps here, so we joined them. We had now been on our feet for several hours.

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I loved this day, but my feet were tired.  Happy Hour back close to our hotel.

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We decided on Italian for dinner. Lucky us. This is Anna. She is the owner of Mama Mia’s. She and her husband moved from Italy to New York in 1971 and opened their restaurant. Obviously, it was a success. She was a sweetie and I want her sauce recipe!!! She chatted with us forever and was a doll.

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Friday morning, we decided to pick a destination with a view of the city. We decided to go to the Top of the Rock.
I was a fan of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and I still watch with Jimmy Fallon, so it was fun to be outside of the studio at Rockefeller Center.

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Now to the top for an amazing view!

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All that green? Central Park. We were looking down on it when we realized just how far we had walked the day that we walked to the park!

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I still can not get over how many buildings and people are there!

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While looking out over the city from the Top of the Rock, I saw a building that I knew had to be St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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That became our next destination.

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They were in the middle of Mass, and they still allow visitors to come inside. 

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It was beautiful.

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Inside and out.

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Where to next? Brooklyn, to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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That was a good long walk!

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You know that made us thirsty!

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We found a little place by the water where we could watch the Ferry’s come and go and have a whole new view of the city.

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While there, we ordered a snack. It was a quesadilla….in a burrito. It was tasty, it was tiny and it was expensive!!

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After a full day, we were both ready for a nap. We were going to see a play on Broadway later and we needed some rest!

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We both loved it!

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After the show, we decided to enjoy our last night with a late dinner. Pizza! This was a ginormous piece of Grilled Veggie Pizza and I want to eat it again, like right this second.

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Look how high those tomatoes are piled up there!

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Then we went back to our corner for a $1 slice and took it to the room. Pizza in bed. In New York. Could this day be any better?

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Saturday was our last morning, and we decided to spend it in Little Italy.

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Little Italy is now really little! One block, three blocks long. There were not a lot of places to pick from for breakfast, but we were determined to eat in Little Italy. We found a corner spot and went inside where we found a perfect table in the corner with windows on both walls. We sipped on coffee and watched people walking by, guessing on who we thought were the tourist, and who we thought were the locals.

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It was the best breakfast that we had eaten in New York. I had the Stuffed French Toast (homemade bread) with Berries and Mascarpone. Um, yes please!

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After breakfast, a short walk down the main street of Little Italy and just a few blocks of China Town before we had to head back towards the hotel so we could check out and head to the airport.

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I realize now that there are a lot of different ways to do this trip. We decided early on that we wanted this trip to feel relaxed, not rushed. I wasn’t even sure if that was possible in New York. We agreed that there was a lot to see, and we knew that we wouldn’t be able to see it all, so we would be happy with what we did get to see and then make a list of what we wanted to see and do for our next trip. Yes, there will be one. We loved it there.

I pondered back and forth whether to buy a City Pass and plan a lot of tours, or just wing it and let each day happen. For us, the city pass would have felt like we were too much on a schedule and obligated to see it all, so we chose not to buy one.

We did not do any guided tours at any of the sites that we visited. We wanted to be able to stroll along and be on our own schedule. We would certainly have learned more about the city, but we were happy doing our own thing.

We spent a little more money on transportation around the city than we needed to, but we really enjoyed using Uber and chatting with the drivers. We had planned to get on the subway at least one time for the experience of it, but it never did happen.

We loved the city. We loved the people. We were very fortunate with the weather, and we can not wait to go back!

No matter how you decide to see New York…..wear comfy shoes!

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It always feels good to be home.

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

I have spent way more time in the last three days pondering what to pack to take to NYC than I’d like to admit. I’ve packed, I’ve unpacked. I’ve bought clothes and shoes, and I’ve returned clothes and shoes. I finally think I’m ready!

I made it to Yoga on Saturday and Sunday and today I did yard work. I’ve had lots of water to drink over the last two days along with a little wine and a beer. I’ve made good food choices, but I haven’t been tracking or counting any points.

These next few days I plan to just enjoy myself and splurge a little, with a few good choices thrown in there too. Maybe Mike and I try that “share a meal” thing?? It sounds like we will be getting in a lot of walking! Drinking my usual water might be tough during the day….you know….with it going right through me and all, then finding a potty in a moments notice, but I’ll do my best to get in what I can.

I’ve met a new neighbor recently, and she has a son that lives in New York. While on our walk Friday (oh, and Friday, I walked 3 miles) I was telling her about our upcoming trip and how I was anxious to sight see, but also wanted to find some great places that the locals like to go to. Well, she offered up her sons name and number and said that he would gladly give me some advice. I took her up on her offer and I am so glad that I did! He was so sweet and sent me all sorts of info!

I am so looking forward to this trip!

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you in a few days!

Here are the last two day’s eats….

Saturday

Breakfast

Soft Boiled Eggs over a bed of Sweet Potato Hash with a few Avocado slices

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Lunch

Leftover Fish….I heated this up, ate it too fast, then ran out the door to shop!

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Dinner

Turkey Spaghetti over Zoodles, topped with Nutritional Yeast and a nice Cabernet. Ahhhh……happy Sunday night.

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Sunday

Breakfast

A Larabar and Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice flavored Coffee. I love this coffee. Have you tried it???

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Lunch

Turkey Spaghetti mixed with Zoodles and topped with Nutritional Yeast. It always taste better the next day! 

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Dinner

I was pooped from packing and unpacking and packing. Ha! So we went out to dinner.

I ordered Shrimp Fajita’s with No Beans, No Rice, extra Peppers and Onions and a Beer. Would you just look at that pile of shrimp and veggies??

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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’ve used this one, but I love it!

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

 

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I love doing a challenge, even if I’m not 100% successful at the challenge.

I used to spend a lot of time criticizing myself for what I did not accomplish, and very little time giving myself credit for what I did accomplish.

I have learned that when I challenge myself, even if I do not complete my challenge 100%, I’m doing more than what I would have done had I not challenged myself at all, and through my challenge, I continue to learn more about myself.

My goal was 15 days of Yoga for one hour a day. I had been doing a one hour Yoga class, one to two days a week.

I completed 11 of those 15 days, and 5 of those 11 days were only 30 minute Yoga videos at home in the evening. Did I complete 15 days? No.

What did I learn?

  1. I know that I want to do Yoga more often now. so I will.
  2. I’ve discovered some great videos that I can do at home when I can’t make it to a class.
  3. A bonus of doing Yoga at home? I’m more apt to try a new position at home that I might not want to try for the first time in class.
  4. Increasing the time that I spent doing Yoga has made me feel stronger in my core and in my legs, which is what I was hoping for.
  5. I have realized that doing 30 minutes of Yoga before bed really helps me to have a restful night of sleep!

I learned a lot!

Challenge yourself at something, anything, and discover something new about yourself. 

  1. Challenge yourself at walking more often, or walking further.
  2. Cook more often than you do now.
  3. Cook a new food once a week for a month.
  4. Buy a Groupon to an exercise class that you have never done before and see if you like it.
  5. Dust off your bike and ride it this week (Oh geezzz, that’s a good idea for me!)
  6. Do an exercise video online. 

Think about it. It could lead to a whole new routine for you!

Life

I had a great time on an overnight with my girlfriend Wednesday and Thursday, then Friday and Saturday I have spent doing laundry, running errands, doing a little cooking and just a little decorating for Fall. 

Friday’s Dinner (I didn’t track or take pictures Wednesday, Thursday or Friday day.)

Haddock Taco Bowl….on a plate.

Haddock in Fish Taco Seasoning on a bed of Cilantro Lime Caulirice topped with homemade Guac and a side of roasted Plantains.

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I am loving the weather these last few days. I loved sitting on the deck and grilling dinner last night. Of course, I utilized my new Weight Watcher Wine glasses. 🙂

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I spent a large part of yesterday planning what to pack for our upcoming trip to NYC. I have been wanting Mike and I to go to NYC for more than a few years now. I want to plan a ton of things and I want to plan nothing at all. We have tickets to a Broadway Musical, and the rest of the trip we are playing by ear. We have a full list of things that we want to see of course, but I want this trip to feel relaxed and not chaotic. I know we will not get to everything on the list, and I’m good with that. We will just have to go back next year! Right?

I want to stroll through the museums, drink coffee and walk through Central Park, stand in the middle of Times Square and just soak it all up. We leave Tuesday!

The Scale and Goal Setting

The scale remains at 172, which if you are a regular reader, you know I have gone back and forth with the idea of remaining at 172 (because I kinda like it here, and I feel good, and I am healthy) and making it my new goal weight, or trying to get back to my original goal weight of 160. I have decided to give that 160 number a try, which means I need to set some goals for myself as far as that number thing goes.

November 1st, 169. That may not sound like much of a challenge, but travel adds 5 pounds easily for me, then a week to get it back off, and I haven’t seen 169 in a really long time, so I’m trying to be realistic here.

December 1st, 165.

Here are yesterday’s eats. 

Breakfast – 0 SP

Banana and Black Coffee

Lunch – 12 SP

Whole Food Salad Bar

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Dinner – 8 SP

Tasted much better than it looks…..

Grilled Chicken, Cilantro Lime Caulirice, Grilled Zucchini and Homemade Guac

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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

Challenge yourself!

Have a great Sunday!

 

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