Archives For January 2017

Stress Management

January 30, 2017

(I wrote this post on Saturday morning.)

I’m sitting in a First Watch (my “go to” breakfast spot) blogging from my phone, which I’ve never done before. 

I worked two WW meetings this morning and I left my house around 7:00 am. I loved working this morning and taking my thoughts off of this past week.

Last Sunday, my daughter unexpectedly came in from Dallas for just a few hours to see an ailing elderly family member. It was an emotional day and it has been an emotional week keeping updated, not really knowing what will happen over the next several days. Everyone is staying strong, but admittedly it has been a difficult week.

On Friday night I received a phone call of yet another ailing elderly family member. Her only family is myself and my mom and she lives alone about 45 minutes away.

When I finish my breakfast, I’m picking my mom up and we’re on the road to go visit her and help her make some difficult decisions, or possible make decisions for her. It seems as though it is time to make some decisions for her future that she is in denial about, so it’s going to be a difficult and sad day.

My stomach was in knots Friday night and I could not sleep thinking about all of the scenarios and possible options for today’s decisions. Where do we take her? How do we get her there? What do we do with her apartment? What do we do with her personal items? What if she says no? What about her dog? So many questions we do not know the answers to. So many decisions to make and unsure of how to make them.

Mike went to pick up dinner, and I grabbed a beer out of the fridge. I had decided to take a break from alcohol during the month of January, and I haven’t had any, but I wanted a beer. I drank half of a beer, decided that was not how I wanted to deal with stress, then dumped the other half out and took a long shower.

Last Sunday when Tess came to town, Mike and I found ourselves sitting in a bar waiting to see if she would get on the flight home that she was hoping to get on. I really wanted a glass of wine to relax while we waited and my thoughts wandered about the next several days, but instead I ate a salad and sipped on coffee.

Several nights this week I’ve thought that a glass of wine would relax me, but I knew that wasn’t how I wanted to make my body relax, so I resorted to hot showers and talking things out with Mike.

This week will be emotional, no doubt.

I’ll blog more about the weekend, but I did make it to Yoga yesterday and plan to do so again today to help me relax and keep my thoughts in order.

Here are Friday’s eats..

Breakfast – 10 SP

Sweet Potato, Prosciutto, Egg White, Peppers, Avocado and Berries

 

Lunch – 6 SP

Mixed Greens, Roasted Butternut Squash, Chicken and Homemade Vinaigrette 

 

Snack – 11 SP

Un-Pictured 1/2 Bottleof beer, 2 Medjool Dates

Dinner – 8 SP

Grilled Chicen Salad with Cheese and Avocado and Salsa

Daily SmartPoints Total = 35

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

 

Mother’s Day Out

January 27, 2017

Once upon a time, I was a stay at home mom with a two year old. Every Tuesday, I would take my two year old to the church for Mother’s Day Out. It was the one opportunity a week that she could play with a large group of other two years olds for a few hours and I could go play too. I loved being a mom to a two year old, but I looked forward to that little break during the week to do whatever it was that I needed to do, or wanted to do.

On Wednesday, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my dogs with a house full of painters and plastic and doors swinging opened and closed throughout the day, so I took them to Mother’s Day Out (aka All Things Dogs). I love that place.. It really is a Mother’s Day Out kinda place where the dogs are spoiled and loved and have lots of playtime. On the way there, Mishka (brown dog, 15 years old) pooped in the front seat. I had to pull over and clean out the car. I love being a dog mom, but I’ve cleaned up a lot of messes lately and let me just say that I was happy to be taking them to Mother’s Day Out.

I was certain that the painters would take two days, so I had planned to board the dogs over night. When the painters finished up way earlier than expected, I decided to go pick up the dogs. Then I decided that was dumb. I took the night off of dogs and responsibilities. I took a shower and put my pj’s on early. I put my feet up and did whatever I wanted for the rest of the evening. enjoying my Mother’s Day Out, but in.

I left the house early yesterday to work two WW meetings, then I came home and did whatever I wanted some more.

Finally, I missed my pups, so I picked them up. It was a nice break. 

Shopping day today!

Happy Friday!!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 0 SP

Un-Pictured Banana and Black Coffee

Lunch – 6 SP

5 oz Tuna, Mixed Greens, Red Onion, Bell Peppers, 2 tsp Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper and Avocado

 

Snack – 5 SP

These are fresh dates, and some WW members may track these, and some may not. For me, it is a possible trigger food, and 1 date could easily lead to 5 or 6 or 7. Therefore, I need to track them to stay accountable.

One Date, 1 tsp Almond Butter, Berries

 

Dinner – 20 SP

Cod with Fish Taco Seasoning cooked in Olive Oil, Cauliflower Rice, Homemade Guac, 30 Roasted Plantains (I munched on them while I was cooking)

Daily SmartPoints Total = 26

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Wow! That was Fast!

January 26, 2017

Mike and I agreed that it was time to lighten things up around here. A paint crew showed up at the house at around 9:30 am yesterday morning and by 4:00 pm they were done! I expected them to be here two days, maybe even three! It happened so fast!

It feels so fresh and clean. The walls had been a dark gold for 12 years or more. We decided to go with a light gray. We love it!

I have a tendency to get in a hurry after a fresh coat of paint goes on the walls and put holes in the walls right away to hang things. I don’t like bare walls. Feels empty to me. I tend to hang too much on the walls, or I regret hanging something without really thinking it through, then moving it and leaving visible holes in the wall.

I have promised myself to be patient and find just the right items to hang on the walls. 

The waiting could kill me.

These guys were serious! I was stuck in the kitchen for a few hours. We chatted through the plastic. I asked them if they could see me dancing.

 

Every once in a while I took a peek.

 

After they painted the ceilings, they let me out of the kitchen! Such fast progress!

 

I fed them pizza, fruit, cookies and pop. I was like…lunch is ready!!! They were like…lady, we’re painting! So I put the pizza in back in the oven.

 

Nobody ate the fruit and I made them take the cookies and pizza home! They were sweet.

 

A while back, we had the floors redone. We went darker with the floors, but never have done anything with the banister. I kinda like the variety, but now that the walls are light, Mike doesn’t like it and wants to do the banister darker.

Here are a few before and now pics!

The Entry before.

 

Now.

 

Before.

 

Now.

 

Before.

 

Now.

As you leave our house, you look at that little section of wall. Something super cute HAS to go there.

 

Before. I forgot to take a Now of this wall, so just imagine…no pictures and grey. Is it gray, or grey? I think it might be both.

 

Heading to the basement.

 

Now.

 

Upstairs before.

 

Now. So bare. Patience Julie. Patience.

 

The other end of the hall.

 

Before.

 

Now.

 

I’m going to try to simplify and I’ve found some great pictures that express what I want my house to feel like. 

These are just a few of them.

 

 

 

There was one item in the powder room that I was certain that I liked where it was, so I hung it up pretty quick!

I ate a great breakfast and a great dinner, but I snacked while the painters were painting and I didn’t count my points.

This is the first day since December 30th that I didn’t track or count. I should go back and figure it all out. But, I’m not.

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

It’s Paint Day!!!

January 25, 2017

You guys…the painters are here and I am so excited. The entry, the upstairs hallway, the downstairs hallway, the powder room, a fresh coat of paint on my water stained ceilings….it is going to feel so fresh and clean!!

My mind is not only thinking about new accessories to hang on the hall, but now I’m thinking about new carpet upstairs (it is 17 years old), new chairs for the living room (the dogs have destroyed them), a new wall color in the kitchen (It’s time for a change)…..and on and on and on. Mike is going to love all of these thoughts that I having!

Okay, I gotta go get these guys some pizza for lunch!

Have a great day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 6 SP

Two Scrambled Eggs with lots of zero point veggies, topped with Avocado and an Orange sprinkled with Cinnamon on the side.

 

Lunch – 15 SP

One and a half bowls of Turkey Sweet Potato Chili with Avocado and Two Un-Pictured Medjool Dates

 

Dinner – 6 SP

Over the weekend, I had a really small Salmon Salad for $14!! It was a total rip off.

Last night we headed up the street to our little neighborhood place that we like, and I had a huge plate of Shrimp for $12!! 

Boiled Shrimp, Red Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

Daily SmartPoints Total = 27

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

We Are a Family

January 24, 2017

The Birthday Girl

Yesterday we celebrated this beautiful girls birthday. She’s seven. Is she not the cutest? Who am I kidding? All grand children are the cutest, but yesterday, she was the cutest.

Her mommy spoiled her yesterday with Starbucks, a trip to the nail salon (which she loves), and dinner with a bunch of family at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner.

Sidenote: While eating dinner, the almost three year old grand daughter declared. “We are a family.” We just all looked at each other and laughed. She looked puzzled by our laughter. It was like she had just looked around the table, recognized that she was surrounded by family, then said it. Love that kid.

Back to the birthday girl. She gets a party this weekend at Bounce City? Never been there before, but I’m guessing there’s a lot of bouncing!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

 

Dates

I posted about the wonderful dates that I received in the mail. Shonda (lol) read my blog post and left this comment. I had no idea!!

“Now about dates … we have this discussion often in our ww mtg – my leader agrees with me – so you’ll have to quiz the ww people on your corner of the world. There are fresh dates and dried dates. The medjools pictured above are fresh picked off the tree – not dried! Notice the label even says “fresh” Yea!!! If you put their nutritional info into the nutritional calculator on the ww app they will come up to 4 points. If you put in a banana, with it’s nutritional info it comes up to five points. If you search fresh dates they come up as 0 points – just like a banana. AND just like you would want to be careful of how many bananas you eat, you will also want to be careful how many fresh dates you eat. They DO have a lot of calories, but they are fresh. 👍 I have honestly never seen a dried date, but I would imagine it would look like a giant raisin, or like those dehydrated fruits you buy it bag -like dried mango chunks ???”

 

My Reply to her Comment:

“First of all, I had no idea that the nutritional info of a banana was 5 SmartPoints!! That’s good info to know!!

I really had no idea that these were “fresh” fresh. I really thought they were just the freshest of the dried version. lol. Does that make sense? I thought they were yellow or something when they came off of the tree. 

I agree though, that if I think of them like banana’s, I will be careful. I think I will probably count them though because it would be so easy for me to eat three or four of these and think nothing of it!!

I don’t think dates are as common to eat here as they are there, but maybe they are and I just didn’t know! I’ll see what other WW members have to say about them and let you know!”

 

If you enjoy a date now and again, I would love to know if you count points when you eat them, or do you consider it to be a zero point fruit and eat them in moderation?

 

My Day

I was back at Starbucks myself yesterday getting the final part for the car. Egads. Car repair bills can really put a damper on the day! I suppose that it is better than a car payment.

I was hoping it would be a quick fix, but I sat at Starbucks for three hours, blogging, eavesdropping and shopping online for new things to hang on my walls. 

The painter comes tomorrow to paint the entry and hallways, and change my life! So excited for that!

Full day today. Gotta go.

I hope that you all have a great day!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

I started off with an Apple and Black Coffee at Starbucks.

 

I had this in my purse, just in case. My stomach was really growling loud. People were looking. 

 

Lunch – 8 SP

I drove from the Dealership directly to Whole Foods, where I made a huge salad of Raw Veggies, Rotisserie Chicken, Olive Oil and Vinegar

 

I ate in my car in the parking lot and rinsed it all down with this Pineapple Strawberry LaCroix.

 

Dinner – 4 SP

I have been to Buffalo Wild Wings maybe once or twice? I ordered six boneless tenders with a dry rub. They brought out four, which was plenty. I wouldn’t say that they were delicious. The WW App say’s that it is only 2 SmartPoints for Naked Tenders, which is what I ordered. I ate a little bit of Ranch, so I added 2 points. 

 

Snack – 6 SP

When we got home, I was still hungry, so I finished off the last of my Baked Chicken Fingers, which were delicious.

 

Snack – 5 SP

I also enjoyed one of my dates with 1 tsp Almond Butter and a cup of Hot Tea. I decided to count the points.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 30

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

Shonda Smolley

January 23, 2017

I love this little blogging corner of my world for so many different reasons. I’ve formed relationships from this blog and my Instagram account that I never imagined were possible. The relationships are great for support, accountability and even a good a laugh, but I have actually made a few friends too.

One blog reader of mine has truly become a friend of mine. Since I didn’t ask her if I could blog about her today and I do respect the privacy of others, I’ll call her Shonda Smolley. She’ll know I’m talking about her and the name will make her giggle.

Her comments on my blog really started to connect us. She saw similarities in the two of us, and began to share them with me.

Soon, we started exchanging emails that included a little more personal information. Eventually we exchanged phone numbers and now we text each other. The fact that she has an “online friend” that she has shared personal information with has her family concerned. lol

I’m going to surprise her one day soon and call her up!

We really do have a lot in common, which is what brought us together. She makes me laugh and I feel like I’ve known her for some time. 

I have no idea how she found my blog or if she even knows how she came upon it.

We will meet this year. I just know it.

When I posted about wanting to buy a Vintage Trailer, she sent me a text message with this picture of a vintage trailer by her house that has been for sale for quite a while. I’m thinking I visit her and buy that trailer!

Is this the cutest?? It’s exactly what I see myself buying! If the inside is as cute as the outside, I WANT IT!

 

Shonda Smolley is responsible for introducing me to Medjool Dates. Do you eat them? They really are delicious. I have to be careful with those little suckers too, because although they are fruit, these are dried fruit, which means sugar, which means a lot of SmartPoints.

They are truly worth it.

Look what Shonda sent me in the mail!

 

That right there is a 5 pound box of beautiful and fresh deliciousness!! They are so soft and plump!

After putting in the nutritional information from the box, one date is 4 SmartPoints, so I need to be careful. I’ve got some in the freezer already for safe keeping!

I’m looking forward to finding a few recipes and making my own fruit and nut bars. These are also delicious with a little Almond Butter in them, or baked with an almond stuffed in them and wrapped in bacon, or just alone with a nice cup of hot tea.

So happy to receive such a great gift!

 

Thanks Shonda!! You’re the best! Sending you great big hugs!!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 6 SP

Egg White Omelet stuffed with Leftover Roasted Broccoli, Asparagus, Sweet Potato, a few Pork Sausage Crumbles and Bell Peppers. Cara Cara Orange and Blackberries on the side and Black Coffee.

 

Snack – 4 SP

1/2 RXBar – Blueberry

Mike and I were out running errands and it was 2:00 in the afternoon and I was starving. I had this in my purse and offered him half because I didn’t want to use 7 Points on a snack. I wanted a meal!

He wasn’t interested, and for me this was a success because I only ate half and wrapped it back up and put it in my purse. I thought about pulling it out of my purse and finishing it off more times than I would like to admit before we ever ate a meal.

I took this picture when we got home. Now it’s in the pantry in a ziplock bag.

 

Lunch – 7 SP

We stopped at a restaurant to have some lunch. I ordered a mixed greens salad with Salmon and Vinegar and Oil. This was a $14 salad and that was the smallest piece of salmon that I have ever seen!! I wanted the other half of my RXBar!!

 

Dinner – 10 SP

I made a huge pot of Turkey Sweet Potato Chili when we got home. Now THAT hit the spot.

 

I ate a bowl and a half. Tucker thought that it smelled amazing. It did.

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 28

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

A Full Full Saturday

January 23, 2017

I didn’t make it to my own Friday WW meeting, so I ventured out and went to a meeting that I have never been to before. I got out of bed at 6:00 am so I could go watch my friend, Antonia, lead a meeting at 7:00 am.

She did a great job and I was so glad that I crawled out of bed at the crack of dawn to go. Really, I was.

When the meeting was first getting started, Antonia asked a question and I was all happy to put my two cents in. No surprises there, right?

After I answered, the very sweet lady beside me looked at me, tapped my shoulder, and said, “I know you! You’re The Weight of my Weight! You’re Julie. I know all about you. You have a daughter named Tess. You’re a new WW Leader. I know you!”

Hi Mary Ann!! You are the sweetest!

I often wish that I could meet my readers in person, so It was nice to be able to do just that! We chatted after the meeting for a bit. She said that she really liked my food pictures and that I gave her ideas for what to eat. That is one of the biggest things that I hope to do for my readers. Give them ideas for tasty meals that are easy to make and that are point friendly. Mary Ann, you made my day! For so many reasonings, I am glad that I got out of bed early and made it to that meeting. 

Great Job Antonia! You can read all about Antonia in this blog post, My Bad Ass Friend.

In the afternoon, I went to a baby shower for our fifth grand baby!

 

My mom went with me!

 

Jordan is glowing and got all sorts of great gifts!

The shower was perfect.

When I got home, Mike and I decided that we needed a date night. I swear that we hadn’t done anything date-like since New Years Eve!

We went to church, then to dinner (at a bar, where I drank hot tea and gallons of water), then to a movie. 

We saw Hidden Figures. Such. A. Good. Movie.

Great date night!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 9 SP

I cooked my veggies in Cooking Spray. I weighed out 20 g of cooked pork sausage. I weighed out 30 g of cooked Sweet Potato, I added 1 Smartpoint for the maple syrup in the sausage recipe and the rest is pretty clear if you are a WW member counting points. 

Veggie hash with just a few crumbles of Breakfast Pork Sausage tossed in there and a little Sweet Potato, all topped with a soft Boiled Egg. I added a side of Fruit and tried to add in a variety and topped that with 1 T. of Almond Butter.

 

Lunch – 8 SP

Leftover Baked Chicken Fingers, leftover Whipped Cauliflower, Apple rings with Cinnamon, Cocoa nibs and a honey drizzle.

 

Snack – 8 SP

Two of these amazing Dates. I’ll tell you more about these in my next post.

 

Dinner – 13 SP

Salmon Caesar Salad, Hot Tea and Water

I forgot to say no cheese and no croutons, but I did get the dressing on the side.

I took all of the croutons off and ate the cheese. It was DELISH!! I used about 1 T. of dressing. The salmon was great, so I was satisfied and ready to go to the show!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 38

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

 

My mom’s delicious, traditional, beautiful and addictive Pumpkin Bread that she makes every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, is still here. It’s not in the pantry or the fridge or the freezer. It’s on my butt and thighs.

I really over indulged in the Pumpkin Bread, adult beverages and other goodies during the holidays, and by holidays, I mean from a few days before Thanksgiving to a few days after Christmas. What the heck was I thinking??

I knew that I would hit it hard on January 1 (like I do every year) and get the holiday pounds off. On December 30th, I decided to get a head start by throwing out all of the things that had crept into the house that I did not want to eat or need to eat.

I haven’t posted my weight in a long while because my usual 5 pound gain over the holiday was more like a 10 pound gain this year, and that has been super hard for me to swallow. So many puns here, but I’ll leave it alone.

I’ve been hired as a Weight Watcher Leader for crying out loud. How does a WW Leader gain 10 pounds over the holidays?? I’m going to get fired before I ever get a meeting assigned to me!! So many unhealthy thoughts and self doubt in my head about this. 

Frankly, I am embarrassed. Yes, I know. Some of you will make me feel better by saying, “You’re human. It’s fine. You know what to do to get the holiday pounds off”.  Yes, I know. I’ve said these things to myself. Truth is, I feel like I’ve set a really bad example to those that tell me I inspire them. 

I knew that I was eating too much over the holidays, but for some reason I wasn’t able to stop myself. I can gain five pounds easily, and get it off fairly easily too. I avoided the scale during the holidays thinking that I would gain five pounds, then get it off during January, no problem.

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you likely know that I have maintained a weight of 172 for over three years now, and all though it is 12 pounds above my goal weight, it is a weight that has been easy for me to maintain, and a weight that I feel healthy weighing. 175 has been my “ought oh”number. That’s the number where I know I need to pay attention to everything that is going into my mouth and I seem to get right back to 172 with ease.

I stepped on the scale December 26th. 180. Crap!! I haven’t seen 180 anything in over five or six years!! I was leaving that afternoon for a two night girls trip. Wine and snacks. I was so frustrated at myself. I just felt ugly. I didn’t weigh after that trip, but I surely came back with a couple more pounds. Ten pounds above what I had maintained for over three years. WHAT IS HAPPENING????

Fast forward to today. I’m not beating myself up, however I am admittedly disappointed in myself. I think that’s a healthy and fair statement to make. No self doubt. I’m still me. It’s all good. I’ve moved forward. I am disappointed in myself, that is all.

Since December 30th, I have been eating heathy, drinking water, getting in walks and a little yoga, and I’ve had no adult beverages.

Today’s weight? 178. It is NOT coming off easily. I totally expected to be back at 172 by now.

I have asked myself, what would I, as a Leader, say to a member in my situation asking for advice.

  1. “You say you are tracking your food. Are you certain that you are tracking accurately? Are you weighing those raw nuts every time you eat them? Do you measure your Oil every time that you cook with it?”
  2. “Are you eating the same foods over and over? Sometimes your body needs more variety.” (I don’t know the exact science behind this, but I do think that it can make a difference.)

These are the two big questions that I would ask, so I’ll take my own advice and work on these two things this week.

Probably the most frustrating part for me right now is the fact that I am eating clean, healthy foods. No sugar, no processed foods. I’m eating whole foods and skipping the adult beverages. This week, I gotta switch things up a bit and be certain that I am tracking accurately.

I write this blog today because…

  • It is easier for me to move forward after I share a struggle.
  • I dont ever want to mislead my readers and imply that I have it ALL figured out. Obviously, I do not. 

Happy Weekend you lovely people!!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Egg White and Veggie Omelet, Avocado, Blueberries

 

Lunch – 5 SP

Simple. Romaine, Chicken Breast, Bell Peppers, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

 

Dinner – 16 SP

We like cabbage, but I seem to forget about it and overlook it when I’m grocery shopping. I had a little left from my Egg Roll Stir Fry and hated to throw it out. I saw a recipe floating around on Facebook, so decided to try it. You simply slice it, drizzle with Olive Oil, salt and pepper and bake at 400 for about 30-40 minutes. Not bad.

I’ve made this Chicken Finger recipe before and it is sooo easy and really good. The chicken is breaded in egg and almond flour. I’ve been passing on any kind of sugar, but i did go ahead and make a Honey Mustard dipping sauce for these. SOOOO good. 🙂

Baked Chicken Fingers, Roasted Broccoli and Cabbage. 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 28

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

Inhale Confidence

Exhale Doubt

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

Mamogram’s and Book Club

January 20, 2017

I went for my annual mammogram yesterday, which wasn’t really annual at all since it was brought to my attention that I hadn’t had a mammogram since 2013! Ooops. Seriously, where does the time go?? Like, I wanted to argue with them that I had most certainly been there since 2013!! I’m not an idiot! Nope. Not so. After getting the all clear for this year, I made certain to set a reminder on my calendar for my 2018 mammogram.

From there, I took my car back to the shop and I sat in a Starbucks next door to the dealership sipping on strong black coffee for well over two hours. I was coffee drunk.

Three people sitting behind me were talking about the fascinating business of commercial real estate. I found myself wondering if I too should considering selling real estate?

Two ladies sitting close to me were having a discussion about a local bar where one lady was insisting that the other lady needed to go because the live music was always great! I wanted to be her friend, but resorted to taking notes on their conversation. If you’re local, it was Murray’s Tables & Tap that they were discussing. That’s actually close to our house, so we’ll have to check it out. 

The man beside me was sitting alone working on a drawing that appeared to be plans for something that he might be building. He kept looking up at the ceiling, then adding to his drawing. I looked up at the ceiling and saw nothing, but now wanted to draw something that I could build.

I really was coffee drunk.

I really just wanted my car back. I finally got the call, only to have them tell me that they did not have the part needed for my car to resolve the rattle in the front end, but if I can come back next week, they will get it fixed.

Ugh. At least I can drive it.

Once home, I sobered up from my coffee drunk and I walked 3 miles in the blistering cold and cloudy misty uck.

It must have been below zero!!

Whatever…..

I wrapped up my day at a bar where we had decided to meet for Book Club.

I drank water and hot tea and admitted that I did not read the books that we were discussing.

This Contigo fits nicely in my purse and is 100% spill proof! I take coffee or tea with me a lot in this little guy, so I packed my own drink to take to the bar!

That is all.

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 0 SP

Six of these gigantic Strawberries

 

Lunch – 6 SP

I baked an extra spaghetti squash when I made that Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and I had some Turkey Spaghetti Meat in the freezer. Lunch was easy, delish and point friendly.

 

Snack – 5 SP

So, apparently Plantains and Walnuts are my snacks lately. I finished off this bag of Plantains last night while pondering what else to snack on.

 

Snack – 4 SP

I decided to snack on this.

Leftover Chicken, Onions and Peppers

 

Dinner – 13 SP

Avocado Toast on Sweet Potato Buns topped with an Egg.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 28

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Speaking of Squishy….

January 19, 2017

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I put some Zucchini Squash in the oven along with a few other veggies to cook. Kinda squishy, not a fan.

Today, a different kind of squishy. Mammogram Day!  Then back to the car shop after spending a small fortune just a few days ago! Ugh!! How much fun am I having today??

Got in a 3 mile walk yesterday afternoon with my new shoe inserts, then home to use the tens unit. Pain is dumb.

I gotta go!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Breakfast on the go! RXBar and Banana

(Note to self. Get up earlier when needing to leave early. Don’t want to be eating so many of these in a week!)

 

Lunch – 10 SP

Lunch with mom after running her around yesterday morning.

I ate 1/2 the Potatoes, Egg White Omelet filled with Bacon and Avocado (without the sour cream) and fruit.

 

Snack – 8 SP

Un-Pictured Raw Walnuts and Plantains.

I’ve done so good not snacking until these last two days. What the Heck???

Dinner – 8 SP

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole.

This taste like a big bowl of cheesy goodness, but it’s not. It’s all Chicken and Veggies with a little Mayo and Hot sauce. So good!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 33

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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