Archives For October 2017

I started writing this blog post on Friday afternoon, got side tracked, then never did make it back here!

What I had started to blog about on Friday is how much I love my Weight Watcher job and and my members.

Some of you may know that I was just hired by Weight Watchers and went through my training last December. Some of you also know that this is a job that I have thought about doing for a really long time.

My job as a WW Leader in some ways feels so new still because I am always learning, but in other ways it feels like I have been a Weight Watcher Leader forever. I’ve certainly been a member forever and I could talk WW talk all damn day. I was ecstatic when I was hired. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to be working for Weight Watchers doing a job I felt very passionate about. I was going to have the opportunity to connect with members and hopefully help them in the same way that my leader helped me.

My Thursday At Work group was my very first member meeting that was all mine. I wasn’t in training and I wasn’t subbing for someone. I was leading meetings that were assigned to me. My members made me feel very comfortable right from the start and never was I uncomfortable or nervous with this group. I think I saw myself in that role for so long that everything just always felt right.

My first group of members had their last meeting on Thursday. They have been a very successful group! They gave me the sweetest card (that they all wrote sweet messages in), a Target gift card (they know me so well) and a very thoughtful bar of soap! Some of the members told me that I inspired them and encouraged them to make Weight Watchers a Lifestyle.

I didn’t cry because I was trying to be all cool and leadery. It’s a word. Leadery. Well, it is now.

Anyhow, not only are they a sweet group of people, but this group gave me an awesome Leader experience. I shared with them last week that they were my first group of members, which as a Leader, you don’t really want to tell your members that you’ve never done this before. But I had to tell them how much I appreciated them for welcoming me, sharing like they do and making this job be everything that I hoped that it would be. By sharing at each meeting, they were helping each other learn a new lifestyle, work through their challenges together and they were celebrating each others success. That’s what Weight Watchers is all about!

Thursday was a great day because with all of the crap that has happened this year, it was a nice reminder that a lot of great things have happened this year too, and having this job is something I am truly grateful for.

 

The Weekend

On Saturday Mike and I went to our friends farm for the night and stayed for most of the day on Sunday. I love going there for a few reasons. I love my friends, it’s only about a 45 minute drive, each trip there builds new memories and it always feels like a mini vacay.

The weather was perfect. Sunny but cool. My phone doesn’t get service there, so I like that I can disconnect and unwind when I’m there.

I’m still not ready for 4-wheeling at the farm (one of my favorite things to do!), but I was all about sitting outside by the fire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying a few cold beers. We also had a really good time playing games. We did play one new game called “What Do You Meme?” It is somewhat like “Cards Against Humanit”y as far as being completely inappropriate. I laughed so hard I almost pee’d my pants.

Mike told me that his stomach actually hurt when we went to bed Saturday night from laughing so hard.

Now that’s a good time.

Mike tried something new this weekend.

Ear plugs. Check.

 

Safety lesson. Check.

 

Me….”Honey. Be careful. Tell us when you’re shooting.”

 

Me….”Oh crap. That’s the shoulder that just got sewn up!”

 

He hit his target!! Now he wants to buy a gun. (Insert eye roll emoji here)

 

It was a full Monday and after work I curled up in one of my new chairs with a big bowl of soup and we watched the Chiefs game.

I was curled up in this chair. We got rid of our two big living room chairs that the dogs had destroyed and picked out a couple of new ones last week. This is a chair and a half and I am loving it. I think the ottoman is just as big as the chair!

 

This is chair number two. I love how soft the fabric is on this one and how high the back is. Super comfy! Were ready for all of the kids and grandkids to come over!

 

Food

Now, here are just a few of the yummy things that we have been eating over the last few days.

I’ve been eating my RXBars for breakfast and I haven’t been cooking as much lately.

 

These grapes. I love these grapes and I look for them every Fall. Have you had them? They make the perfect snack!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash. I love this as a side dish, or in a breakfast scramble, but mostly we eat it on top of the salad below.

 

 

This Fall Chopped Salad is amazing and we eat it no matter what the season!

 

I made soup last night and I have yet to actually write up a recipe for it.

I browned some Ground Turkey with celery and onions and garlic, added some Veggie broth, a few seasonings and veggies.

We topped this with freshly grated parmesan. Tasty and Hearty!

 

I hope you are all having a great week!

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

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

An All Around Good Day

October 27, 2017

I’ll keep this post short. For realzzzz. It’s later than I was hoping to get a post written today, and I’m in the mood for p.j.’s and Will and Grace. I could not be happier to have a favorite show back on! Nothing better than a good laugh to wrap up an evening.

I ran a gazillion errands yesterday. Who doesn’t love a Target day?

 

I also got a walk in with my friend Becky. It felt good to get some steps in!

 

 

That’s TWO days in a row of exercise! Really, there’s not a better mood booster than a nice walk with a nice friend on a nice day. (Insert great big smiley face here.)

I was loving the weather, so I decided to chill in my hammock after our walk. Oh, look! Smiley face!

 

The first evidence of my Christmas shopping spree arrived! Could the day BE any better??

 

Okay, I’ve already blogged more than I had planned.

Dinner yesterday was easy and a great low point option. Have you tried this seasoning? (I even painted my nails yesterday!)

 

I love this seasoning. I buy this at Whole Foods, The package calls for 1 pound of Cod. I’ve used several varieties of fish/seafood with this seasoning, and they have all tasted great! Dinner yesterday was shrimp.

Why didn’t this guy curl up like the others?

Dinner was great!

Okay, I need p.j.’s. Now!

Hope you had a great day!

Breakfast – 4 SP

Loving my Kids RXBAR’s for something quick! I also had a Banana and Black Coffee

 

Lunch – 6 SP

Leftover Buffalo Chicken Casserole

 

Dinner – 10 SP

Shrimp Taco’s with Mango Salsa (Mango, Cilantro, Red Onion and Lime Juice) on Corn Tortillas and Roasted Plantains from Trader Joe’s with a side of steamed Broccoli and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Daily SmartPoints Total = 20

 

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

I haven’t used this one in a while, but it’s a favorite!

 

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

Yoga and More Shopping!

October 25, 2017

Yesterday was one of those days that I’d like to do all over again today.

Coffee with a blanket on the deck, but real quick. It was chilly and windy!

Then a nice pancake brunch…..

After brunch, I paid bills, balanced the checkbook, sorted the mail. Those task I could do without today.

Then…Yoga.

I know that I have got to get back to an exercise routine of some sorts in between these two surgeries. My favorite things to do are Yoga and Walking and there is no reason that I shouldn’t be getting one of those in at least 5 days a week right now. I’ll need to be strong post surgery in December and staying active during this time in between is the best thing that I can do to feel good physically and mentally.

Yesterday I headed up to my exercise room and did Beginner Yoga with Adrienne . on Youtube. It was just what I was needing to get back into the groove of things. If you are looking for something new to do, she does an awesome job of explaining each pose! Shout out to Adrienne!

I spent my afternoon doing a little more Christmas Shopping. It is feeling really good to have some ideas on what I am buying. Having four kids all with significant others and all those grand babies, I got a lot of stocking to stuff and a lot of shopping to do this year!!!

I only got in Brunch and Dinner yesterday, and ate hardly any veggies, but my low point breakfast left me a lot of points available for dinner!

Brunch – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle batter, but in pancake form, topped with a Banana and 1 T. Pure Maple Syrup, black coffee.

 

Dinner – 20 SP

Baked Almond Chicken Fingers – 9, Sweet Potato Fries cooked in Olive Oil in a skillet- 8, Brussels Sprouts – 0, Honey Mustard – 3 

 

 

Have a great day!!

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Dallas Visit

October 24, 2017

Tucker

I went to Dallas on Thursday to visit Tucker. Well, and Tess and Manuel too. I miss that silly dog a lot more than I thought that I would!

Tess picked me up from the airport when she got off work and we headed to her apartment. I was really looking forward to seeing Tucker, and knowing that he hadn’t been feeling well, I really just wanted to give him a big hug.

He was excited when we opened the door, but really just excited to get to go outside. Once we started walking down the hall, he turned around and looked at me and then did a double take. Then he walked a few steps and did it again. It was like he had just realize that it was ME! It was super cute. He did it outside too and I could see his mood perk up!

He’d walk a few steps…..

 

Then he’d turn around and look up at me….like….Is it really YOU??

 

More steps.

 

More looks.

 

You can’t really tell in the pictures, but his little body is just so tiny now.

 

On Friday Tucker and I spent the day together while the kids went off to work.

We took a couple of slow walks. I let him set the pace. Last Saturday he wasn’t even walking, so we took it nice and slow.

 

We stopped by the water for a break. The weather outside was perfect.

 

We spent most of the day snuggling on the couch. He slept there overnight with me too.

 

Such a sweetie.

He looks pretty good, but when I first reached down to pet him and pick him up, I was shocked at how I could feel his ribs, his backbone and his tailbone. He really has lost weight and feeling him in my own hands made it all so real. Poor little guy.

His mood is much better than it was just a week ago and he has his spunk back. The vet told Tess and Manuel that he does have an intestinal disease and that only time will tell if he will improve or not. He is on a special diet and B-12 shots once a week. I hope he has more good days to come like the ones that he had over the weekend.

I came home Saturday morning and it was hard to leave the little guy, but I’m so happy that I got to see him feeling better.

Christmas Shopping?

After putting everything away and saying hey to Mike when I got home from the airport, I went Christmas shopping. What?? I know. It just kind of happened. I was headed out to just run a few errands and all of a sudden I was finding things and filling up my cart!

Then I headed to the grocery store. I spent most of Saturday evening cooking.

Since Saturday, I have bought SEVERAL gifts on Amazon! It feels good to have some gift ideas in my head and some shopping out of the way.

Sunday was a relaxing morning at home.

Fun with Friends

I spent Sunday afternoon at a friends house making blankets. Do you remember when I went to the Cancer Action breakfast a couple of weeks ago? Well, Cancer Action does a lot of great things for cancer patients in the KC area. One of the things that they do is deliver blankets to cancer patients. We decided to get together and make blankets to donate! We also had great snacks and yummy adult beverages.

 

Pretty great group of ladies right here!

 

Food

Here are a few of the yummy things that I ate over the weekend.

Thursday night Tess and Manuel grabbed dinner out and brought it home for us. I had a Greek Salad with Grilled Salmon, dressing on the side. 

Perfect!

 

While they were at work on Friday, I drank coffee all day and had a late breakfast, so brunch. Love eggs. Eggs all day if ya ask me.

 

Friday night we went out for dinner to Gloria’s, one of their favorite spots. I ordered one of my “go to” favorites for Mexican food.

Fajita’s with no beans, no rice, extra peppers and onions.

 

For dinner on Saturday night, I made Shrimp Scampi. This is such an easy meal and I forget just how good it is!

 

I made this Buffalo Chicken Casserole to share with the girls on Sunday.

 

I enjoyed a couple of these over the weekend too!

Frothy Coffee. Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Stevia Drops and Frothy Skim Milk topped with Pumpkin Pie Spice.

I’ve got a full week planned. Apparently I’m Christmas Shopping this week!

Have a Happy and Healthy Week!

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Fall Fresh Air

October 18, 2017

Obviously my Daily Blog has turned into a…..Every Few Days I Blog….kinda thing.

Last week in the Weight Watcher Meeting room we talked about Time Management. I’ve been trying to practice my own time management by spending less time on my computer and less time on my phone.

I feel like I’m at a place right now in my life where the computer and the phone need to occupy less of my time.

I really enjoyed spending time in the kitchen on Sunday with the windows open and I’ve worked at spending more time outside these last few days soaking up that fresh air and enjoying these 70 degree days. There is just something about that 70 degree temperature that heightens my mood. Always has.

This weather also has me craving soups, stews and big bowls of comfort food.

I made Meatloaf on Sunday, and while that was baking, I also made a big pot of soup for the rest of the week.

Do you ever just start throwing things together and it ends up being one of the best meals that you think you’ve ever made and you know you’ll never be able to re-create it? Well, that’s what happened with this soup. Mike gave it 5 stars!

I’ll give you the basics then you can give it a try. I really don’t think you can mess up a simple soup, and really that’s all that this is.

 

Cook ground turkey (or beef) with diced onion, celery and garlic. Add broth of your choice (I used beef), lots of veggies and season as desired.

I used carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and canned peas as my veggies.

I seasoned it with thyme, oregano, a bay leaf, salt and pepper. I added a little bit of tomato paste.

I wanted to thicken my soup up, so I cooked about 1 cup of diced potatoes covered in broth, then used an emersion blender to puree it.

 

I added that to my big pot of soup and it really did the trick!

Tada!! Simple soup that will last through the week. I’m guessing it’s about 4 SmartPoints for 1 Cup.

 

I added a Banana with 1 tsp Almond Butter, Chia Seeds and 1 tsp Honey for dessert.

 

I put the Waffle Iron to use yesterday and made Mike and I waffles.

Breakfast – 8 SmartPoints

Big Ass Waffle recipe (3 SP) topped with 1 tsp Cocoa Nibs (1 SP), 1 T Pumpkin Butter (1 SP) and 1 T Pure Maple Syrup (3 SP)

 

I met with the oncologist yesterday and I still have some decisions to make.

Menopause in the middle of everything that is happening with my body has changed up a few things.

I love the team of doctors and nurses that I am working with at KU. They really do put all of the options out there for you, but ultimately, they leave a lot of decisions up to you.  A huge part of me loves that I am in charge of my health and the decisions that determine my future. Another part of me just wants the professionals to tell me what to do.

Some days feel extremely overwhelming. Yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday also happened to be our son Jakes birthday. We were looking forward to having dinner with him, his wife and daughter. Mike and I took the convertible to dinner and I left my overwhelming thoughts at home for the evening.

 

I’m going to Dallas tomorrow after working my WW meetings to visit Tucker (and my daughter Tess and her fiancé Manuel). Tucker went to live with them before my mastectomy.  Tess found Tucker when she was in college, and Tucker living with Tess someday has always been the plan. Tess decided the timing was right and I agreed.

Tucker lived a very neglected first year and a half of his life before Tess found him almost 6 years ago. Due to the neglect, he has been a challenge with house training, but also such a joy. I’ve never met a sweeter dog.

Loves all people. Loves all dogs. Loves to snuggle.

He even posted on his own Instagram page for a while.

This summer, Tucker was having some tummy issues, but I assumed he had gotten into something in the backyard. It never seemed to last more than a couple of days, so I didn’t pursue having him checked out. Long story short, Tucker has really been having some tummy issues since moving to Dallas and has now been diagnosed with a intestinal disease. I’m going to visit him because he isn’t doing so well. Welcome to 2017.

I’ll be back next week.

I hope you all are having a great week and that the weather where you are is just as great as it is here in KC!!

I’m going for a walk and leaving my phone at home.

Wait. I could trip and fall, get bit by a dog, attacked by a bird. It is 2017 ya know. I’ll take my phone.

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Feeling the Football Love

October 16, 2017

Sunday morning coffee on the deck with a blanket, then breakfast, then a long walk that started off a tad chilly, but felt refreshing at the end.

Perfect way to start off my Sunday.

Groceries, then cooking while listening to the Chiefs game, (which was NOT a great game), made for a great Sunday afternoon.

I received two text messages from friends at the game.

Look how sweet.

From my friend Kim.

 

From my friend Carly.

 

Even my grandson had me on his mind this past week while his team recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Look at that handsome kid!

 

 

His mom told me that he was thinking of me while he was playing.

I love this……

I was feeling all sorts of love over the weekend.

None of my food pictures are pretty today……

This was on the menu for Sunday.

Breakfast – 12 SP

White Sweet Potatoes, Bacon and Two Eggs

 

Lunch – 4 SP

RXBar Kids Apple Cinnamon

 

Snack – 3 SP

Un-Pictured Apple and Celery with 1 T. Almond Butter

Dinner – 13 SP

Skinny Taste Turkey Meatloaf, Smashed Potatoes and Broccoli

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 32

 
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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

In Limbo

October 15, 2017

I feel In Limbo right now and I’m trying really hard not to feel that way.  This time in between surgery one and surgery two is uncomfortable, full of overwhelming information and at times mentally draining.

That being said, I am doing my best to stay positive and take one day at a time.

The last few days have included walks, a little Yoga, I’ve enjoyed being back at work and I’ve tracked my food. The weather has been great for walks outside!

 

It’s been nice to count steps too! 

 

 

Routine has felt good, and I even got a short visit from my daughter Tess.

On Thursdays I have an early morning WW meeting and a lunchtime WW meeting. In between the two, I picked up Tess at the airport and she came to my lunchtime meeting with me! It was nice to have her there with me and also fun to get to introduce her to this group that I love so much!

We enjoyed the rest of the day on Thursday together and we had Friday morning to catch up as well. I had her back at the airport Friday afternoon. It was a quick visit, but just what the two of us needed.

I updated her on my temporary boobs.

Here is where I’m at. It’s all so weird. These tissue expanders really are no fun at all. I look fine in my clothes and that’s about it. I’ve been sleeping on my back for the last 6 weeks and I’ve had a bra on day and night for the last 6 weeks. They are just very uncomfortable, but it is the step in between the mastectomy and the reconstructive surgery, so I am trying to be a patient patient and count my blessings.

That dent at the top of each breast feels like someone is pushing on me at all times. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just uncomfortable and I keep wanting to move things around, but they don’t move. Rolling to my side in bed is apparently putting pressure on the sutures inside and that actually does hurt a tad. So sleeping on my back it is.

This time in between is just odd.

I will have an appointment with the plastic surgeon in November to discuss my surgery in December.

If you are new to the blog, I am having DIEP Flap Reconstructive Surgery, where a genius plastic surgeon will take these tissue expanders out of me and make me some new boobs out of my belly skin, tissue and blood vessels.

My weight is up, and upon the advice of my plastic surgeon, I am maintaining my current weight so he has enough belly fat to make boobs, or as I’m learning, Noobs. (New Boobs)

My nurse tells me that I am going to look great! I’m holding on to that!

While I’m trying to absorb all of the information coming at me in the last three months, and feeling grateful to have this reconstruction opportunity, my mood has been all over the place this last week.

This past week I have had several conversations with my team of doctors about the steps going forward and the best ways to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. I have been thinking so much about “today” and what we are doing right now, that I just hadn’t put much thought into the fact that reoccurrence was possible. I suppose I just didn’t want to think about it.

I was advised by my breast surgeon to stop taking the pill on the day that I was diagnosed with breast cancer due to the fact that my type of cancer is estrogen fed.

I met with my OBGYN for the first time last week to discuss my recent health developments.

My body has had some strange feelings since my mastectomy, one being a burning sensation inside my chest. That had subsided some, then came back, but more of a full body hot sensation. I hadn’t even thought about menopause. I just thought all of my body aches and new feelings were related to my recent surgery. Well, it seems as though what I described to my doc are actually hot flashes.

Now, almost three months after stopping the pill, it seems as though as I am beginning menopause. Nothing like a little mood alteration while going through cancer.

I have an appointment with the oncologist on Tuesday to discuss treatment to reduce the risk of reoccurrence and to discuss the possibility of a hysterectomy.

I’ll keep you posted.

I have a full Sunday of grocery shopping and cooking for the week and I want to enjoy the Chiefs game this afternoon, so I’m out the door for my walk then headed to the grocery store!

Have a great Sunday!

Here is an easy low point Breakfast that I have been enjoying these last few days!

4 SmartPoints

Sautee veggies in 1 tsp Olive Oil

Scramble Egg Whites in cooking spray.

Combine Scrambled Egg Whites with Zero SmartPoints Veggies seasoned with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, Banana with 1 tsp Almond Butter, 1 tsp Chia Seeds and 1 tsp Honey.

 

These came in the mail!

 

Perfect Fall Breakfast! lol

RXBar – Pumpkin Spice – 7 SmartPoints


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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

A Rainy Day, A Coffee Shop

October 15, 2017

It was rainy and cold on Tuesday, so I decided to soak up most of my afternoon in a cozy coffee shop.

I had a morning appointment with my OBYN (I’m becoming all too familiar with sitting in a waiting room ready to see the doc) then I spent a few hours in a coffee shop, then to my afternoon appointment at the plastic surgery office, where we discuss my tissue expanders and any post-op questions.

Spending the time in between appointments at the coffee shop was relaxing.

I love this place. Tables and chairs to choose from, or big leather chairs to curl up in and little rooms with cozy chairs and lamps that make you want to kick off your shoes. I didn’t, but I though about it!

They have all sorts of yummy items on the menu.

I love black coffee and I love a Pour Over, so I started with that.

How cute is this cup of coffee??

 

After an hour or so of catching up on the blog and reading emails, I ordered the Butternut Squash Soup. I think I’m going to order this every time I see it on a menu this Fall. This was really really good. I might have to go back!

 

After more coffee, I headed out in the rain to my next appointment. Rainy and 46 outside. That was Tuesday. Yesterday it was in the high 70’s? We may have even reached 80. Today, the 50’s. Such a variety! Flip Flops or boots???

 

After a long day away from the house and a late lunch, I was looking for dinner options in our freezer.

I found a couple of Tilapia fillets and this bag of root Vegetables.

They were sampling these when I was in Trader Joe’s last week with this seasoning. Add a salad and we’ve got dinner!

 

Breakfast – 11 SP

Butternut Squash Soup at the coffee shop.This was delicious.

I didn’t ask for the nutritional information, so I guessed on SmartPoints according to the Panera Autumn Soup.

 

Lunch – 6 SP

My attempt at Potato/Cauliflower Soup, Scallions, Bacon and Roasted Plantains.

I made a ton of this soup the other day. I finally took what was left and put it in the freezer. I still plan to make a better tasting, more attractive low SmartPoint Potato soup and share the recipe. One day anyhow….

 

I decided to have a few crunchy Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains with this too.

 

Dinner – 12 SP

Tilapia, Salad and Root Veggies

This isn’t so pretty, but dinner tasted so good. I haven’t stepped outside the box much lately in variety, so I think dinner tasted so good because it was foods that we just haven’t had in a very long time. Dinner was a hit!

 

Snack – 7 SP

Un-Pictured Cider

 

Okay, more blog post to come. Trying to play catch up!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 36

 
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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Back to Work!

October 10, 2017

It felt great to go to my employee meeting on Sunday, but it felt even better to get back to Leading Weight Watcher meetings on Monday!

After a little planning time at home, I was out the door.

It was so nice to see all of my members and receive such great hugs from everyone. I love my members! I love that job! I love my co-workers!

I work a mid-morning meeting and a late afternoon meeting on Monday, so in between the two, I got my walk in.

Nothing bad happened yesterday. I know. It’s just weird.

Have a great day!!

Here is what I ate! 

Breakfast – 4 SP

So I guess I am really enjoying this bar! I ordered a case of them yesterday! I also ordered the Pumpkin Spice!

 

Lunch – 12 SP

Over the weekend, I bought a Pre-made salad at the grocery store that included Spinach, Tomato, Mozzarella and a small container of Balsamic Glaze.

I never did eat it.

I put it to good use for lunch on Monday.

 

I added Egg, Avocado and Bacon. Perfect lunch.

 

I took my scale out and weighed the added ingredients. I’m all about the tracking this week!

 

Dinner – 19 SP

Dinner was out and this is a guess on SmartPoints.

Chicken Fajita

Red Wine

I passed on the cheese, sour cream and tortilla, but did eat the guac.

 

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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Fall Fever

October 10, 2017

Forgive my boring post. It lacks any humor what so ever and it is a short one. It just feels so darned good to be back tracking and blogging daily, even if I have nothing exciting to blog about it.

Let me be honest. I feel like I had so much bad news to share there for a while, that having no bad news to share is a really kick ass day.

I spent Sunday morning on the deck. I could have sat there for hours. We are having a variety of temps here in KC right now, but those cooler days are some of my favorites.

I love all things Fall and it feels so good to be enjoying football games, chili, fire pits, boots and jeans.

I had planned to grill out, but October has me wanting soup. I decided to come up with a low SmartPoint Soup, but it looked like baby food when it was ready to eat.

I found an easy recipe and used it as a base recipe. My soup tasted good, but it really did look like baby food, and it could use a few tweaks before I would call it a recipe.

I cooked riced Cauliflower in Vegetable broth, then pureed it.

I added potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper and garlic powder. I let the veggies cook for about 20 minutes until tender.

I topped my soup with chives and bacon. That is about as easy as it gets.

My baby food tasted like big people food. I’ll work on this recipe and see if I can make it more appealing and share worthy.

After soup, I went to an employee Weight Watcher meeting. That is the first time I’ve been to anything Weight Watcher employee related in almost six weeks and it felt great to see everyone and get myself back to work!

Have a great day!

This is what I had to eat on Sunday…..

Breakfast – 4 SP

Kids Berry Blast RXBar

I thought this bar was 5 SmartPoints, but it is only 4! Happy Dance.

 

Lunch – 3 SP

Egg White Omelet topped with Smashed Avocado and Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, a Pear topped with 1 tsp of Chocolate Almond Butter and a few blackberries.

 

Dinner – 8 SP

Spinach Salad with Tomato, Mozzarella and Balsamic Glaze along side my Soup.

 

Snack – 7 SP

Un-Pictured 4″ Sub Sandwich at my Weight Watcher Employee meeting.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 22

 
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! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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