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Easy Saturday

January 21, 2018 — 1 Comment

We spent the whole day yesterday at home and my goal for the day was to do laundry and change the sheets. Did that.

I had two errands to run and it just never happened. 

Last night we started The Americans. Binge watching at its best.

Today, errands.

I see by my pictures that we need some green vegetables in this house. I loved cooking up three main meals earlier in the week and making dinner easy, but I realize I never added a side veggie or a salad.

I’ll add some veggies in this weeks meal plan.

I’m off to the store. 

Happy Sunday my friends!


I ate both breakfast and lunch very late in the day, so dinner was light and I just wasn’t hungry. I will say that the amount of protein that I am eating and the variety of foods that I am eating is keeping me full and satisfying my cravings. I have had no real desire to snack in between meals and that’s HUGE for me.


Breakfast – 4 SP

Scrambled Egg and Egg Whites topped with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, 1/2 Serving Oatmeal with Warm Cinnamon Apples mixed in and topped with a few dried Cranberries and a Honey drizzle.


Lunch – 9 SP

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili (3 SP) topped with 20 Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains (5 SP),  and 30 g Avocado (1 SP)


Dinner -5 SP

One (the last one) Bird Ball (1 SP) with Zoodles (0 SP), a little pasta, (2 SP) and the last of the Marinara (2 SP)

Daily SmartPoints Total = 18 SP

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps


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

Fun Few Days

January 20, 2018 — 2 Comments

I’ve had a great few days connecting with old friends and meeting some new friends.

Wednesday night I met one of my newest friends. We were introduced through a nurse at my Plastic surgeons office. My two nurses that I see the most are Jenny and Stephanie and they are both wonderful. Jenny knew I had some concerns about the DIEP flap back in August before I even had my mastectomy. She reached out to Stephanie, who I had not yet met, and they made an extra effort to get me in to see Dr. Chandler before my mastectomy. it was so comforting that they would do that, and I also felt more confident about my decison after meeting with Dr. Chandler.

The two nurses also told me about another DIEP patient that they knew would be willing to talk to me and offer support if I was interested. YES!

That is how I was introduced to Carla, a breast cancer survivor who had DIEP surgery just about a year ago. Carla has been great. The first time that we met we had dinner together and chatted for an entire evening. We hit it off immediately 

Since then, she has checked in with me, we’ve built a friendship and she was able to talk me off the ledge when I started to fall apart. It felt so good to be able to talk to someone that understood all of my fears. She is the one that calmed my nerves before my recent surgery in a way that no one else could.

We met Wednesday night for dinner and celebrated my successful surgery. She is just the sweetest. We are talking about trying to organize a support group for women faced with the decision to have this surgery. I also talked to my new friend Nancy about this. I’m excited to move forward on this and hopefully the three of us will be able to offer the comfort and support to others that Carla was able to offer to me before surgery.

(I look so tired in all of my recent pictures. I am still much more uncomfortable than I was hoping to be at this point and I’m finding it hard to get a good nights sleep, but I didn’t think it showed so much!!)

Meet Carla. She is adorable. (Thank you mister waiter for taking our picture.)


Thursday morning I met with three new friends. 

I was invited to join them for a breakfast meeting to discuss blogging and how the four of us could possibly encourage one another to achieve our goals and help each other grow. I feel like they are way out of my league, but they were all so nice and assured me that I had something to bring to the group too.

The very next day, Weight Watchers shared one of my Instagram post, which brought me additional followers to the my instagram page and apparently a few new readers to the blog. It was the boost of confidence that I needed to feel like I earned a spot with these ladies.

Yay! That’s my Shrimp Taco picture!

I see I have some new followers, so if you’re new, “Hi and Welcome!”

I look forward to working with these ladies this year and achieving some of my blogging goals. I have the added benefit of building new friendships.

Amy’s blog is Beautifully Broken Journey. Amy shares her family, her weight loss journey, her body image struggles and her exercise tips while also sharing great make up and hair tutorials.

Jennifer’s blog is Slow Cooker Gourmet. Jennifer has a knack for creating some beautiful recipes. I see some Instant Pot recipes I’m excited to try!

Kristen’s blog is Dine and Dish. Kristen has been blogging for over 11 years and shares everything from food to home decor to travel to book reviews.

Meet (from left to right) Amy, Jennifer (you know me) and Kristen!


After meeting these new friends, I met an old friend for lunch at one of my favorite coffee shops. It was good to catch up!

Friday morning, I had decided I was ready to get back to my WW meeting as a member, so I picked up one of my WW friends and we went together. She has reached out several times over the last few months and been super supportive through my surgeries. She even passed out Get Well cards at my WW meeting and had members sign it! 

After the ww meeting, she took me to lunch. It was a great morning and it felt great to get back to a Friday routine and some old WW friends.

It’s been a great few days reconnecting and connecting.

Taking it easy today.

I am loving being back at tracking and fixing a few things in the kitchen.

I am so glad that I cooked up the Bird Balls, the Steak Soup and the Turkey Sweet Potato Chili a few days back. It made for some really easy meal prep over the last several days.

Happy Saturday!!

Wednesday Breakfast – 8 SP

Simple Hash. Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Red Onion and 1 slice cooked bacon chopped up and an Egg along with a small side of French Toast with Bananas and Maple Syrup.

I like to keep a baked sweet potato in the fridge. I take what I want, measure it out and add it to the skillet to heat it up after the other veggies have cooked. It’s so easy.


Wednesday Lunch – 3 SP

Steak soup.. I have not yet tired of this soup! Thank goodness.


Wednesday Dinner – 25 SP

Two Mahi-Mahi Taco’s, Chips and Guac and a beer.

I met my friend Carla for dinner and guessed on points. (She even bought my dinner!)

Daily SmartPoints Total = 36


Thursday Breakfast – 2 SP

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Stevia drops, cinnamon and 1/4 Banana topped with 1 tsp Mixed Nut Butter and a Breakfast Casserole

This was my breakfast meet up with my new blogger friends. I took the yogurt and they all seemed to like it. Kristen made the egg casserole. I must get the recipe. It was tasty!


Thursday Lunch – 15 SP

This delicious Pour Over at a coffee shop. (0 SP)


I had to take a guess on this Veggie Sandwich. Roasted Sweet Potatoes along with a few other Zero SmartPoints Roasted Veggies with a hummus spread and Bean Sprouts. The bread was so good. I guessed my meal at 12 SmartPoints and ordered a nonfat Latte at 3 SmartPoints.


Thursday Dinner – 9 SP

Two Servings and the LAST of this Steak Soup along with a side of Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains. I’m sure I’ll be making this soup again soon!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 26


Friday Breakfast – 4 SP

RXKids Bar


Friday Lunch – 15 SP

This is a special at First Watch right now. Heuvos Ranchero Tostado’s. IT IS SO GOOD! Eggs, Corn Tostado, Avocado, Chorizo

It comes with a Black Bean Slaw, but I subbed potatoes and ate about half of the potatoes.

This meal I just have to guess at. 12 sp for the meal and 3 sp for my coffee creamer.


Friday Snacks – 0 SP

I think it’s obvious I am enjoying my Plain nonfat Greek Yogurt lately. I added stevia drops and cinnamon and dipped my banana in it.


This particular Greek Yogurt is extra thick and maybe my new favorite! I found this at Whole Foods.


Friday Dinner – 16 SP

Dinner – 11, Beer – 5 

I made Bird Balls earlier in the week and served them Friday night over a combo of pasta noodles and squash noodles. I used a store bought sauce but really could have saved myself some points here with homemade sauce. Next time.


Friday Daily SmartPoints Totals = 35

Tomorrow, I start back to walking!! Whoop Whoop!

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

As I post this, I’m singing it too as I remember learning it in grade school, or was it Girl Scouts?


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

Spa/Soup Day

January 17, 2018 — 5 Comments

I spent yesterday either in the kitchen cooking or pretending like I was at the spa. I did my nails, (fingers and toes).

Then I did a face mask You’re welcome.

Right out of a horror film!!!


At least it was better than my last mask experience. I think I’ll stick with a simple mud mask. I’ll show you that next time. I know. You can hardly wait.

Then I took a long shower and I used all of the hot water.

Then, I cooked.

I’ve surprisingly been very successful spending so much time at home and not eating the house! I am in the zone!

I cooked up meatballs, Bird Balls, to put in the freezer and have later (after I made myself a yummy meatball sandwich).

Have you made these yet?

1 Freestyle SmartPoint each. They are about 2″ in diameter. Freeze very well and took about 10 minutes to prepare before baking them.

Oh, and they taste great!


I made a pot of Steak Soup and a pot of Turkey Sweet Potato Chili.


I’ve not been super adventurous in the kitchen, but these are all easy things to make. They all taste great to me on a super cold day. They all freeze well and now I don’t have to cook dinner for a few days.


Breakfast – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle batter (3 SP) made into several little pancakes, topped with Warm Cinnamon Apples (0 SP), 1/2 Serving (8 g) Sea Salt Hershey Chips (2 SP) and 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup (1 SP).



Lunch – 11 SP

Meat Ball sandwich made with 2 Bird Balls cut in half, 1 slice of Havarti divided between the two slices of Toast and 1/8 Cup Marinara. Carrots and Kiwi on the side.


Dinner – 4 SP

(1SP) Turkey Sweet Potato Chili (made with 99% lean ground turkey) topped with Avocado (1 SP) and Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains (2 SP)

Daily SmartPoints Total = 21

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

Sitting on the couch can get old, so my spa day at home felt good.

If you are not sitting at home recovering, it is still important to take a little time to pamper yourself.

Paint your nails, mask your face or use all of the hot water and steam up the bathroom.

You just might surprise yourself at how nice it feels.

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

Practicing Patience

January 16, 2018 — 9 Comments

I’m getting super antsy being at home wanting to organize this or that, move this chair or that chair, paint a room, move a dresser. These are just the sort of things I do when I’m home a lot. I get these ideas and want to change things up.

I’m advised to not lift over 10 pounds for the first 8 weeks post op. I’m also advised to do nothing strenuous as there is a risk of a hernia following my recent surgery. I hate asking for help, I hate to sit and I also hate thinking of things to do then not being able to do them.

I’m venting.

I’ve noticed that I’m in a much better mood if I keep myself busy. however, getting out in this cold isn’t my cup of tea either.

A cup of tea. Now that’s my thing. (But you can only sit and drink so much tea.)

I started the second season of The Crown, Mike and I are watching Stranger Things Season 2, I’ve colored in my coloring books and I’ve done a bit of meal planning.

Now that Tess and Manuel are engaged, there is a wedding to plan, so Tess has a Pinterest page all set up and I’ve been spending some time looking at that too!

I’ve had a lot of contact these last few days with other Breast Cancer patients. It’s nice to be on the other side now where I can answer questions about surgery instead of asking them.

I’ve also have been on the phone planning more doctor appointments

I felt like life was on hold for so long in between my two surgeries, and now that this surgery is over (but with Phase II in March and April and maybe May) and my hysterectomy is scheduled in March, things feel like I’m back on that hold button.

We were supposed to be leave this morning for Mexico with friends, but we had to cancel that a few months back since I wouldn’t have the okay to fly just yet.

Friday I am scheduled for an MRI on my knees.

They both have been bad for a few months now and I’ve decided to just take care of everything while I have the time. 

While scheduling the MRI, I had to answer a series of simple questions. Then the scheduler asked me if I had ever had cancer. Just the question put me in a funk and the remainder of the day had me thinking about how hard it is to really plan anything right now.

So….I just wish summer would get here and we could move on. I’m working on remaining patient while keeping a positive attitude about everything.

Sorry for the rant. 

Let’s talk food!

Breakfast – 7 SP

Cooked Sweet Potato (120 g – 4 SP), Red Onion and Zucchini Hash (sautéed in 2 tsp Olive Oil for 3 SP) topped with Eggs (0 SP) and Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s


Lunch  – 0 SP

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon flavored Stevia Drops and a good dash of Cinnamon. Topped with Berries and Banana Slices.


Snack – 0 SP

A couple of handfuls of berries.


Late Afternoon Snack – 1 SP (For the Olive Oil on the squash)

Roasted Butternut Squash and Scrambled Egg Whites


Dinner – 18 SP

I met my niece for dinner at Red Robin. I looked at the menu online (highly recommended if available!) and found a bunless burger for 12 Smartpoints. I also had about 10 fries out of the basket of “all you can eat” fries dipped in the sauce, so I’m guessing 6 SmartPoints for those.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 26 

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps


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

Do you remember when the Healing Chair was first delivered to our house? You can read more about that in my post, My Breast Cancer.  

A wonderful group of volunteers provide this electric recliner for patients having a mastectomy.

They also brought me a blanket, a beautiful Kendra Scott necklace and a journal that moves from patient to patient along with the chair.

Mike and I delivered this chair to another breast cancer patient after my mastectomy recovery.

I received a Healing Chair again for my reconstructive surgery.

It was a comfortable place to heal after both surgeries and greatly appreciated. Mike and I were able to take the most recent Healing Chair from our house to another patients house yesterday. I remember the comfort of meeting the woman and her husband that first brought the chair to our house. They were so open to our questions about recovery and what to expect. I hope that Mike and I were able to give her and her family the same comfort yesterday.

I hate that so many women are in need of this chair, but I was happy to be able to give the next recipient a hug, words of encouragement and my phone number.


I had gotten in a bad habit of only getting in a few glasses of water a day and for the last 5 days, I’ve been back to drinking 80-100 ounces a day and I feel so much better when I wake up in the morning!

Do you keep track of how much water you drink?

Breakfast – 6 SP

Toast with Smashed Avocado (40g) and Eggs. Grapes and Black Coffee too!


I love this meal!


Lunch – 5 SP

We hit up a new drive thru. After one bite, I swapped out their two Corn Tortilla’s (ICK!) for one of mine at home. I’m not sure how the Chicken was prepared or if it was all breast meat or not, so I called my lunch 5 SmartPoints.


Dinner – 8 SP

I was craving Beef Stroganoff, so I made up something that I thought would satisfy my craving.

Mike thought it tasted great!

I followed a basic Stroganoff recipe but I used 99% Ground Turkey, Trader Joe’s Vegetable Broth, Light Sour Cream and I served it over Riced Cauliflower. The points are for the butter I put on the Broccoli and the Oil I used for the Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Don’t be afraid to play in the kitchen. You might love what you create!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 19

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps


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

I Love Connecting Here

January 14, 2018 — 4 Comments

I love when readers send comments and emails. Those small exchanges over time have allowed me to build relationships here on the blog with people that I otherwise would never have known anything about. Although I may never meet some of you in person, I feel like I know many of you.

Occasionally, I have the honor of meeting some of you in person!

I recently received an email from a reader that found my blog and discovered that we had a LOT in common. Not only did we have the same breast reconstruction surgery in December, but she lives close to me and is with the same group of doctors! Crazy, right?

Yesterday we met for coffee at 10:00 a.m. and chatted into the afternoon. I got home well after 2:00 p.m.! It was so great to talk to someone that is experiencing exactly what I am feeling physically and emotionally right now. I am so happy that she reached out and I know for sure that we will be getting together again soon.

Thank you Nancy!


It feels so good to be in control of my food and tracking these last couple of weeks. Why do I forget how good this feels?


Breakfast – 0 SP

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with 10 drops of Vanilla Flavored Stevia, a good dash of Cinnamon and a Banana with Black Coffee.

I LOVE this. Mike does not. I guess it’s just not for everyone.


Snack – 2 SP

10 of these tasty Chips!


Lunch – 6 SP

An un-pictured Frothy Coffee and a Salad Bar from the grocery store.

Everything in here is Zero SmartPoints except for the few Tortellini noodles. I chopped this all up and didn’t need any dressing.


Snack – 4 SP

I was craving sweet and warm since it was freezing outside so I made myself the Big Ass Waffle (3 SP) batter and made these two pancakes. I topped them with warm blueberries and 1 tsp of Almond Butter (1 SP).

I place frozen blueberries in a microwave safe dish and cook for about 2 minutes. It makes this beautiful and juicy topping.


Dinner – 8 SP

On Friday we had this same  Fall Chopped Salad 

My only points were for the dressing. Last night I added a few dried cranberries and raw nuts.

This will be plenty for Mike and I.

If you want to include everything in the original recipe, it includes Mixed greens, Chicken, Bacon, Eggs, Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Diced Apple, Dried Cranberries, Pecans and a homemade dressing.

Seriously, go check it out!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 20

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

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

A Few Simple Things

January 14, 2018 — Leave a comment

Simple post for my accountability and maybe you’ll see something you like?

Breakfast – 5 SP

Eggs are Zero SmartPoints and I love eggs, but every once in a while, I go with just the egg whites.

One Egg has 6 grams of protein. One Egg White has 4 grams of protein. If I know I will be going several hours in between meals, then I try to get in extra protein. That’s what I did here.

Cook 3 Egg Whites and Wrap in a warm Tortilla, two times.


These are really hearty and don’t fall apart. These are 2 SmartPoints each.


This also taste great with Cheese or Canadian bacon. I just went with egg whites and a little smashed Avocado (25 g)


That’s a Cara Cara Orange. They are SO sweet!


Lunch – 3 SP

Tuna Salad (the only points are the Mayo) on a bed of greens with Carrots for crunch.


Snack – 1 SP

Frothy Coffee


Dinner – 4 SP

Fall Chopped Salad (It’s a favorite)

I love this Salad. Click HERE for the full recipe. Like yesterday, I don’t always add everything that is in the full recipe, but if you do or don’t, you can’t go wrong with this salad. I like to use 1 T. of the dressing, put a lid on it and shake the ever loving daylights out of it to give everything just a taste of the dressing.


Happy Hour – 19 SP

Wine with Friends. I took my WW Wine Glass and measured out my wine and snacked on carrots. 🙂

Daily SmartPoints = 32
2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

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

Happy Friday! I’m Back!

January 12, 2018 — 8 Comments

It feels great to sit down and write a simple post about what I ate yesterday.

I started tracking two weeks ago today. I’m going to go to my WW meeting next Friday. It has been too long since I have attended a meeting as a member. I’m anxious to work that back into my weekly routine.

It was a snow/ice day yesterday, so I pretended like I still had kids in school and spent the entire day in my pj’s. Not really unlike many of my past several days. I’m still working on a Blog Post about 2017. It’s like this really depressing drama that I’m trying to turn into a dark sitcom. Or something like that.

I’m trying to focus on all of the great things that happened, but lets be honest, 2017 brought a lot of shit with it and I’m sorting through it all.

Let me just say that reviewing 2017 has me feeling a roller coaster of emotions.

Moving on…..

My only exercise right now is stretching, so that’s what I’m doing.

When I wasn’t on my computer or stretching yesterday, I ate a few things.

Breakfast – 5 SP

Toast (2SP) topped with 2 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter (2SP) and fresh Blueberries with 1/4 tsp Honey (0SP) Drizzle along with a Frothy Coffee (1SP).


Lunch – 5 SP

Tuna Salad made with real mayo (3 SP) and bulked up with some diced Apples.

Carrots, Celery, Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains (2 SP) and an Apple with Cinnamon.


Dinner – 6 SP

Dinner was one of those one dish meals that I throw together and sometimes they taste great and sometime they don’t.

This one? Not bad.

One Dish Meals aren’t for everyone, but the hubs will eat just about anything and I’m going for easy right now.

I sautéed some fresh green beans with onions, then threw in three slices of cooked bacon chopped up and added some Butter Infused Olive Oil for flavor.


I added to the skillet some rotisserie chicken breast that I had pulled out of the freezer earlier in the day. Again, easy here.


I made  some Roasted Butternut Squash. Why it looks burnt sometimes, I have no idea, but it tasted great!

I added this to the skillet.



One dish meal and the only SmartPoints here are the bacon and the Butter Infused Olive Oil that I used to flavor the beans.


Snack – 4 SP

RX Kids Bar and Hot Tea


Daily SmartPoints = 20

2018 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
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps (When I get released from the doc to do so)

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

WWFreestyle 2018

January 11, 2018 — 12 Comments

I’m happy to be back at Weight Watchering! (it’s a word.)

A VERY sweet friend of mine (Thank you Niki!) organized a Meal Train for my surgery in August and for this most recent surgery. I so appreciate my friends singing up and bringing us meals. One less thing to worry about and so very kind!

The Meal Train was organized through the month of January, but since I’ve felt pretty good these last two weeks, I decided to cancel the remainder of the Meal Train. I love that friends want to help, but I feel bad having someone bring us a meal when I now feel good enough to throw something simple together.

That being said, I got back to tracking and making a few simple things in the kitchen. Basically, soup, tuna salad and any kind of breakfast food that you can think of that is easy.

If you are a WW member, you are a few weeks in now on WW Freestyle!

How is it going?

Do you like the plan?

Do you hate the plan?

What new Zero SmartPoints foods do you love?

What foods are making Freestyle easy for you?

I would love to know your thoughts!

My weigh in day as a member was always friday, so on Friday December 29th, I began to track again and it feels really good.

Before my recent surgery, my weight had gone up about 10 pounds from what I had maintained for about three years. I wasn’t crazy about the way that I was feeling, but my plastic surgeon did tell me to try to maintain where I was so that he had enough belly tissue to work with for my surgery. I did that.

Leading meetings, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, and two major surgeries ahead of me, I wasn’t feeling like a very good Weight Watcher role model.

Now that surgery is over, I can work on getting back to a weight that I feel much more comfortable with.

I am super excited to get back to blogging in my Julie form, whatever that means.

I really like to post a daily blog (I rarely miss one) of what I ate, how many SmartPoints it was, and what activity I got in for the day. I also like to throw in any recent shenanigans. There always seems to be something going on!

Blogging daily is a great accountability tool for me and it has become such a routine, I miss it!

Hopefully, I will be able to give you all some easy ideas for meals, whether you are a WW member or just trying to come up with easy and health meal ideas.

I like to just throw things together and I hope that you do too!

I’m terrible at actually creating  recipes and posting them here on the blog, but I do have a few and I do try to do that.

I have yet to go in and update any more than a few recipes to Freestyle, but I am adding it to my goals for the year. Forgive me for being terrible about that!

I havne’t been really busy in the kitchen and we haven’t had anything fancy, but I’ve made lots of soups, we’ve had simple proteins with salads, we’ve done taco meat and I’m now back into enjoying the non fat greek yogurt. Of course, I always love my eggs.

Here are a few of my favorite things lately!

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt and Nonfat Plain Yogurt are both now Zero SmartPoints

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with a few drops of liquid Stevia (I like Vanilla and Cinnamon flavored) and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon makes a great meal or snack!

I typically buy this brand.


I tried this recently and it is amazing! It is much thicker! They taste the same to me, but I do like the thickness of this one better! I found this at Whole Foods.


I like to add a little additional cinnamon to the top!


I added a 1/2 T. of Almond Butter to this bowl and it was delicious!

2 SmartPoints


Eggs are Zero SmartPoints

Sweet Potato Hash topped with Eggs and Avocado! So many flavors in here.

7 SmartPoints for this breakfast.


Soft Boiled Eggs!

Place Eggs in Boiling Water and boil for 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Peel under running water. Perfect every time!


Fruit is Zero SmartPoints

Some mornings, I don’t mind a slice of toast all dressed up!

This piece of bread is 2 SmartPoints, then I topped this with 2 tsp of Almond Butter, 1/2 Banana, Blueberries, 1/4 drizzle of Honey and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

4 SmartPoints. Perfect with my black Coffee!


I could do Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. 

Maybe you prefer Waffles? This is the Big Ass Waffle recipe, in pancake form.

Sometimes I just don’t want to get out the waffle iron. These cakes are about 3″ in diameter.

3 SmartPoints for just the Pancakes.


Same recipe, but two large cakes.


Tuna is Zero Smartpoints

3 SmartPoints for lunch.

The mayo is 3 SmartPoints, everything else, Zero SmartPoints.


Did I mention the fun that I’ve been having with the letter/chalk board that WW gave all of the WW Ambassadors??


I started driving last week, so I met a friend for coffee and lunch at Whole Foods.. I always love their salad bar. This is all Zero SmartPoint Veggies and Hard Boiled Eggs topped with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.


I picked up a few Pre-made Salads at Trader Joe’s for a quick lunch or dinner.

The dressing on this was pricy as far as SmartPoints go, so I used my own mix of Vinegar and Oil. This was one of those meals you just have to guess on.


Want easy? These are Bird Balls. A Weight Watcher member created these and they are easy and freeze nicely! I asked his permission to write a blog about them, and he said Yes! You can click HERE to read that post and get the recipe!

On Freestyle, these are now only 1 SmartPoint each and they are about 2″ in diameter!

You could eat these with sauce and Zoodles or Spaghetti Squash for a very low SmartPoint meal!


Chicken Breast and Corn are Zero SmatPoints

I think I ate this Zucchini Soup (with Chicken Breast and corn in it) for at least three days. I love this soup and without any toppings, it is Zero SmattPoints!

Drizzle a Banana with 2 tsp of your favorite Nut Butter and 1/4 tsp Honey. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp Chia Seeds for a 2 SmartPoint Dessert!


Same Zucchini Soup the next day. Some soup just taste better AND looks better the next day!


99% Ground Turkey and 99% Ground Chicken are Zero SmartPoints

I made Taco meat using the 99% Lean Ground Turkey! I ate this over a bed of Caulirice and with my few extra toppings, this was a great meal!


We also ate this Steak Soup for about three days. I could eat a bowl right now!

1 Cup = 3 SmartPoints.

You could make it with 99% Lean Turkey and the only SmartPoints would be the potatoes! 


So few SmartPoints in this soup, there’s room for Wine!


Okay, those are just a few of the simple things that we have been eating over here for the last two weeks.

What are you eating on WW Freestyle?

2018 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
Ftibit 10,000 Daily Steps

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

Post-Op & Commit30

January 10, 2018 — 6 Comments

Hi All. It’s Julie. Remember me?

Oh my gosh, so much to talk about!

  • Post op updates,
  • 2018 Goals,
  • 2017 in Review,
  • Tracking my food and WW Freestyle

I’ll save “2017 in Review” and “Tracking my food and WW Freestyle” for my next post, otherwise I could be here ALL day……..and you would be really bored. Heck, that might happen anyhow!


Post Op

My daughter Tess came in town December 6th and ended up staying through surgery and didn’t go back to Dallas until December 28th. I loved having her here and so did Mike. Recovery would have been so difficult without her here.

She actually came back this past weekend and organized an un decorating afternoon for me with our son and daughter-in-law. Everything is put away and organized just like mom likes it. They all did a great job!

I’m now 4 Weeks Post-op! I can not believe that surgery was 4 weeks ago! I was finally able to get all of the surgical tape off of my body! I’m still trying to get used to this flat stomach. I gotta tell ya, it’s really weird. I had spent so much time wondering what my new breast would look like, I just hadn’t put much thought into having a flat tummy. It’s very tight, it’s completely numb to the touch and it is still super uncomfortable. But it’s flat and I don’t hate it!

Mike and I went in for my  3 week post op last Friday with my plastic surgeon and he said that everything is healing nicely. When Dr. Chandler walked into the room, I asked him if I could give him a hug. When I hugged him, I gave him a really tight hug and he hugged back just as tight. He was smiling and I asked him if he had any idea what he was doing for women who had lost their breast to cancer. I told him that I felt like he had put me back together again and made me feel like, although they look very different, I had my breast back!

He told me that he didn’t hear it very often, but that he really appreciated hearing it from me.

All smiles.

I go back to see him in 6 weeks, then we make plans to move forward with Phase II. More on Phase II when the time comes.


On Monday I had a post surgery appointment with my oncologist to discuss my next steps.

There are commonly prescribed medications for pre menopausal women with estrogen positive breast cancer and  different medications prescribed for post menopausal women with estrogen positive breast cancer. These medications are to reduce the risk of cancer reoccurrence.

Tuesday I began taking Tamoxifen (typically taken daily for 5 years), the one prescribed for premenopausal women.

I will be having a full hysterectomy in March. After that, I will be taking the postmenopausal medication.

I’ve had a lot to learn over the last several months and the months to come will bring more questions. There are a lot of possible side effects with the medications so I’m crossing my fingers that I experience little or none of them. I’m trying to keep an open mind about it all while also telling myself that the important thing is that it is reducing the risk of reoccurance.


The first two weeks of healing after surgery were quiet and and relaxed with short visits from family and friends.

The last two weeks I have begun to feel super antsy. I am not good at sitting still and my brain is full of things that I want to do.

I’ve tried really hard to take advantage of the coloring books (so cute!) that my friend Ashli brought to me. I’ve had several long phone conversations with family and friends. Several friends have stopped by for coffee and long chats.  I’ve scoured Instagram accounts for yummy meals to make when I’m back in the kitchen 100%. I’ve caught up with lots of friends via text messages and phone calls, and I’ve thought about things that I’d like to accomplish this year.

My physical restrictions are….

  • No lifting anything over 10 pounds for 8 weeks (4 weeks to go!)
  • No strenuous activity to elevate my heart rate
  • Don’t do anything to break a sweat

I can however stretch, so I have been doing a lot of that!

Sleeping sucks right now because I simply can not get comfortable. Waking up kind of sucks too simply because getting out of bed doesn’t feel so great.

Once I’m up and on my feet, I’m good. Walking around the house is actually when I feel the best. Sitting isn’t so comfortable.

That being said…..I am ready to move forward and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to accomplish in 2018


2018 Goals

I’m always all about January. It may be my favorite month. I always feel like January is a fresh start and things feel new. I think if you read the blog regularly, then you might understand why I would be anxious to get 2017 over with and move into 2018 with excitement and curiously as to what the year will bring for me and my family.

One of my friends that came by for a visit after my surgery brought her new 2018 planner. She knows I’m a planner too so she showed it to me. I loved it! 

Have you heard of Commit30?

It’s a great little planner that helps you to break down some of the steps that you can take to achieve your goals. Each month, you can focus on that 30 days to commit to achieving a goal. You decide what you’d like to achieve, and the planner helps you to break it down.

Next month, work on a new goal, or improve on the previous month. Your book. Your goals. You decide!

I stopped making New Years Resolutions a long time ago, and started looking at the year as a whole and thinking about what it is that I would like to accomplish. Some things I succeed in and some things get put on the back burner. I don’t let those back burner things get the best of me, I just move them into the next year and try to make a better plan for them to happen.

I think I am going to love this planner! It comes in different colors, but I loved the Gold. My daughter Tess bought one too!

It’s the perfect size to toss in my purse or carry in the car.


It also helps you to break down different areas of your life.

These are just a few of the things that I would like to work on this year. I’m sure I’ll think of more as January rolls by.


Each month starts with this page. I need a little practice in my action steps, but so far I am doing well on these two goals.

Since my January is really about recovery, I kept my goals simple.

You decide how to reward yourself for achieving your goals at the end of the month.


Each month starts out with a great quote!


Each week is broken down with plenty of room for morning, afternoon and evening plans. Plenty of room at the bottom of the page for notes (or even a grocery list if you plan to carry this in your purse!).


This year is for sure starting off slower than years past, but I am looking forward to goal setting and crushing those goals!

I met with one of my WW Co-workers yesterday and it was good to talk “work” and WW Freestyle and get caught up on a few of my favorite members, but it was hard to know I’m still a few weeks out on being able to go back to work.

I’ll talk Weight Watcher Freestyle in my next post!

 I hope that 2018 has started off well for all of you!

Have you set Goals for 2018? I’d love to know what they are?



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