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Fall Fresh Air

October 18, 2017 — Leave a comment

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 6 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 4 Comments

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 — Leave a comment

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”

A Saturday Outside

October 8, 2017 — 4 Comments

It was a great Saturday! The temperature was right around 70, which is my favorite temp, so I did all that I could to be outside.

Normalcy felt really good yesterday.

I went on a walk and soaked up all of that fresh air! I walked just over 3 miles. That’s the first 3 mile walk that I’ve done since my surgery. I’ve discovered that standing and/or walking is actually the most comfortable position to be in! Go figure. 

 

My walk gave me a huge burst of energy and I got all sorts of things done!

Laundry, vacuuming, I finally changed the bed sheets, organizing for this week, trimming the lawn and I even made it to the car wash!

 

I knew I’d want dinner outside, so Mike and I started thinking about where we’d like to go for a date night. 

We ended up on a patio where I enjoyed Salmon and Wine, two of my favorites.

When we got home, we headed over to the neighbors to sit by the fire pit, another favorite outside thing I like to do!

Before I hopped in bed, I checked my steps for the day!

Whoo Whoo!! I haven’t had that many steps in weeks!!

 

I haven’t worn my fitbit and earned activity points in a while either, so this felt great!

 

I’m enjoying my coffee on the deck right now and Mike is mowing. It feels so good to have some normalcy around here!!

I’m looking forward to another productive day and pondering what to cook up on the grill.

 

What’s the weather like where you are?? 

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday planned!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

Pumpkin Oatmeal

 

Super Easy and I loved using Syrup as my sweetener!

I cooked the Oatmeal as directed, then added the pumpkin and spices and gave it a good stir, then topped it with the walnuts and syrup.

 

Lunch – 7 SP

One Cup of  Turkey Sweet Potato Chili, 10 Roasted Plantains, Carrots, Celery, 1 tsp Almond Butter, Strawberries and Kiwi Berries

 

 

Dinner – 18 SP

Caesar Salad with Salmon, bread and  Wine

I ordered the salad with the dressing on the side. Typically I would send it back when it comes out wrong, but we were with friends and I wanted to eat with everyone else, and sometimes the waiting for your meal to come back out can be awkward, so I just ate the salmon and about half of the salad. I think the waitress filled my water glass three times, so I decided I was rinsing out all of the extra calories. lol

 

After Dinner – 7 SP

Honey Whiskey on the Rocks…..by the fire. So good.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 40

 
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”

Since life went a little whacko these last several months, daily tracking of my food and activity in my Weight Watcher App fell to the bottom of my priority list.

I’m feeling much more like myself and adding tracking back into my day sounds like a great way to pass the next couple of months while I anxiously await my reconstructive surgery in December.

This “in between surgery” time feels really weird. It’s like I’m “on hold” with life and unsure of what to do with myself. Life will get back to normal and then go backwards again for a bit. I’ve decided the best way to not feel “on hold” is to go back to the routine that I know best.

My Weight Watcher week begins on Friday, so I tracked yesterday and it felt good to feel in control of my day.

 

Do You Track?

I was reminded yesterday that tracking a meal at a restaurant can be a challenge and I was also reminded that sometimes making your best guess when tracking food or activity is the way to do it.

We talk a lot about tracking in the Weight Watcher meetings and how important it can be whether you are losing weight or you are at your goal weight

Tracking brings awareness to what you are eating and it is also a great accountability tool.

Tracking is a great tool, but it should be quick and it should not add stress to your day. Nobody needs extra stress.

Weight Watchers has designed many tools to make living a healthy life easier, and tracking is one of those tools.

There is an enormous list of foods in the app that also includes restaurant choices. With so many foods listed, there are times when it is difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. There are a few ways to maneuver through that without it taking a lot of time or feeling like a stressful chore.

Don’t overthink it.

  • If you are tracking a bagel, and you see three different bagels listed with three different Smartpoints values, make your best guess on the bagel that you are eating and track it. 
  • If you are eating mexican food at a restaurant, and that restaurant isn’t listed, find a similar restaurant and make your best guess.
  • If the restaurant you are eating at is listed, but you can’t find the meal that you are eating, break down the items in your meal as best as you can, track it and move on.

 

If tracking feels like a chore for you, I hope this helps. If you are new to WW, tracking does become easier with time.

I’m heading out the door for a walk, then I’m going to track it!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

 

Late Breakfast – 21 SP?

This is a great example of a guesstimate meal when eating out. When in doubt, I add a point or two, which I did yesterday.

I have no idea how many potatoes or bacon are buried under those eggs. I have no idea how the potatoes are prepared. I don’t know how much butter is on the toast. I made my best guess by quickly breaking it down, tracked it, and loved every bite! 

Farmhouse Hash, hold the Cheese at First Watch.

Potatoes, Bacon, Tomatoes, Onions, Eggs, Avocado and 1/2 Slice of the Toast.

Breakfast was delish!

 

Lunch – 5 SP

Loving these mini bars for my sweet tooth!

 

Dinner – 8 SP

This is one of my fall favorites and the recipe is on my blog!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili  topped with 30 g Avocado and 10 Roasted Plantains from Trader Joe’s.

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 34

 
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 Brief Update!

October 5, 2017 — 8 Comments

(This is not a sponsored post. I just like to share where I find some of my favorite things!)

I had big plans for this to be a productive few days preparing to go back to leading Weight Watcher meetings next week, blogging daily, meal planning, grocery shopping, walking and getting in some Yoga.

Here is what I’ve actually done.

Two doctor’s appointments on two different days that took up most of the day, worked on getting my house somewhat back in order (I don’t know when I changed the sheets last. I can’t believe I just told you that), did my arm exercises and called it Yoga, sat down to write a blog but ended up reading a lot of info on breast cancer, DIEP Flap surgery and breast cancer reoccurrence (I didn’t think I would feel so anxious about my upcoming surgery and I didn’t realize I’d be concerned about cancer reoccurrence, but I guess that I am), and I’ve enjoyed several long conversations with family and friends. I didn’t do any “meal planning”, but I have been eating really healthy foods, so at least there’s that!

I won’t bore you with all of the details of the last few days like I typically do, but I will share some happy news with you and tell you what I’ve been eating.

Okay, actually I WAS going to bore you with all of the details of the last several days and what was discussed in each of my long conversations, but I had it all typed out late late last night, then lost it all. I took it as a sign that I was going into too much detail. lol

 

Happy News…..

Kate and Shelby Update!

I spent Wednesday visiting our daughter Kate and hanging out at her house. After the house flooding twice since the end of July and all that it took to get the house put back together, they were finally able to move back into their home about 10 days ago. There are a few things yet to be done, but they are home at last.

Happy Happy!

 

It’s been a great opportunity for them to declutter and they have found all sorts of great ways to do that! They were so fortunate to have so much furniture donated that it allowed them to buy a few new items that would help them get organized.

I love this piece from IKEA under the TV. Such a great place to store toys for the kids and it makes clean up so easy!!

 

I also LOVE this IKEA piece! It’s a shoe rack! Open up those two big bottom drawers and drop your shoes right in there. If I had little ones, I’d be ALL over this!!

 

This room belongs to Char and Sophia and I think that it is so cute! The mirror and dresser were donate. Thanks Steph and Bonnie!

It is the perfect height and the girls love being able to see thiemselves in it. 

 

Also donated, two recliners! Thanks again ladies! 

One recliner is in the living room and one is in another bedroom that isn’t quite finished. Kate and Shelby found this couch on Craigslist for $200! It’s in perfect condition. They are still looking for a few things to make this room just the way they’d like, but I think it looks great!

I had a great day hanging out with Kate at her house and seeing her happy to be back home.

 

Food

I can’t seem to get myself to “track” for a full day and I’m not taking pictures of everything that I eat, but I have been much more aware of what I’m eating and I can feel the better choices in my body.

No recipes here today, just a few simple ideas.

I’ve been eating a really late breakfast, then an earlier dinner, then a snack here and there.

Breakfast/Lunch

I’m on an Omelet kick right now because it is quick, it keeps me full and it is easy. Below are a couple that I’ve had lately.

I topped this Egg White Omelet (5 Egg Whites) with Avocado and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s and had fruit on the side with the Mixed Nut Butter from Trader Joe’s.

This plate….

7 SmartPoints

 

I topped this Egg and Egg White (1 Egg, 3 Egg Whites) Omelet with Avocado.

This plate…..

5 SmartPoints

 

Dinnertime

I picked up a couple of Rotisserie Chickens at Whole foods and took the meat off of them as soon as I got home. I knew if I wasn’t actually “meal planning” this week, then I would at least have an easy and healthy option available for quick meals. I also grabbed a lot of veggies to cook up!

Roasted Veggies and Chicken

For this dinner, I roasted White Sweet Potatoes, Purple Sweet Potatoes, Tri Colored Carrots and Brussels Sprouts with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

(Save even more time by scrubbing your veggies really well and leaving the skin on the potatoes and the carrots!)

I tossed the Roasted Veggies in a skillet with some of the Rotisserie Chicken. I really just toss it all in the skillet to heat up the chicken. I added a little Olive Oil, organic Veggie broth from Trader Joe’s and Sea Salt so the chicken had a little moisture and gave everything a bit more flavor.

This made dinner for two nights.

 

Easy and Yum.

 

Sautéed Veggies and Chicken

For this dinner I sautéed Mushrooms and Asparagus in Olive Oil in a skillet while cooking Quinoa in Organic Vegetable broth from Trader Joe’s in the pan beside it. I mixed the veggies and cooked Quinoa in a skillet, added some Rotisseire Chicken, Roasted Almonds (Trader Joe’s) and Dried Cranberries (from Wholefoods and sweetened with Apple Juice). Thanks for this dinner idea Becky!

Dinner was ready in 15 minutes!

This also made dinner for two nights.

 

Snacks

Convenient, all natural ingredients, taste great!

5 SmartPoints

 

Love a new Food Find! I found these at Walmart.

0 SmartPoints

 

Need a sweet treat without the sugar?

These are tasty, but be careful.

6 Bites = 4 SmartPoints.

 

Okay, that’s a Brief Update! I’ve GOT to go change those sheets!!

I found these in my bag of goodies from the conference last week and I love them!

Hugs to all!

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”

 

I crossed that line of “I feel like crap” to” I feel like myself and I think I got my spunk back!” in the last few days.

I’m four weeks post op of my double mastectomy and finally feeling like myself.

It has been a very busy five days, but I feel really good physically and mentally and I’m looking forward to these next two and a half months before my reconstruction surgery in December.

I went to my girlfriends farm Tuesday through Thursday. We sipped on coffee, sipped on wine, ate yummy food, hunted bittersweet, snuggled up around the fire outside, listened to music, shared stories and got a little sleep in there too. I’m never ready to come home when I go there.

This is the only picture that I took…..but it sums up my two days of peace and quiet and enjoying being outside.

 

Chemo? Nope.

My oncologist called while I was at the farm to let me know that I do NOT need Chemo!!!!

YAY!! In the Cancer world, I really do feel like one of the lucky ones to not need any radiation or chemo.

 

The Hub’s

Mike’s test results came back and the bit of fascia that was removed from his shoulder last week did have some of the cancerous tumor in it, but the layer of muscle that was removed below the fascia DID NOT!! YAY!!

Taking that extra layer to test was a great decision by the doc. Thanks Doc!! Mike will do follow up in one year. So happy that the doc could sew him up and not have to do the skin graft!

So much happy news!!

 

L.I.V. (Living in Vitality)

On Friday I attended an all day conference called L.I.V.  This was their 20th year. My therapist (I think everyone should have a therapist. Her name is Hope. No Joke! I love this woman!) told me about the conference several months ago and she thought that I might enjoy it. I didn’t hesitate and bought a ticket.

I plan to attend next year and every year after that! I loved it! If you are local, I strongly encourage you to go too! So much great health and wellness info for women of all ages. The event sells out, so think about it and buy your tickets early!

 

The day included…

  • Breakfast with Key Note Speaker, Heidi Hanna, PhD. Topic – Optimism – Stress & Recharge. She was awesome!
  • Breakout sessions to choose from…I went to the Meditation one with Tom Jacobs. Loved it. I plan to visit his Retreat House soon!
  • Lunch with a Key Note Speaker, Karyn Ruth White, Humorist and Motivational Speaker. The importance of finding humor in all things. Loved!!
  • Breakout Sessions to choose from….I went to the Essential Oil one. Loved it. So much info!!
  • Afternoon Keynote Speaker, Glennon Doyle, Author, Truth Teller, Hope Spreader. Loved them all, but she was my favorite!!

Tickets were $50. Not only did that include breakfast, lunch, coffee, water and tea throughout the day, there were also little surprises on the chairs and tables and I came home with a great big bag full of goodies!!!

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after a few days away from home, then an all day conference, but I felt great! Tired, but happy.

Mike and I relaxed on the deck with a cold beer when I got home and caught each other up on our day. It felt good for both of us to feel normal.

 

Back to Work

I won’t be back in the WW meeting room this week, but I will spend a lot of time this week preparing to go back next week. I’m going to hold off on going back to the food truck just yet. There is a lot of stretching and moving around in that little truck and it’s a fast pace that I’m not sure my body is ready for.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I can not think of a better month for me to be able to go back to work! I am eager to get back into the WW meeting room to encourage my members to continue down the road of healthy living and share the importance of annual mammograms and self breast exams. Early detection can make a big difference and being strong mentally and physically can make for an easier recovery if surgery is required.

As a Weight Watcher Ambassador, we receive lots of great freebies! While I was away at the farm, my Breast Cancer Month freebies were delivered!

 

As an Ambassador, I received this great shirt! My pretend boobs don’t look too shabby in this shirt!

 

The Tea Tumbler, Tea and the Everyday Bag are available while supplies last in the meeting room and online at Weight Watchers.

 

I love my hot tea every night, so I’m looking forward to trying these flavors! Love the Tea Tumbler!

 

I can think of a gazillion uses for this bag!!

 

Breast Cancer Walks

I will be participating in the Making Strides Agains Breast Cancer, Walk in Kansas City on October 28, 2017 with my Weight Watcher Family.

If you are local, and you would like to join me, click HERE! I would love to have you walk with me! You do not need to be a Weight Watcher member to participate on my team. Men and women are all welcome!

Walk with me for Those Who Can’t.

 

Friends

I felt so energized, I even went with a few girlfriends out to the vineyard yesterday afternoon. Yes, we have a few of those in Kansas.

It was the perfect day to sit outside with the girls.

 

So there you have it.

I feel really great right now. I’m preparing to go back to work. Mike and I both got great news this week. I got a lotta free stuff!!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and I want you all to feel your boobs and tell your family and friends to do the same!!

I counted SmartPoints today and I’ll share with you what I ate in tomorrows post!

Happy Sunday!!

 

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”