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WW Freestyle Fiesta!

February 22, 2018 — 1 Comment

I haven’t hosted any sort of social get together in months! When Weight Watchers offered the opportunity for WW Ambassadors to host a Freestyle Fiesta, I gladly accepted!

On Tuesday morning, I hosted a Freestyle Fiesta Brunch for a few friends.

It was so fun to have a houseful of girl friends on a cold and dreary Ice/Snow Day!

You all know I love to play in the kitchen, but I will say that fixing food for a large crowd stresses me out. I can’t boil water and carry on a conversation. I can have 10 different things going on in the kitchen, but carrying on a conversation can NOT be one of those 10 things.

That being said my Crockpot Breakfast Casserole was not completely cooked and I realized it after I’d told every one to dig in.

My Enchilada recipe had great flavor, but I did not buy chopped frozen spinach, so the spinach needed to be cut with every bit and I found it annoying and I didn’t enjoy the dish as much as I was expecting to. eye roll

The Taco Soup, which was actually an after thought since I was hosting a Brunch, was a crowd favorite. lol. Go figure.

I almost forgot to take any pictures at all of the food, and the ones that I did take, aren’t that great!

What really matters most is that I had friends over and it felt great to do a little entertaining after months of not doing any hosting.

I think they all had a great time.

Thank you to Weight Watchers for being such a great company to work for and to represent through the Ambassador Program!

WW sent an entire box of decorations, cups, straws, napkins, grocery shopping bags for 11 guest, coasters, an apron for me and all sorts of goodies for hosting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 5 Smartpoints Flourless Brownies made with Black Beans from Skinnytaste were a huge hit!

 

Also from Skinnytaste was this Zero Smartpoints Turkey Chili Taco Soup and it seemed to be the crowd favorite!

It was great having everyone over!

Have a great day!

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 Saturday!!

February 17, 2018 — 6 Comments

Thank you Rebecca for my adorable coffee cup!

All the coffee in the world can not seem to make this face look awake!

Hi All,

I am alive and well.

So, I jumped right back into life full speed ahead and everything has been great except for my time management skills. Blogging has been at the top of my “want to” list, but life responsibilities and a little fun here and there has left my blog feeling extremely neglected. Yes, my blog has feelings.

I am happy to report that I have been cooking and eating lots of yummy Freestyle foods, I spent last weekend out of town and had all sorts of fun, I have been walking on the treadmill and doing Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube (Love her!) and I am back working at WW meetings! I worked at three meetings this morning and I was the Leader at two of those. I am subbing as a Leader when there is an opportunity to do so and I am so happy to be able to do that!

I walked out of those meetings this morning looking forward to the day when I am Leading meetings four to five days a week. So many great members, so many inspirational stories, so many laughs and friendly faces. Do any of you remember how much I LOVE THIS JOB???

 

Updates….

Knees

I finally made it to the orthopedic doctor to discuss my knees. It turns out that I do NOT have a torn meniscus in either knee, but the meniscus is very thin. Great news! No surgery recommended at this time, just some exercises and a prescription anti-inflammatory. He did recommended a cortisone shot in each knee and I wasn’t prepared for that, so I politely declined. Dang it! As soon as I got home, I knew that I should have just taken him up on his offer. He did say that if I changed my mind, I could come back anytime and get the shots. Then we had a nice discussion about my new boobs. This is the same doctor that did my rotator cuff surgery in 2013 and now apparently I feel like I can tell him anything. What am I doing?? He actually was fascinated by it all and had a lot of questions. Pretty sure I taught the doc a few things.

 

Boobs

Yesterday I had my 9 week post op appointment with my plastic surgeon. I wasn’t sure what to expect at this appointment. My particular breast reconstruction surgery  (Read all about my breast cancer and my decision to have DIEP Flap breast reconstruction) happens in three phases. Phase 1 was the surgery that I had nine weeks ago, the tissue transfer from belly to boobs. Phase 1 heals and settles for three months before moving to phase 2, with post op visits to see how phase 1 is healing thrown in there.

In a nut shell, phase 2 is all about making your new healthy boobs look pretty.

In phase 2, they are given the best shape possible using fat grafting from the parts of your body that will give you the best overall shape. Any “dog ears” at the end of incisions will be fixed. Any areas of the breast where there is no tissue and appears to be a dent, will be fixed with fat grafting.

Dr. Chandler is very pleased with my results from phase 1, as am I. My scars are looking good. My incisions have healed nicely. Although my breast are very round (not really teardrop) and wide in diameter, they do look fairly symmetrical and physically I am feeling good.

My healthy new boobs are bigger than I was expecting them to be and they are much heavier than my natural breast. Get this. Not only can a genius doctor take your belly tissue and make you new boobs out of it, but once everything has healed and settled, he can give you a reduction and a lift! Is that just crazy?

He does tell me that my body will be very sore for 3-5 days, then I will feel much better. If he is not pleased with how everything looks (and I’m not pleased), then we will do another fat grafting later that should complete phase 2.

I will also be having a full hysterectomy during the phase 2 surgery, so one less surgery to schedule.

Phase 2 will likely be scheduled at the end of March or sometime in April.

Phase 3 is nipples. Those can actually be constructed from some of my own skin by my plastic surgeon, then have the areola tattooed on, or I can opt for the 3D Nipple Tattoo. Decision yet to be made. I might be done being cut on by the time we get there. We’ll see.

 

Life

These next several days are extremely full and I know it will be a few days before I get back here.

I have no new recipes, but I will share some favorite things that we have had since my last post.

 

First, Last Weekends Fun!

Outdoors with this girl!

 

Four Wheeling to watch the sunset

 

Puzzles and Games

 

Boys being Boys…

 

And some Cozy (Girly) Fires

 

We came home Sunday to celebrate the 4th birthday of our grand daughter, Princess Charlotte.

 

She asked for a purse and money to go shopping! Cracking up with this girl. We have a shopping date with her mommy for next weekend.

(Check out Wrenley in the bottom right. She is going to be ONE next month! How is that possible??)

 

Now, a little Food

Shrimp over Cilantro Lime Caulirice

 

Sloppy Joe’s over mashed Baked Sweet Potato from my friend, Trina.

I love this recipe!!

 

This was as easy as easy can be. 

Rotisserie Chicken, Broth, diced Celery and Onion, Frozen Veggies and a handful of Egg Noodles. Simmer and season to taste.

 

Check out my friend Trina’s recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.

This tasted great for a variety and came together quick since I used a pre-cut bag of carrots and cut up the chicken and other veggies earlier in the day.  

I served this over some simple Fried Caulirice.

 

I’ll end with another tasty skillet full of veggies to eat with eggs.

You by now know that I like to open up the fridge and throw anything I can find into the skillet to fill an omelet or top off with some eggs.

Peppers, Onions, (Pre-cooked) DicednNew Potatoes, Diced Broccoli

 

 

 

Okay, there is just a little update.

I hope you all are doing wonderful!

Have a great week and I’ll check back in later this week!

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’m Talkin’ Eggs

February 4, 2018 — Leave a comment

I hope you all are having a great Sunday! It is snowing just a little here in Kansas City and I think that it is beautiful!

It’s looking like a good day for some Turkey Sweet Potato Chili and a fire. We are watching the Super Bowl here at home and then I’m all ready for This Is Us! I have a feeling it’s going to be tear jerker!

Are you watching This is Us?

I went to my WW meeting on Friday and it feels so good to have that worked back into my schedule for now.

I loved being back at work Thursday morning, and this week I will be working at meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, so a routine is going to feel great!

I didn’t blog daily this week like I wanted to either due to lack of time, or internet issues, so I thought I’d fill you in on some of my favorite things that I ate over the past week. If I have Internet today, I might even get to post this blog!

Now, let me talk Eggs.

I never tire of eggs. Fixing them in a variety of ways helps and I like that they keep me full.

They even make a great snack!

0 SmartPoints

 

I was all about the Omelets over the last several days. Things that make these a quick meal? (Eggs are NOT just for breakfast!)

  1. Keep a variety of veggies in the fridge diced and ready to go.
  2. Cook up some bacon or sausage (or both!) and store it in the freezer. Take out what you want when you need it!
  3. Keep a few cooked potatoes in the fridge to dice up and toss in your omelet.
  4. Look for any leftovers in the fridge that might taste great in your omelet for a nice variety. (Taco meat is great in an omelet!)

This is a 5 Egg White Omelet. One Egg has 6 grams of Protein. One Egg White has 4 Grams of Protein. Sometimes I like to just skip the yolk and go all Egg White for 20 grams of Protein to keep me full if I know my next meal will be much later in the day.

For this omelet, I sautéed a few Peppers, Onions and Asparagus in 1 tsp of Olive Oil and then I tossed in the skillet some leftover Broccoli and one leftover boiled New Potato, all diced up. I topped this Omelet with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I added a Banana (because I am bananas for bananas!!) and 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter. 

3 SmartPoints

 

Skillet Scramble. I do love a one dish meal.

This is easy and comes together quick if you keep those diced veggies ready to go and have some cooked meat in the freezer!!

I used Peppers, Onions and Asparagus and a leftover boiled new potato and sautéed those in 1 tsp of Olive Oil. I set those aside and scrambled Two Eggs. Combine with the Veggies and crumbled in one slice of cooked bacon.

Top with Avocado

5 Smartpoints

 

Sometimes just changing up my fruit choice is all the variety I need.

 

Here’s a Two Egg Omelet. Sometimes, I want the yolk!

I filled this with lots of veggies and some Pork Sausage Crumbles. I follow the recipe for Apple Breakfast Sausages, but I don’t make the patties like the recipe says to do. I like to just cook it all up in the skillet so I can just toss in a small amount.

This Omelet has 2 SmartPoints of Sausage in it and that is plenty to get a taste in every bite!

 

Don’t you want to fill an Omelet with all of this yumminess??

 

Look at these tiny Avocados. I think they are just so cute. I found these at Trader Joe’s. 

Eggs and Avocados should get married.

 

That about covers my Eggs for the week. These are a few of the other meals that we enjoyed.

Lunch two days this week was an RXBar.

 

This Chocolate Sea Salt is one of my favorites. Makes me think of a brownie.

 

I always love an errand day that ends at Whole Foods for a salad bar.

Veggies, Salmon, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

 

Have you seen this Chicken Crust Pizza going around on Social Media? If made with 99% Lean Ground Chicken, the Crust is 15 SmartPoints for the whole pizza! 

I decided to give it a try. It’s pretty simple and we both liked it! It’s ground chicken, cheese and seasonings. Just mix and bake on Parchment paper, then top with your toppings of choice and bake another 10-15 minutes.

Weird, right?

 

I topped ours with Rotisserie Chicken, Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella and Cilantro, as the recipe suggested, but this has all sorts of possibilities!.

 

This picture is not pretty at all and the meal looks really boring but dinner was great! This is the Skinny Taste Turkey Meatloaf. Mike loves a meatloaf and since he gave me such a great weekend, I wanted to make one of his favorite meals.

We had this two nights for dinner with different side dishes and Mike also had it for lunch on a sandwich.

I like to boil a few potatoes and season with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. (These are great to have for your morning Omelet!)

One Slice of Meatloaf = 3 SmartPoints.

That about covers our meals for the last week.

I hope that you are able to find something that sounds good, or at least be inspired to try something new.

Happy Sunday!

Now I want an Omelet!

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”

This is your friendly reminder!

Feel It on the First!

 

Men too! Know your body. Be your own advocate. Doing a monthly self breast check will familiarize you with our own body. Check for any unusual lumps, bumps, dimples or changes. You just might save your own life!

 

Okay, lot’s going on in my head.

The reality of everything that my body has gone through and what is to come is apparently just starting to sink in. The hormone changes are not making anything any easier to deal with. My entire torso looks like it belongs to someone else. Yes, my tummy is gone and that is nice, I now have breast and that is amazing and the cancer is out of my body and that is the BEST news, but there are many changes that look and feel very strange. I am covered in scars with more to come. A large part of my torso is numb and that is taking some getting used to. I am in the middle of the process so I’m still not sure what I will look like when it is all over. I can not seem to sleep. The hot flashes are crazy right now so they have increased my medication. After the mastectomy my body has gone through some strange changes and I have the body odor of a teenage boy, or a construction worker, or both! Phase 2 and Phase 3 are yet to come and having more surgery sounds exhausting right now. I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it feels like the tunnel is very long.

I turned 50 and felt like I was at my best. Now at 51 I feel like I’m 91!

Monday, I met with a new OBGYN. I had a hysterectomy scheduled in March with my regular OBGYN, but after reading several post on the Facebook support group for DIEP flap surgery, I saw several women talking about combining Phase 2 of the DIEP surgery with their hysterectomy.

Feeling frustrated that the option of combining the two surgeries had not been suggested to me, I decided to check into that. I would need to find a new doctor that worked with my Plastic Surgeon within KU Med.

I am so glad that I checked into it! I discovered that KU has a Oncology OBGYN department (why had no one mentioned this to me?) with four female surgeons and they scheduled my appointment with Dr. Jewel. I loved her immediately. 

She made me feel so comfortable and answered all of my questions. I was feeling 90% certain that a hysterectomy was a good idea for me, but after meeting with her, I now feel 100%. AND….she will coordinate with my Plastic Surgeon to do the hysterectomy and Phase 2 together. This means one less recovery period and one less time under anesthesia.

I’m hoping this surgery happens in March, but know that it could be later due to scheduling conflicts.

Yesterday I had a vaginal sonogram as part of the pre-op. You’re welcome.

You have to drink 32 ounces of water one hour before the sonogram, then hold it! When receiving this information from the nurse, I opened up my eyes wide.

Me – “Are you serious? Has anyone ever not been able to hold it during the sonogram?”

Nurse laughing – “Thats never happened.”

Me laughing – ‘Well, there’s a first time for everything.”

I was fine. I guess that’s still never happened

 

Two weeks ago, I went in for an MRI on each knee.

Now it seems that I have a torn meniscus on EACH knee and a Bakers Cyst on the left knee. Apparently these cyst are common when you have a torn meniscus. Yep. Likely another surgery.

I’m not real sure how this happened, but I did fall down the deck steps carrying my granddaughter about a year and a half ago. I was wearing slippers and we were going in the back yard in the dark to look at the Harvest moon. I slipped on the second to the last step and I held her tight and landed hard on both knees on the concrete landing. Thank goodness she was fine but my knees did hurt pretty good, one more than the other. I iced them and took Advil. I didn’t see any need to go to the doctor. That is the only thing that I can think of where this could have happened. Who knows?

I have an appointment next week with the Orthopedic Surgeon. 

 

Walking and Yoga?

I took a three mile walk with a friend on Saturday afternoon. That was my first walk after surgery. It was a beautiful day and it felt great to be catching up with Becky and walking outside. My knees don’t hurt to walk on, but they do ache at night and when I bend them I have a sharp pain in each knee. Going up and down the stairs hurts sometimes, but not all the time. They crack and make lots of noises.

I didn’t’ think walking would hurt anything. I actually thought that it would be good for me. Saturday night I hardly slept at all due to the aching. So, no more walks until after my doctors appointment and find out exactly what the plan is.

Some yoga positions feel great while others feel not so great for my knees or the parts of my body affected by surgery. I’m just trying to do what feels best and avoid anything that doesn’t feel right.

 

My Sweet Friends

There are some really difficult things happening for some of my friends right now and I hate that they are going through so much. Cancer battles and the unexpected loss of a friend this week. It’s been a rough year for this group of friends.

I have a great support system with these girls as two of them were diagnosed with cancer a few months before me and they have both been so strong. We have been able to have very open conversations and laugh about everything as well as cry.

I hate that these friends are going through so many deeply emotional life events. They are a strong group and a kind group. They are a loyal group. They have all been friends for years and I am lucky to know them.

Prayers and good vibes for all of them please.

 

So, this post has been on my mind for a few days and each time I would sit down to write, it was hard to decide what to share and what to not share, and food pictures didn’t feel very important.

Thanks for reading and letting me share when I need to.

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 Much Needed Date

January 30, 2018 — 15 Comments

After six weeks of taking things easy after surgery, Mike and I were ready to get out of the house and talk about something besides cancer, surgery, recovery and future doctors appointments. I’m feeling very overwhelmed right now with future crap and Mike know’s it.

I was looking forward to a nice dinner out.

Mike had bigger plans for me. This guy. I love him so much. 

He reserved a beautiful hotel room on the Plaza with a balcony and a view of the city.

He made our dinner reservations, and he surprised me by adding an afternoon at the salon for me.

There was just something about him planning everything that had me feeling very loved.

Mike dropped me off at the salon at 2:00. I checked in and told them I wasn’t sure what my husband had scheduled.

He scheduled for me to have a facial and to have my hair and make up done.  I’m in full blown menopause right now so I start crying as I hear what he had scheduled for me. Truth.

The facial was first. It was an hour and it was amazing.

I was there for three hours and it was heaven. Mike relaxed at the hotel across the street.

After my appointment he met me and walked me back to the hotel.

When we arrived, there were a dozen roses waiting for me. Classic.

I loved our view and we had perfect weather for walking the Plaza.

 

We got ready for dinner and the restaurant exceeded my expectations. Dinner was delicious.

 

We slept in, then headed out for breakfast where we sipped on these Vanilla Latte’s and talked about some fun things to plan for later in the year.

We kept our phones tucked away, so pictures are at a minimum, but we had some great chats and everything was perfect and exactly what we both needed. My only wish is that it lasted longer.

A longer post tomorrow. Lot’s going on.

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

 

Yesterday’s Lesson

January 26, 2018

Yesterday was one strange food day.

I met my mom for brunch and it was NOT good. Came home and had a tasty snack.

Late afternoon, I had several task at home to do and let the afternoon sneak by without eating. This girl does NOT forget to eat. But I did. I opened up the pantry and devoured a half of a bag of Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantains.

We rarely have chips, crackers, snacks items in the house for just this reason. I love these plantains, but have done a great job of simply eating them with meals when I want a salty crunch.

Yesterday……..like I had the bag in the air dumping all the crumbs into my mouth!

Then I took a nap.

After my nap, I made an easy shrimp taco dinner. I don’t even think it qualified as dinner. And, I ate more plantains.

I tracked it all (guessing on some of course) and I still have 11 weekly smart points left.

I was happy with the scale this morning and I’ve had a great few weeks feeling in control.

Lesson here…..

Don’t skip meals!!

 

It’s FRIDAY!!!

I’m heading out the door to attend my WW meeting.

After that? Mike has planned the best day for us! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. 

Yesterday…..

Pre-Breakfast – 0 SP

Un-pictured Banana and Black Coffee

 

Brunch – 10 SP

This did NOT taste good to me. It is on the Seasonal Menu at First Watch. I ate the fruit, picked at half of this Breakfast Burrito and left the other half.

Then I had lots of coffee with cream. lol

My mom and I have a First Watch that is a little closer to her house, and I swear every time we go there, the food just isn’t up to par with the other locations.

We decided she would just have to drive further from now on. 🙂

 

Snack – 1 SP

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Stevia Drops and 1/2 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Fruit and 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter

 

Snack – 15 SP?

There are six servings in a bag (5 SP per serving/20 chips) and I think about half of the bag was gone when I dug into these.

 

Dinner – 9 SP

Tortilla (1 SP), Shrimp (0 SP), Oil (2 SP), Smashed Avocado (3 SP), Cheese (1 SP), More Plantains (2 SP)

Daily SmartPoints Total = 35

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”

Dining Out on WW Freestyle

January 25, 2018

These last few days have been filled with coffee/lunch dates with family and friends. Today is 6 weeks post op and I am ready to go back to work at WW February 1st. I had so many people that I wanted to meet up with over the last two or three weeks and it’s been nice to catch up with everyone.

I’m behind a few days in a blog post with what I’ve been eating so I’ll fill this post with food.

I feel so in control right now with my eating and it is such a good feeling!

Having meals out has felt easy to me with the new Freestyle. I have guessed on Smartpoints with a few things, but I know that I’ve made good choices and everything I’ve ordered has tasted great!

Do you find it easier to eat out on Weight Watcher Freestyle?

If so, tell me what you’re eating. I seem to order the same things most of the time.

I’ll post this Baked Egg Cup recipe later today!

Breakfast – 3 SP

Baked Egg Cups (2 SP) and 1 tsp Almond Butter drizzle (1 SP) on my Banana.

 

Lunch – 9 SP

Breakfast Chicken Taco’s at First Watch. 

I always order these with Egg Whites and No Cheese. They come with black beans. Depending on my mood, I like to sub potatoes or fruit.

 

Dinner – 9 SP

Shrimp Scampi (kinda…my version anyhow) over 1/2 pasta, 1/2 Spaghetti Squash, with Asparagus and a little Light Ragu Alfredo Sauce.

Monday Daily Smartpoints = 21

 

Breakfast – 0 SP

I tried something different with my yogurt.

6 oz Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with 8 drops of Vanilla Creme Stevia and 1/2 T of unsweetened Cocoa powder.

Chocolate Yogurt!

 

I topped it with a 1/2 banana……

 

Then I decided…….add the rest of the banana and blueberries too! I loved it!

Sometimes you have to try new things.

 

Lunch – 16 SP

Two Mahi-Mahi Tacos on Corn Tortillas at a Mexican Restaurant. I also had chips and Salsa.

I guessed high on this meal. Not sure how many chips I had and these taco’s have a little cream sauce on them. SO GOOD!!

 

Snack – 4 SP

 

Dinner – 9 SP

Leftover Pasta/Spaghetti Squash (although mostly pasta!!) topped with Salmon that I cooked in a skillet in Olive Oil.

Tuesday Daily SmartPoints = 29

 

Breakfast – 2 SP

Leftover Egg Cups (Recipe to come!)

 

Lunch – 7 SP

Salmon Salad with Balsamic. Coffee and Water.

This Salmon was cooked to perfection! I like it pink inside. When it is cooked like that, not only do I love the flavor of it but I don’t use my salad dressing. I skipped on the chips that came with this and with the yummy fresh guac on top, who needs dressing anyhow??

 

Dinner – 16 SP

Easy. I ate more Plantains than pictured here. 

Two Chicken Salad (Rotisserie Chicken, Dry Roasted Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Celery, Green Onions and Mayo) Wraps and Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantain.

Wednesday Daily SmartPoints Total = 25

My Daily Points are 23. My Weekly Points are 35.

I have been trying to only use half of my weeklies and I am going into day 7 of my week with 19 out of 35 left, so I’m feeling good about my week and I like what the scale is doing.

Yay!

Have a happy and healthy day!!

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”

How Are You WWFreestyling?

January 22, 2018

I gotta tell ya, with all of the new Zero Smartpoint foods with Weight Watchers Freestyle, I’ve been super focused on what I could do with Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Chicken Breast and Eggs. I have not been super focused on veggies.

I truly believe that balance and variety are key for me in remaining on track and feeing satisfied. When I work in a variety of foods, veggies included, not only do I feel satisfied in the fact that I have a ton of options of foods to eat, but my tastebuds are satisfied too, and that helps keeps my cravings to a minimum.

Fruit and Nut Butters help to keep my sugar cravings to a minimum.

Meals packed with protein keep me full from meal to meal and that helps keep unnecessary snacking to a minimum.

Incorporating a variety of veggies into my meals not only gives me a pretty plate to look at, but it gives me the nutrients I need and bulks up my meals for zero smart points!

Win! Win! Win!

How Are You WW Freestyling? I’d love to know!

Yesterday…..

Breakfast – 9 SP

I was feeling chocolatey, and adding unsweetened Cocoa Powder to my Oatmeal is a great way to get my chocolate fix in without added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Chocolate Oats (5 SP) topped with Banana slices, 1 T. Pure Maple Syrup (3 SP) and 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter (1 SP)

 

Lunch – 3 SP

Simple Tuna Salad. 6 oz Tuna mixed with 1 T. Mayo (3 SP), dill relish, red onion, salt and pepper. Add to a bed of greens and a few carrots for crunch!

 

Snack – 3 SP

2 Cups of Popcorn

 

And grapes!

Sorry to be so “in your face” with these grapes, but they were so big and sweet and juicy!! I wanted you to see them! 🙂

Dinner – 6 SP

This recipe comes from working at the Food Truck. Mine will never taste as good as Sidney’s does when she makes it on the food truck, but it is pretty good and it’s an easy meal.

Dice up some sausage of your choice. I like these because they taste great and they are 2 SP for 1 link. I buy these at Whole Foods.

 

I am LOVING all of the goodies that WW has sent to all of the WW Ambassadors! The skillet, the cutting board, the knives! All awesome! I did buy this spray bottle. I love it too. Each spray is exactly 1/4 tsp of Oil. Makes counting easy when you just need a little olive oil.

 

I dice up my favorite veggies and let those cook a bit, then throw in the sausage and some rotisseries chicken for extra protein. Let everything get crispy in the Olive oil. Then at the end, I added a cooked diced up sweet potato.

 

Season to taste. You can really play with seasonings here.

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

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

Easy Saturday

January 21, 2018

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!

Yesterday…..

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

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”