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Sunday Chores and Pancakes!

February 10, 2014

It was a fairly typical Sunday for me. Nothing exciting. Sleeping in, house cleaning, breakfast……and OH YEAH!! Packing to go to Cancun in TWO days!!!! I think I’m ready!

After packing, I had a few more things on my “to do list”, one of which included exercise. I was struggling to get on the treadmill yesterday afternoon. I finally got ON the treadmill. Then I messed with my phone while literally standing on the belt. I finally turned ON the treadmill and walked at a pace of 2.0 mph while playing on my phone…..for almost 20 minutes!!

Then I started my 5K training app. I watched the Olympics while I did my treadmill workout. Watching all of those incredible athletes with ridiculous endurance was quite a motivator for my workout. I stayed on the treadmill an additional 20 minutes and it ended up being a great workout!

What motivates you when YOU exercise?

Yesterday’s eats……

Breakfast

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Pancakes and Topping = 4 PPV!

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 Carb Satisfaction, without the Carb’s…

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The batter that creates these little beauties? Eggs and banana’s.

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Eight Tasty Thin Pancakes!!

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 All the comfort of traditional pancakes…..

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I originally found this recipe on another Blog. Click HERE for Danica’s Original Recipe for these tasty 4 Points+ Pancakes!!

I made these recently and topped them with Better n’ Peanut Butter.

Today? I was craving cinnamon…….

The Batter is the same, but the toppings are different!

Ingredients

2 Eggs

1 Banana

1 packet of Truvia (optional)

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Dash of Cinnamon

Today’s Topping

Warm Cinnamon Apples

Directions

Mixing this in a blender with just a few pulses, makes a nice batter.

Pour batter onto a medium low, preheated skillet, coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cook for about 3 minutes.

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Flip and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Top with your favorite toppings! 

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Love Cinnamon as much as I do? Enjoy this with your pancakes!

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 Lunch

I bought these at Sprouts last week!

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One Serving = 5 PPV. I ate two servings.

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Dinner

Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

with 5 oz. Chicken

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Pancakes, Black Coffee (4)

Lunch = Shrimp (10)

Snack = Un-pictured almonds (5)

Dinner = Soup and Chicken (8)

Total = 27

Exercise = 5K training

How many glasses of water I drank = 9

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 41

Alcohol Consumption = none

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A Great Sunday!

November 18, 2013

It was the perfect Sunday (well, almost….I really wanted the Chief’s to win) that included sleeping in, a yummy breakfast, coffee on the couch with Mike and the dogs, and later, a great visit to the Dog Park with Tucker! I’d had a really busy week, so I was looking forward to having absolutely nothing planned for Sunday!

It is another busy week ahead though, so I would imagine that my post will be short and to the point for the next few days.

My weight is hanging around 153-155, and my goal for the rest of November and December is to not let my weight go OVER 155! I plan to enjoy the special food that comes with the Holidays, but I also plan to track my food and not go overboard on anything. I had an exercise plan for this past week, and I didn’t stick to it as strictly as I had hoped, but having the plan did encourage me to exercise more than I had been in the last couple of weeks. I definitely do best when I exercise before doing anything else for the day.

Weighing less than 160 has been a huge Weight Loss Goal for me, but I am still aiming for 150!

Yesterday’s eats……

 

Breakfast Idea No. 8

Cinnamon Banana French Toast

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3 Slices Sprouted 7- Grain Bread (3 PPV)

3 Egg Whites (1 PPV)

2 Tablespoons Skim Milk (0 PPV)

1/4 tsp Vanilla (0 PPV)

1/2 tsp Cinnamon (0 PPV)

1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup (1 PPV)

1 Banana, Sliced (0 PPV)

Cinnamon to sprinkle on top!

Total = 5 PPV

Mix Egg Whites, Milk, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Dip bread slices in egg and cook in a medium heated skillet coated with cooking spray.

Top with Syrup, Banana slices and a dash of cinnamon!

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Lunch

Not Your Mama’s Chicken Soup

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Dinner

I love this seasoning. I buy it at Whole Foods. 

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The directions say to make these taco’s with Cod or Halibut, tilapia works too. I’m sure it’s great with whatever fish you choose. Simply mix the packet of seasoning with warm water and stir. Put the fish, cut into bite sized pieces, into a ziploc bag with oil to coat the fish, then add the seasoning mixture. 

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Cook in a skillet. 

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So Easy! So Good!

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Pre-Breakfast = Coffee with skim milk (1)

Breakfast = Cinnamon Banana French Toast (5)

Lunch = Not Your Mama’s Chicken Soup, Orange (4)

Snack = un-pictured Almonds (5)

Dinner = Tilapia Taco’s, Two Pictured, then I ate one more!  (14)

Total = 29

 

Exercise = Walked 2.25 Miles, Strength Training (4)

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 10

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 39

Alcohol consumption = none

 

What are YOU eating for Breakfast? I’d love to know!

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Tips for Eating Lighter at Your Thanksgiving Day Dinner!

It was a busy day on Saturday and I didn’t get a chance to write a blog post! I hate missing a day!

At my WW Meeting on Friday, we discussed tips for making the best choices when it comes to our Thanksgiving Meal!

These are the tips I plan to use, especially since we do Thanksgiving at my In-Laws on Thursday, and another Thanksgiving Dinner at our house with my side of the family on Saturday.

1. Take a long walk in the morning.

2. If you do appetizers, make sure you have low point options available.

3. Drink a big glass of water before you fill up your plate.

4. As you go through the line, if you see a dish that isn’t your favorite, give yourself the “Okay” to skip it.

5. If you do want to put everything on your plate, do so, but with small spoonfuls.

6. If you find it impossible to figure your WW points on your plate of food, give it your best guess and track it, even if it’s more than you’d like to admit.

7. Eat slowly……

8. Take a walk after you eat. Play football with the family. Don’t sit too long. Help Clean up! Keep active!

9. Remember…..it’s okay to say “no” to seconds, no matter how many times people ask you if you want more……

10. If you are hosting, have lots of “To Go” container’s ready to send home with everyone else!

11. Focus on the people you are with and enjoy the conversation……or the family debate that arises! Make fun of Grandpa. Whatever you and your family do in your conversation, enjoy it and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Friday

Breakfast

One of these and a Starbuck’s

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Snack – Pulled Pork

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Lunch

(Breakfast for Lunch)

Breakfast Idea No. 6

Black Bean Scrambled Eggs

4 Egg Whites, Scrambled (1 PPV)

1/4 Cup Black Beans (1 PPV)

1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese (2 PPV)

1/8 Avocado (1 PPV)

 1 Clementine (0 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

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 Dinner

Not Your Mama’s Chicken Soup

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Saturday

Breakfast Idea No. 7

Serves Two!!

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Banana Parfait’s

6 oz. Greek Plain Nonfat Yogurt (2 PPV)

1 Cup Strawberries (0 PPV) 1 Banana, Sliced (0 PPV)

 1 Packet of Sweetener (Optional)

1/2 Cup Kashi Go Lean Cereal (2 PPV)

Total for One Serving = 2 PPV

I ate BOTH!!

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Blend Yogurt and Strawberries and Sweetener in blender.

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Layer Yogurt and banana’s in a glass and top with Kashi cereal!

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Lunch

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Dinner

103rd & State Line – Guadalajara Cafe

Great Little Authentic Mexican Restaurant with Live Music and Great Food!

Great Date Night! Pretended we were in Mexico…….

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Awesome Guac!

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Chicken Enchilada’s. I ate two and about 1/3 of the beans.

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

The food I ate and it’s PPV

 

Friday’s Eats….

Breakfast = Banana and a Nonfat Latte (3)

Snack = Leftover Pork from the Food Truck  (5)

Lunch = Eggs, Black Beans, Cheese, Avocado, Clementine (5)

Snack = Un-pictured Almonds (5)

Dinner = Not Your Mama’s Chicken Soup – Two Servings (8)

Total = 26

Exercise = Walked the Dogs, 2 Miles 

 

Saturday’s Eats….

Pre-Breakfast = Coffee with Skim Milk (1)

Breakfast = TWO Strawberry Greek Yogurt Parfait’s (4)

Lunch = Salmon, Mixed Greens, Grilled Veggies = (6)

Snack = un-pictured 1 Cup Dry Kashi Cereal (5)

Snack = Nonfat latte (3)

Dinner = Chips, Guac, Enchilada’s (14)

Total = 33

Exercise = Walked 4.25 Miles……On this trail around 103rd and Nall. I love this trail for a little variety!

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Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 42

Alcohol consumption = none

About tonight???

I’m a nervous WRECK!!

 

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Tomorrow’s Weigh-In

The Scale was very kind to me this morning, and I’m feeling fairly confident about weighing in at 154 tomorrow! Whoo Whoo! You guy’s, that’s the LOWER side of the 150’s!!! When I talked to “coach” last week about going to weigh-in after enjoying too much cheese at Happy Hour the night before, she suggested I go for a 30 minute hard core walk/run before I went to my meeting.  I was like…..”Um, no thank you. If my weigh-in isn’t great due to the salt and fat intake of the cheese, I’m sure it’ll be fine in a couple of days.” Well, my weigh-in wasn’t great, but after lots of water over the next 2 days, I was where I thought I should have been last Friday morning, but it would have been nice to see my “Happy Number” at the actual meeting instead of at home by myself. This week, I’m a little more apt to thinking I just might do that in the morning. I HAVE to see 154 in the morning at my meeting!!!

Food Idea’s, Not Really Recipes?

Okay, here are a few food ideas I played with. I never like to call what I throw together a recipe. I like to play in the kitchen, but usually what I come up with is an accident, and I really don’t think I know enough about cooking to call my accidents “recipes”. I just like to tell you the ingredients I threw together that I thought ended up tasting great, and how many points it was. It really is more of an “Idea” than a recipe. It is one of things that I wanted to be able to share with the blog, so while I don’t think I’m so great at it, I do hope that I am helping you find different ways to eat different foods so that you don’t get bored with same ole same ole. 🙂

Pumpkin Almond Steel Cut Oats

I really like the texture of Steel Cut Oats. There’s just something about them. They’re almost chewy. Maybe makes me think of an Oatmeal Cookie? They’re heavy, and when I eat them, they make my belly feel happy and satisfied. I’m pretty certain that the only thing that I DON’T like about them, is the fact that they take 30 minutes to cook and you pretty much need to stay by their side to stir. But if you really like oatmeal, and can be patient, and cook a batch up, I’m fairly certain that you will NOT regret it! Once I discovered that you could cook them up, divide them into serving bowls, stick them in the fridge, and reheat them in the morning as needed, I became a fan. I have been making Mike his breakfast and lunch to take to work with him, and Steel Cut Oats have been on the menu to pack for his breakfast, so I’ve been playing a little with them. 

Ingredients

1 Cup Dry Steel Cut Oats

4 Cups Water

4 packets of Sweetener (I like trivia, but you could also sweeten with Brown Sugar, Raw Sugar, Honey….whatever you like)

1 tsp Cinnamon

Makes Four Servings

Toppings For One Serving

6 almonds, chopped up

1 T. of Pumpkin Butter (Did you see how I worked something Pumpkin in without making a HUGE deal out of it? Your Welcome!)

Directions

Cook Steel Cut Oats according to package directions.

After oats are done cooking, add sweetener and cinnamon to the oats and stir well.

Divide the oats into FOUR separate bowls, cover and refrigerate for use throughout the week.

When you’re ready to eat your oats, take them out, uncover them and pop them into the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir and heat longer if necessary. You may want to add a splash of milk.

Top with Pumpkin Butter…..

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Add the chopped almonds and stir. Enjoy.

1 Bowl of Oats, No Toppings = 4 PPV

1 T. Pumpkin Butter = 1 PPV

6 Chopped Almonds = 1 PPV

Total for this Bowl = 6 PPV

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This week for Mike’s breakfast, I sent a baggie that included one chopped Honeycrisp Apple, a handful of raisins and a few sunflower seeds. He said he LOVED it!

What are YOUR favorite Oatmeal Toppings? I’d love to know!

 

Scrambled Taco Eggs?

I don’t really know what to call this, so I’m just calling it what it is. It’s scrambled eggs, with taco seasoning! When I realized I had eaten more points than I thought I had the other night, I decided to eat something different for dinner than what I had originally planned. Egg Whites usually come in handy for me when this happens. I like them, I usually have them, they cook up quick, and 4 egg whites are only 1 PPV! Why not? I had opened a can of black beans for the dinner that I had planned to make, so I decided to use them with my eggs.

Ingredients

1 tsp of Coconut Oil (or any cooking Oil of your choice)

1 tsp of Taco Seasoning (use a store bought packet, or see below for this recipe)

1/4 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

1/4 Yellow Onion, Chopped

Cooking spray

4 Egg Whites

1/8 Cup Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained

1 Slice Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar Sandwich Cheese

1/4 Avocado

Salsa

Makes One Serving

Taco Seasoning Recipe – Click HERE for the original site for this recipe at Rachel Cooks!

1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

Directions

Sautee Onions and Peppers in Coconut Oil for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp. of  taco seasoning and stir until vegetables are well coated with the seasoning. Put vegetables in another dish and set aside. 

 

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Wipe out skillet with a paper towel and spray with cooking spray. Scramble Egg Whites.

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When eggs are almost done, add veggies back into the pan.

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Add the Black Beans.

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Mix the veggies and black beans in really well, then break up the cheese into bite size pieces and lay on top of eggs.

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Spread that cheese all over so you get a little taste in EVERY bite!

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Set a lid on the pan so the cheese can melt.

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Remove the lid and look at all of that deliciousness!

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Top with 1/4 of an avocado and salsa!

One Serving Without Avocado = 4 PPV

One Serving With Avocado = 6 PPV

 

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Those are just a couple of ideas that I came up with that I found satisfying in taste, satisfying in Points Plus Values, and easy. I will be cooking up some more Steel Cut Oats soon. I’ll just do that while making dinner one night. They were great to have to pack for Mike to take to the office, and I liked being able to pop a healthy breakfast into the microwave in the morning!

Here are the days eats…….

 

Breakfast 

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Snack

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Lunch

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Snack

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

The food I ate and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Steel Cut Oats with 1 T. Pumpkin Butter and 6 Slivered Almonds, Coffee with Skim Milk (7)

Snack = Banana, Pumpkin Cake Cookies (3)

Lunch = Pulled Pork, Slaw, Salsa, Mixed Greens, and a few un-pictured bites of Mac and Cheese! (10)

Snack = un-pictured Strawberries, Coffee with skim milk (1)

Snack = 3 oz. Chicken Breast (3)

Dinner = Scrambled Taco Eggs (6)

 

Total = 30

 

Exercise = I didn’t get any in, but I plan to make up for it today! Double Duty!!

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

Activity Points Earned Today = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 16

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 31

Alcohol consumption = none

 

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I literally spent most of the weekend in my p.j.’s cleaning and organizing and rearranging. It felt so good to have the windows open and fill up the house with all that fresh air!

I must admit, I can’t seem to stop the Pumpkin Madness. I opened up a can of Pumpkin to add to whatever it was I made first, and now I can’t seem to stop until all of the pumpkin from that can is gone!! I’m soooo close.

Saturday Breakfast – Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal

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Saturday Lunch – I have eaten almost all off my Butternut Squash Chili

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Saturday Dinner

I never actually ate dinner. The day literally got away from me and I was so busy, I simply wasn’t hungry. Not something I would advise, and I did find enough room for a few glasses of wine while sitting around a Fire-Pit with friends, but I just didn’t’ eat a meal.

 

Sunday Breakfast – Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal

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Sunday Lunch, for real……(sorry for the gross picture)

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Sunday Snack – I can’t stop the Pumpkin!!!!

Pumpkin Protein Shake, You Guys! It’s like Pumpkin Ice Cream!!!

Go Chiefs! 6-0! Whoo Whoo!!

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Snack – Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpea’s

A friend of mine sent me a Pinterest recipe on Sunday morning, and before the Chiefs game was over, I had made it! These were not crunchy. I was expecting them to be, but they were yummy!

1 Serving = 4 PPV

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Sunday Dinner – I made marinara for the very first time with home grown tomatoes!

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My Marinara sauce ended up tasting pretty good, but it ended up being one of those things where I kept tasting it, and then adding spices, and I have no idea what I really put into it, but I will tell you that I added Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice. I know that sounds odd, but when I was married to Tess’ dad, his mom made a spaghetti sauce with those spices cooked into the meat AND into the sauce and I loved it. She passed away several years ago, and Tess always liked the memory of her when I would add those spices to my jar of Ragu. 🙂

I’ll try it again one day, and if I get it right, I’ll share. 

 

 

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Saturday

Breakfast = Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal, Coffee with milk (6)

Lunch = Butternut Squash Chili (It’s almost all gone. I didn’t think it would freeze well, so I just keep eating it!), avocado, chips (10)

Dinner = It just never happened, but I did have a little wine while sitting around a fire pit!

Alcohol = 3 glasses of Wine (15)

 

Total = 31

Sunday

Breakfast = Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal, coffee with milk (6)

Lunch = 1/4 of Mike’s leftover hamburger patty from his dinner from the night before. Weird. I know. (5)

Snack = un-pictured grapes and an apple (0)

Snack = Pumpkin Protein Shake (4) This recipe comes from Peanut Butter Fingers. She always has the BEST recipes!

  • 1/3 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 scoop All the Whey cup cake batter protein powder (you can substitute with vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Snack – Roasted Pumpkin Pie Chickpea’s (4)

Dinner = 1/2 Italian Chicken Sausage, Homemade Marinara, 1 C. Whole Wheat Pasta, Caesar Salad (13)

 

Total = 32

 

Today’s Exercise = Saturday – walked 5.5 miles. Sunday – Urg! None!

 

How many glasses of water I drank today = Saturday 12, Sunday 12

Activity Points Earned Today = Saturday 6, Sunday 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 38

Alcohol consumption = Saturday – 3 Glasses of Wine, Sunday – None

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

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. When I get focused on something, THAT’S the only thing I seem to be able to focus on! I put all of my energy and time into it, and everything else moves to the bottom of the list, in no order. All equally at the bottom. If I’m focused on a new workout schedule, laundry and other household chores seem to move to the bottom of the list. If my focus is strictly meal planning for the week, then I’m awesome at that, and sucky at everything else for that week. Once I am able to move “workouts” and “meal planning” into some sort of schedule, then I am able to get back on track, but in the beginning, when I make the change, adjusting seems to make me forever. These are silly examples, I know, but my inability to focus on more than one thing at a time, seems a little silly too!  But when I get a PROJECT, well….absolutely nothing else is going to get done when it really needs to get done. It’s just the way it is. My current project, redecorating a bedroom, has completely consumed all of my time the last couple of weeks. But honestly, I’ve had so much fun doing it, and I am so pleased with the way it all turned out, I’m ready for another project already! I’m thinking the laundry room???

I do have one chair to finish painting today, then tomorrow I will share pictures of the new Guest Room!  Tess is coming home this weekend to attend the wedding of a college friend, so I’m happy to have it completed so she can enjoy it!

 

Saturday Morning……

I headed to my dad’s house to finalize our Parade preparation. I was ready to go!


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About 15 minutes after I arrived at his house, they cancelled the parade we have been preparing for. I was pretty bummed, but I hated the thought of riding in the parade in the rain and possibly ruining all of the hard work we had done, so now it looks like we are completely prepared for the Parade next year!!!

Since I skipped a couple of days of blogging, I won’t bore you with every single thing that I ate, but I will give you a couple of highlights and favorites! One, super healthy. One, not so much! Both, really really good!

Sunday Morning……

Mike and I enjoyed a great Fall Sunday morning yesterday by sleeping in a bit. I loved the chill in the house. I’m so ready Fall, I can hardly stand it! I was fairly certain that Mike would enjoy the Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee as much as I do, so I made a pot and filled the house with smells of complete Fall Deliciousness!!

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Last Fall, I found this recipe for Apples in a Bag, that I couldn’t seem to get enough of! My favorite way to eat it (although just out of the bowl is wonderful!) is over a nice warm bowl of oatmeal! Click HERE for the recipe! The original recipe calls for cornstarch, but I leave that out and it doesn’t seem to make a difference to me, and it’s one less step! I do DICE the apples though, instead of just slicing them. So I guess I added a step, huh? We cuddled up on the couch with our cozy Fall Breakfast, and of course the dogs, and the movie that we didn’t make it through on Saturday night, and had the best morning!

Ingredients for One Serving of Apple Pie Oatmeal

1/2 C. Quick Cooking Oats

1 packet sweetener

3/4 C. Boiling Water

Apples in a Bag

Directions

Mix Oatmeal, sweetener and boiling water. Let sit for 2 minutes to thicken. Top with Apples in a Bag!

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One Big Bowl of Fall for 4 PPV!

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“Four Week Chicken Challenge”!

I am one Chicken Blog Post behind! I cooked an awesome chicken recipe this weekend, I just didn’t have time to write about it, you know, with the PROJECT and all!

Now, this was not the healthiest recipe, and it was not the easiest recipe, but it was a delicious, and I would totally make it again. I only ate a half of a portion, and that was plenty. It was very rich, and I am certain that I could make this again and play with the recipe to make a lighter version.

Mike and I had our very first date on September 27, 1996. I know that everyone might not remember or celebrate the anniversary date of their first date, but it was also my girlfriends 30th birthday party, and I took Mike as my date, so it’s easy for us to remember.  🙂

This year we decided to celebrate by staying in. Saturday, I made us a nice dinner at home, and we actually ate dinner at the table. We usually eat at the bar, and sometimes on the couch! We enjoyed a nice dinner at the table with music in the background instead of listening to “Fast and Loud” or “Pawn Stars”. Ahhhhhhhh……..it was really nice.

Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Picatta

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 pound thinly sliced or pounded boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
One 3 1/2-ounce jar capers, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon or more fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

If you are not completely freaked out after reading 6 Tablespoons of butter, you can click HERE for the entire recipe!

I ate half of a serving (15 PPV), over Angel hair pasta with green beans on the side! It was time consuming, but really really good and we enjoyed our evening!

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My Weight……My Mental State about it all…….

Friday morning, I stepped on the scale at home, and it remains at 157. I know that my body has become comfortable at that number. I have now weighed that for EIGHT weeks! I am honestly struggling to find the motivation to get these last 7 pounds off. I know that I can do it, and I know that I will look better, but I just feel so darn good right now, it is honestly difficult to take the steps to do what I need to do to get the last few pounds off. I am still counting points and writing down what I put in my mouth, and I have been remaining within my points range for the week, but my body seems to be fighting me, again.  Eight weeks ago, when I was having a hard time breaking through the 160 number, I drastically increased my protein on the advise of my trainer, and it worked! I was ecstatic! But honestly, I was bored with protein and veggies for two straight weeks. I feel a lot of pride in the fact that I have lost the weight that I have lost by simply learning how to eat smarter. I really enjoy my food, and I have learned how to enjoy so many of the foods that I really enjoy by making changes in my food preparation and learning to be satisfied with smaller portions. That being said, I do realize that getting these last 7 pounds off is going to be the most difficult part of my weight loss journey, and I am going to have to eat a bit differently than I will eat when I reach my goal weight and I am at maintenance. I really want these last seven pounds off, and I’m ready to get it off. I know, I have said this before. My birthday is about 8 weeks away, and since I did NOT make my goal of August 31st, I’d really like to be at goal weight by November 22nd. Then, I will never have to face another birthday or New Years, saying that I am going to lose weight This Year!

My motivation has to simply be my personal success. Yes, I would still VERY MUCH like to be a WW Leader, and I plan to do all that I can to make that happen, but my motivation has to be about my success in reaching my final goal of 150 pounds. So, today, I recommit to increasing my protein and working out harder. I get bored really easily in my diet, so not eating a lot of variety is definitely a challenge. In order to stay committed, I have to keep my eye on the finish line. So, I’m focused. Forgive me if I seem completely out of everything else and distracted for the next 8 weeks!

“Coach”, sorry for the distractions. If I do something creative with my laundry room, I will NOT make that my priority! “I” am my “priority” for the next 8 weeks!

 

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

During my “Four Week Chicken Challenge”, I have been trying to avoid as many processed foods as possible, but lets be honest, sometimes convenience wins. I’m a firm believer of “All Things in Moderation”. I’ve spent the last few days getting lots done around the house, including painting a room along with painting a chest, a headboard and footboard, and a chair. Things are coming along nicely!

Before

These 18″ squares took forever when I painted them, but I loved the look!

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After

Now I’m going with a soft, light blue for a relaxing Guest Room. I knew I wanted a blue, but I was having a hard time finding a color based on paint chip samples. I found a soap dispenser at Bed Bath and Beyond that was exactly what I was wanting, so I took it into Home Depot and they matched the color perfectly for me! I can’t wait to get back in there today!!

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Now for the pizza’s….

I like to keep Whole Wheat Pizza Crust on hand for nights exactly like this…..

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Having a bottle of this on hand came in handy too!

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This 1/2 empty package made an amazing surprise pizza!

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Ingredients for Chicken Thai Pizza

1 Whole Wheat Crust, Packaged….or….make your own???

1/2 C. Peanut Sauce, divided in half

6 oz. Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded

Shredded Carrots

Chopped Green Onion (I didn’t have any, but they taste great on it!)

1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Spread 1/4 C. of Peanut Sauce on Crust. Mix Chicken with remaining 1/4 C. of Peanut Sauce and spread evenly over crust. Top with shredded carrots, green onions and cheese.

Bake according to package directions for crust.

Makes 8 servings. 1 Slice = 4 PPV

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Ingredients for Chicken Fajita Pizza

1 Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

1/4 to 1/2 C. Traditional Pizza Sauce

6 oz Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded

Fajita Seasoning

Sliced Onions

Sliced Bell Peppers

1/2 C. Monterey Jack Cheese

Mix cooked chicken with Fajita seasoning in a pan and add a little water. Stir and heat until just a little thick.

Spread 1/4 to 1/2 C. of Pizza Sauce on Crust, depending on how saucy you like your pizza. Spread chicken mixture evenly over crust. Top with onions, bell peppers and cheese.

Bake according to package directions for crust.

Makes 8 servings. 1 Slice = 3 PPV

 

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Here is a simple way (and really the only way I know how) to figure PPV when you are making a recipe, or in this case, throwing something together for dinner in a bit of a hurry. Write down all of the ingredients, total it up, and divide it by the number of servings. I cut each pizza into 8 servings. The ingredients for the Thai pizza are on the left, and the fajita ingredients are on the right.

 

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Thai Pizza

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Fajita Pizza

Somebody, who shall remain nameless (my husband, Mike) snuck in there while I had camera issues!! 🙂

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Breakfast

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Snack

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

 

The food I ate and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Banana, 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter, Coffee with Skim Milk (5)

Snack = Whey Protein Shake with 1 C water, 1 C. Ice, 1 C. Frozen Strawberries (3)

Lunch = Mixed Greens, Pulled Pork, Aioli Sauce, Strawberries (4)

Snack = Provolone Cheese, un-pictured (2)

Snack = 24 Almonds, un-pictured (4)

Dinner = Pizza and Salad (9)

Total = 27

Today’s Exercise = Painting and mowing? I really suck at having a project during the week and sticking to my regular exercise routine!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15+

 

So, I weigh in tomorrow, and early in the week, I really thought the scale would move past 157 this week, but according to my home scale this morning, that STILL isn’t going to happen. “Coach” suggested I count calories, just to see how many calories I am really taking in. That honestly sounds like a lot of work because I am so accustomed to counting points, and I basically know how many points EVERYTHING  is, but I am willing to give it a try. I know I eat a lot of fruit, and maybe it is stalling things. I have been taking a picture of everything I eat and sending her a picture before I put it in my mouth, but I admit, if it’s a fruit, which is zero points, I don’t always write those down and I don’t always take a picture. I love WW and it has really taught me a lot about healthy eating, but I have possibly taken advantage of the Points Plus program where fruits count as zero points.

I’ll eat lots of protein today and drink lots of water, and hope tomorrows weigh in is 156!

I can’t lie. I still feel amazing.

 

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

About yesterday’s eats……I’d like to plead the fifth.

But…..I can’t keep my mouth shut, so I’ll tell you all about it.

It all started so innocently too. I had sent my “coach” a text about what an awesome day it was going to be, and how great I was going to eat, and how hard I was going to workout and how awesome I was. True story. That was my text to her.

I worked at The Food Truck, went to my mom’s in the afternoon to take her birthday present to her and ran a couple of errands. Now it was about 4:00 pm. Mike had called late in the afternoon to let me know he was going to golf, and for some reason, I got all excited about a 4:00 pm shower, P.J.’s and a Movie! So I sat down (still dirty from working at the Food Truck) and looked through the new movies to see if there was some kinda “Chick Flick” that looked good. I saw a movie called “Touch Feely” with Ellen Paige (I LOVE her), so I watched the trailer and was hooked. It was exactly the kind of movie I was in the mood for. I started it just to get a vibe on the mood of the movie before I took my shower. Then I couldn’t walk away. Then, for some reason, it seemed like I should sip on a glass of wine with my “Chick Flick” and my dirty clothes. I really enjoyed the movie. It was all deep and emotional and a little twisted, and two glasses of wine turned into three. Oh, wait. One glass innocently turned into two, THEN two turned into three. Then, the movie was over and there I sat, still in my dirty clothes, on the couch, relaxed as ever and in the BEST mood! Not that I was in any kind of a bad mood to start with. I was having an awesome day, but a movie and a bunch of wine was about as opposite from a hard core workout and a high protein diet as I could get!

Then I saw my neighbors out on their deck with a glass of wine, so I invited myself over to finish off my bottle!! I KNOW!!! What the……?????? Then Mike came home and he joined us, and we just had the best time!!! I never ate dinner and I never took a picture of anything to send to my coach, whom I have NOT heard from yet today. I have been sending her a picture of everything that goes into my mouth for about three weeks now. Sometimes I take the picture, but forget to send it to her. I am guessing at this point, she knows I screwed something up and is letting me confess to her on my own time. She’s VERY patient with me like that.

Anyhow, after going to the neighbors, I think I made some popcorn, and I KNOW I woke up with a headache, but I DID MAKE CHICKEN!!!!

This is a recipe I took off of a Parmesan Cheese Container a LONG time ago! Its super easy (YOU CAN EVEN MAKE IT AFTER THREE GLASSES OF WINE, BUT NOT ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED!)  and tasty! I literally taped the label into my cookbook years ago.

 

I like to eat this…….

1. Chopped up into bite size pieces on a Caesar Salad.

2. Over a bed of Whole Wheat pasta with Marinara Sauce

3. Along side a big serving of fresh green beans.

If you are looking for a good Kid Friendly recipe, I almost guarantee the kiddos will love these dipped in marinara sauce!

 

Easy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

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These Three Items and some Chicken!

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Chicken, Cheese Mixture, Baking Sheet

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So easy…….and good!

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Parmesan Garlic Chicken
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs Chicken Breast, cut into tenders
  2. 1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  3. 1 packet Good Seasonings Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  4. 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. Mix cheese, garlic powder, and salad dressing mix.
  2. Moisten chicken with water, coat with cheese mixture. Place in shallow baking dish. (I use a baking sheet, covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.....easy clean up!)
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Notes
  1. 5 SmartPoints Per Serving
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Yesterday’s Eats……

 

I didn’t write it down. I didn’t count it. I did drink it.

 

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

Greek Yogurt & Jam

September 29, 2012

I keep Plain Nonfat Greek on hand all the time now. I use it as a sour cream replacement and have used it in a few recipes. It has a ridiculous amount of protein in it, so I want to use it as often as possible. I had heard that using jam or preserves is just like buying it with fruit in it. So I gave it a try and I was pleasantly surprised!

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (2 PPV)
1/4 C Kashi GoLean (1 PPV)
1 T Blackberry Jam (1 PPV)

4 PPV


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

Taco Stew? Ok.

September 18, 2012

I worked a lot on Monday, therefore I have no exciting “Adventures of Julie” stories for the day. I oddly, did not eat much, but what I did eat, was really yummy.

I will say the best part of my day was the chilly walk I took in the afternoon, and the cup of coffee I enjoyed on the deck outside afterwards. Have I mentioned, I am ready for Fall???

Breakfast
Vanilla Almond Luna Bar
French Vanilla from the Kuerig
5 PPV

Lunch
Leftover Roasted Veggies…..still great 2 days later.
5 PPV

Grapes
0 PPV

Dinner
One Rotisserie Chicken
1 1/2 C water
And these…………tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, fat free refried beans, taco seasoning, ranch dressing.

I’m calling it Taco Stew. I don’t usually put the refried beans in it, but they really THICKENED it up!
Taco Stew!
1 C = 4 PPV

Seriously……..Stew.

Topped with One Crushed Taco Shell (1 PPV) and WW Mexican Style Cheese (2 PPV).

Perfect Fall Night Dinner! (yes, I know it is not technically Fall yet!)

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 5
Lunch = 5
Dinner = 7

Total = 17

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8

This cracked me up, because as hard as I always try to say the right thing, sometimes I can really mess up!

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