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(This post was modified on April 19th, 2014. I had previously miscalculated the points. This recipe has been modified and is now correct.)

 

I do love a pancake for breakfast (or any meal, really). Since I’ve been reading blogs and looking on Pinterest for recipes, I’ve discovered all sorts of different ways to make an easy, healthy, low point pancake. You really can’t mess these up either. It’s Banana’s and Eggs, just in a bunch of different combinations with lots of yummy additions to the banana’s and eggs! I made one the other day called a Three Ingredient Pancake! That one was just as tasty as this one, but that was several little thin pancakes, and this is one, big nice and thick pancake!

Peanut Butter Packed Pancake!

Pancake = 4 PPV

Pancake with Toppings = 6 PPV

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Ingredients

1/4 Dry Oats

3 Egg Whites

1/2 Ripe Banana, mashed

2 T. PB2 Powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Packet Truvia (optional)

Toppings

1/2 Banana, Sliced

1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter (Or nut butter of your choice!)

1 tsp Honey

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender. (You can mix really well with a fork or a whisk too!)

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Pulse just a few times until well blended, but don’t over blend. I have recently discovered this works much better than whisking with a fork in a bowl.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter onto heated skillet and cook for about 3 minutes.

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I have a very large spatula (this pancake is 6-7 inches in diameter!!) that made this easy to flip. I think blending the batter made it all stick together well on the skillet! Cook for about an additional 2 minutes.

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Top with the other half of the Banana, 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter and 1 tsp of honey!

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Nice and Thick!

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Breakfast

Peanut Butter Packed Pancake

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Lunch

Shredded Mexican Chicken, Corn, Pinto Beans, Salsa

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Snack

Pineapple

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Snack

Light Microwave Popcorn

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Dinner

Mahi Taco’s on Corn Tortilla, Black Beans and Rice

One Glass of Red Wine

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As I looked over my food for the day, I did a terrible job of eating veggies? Lots of veggies today and an actual workout!

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.

 

PreBreakfast = Coffee with Skim Milk (1)

Breakfast = Peanut Butter Packed Pancake (6)

Lunch = Shredded Mexican Chicken, Beans, Corn (6)

Snack = Pineapple (0)

Snack = Popcorn (3)

Dinner = Mahi Taco’s with Beans and Rice and Wine (17)

Total = 33

Exercise = I cleaned house ALL DAY LONG! Like the “on your hand’s and knee’s” kinda cleaning…….

How many glasses of water I drank = Not Enough! 6?

Activity Points Earned for the Day = Cleaning has to be worth something?? 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 23

Alcohol Consumption = Wine

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Baked Oatmeal, Chicken & Eggs!

November 26, 2013

In preparation for Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, then again on Saturday, I’m planning on basically eating Chicken and Vegetables all week, and by all week, I mean Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. After Sunday night’s Chicken & Green Bean Casserole success, I decided to cook up some more chicken in the crockpot to have for the next few days. I’ve mentioned before how I know that planning is so helpful for me when it comes to eating healthy. If I have a plan, and I have food prepared, or at least on hand, I am so much more apt to be successful.

Here are the day’s eat’s and a couple of different ways that I ate my Crockpot Shredded Mexican Chicken.

 

Breakfast

Breakfast Idea No. 13

Baked Mexican Chicken & Egg Cups! 

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Makes 6 Muffins

One Muffin = 2 PPV

Ingredients

6 oz. Crockpot Shredded Mexican Chicken

1/2 Cup Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

1/4 Cup Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained

6 Egg whites

Salsa and Light Sour Cream to top with!

Directions

Spray muffing tins with cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup with 1 oz. of Crockpot Shredded Mexican Chicken.

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Divide 1/2 Cup of cheese between all six muffins.

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Divide the 1/4 Cup of Black Beans between all of the muffing cups.

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Spoon the egg whites over the filling. Egg whites don’t move too quickly, so I added a little to each one, let it settle, then came back and added a little more. I used the back of a spoon and pressed the mixture down into the cup just a bit, but not too much. Then I added as much egg white as I could to each cup. I started with 8 Egg Whites, but I only ended up using 6 Egg Whites.

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I did set the muffin tin on a cookie sheet to prevent any spillage mess in the oven.

(Um, they look like blueberry muffins??)

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Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until eggs are cooked.

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I think I top most eggs with salsa and sour cream.

1 T of Light Sour Cream = 1 PPV, so don’t forget to add that if you eat it!

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Lunch

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

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Breakfast Idea No. 14

Makes 8 Servings 

One Serving = 6 PPV

(You could cut this into 10 Servings so One Serving would = 5 PPV)

 

Who say’s Oatmeal is just for breakfast?? Not me!

This recipe is adapted from Megan over at Fiterature.com I really only first adapted the recipe a bit because I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she had used. Then a few things I changed up just a little bit to make it as low in Weight Watcher Points Plus Values as I could. It was DELICIOUS!!!

Ingredients 

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

24 Dark Chocolate Roasted Almonds, Chopped

1 cup Strawberries (I had some frozen ones that I just sliced up and they worked great!)

1 cup skim milk 

1 cup water

1/4 cup honey

1 Egg 

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices (I had frozen banana’s. Worked great too!)

2 packets of Sweetener. I used Truvia.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, almonds and half of the strawberries. Save the other half of the berries until later.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, water, honey, egg, the melted coconut oil and vanilla.

4. Pour the dry oat mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Arrange bananas and the remaining strawberries on top.

5. Sprinkle the Truvia evenly over the top. Pour the milk mixture over the top of that.

6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is light brown and the milk mixture has set. 

The ingredients totaled 45 PPV. I divided this into 8 nice, large pieces.

One Serving = 6 PPV!

You could certainly divide this into 10 servings, then each serving would be 5 PPV!

 

Dry Stuff

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The Wet Stuff Poured over The Dry Stuff

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After it baked

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Um, yummmmmm.

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Another View…..

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Seriously….I could just eat it for dinner too!

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Who Knew Oatmeal Casserole tasted like a cookie???

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Now I know…..

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 Dinner

Taco Salad made with Crockpot Shredded Mexican Chicken

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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 = (2) Baked Chicken and Egg Cups, Salsa, 1 T. Light Sour Cream, Coffee with skim milk (6)

Lunch = Breakfast Oatmeal Casserole – 2 Servings (12)

Snack = Un-Pictured 24 Almonds (5)

Dinner = Taco Salad, Cheese, Light Sour Cream, Salsa, Red Bell Pepper, Chicken (9)

Total = 32

 

Exercise = 30 minutes on the Treadmill. Walk 1 minute at 4 mph, Run 1 minute at 5 mph. Stretching.

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 6

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol consumption = none

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Why I Love Target Stores!!

November 25, 2013

I have been a fan of Target Stores for a long time. I kind of joke sometimes about how I didn’t know other stores existed. I like Target for a lot of reasons. I REALLY like the Target Super Stores! I like to get a Starbuck’s and wander through the store. If you live in Kansas, you know that we can’t buy liquor in our stores, but being so close to the Missouri state line, I like to hop over to the Missouri Target store on occasion where I can pick up a few bottles of wine too! I find myself looking through the clothes, the shoes, the accessories, the home items. I can pick up socks, batteries, mascara, and dinner. What’s NOT to love???

Oh, and my mom works there, and through all of her health issues and the time that she has had to take off these past few years, they have been amazing to her!!

I also love the fact that when I need to return something, and I don’t have my receipt, they can locate my purchase with the credit card I used and refund my money!

I recently went in to return my coffee frother that I love and use daily. I’d had it for over six months. It was heating, but not frothing. Not good. I didn’t have my receipt and they didn’t see it on my credit card, but I did have the box that came with it. With your drivers license, they will return up to $70 dollars on an item, once a year! I got my money back and bought a new frother!! Easy peasy…….

I recently redecorated a bedroom and went to Target looking for the bedding that I had seen on Pinterest! A couple of friends had told me that they knew they sold it at Target! An employee happened to be standing close by as I hunted down the bedding. She asked me if she could help me find anything, so I showed her the picture that I had and she led me right to it. She then asked me if I had the Target “Cartwheel” app on my phone. Huh? Cart? Wheel What?? What’s that???

She then had me search for the app as she explained how I could get extra savings if I used it, and she thought that particular bedding had an additional discount if I used the app that day. She also had me use Targets Wifi, which I did NOT know that I could do, so the app would load faster. After loading the App, and many many thanks to this little gal, I headed to the front of the store to fill out a Customer Service form to say what an awesome employee they had and how much I already loved Target stores anyhow!

Wait. It gets better. Now I use the app regularly. I recently bought some boots at Target. Okay, like three pair. The day after I bought the boots, I receive an email via my “Cartwheel” app saying that some of their boots were 40% off that day only!! I got in the car and headed to Target, forgetting the boots AND my phone. You have to have your phone with you and show them the app in order to get the discount. I did have my receipt. When I got there and realized that I didn’t have my phone with me, I decided to give it a try anyhow. When I stepped up to the customer service area, there were two employee’s at the counter. I told them my situation. Without hesitation, one of them said I could use the app on HER phone. They refunded my money, then charged me for the boots at the 40% discount! Done Deal!!!

Why would you NOT shop there?????

You like my boots??? I do!

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Moving onto Food!!

I’m thinking Football, I’m thinking Chief’s, I’m thinking Chief’s Red, I’m thinking Big Breakfast, I’m thinking a Big Red Omelet!!

(I made this before the game. Sad the Chiefs lost, soooo happy the Bronco’s Lost!! Can’t wait until next Sunday! Bring it!!!)

 Breakfast Idea No. 12

“Big Red Omelet”

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 5 Egg Whites (2 PPV)

2 oz. Red Potatoes, Cooked and chopped (1 PPV)

Chopped Red Onion, about 1/4 C. (0 PPV)

Chopped Red Bell Pepper, about 1/4 C. (0 PPV)

1/8 Cup Reduced Fat Feta (1 PPV)

1 Tablespoon Light Sour Cream (1 PPV)

1 Tablespoon Salsa. It’s RED!! (0 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

Sauté the potatoes (I pierced my potatoes with a fork, then cooked them in the microwave for 1 minute, then chopped them up!), bell pepper and onion in a skillet coated with cooking spray until the veggies are tender. Remove from skillet and set aside.

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Cook egg whites in skillet until set.

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Using a large spatula, flip.

Cook your eggs on medium, make sure they are set, flip. No mess!

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Add cooked veggies and feta to the omelet.

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Fold.

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Now slide that baby onto a plate, top with salsa and sour cream (or not) and enjoy!

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 Lunch

Betsy’s Zucchini Soup

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Football Snack’s

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Dinner

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Occasionally, I will make up dinner as I go with whatever we happen to have in the fridge, which allows me to avoid a trip to the grocery store. Occasionally, it turns out pretty darn tasty, and I feel proud. Mike however, would eat just about anything, and actually, so would I. Sometimes I’ll make up something as I go with what’s on hand, and we both choke it down, all the while Mike telling me that it really IS good. (I’ve got him trained like crazy!)

For dinner last night, I had some frozen chicken breast from Costco and a bag of frozen green beans from Trader Joe’s. I knew that somehow, the combo of those two would become dinner. So here’s what I made, and here’s what I will be making again for sure!

I’m really not a great cook and don’t claim to be, so when I give you an idea for a meal, it’s not really a recipe, it’s more of an…..”Hey, I put these things together like this, and this is how many Weight Watcher Points Plus it is, and I liked it!”

So here goes….

This recipe makes Four Servings

1 Serving = 11 PPV

Chicken & Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast (I used 5 oz. breast) 

4-6 Cups of cooked Green Beans (Or More! They’re Zero Points!)

1/4 C. onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, diced

2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into pieces

1 tsp Olive Oil

2 T. Butter

2 T. Flour

1 1/2 Cups Skim Milk

5 Wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese, Light Creamy Swiss Flavor

1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese 

Kosher Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

1/4 Panko Bread Crumbs

Saute Onion and Garlic in Olive Oil until tender. Add bacon and cook for about a minute or so. You just want the bacon to take on some of the garlic and onion flavor, and vice versa! Remove from skillet and set aside.

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Saute cooked green beans in a little cooking spray, then add the bacon and onions and garlic.  Let them all soak up each others flavors. Remove from heat and set aside. You might want to put the green beans in a larger bowl for their next step. I did.

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Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add 2 Tablespoons of flour to the melted butter and stir until smooth. Now add the milk and stir over medium high heat until nice and thick and smooth. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. At this point, I decided it just looked like breakfast gravy???

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Add the cheese wedges and the cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Still just looks like gravy, but taste good!

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Add the cheese mixture to the green beans and stir. This is where that bigger bowl came in handy.

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Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Lay the chicken breast in the baking dish. You might want to salt and pepper the chicken now. I didn’t and the only thing missing when this was all done, was a little salt and pepper. Pour the green bean mixture over the chicken.

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Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the casserole.

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Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through! 

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Not too shabby!

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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 = Big Red Omelet, Coffee with skim milk (6)

Lunch = Betsy’s zucchini Soup, 10 Baked tostito chips, 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (5)

Snack = apple, popcorn (3)

Dinner = Chicken & Green Bean Casserole (11)

Total = 25

 

Exercise = walked 2 miles on treadmill, stretches and a few weights

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 3

Activity Points Earned This Week = 3

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol consumption = none

 

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I’ve Missed You, Blog!!

November 24, 2013

Let’s Get Caught Up!

I don’t think since I began blogging two and a half years ago, I’ve missed that many days in a row! I blogged on Tuesday morning, and I said in my post that my blogs would be short and simple, but I didn’t think I’d skip them all together! Well, here it is Sunday morning and I feel like I have sooo much to say!

Let me start with, I haven’t been sleeping so great, which means I haven’t been waking up as easily as normal, which means by the time I DID get out of bed these last few days, it was time to head out the door and I didn’t have a spare two hours to blog.

Since having rotator cuff surgery in February, my right shoulder is getting stronger and stronger, which means I am using it more and more and getting closer to completely healing and full use of my shoulder! Great, right? When I first went to the doctor many many months ago about my shoulder, I went to the doctor about both of my shoulders, but the right was much worse than the left, so we really never did much with my left shoulder, and with reduced activity, I wasn’t really having any issues with it. My right shoulder was hurting so bad and my nights sleep were so messed up because of it, I think all I was really thinking about was that after surgery, I would soon be better, and I could move forward with so many of the things that I had put on the back burner. Now that I am doing more and beginning to lift heavier weights with the trainer, I am noticing my left shoulder is starting to give me some problems, and unfortunately starting to cause me problems sleeping! I know a doctor’s visit is just around the corner, I’m just hoping the cure for this shoulder is therapy, and no more surgery!

Now…..Wednesday I worked at the Food Truck, then ran errands the entire rest of the day!

Thursday I began my birthday celebration by going with some girlfriends on a little overnighter! Sometimes, you just can’t beat some good “Girl Time!”

Friday was my actual birthday, and I was home from my overnight by noon. I spent the rest of the day catching up on my DVR’d shows and treating myself to sweats, coffee and an entire day hanging out doing absolutely nothing! I loved it! Mike and I ended out the night with take out food and renting a movie.

Saturday I met my mom and my aunt for coffee. My aunt and I share the same birthday, so a small celebration Latte was in order! 🙂 I spent the rest of Saturday shopping for Thanksgiving food and doing returns. Mike and I decided to go out for dinner to one of my favorite restaurants, J. Alexanders, and apparently my “traditional” birthday spot! I think we have gone there for the last four years for my birthday!  I love it and I always order the salmon. For some reason, all I wanted was a steak and a glass of red wine, so I did. I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t had a steak in a while, or what, but that was the best filet I think I’ve ever had!! It was the perfect way to end my Three Day Birthday Celebration!!

Okay, Where Am I On the Scale???

I’m not sure. I’m afraid to step on it actually. I know this is NOT in my best interest.

While with my girls on Thursday, I enjoyed Bloody Mary’s, a few cold beers, and wine in the evening. I also was attached to the peanut M&M’s that followed me from room to room. 

Friday, let’s just say my stomach wasn’t so pleased with the decisions I had made on Thursday, and I finally decided a greasy burger would likely fix things. Mike and I shared it, and I felt much better. That’s pretty much all I ate Friday, except for the sausage breakfast casserole I ate in the morning. 

Saturday, I felt back on track, but I hadn’t really planned on wine with dinner. Of course I made all sorts of excuses that I deserved it because it was my birthday dinner. I really am a Master Excuse Maker!!!

Today? Sunday? I am done celebrating my birthday, and honestly, with Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday at the In-Laws, and then again at my house on Saturday, I am ready to face this week and make myself follow the Weight Watcher rules!

I am going to my WW meeting on Friday morning, and I will weigh and post my weight in my Saturday morning post!!  eeeekkkkkk!!!!!! Anything over 155 will be upsetting, but I know I need the reality check. 

Fun Photo’s!

Here are a few of the highlights of the last few days.

This is a ridiculous, but delicious Veggie Burger I had for lunch on Tuesday!

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This is the Pumpkin Bar recipe that I made from scratch as an experiment for Thanksgiving Day, per my Mother-In-Law’s request for Pumpkin Bars! Um, it was delicious, so I gave it all away! Click HERE for this Paula Deen recipe!

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Likely, one of the best Birthday Gifts EVER!!!

Handerpants!!

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These are going to come in so handy while I am taking orders at the Food Truck this winter!!

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Seriously, Who wouldn’t love Handerpants???? 

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Oh Sure, I’ll pose……Happy Birthday to Me!!

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 This happened……Girl’s will be girls….

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So did this……

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Then I actually climbed up this silo and peeked out the top with a couple of other brave (foolish) souls….

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Lots of great Four Wheeling Trails!

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Ever Drive a Four Wheeler Through a Pond?? You should.

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Busted…..

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Okay, those were some of my birthday highlights…..

I did still manage to make a few breakfast ideas…..

 

Breakfast Idea No. 10

Breakfast Quesadilla

2 Fajita Size Tortilla’s (2 PPV)

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4 Scrambled Egg Whites (1 PPV)

1 Slice Cooked Bacon, Crumbled (1 PPV)

1 Slice Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese (1 PPV)

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Salsa (0 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

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 Breakfast Idea No. 11

Winter Fruit Parfait

Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Kiwi, Blackberries, Pears (0 PPV)

8 oz. Greek Plain Nonfat Yogurt (3 PPV)

1 Packet Sweetener (optional)

1/2 Cup Kashi Cereal (2 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

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Okay, I feel updated now and I need to head to the Treadmill before the Chiefs game gets started!!

Go Chiefs!!

 

Climbing up a gigantic silo and driving a Four Wheeler through a pond were maybe small adventures, but still adventures.

Did you have an adventure over the weekend??

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I said yesterday that I had a busy week ahead and that my post would be simple, likely boring too. Sorry. 🙂

Yesterday was an awesome and productive day that included a nice long walk with a friend at Shawnee Mission Park!

I’m getting together with girl friends for breakfast this morning to discuss our upcoming “Chicago Girls Trip”!!

After breakfast I am going shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner and then I’m baking Pumpkin Bars, as requested by my Mother-In-Law for Thanksgiving Day. I’ve never made them, so I’m trying a recipe to see how it goes. If it’s really really good, then my neighbors will be getting a treat tonight!!

Here are yesterday’s eats!

 

Breakfast Idea No. 9

 

Bacon Egg and Cheese, Please

1 Egg + 1 Egg White (2 PPV)

1 Piece of Cooked Bacon, Chopped (1 PPV)

1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (2 PPV)

1 Tablespoon Salsa (0 PPV)

Fresh Fruit (0 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

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I topped my Omelet with 1 Tablespoon of Light Sour Cream and added 1 PPV, but of course that’s optional.

You can also substitute 1 Tablespoon of Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Pieces if you prefer not to cook any bacon.

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Lunch

I guess I was in an EGG mood today!

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Dinner

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I made Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner. After I made it, I decided it would just be for Mike, I just wasn’t in the mood for it and was seriously craving canned peas. I love canned peas! Weird, I know. I don’t eat them much, but I started eating this combo topped with 1 T. of parmesan cheese, sometime last year, and my entire meal, (the soup can and the can of peas), is 8 PPV. I ended up adding Three Turkey Meatballs to the top of this after I took my picture! That made dinner 13 PPV!!

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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 = Bacon and Cheese Omelet, light sour cream, Coffee with skim milk (7)

Lunch = Egg White Omelet with Asparagus and Feta, Dry Wheat Toast, Fruit and a Nonfat Latte (12)?

Snack = WW Fudge Bar. I’ve been doing pretty good not eating sweets, but I was craving SOMETHING!! (3)

Dinner = Soup, Peas, Parmesan Cheese, 3 Turkey Meatballs (13)

Total = 35

 

Exercise = An Awesome Walk with a friend at Shawnee MIssion Park! We walked 5.75 Miles and got all caught up with each other!

How many glasses of water I drank = 15+

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6

Activity Points Earned This Week = 16

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 30

Alcohol consumption = none

I do SO much better when I plan exercise with a friend!

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

 

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

Girlfriends Rock!!

November 14, 2013

“Girlfriend Time!”

I went to the “Pink” Concert on Tuesday night, hence the “No Blog Post” Wednesday morning.

(A girl needs her sleep!!)

Just a few ladies from the neighborhood took a small party bus downtown to the concert.

(They’re were over 20 of us and I think this old school bus was an EXTENDED cab!! It was CRAZY long!)

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Here’s a few of the girls. You Gotta Love a Pre-Party!!

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One of my favorite things to do is hang out with the girls. My High School girl’s, neighborhood girl’s, girl friends I’ve met through work, Weight Watcher girlfriends….I just love my girl friends. I feel lucky to live in the city where I’ve grown up because I have friends that have been in my life for a really long time, and I feel blessed to have friends in my life that are new to me! I feel blessed to have friends from long ago and new friends and friends I’ve met in between. No matter where my friends come from, I seem to be lucky enough to find some really good, kind and crazy friends!!

The bottle decorating party on Monday was so much fun! The “Pink” Concert on Tuesday night was awesome! I went “Coat” shopping with a friend last night for an upcoming girly trip to “Chicago” and today, a couple of HighSchool friends are taking me to lunch for my birthday that’s later in the month. Yes, I am feeling very lucky to have so many great girls in my life! It’s a Girlfriend Kinda Week!!

Take some time out for yourself and a girlfriend. It’s HIGHLY recommended. 🙂

Simple Breakfast Idea No. 4

3 Egg Whites (1 PPV)

1 Slice Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese (1 PPV)

1/4 Cup Turkey Sausage (1 PPV)

(2) Fajita Sized Mission Carb Balance Tortilla’s (2 PPV)

1 Tablespoon of Salsa (0 PPV)

1 Banana, sliced (0 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

 

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Cook sausage on a small plate in the microwave for about one minute.

Scramble egg whites in cooking spray, then add cooked sausage to the skillet.

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Divide sausage and egg whites between the two tortillas, split the slice of cheese in half and lay each half on top of the sausage and egg whites.

Put salsa on top and eat open like a taco……

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Or roll them up and dip each bit into salsa and eat them like a burrito!

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Lunch

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Dinner

I had completely planned to have some soup before going out for the evening. I got in a hurry, got excited about the concert, and forgot. One of the girls (we’re going to a “Pink” concert, so yes, I say girls) brought a HUGE tray of meatballs to fill up our bellies, and thank goodness, because I had my fair share. Then I had a few crackers and cheese. I was saving my 49 points for this particular evening, but I’m not really sure how many points I ate and drank??

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 on Tuesday and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = Turkey sausage and Cheese Breakfast Burritos (5)

Lunch = Grocery Store Salad Bar (8)

Dinner = Meatballs, Cheese and Crackers, Adult Beverages…… (40?)

Total = 53

 

Exercise = Session With the Trainer

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 14

Alcohol consumption = Vodka Soda, Beer

 

Wednesday

Simple Breakfast Idea No. 5

1/2 Serving of Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes (4 PPV)

Topped with 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Butter (1 PPV)

One Apple Sliced (0 PPV)

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Lunch – 1/2 of this delicious Burger!!!

At Beauty of the Bistro Food Truck

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Dinner

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The food I ate on Wednesday and it’s PPV

 

Breakfast = 2 Pumpkin Pancakes, 1 T. Pumpkin Butter, Apple  (5)

Lunch = 1/2 Road House Burger at the Beauty of the Bistro Food Truck (12)

Dinner = Hawaiian Chicken Skewers with Broccoli (7)

Total = 24

 

Exercise = None.

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 11

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 14

Alcohol consumption = None

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

11-12-13!

November 12, 2013

 It’s supposed to be a lucky day!

Yesterday was a great day! I hope today is just as great! I am going to the “Pink” concert tonight with about 20 other women and we are taking a “Party Bus”, so I am going to assume that today isn’t going to suck.

Yesterday, a very crafty friend of mine invited a few girlfriends over to decorate wine bottles with Christmas themes on them! She did a few wine bottles and beer bottles of her own over Halloween and they were a big hit with all of us! We all had her doing bottles for us. She decided to have us over to decorate our own wine bottles! She was prepared too! She had bottles prepped for us, she had paint, paint brushes, ribbon, lights to go inside of them, cut outs….the whole shebang!!! We had so much fun!

 

Look at all of these bottles she had ready!

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Here are a few that she had already completed.

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So stinkin’ cute!

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I’m the Happiest Christmas Tree! Ho Ho Ho! He He He!

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We all brought food and drinks, but she had plenty already there!

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I made a Pumpkin Dip and brought Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers, Cinnamon Graham Crackers and Apple Slices to go along with it.

1 (3.5) oz box of Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

1/2 Can of Canned Pumpkin

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Container Cool Whip 

Mix first three ingredients, then fold in Cool Whip. Yum.

I THINK that 3 T. of dip = 1 PPV??

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 She had lots of beverages to chose from!

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I drank a whole pot of coffee, with a little Rum Chata added to it!

Here’s my bottle I made. I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

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I want to make more!!

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Simple Breakfast Idea No. 3

Apple Raisin Oatmeal

5 PPV

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Ingredients

1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats (4 PPV)

2 Packet’s Sweetener (0 PPV)

Two separate 1/4 tsp’s of Cinnamon (0 PPV)

3/4 Cup Boiling Water (0 PPV)

1 Chopped Apple (0 PPV)

1 T.  Raisins (1 PPV)

1 T. Water (0 PPV)

Directions

Put dry oats, 1 packet of sweetener and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in a bowl.

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Add boiling water and raisins and stir. Let sit for 2 minutes to thicken and let the raisins plump!

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Put chopped apple, 1 Tablespoon of water, 1 packet of sweetener and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in a baggy. Seal the baggy and shake to coat the apples well.

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Vent the bag about 1 inch, place on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 2 minutes. This recipe is adapted from the original recipe, Apples In a Bag.

When you take the apples out of the bag, they will look like this!

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Add it to the bowl of oats and raisins and stir.

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Enjoy!

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Lunch at the Bottle Decorating Party!

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Dinner

Turkey Meatloaf 

I’m not a HUGE Meatloaf fan, but Mike loves it, so I made this for him. I got the recipe from SkinnyTaste. Holy Cow! This was delicious! Mike said he want’s it as a staple menu item. I would totally make this once a week. AND…..it was so easy. The recipe makes 4 servings at 7 PPV, but I sliced this into 8 slices and was satisfied with my slice. I tracked my slice as 4 PPV.

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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 = Apple Raisin Oatmeal (5)

Lunch = Salads, Pretzels, Pumpkin Dip, Apple slices, Graham Crackers (18?) 

Dinner = Meatloaf, 1/2 C. Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans (8)

Total = 31

 

Exercise = None. Damn. The only disappointing part of my day. That’s two days in a row that I have missed.

Water Consumed = 12

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 7

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 41

Alcohol consumption = a little Rum Chata with my coffee. 

 

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

A Baby Shower and Birthday Dinner!

I’m keeping this post fairly short and simple today.

I had a late breakfast, then ran a bunch of errands on Sunday morning. I had only been home for a few minutes when it was time to hop in the car and head to the Baby shower. (We’re having a new Grand-baby around the beginning of February, but a special post with permission from mom on that to follow!)

It was about 1:30 and I knew when I got to the shower that there would be all sorts of yummy food to eat, and I could get myself into trouble, so I quickly (too quickly) ate a piece of leftover Salmon, then I grabbed a few almonds and a water to go!

I was right, there was an incredible amount of yummy foods at the shower, but I never picked up a plate, and I only had a couple of small bites of food, and I drank water. I was going to take pictures of all of the yumminess, but I felt like I was in the way and trying to take pictures without drawing a whole bunch of attention to myself just wasn’t going to happen. The shower was beautiful and there were LOTS of great gifts!

As soon as I got home from the shower, it was time for Mike and I to hop in the car and go get my dad and stepmom to take them to dinner for my Dad’s birthday. I told my dad to pick out a special place that he would like to go to, but rarely does. He did. I’ve been to this place with him on a Saturday morning for breakfast before and they do have awesome, good old fashioned food! He wanted to go for the Chicken and Noodles, and I liked it because you can order breakfast ALL DAY LONG!!! I guess I just wasn’t in a picture taking mood yesterday, and I was focused more on the events, because I just didn’t take any pictures of this place!

My entire plate of food would have been several points, and when I asked them if they could make my omelet with egg whites, they had to think about it, so a low point option was hard to find on the menu, but I gave it my best try. I ordered the veggie omelet made with egg whites and dry wheat toast. It came with hash browns. 🙂

We didn’t get home until almost 8:00 after a long night of coffee and chatting, and I never did get in any exercise!! Doing Double Duty Today!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Simple Breakfast Idea No. 2

Day Two of Two Weeks of Breakfast Ideas for 5 PPV or less.

This reminds me of a Chocolate Shake that one of my friend’s would make us in Junior High and she would top it with Granola. It was soooo good!!

 

1 Scoop of Whey Vanilla Protein Powder (3 PPV)

2 Tablespoons of Chocolate PB2 Powder (1 PPV)

1 Cup of Cold Water (0 PPV)

1/2 Cup of Ice (0 PPV)

1/2 Frozen Banana (0 PPV)

1/4 Cup of Kashi Cereal (1 PPV)

Total = 5 PPV

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Snack

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Lunch

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Snack

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Dinner

All of the Omelet, 1/2 Piece Toast, 1/2 of the Hash-browns

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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 = Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake, topped with Kashi Cereal (5)

Snack = QT Pumpkin Cappuccino (I put about 1/4 Cup of the cappuccino in the cup and top it off with regular coffee….yum.) and a Banana (2)

Lunch = Leftover Salmon, Almonds (6)

Snack = Clementine (0)

Un-Pictured Shower Snacks = (3)

Dinner = Egg White Omelet, 1/2 piece Wheat Toast with Jam, 1/2 Order of Hashbrowns (12?)

Total = 29

 

Exercise = none

 

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 7

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 46

Alcohol consumption = none

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