I’m now a Step Counter

April 12, 2017 — 8 Comments

(This is not a sponsored post.)

Well, I did it. I bought a Fitbit.

I have gone back and forth on whether I wanted a fitness tracker ever since fitness trackers were introduced.

Honestly, I didn’t want something telling me when I wasn’t being active, so I had decided that it wasn’t for me. It took me a long time to get to a place where I didn’t feel guilty about so many things that were related to my diet and exercise. I didn’t want to deal with a fitness tracker telling me that I needed to move if I hadn’t done so in the time that it thought that I should. Make sense?

I love to walk and I love my yoga classes (although it seems like forever since I made it to Yoga!), but I’ve now become increasingly curious about how active I really am on those days that I am super busy and on the go, but don’t actually “exercise”. I’ve decided that I just might like to know how many steps I am getting in and what my heart rate is doing.

It always feels good to have a new challenge and I’m looking forward to playing with my new toy!

Day one? 8548 steps.

Day two? 7375 steps.

The recommended amount is 10,000, and I set a personal goal for myself of 12,000, so I’ve come up short the last two days, but I’m including these steps in my 100 Miles! I feel like 100 miles in March is never going to end, and I can’t really extend March any longer than I have!

I still have 17 miles to go.

Here she is. After a week or so, I’ll let you know my thoughts on it.

This particular one is the Fitbit Alta HR. 

Have a great day! I’ve got steps to count!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 7 SP

Big Ass Waffle topped with 1 T Almond Butter, Banana Slices and 1 tsp of Honey

 

Lunch – 8 SP

First Watch Two Eggs, Fruit cup, 1/2 Serving Potatoes, 1/2 Slice Toast

 

Leaving food on my plate. Non Scale Victory!!

 

Dinner – 9 SP

Un-pictured Tuna Salad on 2 small Whole Wheat Tortillas

Have you tried these tortillas?

One Tortilla = 1 SmartPoint. Two Tortilla’s = 3 SmartPoints.

I found these in the refrigerated section by the eggs.

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 24

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Working

I had the opportunity to sub as a Leader for my mentor/trainer over the last few days and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY MEETING!

I am a receptionist for her on Thursday mornings at an At Work meeting and last Thursday, I led the meeting. I was nervous because although I have worked this particular meeting as a receptionist and I know these members fairly well, I had some pretty big shoes to fill, so I was a tad nervous. One of the members lightened my nerves and started the meeting by sharing a dream that she had about the meeting. She told everyone that she had a dream that I was funny. That was it. That was the dream. I’m such a weirdo because it made me happy that she had a dream about me leading the meeting. I’m very easily entertained at times.

The meeting went great!

I also got to lead her Saturday morning meetings in one of our stores and they are large meetings. I expected to feel nervous at those, but nope. Just super excited and the members are all so friendly.

I am envious of all leaders that have a regular meeting in a store. One day. One day.

Friends

The sun was out Thursday for the first time in what felt like forever and I wanted to go play! I grabbed a couple of girlfriends for a late lunch and we agreed to try something new, so we headed downtown.

As we browsed the menu, we hesitantly agreed to try Bone Marrow. Why? I have no idea. You are actually eating the middle of a bone!! And they serve it in the bone!! Would you believe that we all actually liked it? You slide a spoon down the middle of the bone and scoop it out and spread it on the bread.

 

I still can’t believe that we ate it. Once you put it on these little slices of bread, you have no idea you’re eating the middle of a cow femur bone!

NOT for vegetarians!

 

We also had Steak Taco’s to share. Yummmm.

 

After snacks at Anton’s, we went across the street to Ruin’s Pub. I had been here before, but I forgot just how cool it really is! You put your card on the screen below the tap, then pour your own beer, as little or as much as you like, and your card is charged according to how many ounces your pour! I love it!

We tried Blueberry Beer. We thought it was gross.

 

Since we were stepping outside of the box, we ordered Poutine while we tasted the different beers. It’s a Canadian dish. It is Cheese Curds and Fries topped with gravy. I’m not a fan. Not point friendly at all, so I was glad I didn’t like it!

 

After a fun afternoon with friends, I headed to the airport late to pick up my daughter Tess and her boyfriend Manuel.

Family

Friday morning, Tess and I went here……

 

I purchased a Groupon a couple of weeks ago for a foot massage for $19 for 45 minutes! Since my feet have been bothering me, I was really looking forward to cashing in my Groupon! Tess thought it sounded like a good way to start the day too, so I bought another Groupon and off we went.

There are several beds in one room. You lie down on the bed and hang your feet off of the end of the bed in a bucket of water to soak. Not super great on the lower back, but after soaking for a few minutes, they put your feet up and the magic happens. Foot and calf massage. Heaven.

When we checked in, they asked us both if we would like a 15 minute neck and back massage too. Um, yes!

I’ve had a fairly good amount of massages in my life, but never fully clothed. Before the foot massage even began, they spent a good amount of time massaging my arms and hands. I loved that.

After the foot massage, they had us roll over and not only was it a neck and back massage, they massaged from neck to legs, fully clothed! I mean, we are in the room with everyone else that came in, so clothing was good.

When we went to pay, I wasn’t sure what to expect since I hadnt asked. It was only $10 extra dollars.

I’m going back soon.

By the time we were finished, the place was packed!

After our massage, Tess and Manuel and I headed downtown for a little First Friday action. The weather was PERFECT!

We were in the Crossroads area where on the first Friday of the month, several art galleries open up for you to browse the art, and many offer snacks and drinks while you browse. I’ve only been one other time and I have no idea why I am not going there every First Friday of the year (well, weather permitting).

We started with lunch at the exact same spot that I ate the bone marrow the day before.

We ordered these tasty little kabobs to share.

Tess and I shared a Burger and Fries.

 

After lunch, we hopped on the street car. It’s a pretty new thing in Kansas City. Look how nice and clean it is!

 

We headed to a fun spot for a beer. I am so ready for more days like this. Yes, I do mean cold beer on patios.

After a cold one, back on the street car to go look at art.

Remember where you pour your own beer? Well, we went there and watched this artist paint the wall while sipping a beer.

 

Then to visit a few galleries.

 

 

It was also Food Truck Friday downtown. Downtown is hopping on First Fridays!

 

We’d had enough to eat, but it was fun to see such a crowd out for the food trucks!

Such a fun day. We headed home to cook up some fish taco’s and chill at home for the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning after working at the WW meetings, we had a big breakfast at home and then filled the day with walks, yard work, chats on the deck and a little grilling.

Tess got creative and ate her burger between two slices of grilled peppers. I took a bite. Yum!

 

She does NOT know that I took this picture.

 

Saturday evening we went to visit baby Wrenley! So precious!

 

Sunday we all went to Mass, then to my in laws to celebrate Palm Sunday. Did I mention yet how happy I was to see the sun?

Big family dinners at Mike’s parents always starts with the little ones all ringing dinner bells, then Grandma leads the family in prayer. She is a rock.

(Some of the pictures below are really good. Jake took those and I stole them.)

 

Dinner is always delicious.

 

The annual egg hunt!

 

Games and chats.

 

 

The new little family of three.

 

These two really are cute together.

 

These three are getting a new baby brother next month!

 

These two are getting a new baby brother in August.

 

Great Grandma and Grandpa and their little ones.

 

The gang.

 

Our growing family

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

Fish

April 6, 2017 — 5 Comments

Before I blog about anything else, you have to know that I saw this on Instagram yesterday, and I want it badly!! I thought about it all night long.

Is she adorable?? I would imagine only happy things happen when she is around.

Ahhhhhh………

I wanted fish and potatoes for dinner. I don’t know why. I just did. I’d like to start eating more fish and seafood at home, but for some reason I have always been hesitant to learn how to cook it?

I made scallops one time not too long ago. We both loved them and it was an easy recipe.

I prefer shrimp fajita’s over steak or chicken, but I have only cooked shrimp a handful of times at home. 

Salmon is my all time favorite, and I have finally mastered it in the skillet.

I wanted fish last night.

Mike is not a fan of salmon, but does like fish, so I bought myself salmon and Mike a piece of cod that had a nice coating of bread crumbs and parmesan on it from Whole Foods.

I found these beauties and I knew that I would roast them up with some sweet potatoes and red onion.

Aren’t they cute?

 

Carrots, Red Onion, Two varieties of Sweet Potatoes, Grapeseed Oil and Salt.

400 for about 35 minutes. Yum. Goes great with fish!l

It made sense to me to just cook the two pieces of fish together in the skillet, right?

I knew when my salmon was done. Crispy outside, medium on the inside.

The cod? I wasn’t sure it was getting done, so I let it cook just a tad longer. Well, I poked it and it was hard, not flaky at all. I wondered why it was taking so long to cook through. Yeah, it was WAYYYYYY over cooked!

Ooops. Mike had a turkey sandwich with his roasted veggies.

I’ve got some learning to do about cooking fish!!

Any tips fish and seafood lovers??

 

Slow miles, but miles.

I wore my new shoes for about 12 hours straight yesterday. My feet felt really good until I took my shoes off. Yikes. I decided to take a bath. Zero gravity. Felt pretty darned good too!

Tess and her boyfriend are coming in from Dallas late tonight, so I may not get a blog posted until Sunday night after taking them to the airport. Family time ya know. The whole family is getting together for Palm Sunday at my in laws. We always have such a great time over there. It will be our first family get together with baby Wrenley! Looking forward to fighting over who gets to hold the baby!

Happy Thursday!

Breakfast – 9 SP

Sweet Potatoes, Red Onions and Egg Whites topped with one Runny Egg. 

I wanted as much protein as possible so I wouldn’t be hungry while working at the food truck. I also wanted a runny yolk. I got all of the protein benefits of the scrambled egg whites while enjoying all of it topped with a runny egg for even more protein! Yummmm

 

Lunch – 5 SP

Two Bird Balls (They’re all gone now, but they made a great protein source this week!) Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrots.

I took this lunch to the food truck and ate it cold in between customers. I love the food at the food truck, and I can work it in when I want it, but I was trying to keep my points low yesterday and I knew that taking a lunch from home would help me to do that.

 

Snack – 3 SP

I’m kinda liking these new WW snacks. 

I ate these while I was overcooking fish!

 

Dinner – 11 SP

Salmon, Roasted Root Veggies and Asparagus.

It looks so dry in the picture, but it all tasted SO good!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 28

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

New Shoes and a Purge

April 5, 2017 — 4 Comments

Monday I hopped on the treadmill (not due to bad weather, but due to some dumb show I can’t get away from on Netflix) and walked a slow 4 miles. When I got off, I called the doctor and made an appointment. It seemed like time to figure out what I need to do other than what I am already doing for my foot.

On Tuesday, I decided new shoes might help. I’m not really over due, but it is time for a new pair.

I bought two new pair yesterday and after walking in one of the new pairs from 2:00 pm until about 9:00 pm, my foot feels so much better.

I do love my shoe store. I’ve bought my last 12 pair of walking shoes there. The 10th pair was $100 off! Elite Feet is family owned and the last two times that I have been in there, Leslie (the wife) has helped me and she is very patient. Not only does she know shoes but she’s super knowledgeable about feet!

She brought up a good point. I wear heels to work when I work at WW meetings. They are fairly comfortable for no longer than I am in them and I don’t feel any pain when wearing them, but wearing heels three times a week is new to my feet. She explained how the heels can cause Plantar Fasciitis. My foot definitely started hurting after I started wearing heels. Is it Plantar Fasciitis? I have no idea.

If my new shoes make my foot feel amazing, maybe I’ll just start wearing work out clothes and my walking shoes to lead WW meetings?? I could buy tons of cute workout clothes!! I wouldn’t hate that, although I have enjoyed having a reason to put on clothes and jewelry and not just wear my cozy clothes all day long.

I’ll see how the shoes feel over the next few days. Maybe I won’t need that dr appointment after all.

Thanks to all of you that have sent me suggestions and recommendations for Plantar Fasciitis. I appreciate all of the feed back!

Last night after dinner, I tackled a closet project. I started it a few weeks ago, but I needed to complete it. I scheduled a donation pick up to push me to finish up the closet. To make room for my WW supplies, I knew I needed to empty out one closet completely and do a little reorganizing in the other spare bedroom closet.

This morning I’ll be donating just a few bags of clothes and bedding. These are already sitting out at the curb. Why do I buy new pillows, then keep the old ones? Do you have any idea how many pillows are in those bags? Me neither!

Nothing better than a good purge! 

 

Everything feels so organized. 

 

Who wants a snack??

I didn’t end up getting the second At Work meeting, which is a bummer because now I have a closet full of office supplies and product! lol

I’m hoping it still works out, but it doesn’t look like it will happen this week like we had hoped. I love my Tuesday group so much. I would love to have a group just like them!

I’m still working on those miles. Thanks for your encouraging words on the challenge too. You are the best readers a blogger could ask for!

Okay, I’m heading out to work the food truck soon in my new shoes.  It’s cold and rainy today, but our awesome customers still come! I usually wear crappy dirty shoes, but I think it might be worth a little puddle in the parking lot and burger grease to feel good at the end of the day.

Have a great day!

Monday

Breakfast – 5 SP

Skillet Scramble with Egg Whites, Veggies, New Potatoes topped with Pico and Avocado

 

Lunch – 10 SP

I was on the go!

New WW snacks (tasty!) and an RX Bar

 

Dinner – 12 SP

Four (Three pictured)  Bird Balls with Marinara and Parmesan over Zoodles

 

Tuesday

Breakfast – 2 SP

One cold Bird Ball and a cup of Coffee with a WW Zero SP Cafe Creations creamer. Weird, I know. I was in a hurry.

It looks like a hunk of bread. It’s a meatball. I swear.

 

Lunch – 9 SP

This sounded much better than it tasted. So let me just say that I took more Bird Balls out of the freezer than I should have and they now need to be eaten.

Bird Ball Sandwich on Light English Muffin with Marinara and Parmesan. Grapes and Carrots.

The English Muffin just didn’t taste great, so I didn’t finish this.

 

Dinner – 23 SP

I was out running errands and so was Mike, so we met for dinner. There was no time for cookin, I had a closet to purge!

Shrimp Fajita’s, Corn Tortilla’s, no beans, no rice, extra peppers and onions a little guac, a little sour cream and a beer.

Monday Daily SmartPoints Total = 27

Tuesday Daily SmartPoints Total = 34

2017 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

March 41st

April 3, 2017 — 12 Comments

March 41st is when I plan to finish my 100 Miles in March. Work with me here, okay?

My last post was on a Friday, (over a week ago!!) and I had walked ZERO miles that day.

Below are the three days that followed that ZERO day.

Saturday – 5 miles

Sunday – 3 miles

Monday – 6 miles

Monday evening…

Tuesday

After working on Tuesday, I picked up my mom and we went to visit my cousin in the nursing home. I came home, cooked dinner, ate, then hopped on the treadmill.

I walked 1/4 of a mile and felt like there was a knife in my heel, so I stepped off. I’ve talked just briefly about thinking I have Plantar Fasciitis. I haven’t been to the doctor, but after talking to several friends and looking up my symptoms online, I am self diagnosing and I think it’s Plantar Fasciitis. 

I have been doing the suggested things to make it feel better. Some days it is uncomfortable and other days it just plain hurts. Tuesday it hurt.

Wednesday, the same. I was feeling frustrated and didn’t want to blog about not completing my challenge, and I was just busy enough that it was easy to not find time to blog, so I put blogging and walking on the back burner.

Thursday, I took a very spur of the moment trip to the farm for a sleepover with two girlfriends and left all of my worries behind me. Yay!

 

On Friday, our hubbies joined us and it was more worry free time. Again, Yay!

We sat around the fire, went four wheeling, played games and had some good old fashioned out door fun.

 

We came home from the farm early Saturday because we had plans to take our two grand daughters to Disney on Ice! More Yay!

 

Such a great show!! I felt like a kid.

After the show, out to dinner, then home to watch a movie snuggled up on the couch with the pups and bowls of popcorn.

The girls slept over and they were absolute angels. Of course.

Sunday, waffles and crafts.

 

Every time they sleep over, they want to take a bubble bath. Um, okay!

 

The last activity for the day was a baby shower for our daughter Kate. She is due next month!

The shower was perfect! Kate left with all sorts of great gifts and I ate a cupcake, a brownie and a Gooey Butter Bar. WHAT THE HECK??? Okay, except for that the shower really was perfect.

What a great few days it has been, but I have missed my blogging routine.

Now, back to my goals.

The walking challenge is for me to push myself to get in more activity, not to stress myself out about accomplishing a goal. I have certainly been more active than I was in February and I have enjoyed walking outside.

Over the last four or five years, I have learned so much about taking care of myself both mentally and physically.

I do not feel defeated. I am happy that I am at a place where I enjoy challenging myself. Life happens and things don’t always go as planned.

The important part of this challenge is that I have walked much more than I would have had I not done the challenge at all.

I’ve walked new paths. I’ve reintroduced myself to the treadmill. I’ve walked the dogs more than usual.

i will still walk 100 miles and I will complete my challenge. I’m just going to have to add-on some days to March to complete it and see how these feet handle the steps. 

I’ve really enjoyed hearing about how YOU are doing on the challenge!

Let me know if you were able to complete the challenge!

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

0 Miles

March 25, 2017

My house was really needing some TLC this week and I was beginning to think it wasn’t going to get any. I consider myself to be a tidy person, so things are pretty much in order. The kitchen and bathrooms are kept clean, but when it comes to vacuuming and dusting and mopping, those things seem to fall to the bottom of the list.

Yesterday….

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Mop all floors
  • Dust
  • Balance Check Book
  • Pay Bills
  • Gather Tax Information
  • Unpack boxes delivered for my At Work and organize

I knew that it might rain and that I should walk my miles early in the day or jump on the treadmill. At some point in the middle of afternoon while knee deep in my “to do’s”, I made the decision to continue to attack my list and skip the walk. It will put me even further behind on my challenge, but the idea behind the challenge is to keep me active, not to stress me out! lol

I never stopped moving yesterday so it’s not like I spent the day on the couch and did nothing, although right now that sounds like a great idea!

I really need to look into buying a fitness tracker. I would love to know how many steps I got in just getting the house clean and all the trips that I took going  in and out of the garage organizing my WW supplies.

Coffee with pop’s this morning.

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Happy Saturday to you all!

Go KU!!!

Breakfast – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle with Blueberries inside and on top! I love topping my Waffle with Banana Slices and 1 T Pure Maple Syrup!

 

Lunch – 8 SP

Tuna Egg Salad, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Plantains

 

Dinner – 31 SP

Happy Hour at a friends house.

I snacked on this great veggie tray with Hummus and Multi Grain Crackers, I had a few bites of Pirates Booty Cheese Puffs and Wine.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 45

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

Mostly Food

March 24, 2017

I got to walk with Becky yesterday. We can walk and talk and get in some miles without even thinking about it. My pups needed a short walk after too in order for me to get in 6 miles yesterday.

Yesterday was pretty packed and I am feeling really caught up on things around the house. I even pulled all of the weeds from the landscape last night after dinner and I trimmed down all of the monkey grass! That makes your back feel great!! (not)

Yesterday morning I made a “to go” breakfast before walking out the door just before 7:00 a.m. Toast with a smashed Banana and Almond Butter. It was too messy to eat while I was driving and by the time I had reached my destination it just tasted gross. I ate a few bites before realizing it was truly disgusting and threw the rest away. Why did I think smashed banana would taste good on toast??

 

After working an early WW meeting as a receptionist, I went to First Watch and ate a delicious breakfast!

 

After breakfast, I went to what will hopefully be my second At Work Weight Watcher meeting. I actually knew a few of the ladies there from my personal meeting. I would love to be able to lead this meeting and I should know by the end of the day if enough members sign up!

I ran a few errands late in the afternoon and I found this at Target.

It was mostly fresh ingredients and I thought it might be a good thing to keep in the fridge for a quick meal to add some protein to. The container is one serving and is 11 SmartPoints. I took it home for Mike and I to share with our dinner. I only had 1/4 of it due to the points and I did like it, but 11 Smartpoints was high for a meal with no protein if you plan to eat the entire container, in my opinion. I’m sure the Smartpoints were high due to the dressing.

Right before I went into Target, I was talking to my daughter on the phone. We were talking about what we were having for dinner. I told her I had some hamburger and I wanted to grill out but had no idea what we were having.

When visiting her in Dallas one time, we went to a restaurant that served Burger Bowls. They were SO good! She reminded me of that, so Burger Bowls for dinner!

I believe the one we had in Dallas was a bowl of Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Greens, Burger, Bacon, Egg and Cheese?

I made His & Her Burger Bowls for dinner.

 

Yummmmm.

 

It was pretty delicious.

 

I topped His with Cheese, Mayo and Tomato. Mine had Tomato, Red Onion, Dill Pickles and Smashed Avocado. 

That wraps up yesterday’s eats!

Pre-Breakfast – 2 SP

A few gross bites of Toast, smashed Banana and Almond Butter

Breakfast – 9 SP

First Watch…Two Poached Eggs, 1/2 of the Potatoes on my plate, Dry English Muffin, Fruit. I loved dipping that English Muffin in my Soft Poached Eggs!

 

Lunch – 4 SP

Leftover Chicken Fried Caulirice

 

Snack’s – 0 SP

Pear and Blueberries

 

 

Dinner – 14 SP

Burger Bowl and 1/4 Serving of the Nourish Bowl from Target. Also included in these SmartPoints…the bites I took after dinner.

Mixed Greens, Roasted Butternut Squash, 4 oz 90%/10% Beef Burger, Tomato Slice, 25 g Smashed Avocado, Red Onion, Dill Pickles

I thought it might be missing some additional condiments or dressing, but after chopping it all up, the tomato and avocado coated everything just right!

After dinner…..

I had points left, so I had 1/2 Burger with a smear of Smashed Avocado. 


Daily SmartPoints Total = 29

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

Have a great day!!

 


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

I headed out yesterday determined to get in a 5 mile walk. About a mile into my walk, I saw a friend starting her walk. We continued on together and it was great to get caught up and the time just flew by!

Yay!

 

It felt good to finally get in a good long walk. I hope I see her again tomorrow!! And every other day for the rest of the month!!! Well, then well after that too. She’s super sweet.

 

I like the way my tracker looks now with all of those fitpoints!

 

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast – 9 SP

Scrambled Egg Whites with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge stirred in and topped with Tomatoes.

1/2 Serving Gluten Free Oats with cinnamon, diced Apple, 1 T. Almond Butter and a honey drizzle.

 

Lunch – 11 SP

I worked at the Food Truck yesterday and those big juicy burgers were really smelling good, but I settled for this delicious Pork Taco, no tortilla and 1/4 C of Honey Roasted Sunflower seeds that we top our Market Salad with.

 

Snack – 0 SP

Banana…my fav.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

Chicken Fried Caulirice.

You can follow my Caulirice recipe and add in your favorites to make this dish. I used left over grilled chicken from the night before and a bag of riced cauliflower. Dinner came together quick!

I’m not really trying to fool anybody. I ate it with a fork.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 27

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!

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

Walkin and Talkin

March 22, 2017

This week in Weight Watchers, we are asking “Is It Worth It?”

What foods are worth it to you, and what foods are not? I love hearing all of the different answers and hearing how members are fitting those foods that are worth it into their day, and hearing what substitutions they have come up with for foods that are not worth it to them.

Yesterday when I asked, “What is one food that is totally worth it to you?”

One member replied, “Beer”.

You guys know me. I was standing right beside her and I held up my hand to high five her. She just looked at me. Everyone laughed. I said, “I need a high five! I love beer too!”

She said…”Oh, I thought you wanted to slap me!”

We all got a good laugh and the meeting just took off from there. I LOVE THIS GROUP!

 

I headed out for a 5 mile walk yesterday before dinner.

So many neighbors were outside and here’s what happened!

 

I’m just so chatty sometimes. You know, building relationships can be healthy too!

After 2 1/2 hours, I’d had some great conversations, but only got in 3 miles. I was starving, so I headed home.

That’s my favorite emoji right now. I often feel the need to roll my eyes, usually at myself. 

Remember when I was in the hole 1 SmartPoint on Saturday? Well, walking those miles these last few days has got me back in the positive!

Tracking is such a great tool for me to keep in check. It would have been so easy to be frustrated about eating/drinking 69 SmartPoints on Saturday. Instead, I tracked it, I’ve tracked since and I am back to where I like to be.

After dinner, I took a long bath in Epsom Salt with only candles lit.  After my bath, I took a long shower and used a salt scrub. I guess it was spa night. You could say I went to bed feeling very relaxed.

It was a really good day.

Yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 8 SP

5 Scrambled Egg Whites (I accidentally got just a tad of yolk in there) with one Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge stirred in at the end. Those melt nice in warm scrambled eggs and gives them a great creamy texture. 

You probably know that I love a whole egg, but occasionally I like to bulk up my breakfast with protein if I know I’m going to have a late lunch.

One whole egg has 6 g of Protein for 2 SmartPoints.

One Egg White has 4 g of Protein. I can have 5 Egg Whites for 1 SmartPoint and that’s 20 g of Protein.

2 Slices of Trader Joe Bread (3 SmartPoints) toasted with 1 T. Almond Butter and Banana Slices.

 

Lunch – 9 SP

Mixed Greens, 7 oz Rotisserie Chicken (dark and white meat), Tomatoes, 50 g Avocado and 1 tsp Olive Oil.

I stirred this all up really good and the avocado became smashed, which made a great dressing mixed in with the teaspoon of Olive Oil.

 

Snack – 5 SP

I tracked my dinner while I was cooking it. When I realized I had 6 SmartPoints left for the day, I cracked open a beer and poured it into a chilled glass.

I love beer, but you know that already.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

On my grocery run on Monday, I had no planned meals so I stocked up on meat and veggies. When I’m not sure what to make and I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (or when I chat with all of the neighbors and run short on time), it’s so easy to roast some veggies and throw some meat on the grill.

Easy Peasy!

Grilled Chicken Breast and Grilled Zucchini. Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 29

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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

WW Members Motivate Me!

March 21, 2017

I have loved going to my Weight Watcher meetings for a long time and I have been very vocal about that. There is something to be said about being surrounded by a group of people with the same goal in mind, sharing the same struggles and sharing successes along the way.

My schedule hasn’t allowed me to attend my own meeting in several weeks, but being a WW employee now has provided me with the opportunity to regularly be surrounded by these awesome people and be motivated by them.

I subbed as a Weight Watcher Leader in one of our stores yesterday and I LOVED it! WW members truly are just the best people to be around!

Whether attending a WW meeting as a member or as an employee, WW members motivate me to be my best self, and I love them for that!

I am truly loving working as a Leader with my members in the At Work program that WW offers, but working in a store as a Leader yesterday made me even more eager to get my own meeting in a store so I can meet even more members! Meetings are coming to me slowly so I will continue to embrace the ones that I have and I will be patient. 

Good things come to those who wait, right?

I wanted to get 5 miles in yesterday, but I only managed 3. I need to get 5+ miles in each day in order to finish the challenge on time!

How are YOU doing on the walking challenge??

I’ve mentioned that I started this at a bad time, and I kind of knew that, but the challenge has definitely forced me to get out and walk on days that I know I wouldn’t have made time for exercise, so I am glad that I decided to go for it!

I really like walking outside when it’s in the 70’s. What happened to my Spring??

I was being so careful yesterday with my points that I ended up with a lot left after dinner, so I made a yummy trail mix and ended the day completely satisfied.

Breakfast – 7 SP

Blueberry Bar on the way to work! These are so handy to keep in the car, or my purse!

 

I like all of the flavors that I’ve tried, but this seems to be my favorite and I can buy it at Trader Joe’s for $1.99!

(These are $2.79 at Whole Foods…Booo Hiss Hiss)

 

Lunch – 4 SP

Whole Foods Salad Bar (not cheap either, but always so many great choices!! I love this salad bar!)

Veggies, (that’s Butternut Squash, not Sweet Potatoes) 3 oz Rotisserie Chicken, Balsamic Vinegar and 2 tsp Olive Oil.

I bought a rotisserie chicken and brought that home to add to my lunch.

 

Snack – 1 SP

I was hot when I got home from my walk and wanted something super refreshing. Fruit plate with 1 tsp Almond Butter and Ice Water with frozen Strawberries.

 

Dinner – 7 SP

I had leftover grilled veggies from our cookout on Saturday, so I heated those up with 8 oz of Rotisserie Chicken. I really piled on the chicken here, and after tracking my dinner, I realized I still had all sorts of points left for the day!

 

Snack – 11 SP

I love trail mix, but it can be so high in points. I decided to make up a bowl and it was the perfect after dinner snack to end the day!

10 g Walnuts – 2 sp

20 g Walnuts – 3 sp

Navitas Cocoa Nibs – 2 sp (I tracked it, but I don’t have the serving size in my tracker. I think it was 1 T.)

20 g Dried Cranberries sweetened with Apple Juice (from Whole Foods) – 4 SP

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 30

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year!


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