Cauliflower Mac N Cheese and Weekly WI

This weekend was the perfect balance of lazy, fun and productive.   After having a 20 point burger on Friday at lunch with my sister, I made this FIVE point pizza.  I used the Joseph’s lavash and after getting some tips on Instagram from people who’ve tried it, I baked this at 350 degrees on my baking steel for 10 minutes.  Lavash (2), my zero point marinara sauce, mushrooms and baby peppers and 1/4 cup of reduced fat Italian cheese blend (3).  I couldn’t even finish it.

I woke up at 7 a.m. on Saturday and thought “just sleep a little longer.”  My nose and head were still stuffed up because of my cold, and the next thing I knew it was 9 a.m.!  I missed the meeting, but went and weighed in and lost .4.  I’ll take it because I didn’t go to the gym or do Insanity because of my cold, and my only exercise was walking.

I was meeting my Mom for lunch, so I made this coffee protein shake for breakfast.  One cup leftover coffee (you could also use cold brew), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (1) two cups of ice, and a scoop of Premier Protein chocolate protein powder.  Just blend and drink – it tasted like a Wendy’s frosty.

My Mom and I went to Mariano’s for lunch and hit up their salad bar.  My favorite salad – chicken finder salad!  It was a gorgeous day to sit outside and catch up.   We went to an estate sale where everything was free, then to Goodwill and then got some frozen yogurt.  Had we known how giant they were going to be, we would have split one!  We both ate about 1/2 a cup for 5 points and brought the rest home and put it in my Mom’s freezer.  

 

Mariano’s had sirloin steak on sale for $6 a pound and I picked up this cauliflower at a veggie stand near my Mom’s house.  Saturday nights dinner was like a steakhouse dinner, for a fraction of the cost.

Tony’s favorite side dish was creamed spinach.  However most creamed spinach calls for heavy cream and are around 10 smart points per serving.  My creamed spinach?  ONE SMART POINT.  1 cup fresh baby spinach, 1 tablespoon garlic hummus, 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk and salt and pepper – that was it.  The garlic in the hummus really gave this great flavor – I just put all those ingredients in my cast iron skillet over medium heat, the hummus melted and became creamy.  So good!

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Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

A great low carb side dish, perfect with steak or chicken.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a stock pot.  While that melts, put the whole head of cauliflower in the microwave and cook in fresh vegetable setting.  Once the butter is melted, add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly stir in the almond milk to make a roux. 

    Once the cauliflower cools, chop into small pieces.  Stir in the cheese, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper into the roux.  Stir in the cooked cauliflower and stir until combined.  You can broil for a few minutes if you want to get some color to the dish.  3/4 cup is 4 smart points.

Sunday morning I was LAZY.  Like so lazy.  The only thing I did was clean and vacuum my room and do two loads of laundry.  Besides that, I just laid on the couch and watched the Little League World Series – Tony used to love watching that.  Later in the afternoon Hannah and I went to our Cooking Club end of summer get together at Julie’s house.  Um, pretty sure I could do some serious damage in this kitchen. 😀

It was fun catching up with everyone.  We don’t meet in the summer and our next Cooking Club isn’t until October.  She had pizza, and everyone brought a side dish – salads, heirloom tomato salad, I made a pasta salad.  And Julie made a delicious cherry cobbler and Donna made these amazing almond cheesecake bites.  And I had some wine too.  I didn’t keep track of any points, so I am just going to say that all my weeklies are gone for the week and leave it at that.

It was such a lovely afternoon – thanks for hosting Julie!

I checked the weather this morning and saw that right around 1 p.m. the clouds will be rolling in so not sure I’ll see the eclipse.  My brother has traveled hundreds of miles to get in the totality path of the eclipse – fingers crossed that he sees it!  

Happy Monday – make it a great day!

 
 
 

Garden Tomato Pasta Sauce

I am officially out of the Joseph’s pita bread.  But I do have lavash, and am thinking of making a giant pizza out of it tonight with the pasta sauce that I made last night.  Have you guys tried using lavash for pizza?  Just wondering how it holds up, or if it’s a knife and fork kind of pizza?

We have a downstairs fridge that holds a lot of my condiments (I am a bit of a condiment whore!) and the “extras” that just don’t fit into the upstairs fridge.  I nearly forgot that I had these mini guac cups!  So worth the 3 points.  And I added fresh basil to my egg white pita and holy balls is that a delicious combo.  Breakfast came in at 7 smart points.

The rain stayed away and I went to my Weight Watchers meeting.  I love that we get so engrossed in conversation that we don’t even touch on the weekly meeting topping until the meeting is nearly over.

One woman was talking about how her son went to football camp, but because the coach didn’t bring all the equipment, he had to sit out and watch everyone else play.  When she picked her son up, he was crying about how unfair it was that he didn’t get to play.  He’s 11 years old.  She remembered being a kid and not be able to wait to go outside and play, no matter what it was.  She wondered at what time did that flip switch and she preferred to sit on the sidelines instead of getting in the game?   Interesting conversation!

I didn’t bring my lunch, so I picked up Qdoba.  This was just okay – the chicken didn’t have a lot of flavor, but you guys need to find and buy this Bolthouse Farm dressing – only ONE smart point for 2 tablespoons and it’s so creamy and delicious.  I am calling this salad 10 points, because there was brown rice and black beans in there, but I am going to recreate this salad next week with marinated grilled chicken.

As I was leaving work, I could feel my blood sugar dropping, and it was 54.  Dangit.  I was out of fruit, so I went to our office vending machine and for .60 got this package of M&Ms.  Not even 2 ounces and 250 calories.  It did the trick for my blood sugar, but of course I scanned it AFTER I ate it – 13 smart points!!!  

We had some storms roll in by the time I got off the train.  It looked so cool to see it stormy on one side and blue skies on the other.

My meal plan has been all over the map this week.  Case in point – dinner last night.  I defrosted thin pork chops, but my neighbors (the cool ones!) gifted me some garden fresh tomatoes, and well, I just had to make pasta sauce.  Tony made the best “gravy.”  He never added sugar to pasta sauce to sweeten it up, but would use grated carrots and I’ve done that for years.  Shred two carrots, and saute them with the garlic and olive oil for a few minutes before adding in the tomatoes and tomato paste.  Once you puree the sauce, you would never know the carrots were in there.

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Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce

A great way to use up your summer bounty of tomatoes!

Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/8 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. In a stock pot, heat up the olive oil.  Add in the garlic and the carrots and cook for about 3-4 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic.  Add in the tomato paste and cook for another minute.  Add in remaining ingredients, put the stove on medium low, pop a lid on the pot and let it cook for 20 minutes.

    Using a stick blender, puree the sauce and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.  If you don't like it spicy, just leave out the crushed red pepper.

I always weigh out my pasta – and this plate is 8 ounces of angel hair pasta for 9 smart points.  I haven’t put the above recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe app, but I can’t imagine it’s more than 1 point.  I topped mine with a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, so dinner came in at 11 points.  Less than the damn M&Ms!  Grrrrrr.

I had to post this mug below for my friend Jody, who is huge into Cross Fit and did some bad ass dead lifts on Instagram this morning – she’s my spirit animal who keeps tring to talk me into doing Cross Fit. 😀


I haven’t done Insanity this week, and I officially have caught Hannah and Jacob’s cold.  It started with sneezing at my desk yesterday and a runny nose.  I took it easy last night after dinner, so hopefully it won’t get any worse – I feel okay, it’s mostly in my head though.

So I have no idea how my Weigh In is going to go tomorrow.  I haven’t kept up with the gallon of water either – I am at about 3/4 of a gallon – I even have the gallon of water at my desk, but I’d get so busy with work, I’d look up and realize I hadn’t had any water in a couple hours.

So even though it was an off week, I had fun hanging out with my Mom and playing softball, and I’ll remember that longer than what the number is on the scale.

I am excited to try a new recipe this weekend too – making skinny peanut butter cups with the chocolate Premier Protein and PB2 – in my head it works out, so we’ll see!

And if you have time, can you send some comment love over at The Chopping Block?  My last blog post is about Meal Planning 101!  

Happy Friyay!  Make it a great day!

Softball!

I had such a busy work day yesterday.  I never know when one of my bosses is going to be in the office and he had a ton of stuff for me.  I love being busy because it makes the day go by fast, but I was too busy to Instagram my meals during the day yesterday – ha!

This is a Chobani bowl – (2) for the yogurt, (1) for the peanut butter powder and (2) for the granola.

I did squeeze in a 40 minute walk at lunch though, so that was good.  Right before I left Hannah texted me to tell me that the central air isn’t working.  Because of our schedules, service isn’t going to be until noon today.  Of course it had to go out on a day that was really humid and in the mid-80s.

Lunch was another pork sandwich with my homemade stove top sauerkraut.  I forgot the bbq sauce at home, but Plochman’s mustard was a great substitute.  With a serving of baked Lay’s, lunch was 9 points.

I was night secretary last night and two people on my floor signed up for help.  I got a call at 4:15 from the coach of the firms softball team telling me that the two women on the team cancelled last minute and he wanted to know if I could play.  I quickly figured out what the two attorneys needed and finished that in 30 minutes, so that I could leave at 4:45 to head to the game.

It was raining though, so I wasn’t sure we’d get a game in – apparently they are jinxed with rain on Wednesdays.  But it cleared up and we got the game in.  The firm’s team is in first place going into the playoffs – there are some really good people on the team.  I was happy I got a hit every at bat, and made a couple plays on the field.  It was so fun!

The park is in the West Loop.  I walked back to the train to get home steps in and passed by this place – Kaiser Tiger – sausage, bacon and beer – three of my favorite things?  Jacky, have you been there before?  

It was after 9 by the time I got home, and I really didn’t feel like cooking anything (it happens sometimes!) so I picked up these DiGiorno pizza flatbreads.  They were 10 points each, and I ate them both because I was really hungry.  Even though those were 20 points, I ended my day with 34/30 for the day – not bad!

Hoping the rain stays away at lunch so I can go to my Weight Watchers meeting – and hopefully my sister can go too – she’s been too busy to walk with me this week and I miss her! 

Two more days til the weekend, we’ve got this!  Make it a great day!

Stovetop Sauerkraut

I had a couple mason jars in the work kitchen cabinet, and when I went to make my parfait yesterday they were both gone.  So I had to make a breakfast bowl parfait.  Chobani (2) topped with blackberries and banana, 1/4 cup granola (3) and a drizzle of sugar free syrup.

It it was such a gorgeous day yesterday I didn’t want to come back to the office.

That’s the Pritzker Pavilion that my Mom and I were at the night before last – so pretty! I walked around Maggie Daly park too – and walked right on by the free Talenti they were handing out!

Lunch was a leftover bunless burger with hummus and veggies and fruit for 9 points.

For some reason I was super tired last night.  Both Hannah and Jacob are getting over colds, and I just felt achy so I took it easy last night – no insanity or the gym!

What I did do was make this super delicious stovetop sauerkraut from my friends Alison and Cameron’s garden. So pretty!

 

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Stovetop Sauerkraut

A super quick and simple kraut that's ready in 10 minutes.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Red cabbage
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs Brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet sprayed with Pam, start to sauté the cabbage.  In a mixing bowl add remaining ingredients and mix well - pour over red cabbage, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook 8-10 minutes.

I grilled pork on Sunday night and made a pork slider for dinner with this cabbage – it was so good I’m having it for lunch today.

Photo credit goes to Hannah.  Thanks Hannah!  I feel fine today, so watch out Fitbit challenge friends, I only had 13,000 steps yesterday!

I’m blogging from my phone this morning because I was having technical difficulties – so this post will be short and sweet – like me! 

Make it a great day!

 

Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I’ve talked about my love of scones on this blog over the years.  The first one that stole my heart was the one from Starbuck’s – the cinnamon chip one – swoon!  Um, turns out it’s 21 smart points though – or basically the equivalent of two meals.

I wanted to try yet another version using Premier Protein (I still have so many to use up before they expire!) and pulled out a bananas and cream protein shake.  I also used this generic Splenda as well.  

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You’ll only need one cup of the protein shake, but reserve the rest to brush over the top of the scones so the cinnamon sugar mixture sticks.

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Normally I would make 16 scones to make them more point friendly, but once I put them in the recipe builder as 8 servings, I was thrilled when 8 scones was 4 smart points each!

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Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I always pair lemon with blueberries - the zest just wakes up these scones.  Using vinegar with the Premier Protein acts as a mock buttermilk which will give you the lightest scones.

Course Breakfast
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Premier Protein bananas and cream shake reserve 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda, no calorie sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.

    Mix the vinegar and Premier protein together and let it sit for a few minutes, or until thickenend.  

    In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, splenda and salt.  Add the vinegar/premier protein mixture into the flour mixture, and add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and blueberries and mix until combined.  The dough will be a bit sticky.

    Form into a circle, put the dough on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.  You'll be able to cut the scones into 8 pieces much easier this way.  Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining protein shake, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.  Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until they are browned.

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I used one of the scones to make a mock Starbucks protein box – but pretty sure that they don’t have steak in their protein box.  Breakfast came in at 9 points.

My sister was busy at work so I was solo on my walk.  I bought a new purse that goes over my shoulders with a zipper so if someone tries to steal my phone, they are going to have to take me with them!  I brought enchilada soup for lunch, and before I left for my walk I put it on the counter to help defrost before I got back.  It was then that I realized that I froze this soup without the chicken – the first time I made it I added rotisserie chicken to it right before heating it up.

A couple blocks from my office has a big salad bar/hot bar, and I bought .25 pounds (about 4 ounces) of grilled chicken off the hot bar for $1.55 and chopped that up in my soup.

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Lunch came in at 8 smart points.  

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I normally don’t check my email during work, but jumped on around 3 to make sure that the marketing director at The Chopping Block got my lastest blog post.  I saw that my Mom had planned to go downtown last night with a friend to see the free Broadway show at Millenium Park, but her friend was sick and she asked if either Jenn and I wanted to go with her, because she still wanted to go, just not by herself.

If your 76 year old Momma asks to hang out with you – always say yes!  She texted me that she had shrimp, hummus, cheese and fruit and an adult beverage.  I went to Walgreens and picked up more adult beverage, crackers, deli ham and dark chocolate mini pretzels.

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She tried Bandit pinot grigio and loved it.  I love these cardboard boxed wines.

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No big deal – just my Momma hanging out with her favorite child again. 

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Turns out a lot of other people had the same idea we did!  I got there at 5:15 and the pavillion, both the seats and lawn area (seats 7,000) was already at capacity and they weren’t letting anyone else in.  So we ate our little sninner (snack+dinner) and then made our way over the pavillion, and after a few minutes as people left, they would let more people in.

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We had a pretty good view and the music was amazing.  I definitely want to see The Color Purple and Waitress.

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It was so much fun Momma!   I got home around 10:00 and was in bed by 10:30.  Jacob was telling me that he’s never been to musical before, so this fall we’ll have to take care of that.

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

Weekly WI – +2.0

I was so ready to go to Weight Watchers on Saturday morning that I was up at 7:00 a.m. for my 8:30 meeting!  You know how some weeks you feel like you’ve gained weight, but have to go anyway and face the music.  Um, that wasn’t me this last Saturday.  I killed it last week.  Except for my 45 point day the previous Saturday when I met friends out for lunch and beer (which I totally tracked) I tracked 100%, did my Max Insanity 5 times, went to the gym every night except Wednesday night when I had to work late.

I had huge NSVs last week – from not reverting to food and wine like I do in stress situations, like when my phone was stolen out of my hand, or when I thought I lost the brand new phone.  That was huge for me!

When I got home from work Friday night, the kadults were napping (they worked early shifts that day) so I went on a 45 minute walk.  Then went to the gym – I had my highest step totat to date – over 27,000 for the day!  

So I was shocked at a 2 pound gain.  Like really shocked.  But then I thought back to the week, and the only thing I didn’t really track was my water intake.  Maybe with all the exercise I wasn’t drinking enough.  Could I possibly be gaining muscle?  I felt smaller, so I took this gain in stride and know that my efforts for the last 7 days aren’t going to magically show up on the day of weigh in.  It’s all good.  

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After WW I went to Hannah’s coffee shop to meal plan – my next blog post for The Chopping Block was due today and I did a Meal Planning 101 blog post – a topic they surprisingly hadn’t covered since they started blogging several years ago.  That sugar free caramel latte with almond milk is 4 points and worth it – so good!

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Later that day, this popped up on my phone – since I’ve had my Fitbit, I’ve walked 5,000 miles!

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I had a busy day in my kitchen Saturday, which I’ll post recipes for later this week – one is a Premier Protein blueberry scone that is only 4 smart points and absolutely delicious.  I’ll be posting that recipe tomorrow.

I made my way to the gym on Saturday, and as I was walking in, I saw that an elderly couple was coming out of the grocery store and were parking in the handicapped parking.  They had these giant bottles of water, so I ran over and asked if I could help load their car for them.

The woman looked me up and down and said “honey, in your condition, you shouldn’t be lifting anything heavy!”  I had this look like “what the fuck did you just say?” but that didn’t stop her from asking me when my baby was due.  When I didn’t say anything she asked “you aren’t pregnant?!”  And I just said NO! and walked into the gym.

I realize that most of my weight is in my middle, but seriously?!   I took this picture after my workout.  My face shows that I am still pissed by the comment, but I didn’t let that derail my workout, if anything I pushed harder.

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I spend a lot of time in my kitchen this weekend that makes me very happy.  While I easily could have walked out of my WW meeting across the parking lot and walked into IHOP for a giant cinnamon roll as big as my head, I came home and made these cinnamon roll waffles with apples – the waffle is 5 points, I sauteed the apples with coconut spray and the 1/4 cup sugar free syrup was 1 point.  In case anyone was wondering, a Cinnabon classic cinnamon role is 37 points. 

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Using Premier Protein powder ups the protein by 30 grams for this recipe.

Course Breakfast
Servings 5
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick brand)
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla Premier Protein powder

Instructions

  1. In a 4 cup measuring cup, add the almond milk and vinegar, stir with a fork and let it sit for 5-10 minutes - you are making a mock buttermilk so if it looks all chunky, that's what you want!

    Stir in the egg whites, eggs, vanilla and stir just until combined.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon sugar and protein powder. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined.

    I used 3/4 cup of the batter per waffle (I have a cheap $10 waffle maker) to make 5 waffles at 5 smart points each.

So this week I am going to continue on like I have been, the only thing I am adding this week?  The gallon of water a day challenge.  We have well water so we can’t drink our tap water, but we refill our gallons of water at Walmart for .37 cents a gallon.  Jacob drinks a lot of water, so with my gallon a day challenge, we may need to refill midweek.  I thought it was going to be near impossible to finish a gallon of water in a day, but I had no problem with it, I just kept refilling my 8 ounce glass of water throughout the day and by the time I was ready to go to bed, I had finished it.  I am going to buy a gallon of water at Walgreens across from my office today and have that at my desk as a reminder, then refill it before I leave for the next day.

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I grilled skirt steak and pork last night, but I wasn’t really hungry and only ate some yogurt and fruit for dinner.  Hannah lit a fire and then quickly realized she and Jacob were going inside to watch Game of Thrones, so I manned the fire until it died down.  

It’s nights light last night that I miss Tony the most.  It’s not as fun sitting outside by myself, but I enjoyed the cool night, the chirping of the birds and the sounds of the fire crackling.   I just wish there were two chairs instead of one.

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Face to Face Friday and Thank the Baby Jesus

I got to the train station yesterday morning and as I pulled in the parking lot, I thought “hmmmm…something is weird here!”  There were only a handful of cars and for a second I thought “is it Saturday?!”

Nope, sadly a 49 year old woman took her life in front of a freight train on my line at 2:45 in the morning.  Because it was a freight train, the investigation took a lot longer than Metra, and they suggested finding “alternate routes” to get to work.  I had a busy day ahead of me, so I sucked it up, stopped and got a giant cup of coffee and thought I would drive to work.  

But one of the roads that gets me to the express way was closed due to the accident, and everyone was deverted to the other road, and well, I got nowhere fast.  I think I got .25 miles in 20 minutes – and have I mentioned I live 55 miles NW of Chicago?! 

The radio announcement said that the trains were moving, so I quickly got off the road I was on and went to the Barrington train station, which is two stops after my normal station.  I heard that a train was coming and that it was going to be express to Chicago, so I hightailed it up to the platform, paid for my parking (which is $3 not $1.50 in my town!) and realized . . . I didn’t have my phone.

Yes, the new phone that was replaced by my stolen phone earlier in the week.  I realized the train coming through wasn’t going to stop, but the next train that was coming through would be express.  I had all of about 60 seconds to run back to my car and see if I could find it, but I didn’t.  Damn.

I emailed the kadults when I got to work – they were working at various times during the day, Hannah doing paperwork at home because she was sick, but I asked if they had time, could they drive to the station, call my phone and see if I maybe dropped it when I was closing the door and that’s why I didn’t hear it?


I hadn’t heard from them all day and pretty much resigned myself that it was gone.  But as I was walking to work feeling sorry for myself, I passed by probably a dozen homeless people begging for money because they were hungry.  And here I was walking to work, that has hot coffee all the time thanks to our hospitality department, I have a job that pays me to keep a roof over my head and food on my table and well, suddenly I didn’t feel too sorry for myself!

At 4:00 p.m. Jacob called me to tell me they found the phone.  On top of my car.  But on top of the passenger side back door?  What the what?  I have no idea how I did that, but not 15 minutes after Jacob took this picture, it started to downpour – I really need to buy a lottery ticket tonight!!

My sister jointed me at WW yesterday after taking a bit of a summer hiatus.  She’s been house hunting, and her two oldest are both going to college and her youngest needed a passport to travel with a friend to Canada, so she’s been a bit stressed.  Even the leader said “Welcome back!” when she walked in.  We went to a salad bar place, and I got a giant salad and used Bolthouse Farms salsa verde avocado dressing – so good!  

I didn’t have to work night secretary because no one signed up, but for no apparent reason, the train left 30 minutes behind schedule, so I didn’t get home until nearly 7:30.

I made this quick dinner before heading to the gym.  I skipped my Insanity and plan to do that tomorrow and Sunday when I have more time.  The kadults order from this Chinese restaurant all the time and most of the time I think the food tastes like ass, but they love it.  They are notorious for not eating leftovers, so I was happy that the free “hibatchi” noodles that came with their order was still available.  So good!

3/4 cup of noodles with sauteed zucchini and steak for 9 smart points.  This was filling, yet I wasn’t stuffed so I could really push at my night time workout.

I started out with the Planet Fitness 30 minute Biggest Loser circuit – that is so hard, but I love it!

Then did 5 minutes of ropes – holy balls, have you tried this before?  I actually do 30 seconds on 30 seconds rest for 5 minutes, so really I am only doing 2 1/2 minutes of ropes, but my arms are like jelly just after that.  Then I finished it off with 30 minutes on the stair master.

Hannah is sick, so she rested at home – poor thing.  Colds usually hit her really hard – she was off yesterday and took a 6 hour nap during the day!  

Last November was when I started going to the WW meetings downtown since I was working downtown – it made sense, and I was able to finally meet my long time blog friend Amanda in real life.  She and I have been following each other for years.  

Mind you, I had been on Weight Watchers all of 2016, yet was constantly trying to “beat the system.”  Wondering how much wine I could drink, or pizza and work out enough so that I could still show a loss on the scale each week.  Um, turns out you can’t do that.  It wasn’t until this year that I finally realized I had to treat the weekend like I do the weekday.  Go to bed around the same time, get up at the same time (okay, I do sleep in until 7:30!) and not do great Monday through Friday only to scream “it’s the weekend!” and not track a single thing I ate or drank, only to get “back on” on Monday.

This year hasn’t been perfect, but I’ve been more consistent on the program than I have been in years.  When I lost 70 pounds back in 1999, it took me 15 months.  I am down nearly 20 pounds from that pic on the left, and have 23 pounds to go to hit my first goal of 140.  If I keep at it, I may just make it there by December 31! 

My ultimate goal is to be between 130-135, since that’s at the high end of my weight range for my height.  Oh, and to be a Spotlight with Oprah on Connect by my 50th birthday.  That’s totally going to happen.  I mean, I’ve already met her once, so she’s sure to have remembered me, right?  

I hope you have an amazing weekend, can always find the positive when things don’t go your way, and be thankful to be alive!  Make the most of it 😀  Hugs!