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another ‘WW’ week

I’m trying to get back in the habit of thinking of my weeks from Thursday – Wednesday like I did before hitting goal because that’s when my weekly points start over. After each weigh in, I found it was a good way to go back and look at my week to see how good {or bad} I did that week and figure out what I could change or what I was missing.

When I was in ‘weight loss’ mode before, I would eat my daily 29 points and also whatever Activity Points I earned first during the week. I would try not to touch my 49 weekly points allowance but was happy to know that they were there if I ‘needed’ them. For me, this is how I saw the best results and it was a happy medium for me. I’m finding that its hard to just ‘jump back into weight loss mode’…..maybe its because the holidays are here….and life is crazy…I don’t know….but I’m trying to change one little thing each week to get back to what I was doing before maintenance.  Some days I fail at it miserably….some days its easy to pick it up again.  So I’m just taking it one day at a time.

Since its Wednesday….the end of my WW week….and I’m behind-as usual…..here are my Fire Bites from Thursday to today:


*my high schooler had a Late Arrival at school so I got to squeeze in an early 5 mile run with Lexy and Erin!!! It was awesome and felt awesome to be able to get an early run in during the week!!  +10

this one loves green smoothies!  -2

WW meeting and ‘unofficial’ weigh in –  5

running errands – 2

late lunch – flat out bread pizza with 2tsp EVOO – 9

snack – more chocolate – 6

dinner – beef enchiladas – 4

refreshments at a meeting – they had crepes and muffins and all kinds of stuff. I decided on just a brownie & fruit – 6


FRIDAY 11/11/11

Happy Veteran’s Day!!!!

at the request of my oldest – I had to make her Daddy cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning for a Veteran’s Day treat. Here he is-  my HERO! I am so grateful for brave men and women-  like my husband – who have served and continue to serve this great nation we live in!

and yes – I had a cinnamon roll.  might have even been two….?!?!

WW oatmeal cookies – honestly lost count :(

lunch – flat out bread pizza with 2tsp EVOO- 9

more cookies.

Had to work in the concession stand at school for a JV Basketball tournament that was going on. I don’t usually care for hot dogs, or haven’t had nachos in I can’t tell you how long……..but after 2 hours of working in there amongst hot dogs, frito pie, nachos with chili and cheese and jalepenos and it being you-know-what-week……I was CRAVING it by the time I left and I texted Courtney and told him to get the hot dogs and Zummo’s outta the freezer!! haha

*I realized that no matter how strong you are or you get – that we are always gonna have foods that trigger us from a memory or create a craving. Sometimes we can fight them off and sometimes we have to give in to them.  Tonight I gave in.

dinner – Zummo sausage on slice of bread with chili, cheese and onions. YUM-O. until I got done. Then I felt sick. 😛  I should have just eaten the Zummo with the bread and nixed the chili. I won’t be wanting another one of these chili dawgs for another long while.  -10?



*5 mile run with the group +10

post run – green protein smoothie – 2

made some oatmeal with bananas as I was running out the door to D’s BB game cause I knew I needed something that would last longer than that smoothie knowing I was gonna be in and out all day. -4

Dev played awesome in her BB tourney!!!!  They won their first game and lost the 2nd game by 1 point!


lunch in between games – had canned breadsticks {from a coupon} and saw this idea on the back of the mini pepperoni bag. It was really good especially dipped in my 2tsp EVOO for my daily oils.  Just wasn’t a satisfying enough meal to stay with me as long as I would have like it too. I should have eaten a salad with it and that would have solved the problem. -7


snack -cored and then sliced a HUGE apple and put cinnamon in between each layer -0

snack – 2

*got to take a MUCH needed nap!

dinner – Courtney wanted deer meat for dinner so we had venison backstrap, rice & gravy and cornbread. What I like to call good ole’ southern comfort food. snacked on meat as it came out from cooking and then had a small portion for dinner when we sat down to eat together.

my husband also had a ‘hankerin’ for chocolate cake – so I made a cake but we waited and had a slice when we got back from a church conference meeting with some ice cold milk.


SUNDAY 11/13

breakfast before church – oatmeal with bananas -4

right after church – another slice of chocolate cake :/

lunch – Jay made waffles (my little cooker!) – so had 1/2 waffle and turkey link sausage

*tried to take a nap before the evening meetings we had to attend

attended a Farewell Open House for some friends of ours that are moving- got to visit with some of the awesome Sisters from church

half a slice of poundcake and a couple bits of this chex mis

2 bites of chips and dip


these were awesome and come to find out you can find them at Sam’s Club!! Tasted like a chicken brushetta.

then we had another meeting to go to this time for Dev. had 1 mini cupcake, fruit and veggies and some punch. I was seriously craving veggies at this point in the day!!

need to get to the store!!!  had 1/2 bagel thin with pb just to have something substantial  in my belly.

Not a very well planned out day. That was my first problem. Should’ve had dinner in the crockpot and would have avoided all this snacking! But given the situation – I don’t’ feel like I went crazy with the portions either. Tried to just take a couple bites of the things I wanted too and then move on.


MONDAY 11/14

*Boot Camp kicked my boo-tay today!!!  +10

{welcome to shark week. }

post workout – protein smoothie – 2


lunch – protein pancake with bananas and I finally found my FAV cinnamon cool whip again!!! -6

snack – 5

dinner – found this recipe idea on Pinterest and have wanted to try it for a while. I finally had avocados. With my hubby gone for the week, grill cheeses is one of the things on the menu the kids and I have while he’s gone. This is what I like to call a gourmet grill cheese with colby jack, turkey, avocado and pesto. YUM!  It was pretty ‘rich’ tasting with the avocado. -12

chocolate – 4



pre-workout while taking Bubba to school – 2

30 minutes on the elliptical

30 minutes walking inclines/5 min cool down

lunch – protein pancake with cinnamon cool whip – 5

snack – 4

snack on the way to a baptism – 4

small piece of cake and punch at baptism – 8??

dinner  – 5

*major throbbing headache going to bed :(



Today was my one-day-a-month-pajama-day.

breakfast – 2 tylenol and an excendrin to get the day started. woke up with the headache still. not a good sign. :(

brunch – oatmeal with banana and cinnamon- 4

watched my friend that’s moving 3 sweet little kiddos today so she could go to her husbands farewell work lunch. the kids  all played sooo good together while I got a lot of my kitchen chores done that I’ve been putting off lately; cleaning out the fridge and freezer – wiping it down, getting the dishes caught up, prepared a meal to deliver to a sweet family tonight,  huge pile of mail to be filed & sales papers, made a meal list/menu, got laundry started, made out a to-do list for the next several days to TRY and organize myself………got lots of ‘little’ things done…….

with that said – I realized later this afternoon  when I looked at my dietSNAPS app to see when the last time I ate was……I realized that I had been snacking on WW oatmeal cookie dough alllllll day. a bite here. a bite there. I intentions  to bake them and never got around to it. I never had a real appetite today at all.  Usually mid afternoon my stomach and brain would be telling me  I needed some real food – so kind of a weird day and probably has everything to do with this headache and ‘shark week’- the reasons today was a pajama day.

dinner – beef veggie soup and a crescent roll – 8

*workout of today is catching up on my Burpees. I need to figure out a better system of when to do them because last time I did them was day 9 and we are on day 16!!!!!!!  So far I’ve done 9, 10 and am going to do 11 before I head to bed. Will finish catching up on days 12-17 tomorrow morning.

Weigh in day tomorrow. Its not gonna be pretty.  Between PMS last week, ‘shark week’ this week, and all the crazy food and lack of water I’ve been drinking I don’t expect anything……..I’m just gonna own it, forgive myself,  and start over fresh tomorrow.

But thankfully tomorrow is a NEW DAY and a NEW WEEK!

Things I KNOW I need to work on this week is to PLAN meals…..especially dinner. I plan on referring back to my list of trusted foods to throw some variety and stability back in my life-  ESPECIALLY this week of Thanksgiving we have ahead.

I’m looking forward to getting motivation from Karen tomorrow at WW’s.  😉








Married 16 Years AND Catching Up On Being Thankful! ;)

Yesterday, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary! It’s crazy to think of how much time has gone by and ALL the life we have lived in those years! Here we are back in 1995 at the age of 21 ready to take on the world together!

And here we are last night before going to dinner!!

Here we are at my heaviest weight…..  CRAZY!!!! (Click HERE to read my weight loss story or HERE to see me talk about it!)

I knew we would be going out to dinner, so I tried to keep my points low during the day to prepare for the feast!  Also- I worked out hard!  Haha!  I first ran 5 miles with the girls in the morning….. followed by 30 minutes of intense elliptical and 10 minutes of level 12 inclines. Torry surprised me at the gym when he stopped by to give me a kiss on his way out to work. Really turned on the charm yesterday morning…

Pre Work Out – 2pts

Went to my Weight Watchers meeting where I lost an AMAZING .2 lbs!  Yay- Maintained for another month.  I received my Lifetime Bravo sticker and felt a huge sigh of relief for surviving Halloween this year!  Seriously folks… only 2 more major holidays left for 2011!!!  😉 Zone Bar – 5pts

Came back home and had a yummy protein pancake – 5pts

2 Cups of veggies!  (1 cup spaghetti squash and 1 cup roasted veggies) – 0pts

Banana Soft Serve W/ Raspberries – 0pts

My mom came over to hang out with the boys while we went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.

Started out with a piece or 2 (or 3) of bread….

My 3 pieces of the Avocado Egg Rolls!  (This is one of my favorite things to have there!) The sauce is what really “does” it for me…. 😉

After reading the Hungry Girl report on the new Skinnylicious Menu at Cheesecake Factory, I went with this for my main meal…

Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos

PER SERVING (entire order): 250 calories, 3g saturated fat, 1,017mg sodium, 14g carbs

“THE FIND OF THE DAY! Not only would this be a fun app to share with two buddies (there are 3 “tacos” per order), but it could also easily double as a main meal for one! The (gorgeous!) tacos are actually leaves of lettuce filled with chicken, veggies, avocado, roasted corn salsa, and a creamy sauce; plus, they’re served with another salsa on the side.”

And a side of corn cakes…..

I really took time to enjoy this dinner – it was so ooo OOO  good!

After we ate, we walked and talked around the Galleria….  over all, it was a perfect night. With Torry gone so much of the time traveling for work, it feels like rare opportunities when we get time with just the two of us.  I really enjoyed being with him. He is my number 1 thing I am THANKFUL for!


I realized I am behind on our BEING THANKFUL Challenge!!! Since today is 11-11-11….. I will be catching up by listing 11 reasons I am Thankful!

So, like I said above…..

1. My husband, Torry is number one! So happy and thankful to share my life with him!

2. My boys!  They are the BEST and I feel like the luckiest mom in the world. They are at a really fun age right now. If only time could stand still!

3. My extended family- always keeping life fun and interesting!!  It has been really great to see how all of our relationships have grown over the years!

4. My faith – I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and I have really come to appreciate the gospel teachings I have received throughout my life. They truly are something I have come to rely on.  Heavenly Father loves each one of his children and has a plan for them. I feel so much comfort from the gospel message.

5. Friends- I have had several very close friends in my life and I love them all! It is refreshing to be accepted and loved by a close friend.

6. Running!!!  Seriously grateful for my love of running…. whether on a solo run, training for a marathon, running with a group, etc….  There is something special about this sport.

7. Weight Watchers- It changed my life!  I was finally able to shed over 50 unwanted pounds!  I could never be more grateful!

8. New Running Shoes!  Oh wait, is that part of #6? It really is one of my favorite things in life!

9. Having 2 new cars after driving “beaters” for years!

10. THIS BLOG!  It has been so fun to work with Carman and Cyndi on this project together!  It keeps us accountable and it’s a fun place to share our life with you!

11. This awesome scarf that Cyndi brought be from Europe! I texted her this pic to make sure I was wearing it correctly… and she gave me her official stamp of approval!  Always a good thing! :)

Backing up to Wednesday’s Fire Bites……….

Protein Pancake – 5 pts

Did the Jillian Michael’s 30 DAY SHRED Level 1 Work Out, followed by 20 minutes of elliptical and 20 minutes of inclines!

Whey Protein Fruit Smoothie – 2 pts

1 cup spaghetti squash, 1 cup roasted veggies, 1/4 cup alfredo sauce – 2 pts

Fiber One Bar – 4 pts

Cream Of Wheat – 3 pts

Tons of errands with the kids, so dinner was out of the grocery store…. Power Bar – 6 pts (Tasted like Candy!  So good!)

And a serving of these – 3 pts

When I finally got home after a long day…. I had a snack cup of sugar free pudding…. 2 pts

Okay—- I’m up to date!  Heading out to the gym to get this Friday started!!!  Hope you have a wonderful day!!


Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Rummaging through my pantry, I came across this bottle of Creamy Alfredo… I ran the stats and realized that paired with a veggie, it wouldn’t be too high in points. It definitely had the “comfort food” feel to it. It was perfect because right around dinner time, we were in the middle of a thunder/lightning storm. :)

First, I prepared the spaghetti squash by gutting it and placing it upside down on a baking sheet. Placed it in the preheated oven (425F) for 40 minutes.

After it was ready, I placed the squash “noodles” into a container to use later in the week.

My dinner portion was 1 cup of spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup of alfredo sauce, and chopped tomatoes on top. So good!! -4pts

As for the rest of my Fire Bites:

Protein Pancake – 5pts

25 minutes on the elliptical followed by 20 minutes on the stair climber +7pts

Zone Bar – 5pts

Veggies and 3oz Chicken – 3pts

Banana Soft Serve W/  Frozen Raspberries – 0pts

Turkey Swiss Melt W/ Spinach – 4pts

Cheerios (No Milk) – 4pts

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Roasted Veggies!!


Gone are the days of steaming broccoli and cracking open a can of green beans…. that used to be the only way I got in my veggies. I have really fallen in love with roasted veggies. This is one of my favorite combinations because they are soooo tasty and colorful! I preheat the oven to 425F and spray the bottom of the roasting pan. You don’t have to use this exact amount or this exact combination of veggies, but this is what works for me. I try to make a big batch that I can use for several meals.

Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Red Peppers, and Purple Onion

Dice them all up!  I love using my Pampered Chef knife.

Mix them all together and spread evenly over the pan. Spray the tops of the veggies with Pam. Sprinkle pepper and kosher salt to taste.

Roast in the oven for approximately 25 to 30 minutes! That’s it!  Very simple and a great way to add some variety!

Just got home from 25 minutes on the elliptical followed by 20 minutes on the stair climber!  I really pushed myself today and glad to have that work out in the books!

Here are my Fire Bites from yesterday…. a rather snacky day…

Protein Pancake in the morning… -5pts  (My boys thought it was funny)

Then I went to an awesome Boot Camp class for an hour.  Drank a Muscle Milk Light while picking up some things at the grocery store. -4pts

Came home and had some half the fat ice cream… makes sense, right?  -3pts

Turkey Chili W/ Spinach & Pico -5pts

Zone Bar – 5pts

Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage – 4pts

Butternut Squash – 1pts (ended up adding ketchup)

Not pictured is a Smart Ones dessert for -4pts and some of my son’s fish sticks for -6pts.


Boys On Halloween

3-A-Day Halloween Plan

We enjoyed a fun Halloween night…  my boys and a friend went trick-or-treating while I hung out with the neighbors. They came home with SOOO much candy! Lots of the good stuff!  KitKat, Butterfingers, Snickers, M&M’s, Almond Joy, Junior Mints, Twix, etc!  My oldest said… “Mom, you can have all of my candy, I don’t’ really want it…”  Seriously???  Did he just say that to me!?!?!?!?  I did NOT need to hear those words!!!

You KNOW things are serious when you start getting texts from friends…

So here’s “the plan”……

I read an awesome idea from Carrie today (one of my favorite bloggers!) ….

“I’m taking 3 pieces of candy today, and that’s it. I’ll keep the bowl of leftover candy at home, but bring in handfuls to work to pawn off on my coworkers :) 3 pieces per day until it’s gone, and counting every piece.”

So, I’m going with HER plan!!  Wish me luck!  I don’t have the best track record when it comes to this crazy holiday!

Here are today’s Fire Bites!

Protein Pancake – 5

1 Hr Boot Camp Class!  +10

Half The Fat Ice Cream – 3

Turkey Swiss Melt W/Spinach … and a side of red peppers – 4

Butternut Squash Fries – 0

Zone Bar – 5

Banana – 0

Turkey Chili Over Spinach W/ Mild Pico

3 Pieces of Halloween Candy – 6

And NOW I get to stare at this…………