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Monday, February 27, 2012

Lots of Peppers today!

Breakfast was yummy and a bit different for me. I am adapting to the Greek yogurt "twang" if you will? This brand seems to be my favorite. Chobani. Today I had the raspberry, 3 PPV. Then I had a banana, 0 PPV, and a mini fat free cranberry orange muffin, 1 PPV. The muffin is Krusteaz brand and I love this flavor and the blueberry is delicious too

The red bell peppers were on sale for .89 cents, so I grabbed quite a few!

So for lunch I made a wrap with my tortilla, 2 PPV, 1 T of hummus, 1 PPV, 2 oz of grilled chicken breast, 2 PPV, and LOTS of bell pepper strips!

I wrapped it all up and added a few more crunchy veggies! Yum!

Then I couldn't get enough peppers I guess, so I made fajitas with my leftover grilled chicken from the night before's dinner.

Gotta add a couple of points for some fresh avocado!

I LOVE the Kraft 2% sharp cheddar slices, and they are a safe 1 PPV! I use this cheese on lots of different things because the flavor really is yummy and creamier than other low fat cheeses, I think. :)

I was so hungry and it smelled so good, I totally forgot to take a picture of it all rolled up! I think you can imagine it though, huh?

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Face it everyday, for REAL!

So this is what I just made and posted on my bathroom mirror. The print is light, so let me help.....

1) 150 lbs
2) exercise 5x per week
3) do not eat more than my weekly allowed points
4) drink 8 glasses water daily

1) stress and anxiety
a) look at this list on my mirror and read it before I eat anything due to stress or anxiety.
b) set the timer for 5 minutes and think about what I am stressed about before I eat anything due to stress or anxiety.
2) socializing
a) always keep within my points.
b) only drink alcohol ONCE weekly.

Why Am I Doing This?
1) my physical health
2) my mental health
3) become a WW leader
4) through WW leader job, be able to contribute more financially

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Random Thought - Oscar's

It's kinda like the Super Bowl, but funner. I really like the JCP commercials with Ellen.

(yes, I know funner isn't a word. My IPad told me)

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I love Pinterest,

I found this recipe on Pinterest. The site was

It's a chicken corn chowder and it was really yummy on a cold rainy day and 1 C was 4 PPV!

These are all of the ingredients. I think cooking can be a lot more fun and a lot easier to start with a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher! I measured out all of the ingredients and chopped up whatever needed chopping so I could follow the recipe for the first time and know I had everything ready to go!

Celery, carrots, onion and garlic in olive oil.

Bacon, jalapeƱo, thyme and flour.

Add the chicken!

the cream corn thickens it up! Yum! I added a T of sour cream to each bowl ( and added the points) to make it just a bit more creamy. My husband added a little shredded cheddar with the sour cream. Soooo good!

Highly recommended!

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Well No Wonder.....

At my last WW Meeting, my lovely leader, Joan, talked about how color can affect your appetite!

Here is the information she found on the color "Red".

"It is a very intense and energetic color, red increases blood pressure and stimulates appetite. Ever notice why many restaurants paint their walls a dark red?"

She followed this by saying that it probably wasn't the best idea to have red walls in your kitchen or red plates.

Here are my kitchen plates.

And here are a couple of pictures of my kitchen.

Yip, that's right. I have red walls AND red plates. At least I have a variety of plates, so I can opt out of eating off of my red plates, but I think I will keep my wall color for a while.

Here is the information Joan sent me on other colors and how they can affect your appetite!

Looks like Grey might be my next kitchen wall color. I am a total anxiety nut and a stress eater!

Written by AstroNutrition 13 April 2010

Blue. The color blue is associated with the mind and body and can produce a calming effect while slowing the metabolism. Blue is often used as an appetite suppressant so if you run a restaurant, consider painting it red! If you're dieting, put lots of blue in your kitchen and dining room from blue plates, blue candles, and blue placemats.

Green. The beauty of nature in shades of green, green is a calming and relaxing color. The color green is associated with being healthy and in nature.

Grey. A great color to suppress your appetite, grey calms and neutralizes anxiety which results in you eating less food.

Orange. Not only does orange increase oxygen supply to the brain, it stimulates us mentally and is invigorating. It's a warm, soothing color that also stimulates appetite.

Turquoise. A tasty color that stimulates your appetite, color your kitchen turquoise if you're looking at beefing up.

Yellow. Cheery and uplifting, yellow can help with focus and concentratation. Ever wonder why Post-It notes are yellow? Coincidence? Yellow is related to happiness and it can also stimulate your appetite.

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Monday, February 20, 2012


"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Nothing fancy, but so tasty!

1 C fresh strawberries
1/3 C WW fat free vanilla yogurt

All this for just 1 PPV!

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Good Bye Old Friend

Oh don't worry. That's just me being dramatic. I have had this relationship with coffee since my teens. My mom always had a pot of coffee on every morning, and most evenings. It was comforting. It always smelled so good. There was just something about sitting down with a cup of coffee that made everything better. Wait. Maybe it was the pastry or cookies that we had with it that was comforting. Well, whatever it was, it still is, because I have coffee on ALL the time! I drank it black for years. Then out of the blue, I needed a change. I do that a lot. Change things. Move furniture, paint a room, mow the lawn in a circle (true story), rearrange wall hangings, make the sock drawer the underwear drawer, cut all of my hair off, paint my nails purple, add creamer to my coffee! Can you believe it? Okay, it was fat free half and half, but it's still calories!!! So a week ago, I made another change. I gave up fat free half and half in my coffee. You thought I was giving up coffee, didn't you? Heck no! I'm not crazy!

You know what? I remembered how much I really enjoy black coffee!

Just like my coaster says......"Hot delicious Coffee Here"

Just looking at this mug filled with hot coffee makes me feel cozy! Geezzz, at times I can be so simple!

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I used my leftover peppers for a breakfast scramble this morning and made a HUGE 4 PPV breakfast!

3 egg whites - 1 PPV
1 turkey sausage link, diced - 1 PPV
1 slice Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese - 1 PPV
Diced bell peppers - 0 PPV
salsa - 0 PPV

1 orange, cut up - 0 PPV
1/3 C Weight Watchers Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt - 1 PPV

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Mom's Taco Salad

My mom had a lot of staple dinner's growing up, and this is one of my favorites, but modified just a bit.

I like to combine lean ground beef and lean ground turkey. I dice one onion and cook it with my beef and turkey. If you don't have one of these handy little tools to chop up your ground meat, I highly recommend it! Mine is Pampered Chef and it was $10. It really chops the meat up fine and that's how I really like my taco meat! Makes me think Taco Bell!

My mom would always add a can of kidney beans, but I love black beans,so that's what I add.

A few other changes I have made.......Reduced Fat Cheddar, Fat Free Catalina (the dressing is what makes this Mom's!), nonfat Greek plain yogurt, and I really don't miss the nacho Cheese Doritos ( ok, sometimes I do, but this is so full of favors, I can go without).

Add your taco meat and beans to a big bowl of lettuce and top it off with some bell peppers, shredded cheddar, Fat Free Catalina dressing and spoonful of nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream!

My plate is 10 PPV, but make sure you measure it all out for your own serving!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

She Ain't Heavy....She's my Mother mom is 4' 8" and weighs 75 lbs. And I am NOT adopted! I guess I just got more dad genes than mom genes. I did get her charming personality!

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6 points....could have made it in 5...

Pears are on of my favorite fruits. A good ripe pair is so juicy and tasty. They are an excellent source of fiber (6 grams) and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving.

There is nothing more filling than one of my big breakfast omelets. Today I did 4 egg whites, 2 turkey sausage links (next time one will be plenty) and a laughing cow cheese wedge.

Fold this over and top with a little salsa for a big breakfast!

Want a little something sweet and point free in your coffee? Sugar free (sweetened with nutra sweet?) Torani flavored sweeteners! Today I used Hazelnut. Yum!

I guess I was trying to see how many pictures I could get in this mornings breakfast!

Here is my 6 Points Plus Values Saturday morning breakfast!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Before and after

I really feel like no words are necessary here.....

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Me and Jane

So while I seem to be at a stand still with my weight, I do like to change my look a lot. My hair started turning gray a LONG LONG time ago, and my hairdresser told me to embrace it. So I did. I think she has saved me a gazillion dollars!

I love to change my cut. I recently took in a picture of a celebrity and said...."I want this". It was Jane Fonda. She is 74. I just kinda like old people stuff. Any who........ case you confuse us. case you're confused.

I'm younger.

Oh, and today I made myself go to the gym, now I am late for Happy Hour!
Gotta go!

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My Biggest Supporter

So I said to my husband last night, during a commercial break of American Idol (I LOVE Phil Phillips!), "I think I need you to be just be mean to me." He's like "What?". I said, with great sarcasm, "Maybe you just need to call me Fatty McFarmer or something so I can move forward". I told him how I was just really feeling down on myself and I was really disappointed in myself with where I was in my weight loss. I explained how I felt like my part time afternoon job was fulfilling, but I really wanted to be doing more and I had hoped at this time I would be at my weight loss goals and be working as a Weight Watchers Leader.

Here is what the genius said.......

"You should just treat your weight loss like a job. Make yourself go to the gym in the morning from 9-11 (he totally knows I like my morning coffee and Good Morning America) and have that be your morning job, then go to your afternoon job. Don't allow yourself to make any excuses."

He said it in the nicest way, and let me tell you, the guy could care less what I weigh. He constantly tells me how wonderful I am, how sexy I am, and how happy I make him. He said what he said because he knows it's really what I want, and that reaching my goals will make ME happy. Sometimes he just makes so much stinking sense.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Can We Go Back Here?

It's always good to get away for a bit!

"Your attitude can take you forward or
your attitude can take you down.
The choice is always yours!"

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Maybe I AM changing.....

I guess I have surprised myself a little with a few of the choices I have made and how great it has made me feel! We stopped at the grocery store for a few items to have at the condo in Florida this weekend, and the boys left the shopping up to me! Of course they picked up a couple of bags of chips and some dip, but they also liked my choices of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, pretzels, veggies and hummus! Oh, and they were fine with my Bud Light as well!

We hit the beach yesterday for a fun afternoon of bar hopping and a late lunch. I was sure to drink two glasses of water between each beer, only to remember how much easier potty breaks would be in a TWO PIECE! When it was time to order, I ordered a fresh veggie platter to share and an entree salad. I had a salad that night at dinner too, but desert was a Bailey's and coffee! Okay, TWO!

Today started off with some Greek yogurt and a banana. It's cloudy and high 50's. Not what I was expecting, but I put on the coffee and I'm getting ready to curl up with a book, Unbroken, while the guys get in some golf.

I am hoping for a little warmer afternoon and a bicycle ride later! Need to work off that Bailey's!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mini vaca....

Flew into Tampa today for a long weekend with hubby and friends at their condo.

We are spending tomorrow at the beach! I am going to focus on good times with friends and relaxing and getting away, and not focus on my cellulite thighs, although I can't promise this won't be difficult, as they are really pasty white right now!!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Simple 1 PPV snack

Slice a pear, spread on Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese Wedge.

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Sweets anyone?

Here's a yummy sweet treat. Simple.

These Popped Cinnamon Swirl Crisp are a WW product that you can only buy at their stores. I love these! There are several in this little bag and they have a great little crunch and LOTS of flavor. I was out running errands on a chilly, rainy day and my Starbucks Grande 2 Splenda Misto (half coffee, half steamed skim milk, with) made a perfect partner to go with my pop crisp. 2 PPV for my WW snack and 2 PPV for my Misto!

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Make it your own!

Steel cut oats. They take a while to cook up, and you really can't make one serving, but they are worth the wait.

You really need to cook these for about 30 minutes. I cook 4 servings, then separate them into four bowls and cover the other three with Saran wrap. Pop it in the microwave for a quick breakfast throughout the week!

One of my favorite ways to top this great big bowl of goodness is with an apple. I chop it up into lots of small pieces, then I sprinkle it with a little cinnamon, then put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes.

Putting the apple in the microwave really softens them up and adds a great baked apple to your oatmeal.

I like my oatmeal sweet, so I finish this off with a packet of sweetner and a little drizzle of honey!


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