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MyWW Purple Plan Weigh in and Check In

Happy Saturday friends! It is time again for weigh in!  To be honest, after all the Christmas eating and such, I wasn't sure I wanted to weigh in, but I committed to do it so I got up and went to my WW Studio.  Apparently listening to my body helped a lot this year!  I was down 2.2 lbs!  I am a bit in shock because I did indulge on some candy and desserts and some bread, but for the most part, I listened to my body and when I was full, I handed the plate off.  This is a big thing for me.  As of almost a year ago today, I was 182.4.  As of today, I am down to 171.2.  I have lost 11.2 pounds this year.  I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but considering everyday was not an OP day and I did indulge here and there, living life and enjoying some ice cream and desserts, I will not complain.  This means I am almost halfway to my goal weight of 135.  I am at my lowest weight during my married life.  My mindset is changing which is a good thing.  I'm still eating certain things l…

What's Cookin Wednesday, December 18th

Happy Hump Day friends!  I am back for another edition of What's Cookin Wednesday!  Some day I will figure out how to make my kitchen more recording friendly, but right now, I'm just trying to figure it out.  I actually picked out a couple of recipes that I wanted to try.  We're expecting some cold weather around my area, which I'm sure some of my northern friends would laugh about, but it's cold to me.  The first one I decided to try was the Skinny Chicken Fajita Soup.  Sometimes I really just feel like recipes are a suggestion that worked for someone else and might work for you.  I definitely tweaked it a little bit for our family. 

Honestly, my chicken wasn't cooked so I decided I'd just use my canned chicken.  Here's what I did:

2 - 5 oz. cans of chicken breast
2 - 10 oz. cans of Rotel Tomatoes
1 - 15 oz. can of Black Beans
1 - 32 oz. container of chicken stock
A couple of shakes of taco seasoning because it was handy and I didn't have fajita s…

Meal Planning Monday, December 16th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Ours was busy but good!  DD performed at our "Santa's Village" in our city.  Saturday, my sweet husband took me to see It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen!  It's not his favorite movie, but he knows how much I love it.  Then a get together with my church family and church today to watch our kids perform.  

Breakfast:  Likely another breakfast casserole like last week because it really was good.  I am in debate about making the 2 ingredient dough, just a small batch and using that in place of the biscuits, but haven't decided yet since I'm not feeling 100% today.  It may be easier just to use the biscuits this time. 

Lunches this week:

Chicken Fajita Soup, I may do a cook with me, but haven't decided yet since this is a first time recipe.
Egg Roll Soup, I also may do a cook with me on this one, but again, new recipe.

Dinners this week:

Macaroni and CheeseNachosLentil Stuff Pepper Soup (another …

Christmas Cookie Swap Collab - 12/07/2019

Happy Saturday friends!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Some fellow YouTubers have taken some time out of their schedules to share some cookies or other sweet treats together for you.  When I got invited to this collaboration by Joan (Joan's Pointed Plate), I was not really sure what I wanted to make.  Since I do not use some of the ingredients that others do, such as light butter, I decided I needed to find something that didn't have a lot of butter in it.  So I did a search of Pinterest and found a TON of great recipes, but not all of them had been updated for the new plans.  I choose a Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie as it really seemed like I had most of these ingredients on hand anyway.  Here's my recipe, using my substitutions.

Tracey's Variation of the Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

35 grams Lily's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips'
2 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Granulated Monkfruit Sweetener
1/2 cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
1 Banana
1 e…

Meal Planning Monday, December 2nd

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend!   I didn't get as much meal prepping done as I would have liked, but I do have a game plan for this week.

Dinners are as follows:

Hamburger StroganoffChicken and Dressing (no, I still haven't made it)Quesadillas, Fat Free Refried Beans and Spanish RiceSpaghetti, Garlic Bread and SaladStromboli - I am thinking of trying a chicken, bacon, ranch one.For breakfast, I haven't fully committed to anything yet.  I think it may be varied.  Eggs in a basket, chaffles, etc.  Lunch is also varied, but I may prepare a soup for us for this week.  What are you having this week?  I would love to hear about it! :-)

What's Cookin' Wednesday, November 20th

Happy Hump Day!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  I wanted to take a moment and share a recipe that I have found and tweaked a little for my family.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought it might be a good way to use up some of my pantry items. 

1 pound of uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), diced
1 cup of diced carrots
1 cup of diced celery
12fl oz Kroger Evaporated Milk (I used the Simple Truth Brand)
8 oz. package of Priano Tomato mozzarella tortellini (purchased at Aldi.
32 oz./4 cups of Simple Truth Organic Vegetable Stock, Fat Free

Dice chicken into small, bite sized piecesPeel and dice carrot into small piecesAdd to slow cooker along with broth and seasoningsCover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8Turn slow cooker to high and add evaporated milk and dried tortelliniFor a thicker soup, stir cornstarch with an equal amount of water until smooth and add to soup - I did not do this.My family really enjoyed this.  It was tasty and filling.  

Lightened Up Broccoli Rice Casserole

A big Thanks to Kim at "A Girl and her Phone"!  I used this Broccoli-Rice Casserole recipe as my guide.
2 c. cooked brown rice 1 (10 oz.) package frozen riced broccoli1 (12 oz.) package frozen riced cauliflower1 small onion, finely chopped1 (10.5 oz.) can Campbell's Cream of Onion Soup1/2 c. milk1 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. black pepper1 tsp. garlic powder1/4 tsp. paprika2 c. shredded Cabot 75% Reduced Fat cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.Thaw broccoli and warm broccoli in the microwave for about 5 minutes.In a bowl, combine warm cooked rice, onion, cream of onion soup, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar. Stir together until well mixed. Fold in broccoli.Spoon into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.Bake at 350℉ for 35 - 40 minutes until bubbly and cheese is just beginning to get some golden brown spots.MyWW Green Plan: 3 SmartPoints
MyWW Blue Plan: 3 SmartPoints MyWW Purp…

Thursday Thoughts, November 14th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve friends!  As some of you may be aware, I follow WW and they have recently released the MyWW plans.  These plans consist of Green, Blue and Purple.  My choice may not be the same for everyone, but my hope is that no matter what journey that you choose that you will find something that works for you.  One plan does not necessarily fit all.  

MyWW Green Plan, you get 30 Daily Points, but everything has a points value other than the 100 fruits and vegetables on the 0 Points food list.

MyWW Blue is basically Freestyle another another name.  You get 23 Daily Points and 200 different foods on the 0 Points food list.

MyWW Purple is what I choose and is more similar to Simply Filling than Freestyle in that you don't have to track up to 300 different foods that are on the 0 Points food list and you get 16 Daily Points.  

Here's my take on it.  Each of the programs work and have worked for me personally, some just take me a little tweaking to figure out what w…

What's Cookin' Wednesday, November 13th

Happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump Day friends!  It seems most of the folks on my social media are also experiencing cold weather.  My part of Texas is currently in the 20's at night.  I am not a big cold weather fan, but I have to say that one of my favorite things when the weather is cold...and this goes back to me being a little a nice cup of hot chocolate.  So, here is my dilemma, as many of you know, I don't eat much in the way of sugar substitutes.  Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate packet is 4 SmartPoints per serving...whaa??  Yep, 4 SP per serving.  I could have 4 and that would eat up my daily points on the MyWW Purple plan but would I really want to use ALL my SmartPoint allotment on hot chocolate?  Um, let me think about it, no.  So I have been on the hunt for something that would give me that hot chocolate fix without breaking my SmartPoint bank.  I found this low carb hot chocolate recipe and thought it might work.  Okay, first off, it helps to read all the directions a…

Meal Planning Monday, November 11th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Thought I'd take a moment and share my meal plan for the week.

Also, I know for those of us on WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, there is some excitement as the new programs roll out officially today!   I will be heading to a meeting tonight to gather the information and make a final decision.  While I know I need to track and have done pretty well on Freestyle, I feel like I may change to the Purple plan.  I will continue to track because it is what works for me. 

Okay, now for the meal plan for the week:

Monday: Family dinner out.
Tuesday: Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli
Wednesday: Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
Thursday: Beans and Cornbread
Friday: Leftover Patrol
Saturday: Chicken and Dressing
Sunday: Unknown

I am getting a little better about planning more specifically for the day right now, but we'll see if that continues. 

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Pep Talk Tuesday, October 29th

Happy Tuesday friends!  We made it to Tuesday!  Yay!  It's time for another edition of Pep Talk Tuesday!  This is another important issue to discuss.  Again, this is a situation where I am seeing multiple people posting about struggling to find their motivation or that they are frustrated and struggling.  When you have been doing this for awhile, like I have, you realize that there are ups and downs on this journey.  There are times that you can FEEL the script flipping in your head and other times you feel like you are free falling.  There was a time, several years that I was not really working the plan, but I was going through the motions.  Here's the thing, I have been on this journey since well before my husband and I started dating, that was 11 years ago.  That has happened several times during my journey.  During this time, though, I was going to meetings and making an attempt to work the plan.  I was struggling to plan meals and grocery shop on a budget and make sure my…

What's Cookin Wednesday, October 23rd

Happy hump day friends!  We've made it to another one!  So I actually made this a couple of weeks ago and again this week, but it was so good so I wanted to share!  As I have said, my daughter has decided to go meatless, so some of my all time favorites are not longer options right now.  I know, I know, I could make more than one meal, but I don't want to do that.  So, I found a recipe for a Crockpot Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup.  I used some substitutions because I was focusing on what I had on hand.  

Here's the ingredients she has listed:

3 large carrots peeled & sliced
3 sticks celery chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
1 (19 fluid ounce) can white beans drained
1 (19 fluid ounce) can red kidney beans drained
4 cups vegetable broth
5 dashes Italian seasoning
1.5 cups ditali or ditalini pasta 
Salt & pepper to taste  

Here's how I changed it up: 

1 cup of baby carrots, sliced
1 c…

Pep Talk Tuesday, October 22nd

WooHoo!  We made it to Tuesday friends, so Happy Tuesday!  Okay, I was going to talk about the WW topic this week of eating the rainbow, but I'm in several WW based groups on FB and I've seen multiple people posting about binge eating.  So, the WW topic of eating the rainbow has been postponed for another day.  Seriously, y'all this is an important message that we all need to hear.  

First off, let's talk about the definition of the word "binge".  I used Merriam Webster's web page to look it up so I could include it here:

1a: a drunken revel : SPREE

b: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence
a buying binge

c: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food)
went on an eating binge binge drinking

2: a social gathering : PARTY

Here's the thing, I have experienced 1c before and, speaking only for myself, it can be very scary.  It was like something invaded my body and took control.  For me, and I know it's not that way for everyone, it is ge…

Meal Planning Monday, October 21st

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!  It's time again for Meal Planning Monday!  Yay!  Okay, so, I'm going to be real here for a minute...don't be shocked!  I didn't get everything made this week that I intended to. 

The waffle sticks and the egg bakes didn't get made.  I started getting a migraine again.  I'm really getting annoyed because they are rearing their ugly head again.   The rolled tacos didn't happen, the beans and special cornbread didn't happen, but we still managed to eat this week and not starve to death! 

Dinners that were planned this week, not all of those happened either!  What I planned:

- Bean Burritos;
- Lima Beans and Cornbread;
- Lentil Soup;
- Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread;
- burgers and fries; 
- fish and riced cauliflower risotto.  

What we had:

Monday: Lima Beans, cornbread and ham steak.
Tuesday: Trader Ming's Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower and homemade fried rice.
Wednesday:  Subway sandwiches after church…

Simply Sunday, October 20th

Happy Sunday friends!  If you are watching me over on YouTube, you may already be aware of the news I'm going to share, but if not, let me share it now! 

I LOST 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK!  I know, I was not expecting that much, but I walked a lot this week!  That extra movement and getting a blue dot everyday definitely helped!  
 I am definitely going to try to keep moving this week.  Maybe I can hit 75,000 steps this week, if the migraines stay at bay.  That would be 15,000 steps each day.  Something to shoot for anyway, even if I don't make it, I can work on it until I get there!  How did I do it?  Well, 2 friends invited me to the Workweek Hustle on FitBit.  My competitive streak kicked in when I was able to get so many steps on Monday and while I didn't win first place in both of those, I got first place in one and second place in the other.  It definitely helped me on the scale, no doubt.  

I have meals planned and what I don't have specifically planned, I have ideas.  My …

Meal Planning Monday, October 14th

Happy Monday friends!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had a busy weekend, but it was good!  With our first real cold snap at the end of last week, I'm really feeling like fall is upon us!

Meals for this week are as follows:

Breakfasts are waffle sticks and an egg bake.

Lunch plans are rolled tacos (bean and cheese), cheeseburger and tot casserole and beans and my mom's special cornbread.  My plan with the cornbread is to make it in the brownie pan that I just got from Pampered Chef so that I can have individual portions already.

Dinner plans are:

- Bean Burritos;
- Lima Beans and Cornbread;
- Lentil Soup;
- Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread;
- burgers and fries; 
- fish and riced cauliflower risotto. 

I'm looking forward to this week's meals!  What are you having this week?

Meal Planning Monday, October 7th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It was my 30 year class reunion this weekend so I got to see some people I haven't seen in years.  Last week was a bit of a rough week food-wise, but we made it through and I had a loss on the official scale!  I think it's a number I've seen before, but it's still going in the right direction.  Okay, let's get into it.  Meals for this week are:

Breakfasts: waffle sticks using my new Pampered Chef pan and probably a breakfast casserole for me. 

Lunches:  Combination of salads, Lentil Tortilla Soup, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas and Bean and Cheese Rolled tacos a/k/a taquitos.


Tomato Soup and grilled cheese;Vegetarian pasta e fagioli soup;Roasted Veggies and Macaroni and Cheese;Vegetable fried rice; and Vegetable Lasagna.I am excited about this week and looking forward seeing how I can improve this week.  I had 4 days of blue dot days, walked more than I have been, so I'm feeling good about that!  Ho…

What I Ate Wednesday, October 2nd

Happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump Day!  Hope you are having a good week.  Here's a peek at what I ate yesterday. 

Breakfast (2 eggs, toast), snack (banana), coffee and tea (which I sipped all day), lunch was Philly Cheesesteak inspired sloppy joe which I put over steamed cabbage, sweet treat/snack was Made Good Mixed Berry Granolas Mini and dinner (no I didn't eat it all because I had a migraine) was spaghetti squash with alfredo sauce and garlic cheese bread.  

Pep Talk Tuesday, October 1st

Happy Tuesday and happy first day of October!  If you don't follow me on Facebook, you may not be aware, but I took a big leap on Sunday and posted a video on YouTube.  I am going to start documenting my journey on YouTube.  I'm nervous and I know I need to improve my editing skills, but I did it.  Y'all, I mean this is HUGE for me.  I started reading Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup and it definitely brought me to some "a-ha" moments and I'm not even out of the fear archetypes yet.  Between Jordan Lee Dooley's book, Own Your Everyday and this book, I feel like I'm in a position to really make some progress on me.  Getting out of my comfort zone and not being so afraid is definitely going to help me reach my goals.  My plan is to post 2 videos per week but I haven't decided specifically on my days yet but my first video is up. 

I'm excited to see where this new adventure takes me.  I mean I'm already trying things that I never would because I wa…

Meal Planning Monday, September 30th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  We had some homecoming preparations for our daughter.  What are you having for your meals this week?  Last week was yet another stressful week, which made for a not so great food week.  Meals didn't get cooked as quickly as I would have liked and wound up being different than I planned, but it's okay.  I'm feeling a little more "head in the game" this week.  

Breakfasts this week:  Pancake bake for my daughter and probably a breakfast casserole or eggs for me.

Lunches: For my daughter, Lazy Man Lasagna (meatless) and sandwiches.

For the rest of us: salad, sandwiches and hamburger Philly Cheesesteak over cabbage

Dinners:  a Mexican casserole that I haven't made up yet. 
Fish and veggies
Kunk Poa Tempura Cauliflower with rice
Fettuccine Alfredo (I'll probably use the spaghetti squash I just cooked)
Sandwich night

Last week, we wound up at The Ultimate Willy Wonka party, which was awesome!  The week be…

Focus Friday, September 27th

Happy Friday friends!  Finally, this has been a long and stressful week, but it's going to have a great ending!  My sweet husband is taking me to the Ultimate Willy Wonka party.  I am so excited!  Okay, seriously, this has been a ROUGH week.  With the end of the month and being down a person, it's made for a difficult week.  It hasn't been the best food week but whatever the scale says, it says and I just have to move forward.  I did listen to an interesting book this yesterday.  It's called Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley.  She shares a declaration that I will share at the end of this blog.  She talks about being present.

I found myself really hungry this week so next week, I need to focus on being more prepared with my food and snacks so that I know I have things I can eat.  Goals also include getting to the Rec Center this week so I can get some workouts in.  

1. Water intake of at least 90 oz. per day.
2. Track, track, track!  
3. Take care of myself.  By this, …

Thrifty Thursday Crafts, September 26th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  Fall is here, even though it doesn't really feel like it in our neck of the woods.  The crafting bug hit me!  I offered to host Thanksgiving for my family at our house and it suddenly hit me that I needed to decorate for fall.  I used to enjoy working on some random crafting project with my Mom or playing games, but I told my husband, I think my mind just needs that down time so that I am forced to focus on something different.  I don't know about you, but I struggle with shutting down for a bit and getting overwhelmed with what I have going on.  For less than $20.00, I made this cute little flower arrangement from things that I bought from the Dollar Tree.  It is currently sitting on our front porch.  I'll be adding some additional items to my decor, but seriously I'm loving being creative!  The smaller scarecrows came in a 2-pack, but if my estimate is correct, I spent less than $15.00, tax included on this project.  I think I may tr…

What's Cookin Wednesday, September 25th

Happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump Day!  Hope you are having a good week!  I decided to do something different this week.  Since fall is technically upon us and I wanted to prepare something different for my daughter for her lunches.  I used this recipe for Vegetable Lo Mein.  I left out the broccoli and the mushrooms.  I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles since that's what I had on hand.  My daughter enjoyed it, but said she wanted more sauce.  I'll keep tweaking it, I suspect, until I come up with the perfect mix for her.  

I am looking forward to Texas weather cooling down!

Meal Planning Monday, September 23rd

Happy Monday, friends!  Where have I been?  It was a rough week and I just never found the time to sit down.  For those of you that know me, I am not a big fan of change.  We had a big change at our office because one of my co-workers left our office for another opportunity.  I wish her well in her new venture.  Time was limited to meal prep for this week, but I really needed to be "on" this week like I was a couple of weeks ago.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Bake 
Breakfast Casserole.


Hamburger Philly Cheesesteak on cabbage
Spaghetti Squash and chicken meatballs
Veggie Lo Mein Noodles


Kung Poa Tempura Cauliflower
Fried Rice
Salad Night

Hopefully we will enjoy the Philly Cheesesteak over the cabbage.  I'm trying to keep it lower carb where I can, but I've decided for right now not to focus so much on that after my really off week.

I've got ideas in my head for our meals on the weekend or for lunches for the following week.  Hopefully …

Thursday Thoughts, September 12th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  How's your week going so far?  I want to take a moment and talk about something posted on Facebook where people have made rude comments.  Here's the thing, purely my opinion, but I think that many people are getting more rude and not thinking about how it may cause others to feel because they are hiding behind their screens.  Here's my two cents or what it's worth, just be kind.  You don't know what others may be going through.  One smile from you may change the way their day is going.  One "good morning, how are you?" even if you don't really want to know.  Even if you do not agree with someone, there is no point in being rude to them.  We are all human and we all need a little grace sometimes.  We are not perfect and we each fall short from time to time.  I guess my Mom telling me for so long to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" just stuck and I try hard to be courteous to wait staff/fast…

What's Cooking Wednesday, September 12th

Well, hello, and happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump day!  This has been a busy weekend and a weekend of trying new things.  As I may have mentioned, I am trying to focus on some lower carb options.  I found a recipe for cauliflower hash browns and decided I would try to make them as an additional to breakfast casserole.  Unfortunately I didn't have 2 packages of cauliflower rice so I decided to halve the recipe.  

Here's what I did:  

I used my one smaller package of cauliflower rice (10 oz. package), 1 cup of the Simple Truth Organic Cheddar and 1 egg and I added some salt, pepper and garlic powder.  

They were a little more eggy than I would have preferred but I didn't have the same amount of cauliflower that she had.  They are really tasty and made a good addition to my breakfast casserole.  I'm looking forward to having them this week.  Did you try any new recipes this week?  Maybe any of the recipes I've shared?  I'd love to hear!  Have a great Wednesday!

Pep Talk Tuesday, September 10th

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's time again for Pep Talk Tuesday.  Let's talk for a minute about something we all do...and probably should do more of...sleep.  There are some nights I feel really rested, I get up and feel pretty positive...and then I get to work and start feeling tired.  Let's take a moment and talk about how to set ourselves up for sleep.

1. Build bedtime habits.  Pick a calming activity that you can do every night.  I found a great ten minute Yoga routine that I can do before bed time.  It definitely helps me.  You can also, take a bath or shower, or read a book.  It's harder when you are doing it on an electronic device.  Turn that calming activity into a routine.  

2. Select a cue that triggers you to do the activity.  Set an alarm or use the end of an episode of your favorite show.  Be sure to set the cue at the same time every night so that you are maintaining a consistent schedule.  Start the routine earlier, perhaps 30 minutes, so that you can be pre…

Meal Planning Monday, September 9th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!  Mine was a bit busy, but it was good.  I got to enjoy some quiet time, but I got some good meal prepping done.  While my weigh in didn't go quite as planned, I am so seriously planning on a GREAT week!   As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  

With that being said, I was struggling to eat the breakfast casserole by the end of the week.  This week, I made two different breakfast items to give me some options.  I made a ham, egg and cheese breakfast casserole, some cauliflower "hash browns" and a pancake bake.  I also made a pancake bake for my DD. 

Honestly, because I struggle having the same thing for days on end, (really how do people do that??) I try to make different things that I can have on different days.  As last week was so crazy and I didn't eat everything I prepped, I still have some leftovers for this week.  So I will use that up and then I am thinking I will make a philly cheesesteak…

Simple Sunday, September 8th

Happy Sunday to you!  It's been a minute since I've posted on a Sunday, but I'm trying to get my routines back in order since we ran away on vacation.  Weigh in yesterday was a 1.2 pound gain.  To be honest, I could be really upset by this because I was pretty good most days this week staying within my points and carbs.  However, this week was full of some stressful situations and life.  I am NOT giving up or giving in.  I'm focusing on making the coming week a MUCH better week for me.  I'm meal planning and meal prepping.  I have my calendar out right now so I can put my workouts down on my calendar.  Also, this was the first week of focusing on my WW points AND net carbs.  It's a bit of an adjustment, but I'm gearing up, making plans and making it happen for me.  169 is literally 10 pounds away right now.  

What are you doing to set yourself up for success this week?

Friday Focus, September 6th

Happy Friday friends!  We've almost made it through another week!  Wow!  For a short week, this has been a crazy week!  Feeling good about taking time to prepare some meals and components were super helpful this week!  Now to figure out what to fix for next week.  I'm thinking a bacon breakfast casserole for next week.  

This week I had a nuclear stress test scheduled for this week.  Initially, I was okay and then, as the time for my test got closer, the anxiety and stress started getting to me.  By the time that I checked in and was heading to the waiting room, I broke down and started tearing up.  I made it through the test and (Thank you, Jesus!) my tests came back normal.  

This is my first week trying to double tracking my Freestyle SmartPoints and my net carbs.  Not everyday has been a win, but like I said to my husband, I am certain that it's better than what it might be if I were not tracking them.

Focus for next week:

1. Water intake of at least 90 oz. per day.
2. Trac…

Thursday Thoughts, September 5th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  I hope you are having a fantastic short week after the three day weekend.  As I'm going through the week, I realized I didn't share my weight loss this week.  I did not go weigh in the week prior because of the stomach virus and I did document my weight when I went to the doctor's office that Friday.  I was at 179.1 at that time.  This past Saturday, I headed to my weight in location.  Even though my food was not 100%, I am excited to share that I lost another 1.3.  The past week, I tried to focus on getting some steps in and pushing my water.  I think each of these things contributed to my weight loss.  

With the plan this week of 23 Freestyle SmartPoints and limited it to 33 net carbs, I think it will help me to get past this "recycling pounds" roller coaster I've been on.  My goal is to get past 170 sooner rather than later.  Currently my weight is at 177.8 as of this past Saturday, so 8 more pounds and I'll be out of t…

What's Cookin Wednesday, September 2nd

Happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump day!  I honestly don't remember if I have posted this recipe before, but it's basically my Mom's meatloaf recipe that I tweaked.  I have tweaked it for crockpot and now for meatloaf muffins.  I decided that this would be an easier option for me and my family for lunch.  Here's my basic reecipe:

1.25 lbs/20 oz. of Bison
2/3 cup of Panko
1 Egg
1/2 cup of Bell Pepper
1/2 cup of Onion
I opened a 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce, but it looked like it was too much tomato sauce.

Prehead the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix your ingredients together.  I weighed my mixture and then divided it by 12 since I was making muffins and I wanted them to be pretty much equal.  After putting each one into the muffin tin, I topped with tomato sauce.  Then  I realized I forgot to season it, so I seasoned afterwards.  I cooked the meatloaf for approximately 20 minutes.  They came out looking very tasty.   

I am pairing this with mashed cauliflower for me and my son and my husband is …

Pep Talk Tuesday, September 3rd

Happy Tuesday, friends!  First day back to work today.  Routines are good for me so I think it will be a positive thing for sure.  I feel set up for the week after spending some time meal prepping.  So, let't take a moment and talk a little about setting yourself up for success.  Since I decided to go with Barrett Pastor's plan of 23 Freestyle SmartPoints, but staying with 33 net carbs beginning September 1st.  I didn't really hit the grocery store or was prepared when I got up on Sunday morning.  I winged it, but it was hard.  My breakfast started out with Alpine Valley Sprouted bread and 2 eggs.  It started my carbs off really high.  I decided after church to make sure that I was prepared for the week.  I spent time on Sunday afternoon after church shopping and preparing some of the food.  Yesterday, I did take some time to relax and catch up on some YouTube videos.  Then I got up, I fixed meatloaf muffins and chicken fajitas to set myself up for success.  With this new …

Meal Planning Monday, September 2nd

Happy Monday friends!  For my friends in the U.S., Happy Labor Day!  So, on my day off, I'm not really making an effort to "rest", but to use this opportunity to meal prep!  Here's the funny thing, I knew this challenge was coming and I had ideas, but I did not plan beforehand.  I'll be honest, my first day (yesterday), was not great because I felt so out of sorts and it was stressing me out!  So, Sunday, after church, we got ran to the library and I headed off to Marshall's, HomeGoods, Sprouts and Kroger.  I think I went a smidge crazy at Marshall's and HomeGoods, but I got some new placemats and some napkins.  I also went a little crazy with the food finds.  I am excited because AGAIN at HomeGoods, I found some extremely low carb lasagna noodles, which is a little funny because I was just asking what I could use besides zucchini on my FB page.  

I actually came home last night, browned a pound of bison, a pound of sausage for my breakfast casserole, cut …