I’ve decided to write my blogs in the morning before work – it makes perfect sense!  It’s quiet, I can enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to the news on the t.v. in the background.  It’s a balmy 9 degrees this morning! 🙁

For full disclosure, here is my scale picture from weigh in Monday.  Thanks for all your kind words on agreeing that 2.2 pounds is not a big deal. 😀


My sister gave me a CleanEating cookbook for Christmas, and I adapted their black bean breakfast burrito:

  •   1 low carb tortilla
  • 1/2 cup egg wites
  • 1 ounce reduced fat colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup canned black beans
  • diced orange bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup canned potatoes, diced


This was so filling and good!  I also added Tabasco after this pic was taken! :D  343 calories, 6 fat, 44 carbs, 36 protein, 13 fiber

Since I was off of work the week of Christmas, I had some gifts waiting for me!  First up – probably the cutest snowman ornament ever!  Thanks Kathy!


Then I got a beautiful green fruit bowl – the bottom said it was hand made in Portugal!  Thanks Genette!


And then my boss gave me a 4.5 quart All-Clad soup pot!  Thanks Nancy!


Then it was time to get to work – upon booting up my computer, I was greeted with this:


Thankfully only 30% were actually work related, but it took me a good hour to get through them all. 

Lunch was a ham and reduced fat swiss lorraine sandwich on an Arnold Thin, 3/4 cup mixed fruit, carrots, orange pepper, 2 tablespoons jalapeno hummus with 1 ounce of pita chips.  This took forever to eat – I made a dill spread on my sandwich – 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. spicy mustard and 1/4 tsp. dill – it tasted like a dill pickle! :D  495 calories, 17 fat, 55 carbs, 30 protein, 8 fiber


Later in the afternoon, I had one ounce of dry roasted peanuts: 166 calories, 14 fat, 6 carbs, 7 protein, 2 fiber


Does anyone subscribe to Bon Appetit Magazine?  January 2010 issue is AMAZING!  I wanted to make everything in it this week!  I settled on two though – first up:


They had this as a side dish, so I decided to kick it up a notch and pair it with scallops/shrimp and a small steak on the side.  Recipes can be found on page 82 of the magazine.


I marinated the shrimp for about 20 minutes in olive oil, oregano and minced garlic:


I baked the polenta on Sunday and tried to pan fry it to get a crispy outside, while the polenta is tender.  It just didn’t get as crispy as I would have liked – I may have to bring the deep fryer out! 😀



Dinner comes in at 490 calories, 17 fat, 40 carbs, 62 protein and 1 fiber.

Stats for Monday:

  • 1,493 calories
  • 54 fat
  • 145 carbs
  • 134 protein
  • 24 fiber 😀
  • 45 minute The Firm DVD at lunch

I was happy to learn that my co-worker didn’t work out over the holiday either – wow, we both felt it yesterday after that tape!  I thought I would be sore today, but I am not, so that’s a good thing!

The second recipe I am making from the magazine is a Pork Meatball Bahn Mi sandwich for my lunch – hopefully mine will look like this!


Have a wonderful Tuesday! 😀