Hannah and I had so much fun yesterday.  I knew we were going out for lunch and I didn’t get up until 9:00, so I had an apple and a piece of string cheese to hold me over until lunch.


155 calories, 17.7 carbs, 8 protein, 6 fat and 1.5 fiber


We first went to the thrift store, only to find out that it didn’t open until noon and it was 10:30.  So we went to Target, T.J. Maxx, and then to Panda Express for lunch.  I first started eating Panda Express when I worked in Chicago – I actually think its pretty flavorful!  My plate:  pepper chicken, beef and broccoli with rice.  I only ate about 1/4 of the rice, and 3/4 of each of my entrees.


515 calories, 44 carbs, 29 protein, 26 fat and 6 fiber


So there are a few things that my family has banned me from purchasing at thrift store/garage sales.  First is:  Tony has banned me from buying any more khaki pants.  I have too many pairs, but yet I still gravitate to them when I see them!  The second two Hannah has banned me from purchasing:


I love these type of shirts! I already have 5, so this one didn't come home with me 🙁



no more snowman mugs, although I wish I would have bought this one - its so cute!


I did buy a pair of pants and a few shirts, and I also bought this baguette baking pan for $1.21.


it's non-stick too


I made another batch of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes, but this time took two grapefruit size portions of dough to fill this pan.  I water brushed the top and added coarse sea salt to the top.

I liked the size of this loaf, but the only thing I missed was the crunchy bottom when I bake it straight on my hot baking stone – I think next time I’ll heat up the loaf pan before adding the dough.  It was still delicious though!

My store had pot roast on sale for $1.99 – so glad its now fall weather food!  I hate when my mind already turns to winter comfort food when we hit October, and the temperatures are still in the 70s!  This weekend we were around the 60’s with lows near 40 at night – perfect pot roast weather!

I don’t have a real recipe for pot roast.  I season up 2 tablespoons of flour with salt and pepper.  I put that all over the pot roast, then heat up a teaspoon of oil and sear both sides of the meat.  I cut up potatoes and carrots, and dump those on top of the meat, adding a cup of beef broth, 1 tablespoons worchestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

Tony made the suggestion of doing our roast low and slow in the oven – sometimes our crockpot gets hot enough to boil the gravy!  We baked this at 200 degrees for about 6 hours.


make sure you dump any loose flour into the pot too - it will thicken your gravy



I got a new bread basket at the thrift store - see my cute snowman butter knife?! 😀



this plate + 1 slice of bread dunked in this delicious gravy: 681 calories, 49 carbs, 74 protein, 19.6 fat and 3.5 fiber


Stats for Sunday

  • 1351 caloires, 110 carbs, 111 protein, 51 fat, 10.1 fiber
  • 38% of calories from fat
  • no exercise

Looking back through my week I noticed that while my calorie intake was on target, several days my percentage of calories from fat were well over 30%, so I was kind of nervous for my weigh in today.  Last week I was 171.6.

-1.2 – woot!  I’ll take it!

Goals for this week:

  • take at least one class at the gym
  • strength train 3 x
  • total of 60 minutes of exercise throughout the day
  • no alcohol during the week

Did you have a great weekend?  Happy Monday! 😀

p.s.  I almost forgot! Two of my friends made it to the next round of Project Food Buzz – they had to make a twist on pizza.  Remember the reuben pizza I made with the jalapeno mustard rye crust?

Please vote for them so they can advance to the next round! 😀