I had pretty much decided the night before that I wasn’t going to work out yesterday morning, but I still set my alarm for six.  If I get in the habit of sleeping in, it will be that much harder to do it on the days I want to get up.

So I get out of bed, from underneath our down comforter and I was like “damn its cold!”  I open our bedroom door, shut it, walk in the hallway and if it were lighter out, I swear to God you could have seen my breath.  I walk to the thermostat with a flashlight, ready to bump up the heat . . . but there are no numbers.  Its a digital thermometer.  I turned the little nob from heat, to off, back to heat.  Nothing.

So I go in the kitchen and turn the lights on and I was like “well it can’t be the thermostat because the lights are working!”  Then I had the bright idea of going down and checking the furnace.  As I am looking at it, I thought “WTF am I doing?  I don’t know the first thing about heating systems!”  There was a switch on it though and I did pause for a few minutes before deciding not.to.touch.a.thing.

So I was literally on the computer, with a hot cup of coffee and three blankets on!  I decided I needed to warm up, and what better way to warm up then to get Bizzy in my kitchen!

I normally wouldn’t buy blueberries not on sale, but I was spending my Whole Foods gift card so to me, they were free. 😀

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes with Lemon Zest 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    2
Servings:  10 

Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  15 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy


1 cup(s) White Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
1 item(s) egg
1 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1 cup(s) fresh blueberries
1 tsp lemon zest


Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
In separate bowl, mix egg and skim milk together. Stir in lemon zest.
Add milk mixutre to flour mixture. Mix just until combined, then stir in blueberries.
Using Pam, use 1/4 cup measuring spoon to cook pancakes – this batch makes 10 pancakes, or 2 points per pancake.

Now if you are looking for a sweet pancake, this isn’t it.  But the sweetness of the blueberries and the 1/3 cup sugar free syrup I put on them – they were perfect.  So here’s my question.  I did the points for 1 pancake so you can figure out the points if you eat one or three.  So I ate three – on the old program if something was 2 points, but you ate two, it would be 5 points, not 4.  So while I have it in my eTools as 6 points of pancakes, not sure?  With two slices of Whole Foods uncured Turkey Bacon and syrup, breakfast comes in at 10 PointsPlus.

So I ended up leaving Tony a note by the toilet “the box with the numbers on it and the thingy to move the heat on isn’t working – I didn’t know what to do!”  Um, turns out our thermostat is run on batteries! One minute upon him waking up, putting 3 triple A batteries in and the heat was on – while I suffered in the cold for two hours before work!  Note to self: have Tony show me how to replace the batteries! 😀

So since I wasn’t working out at lunch either, Hannah picked me up for lunch!  Since she’s been off of school we have been like two ships in the night.  She’s home during the day while I am at work, and she’s out with friends at night when I am home.

this place is about 5 minutes from my office
Hi Hanners 😀

We both had water with lemon, and then their soup and 1/2 sandwich combo.  I had the tomato soup (so good – it even was a bit chunky this time but I didn’t mind!) and then got half a California Club (no mayo) turkey breast, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce and avocado.  Now here’s where counting points becomes difficult.  I ate 3/4 of the soup (4 points) and I am guessing the 1/4 of the sandwich I had was 8 – so 12 points all together.  Does that seem too high or too low?

I may have had one or two croutons 😀

After I made my pancakes for breakfast, I still had time to put together my crock pot roast beef with potatoes and carrots.  I swear I put it on for 8 hours, but about 4 in the afternoon Hannah calls me and says “it has water on the top of the lid, but its not hot.”  I put the roast in completely frozen so I thought I was screwed.  She turned it on high and I hoped for the best.

Here’s the weird part – the meat was cooked perfectly but the veggies were still almost raw.  I ended up having to cook them on the stove for 30 minutes, but it turned out okay. 😀

I cooked the roast and veggies in beef broth, but I like to make this gravy on the side – it really should be in every pantry – and so cheap – my Dollar General sells this 2 for $1 and its only 20 calories a 1/4 cup 😀

My bowl: 4 ounces diced roast, 3 ounces potato, carrots and 1/3 cup of gravy.

9 PointsPlus

Um, I may have kicked it up a notch 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 31 Points (14 Flex remaining, 37 activity earned since Sunday)
  • no exercise (felt really weird, but I feel great!)
  • average blood sugar 112

I am going to have a great giveaway tomorrow – completely unplanned but I couldn’t say no – get your thinking caps on for your favorite lower fat dish that lets you enjoy something that used to be a once in a while treat to an every day one – think cleaner Mac N Cheese, muffins – and it doesn’t even have to be your recipe, and you don’t have to have a blog! 😀

p.s.  I am off to the gym to swim 😀  Can I just say I wish it wasn’t so damn dark outside?! 😀