I don’t like that its dark out when I leave to go to the gym.  Or that my bed is toasty under our down comforter.  When my alarm went off it felt like I just fell asleep.  I ended up snoozing in for 15 more minutes, but got my butt out of bed at 6:30.  I was at the gym by 6:50 – I didn’t have much planned, basically wanted to see how packed the gym was at that hour.

Turns out there were only a dozen people there.  I ended up walking 3 minutes, running at 5.0 mph for 25 minutes, then 2 minute cool down.  I was back home by 7:50, showered, dressed and in my car to work by 8:10. šŸ˜€  It’s okay if you call me Speedy Gonzales. šŸ˜€

FYI, I only put my hand on the heart rate monitor after the two minute cool down.  I still need to make a doctor appointment at my regular doctor to check out my blood pressure – although I see my diabetes doctor on January 23, so maybe I’ll kill two birds with one stone then?

Breakfast was one of my ham/spinach tarts with an apple/banana saute with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon sugar.  Breakfast comes in at only 4 WW points.  I reheated the tart in our toaster oven – the bread was extra crispy. šŸ˜€

The Chicagoland weather continues to be stunning – yesterday was 48 degrees when I went for a 45 minute walk.  Love all the sun!

Melissa, you’ll like that the geese were walking with me!

So refreshing!  I’ll enjoy our near 50 degree days until Thursday, when the bottom falls out and it will actually feel like January in Chicago, until then I’ll take what I can get.

I ended up making two different soups over the weekend.  The first one was inspired by Cooking Light’s Indian Spiced Roasted Squash Soup.   I had a butternut squash and a sweet potato so I modified this recipe a bit – and ended up adding pureed tomato at the end to balance out the flavors for my taste – so it became a:

Indian Spiced Roasted Root Veggie Tomato Soup

  • made 4, 1.5 cup servings – 149 caloires, 2 fat, 32 carbs, 6.4 fiber and 4.9 protein, or 4 WW points per serving


  • 8 ounces carrots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 8 ounces sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • cracked pepper and sea salt (to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teapoon szchewan pepper
  • garnish with Greek yogurt and cilantro if desired

Preheat oven to 500.  Mix the carrots, cloves, butternut squash and sweet potato, oil and salt and pepper on a jelly roll pan.  Roast for 30 minutes, tossing half way through.

Put the roasted veggies and remaining ingredients in a large stock pot.  Simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.  Using a stick blender, blend to desired consistency.

I love the flavor combination – spicy, yet flavorful at the same time.  On the side I had a tossed salad with 1 point dressing, with a toasted everything bagel for dipping into my soup – lunch comes in at 8 WW points.

Tony has been having a rough time of it – nothing appeals to him in the food department, he’s sleepy and tired most of the time.  I feel guilty being so active around him when he isn’t up for much.  We did snuggle on the sofa Sunday night and we are caught up with Shameless – I think in the last two weekends we saw 13 episodes?  Such a well written and acted show.

So here is yet another installment of Biz Food for One.  A single serving based on Cooking Light’s Pepperoni Chicken – you can find the recipe here, and her description of how her family liked it – naming it Pizza Chicken!   I served mine over egg noodles.  Tony just had some noodles. šŸ™  Dinner comes in at 10 WW points.

It was just 1/2 ounce of pepperoni and a 1/2 ounce of cheese, but it was perfect – I chopped it all up and got a taste of the chicken, pepperoni, noodles and cheese in almost every bite.  The dog was happy to lick my plate clean too. šŸ˜€

Stats for Monday

  • 35 minute treadmill before work
  • 45 minute walk during lunch
  • 5 minutes abs after dinner
  • biceps and triceps after dinner, 5 lb. weights 3/12 sets
  • average blood sugar 139

A new recipe I want to try. . . soon!

Janetha made whole wheat yogurt pancakes that end up being 1 WW point each – and they are nice and fluffy!

Off to get my sweat on – make it a great day! šŸ˜€