Having to get up for work during the week and then getting up early to go to WW on Saturday mornings, I told Tony “I am going to sleep in as long as I want!”  We went to bed about 11:15 on Saturday night.  But I am one of those people that can sleep 12 hours, no problem.

So imagine my surprise when I was wide awake and ready to go at  . . . 8:00 A.M.!  So I did some baking – I made pretzel slider rolls that I am going to be making jalapeno sliders for dinner tonight with zucchini fries.

Around 9:30 though I was getting hungry.  Knowing that I was going to try to run 5 miles later in the day, I decided to go carb heavy.  I hallowed out a piece of french bread, in the end it weighed in at 2.5 ounces.

Then mixed 1/2 cup of egg whites, 1/2 ounce of cheese, shredded zucchini, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper, and filled the hollowed out bread.

Then baked it at 350 for 30 minutes.  Wow, this was really good – the filling almost tasted quiche like because of the egg whites and the ends were super crunchy.  Breakfast came in at 9 points.

When I tested my blood sugar right before going to the gym, it was 260.  While I would normally be fine with that number on my regular workouts, I felt I needed to add a bit more fuel, so I ate one of these bars on the way to the gym for 5 points.

It was actually really good – tasted like a candy bar to me.

So I did a five minute warm up on the elliptical, then went to the treadmill.  As a participant of Lori’s Healthy Heart weekend, my goal was to run 5 miles without stoppiing.  My second goal was to try to do it in under 55 minutes.

I always have to remember it takes me a good 10 minutes to get into a good rhythm.  My first instinct is to just stop, but I knew I wanted to try to run without stopping.  As luck would have it Restaurant Impossible was on FoodNetwork – an hour long show – perfect!

And guess what?  I felt good.  My legs felt good, my breathing was good.  And while part of me wanted to up the mph, I knew I needed to just keep the pace.  Although in the last 20 minutes of running I did bump up the mph, so my last five minutes was running at 6.0.

I was so proud of myself!  So while it took me just over 58 minutes, the fact that I kept going was awesome.  And my blood sugar at the end?  I perfect 127! šŸ˜€

After the gym I had to get gas for the week and pick up a few more things at the grocery store.  They had tomatoes for .49 cents a pound, so I knew that meant only one thing.  Baja Fresh Salsa!  It didn’t matter that there was snow on the ground.  Hell, I’ve made this salsa when there was six inches of snow on top of the grill before!

You don’t need to judge because I made three batches. šŸ˜€

This just tastes like summer to me.  I had three points of tortilla chips.  You know, for quality control to make sure it was perfect. šŸ˜€

But my cooking for the day wasn’t done yet!  I made Renee’s Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup which is on my menu for lunch today.  Then I also bought a turkey breast.  My idea was to cook it to have for sandwiches, etc. later in the week.

I knew I wanted to use some of it for my dinner, but wasn’t sure what to do.  Mashed potatoes seemed obvious – what pushed me in the right direction is when I saw I had this in my cupboard – 1/4 cup is only 20 calories.

Has anyone ever heard of a Kentucky Hot Brown?  It’s an open face turkey sandwich, typically with sliced tomatoes, bacon on a cheese bread.  I skipped the tomato and bacon.  I toasted a 2.5 ounce ciabatta with 1/2 an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese, topped it with 4 ounces of the roasted turkey, then topped it with the gravy and some parsley on top.

While Tony said it was like killing a cow to make a hamburger, I loved this combination.  The bread still was a bit crunchy, but tender in parts because of the gravy.  Dinner comes in at 10 points.

I was totally starving though later in the evening – I did end up having wine and some pretzel flips (um, turns out after I put some in a bowl, a serving was 5 crackers for 70 calories!) so I had 8 points later in the night.

Still not too bad – I ended up with 35 points, and still have 32 flex points for the week.

Alright, off to chop up some fruit for another parfait for breakfast with my granola I made over the weekend.  I am a bit sore today from my run, so I’ll probably just walk at lunch today and do some weights tonight after dinner.

Happy Monday – make it a great day!