Can I just say that I was hoping you wouldn’t notice that my big fan fare announcement April 1st was operation bad ass kind of lost steam towards the end of the month?

Well after receiving the 14th email from blog readers asking me how the month went, the answer is simple.  I stayed exactly the same.  Which in and of itself is not a bad thing.  Last month my brother was diagnosed with cancer.  A part of me was like “why bother with this whole weight loss and exercise when life could be short and why not enjoy more wine, pizza and cheese? Martini glassPizza

I should know this about myself now – making grand statements on my blog isn’t going to guilt me into doing what I need to do.  The answer is simple – move more and eat less.  That’s my goal for May.  Just that. Open-mouthed smile

I had leftover mashed potatoes so I decided to make mashed potato and zucchini pancakes for part of my breakfast.  These didn’t crisp up like shredded potato pancakes, but the flavor was delicious.  And you can’t go wrong with the bacon and cheese on top.  Maybe that’s my problem too – too much bacon and cheese. Winking smile

Mashed Potato and Zucchini Pancakes

  • makes 2 servings (2 cakes each)
  • 173 calories, 7.7 fat, 20 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 6 protein


  •   8 oz. shredded potato (I used the fresh bag from the store – Ore Ida brand I think)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and form into patties.  Heat oil over medium high heat, and cook about 4-5 minutes per side.  I made these before work and then just put them in a container to assemble at work.

Once at work, I put the patties on foil.  Split a scrambled egg between the two patties, topped each with a slice of cooked bacon, then .4 ounce of American cheese on top (which was 1 slice of American cheese, split in two).

Put under the broiler for about 4 minutes, or until the cheese is all melty.  Next time I’ll use a less busy plate – it kind of gets lost on the plate, but this was delicious – with strawberries on the side, breakfast comes in at 461 calories, 26 fat, 34 carbs, 5.2 fiber and 23 protein.

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I didn’t bring lunch yesterday – I know – shocker!  I made turkey burgers for me and my SIL this week – um, turns out I am not a fan of this turkey burger – I hope my SIL thinks otherwise!  So I ordered Chinese food from across the street – I asked for extra broccoli – I ate what you see in that bowl, plus about another 1/2 cup of broccoli – I forgot to say NO ONIONS so the fried rice had tiny chopped onions – I only at 3/4 of a cup, the rest was just way too oniony.

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The broccoli is perfectly cooked – crisp tender.  Lunch comes in at 442 calories, 12.5 fat, 60 carbs, 5 fiber and 21 protein.

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It was a skinny pork chop dinner – simply pan fried with some garlic salt.  I made a shredded scalloped potato for a side dish – that one needs A LOT of tweaking, so I’ll go back to the drawing board on that one.  It was edible, but just okay.  Can’t win them all, right?  Dinner comes in at 503 calories, 29 fat, 19 carbs, 2.0 fibe rand 38 protein.

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Are you wondering what’s in the silver cup?  My dipping sauce – my PIL gave me this sauce at Christmas and I’ve been waiting to use up some of my hot sauces to make room for new ones.

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Holy cow, is this stuff delicious.  Spicy, sweet, savory – the whole shebang.  I could slather this stuff on just about anything and eat it – thanks guys – another winning hot sauce from Florida.  And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but you won’t find onion in the ingredient list. Be right back

I feel like I let you guys down with my grand plans for some bad ass month, but I need to take my own advice and just make each day a great day.  Who’s with me?

Have you ever declared something on your blog before and didn’t follow through?  Please tell me I am not the only one. Embarrassed smile

Stats for Wednesday

  • 1406 calories, 68 fat, 113 carbs, 12 fiber and 82 protein
  • 44% of calories from fat – oops!

Make it a great day!

Oh, check out my recipe that made it on The Daily Meal! Open-mouthed smile