We’ve been lucky to have a string of absolutely perfect weather.  Sunny, puffy white clouds, low 70’s.  I love that it gets down to 50 degrees at night.   If I could, I’d have all the windows open in my house and sleep under a down comforter.   But alas, Tony would likely kick me out of bed. 😀

I repeated yesterdays breakfast, just subbed out the wholly guacamole with fresh salsa I made.  I am preparing a care package for my step-son and his girlfriend.  They closed on a house last week in Austin!!  So excited for them.  My future step-daughter-in-law (say that 10 times fast!) loves spicy shit like me, so the night before  last night after I grilled our chicken, I grilled up tomatoes and jalapenos.  This salsa definitely has a kick to it!

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Tony also reminded me of my cherry salsa I made last year – cannot wait for rainier cherries to get back into season! 

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There was a lot going on right when I got to work, so this is a picture of my breakfast at my desk – and yes if you are wondering, my desk space is nowhere near natural light. Sad smile   This breakfast comes in at 329 calories, 6 fat, 15 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 13 protein.

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I didn’t know until Helen and Heather posted on Facebook that yesterday was National Running Day!  I was going to ride my bike at lunch, but flipped gears to running instead.  I walk 10 minutes to a church parking lot – I’ve showed you before how there are markers on either side this long drive.


I decided to do 30 minutes of sprints – I would walk 25 feet, sprint 25 feet, etc. until 30 minutes was up.  It actually went by really fast!  Then a 10 minute walk back to the office – 50 minutes – done!

Over the weekend my store had Sabra jalapeno hummus on sale, so I picked some up – holy shizz is this stuff good!


I had 2 tablespoons of that with some baby carrots and a ham and cheese corn tortilla quesadilla that I dipped into some of the baja salsa.  The pear on the plate?  Tasted like ass on a plate and I quickly threw that away.  Lunch comes in at 399 calories, 13 fat, 58 carbs (not really because I threw out the pear, but whatevs), 11 fiber (nice!) and 13 protein.

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I really liked the corn quesadilla – I Pam fried it before work, let it cool, then put it in the toaster oven at work.  It was nice and crispy.

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Later in the afternoon I got snacky – probably since I didn’t eat the pear my lunch was probably more around 340 calories, so I portioned out an un-photographed serving of pretzels (110 calories) and then around 4:00 I was STARVING!  Enter the Iced Café Mocha.  I have my boss addicted to these.  We do iced mochas in the summer, then switch to hot ones in the winter.  She has one just about every day. 😀

Café Mocha for One 

(126 calories, 3 fat, 19 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 2.6 protein)

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free coffee creamer (mine happened to be skinny caramel macchiato from International Delight)
  • 1 package diet cocoa mix (it’s 25 calories a package)
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • A bit of canned whip cream on top

Since the coffee is hot, I put the coffee through syrup in a large plastic cup in our office.  I fill it with ice and mix it really well with a salad spoon (yep, that’s how klassy my office kitchen is!).  Then I strain that mixture into my glass with ice.  Super cold every time. 😀

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I picked up a package of pork chops (skinny chops like Tony likes) but didn’t realize how skinny they were until I took them out of the package – these literally cooked in about 2 minutes, so I barely got any grill marks on them.

I have learned to microwave scalloped potatoes – no matter how long I cook them in the oven, the potatoes are always crisp tender.  Here’s a note – if you decide to make microwave scalloped potatoes, do it when you don’t feel like cleaning out your microwave because it will overflow every time and force a deep clean.  Your welcome. Open-mouthed smile

No real recipe for this – just mix 1 tablespoon of flour with salt and pepper.  Slice potatoes (I had 10 oz).  Start with potatoes, then a sprinkle of flour mixture, then a bit of shredded cheese (1/2 cup total) and keep layering, finishing with cheese.  I then poured skim milk enough to cover the potatoes – about a cup.

Those cooked in the microwave while I grilled the green beans and pork.  Except I had a bird on my grill that would not fly away.  I stepped on the deck, came inside to get my camera, went back outside and kinda slammed the screen door.  It wouldn’t move. I wonder if Tony will see the subliminal message in this photo?

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After a few minutes, it finally did fly away – whew!  Tony suggested I just push it off the edge!  My plate: 4 ounces of pork, green beans, a couple bites of focaccia (it was kind of stale so I gave it to the dog) and scalloped potatoes.  Dinner comes in at 439 calories, 19 fat, 32 carbs, 5 fiber and 32 protein.

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Stats for the Day

  • 1403 calories, 44 fat, 146 carbs, 19 fiber and 100 protein
  • 42% of calories from fat, 29% fat and 29% protein
  • 50 minute walk/sprint at lunch
  • average blood sugar 144

And here is your inspirational quote for the day – make it a great day!

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Unknown