Tony had to get up early for a meeting yesterday so I set my alarm for the same time.  I don’t know how he does it, but once his alarm goes off, he turns it off and gets up and gets moving.  Me?  I hit the snooze – but not for long, maybe 15 minutes.  It was perfect – our house was a chilly 50 degrees I had the down comforter on and with Tony out of the bed I could spread out.

I got up at 6:20, and turned off our fan.  Yes, we pretty much sleep with a fan on for background noise pretty much year round.  Once I was up, Tony was up and the fan was turned off, our dog came out of the bedroom all confused!  But it was the perfect opportunity to get him outside for a walk.  He’s getting old so sometimes you have to coax him to go down the back stairs. Sad smile

When I got back from the walk, I blogged, did 20 minutes of the 30 minute stretch, took a shower and got dressed for work.  This is where the “In Between” title of my post comes into play.  You see I am in between a size 14 and 12.  The 14’s are too big, the 12’s are a bit tight.  I have exactly three pairs of pants that fit me correctly at this moment, and because I have more 10’s and 12’s than 14’s – pretty sure that is more motivation to move the scale in the right direction. Thumbs up

I had two more breakfast muffins and a bowl of watermelon – I picked a good one because this is super delicious.  I didn’t realize it until last night when I was putting my food into that my breakfast only came in at 236 calories, 9 fat, 25 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 15 protein!

Show of hands how many of you actually use that melon baller you just had to have? Winking smile

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But these muffins are really filling.  I tested my blood sugar before heading out at lunch – I thought for sure with the watermelon it would be in the low to mid 200’s which is what I wanted – sadly, it was only 150.  So I did a walk/sprint routine for 50 minutes.  I basically walked until I got to a subdivision near my office that doesn’t have much traffic, and the houses are kind of far apart.  I would walk from one mailbox to the next, then sprint to the next one.  I did that for about 15 minutes, then just walked back to my office.  It felt great!

I was thankful to have a cold salad for lunch – I totally redeemed myself from the salad the day before!

Spicy Shrimp Noodle Salad

the whole recipe comes in at: 406 calories, 6 fat, 61 carbs, 9.8 fiber and 27 protein.


  • · 4 ounces cooked pasta
  • · 3 ounces cooked shrimp
  •   1 cup steamed broccoli
  •   ½ cup raw carrots
  •   ¼ cup steamed edamame
  •   ¼ cup light coconut milk
  •   2 tablespoons Thai chile paste
  •   ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  •   1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

In a large bowl I mixed the coconut milk, chile paste, soy sauce and sriracha together. Then tossed everything else in the pool, mixed well and put it in a large container to bring to work. The sauce totally got soaked up in the noodles – it was flavorful spicy, loved the hint of coconut – I will definitely make this salad again.

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And it’s a pretty generous portion too!

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I defrosted some really thin round steak and grilled it on the grill for literally a total of three minutes – it was three thin slices that Tony and I split between our steak sammies – only about 4 ounces of beef per sammie.

When I sent to get my buns out of the pantry I was hit with “what the fuck stinks in my pantry?

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Yep, without my personal assistant/maid and my lack of smell, pretty sure I need to make a mental note to clean out my pantry more often.

Dinner was super quick – I sauteed up some red peppers and mushrooms (I ate mushrooms!I – used some of the 40 calorie Swiss cheese on our buns, made a quick au jus with beef broth and Italian seasoning and baked up some fries.  Pretty sure french fries count as a vegetable if you bake them. Open-mouthed smile  Dinner comes in at 579 calories, 18 fat, 71 carbs (eeks!) and 27 protein.

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It was garbage/recycling night last night too – another job that’s become my responsibility since my assistant moved out – and discovered I have a shit load of cooking magazines.  I can’t bare to throw them out!  If anyone lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago – maybe I can give them away – just leave a comment if you want them.

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Have you been watching the Olympic trials?  So inspiring.  It reminded me of when I ran track in high school.  It’s hard for me to believe that this picture is 30 years old already – how the hell did I get that old?  I am sure I envisioned my legs being that muscular when I was running today – just sans the 80’s glasses!  And back then I didn’t have a giggly muffin top. Open-mouthed smile


Swimming is an event that I envy because I am not a good swimmer and they make it look so easy.  Ryan Lochte is trying to best Michael Phelps.  I loved watching this video!  Enjoy and make it a great day!