You know how hard it is to get through to a doctors office on a Monday morning?  My cough is as annoying as ever, in fact, I think its even worse – well, at least that’s what my co-workers told me. Sad smile

I tried calling from 9:00 a.m. on and didn’t get through until 10:30.  By then, the next available appointment wasn’t until 6:00 p.m. today, but I took it.  I guess I am fine if I don’t move, but the more I do, the more I cough.  But other than the cough I feel fine – so weird!  And I am feeling fatter every day without being able to work out, when I do get to start to work out again, it will feel like I am starting from the beginning.  I still plan on doing the 5k in September no matter what – I just feel bad that so many of you joined my August challenge, and I won’t even make my 100 mile goal.  I did read a book though!

Breakfast was one of my mini banana breads with a sliced apple – called a Pink Lady – not sure I’ve ever had one of those before, but it was very sour – or at least sour compared to the sweet banana bread – I may have to try it on its own.

419 calories, 12 fat, 71 carbs, 6 fiber and 8 protein. Taken with my phone because my camera battery was dead.

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Lunch was a 6 ounce baked potato with 1 cup of Cincinnati chili and a bit of cheddar cheese.  530 calories, 33 fat, 38 carbs, 5.7 fiber and 29 protein.

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The work day went by pretty quickly for a Monday.  Tony was flipping channels over the weekend and saw a recipe for a grilled caesar salad.  I’ve always wanted to try it.  He loves Caesar salad – he used to frequent a restaurant back in the day that would actually make the salad table side – rub the bowl with fresh garlic, then smash the anchovies and whisk in the olive oil, lemon juice, etc.

Anchovy’s kinda gross me out.  They have hair!


But I had a solution!

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Two inches of anchovy paste equals one fillet.

Caesar Salad Dressing

six servings:  186 calories, 19 fat, .3 carbs. 0 fiber and 2 protein

  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan (not classic, but I added it)

Put everything in the food processor and let it emulsify for 2 minutes.

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I brushed the cut Romaine with white balsamic vinegar before hitting the grill.

Tony was my trusty sous chef – just admiring the sunset?  Trying to solve world peace?  Trying not to fart?  Not sure!

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Note to self:  Deep clean the grill this weekend!

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I cooked all the chicken, but only used half for our salads.  I got a big mixing bowl, put 1/3 of the dressing the in the bowl, then added the chopped romaine and the chicken to coat everything with the dressing – this is a very lightly dressed salad, but oh so good – with croutons and 1 tablespoons of fresh grated Parm over the top – dinner comes in at 467 calories, 26 fat, 12 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 32 protein.

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You guys have to come by tomorrow for Suzie’s lasagna soup recipe – its amazeballs!   I made it last night for my lunch today – cannot wait.  Open-mouthed smile

Alright, it’s that time again – put my shit together for the day and hope I get some meds that knock this bronchitis to the curb!  Make it a great day!

Oops – forgot to add . . . not too late to ask Tony anything!  Just leave a question in the comments section, or send me an email at  Answers will be posted tomorrow. 😀