I woke up fine yesterday morning.  No coughing!  But around 10:00 I could feel the pressure in my chest building again, and by noon my cough was alive and well.  I think its because I finished the prednisone on Monday and by noon yesterday it just wore off.

I’ve been through two z-paks, 3 bottles of prescription cough medicine, a bottle of antibiotics, prednisone, cough pills AND an inhaler, and nothing worked.  So I have a half day today – I have a doctors appointment at 1:00 today and I think the next step is a chest x-ray.

Not joking – my boss asked me if I ever smoked.  I told her I quit 20 years ago when Hannah was a baby (I quit while I was pregnant, but started again when she was six months old when I went back to my part time bar job – I probably smoked another year before officially quitting.).

She told me she knew someone who had a persistent cough, and that it turned out to be lung cancer and she only has six months to live.  I loved that pep talk!  Ha!

I was so excited to pack my gym bag that I walked off without my good camera, so my camera phone had to step in.  Breakfast was 2 corn tortillas, 1 scrambled egg, 1/2 cup baked beans (sounds weird but its delicious!) baby spinach and cheddar cheese.  I love all the hot sauces in the background!


Frank’s Hot Sauce was my hot sauce of choice yesterday – breakfast comes in at 432 calories, 17 fat, 48 carbs, 10 fiber and 21 protein.

It was so good I made another pot of Suzie’s lasagna soup – I shared it with my SIL for one of her lunches this week and also sent some home with my Mom.  My mom brought me a bunch of fresh basil so that was a nice topping!  Lunch comes in at 378 calories, 18 fat, 35 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 18 protein.

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I was actually really busy at work yesterday – the day goes by so much faster when I am busy!  I’ve gotten my other boss addicted to my afternoon iced café mochas.  It’s a 25 calorie pack of diet cocoa mix, mixed with coffee.  I mix the cocoa with the hot coffee until the cocoa is dissolved then pour over ice and add about 20 calories worth of whip cream on top – a delicious under 50 calorie drink!

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Look at how artistic I was to get my Kleenex box in the shot! Open-mouthed smile

I forgot to defrost meat that I had planned, so it was leftover time – and what better thing to make than tacos!  Two corn tortillas, 2 ounces flank steak, baby spinach and cheese tacos (2).  The side dish is one medium zucchini that I sauteed with 1/4 cup of cooked rice, 1/4 cup refried beans, 1/4 cup canned corn and 1/4 cup of my salsa.  With a splash of hot sauce it was quite good – my cup is 1/2 of the serving.  Dinner comes in at 519 calories, 15 fat, 57 carbs, 8.9 fiber and 39 protein.

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When my Mom came over on Labor day she brought me this when she was on her last trip – I think its hysterical!  Thanks Momma!

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And because I was feeling sorry for myself last night, I ate flaming hot Cheetos while watching Master Chef – I hope Christine wins it all! Open-mouthed smile

All in all I ended up with 1669 calories, 73 fat, 170 carbs, 22 fiber and 82 protein – a whopping 40% of calories were from fat – I need to fix that stat!

So I had to log into my 5k race for Saturday.  It gave me an option of running or walking and hit the walking button.  I hope I can get something so I can still do it – its four days away so here’s keeping my fingers crossed!

Loved all the comments to my 4 year blogaversary yesterday!  You have until Friday morning to enter to win the light box and Cooking Light for a year.

Oh, and here is my Mom’s recipe for the corn salad she brought – I got several emails asking for the recipe – it was really good!

The recipe:

  • 12 ears of corn, husked
  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion (I left this out just for you!)  Yippee!
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper

Rub corn with 1 tbsp. oil.  Grill corn, over medium hot fire in charcoal grill, gas grill on high, or as I did it, roasted over open flame on my stove.  It took about 4 minutes to char, turning frequently.  I broke the ears in half to char more evenly.

When cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs and transfer to a large bowl.

Place onion in a strainer and rinse with cold water to mellow its flavor (never saw this tip before!).  Drain well.  Mix all ingredients, season with salt & pepper to taste.  Add more lime juice if needed.

I divided the recipe by four, using 3 ears of corn and one whole lime, squeezed, approx. 1 tbsp.

Loved the picture!  It looked very professional.

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Thanks Momma! Open-mouthed smile