First lets find out who the winner of my 4 year blogaversary is . . .

Min:  1   Max:    5    Result:   16

sara on September 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm said:Edit

Hmmm, I have no idea how long I’ve been reading your blog, definitely quite a while! I’ve made your spicy pumpkin ravioli, so good!

Congratulations Sara!  Please email me at for your mailing address!

I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday and I was panicked because I hadn’t gotten anything ready for my 5k tomorrow.  I decided I am going to at least walk it, and maybe pepper in some jogs here and there.  I plan on going to the gym today (nearly 4 weeks since I’ve been!) and try out the treadmill to see where I am at.  It won’t be a PR tomorrow, but that’s okay.

Breakfast yesterday was a half bagel sammie and some delicious watermelon.  I usually suck at picking out watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydews . . . this one was perfect.  Breakfast comes in at 343 caloires, 13 fat, 38 carbs, 4.9 fiber and 35 protein.

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Lunch was a “throw shit in a bag” day and see what happens once I get to work.  I threw in my lunch bag:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 baggie of plain cooked chicken breasts
  • cheddar cheese
  • bag of baby spinach
  • a can of enchilada sauce

I had to pick up lunch for my boss and my co-worker needed a break so she came with me.  To kill some time, I went to my FAVORITE kitchen store:

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We have a toaster oven at work, but I don’t have any oven safe dishes to use in case I need one.  I found a perfect size dish – normally $24.99 for $8!  And a really cute hand towel for $1.99.

I microwaved the zucchini for 1 minute, just enough so its slightly tender, I don’t like an overly cooked zucchini – too mushy.  I cut the zucchini in half, then scraped out the seeds with a fork. 

In a small bowl I mixed 3 ounces of the chicken with the chopped baby spinach and 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce (mine was LaPreferida (sp?) brand – its 15 calories per 1/4 cup.  I divided the chicken mixture between the two zucchinis, then sprinkled with 3/4 once of cheese, and put another 1/4 cup enchilada sauce in the bottom of my baking dish.

7-8 minutes later under the broiler – lunch was done. Open-mouthed smile

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I did add some Tabasco to this to kick it up, but it was really good.  Best part – the stats!  This whole dish?  299 calories, 11 fat, 14 carbs, 4.9 fiber and 35 protein.

You know I love the 50% off meat rack.  Last time I stocked up so I defrosted this for dinner – it’s a boneless chuck pot roast.   Like most of you I would have thought that this particular meat was just meant for the crock pot or a dutch oven – low and slow.  And Marcia, I know you’ll be jealous, but with the 50% off this was a $2.80 piece of meat! 

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Tony wasn’t in the mood for a dry rub, so all I did was put some garlic salt and cracked black pepper.  On the side were some potatoes/carrots/garlic that I cooked in foil on the grill.  With some vinegar cucumbers my mom brought for me.

I may have had a bbq beverage!

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I seared the meat for 5 minutes on both sides, then took it off the heat and put it on the cool side of the grill for 10 minutes.  And I let it rest 10 minutes before slicing.  My one fatal flaw when I use the Weber?  Too many coals!

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My dinner comes in at 453 calories, 23 fat, 25 carbs, 5.5 fiber and 33.25 protein.

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I don’t trim the fat because it adds flavor, I just cut around it and turns out our dog doesn’t mind eating beef fat!

But I ended up eating cheese and crackers later in the night.  I have come to the conclusion that I just can’t keep that shit in my house, or if I do, put it in a box with a lock on it so I can’t get to it.  I can’t help it, Merkts cheese is just amazeballs!


I am up early today because I have my full body scan for any more pre-cancerous moles.  Then the next step is to meet with the plastic surgeon to remove the pre-cancerous mole on my face.   Thanks for all the well wishes for my cousin Pam yesterday – more good thoughts and prayers sent her won’t certainly won’t hurt!

I’ll post again sometime mid-morning to let you know how my 5k went – wish me luck!