I laughed when I read Roz’s post about having a “McMuff” and then questioning herself on the short name of her breakfast McMuffin!

My idea was to shred a baked potato and zucchini, add 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese, and make potato zucchini pancakes.  I really didn’t thing it through that much, but like most things I think of, they always come out awesome in my head.  No matter what I tried, they were not going to stay together, so I ended up scrambling the mess with an egg, grabbing an english muffin and some cheddar cheese and got to work.

When I opened the container, it really did look like ass.  (Hi Aimee!) Open-mouthed smile 

It really looked like a pile of mashed potatoes.  Then I decided to toast the English muffin, divide the potato mixture on top of each muff and then topped it with cheddar and put it in the toaster oven.

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The bottom was nice and crunchy, yet the top was nice and fluffy.  I ended up having to eat this with a knife and fork, but this is definitely going to make another breakfast appearance.  Breakfast comes in at 426 calories, 15 fat, 45 carbs, 4.7 fiber and 26 protein.

So I need your help.  I am trying to figure out how to work out in my target heart rate.  Sadly, my former co-workers gave me a heart rate monitor and I have yet to figure out how to use it. Sad smile  When I see the ranges on the machines at the gym, within minutes I am already at the high end of the cardio zone.  I hardly ever am in the “weight loss” zone, even when walking.  I know I start out with my resting heart rate – can you believe I’ve done it 3 days in a row, and my average is 98 beats per minute – seems like a lot, or just that I am REALLY out of shape!  Any thoughts or links would be appreciated!

I ended up doing the Expresso bike at lunch.  I did a 6.9 mile trail, and at first glance it didn’t look too hilly.  WRONG!  My highest incline was 30%!  I did it in 29 minutes, and then finished my cool down and did 7.1 miles in 35 minutes.  I sent Tony a text picture of what my “view” was on my bike ride:

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He said “It’s so beautiful I want to cry.”  Ha! 

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Since the wok was still out last night after dinner, I ended up making my version of chicken fried rice.  Um, turns out Tony’s is still way more delicious than mine – we may have to do a video blog so you can see how he does it.  When I told Tony that I measured out the oil (1 tsp.) and soy sauce (1 tsp.) he thought I was crazy.  My bowl: 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup zucchini, 1 large carrot, 3/4 cup white rice, 3 ounces of chicken, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sriracha.  Devil

My bowl comes in at 351 calories, 7.7 fat, 46 carbs, 6.8 fiber and 25 protein.

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I also had my first hot café mocha of the year – 12 ounces of coffee, 25 calorie pack of diet cocoa mix, and 3 tablespoons of whipped cream on top – 52 calories, 2 fat, 5 carbs, 1 fiber and 2.7 protein.  And maybe I added some red sprinkles on top. Open-mouthed smile


Tony and I ran a couple errands last night and by the time we got home it was 6:45.  I love a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  I actually haven’t bought cube steak in ages.  I used to buy it all the time when Hannah was little – she wouldn’t eat it, but it was the only “steak” I could afford at the time.

The longest part of dinner last night was getting the potatoes to boil for the mashed potatoes, but this was really ready in about 20 minutes.  I just dredged the cube steak in seasoned flour, seasoned with garlic salt, lots of black pepper and Italian seasonings.  It cooks in 1 tablespoon of butter. Rolling on the floor laughing

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I cheated and used a package brown gravy – only 25 calories for 1/4 cup!

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Turns out I really like mashed potatoes!  Dinner comes in at 423 calories, 23 fat, 28 carbs, 3.7 fiber and 34 protein. 

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1352 calories (I added about 100 taste testing my chili last night after dinner!), 45 fat, 126 carbs, 16.2 fiber and 79 protein
  • 7.1 mile bike ride
  • 121.25 miles left in my 170 mile challenge
  • average blood sugar 144

I have to get ready for work – wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to work on Wednesdays?  Work two days, have a day off, work two days, have two days off.  I could live with that!