Thanks for all the comments and emails yesterday about my overeating.  First, nice to know I am not alone, and second, I know I can do this.  I know I can do the work, eat healthy and get myself in better shape.  I just need to make it happen instead of waiting for it to happen.

So I put on my big girl pants yesterday and decided to go back to tracking my calories.  I use, and when I logged in yesterday, the last time I tracked my calories??  December 30, 2012!  Gah!

I started out my day with a breakfast combo so to speak.  I tried the key lime Chobani flip.  It had graham crackers and white chocolate chips to flip into the yogurt.

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The verdict?  Love. Red heart  Not too “limey” and the combo of the white chocolate chips and graham crackers was perfect.  Since it was only 170 calories, I had an egg with 1 slice of ham, baby spinach and 1/2 ounce of cheese with strawberries on the side.

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Breakfast all together comes in at 371 calories, 13 fat, 35 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 26 protein.

I decided I wanted to run a 5k at lunch.  It’s been a while since I ran and it was a little slow going.  But I ended up running it in 37:37 – not too bad!

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And I wore my new Chobani shirt!  Love it!

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One thing I’ve brought back that I have been severely lacking at, is my Bubba Keg.  This holds 52 ounces of water, but the best part is that it doesn’t sweat at all.  I drank one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Open-mouthed smile

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I didn’t know if my boss was going to be in or not, but I know she loves reuben sandwiches almost as much as me.  My sammie:  2 slices of thin rye, 2 ounces of lean corned beef, 1/3 cup of sauerkraut, 1 ounce reduced fat swiss lorraine cheese, and 1 tablespoon fat free thousand island dressing.  I had carrots and apples on the side.

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Having my panini press at the office is one of the best ideas I’ve had!  So fricken good.

So a couple weekends ago I tried to make sauerbraten, but I WAY overcooked the meat.  We liked the flavor of it though, so I had to redeem myself.  The first time I had Sauerbraten was when I went to a work lunch at Bergoff’s in Chicago.  I was an extremely picky eater back then, but someone asked me to try the Sauerbraten and it was so good – slightly sour, yet a touch of sweetness, with tender meat.  I was hooked.



  • serves 4 – 424 calories, 10 fat, 45 carbs, 33 protein, 2.2 fiber and 406 sodium


  • 1 pound round steak, trimmed of visible fat
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 package of brown gravy mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups cooked egg noodles

Cut beef into strips and salt and pepper the meat.  Heat a skillet to high heat, add oil and sear the meat on all sides – this will only take a few minutes.  Remove from heat and cover with foil.

Cook egg noodles according to package directions.  Drain.

In a pot, add brown gravy mix and water and cook until it boils and thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the vinegar, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, butter and Worcestershire sauce.

To plate: put noodles on the bottom, top with beef and add the gravy.  I added sautéed zucchini to my plate.

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Brown gravy mix is such a great thing to have in your pantry.  It’s only 25 calories per 1/4 cup and is ready in minutes.

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Round steak is really lean – I kept just a touch of the fat.

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This is the worst food styling ever.  After I took this picture, I cut the meat into bit size pieces and it looked much better, but I was hungry so this one has to stick.

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This was a winner.  Tony even loved it – winning!  And this was a lot of food for 424 calories!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1217 calories
  • 43 fat
  • 118 carbs
  • 16.5 fiber
  • 85 protein
  • 39% of calories from carbs, 32% from fat and 29% from protein
  • 5k at lunch
  • no extra licks or tastes!!!

I said “No” to myself every time I wanted to reach for something extra to eat!

Here’s to Day 2 being on track.  Make it a great day!