Jacky sent me a link yesterday on Facebook yesterday morning.  I hadn’t even gone on Facebook yet when my sister called me to tell me that I made the list for the Top 100 Most Influential Weight Loss Blogs.

There’s only one slight problem with that list.  Um, I haven’t lost any weight in 5 years.  Yes I’ve dropped a few pounds here and there, but in September 2008 I was 168 pounds and today I am 169 pounds.  WTF?

These lists are just giant advertisements in my opinion.  They want you to take their widget and place it on your blog.  I don’t even know many of the blogs mentioned on the list except for Diane, Shelley and Brooke, who all most deservedly need and deserve the recognition.

And looking through the list there were glaring errors, names of bloggers wrong, even the name of some of the blogs are wrong.  I don’t even know how they got this list, but some of these people lost their way through weight loss surgery, some lost the weight only to today be back where they started. 

This is what it said about me:

When you open up “My Bizzy Kitchen” and start to read, you will laugh. Not just chuckle a little, but actually laugh out loud. Elizabeth’s writing clearly reflects the positive stance she takes on life. In fact, it’s almost as if she was never diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and never had to overcome weight issues. But she does, and her blog proves it. With a pension for silliness tapered with some very emotional posts about her day-to-day struggles, her life and more, you will find yourself returning to Elizabeth’s blog again and again.

First of all, I never go by Elizabeth.  Ever.  I’ve always gone by Beth, except for my crazy grandma who called me Liza for a while, which turned into Beth+Liz=Biz.  What do you think about lists like these??  Just curious.

Yesterday was another busy day at work – a quick egg white spinach sammie with frozen fruit on the side.  Well, it was 1/2 way thawed. While Tony loves to eat frozen fruit out of the bag, I need it to thaw a bit.

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I ended up running errands for my boss at lunch, so no work out yesterday.  When I was trying to figure out what to make for our lunches with what I had on hand, I decided to throw all the ingredients I needed to make sausage and sauerkraut soup and figured I’d just throw everything in the crockpot at work and let it do the work for me.

Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

  • makes 6 servings, about 1.5 cups each: 276 caloires, 11 fat, 39 carbs, 5.4 fiber and 12 protein (eek, 1540 sodium)


  • 8 ounces Polish sausage, sliced
  • 8 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups jarred sauerkraut
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste (to me it only needed pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Throw everything into a crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.  I sent this picture to Tony around 11:00 and his reaction was “ick.”

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This was delicious and got rave reviews.  The smoked sausage flavors the broth.  While this would be considered a hearty winter dish, it felt like a light summer soup!

The picture I took at the office was quick and sucked ass, so I brought home the leftovers and took another picture so it would at least tempt you to make it.

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When I got in the car to go home, check out the temp!

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I thought for sure once I drove for a few minutes the temp would dramatically drop, but it only dropped down to 91 degrees – crazy!

So in “operation use what I have in the house no grocery shop before vacation” I defrosted a small package of ground beef and ground lamb.  I asked Tony if he wanted Salisbury steak, burgers, or taquitos.  He said he didn’t care.  Of course taquitos won!

These three taquitos aren’t that bad for you.  Yes, they are deep fried but I take that into consideration when figuring out the points:

  • 3 corn tortillas (3 pts.)
  • 3 ounces beef (3 pts.)
  • 3 tablespoons fat free refried beans (1 pt.)
  • 3/4 ounce cheddar cheese (2 pts.)
  • 1 tsp. oil for frying (1 pt.)
  • chopped baby spinach and jalapeno (0 pt.)
  • 3 tablespoon salsa (0 pt.)

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Yum and yum.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I could eat Mexican food every night of the week and never get sick of it.  This is a super quick dinner too, even quicker if you cook the ground beef/lamb the night before.

Alright, I have exactly 20 minutes to get ready for work – I kinda slept in this morning!

Make it a great day!