I stopped by Walgreen’s on my way home from work to pick up my test strips.  Since they are so expensive now ($245!) I will probably only test my blood sugar 2 times a day vs. the 6-8 I previously did.  I mostly need to know what it is before I workout and before bed, so  I guess those will be the two times a day I’ll test.

As usual, since it was after work the pharmacy was busy.  I always look over the discount end cap right near the pharmacy, just to see what’s there.  I was shocked when I saw this product.

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Healthe Trim says all you have to do is take two pills in the morning, don’t eat breakfast and then you’ll get fuller faster so the weight will just fall off – but you can still eat your favorite foods, you just won’t be able to eat as much as you did before.  The video I watched was a 42 year old Mom who said that thanks to Healthe Trim, when you kids napped, she could get so much stuff done, and instead of wearing sweat pants with baby spit up on them to bed, thanks to Healthe Trim she wears form fitting night gowns to bed!

Gah.  Sadly though, I could see a slightly overweight teenager going to Walgreen’s with her Mom and just stopping in her tracks thinking “maybe this will help me lose the weight?!”

What I’ve discovered these last couple months, is that losing weight is more about doing than talking.  I’ve talked about losing weight since I started this blog in 2008 but when it got tough, I quit.  It’s so much easier to do nothing!  But I realize it’s consistency and hard work that will get the results I want, not a dietary supplement.

Just curious how many of you have ever tried taking dietary supplements thinking it was going to be the magic pill?

Yesterday morning before work I had enough time to make pork and apple breakfast sausages.  I love the fennel seed in these.  I made a banana walnut Martha Stewart pancake on the side – this was surprisingly very filling.

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All the big kids definitely have to be in school this week – the only kids at the pool were in the zero depth area and were all under the age of five.  It was awesome!

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My camera battery died, so while that was charging, I took a shitty picture of my lunch.  I had chicken noodle soup that I made over the weekend and a pepperoni/mozzarella spinach wrap on the side.  Probably not the best choice in lunch meat, but hey, we are eating what we have on hand. Open-mouthed smile

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I needed to buy carrots for this soup and another recipe later in the week.  Baby carrots were on sale for $1 so I bought those.  They must be nuclear though.  I cooked the soup for 2 hours over the weekend before we ate it on Sunday night – the carrots were nearly raw.  So I cooked it another 2 hours before I went to bed – yesterday at lunch – still raw!

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While I was meal planning over the weekend, I put steak and cheese quesadillas on the menu.  I was trying to think back and I am not sure I’ve ever made that for dinner before!

While Tony’s meat just got seasoned with taco seasoning right before cooking, I did a quick marinade before work with my steak:

Spicy Steak Marinade

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 of a jalapeno, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (sorry Rhonda!)
  • lime zest
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • splash of vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces of lean steak

I just threw everything in a ziploc and mixed it around and just tossed it in the fridge before heading out the door.  I should really videotape myself in the morning because I am kind of like a tornado of activity from 6:30 to 8:00 when I have to leave for work! Open-mouthed smile

On the side I adapted a recipe from Skinny taste for Cuban black beans and rice.  I did it a bit differently though because I buy bagged black beans, not canned.  So much cheaper.  Over the weekend I soaked 2 cups of black beans.  Then the next day, you rinse the beans, cover with water just enough to cover the beans and simmer for 2-3 hours.  Just check periodically to see that all the water hasn’t evaporated.   I added 1 tablespoon of jalapeno hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1 tablespoon of cumin.   I did the black beans separately because Tony isn’t a fan, even though I put some on his plate – his rice was just white rice with a teeny tiny bit of cilantro. Open-mouthed smile

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The secret to a good and gooey cheese quesadilla is to put a lid on top of the pan and cook it low and slow.  This way the outside doesn’t get burnt before the cheese and inside ingredients get hot – I had 1.5 ounces of shredded colby jack, 1 cup of baby spinach and 4 ounces of the marinated steak.  I cooked the steak while the rice was cooking and let it cool slightly before building the quesadillas.

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You can tell how much I loved this because I am using THREE photos from dinner – ha!

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The marinade was just spicy enough and truth be told, I probably could have shredded the whole jalapeno – next time!

I put that last picture on Facebook last night and said that I was pretty sure every exhale was going to be a fart – but it wasn’t too bad!  Last night was Insanity 40 minutes of cardio power and resistance.  I kept up with the power jumps – maybe not as fast as the rest of the group – but I did the whole time without stopping.

Here is what they look like: Insane, right?  I’ll have to have Tony videotape me one of these days!


I put this picture on Instagram last night – just to change it up – ha!  (are you following me yet on Instagram – biz319) Open-mouthed smile

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My arms are really starting to get toned! Open-mouthed smile

Stats for the Day:

  • 1760 calories, 69 fat, 182 carbs, 25 fiber and 105 protein
  • (not pictured – ounce of almonds and a Chobani)
  • 42% of calories from carbs, 35 from fat and 23 from protein
  • 30 minute swim
  • 40 minute Insanity

Right now I’ve got Grown Up Spaghettios on the stove for lunch.  And I think I have time to make an black bean spinach omelet for breakfast.  I still haven’t taken a shower yet though – and I have 20 minutes before I need to leave for work.  Ha – no problem!

Make it a great day!