I was so happy throughout the day yesterday to look down on my phone and see a “friend request” on my Facebook app.  Yesterday morning we had 31 women in my Healthy for the Holidays private page on Facebook – this morning we are up to 57!

Such great things going on:

  • not eating office candy
  • getting water in
  • waking up at 3:45 before work to get a workout in
  • no extra snacking
  • counting WW points during the day, not just guessing

These are just a few of the dozens of goals met just on day one, and I could not be happier!  Not too late to join:  either friend request me at Beth Hills Velatini – or look for Healthy for the Holidays with My Bizzy Kitchen and I’ll add you to the group.  I cannot tell you how motivated this group makes me!

For the last couple days I’ve only been just under 1300 calories, and that’s just not enough.  So before work, I had a Nature Valley Protein Bar – on top of my blog writing notes – blurry pic I know, but it was dark out. Open-mouthed smile

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For breakfast yesterday I made a breakfast burrito – I brought some of the tomatillo salsa to a couple of my co-workers yesterday, who both gave it great big thumbs up.  This salsa made my breakfast burrito!  And for dessert – Chobani apple cinnamon yogurt.

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Yesterday’s strength training was chest and triceps.  A couple new to me exercises – one of which has an alternate name of skull crusher!!!


I only used a 25 pound bar, so I didn’t crush my skull luckily!  This workout took me 35 minutes, then I did 5 minutes of stretching.

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Can you tell I was listening to motivational shit on 8 tracks?!  Lot’s of topics for the private FB page coming in the next few days. Open-mouthed smile 

Lunch was leftover black bean and barley chili – I may have that again today it’s so good, and almost tastes better than the first day I made it.  I added a bit of the salsa on top too to kick it up a notch.  Not pictured 1 ounce of tortilla chips for dipping.

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On the FB page yesterday I asked everyone to do “just one” thing that they have said they were going to do, but didn’t.  Me?  It was my water intake – I was going strong for a while, but somehow over the weekends I was drinking more wine than water!   But after 40 ounces of plain water I was losing my steam, so I made my own iced tea – steeped a bag of tea for 30 minutes and then poured it over ice – that did the trick – I love lemon was delicious!

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I added a water app on my phone to keep track – it’s so cute because it makes the sound of pouring water and someone says “ahh!” when you put a check mark on the glass of water.

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I think most empty nest families wouldn’t consider making beef roasts just for two people, but I love doing that for the leftovers!  Tony and I grilled a sirloin tip roast over the weekend.  Last night I made French dip sandwiches with a side salad (instead of fries!).  I put my roast in the freezer for about 10 minutes and its super easy to slice.  Just heat up 1 cup of beef broth with a tablespoon of Italian seasoning.  Bring the beef broth to a boil, remove from heat and add your sliced beef while you put everything together – just warms up the beef without cooking it any more.

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I am on year almost three with my camera, and I am still trying to figure it out.  By the time dinner is ready, it’s nearly dark out already, and I have fluorescent kitchen lighting.   I set my ISO at 800 for this picture and I think it brought in just enough light.

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So I pulled another oldie but a goodie out last night for my workout – Billy Blanks T3 Total Transformation!  Helen sent this to me a few years ago, and I actually forgot how much I liked these DVDs.  I decided to do the “Express Workout” which was really express – after 9 minutes of instruction (which I forgot and was thinking – this isn’t much of a workout!!) the express workout was only 15 minutes, so I did that twice and ended up doing the 5 minutes of stretching at the end.  I was sweaty!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1883 calories (not pictured – peanut butter and banana granola which I am posting tomorrow – its amazeballs!)
  • 174 carbs, 120 protein, 80 fat, 27 fiber
  • 38% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 36% from carbs
  • B- grade from Calorie Count – too low carbs, too high fat and too high sodium

Alright, I have to repack my gym bag with clean clothes and put my food together for the day – make it a great day!