Thanks for all your wonderful comments about my WI after my ten day cleanse!  It is actually all of you who kept me motivated these last ten days – but now is the hard part.  Seems I need to have a goal dangling in front of my face to keep things interesting!

While I am going to continue with my strength training program these next six weeks, I need to set a cardio goal.   As in Miles.   My goal for the month of November is to move 125 miles – whether on the treadmill, stairmaster, or exercise bike.  That’s an average of 4 miles a day – and obviously on the days I bike, I can do 8 miles easily in a day.  Anyone care to join me?

Knowing that we had a pot luck yesterday at lunch, I decided to start my day out right with a ghoulish Green Monster!  I love this combination – I am going to have to see if they sell this Good Belly stuff in stores other than Whole Foods.  While I didn’t like drinking it by itself, I love it in a smoothie.

hallow13 002

I wish more people would have dressed up, but it was fun.  I actually didn’t put much thought into my costume this year – so Tony came up with the idea of me being a “cereal” killer.  I tried to find tiny boxes of cereal, but after three stores came up empty handed.  Tony went to our local dollar store and scored – 8 tiny boxes for $3!

I used one of Tony’s shirts and Tony put the tiny boxes of cereal on my shirt with safety pins and thread.  I just used a bread knife at work for effect!  Ha, do I look scary enough?!  I didn’t get a full picture, because no one in my office focused my camera right – it is a manual focus lens, so this pic will have to do!

hallow13 006

And because there weren’t many people dressed up – I won a prize!

hallow13 022

I actually had some pretty healthy options to choose from!  I snacked on some raw veggies with about a tablespoon of wasabi hummus – I found this recipe for a ginger wasabi edamame hummus that sounds amazing – just the right amount of spice.  I may need to recreate that over the weekend.

hallow13 037

hallow13 038

There was fresh fruit and Olive Garden’s salad – thankfully the icky red onions were in rings so I could just toss those straight into the trash.

hallow13 044

hallow13 045

I made my famous buffalo chicken chili, so I had a cup of that, some salad, fruit salad and two spicy meatballs.  My co-worker C makes these every year – it’s a jar of jalapeno jelly mixed with cocktail sauce, then you pour that over frozen meatballs and put them in the slow cooker.  Trust me, they are amazing!

hallow13 016

I was very proud of myself that I didn’t dive into the fritos, tortilla chips and guacamole, the cookies, carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – you get the idea.

That is, until I saw a dish that happened to be right in front of me.  Turns out my boss brought in a cheese dip.  Huh.  I asked him if his wife made it and he was like “um, I made it.”   I don’t know why I was stereotyping him thinking his wife made it!  Just like when I talk to people on the phone about my bosses hotel reservation and they ALWAYS say “what’s HIS name” as if my boss couldn’t be a woman!  Shame on me.

Well, guess what was next to the cheese dip?  Frito dippers and pretzels.  Salty crack.  So I ate 4 dippers full of this delicious cheese dip – I ate about 1/4 cup of the cheese dip and literally could have eaten the whole thing.

It got me thinking that this is the perfect dip for a football game, tailgating party, family holiday gathering.  It can be made up ahead of time and it was good both cold out of the fridge and hours later when it was room temperature.  So thank you, to my bosses Mom, Mrs. Huddleston, for having this recipe for your son to make for our Halloween party.

Mrs. Huddleston’s Chilled Cheese Dip

  • um, let’s not pretend I am going to figure out the calories for this one!


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup miracle whip
  • 24 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (2/3 mild, 1/3 sharp)
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions (chopped) – eek, didn’t mind the green onions in this dip – what is wrong with me?!
  • 4-5 jalapeno peppers (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • Mix together and chill.
  • That’s it.

hallow13 064

Oh lordy.  To eat cheese again was glorious!  But I refrained and didn’t have any more.  (Note to self, the leftovers are still in the fridge at work – if the remainder of that dish comes home with me over the weekend, I have no idea how that happened!)  Let me know if you make this – so easy and good!

I was so excited to come home because there was still 90 minutes left of trick or treating!  I asked Tony if we had gotten any kids yet.  Nope.  Not one.  The rain was letting up, I saw my neighbors grandkids, but not a single one came to our door.  And I had good candy too!  Tony said next year he’s going to pay kids to come to the door! Open-mouthed smile

I had ground beef and I really had no idea what I was going to do with it for dinner when I threw out some ideas to Tony and taco salad stuck.  As I was reaching for a paper towel, I saw this spider and thought “ha, Tony is trying to trick me!”  Um, no – that was a real life spider and I hate spiders!

hallow13 032

I had to kill it.  You should have seen me because I ended up putting on oven mitts just in case it started to move!

Fifteen minutes later, dinner was ready.  I had a tablespoon of blue cheese dressing and some of my tomatillo salsa for a dressing – 3 ounces of ground beef, carrots, cucumbers and romaine and boston bibb lettuce.  I had 4 blue corn tortilla chips for dipping.

hallow13 033

Totally filling and hit the spot.  So I wrote down pretty much everything I ate, and tallied it up last night – I didn’t do too bad!  Most importantly, I did not have one piece of Halloween candy at all – the snickers, almond joys and paydays are still in the trick or treat bowl!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1614 calories, 151 carbs, 71 protein, 85 fat, 21 fiber
  • 46% of calories from fat, 17% from protein and 36% from carbs
  • A grade from calorie count – because of my green monster, I got all of my recommended vitamin a, c and nearly all my calcium!
  • no exercise

I cannot believe its November 1 already.  Do you have any goals for the month?  I’d love to hear them!

My gym bag is packed so I am off to the races.  Today is shoulders and cardio – Happy Friday!