About the only good thing about day light savings is that it’s light out when I leave for the gym.  And although the clock says 7:42, it’s actually 6:42 – I haven’t gotten the manual out to change the clock yet.

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I had my customary English muffin with peanut butter for my pre workout fuel. 

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The arm strength workout that was on tap for yesterday?  Holy shizz, it took me 40 minutes to complete – look at how many exercises there were!

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I mean, it started out with 60 pushups!  I finished up the workout with 30 minutes on the treadmill – 4.0 mph at 8.0 incline.

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I decided to bring my smoothie blender to work to have a Green Monster for breakfast.  Only one tiny problem – since I packed my bag the night before, I put the frozen banana in my bag – by the time I got around to using it for my smoothie – it nearly defrosted, so I didn’t get the thickness I usually like with this smoothie.

I scored on this giant 24 ounce Starbuck’s cup at Dominick’s – normally sells for $18 but I got it for $7!

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After having my wine over the weekend, I knew I had to get my game face back on.  I found this on google images and I love the message.  How many times have I started and stopped my weight loss journey these last five years.  I get all gung ho, then the motivation dies and I go right back to where I was when I started.

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I actually love hitting the pool at lunch after a tough morning workout.  It’s so relaxing.  I really don’t push it too hard – just slow and steady laps for 30 minutes.  Guess who painted their piggies?!

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I had the last of my African Peanut Stew for lunch, with cucumbers, cut up banana, black berries and a small piece of schiaccata I made over the weekend.

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And then comes the doom of the drive home in the dark.  Although it didn’t get pitch black until 5:15.  The clouds were at least pretty for a few minutes when I left!

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Last week I hit up the discount bin at Dominick’s (soon to be out of business – no!!) and picked up two steaks – with the discount it ended up being $3.69 cents for both steaks – each one was about 1/2 a pound.  So really that is $1.84 per steak and only .92 cents a serving since we split one steak.

Guess what else was on sale?  Bay scallops!  I decided to do a quick and easy surf and turf dinner for a weeknight.

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Bay Scallop Gratin for Two

  • 266 calories, 10 fat, 17 carbs, .9 fiber and 21 protein


  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (totally forgot!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of wine
  • salt and pepper to  taste

Heat oven to 425.  Mix the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil and bread crumbs together.  In the bottom of your baking dish, put the 3 tablespoons of wine.  Drain the scallops on a paper towel, then sprinkle over the wine.  Salt and pepper the scallops.  Top with the bread crumb mixture and bake for 10 minutes, and then put under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the bread crumb mixture.

While that was baking, I seared the steak in a cast iron skillet – still very rare which is how we love our meat.  I steamed up some asparagus and served it up with 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice.   This dinner literally took me about 20 minutes to put together.

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Holy yum, this was delicious!  The bread crumbs on top of the scallops were crispy, the lemon zest was awesome – and the best part is that both plates came in at just under $6 – you couldn’t even get an appetizer portion of scallops for $6 in a restaurant!  And the original Ina Garten recipe calls for 6 tablespoons of butter and 6 tablespoons of olive oil!  I think mine is just as good with the reduced amount of fat.

Stats for the Day:

  • 40 minute arms for strength
  • 30 minute treadmill for cardio
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • 1589 calories, 205 carbs, 59 protein, 57 fat, and 37 fiber
  • 32% of calories from fat, 14% from protein and 51% from carbs
  • Grade of A from CalorieCount

So excited I have Lasagna Soup on the menu for lunch today – this time with whole grain egg noodles – this may be batch number 47?!

Make it a great day!