Um, guess what?  It’s January in Chicago.

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My brother Charlie sent me this hat for Christmas.  I sent him a picture of me wearing it and his reply was “sorry you have to use it!”

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At least it was sunny out!

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Breakfast was a mix of sweet and savory.  Blueberry pancake (4), hard boiled egg (2), 4 slices of 97% reduced fat ham (1), the last tangerine from my parents-in-law and some blueberries.  7 points for the whole plate.

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I was super busy at work – so busy I worked right through lunch and ate at my desk.  The day went by fast though!  I reheated my chicken tikka masala with 1/2 cup of rice and sauteed zucchini, with apples and blueberries on the side.  The apples I got this week on sale are called Cameo apples and I wish I would have bought more.  I love the texture and it’s a bit sweet and tart at the same time.  Lunch comes in at 9 smart points.

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I am loving doing my own dinner at home.  No more wondering whose hungry, who ate a late lunch, etc.  And I have to remember that the kadults have coffee shop hours – either super early, or closing, so they aren’t necessarily ready to eat at 7 p.m. like I am.  I had chicken soba noodle stir fry on my menu, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  So, after pizza, tacos will always be the next best thing.  I used one Ole Wellness tortilla (1) one Old El Paso crunchy taco (2) four ounces of cooked chicken (3) that I sautéed with salsa sent from my blog reader Jaclyn – love this stuff!

PicMonkey Collage - salsa

Then filled my tacos with chopped fresh kale, red cabbage, pickled jalapenos, Red Gold sriracha salsa, and Chobani’s mezze dip (1).  Two tacos for 7 smart points #winning!

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Some people thought that the Ole one point tortillas taste gummy to them – I actually like that they are soft and pliable.  And 11 grams of fiber!  Oh, and because it’s the dead of winter, and it’s dark by the time I get home, I thought you’d like to see my new photo studio set up!

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I am sure all the professional food photographers use their corner lamp in their dining room to take pictures. Open-mouthed smile

I decided against going to the gym last night because it was just so cold.  The thought of driving 15 minutes, working out and getting sweaty, then going back outside in single digits did not do it for me.  But luckily Hannah and Jacob bought me Apple TV last year, and I went to youtube to find a workout.

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This workout was 37 minutes long, and I liked that it gave you a count down of not only how much longer each exercise was, but how close you were to finishing.

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This was actually really hard – I was about to do about 85% of it, and was sweaty at the end, and I loved the stretching at the end, which always reminds me that I don’t stretch enough.

The funny thing about watching exercise videos on my Apple TV is just like the computer, it will go to the next video, and it went to “Pets vs. Exercise!”  This was pretty much how Roman was during my warm up:

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So today is my second WI of being on track.  I don’t know if it will be a slight loss since I lost 3.8 pounds last year, or not, but I had a good week.  I have Blue Dots!  Blue Dots are on the WW app – I get 30 points a day + 37 flex points for the week.  If my points stay between 27-37 per day, I get rewarded with a blue dot.

PicMonkey Collage blue dot

You may notice that I didn’t track at all during the middle weeks of December!   And I haven’t had any wine since Christmas day, so that helps me stay within my points – but let’s be honest, I never counted points for wine anyway, which may have been another reason why I maintained!  Smile with tongue out

My boss is back at work today.  Not sure how busy it will be, but I plan on taking the earlier train and weighing in before work, so I won’t have to wait in line on my lunch break and miss the meeting. 

It’s another cold day Chicago – only 74 days until the first day of spring!  Ha – make it a great day!

Thursday Thought:  “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard