I was so ready to go to Weight Watchers on Saturday morning that I was up at 7:00 a.m. for my 8:30 meeting!  You know how some weeks you feel like you’ve gained weight, but have to go anyway and face the music.  Um, that wasn’t me this last Saturday.  I killed it last week.  Except for my 45 point day the previous Saturday when I met friends out for lunch and beer (which I totally tracked) I tracked 100%, did my Max Insanity 5 times, went to the gym every night except Wednesday night when I had to work late.

I had huge NSVs last week – from not reverting to food and wine like I do in stress situations, like when my phone was stolen out of my hand, or when I thought I lost the brand new phone.  That was huge for me!

When I got home from work Friday night, the kadults were napping (they worked early shifts that day) so I went on a 45 minute walk.  Then went to the gym – I had my highest step totat to date – over 27,000 for the day!  

So I was shocked at a 2 pound gain.  Like really shocked.  But then I thought back to the week, and the only thing I didn’t really track was my water intake.  Maybe with all the exercise I wasn’t drinking enough.  Could I possibly be gaining muscle?  I felt smaller, so I took this gain in stride and know that my efforts for the last 7 days aren’t going to magically show up on the day of weigh in.  It’s all good.  

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After WW I went to Hannah’s coffee shop to meal plan – my next blog post for The Chopping Block was due today and I did a Meal Planning 101 blog post – a topic they surprisingly hadn’t covered since they started blogging several years ago.  That sugar free caramel latte with almond milk is 4 points and worth it – so good!

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Later that day, this popped up on my phone – since I’ve had my Fitbit, I’ve walked 5,000 miles!

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I had a busy day in my kitchen Saturday, which I’ll post recipes for later this week – one is a Premier Protein blueberry scone that is only 4 smart points and absolutely delicious.  I’ll be posting that recipe tomorrow.

I made my way to the gym on Saturday, and as I was walking in, I saw that an elderly couple was coming out of the grocery store and were parking in the handicapped parking.  They had these giant bottles of water, so I ran over and asked if I could help load their car for them.

The woman looked me up and down and said “honey, in your condition, you shouldn’t be lifting anything heavy!”  I had this look like “what the fuck did you just say?” but that didn’t stop her from asking me when my baby was due.  When I didn’t say anything she asked “you aren’t pregnant?!”  And I just said NO! and walked into the gym.

I realize that most of my weight is in my middle, but seriously?!   I took this picture after my workout.  My face shows that I am still pissed by the comment, but I didn’t let that derail my workout, if anything I pushed harder.

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I spend a lot of time in my kitchen this weekend that makes me very happy.  While I easily could have walked out of my WW meeting across the parking lot and walked into IHOP for a giant cinnamon roll as big as my head, I came home and made these cinnamon roll waffles with apples – the waffle is 5 points, I sauteed the apples with coconut spray and the 1/4 cup sugar free syrup was 1 point.  In case anyone was wondering, a Cinnabon classic cinnamon role is 37 points. 

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Using Premier Protein powder ups the protein by 30 grams for this recipe.
Course Breakfast
Servings 5


  • 1.25 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick brand)
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla Premier Protein powder


  • In a 4 cup measuring cup, add the almond milk and vinegar, stir with a fork and let it sit for 5-10 minutes - you are making a mock buttermilk so if it looks all chunky, that's what you want!
    Stir in the egg whites, eggs, vanilla and stir just until combined.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon sugar and protein powder. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined.
    I used 3/4 cup of the batter per waffle (I have a cheap $10 waffle maker) to make 5 waffles at 5 smart points each.

So this week I am going to continue on like I have been, the only thing I am adding this week?  The gallon of water a day challenge.  We have well water so we can’t drink our tap water, but we refill our gallons of water at Walmart for .37 cents a gallon.  Jacob drinks a lot of water, so with my gallon a day challenge, we may need to refill midweek.  I thought it was going to be near impossible to finish a gallon of water in a day, but I had no problem with it, I just kept refilling my 8 ounce glass of water throughout the day and by the time I was ready to go to bed, I had finished it.  I am going to buy a gallon of water at Walgreens across from my office today and have that at my desk as a reminder, then refill it before I leave for the next day.

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I grilled skirt steak and pork last night, but I wasn’t really hungry and only ate some yogurt and fruit for dinner.  Hannah lit a fire and then quickly realized she and Jacob were going inside to watch Game of Thrones, so I manned the fire until it died down.  

It’s nights light last night that I miss Tony the most.  It’s not as fun sitting outside by myself, but I enjoyed the cool night, the chirping of the birds and the sounds of the fire crackling.   I just wish there were two chairs instead of one.

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