I woke up early to walk before work yesterday, but it was raining pretty hard, so I went to Plan B.  Waffles!  I am going to sound like an asshole now, but my homemade waffles are better than this mix, but I had a coupon for a free box and it’s been in my pantry.  These are good in a pinch though.  Each waffle is 5 smart points.

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I couldn’t decided between sweet or savory for breakfast, so you know me, I did both!  In between the waffles is egg whites (1) ham (1) lite mozzarella (1) topped with strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar free Smuckers pancake syrup.

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By lunch time, the rain went away and it was blue skies.  My sister couldn’t walk yesterday with me, so I was on my own.

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I walked as far east on Randolph as I could, and saw this view below.   I am so lucky to work in this great city.

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I realized I forgot to take a picture of the vinegar I used for these homemade pickles, so I’ll post that tomorrow – you’ll want to make these – I shared them with a few of my co-workers and they went nuts over them.  Over the weekend I found random cuts of pork in my freezer, so I baked them straight from frozen in my cast iron skillet at 275 for 90 minutes.  Once cooled, I cut off all the fat, chopped it up and used Blackwood BBQ Southern Carolina mustard BBQ sauce – holy balls, this was so good!   Chicago peeps, click on that link above and find a Blackwood BBQ location near you – it’s the best brisket I’ve had outside of Austin.  Lunch was 3 ounces of pork (3), the BBQ sauce (1) and a light hotdog bun (2), so lunch came in at 6 points.

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Knowing that I was going to the gym when I got home from work before eating dinner, I made this quick snack – a banana topped with two tablespoons chocolate PB2 (2) sprinkled with a teaspoon of cashew pieces.

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That was a good plan, however, my blood sugar was only 145 when I got home.  At that time of night, my blood sugar will drop 100 points, so I played outside with the dogs for a while (Roman is OBSESSED with the frisbee) and did a 35 minute Sean T workout.  

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Rummy is concinved there is something in our wood pile, which there probably is!

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I made some brown rice and that cooked while I did my workout.  I bought this cooking sauce at Sam’s Club on their discount rack.  I got a box of 6 packets like this – 3 Korean BBQ and the other 3 are Chipotle.  Since the rice was done by the time I finished my workout, this dinner came together in a matter of minutes.  You can use this sauce at the very end and cook just a few minutes, or you can use it in a crock pot.  The whole packet is 8 smart points, I used 1/3 of the package for one serving and called it 3 points.

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I heated my cast iron skillet over medium high heat, added 1 teaspoon coconut oil and cooked six ounces of chicken (4) and 1/2 cup of mushrooms for two minutes.  While that was cooking I steamed my broccoli in the microwave, then tossed that it the pan, added the sauce and cooked an additional 2 minutes.  Served with 3/4 cup brown rice (5) with a drizzle of sriracha.  And dinner was done 😀

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I woke up this morning and saw that Chef Sharone Hakman (who created the cooking sauce) mentioned me in his Instastory – how cool is that?!


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My timehop this morning showed me four years ago Biz – who then believed she had a muffin top – I wish I had that middle today – but I am working on it!

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I promised to update my Healthy for 2017 every day until the end of the year, but Hannah and Jacob were really chatty with me last night (love) and the night got away from me and then it was time to go to bed.  But I am happy to report that I drank 3/4 gallon of water (so close to a gallon!) and stayed on track, and had a serving of pistachios (is that spelled right?!) because I had the points for them.  

Tonight we are going to the venue where we are having Hannah and Jacob’s wedding shower since they are having a small wedding to iron out the last minute details.  I am hoping my blood sugar will cooperate so I can go to the gym after that – the benefits of belonging to Planet Fitness – its open 24 hours 7 days a week.  If you have a PF near you, you should check it out – super cheap and clean.

Happy hump day – let’s make it a great day!