Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Almost On-Plan WIAW {3/4}

Hey there! How is the weather where you are? Have I officially gotten old because I talk about the weather? Are you all tired of hearing people talk about the weather? I don’t know about where you are, but I’m pretty excited about the weather here.
At least for the next two days…after that. I don’t want to talk about it.

I’m trying so hard to get back on track with my eating. For some reason, I took a hiatus from being on-plan. I blame it on stress about the house. But maybe I’m just looking for an excuse. Either way, I’m really trying to reign everything back in and get it under control. I’ve still been keeping up with my workouts, it just the whole food thing that gives me issues. And I do really well for an entire day, then I blow it. Check out my WIAW from Monday to see what I mean…

I’m trying to change things up a little bit. So I had one hardboiled egg, plus one egg white (2PP) along with some Greek yogurt (2PP) for breakfast.

I had an apple with some PB2 (1PP) for my morning snack.

Still trying to keep up the change, I had a ham and cheese sandwich (5PP) for lunch with some cracker chips (1PP) and carrots.

Afternoon snack was 1/8 c. (3PP) of peanuts with some strawberries.

We had grilled pork chops (4PP) with brown rice (3PP) and broccoli for dinner. Yes, I pretty much always have some kind of protein with brown rice and broccoli for dinner on Mondays. The family isn’t complaining (yet) so I’m going to stick with it.

I found a WW mini ice cream cone (2PP)buried in the freezer for dessert. I forgot how much I love these things!

So I did really well during the day and even into the evening. I had a totally OP day…until I had some more ice cream. I didn’t track it and I didn’t take a picture of it. It was light, but definitely not necessary. The only good thing is that I finished the carton and have no plans to buy more, so I won’t be tempted by it again.

Anyway, I could have done much worse, but could have done better, too. Oh well. You can’t win them all…

I’m linking up with Jen from Peas and Crayons for the link-up today.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

So long for today…

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {3/1}

Haaaaapy Sunday everyone! How has your weekend been so far? As usual, ours has been busy. I can't remember the last time that we didn't have anything to do on the weekend. I guess that's what being a homeowner is all about, right? There is always some kind of project that needs to get done. I really don't know what we would do without anything to do though. It deeps us busy and definitely keeps life interesting!

Camden went on his first field trip on Friday. It was a trip to the aquarium and was so much fun.  TC and I were both able to go along. He really enjoyed looking at all the fish and other sea life. Of course, he's one, so you can only look at so many fish before he starts to meltdown. But I think he had a really good time. Poor guy was sacked out within a few minutes of leaving the aquarium.

 Saturday was spent working around the house. Still trying to make heads and tails of everything that we have crowded into the garage. Today, I have high hopes of FINALLY organizing our closet. I know, sounds like a pretty exciting Sunday afternoon!

So here is what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Cream Cheese Spaghetti
Monday - Grilled Pork Chops
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Grilled Hamburgers
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest
Monday - 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix
Wednesday - 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
Thursday - 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix

I'm finishing up my 3 weeks of doing 21 Day Fix and I'm trying to figure out what I want to do next. I'm trying to decide between doing some Tone It Up workouts or going back to the familiar Jillian Michal workouts. I've never done any TIU workouts, so I welcome any opinions or experiences that anyone has had. I'm also planning to change up some of my meals for this week. So stay tuned for a WIAW post later in the week.

Don't forget to check out Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers for more Weekly Meal Plans!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Hello? Spring? Are you out there? If someone has seen Spring, please send it my way. I'm so over this Winter. The kids were out of school yesterday because of freezing rain in the forecast. I guess it was a good call since we did end up having some ice sticking in some places. Better safe, than sorry, right?

This casserole is a perfect cold weather dinner. It's comfort food at its finest! I love how rich and creamy it was. The recipe made enough for us to get two dinners, plus a lunch for TC out of it. It takes a little bit of prep work, but it's definitely worth it!! 

Here's the recipe:

Servings: 8
Points+: 9

8 oz uncooked pasta
4 T. light butter
3 T. flour
2 c. skim milk
3/4 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
8 oz. 2% Swiss cheese, either shredded or torn into pieces
1/3 c. FF sour cream
2 c. chicken breast, shredded
6 oz. lean cooked ham, diced
1/4 c. bread crumbs
1/4c. reduced fat Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package.

Meanwhile, melt 3 T. butter in medium saucepan. Add four and stir until mixed. Gradually add milk and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper and mix again. Add Swiss cheese. Stir until cheese has completely melted in.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, ham, sour cream and cheese sauce. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread the mixture into baking dish.

In small skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Stir for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Sprinkle this mixture over casserole.

Bake casserole for 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Enjoy!!

This is definitely a winner-winner chicken dinner! Add these ingredients to your grocery list and make it soon! You won't regret it!

I hope you all have a great day!

So long for today...

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {2/22}

Hey, hey everyone!! Hopefully, you are all either thawing out or getting ready to. Our cold weather has passed. Yesterday was a really nice day. Today is supposed to be another warm one, but could rain. Either way, it's a lot better than the freezing temps that we had last week, so I'll take it! We decided to finally clean the rest of the stuff out of the old house this weekend. We are hoping to sell it soon, so fingers crossed everything works out. Needless to say, it's been a busy weekend on our end. But it'll all be worth it!

Here is what we have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Italian Chicken
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Thursday - Chicken & Biscuits Casserole
Friday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Yesterday was what I would call an active rest day. I didn't get a formal workout in, I was very active with all the moving, so I don't feel guilty about not working out.
Sunday - 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix
Monday - 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix Full Body Cardio
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Zumba
Friday - 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
Saturday - Rest

Our garage is now piled high with boxes and will stay that way until we get TC's garage/workshop/storage building built. In the meantime, it might be a great time to have a garage sale!

As usual, I'm linking up with Mommy Run FSt and Jill Conyers for the link-up. I hope you all have a great week! 

So long for today...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An On-Plan WIAW {2/18}

Happy Ash Wednesday everyone!! I'm not Catholic myself, but I do have friends and family that are. So, just a meat today!

I'm pretty excited that I remembered to take a picture of every.single.thing.I.ate on Monday so that I could put together a WIAW post to share with you all. This was from an on-plan day, too. Even though I had way too many indulgences over the weekend, I still managed to have a one pound loss from last week. I'm not sure I really deserved the loss, but I'll still take it!!

Here's how my day in food looked from Monday:






Total points for the day put me right at 26! I also got in my workout for the day, too! I'd call that WeighhWatchers success!! I love a perfectly on-plan day!!

I hope you all have a great day. Stay warm wherever you are!

I'm teaming up with Peas & Crayons for another WIAW today. Join in if you can!!

So long for today...

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {2/15}

Happy Sunday from the road. We are headed home after a fun weekend in Waxhaw. It was Addison's first time roller skating and I think it was a success! 
Sorry for the blurry picture. It's hard to get a good iPhone picture of a moving target when you're also a moving target. I  think she did pretty well. We might even take her to our local skating rink for her to try again. We'll have to see.

There was lots of food eaten this weekend as well. 
It's always good to share...

Here's what I have planned for this week:
Menu Plan:
Sunday - Lasagna Soup
Monday - Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Tuesday - Bubble-Up Pozza Casserole
Wednesday - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Thursday - One Pot Cheesy Pasta w/ Smoked Sausage
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
Wednesday - 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
Thursday - 21 Day Fix Pilates & Zumba
Friday - 21 Day Fix Dirty 30
Saturday - Rest

I ended up taking an extra rest day this weekend. But there was too much fun to be had to take a break for a formal workout. Skating counts, right?

Have a great week everyone!

So long for today...

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thinking Out Loud {2/12}

Thursday, Thursday, Thursday. Here we are again. It’s been another busy week with a lot going on in the Southern Living Yankee household. You all know that we are trying to sell our house. In addition, I’m also trying to sell the townhouse that I bought when I first moved to South Carolina. It’s been rented for a while, but I’ve decided that it would be best to go ahead and try to sell it. The equity that I have in it would really help us out with a couple of the projects that we have planned for our new house. The tenants aren’t being very cooperative with letting agents show the property, which they previously agreed to be. So, I made the tough decision to give them their notice to vacate. Luckily, I have a management company that is handling everything for me. I’ve been told that they aren’t very happy about the notice. But to me, it wasn’t a personal decision. It was a business decision. I need to look out for my family. They are my priority. ANYWAY, sorry to put this all out there, but it’s been weighing on me this week and taking up a lot of my thoughts, so I thought I would share.

Another thought this week…I’ve changed my Weight Watchers plan again. I had been trying to follow the Simply Filling technique, but it just wasn’t working for me. I wasn’t having the loss that I typically have when I finally buckle down to try to lose my weight. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I was following the SFT and I was exercising most days of the week. I was really confused as to why I wasn’t seeing a change on the scale or in my measurements. Then I went ahead and calculated the points that I would have been using if I would have been tracking. I found out that I was way over. Personally, I’m not able to eat all of my daily points, plus my weekly points, plus any activity points that I earn. The light bulb finally went off and I realized that the best thing would be to go back to tracking points. I’m halfway through my second week and I’m liking what I’m seeing on the scale. After much thought, I’m going to stick with tracking. It’s what has worked for me in the past and I have confidence that it will work again for me. 

I'm also trying to up my water intake. I was talking to a friend of mine about my frustrations and she asked me if I'm drinking enough water. Unfortunately, no. I wasn't. So I'm hoping to change that, too.

This weekend is going to be a challenge for me. We are going to see my cousins and will be spending the weekend with them. They are lucky enough that they don’t have to worry about their weight. They’re both extremely active and are able to stay thin. So they tend to have what I would consider to be indulgences in their house. I’m going to be one of “those” people that bring some of my own food with me. I realize that some people might think this is extreme, but the bottom line for me, is that I have a bridesmaid dress that I need to fit into in less than 3 months. So I need to do what I can to stay on plan! I just hope they’ll understand!!

Sorry for the random thoughts for today. But my mind is going in a lot of different directions and this is what I came up with today. Thank you again to Running with Spoons for this week’s link-up!

I might get another post up, but it might not be until Sunday, depending on how busy we are. Either way, I hope you all have a great weekend!

So long for today…

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