Fail to Plan . . . Plan to Fail

Yesterday morning I had plenty of time.  I’d made the Cooking Light Mac n Cheese the night before, I was drinking coffee, finishing posting my blog, reading some of yours.  I took a shower, got dressed get everything in the car and as I am driving to work, I realize: I never packed my breakfast!

I only had time for McDonald’s.  I ordered the breakfast burrito and the yogurt parfait.  The burritos came with a potato patty, which I took one bite out of 😀 and then threw out.  So then before I eat the burritos, I decided to see how many calories they were.  One was 300 calories! Thank God I looked because I probably would have eaten both of them – and they weren’t even that big!

The best part about this burrito?

this was surprisingly really good - really flavorful heat!

The parfait was good – I am glad that the fruit wasn’t frozen, which usually happens when I order it.

I was on my own for working out, and did the Biggest Loser DVD again – this time I did 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes high intensity cardio and then 20 minutes of the Boot Camp – Holy Shit that last part was hard!   But I just love Bob’s gentle pushes “I know it’s hard, you are strong, you can do this!”

So about half way through two guys come in to use the treadmills.  I ask if they mind if I continue, that I’ve only got 20 minutes to go, and they were fine with it.  It was just kind of awkward with them in the room.  Then one of them says to the other “I think that guy on the left was on the Biggest Loser show!”  I then say “this is a Biggest Loser DVD.”  A few minutes later, the guys says “I remember that blond girl – she was on the show too!”  Duh!

So I had high hopes for the Cooking Light Bacon Ranch Mac N Cheese.  I am not posting the recipe until I tweak it some more, but if you are curious, the recipe is here.   The only substitution I made was I used cream of celery soup in the milk mixture instead of cream of mushroom, simply because I don’t like mushrooms.  The seasonings were garlic powder, onion powder and fresh dill.  It was about the blandest macaroni and cheese I’ve ever eaten – I couldn’t even taste the dill.

Luckily my Tabasco sauce came to the rescue!  I also think the three cheese blend was another problem – since there are only 5 ounces of cheese in the whole recipe, I think if I had used 75% reduced fat Cabot sharp cheddar the cheezy flavor would have been more pronounced.  You know I love my cheese! 😀  And even though I am going to tweak the recipe, I am going to submit this Friday First to Christina’s blog today – it is the first time I made it!

2 cups comes in at 497 calories

I was going to get a side salad at the cafe in the building next to us, when one of my co-workers let me go through her “food drawer” in the office fridge.  I had a spinach salad with a tablespoon of blue cheese dressing with fat free raspberry vinaigrette – perfect!

As I was leaving work I couldn’t help but thank my lucky stars that I didn’t live in New York with all the snow they are expecting: 10 to 20 inches!  And look how light it was at 5:00!

Tony made dinner last night!  I had defrosted a pork roast with the intention of Tony making a type of pork caccitore (sp?!), but he was feeling just good ole plain roasted pork with rosemary and garlic.  It was delicious!  On the side he had baked potatoes, which had been rubbed with a bit of olive oil and then seasoned with coarse salt and cracked pepper.  The skin is the best part of his baked potatoes!

since these were huge, I ate half of the smaller one

And since I couldn’t decide which picture to use of the pork – you will be getting all three! 😀

the roasted rosemary has a wonderful flavor

My plate: 4 ounces of pork, sauerkraut (which Tony and Hannah can’t stand, but I could eat it out of the can cold!) and 1/2 potato with fat free margarine and salt and pepper.

don't let the pink scare you on the pork - it was perfectly done and juicy!

Stats for the Day:  45 minute BL DVD and

even with the burrito, I got a B for the day - I'll take it!

I got some loot in the mail from some wonderful bloggers, but my camera battery died, so I’ll show the loot tomorrow!

Off to make my breakfast – I won’t make that mistake again! 😀  Happy Friday!

Oh – and any Chicagoland readers out there – I am helping a co-worker of my sister with meal planning using a sale flyer.  It just so happens she shops at Caputo’s.  I put together a meal plan and grocery list for her – so if anyone who shops at Caputo’s would like the shopping list with recipes, just leave a comment and I’ll email it to you.

33 thoughts on “Fail to Plan . . . Plan to Fail

  1. Good morning Biz! The pork roast is so good and I too love sauerkraut! I love it cold too with viegar and sugar and cut up carrots- kind-of pickled salad. Very good. Have a great Friday!

  2. Your food looks delightful! You seem to season everything so well – I bet it all tastes delicious! 🙂

  3. What a great title! Love it!

    Laughed at the story with the two guys. Sounds so familiar. To be fair, could have been girls… 🙂

    That baked potato looks amazing. I am such a sucker for potatoes.

    What program do you use for the nutrition information?

  4. I’ve never thought of seasoning the skin of a baked potato. Another tip from you that I’ll be using soon! I’ve tried many many different types of low fat/low calorie mac & cheese but I always come back to my own recipe that I lightened myself. Why mess with a good thing?

  5. THIS ROCKS… and that pork is perfect… I have this discussion with my wife all the time.

    And of course leave the skin on the taters… slat lick taters are sooooo good.

    As to feeling bad for the snowbound NE…


    It bothered me all day when I was at the beach

  6. I’m disappoined about the mac and cheese, I’ll wait for your tweeked version. Maybe, I should try exercising to a DVD, maybe that would inspire me? Do you find that you do better with that than say a machine?

  7. That is a bummer about the Mac N’Cheese. 😦 I LOVE M&C and I know what you mean about the bland stuff. It’s just a disappointment. I can’t wait to see how you tweak it!

    I LOVE the skins of taters. Best part!!

  8. You’re so brave to keep working out in front of strangers. I hate working out to DVDs even in front of my hubby!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! 😀

  9. Thanks for the shout out for Friday Firsts, Biz!! 🙂

    I LOVE the pic of the trees outside, it’s absolutely beautiful!

    I’ve never heard of Caputo’s! hehe

  10. The pork sounds good with the rosemary and those baked potatoes look totally yummy! Happy Friday!

  11. Everything looks great Biz! I’ll let you know how Caputo’s turns out, I’m going tomorrow!

  12. Don’t you hate it when a recipe doesn’t turn out quite right? I know you’ll tweak the mac & cheese into something wonderful, though!

  13. Hi Biz! Thanks for checking up on me during my hiatus! Things are fine–we were out of town on vacation last week, and I’ve been swamped with catch-up stuff this week…which sort of puts us back at square 1…oh well! 🙂 Except for a few days of no phone service, I was reading, and I was happy to hear about your good a1c! Bummer about the triglycerides and cholesterol, but knowing you, you’ll have them whipped into shape soon.

    Which reminds me, I’m due for the a1c check. I’ll put it on my calendar for next week. Should be interesting to see how it I did with birthday + vacation, although my meter readings were good (109 fasting, 107 total over past 14 days).

    Nice recovery on the “Mickey D’s”! Since I’ve been calorie counting, it’s dismaying to see how small 300 calories can be sometimes…

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    It always surprises me how little you get for amount of calories at fast food restaurants. Crazy! At least you were able to make a healthier choice.

    Have a great Friday!

  15. I just thought I would leave a comment back about your daughter and her birthday and possible peircing. I have always had the rule, I am sure it will get harder when my kids actually are older but this is my rule anyway! If my kids ever come home with a peircing I don’t approve of they either take it out voluntarily or I will have my husband hold them down and I will rip it out, I don’t care where it is! I am one of those people who think ears are OK as long as it isn’t 3+ but I don’t like the nose rings, tounge, or eyebrow, or the many other places no one should see but your gyno or hubby!!!
    Glad you didn’t get a ton of snow! OUr weather is so screwy!!! It is beautiful one day and freezing cold the next with high winds! I am ready for April weather!!!

  16. I have no idea what Caputo is…ok i know it’s a grocery store, but darn why don’t we have it in Chicago??

    Biz I am SO with ya – the BEST thing about baked potatoes are the skin!!! I think that’s why i love red skin potatoes so darn much. Mmmm yum. I also love McD parfaits, and yes, those berries always seem to be frozen!!! I always wait a little while (like 2 minutes) before I devour just to give ’em time to thaw. 😛

  17. That pork roast looks divine…I’m such a swine lover, it’s my absolute favorite meat. And the mac ‘n chz looks yummy, too. 🙂

  18. Holy yum…all your eats look fantastic!! 🙂

  19. The mac & cheese has me drooling and I think the pork looks fantastic.

  20. I wished that I did not live in NY today! lol…it took me over an hour to clean my car off…the snow was up to the windows.

    I heart the Parfait at mcd’s!

  21. I love working out to the biggest loser dvd too (mine is the cardio one)!
    It was great to read your post on my blog today! Had to come over and check yours out too 🙂
    My hubby was diagnoised with type2 D last year, so he had no choice but to start eating more of ‘my food’. Luckily he doesn’t need to get shots for it yet, it’s in early stages and when he eats right and throughout the day (something hard for him to do) his numbers stay good.
    Love your blog! I will be checking in daily now 🙂

  22. My mom shops at Caputo’s all the time! A new huge one just opened, right? She said it was PACKED!!!!

    I can’t wait to hear your mac makeover!! The title sounds DELICIOUS, but I want the Biz makeover version to try 🙂 Don’t forget…I love mac and cheese too much to tease me like that!!!

    Have a super weekend!!!!

  23. I love McDonald’s parfaits!! I’ve had to get those a few times when I’ve forgotten my breakfast before. I love the little packet of granola. Such a perfect amount!

  24. I love that hot sauce from McD’s. I was shocked at how good it was!

  25. Haha you’re just like Christina…you don’t like mushrooms…and you’re both crazies!! lol.
    Ah, don’t McD’s have oats right now? There seems to be a spreading oat craze…

  26. Biz I love your eats today! I’d say pork is my favorite meat and nothing beats a perfectly baked potato. You’re right- the skin is the best part!! Yummm…
    Have a wonderful Saturday!!

  27. Ooh good tip on the baked potato!

    I want to see your improved version of the mac & cheese!

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