The Domino Effect

Is it just me?  I find that if I am in control of my eating and workouts, the rest of my life follows suit.   All the little projects that just seem to be on my list of things to do, suddenly have the need to be crossed off.  One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while is clean out my wallet.  I save every receipt for at least a week (weird, I know!), but after a while, you can’t even close my wallet its so full!

And I have gift cards that I have no idea if the have $1 or $100 on them!  Look what I found out?

  • $108.09 to Whole Foods
  • $4.13 to Target
  • $19.27 to Nike
  • $3.26 to Starbucks
  • $64.75 at AMC Theaters

Isn’t that crazy?!  If I don’t pay attention to my food or exercise I just become all around . . . lazy.  I don’t feel good about myself, I keep telling myself, you know what to do, yet still chose to drink my wine and watch t.v.!

But I have to say I’ve done pretty well in the past few weeks.  I am going tomorrow for my second WW weigh in – I missed last week because of Christmas, but didn’t want to miss two weeks because of New Years.  I had a few indulgences, but I never ate more than my daily points and flex points.  I decided I am saving my activity points for when I have to resort to food to bring up my blood sugar in a hurry like last night.

Do you find that the rest of your life is more organized when your food is in control?

Breakfast was another addition of breakfast nachos – I know I will have this a lot so I made it a recipe in eTools so I can just type “Breakfast Nachos” and my 6 point recipe pops up. 😀

Breakfast Nachos 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    6
Servings:  1 

Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  20 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) Egg Beaters Refrigerated Egg Whites
1/2 slice(s) cheddar or colby cheese
1/4 cup(s) canned refried black beans
1 serving(s) Hot Sauce
2 item(s) corn tortilla(s)

Instructions

Heat oven to 350. Cut each tortilla into four, giving you 8 chips.
Spray with Pam and sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake for 10 minutes, or until chips are crispy.
Heat refried beans in microwave for 30 seconds. Divide beans between 8 nachos.
Microwave egg beaters for 2 minutes. Add taco seasoning or Tabasco to egg white mixture. Divide between 8 nachos.
Sprinkle 1/2 ounce of cheese over nachos and broil for a couple minutes, just until the cheese melts.

These are so addicting!  And yes, I splashed each chip with a liberal dose of Tabasco 😀  Nothing like a burning spicy mouth first thing in the morning to get your day going!

So I basically have not left the house with my new camera yet, so the rest of this post is with Old Blue.

Last week my store had apples on the $1 rack, so as soon as I got home I just sauteed the whole bunch.  My pre-workout snack – sauteed apples with 1/2 teaspoon chocolate ice cream topping and 1/2 teaspoon of chopped nuts – 1 point (left over from an ice cream birthday celebration at my office).

I tested my blood sugar before working out, and it was only 156, so that limited what kind of exercise I could do.  I ended up doing 50 minutes on the treadmill, 3.8 mph, with the 6 pound medicine ball tossed back and forth.  I wore a fleece over my t-shirt and I was pretty sweaty by the end – pretty soon my arms are gonna be ready for the gun show! 😀

Lunch was leftover beef stew – 8 points, followed by 3 small clementines later in the afternoon (no pic!).

Since it was my Friday night, Tony and I decided to make it a date night 😀  We went to The Lucky Monk in South Barrington -probably the 7th or 8th time we’ve been there.  The food is always really good.  I, in usual fashion, read the menu ahead of time and had picked out that I would have the apple bacon smoked gouda flatbread appetizer for my entree.

Well, as luck would have it, my blood sugar was 46 as we sat down.  I took one look at the menu and said “we’ll take the Trappist Trio to start.”   Fried dill pickles, truffle french fries and onions strings. I know you know we don’t like onions, but we can handle the tiny deep fried ones 😀

Let’s just say Tony didn’t want anything to do with the fried pickles.  So I at them.  All.

Oh my word.  Perfection in a cup – lightly battered, crispy coating, and the dill pickle still had a bite on the inside, not mushy at all.  I’ve only had fried pickles a handful of times, but these were by far the best.  Guess the points?  (I didn’t find this out until I got home!).  15 Points! Worth every one in my book.

But I still had the flatbread on my brain, and we had time before the movie (we saw Social Network – good movie!)  – I ate 2/3 of this – it was delicious – thinly sliced apple, thick smokey bacon with smoked gouda – I will try to recreate a more healthy version at home.  8 PointsPlus.

And to wash it all down?  Two of these beers and a Blue Moon:  12 Points.

So I had a 35 Point dinner and guess what?  I am okay with that.  This is a lifestyle, and part of a lifestyle is indulging every once in a while.  The old me would just strap on the feed bag and think “well, I fucked up with this meal, so I may as well eat like shit the rest of the week (or month, or months!).

But it’s one meal.  Today is another day.  I have good food planned.  Hannah and I are going to the gym when she gets off to work (and maybe laugh our asses off trying to play racquetball!) 😀

Stats for Wednesday

  • 52 PointsPlus (still have 17 flex points left and 25 activity points left for the week)
  • 50 minute treadmill, 3.8 mph, 6 pound medicine ball
  • average blood sugar 92

Come back tomorrow!  Not only is it the last day of the year, but my little blog will have reached 400,000 page views! I plan on thanking all of you who stop by my little corner of the world with a great giveaway – everyone needs tools to succeed, so I will be offering some cool tools to give away tomorrow! 😀

Make it a great day!

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32 thoughts on “The Domino Effect

  1. Congratulations on 400,000 page views. That’s a major landmark!!

  2. OH how I love fried pickles. and that flatbread looks wonderful too. I know I can count on you to always make me drool a little. Seriously, my mouth is watering. 🙂

  3. Oh gift cards! I love finding remaining balances I didn’t know about! We’ve been buying a lot of gift cards off of Groupon.com and seriously need to start using them before they expire….I used one last week to pick up some new running goodies! 400k views?!?! amazing!

  4. I find the opposite to be true… when I am in control of my life and it is in order, my food seems to follow suit.

    The last couple of weeks, my life schedule has been all out of whack… guess what else has been out of whack? I’m craving routine right now – only a couple more days to go!

  5. I definitely find that when my food is under control the rest of my life is much much smoother and more orderly. However, sadly, I doubt if it means that I will find hundreds of pounds (dollars in your case) worth of gift cards anytime soon…enjoy spending them.

    Congrats on the fabo new camera, what a great gift, especially when you expected slippers! I loved that.

    And I love tobasco too but I’m on an oatmeal kick for breakfast and even I can’t bring myself to add it to my oatmeal…

  6. I DO get the domino effect! It seems like everything else just falls into place. Even the crappy things don’t seem QUITE as bad when eating falls into place.It’s all about control.

  7. Wow, congrats on the 400,00 page view, Biz – that is HUGE! 🙂

    I am 100% the SAME way with eating/exercising/and – the weirdest thing – keeping my house/bedroom clean. It’s like, if I feel like I’m on track with eating and exercising like I usually do, then my house and bedroom are tidy. But if I fall off the wagon, then my house/bedroom become a mess. Weird?!!

  8. $64 to AMC?? I’ll take it if you don’t want it!! lol

    And $100+ to Whole Foods!!!! Damn Girl!

  9. oooh love this recipe – this breakfast nachos one is a bit different than the last I got from you – can’t wait to try it too! (and love the addition of beans).

    OH YES – I’m the same way. I now keep a little accordian file in my purse in alphabetical order of ALL of my gift cards and coupons – I felt like I was just throwing money away. 😦

  10. Your breakfast nachos are still on my list to make – yum!!! That dinner looks fabulous! I love fried pickles, and that flatbread sounds amazing…!! I want to re-create a healthier version at home too! Tonight is my WW meeting…I’m anxious!!

  11. Ohh so jealous of that $100 to Whole Foods 🙂

    And yum, yum, yum, fried pickles are the best!!

  12. Weighting For 50

    Congrats on the 400,000th visitor!!! That is truly an impressive number! (and not surprising, given the fun blog we all read!). Good luck at weigh in! I’m sure the scale will move downward!!! $100+ at Whole Foods??? WOO HOO!!!!! Have a good day!! (and my goodness, aren’t I over “exclaimation marking today”!!!! 🙂 )

  13. Congrats on 400,000 page views. Or should I say 400K worth of drools later…heehee

    I am so hungry right now – I must go make something yummy for lunch – and surprise I already have beef stew in the crockpot. YUM!

    Have a good one Bizzy! Love and hugs

  14. That’s a lot of gift cards! I need order and routine in my life, in general, or I go nuts. The last 10 days have been more than a little nutty, needless to say.

    I’ve only had fried pickles once (at Sonic – blech) – so you still haven’t convinced me to try them…however that flatbread pizza? I am so.there. 🙂

  15. I totally agree! When I am on schedule with my workouts and eating, I always feel like everything is more in its place! The sauteed apples look SO yummy. What a great snack or side dish. Josh and I LOVE fried pickles. I hardly ever eat fried foods, but fried pickles are totally worth it 😉 Congrats on 400,000 page views!!

  16. I definitely feel like I FEEL better when my eating is normal. I try not to look at it as being in control…more like eating the best way that I can. I just feel good from fruits/veggies and therefore have the energy to get things accomplished!

  17. Congrats on your reviews! Yay, you! I really need to get in control of my eating and exercise, and you are an inspiration…you have really done well with challenging yourself. I always seem to fail when I test myself.

  18. Congrats on the 400 bazillion page views!

    That flat bread looks ah-mazing. I am going to look into making that at home as well.

  19. I love your blog. Just so you know. Your food is so appealing (except for the fried pickles–you can have ’em all) and the pix are great. I’ve just caught up a bit and I even got teary at the Xmas package opening. So glad you’re doing WW–you’re inspiring me.

  20. Wow, what a bonanza there in your wallet! Woo hoo!!!

    I think for me, everything clicks better when I meet my fitness needs. When I start putting other things first, that’s when I find myself getting cranky and things start getting out of whack.

    Hope you & your family enjoy a very nice New Year’s weekend, Biz!

  21. oh my…that flatbread looks AWESOME..you have to make a healthier version of that..

    🙂

  22. Yes, that is one philosophy I have adopted since I started WW back last year…one meal at a time…and ya, everyday is a new chance to make the day right with diet and exercise…every single one of them!!

    I will be sort of happy when life gets back to the normal flow…kids back to school, dh back to work ALL week, and my life a bit more organized. Not that I don’t enjoy being with them…just that I am feeling unorganized with the holidays.

  23. Yes, I totally feel you. It’s like the universe aligns and everything comes into place when I take charge of my eating. Congrats on 400,000 views-I look forward to seeing what tools you’ll offer! Exciting!

  24. What a sheltered life I live, I have never had fried pickles!

    If my eating is in control my entire life runs better!

  25. It’s crazy how things work out when you work out! I’m also a weirdo and keep reciepts for WAAAAY too long in my wallet. Can’t wait to get my ticket to the gun show!

  26. I just realized I have a lot of gift cards floating around too! I need to do that post it trick and also SPENNNND them! 🙂 hehe

  27. I need to take the time to make some of your recipes, the breakfast nachos look so good!

  28. Feel free to send that Whole Foods giftcard my way:) I also LOVE fried pickles!!!

  29. OMG, I LOVE fried pickles. They can’t be around me or I eat them all, too! 🙂
    Happy New Year and good luck at your weigh in!

  30. SO many good things on your blog. I am new here, but I will definitely be adding to your 400K page views 😉

  31. I agree with the Domino effect! In 2011 I am going to eat healthy and be more organized too! Now those nachos look great. Have a happy new year!

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