How to Hole Your Corn Cob

I decided to do yoga yesterday morning in the hopes of stretching out my sore lower back.  I hardly ever have back problems, so its weird.  I found one on demand – it was 25 minutes long, and wow, was it hard.  I literally had sweat dripping down my back by the end – but you know what?  It worked great – and my popping ibuprofen during the day helped too. 😀  And Mari, everytime someone does that saluation “namaste” at the end of a yoga video – I think of you!

I have Kelly to thank for the inspiration for yesterdays breakfast.  My SIL joined WW a few weeks ago, and I’ve agreed to provide lunches for her for the week – she pays me for my time (nice!) – I only have one problem usually.  I need to think of things that will last the full week in her fridge . . . and that’s where the lovely breakfast casserole comes into play.

Luckily I don’t have too many perameters on what she doesn’t like – namely asparagus and blue cheese – I think I can steer clear of those two ingredients pretty well.

So a while back I saw Kelly’s spicy potato and bacon casserole – one of the things I like about Kelly’s recipes is that her portion sizes are pretty generous.  I hate seeing a WW friendly recipe that is like 7 points, but its 1/16th of the recipe – really?

So I wrote down her link to make it – and when I got ready to, um, I guess I remembered the ingredients wrong – so this is my version of a breakfast casserole that Kelly inspired – thanks Kelly! 😀

Potato Ham and Spinach Casserole

  • 7 Points for 1/4 of casserole


  • 4 cups frozen shredded potatoes (not thawed)
  • 2 ounces sliced deli ham
  • 2 ounces regular cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups egg beaters
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all the ingredients together except for the cheese.  Pour the mixture into a deep dish (it will fill it to the top!) and top with the 2 ounces of cheese.  Now mine took 60 minutes to bake because I didn’t thaw the potatoes – but its super easy to put together, pop it in the oven and walk away.

With an ounce of Italian toast with a shmear of light margarine and grapes and banana on the side, breakfast comes in at 10 points.

Since my back was still kinda stiff I decided that I would just walk at lunch – nothing too strenuous.  And at 88 degrees I think I made the right choice.  I walked around my office for 50 minutes and was definitely sweaty when I got back, but it felt good.

Looking back on my food journals, I still realize that I am lacking in the veggie and fruit department.  So my lunch was packed full of both:

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 an apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 ounce Italian bread diced (think panzanella salad, with just less bread)
  • 5 ounces of grilled chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons light caesar dressing

The whole salad was 8 points and extremely filling.  And it took me a long time to eat too. 😀

I thawed out two kinds of “mystery meat” although I knew one bag was marinated meat for kabobs, and a small steak.  I mixed the meats and made kabobs with zucchini, corn and beef – a quick summer night meal.  On the side with cooked rice I cooked in chicken broth and I combined 2/3 cup of the rice with chopped fresh spinach.

As I was trying to thread the corn on the cob on the skewers, it just wasn’t happening.  So I opened my utencil drawer and found the solution – it worked perfectly!

My plate: 2/3 cup rice, 3/4 cup chopped baby spinach, zucchini, 3.5 ounces beef and 1/2 an ear of corn:

This whole plate is only 9 points 😀

So when I was walking today, I felt fat.  I don’t know how a 1.6 pound weight gain can turn my mind around so quickly, but I am not going to let one up week get in the way of my goal.  This is huge for me – I am usually the first to throw in the towel when things don’t go as planned.  Mark a NSV for me! 😀

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 27 points
  • 5 activity points earned (1 for yoga, 4 for walking)
  • average blood sugar 131

What is your latest NSV?  (non-scale victory)

Make it a great day! 😀

Quote of the Day:  “Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something.”  That’s going to be my mantra for the rest of this week. 😀 

And I have to give you a sneak peak into one of my dishes tomorrow . . . cannot wait to eat this with my breakfast this morning:

And one last shout out to Tony.  He’s finally throwing away this t-shirt.  Ladies (and gents) he would actually wear this shirt, in this condition around the house.  His contention is that it took years to get the comfort into the shirt, and he held on until he could hold on no longer.  Why do men hang on to ratty t-shirts and underwear??


25 thoughts on “How to Hole Your Corn Cob

  1. Good for you for not letting the scale get you down – you’re doing so good!

  2. What a great makeshift skewer–love it! That reminds me of something I would do.

    Wow, that is one…ratty…shirt. When my husband holds on to stuff like that (usually toothbrushes past their prime), it tends to “disappear” and a new version mysteriously “reappears.” Heh.

  3. ahahhahaha- Josh has some shirts like that 😉 Hotness! mmmm grilled strawberries! I’ve so been wanting to try doing this! Your dinner salad looks delicious. I’m going to use some leftover grilled corn on the cob in dinner tonight- I can’t wait. And what a tasty breakfast casserole. Kelly has the best recipes!

  4. I’m adding that cassarole to my rotation!

  5. you are so healthy and motivating for everyone biz! keep it up and do not worry about the scale.

  6. LOL, my Dad did the same thing with underwear, and now my husband does it too. He just doesn’t notice when it’s holding onto the elastic band by a thread. I am usually the one to throw it out. Love the way you holed your corn cob! 🙂 And that’s a great mantra for the week.

  7. Hmmm…I see a catering business in your future!

  8. Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something – Thk you for this 🙂 It is just perfect!

  9. You are a better woman than me. ‘I’ throw stuff out that looks like that if I see it!
    I know EXACTLY what you mean about a small gain making you feel fat. All the while, your clothes still fit. It’s so silly! Glad you’re not going to let it get the best of you.

  10. What a brilliant idea! I love that quote – it really fits where I am right now!

  11. Those grilled strawberries look delicious! Yum.
    And try not to let the scale get you down – you’ve come too far to quit now!

  12. Jeff “loses” clothes way before they look like that. The only exception is a shirt from a 50 mile bike ride he did over 20 years ago with his college roommate who later died – the shirt is paper thin, but I can’t make him get rid of that one.

    Oh, and now I am putting shish kabobs on the menu – yours look good and I love the idea of grilling corn, too!

  13. OMG, I started rolling laughing when I saw your corn skewer (not literally b/c I’m at work, but well, never mind).

    I wrote this in response to your comment on my post but thought I would post here too…
    “Biz – of course, if you want to come down, I could use all the help I can get! I do have some people that say they will come but I may be hurting for a while! lol. We’ll talk more about that as it gets closer! The day is Oct. 9th.”

    Anyway, thanks Biz!

  14. i love the looks of your egg dish!! Tasty!! Oh and I LOVE corn on the cob! Yum!

  15. Awesome food. Congrads on getting rid of the old shirt. Lol

  16. Golden Boy!!!!

    I can’t believe it is time to part with the shirt. I have a few of those myself…

  17. i hang on to certain things too long as well, so i can’t hate 😉 that casserole looks fabulous, i’d love to dig right in!

  18. I love generous servings! What a yummy breakfast casserole! How can your SIL not like asparagus?! It’s one of my all time favorites.

  19. Oh my god, my husband has a sweatshirt that looks like that….it drives me nuts!
    That breakfast casserole looks so good, I have been actually thinking of making that soon, we like to eat it for dinner!

  20. Yeah – I hear you on the feeling fat. Funny, I felt so fat the day I rode 88 miles because I thought my legs looked liked sausages in my bike shorts. Go figure. We are always so much more self critical than we should be.

    I laughed at that shirt because I have done that myself!

  21. Weighting For 50

    Ah, ha, ha…..way to go Tony. Let that old shirt go! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pie. (omg…that just sounds dirty doesn’t it??? 🙂 )

  22. The food looks delish as always! I want to make that casserole asap. I think we should all throw our scales out the window! I have a love/hate relationship with mine, and we are currently in the hate phase 😉

  23. Haha, Apolinaras is the same way with his shirts! And what a yummy breakfast casserole, wish I had a piece of that tomorrow to start my day!

  24. Sorry but I am guilty of the shirt thing. When Pooldad and I met he had the soooofffftessst Dallas Cowboys t-shirt. I wore it so much it really did look like Tony’s. I refused to throw it away. It has a special place of honor in my lingerie drawer. I pet it once in a while. giggle.

    And I am making that casserole for Christmas breakfast! Awesome.

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