I Got This! (for a day)

I wish every day could be like yesterday.  I woke up at six when the alarm went off.  I already had my workout clothes ready to go, gym bag packed, so I was in the car by 6:15.  Ate a banana on my way to fuel my swim.  Swam 45 minutes without stopping. Hit the hot tub for 5 minutes, the steam room for 5 minutes. 

Had a great shower, dried my hair, was back home by 7:45 which was plenty of time to pack my lunch, make a pot of coffee and get dressed.

I am loving these tortillas I bought – they are LaTortilla factory brand, 3 points for each wrap and I love the texture of them.  I had an egg/ham/spinach roll up with cherries and a plum – breakfast comes in at 9 points.

Both my bosses were out of the office, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t busy.  I’ve been working on a long term project (hopefully it will be done with this week!) and I was able to buckle down with no distractions.

When I went on weather.com before lunch, it said the temperature was 88, but felt like 98.  They were not kidding!  I ended up walking 75% and jogging 25% – no running in that kind of weather.  I did 3.2 miles in 45 minutes, and with a 5 minute warm up and cool down, 55 minutes total.

Anyone who knows me well knows I love Reuben sandwiches, almost as much as this chica.   😀

I knew my SIL loved sauerkraut, so I decided to make a reuben casserole.  While this was delicious, I couldn’t help but think that adding caraway seeds, maybe a couple squirts of light thousand island dressing – and maybe a can of cream of celery soup might make this more “casseroly.”  Yep, that’s a word I just made up. 😀

Reuben Casserole – 4 servings/7 pointsplus each

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 pound corned beef, chopped
  • 2 cups sauerkraut (one 15 oz. can – undrained)
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup swiss cheese, divided
  • 12 ounces potato, cooked and diced
  • dash of paprika
  • salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a baking dish sprayed with Pam.  Only add half of the swiss cheese to the mix, then sprinkle the top with the remaining swiss cheese and sprinkle of paprika.

Bake for 30 minutes, until nice and bubbly, at 350 degrees.  Try not to burn your mouth when you want to take a bite of it right away.

My Dad introduced me to Bavarian style sauerkraut, and its almost always the only one I buy.  I love that its slightly sweet and has caraway seeds.

While the finished product looks delicious:

My lunch sorta looks like dog food.   I have a serving of the casserole over a can of green beens.  A completely filling, delicious, tangy 7 point lunch with a peach and 1/2 a banana on the side.

Tony had cut out a recipe last week, but had I read it correctly I would have had all the ingredients, so it got bumped to this weeks menu.  I was actually shocked when he showed it to me, because Tony typically does not like sweet with meat – as in sauteed apples with pork chops, mango salsa over chicken, etc.

You know I love sweet and savory, so I knew I would love this.

Pork Chops with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

  • makes 4 servings – 1.5 points per serving (about 1/3 of a cup) 5 points for whole recipe


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • okay, crazy people can add 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (ew)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups frozen cherries, chopped (do not thaw, and make sure its no sugar added cherries – its 0 points per cup vs. 6 points a cup for sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat the oil over medium heat.  Add garlic (and onion) and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.  Stir in vinegar, cook for 30 seconds.  Add cherries and stock.  Cover over high heat until teh liquid is thick and slightly syrupy – about 5-7 minutes.  REmover from heat, whisk in butter salt and pepper.

Use part of the glaze to brush on the pork chops.   Our chops were thick, 6 ounces each, so I butterflied them before grilling.  They only took about 10 minutes on a hot grill.  Let your chops sit 5 minutes before serving with the cherry sauce.  On the side I had half a cup of white rice mixed with a cup of baby spinach.  Dinner comes in at 11.5 points.

This sauce was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  And after I took this picture, I cut up my pork and mixed the sauce in with my spinach and rice.  If I could have licked my plate I would have – but I let the dog lick my plate every night – I know, the dog has trained me!

After dinner I cleaned out the fridge, didn’t watch some of the Sox game with Tony because they sucked ass, didn’t drink any wine, and got to bed by 11:00.  Why can’t I do that every day? 

Check out my brother’s most recent post – I am always jealous of his writing skillz. 😀

Do you want to lose weight? Then all you have to do is want it. Period. The only trick is, you have to want it more than the donut someone just waved under your nose.

Accomplishing anything in life is easy. The only hard part is figuring out the answer to this simple question: do you want what you want?

Stats for Monday:

  • 27.5 points
  • 45 minute swim
  • 55 minute walk/jog
  • average blood sugar 108
  • 6 activity points earned (um turns out I am a slow swimmer!)

Off to make it another day like Monday! 😀  I decided Tuesdays and Thursdays I am going to work out at home – today is abs and upper body.  Make it a great day!


27 thoughts on “I Got This! (for a day)

  1. DiningAndDishing

    It does indeed sound like a near perfect day! Well except for the “didn’t drink any wine” bit :).

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  2. Hey, you didn’t hit your minimum points!

    How do you swim for 45 minutes straight? In the pool, I get bored and start looking at the clock after about 25 minutes. I need tips!

  3. Yay for a perfect day! May you have many more of those than the other type 😀

    Charlie’s post has been rolling through my head for the last 24 hours. I need to answer that question.

  4. Sounds like a great day, Biz!!

    I’ve always been going to try the La Tortilla Factory wraps, but never have! I should do that one of these days! Your breakfast looks great!

  5. YUM YUM, HOLY AMAZINGNESS YUM! 🙂 I love it – great minds do think alike ya know… 😉

    Also – we say this all the time, but it’s totally true – why don’t we live closer so we could eat SPICY reuben’s together all day long and drink sauv blanc…

  6. That pork chop recipe looks amazing and is something I would love to make. I am putting it in my to try pile for when I can chew food again!

    You rocked it out of the park today with the exercise, being organized and great food!

  7. What a rocking day! Love when everything falls into place. Cherries! I have eaten my way through so many bags as of late. Love that you had them as is for breakfast and then again as a part of your dinner.

  8. What a great day! Love your meals – you can make something look & sound so delish – even dog food cassarole! 😛

  9. Um, wow. You weren’t kidding when you said you were hittin’ it hard this week…go, Biz! A 45 minute swim PLUS a run at lunch? I am so impressed. I’m lucky to get in 1 workout a day and 2? Well, that’s nearly unheard of! I would just love to get into a morning workout routine…it’s just SO hard. I thought this summer I would make it happen, but not so much. I really should, though! I am just so attached to my morning routine, and I’m stubborn!! Hope today is just as fabulous!

  10. balsamic cherry sauce sounds like a dream! i never cook pork chops…but i’m sure i can think of something else it would work for!! way to go on the great day 🙂

  11. Holy crap. You know I rarely cook, but I’m printing out that recipe for the cherry balsamic sauce…that looks freaking AMAZING!!!

    Nice job both on the exercise and the no wine. I think you are going to get a good reward at Saturday’s weigh in!

  12. I didn’t realize Charlie was your brother! What a small blog world…lol. I LOVE that quote. It makes so much sense….but why is losing weight so hard sometimes?

  13. Weighting For 50

    Hi Vat, gotta love those perfect days. And for the record, I don’t remember dog food looking good like your lunch! (mind you, it’s been years since I’ve owned a dog, so maybe things have changed! 🙂 ) I’ve bookmarked the cherry sauce, and will absolutely make it some time soon. Hope today is just as good!!!

  14. Way to go! I had a morning like that today – I feel like I’ve totally got this running and healthy eating thing down! Let’s just try to hold on to it, shall we?

  15. Your wrap looks delicious. I love putting everything in wraps, but my family draws the line at breakfast foods. Crankybutts. I’ll eat it though. 🙂

    How come every time I come over here I want what you had for dinner instead of what I am planning for dinner? I wish we could get nice cherries, cheap, here because I would be making the pork chops. YUM. Oh well…pot roast it is. heehee

  16. What a great day!! I bought goggles and a cap to start swimming and I still have yet to make it to the pool. 😦
    That balsamic reduction looks out of this world delicious!!

  17. Aren’t those days the best? I haven’t had one in awhile.
    That cherry balsamic sauce sounds ridiculously delicious!! I love anything with balsamic……. 🙂

  18. I love days where everything just gels! Great job!

  19. I hope you rocked your workouts today 🙂

  20. I want to have a day where I bound out of bed and head straight to the gym. I am more of a crawl outta bed and have some coffee kind of gal. Then to the gym!

    I definiitely am gonna try the Reuben casserole. I love Reubens. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I love the idea of your ‘kraut casserole! I would leave out the corned beef simply because I don’t like it, and maybe add in some mushrooms and onion (tee hee), but all that sauerkraty goodness would be amazing 🙂

  22. I love the reuben casserole!! I’m saving that recipe for sure.

    I’m a big fan of la tortilla wraps. I eat them for lunch ALOT! even better with a side of cherries 🙂

  23. don’t you love it when you have a perfect day. workouts good, eating good, attitude good. keep it up girl! you got this…….

  24. I must modify and make that reuben casserole asap! They sell bavarian style sauerkraut in our store that has caraway seeds in it, yum.
    Sounds like you had an awesome day yesterday.
    I heart your brother! I read his blog but don’t usually comment. He’s been in my Reader forever!

  25. Love me some sauerkraut! That casserole sounds really really good!

  26. holy crap! i just got a can of sauerkraut sent to me and i thought, “i wonder if i can make a reuben casserole out of this?!?”

  27. I’m always impressed with the variety of your food – jealous!

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