No headphones. No socks. No hat. No problem!

My store had Chobani 5/$5 dollars, so get used to more yogurt parfaits!  This one was strawberry banana with honey chobani – although I realized this flavor is 4 points instead of 3, but even with the 1/4 cup of granola, this giant glass is only 7 WW points.

One of the secretaries is out a few days this week, so my morning was pretty busy.  The weather, while warm, called for scattered showers.  Worse case scenario was if I couldn’t work out at lunch, I would have Tony fix dinner and I’d go to the gym.  But I had my window and my blood sugar was cooperating – yeah!

As I was changing my clothes I noticed:  I didn’t pack any socks, the only hat I had was my winter hat and I left my headphones at home after running yesterday outside.  I could sometimes add all those obstacles together to convince myself it isn’t worth it.  But I didn’t. 😀

I did my five minute warm up walk to my “starting point.”  I stretched and waited until my watch hit 12:00 on the dot and told myself “just keep running.”  It was windy at times, I was pissed because my hair was whipping around my face.  You know, because I was going so fast. 😀  When I got to the 1.5 mile marker, I looked down and had run it in 15:32!  Sometimes it is mind over matter – my legs want to go faster, but my brain sometimes wants to say “slow down!”   Sometimes you just have to push yourself a bit harder.

I was hangry when I got back to work.   I had made myself a stuffed pepper for one over the weekend with leftovers.  I used 1/2 an Italian sausage chopped up (3), mixed that with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, added 1/2 cup of marinara and stuffed it.  I brought it to work in one of my cute Staub pots.  I nuked it for 3 minutes and had every intention of adding the 1/4 cup fat free mozzarella on the top and finishing it off in the toaster oven.  Um, slight problem, it was too tall and didn’t fit!  So I just nuked it for another minute.  So filling and good – I did also mix in about 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the mix to kick it up a notch. 😀  Lunch comes in at 10 points.  (and check out Nicole’s blackbean and rice stuffed peppers – definitely going to try that next time).

So here’s a strange thing.  Ever since Tony had colon cancer last year, he hates thick meat.  This was a man who loved thick burgers, thick bone in pork chops.  Now?  Not so much.  So here are “skinny” pork chops with creamed spinach.  I adapted my previous recipe because with these thin chops, I couldn’t stuff them, but pureed the spinach mixture as a sauce.  Worked for me!   The chops and spinach are 7 points, on the side I made broccoli cheddar rice (yep, Rice a Roni to the rescue!), so my dinner comes in at 10 points.  It doesn’t look that appetizing, but believe me, it was delicious.

It’s supposed to be 66 degrees today!  I may have to bike today at lunch – it will be the first time I’ve ridden a bike since last November. 😀

Question of the Day:  Thick or Thin Meat?  Or No Meat at All?  Make it a great day!



23 thoughts on “No headphones. No socks. No hat. No problem!

  1. I hope you get to ride your bike at lunch today. It’s supposed to be 73 here today, but rain at some point.

    I’m so weird about meat, Usually thin just to make sure it’s cooked all the way through, unless it’s steak of course. I could probably go without meat…

  2. I’m not really a pork chop person – they are too tough! I like ground beef (80% is my favorite, but I’ll eat the other %’s). I don’t really like meat as the main thing, I like it in things, like really delicious juicy chicken in a burrito, or ground beef in a flavorful chili. Growing up I didn’t really eat much meat – I think my first hamburger (with beef and not turkey) must have been when I was in high school! I really like venison but rarely get a chance to eat it. I definitely feel like I’m missing something when I don’t have meat though.

  3. You rock! Way to get out there!! I will never get sick of parfaits :). Thin or no meat for me!!

  4. Great job on the run – hope you get that bike ride.

    Thick beef/pork, thinner chicken. Shredded anything 😀

  5. I can’t do thick meat unless it’s steak. Thick chicken absolutely disgusts me. I have some weird food hang-ups though. I refuse to eat meat off the bone! I wish I could get over it.

  6. Wow, that’s smoking fast! Good for you for going with all of those negatives. You’ve got such a pretty place to run/walk near your office.

    I prefer thin meat or no meat to thick meat.

  7. I’m not a huge fan of meat (which seems silly because I’m in a family full of carnivores) but when I do order or fix it.. Thin chicken, thin burger patties, THICK filet mignon if i can ever fork out the money for it 😉
    Good job on your run! My mind is always so negative when it comes to exercising. I need to just let loose and allow my legs to keep going!
    Have a great day, Biz

  8. I like both types, but thin is easier to chew and digest for me so I will vote thin – and I don’t think those pork chops are too terribly thin. I thought you would have the ones that are quick pan fry, although I can see where you couldn’t stuff those. Dinner sounds yummy, but you are right about the pic’. heehee

    Congrats on getting your workout done. Good luck riding your bike. I would love to go on a bike ride with Wallene. We have miles [and I mean MILES] of bike paths in our neighborhood. It is so gorgeous here right now. I can’t wait until Pooldad gets home to go out and enjoy it. Get here 2 o’clock. . .hurry!

  9. Good for you for not letting a little thing get in your way of health! I can easily talk myself out of any exercise so I totally get it! 🙂

    I don’t have a preference for thin or thick meats. Just so as long as it’s meat. 🙂

  10. Thinner on the meat, although I don’t eat it too often.

    Nice work getting out there even without all of your comfort items! I’ve taken to stashing hair bands everywhere because my hair is so long now that I could not run with it loose.

  11. I hope you get to ride your bike, it’s nice here in MI too. Supposed to almost reach 70 tomorrow 🙂 Meat…I prefer thin-cut.

  12. I see you have 27 pts for the day. Do you ever snack? I am trying to do WW and I get it in my head that I have to have a snack. I have an autistic child and he gets a snack at 8:00 each evening. I am always in the mindset, if he can have one, then I can to. 😦

  13. I’m not a thick meat person at all! I’d do completely without meat if my family would let me! Bacon is probably the only meat that I couldn’t do without. Bacon rocks! Ham is a close second. The rest I could do without.

    I love your yogurt parfaits. Are you making your own granola or just buying it? I’m going to have to start making those!

  14. Awesome run Biz! Hurray for the gorgeous weather. I hope you have a great bike ride.

    No meat for me.

  15. That’s a mean looking sky! That’s one of the things I definitely don’t miss about Chicago– the weather!
    Your stuffed pepper looks gorgeous! And I love that spinach on top of the pork chops!

  16. your lunch looks awesome. I don’t really have a preference on skinny or fat meat, but of course my husband does!! Only thin for him 🙂

  17. TWSS 😀
    No meat for me ha.
    I love seeing your parfaits for breakfast – they look like dessert.
    Way to go, Speedy Gonzales!

  18. I could live forever without meat, but I do eat it a couple times a week, just not a big fan. My husband is a big meant eater, he prefers thick! I do like some meat in a casserole though.
    Way to go on your run, even without all your gear! 🙂 I want to make your creamed spinach, sounds so good!

  19. haha..thick or thin…weighed out to 4 oz. for me…no less, no more…lol

  20. First – I love that pic of you

    2- no meat

    3- I need the address to mail the mat bag to…

  21. Thin meat! LOL! I love that question!

    I hope you get to try the peppers…even if you will omit the onion 😉

  22. Woohoooooooo great run Biz!

    The stuffed peppers: I was just thinking this week I needed to make some for myself soon, looks like you’ve read my mind 🙂

    I prefer thin meat. We like meat but not big or thick pieces, just a small thin piece is enough for us.

  23. It’s touch and go with meat and me. The idea of a huge chicken breast or a thick steak really turns me off. But slice the chicken or steak and put it over a salad, and I”m fine with it. I mostly like meat mixed up with other stuff, but I love burgers, any kind, big or small! I really have weird rules with meat-lol. Love that happy picture of you. 🙂

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