Sauerbraten and I said No!

Thanks for all the comments and emails yesterday about my overeating.  First, nice to know I am not alone, and second, I know I can do this.  I know I can do the work, eat healthy and get myself in better shape.  I just need to make it happen instead of waiting for it to happen.

So I put on my big girl pants yesterday and decided to go back to tracking my calories.  I use, and when I logged in yesterday, the last time I tracked my calories??  December 30, 2012!  Gah! 

I started out my day with a breakfast combo so to speak.  I tried the key lime Chobani flip.  It had graham crackers and white chocolate chips to flip into the yogurt.

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The verdict?  Love. Red heart  Not too “limey” and the combo of the white chocolate chips and graham crackers was perfect.  Since it was only 170 calories, I had an egg with 1 slice of ham, baby spinach and 1/2 ounce of cheese with strawberries on the side.

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Breakfast all together comes in at 371 calories, 13 fat, 35 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 26 protein.

I decided I wanted to run a 5k at lunch.  It’s been a while since I ran and it was a little slow going.  But I ended up running it in 37:37 – not too bad!

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And I wore my new Chobani shirt!  Love it!

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One thing I’ve brought back that I have been severely lacking at, is my Bubba Keg.  This holds 52 ounces of water, but the best part is that it doesn’t sweat at all.  I drank one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Open-mouthed smile

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I didn’t know if my boss was going to be in or not, but I know she loves reuben sandwiches almost as much as me.  My sammie:  2 slices of thin rye, 2 ounces of lean corned beef, 1/3 cup of sauerkraut, 1 ounce reduced fat swiss lorraine cheese, and 1 tablespoon fat free thousand island dressing.  I had carrots and apples on the side.

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Having my panini press at the office is one of the best ideas I’ve had!  So fricken good. 

So a couple weekends ago I tried to make sauerbraten, but I WAY overcooked the meat.  We liked the flavor of it though, so I had to redeem myself.  The first time I had Sauerbraten was when I went to a work lunch at Bergoff’s in Chicago.  I was an extremely picky eater back then, but someone asked me to try the Sauerbraten and it was so good – slightly sour, yet a touch of sweetness, with tender meat.  I was hooked.



  • serves 4 – 424 calories, 10 fat, 45 carbs, 33 protein, 2.2 fiber and 406 sodium


  • 1 pound round steak, trimmed of visible fat
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 package of brown gravy mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups cooked egg noodles

Cut beef into strips and salt and pepper the meat.  Heat a skillet to high heat, add oil and sear the meat on all sides – this will only take a few minutes.  Remove from heat and cover with foil.

Cook egg noodles according to package directions.  Drain.

In a pot, add brown gravy mix and water and cook until it boils and thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the vinegar, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, butter and Worcestershire sauce. 

To plate: put noodles on the bottom, top with beef and add the gravy.  I added sautéed zucchini to my plate.

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Brown gravy mix is such a great thing to have in your pantry.  It’s only 25 calories per 1/4 cup and is ready in minutes.

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Round steak is really lean – I kept just a touch of the fat.

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This is the worst food styling ever.  After I took this picture, I cut the meat into bit size pieces and it looked much better, but I was hungry so this one has to stick.

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This was a winner.  Tony even loved it – winning!  And this was a lot of food for 424 calories!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1217 calories
  • 43 fat
  • 118 carbs
  • 16.5 fiber
  • 85 protein
  • 39% of calories from carbs, 32% from fat and 29% from protein
  • 5k at lunch
  • no extra licks or tastes!!!

I said “No” to myself every time I wanted to reach for something extra to eat!

Here’s to Day 2 being on track.  Make it a great day!


32 thoughts on “Sauerbraten and I said No!

  1. I have been looking for that flavor of flip! I’ve heard they have it at Walmart…but I avoid Walmart like the plague so I’m hoping they’ll start carrying it somewhere else soon. Glad to hear its delicious. Great job on the eats and workout yesterday!!

  2. Great job on saying NO, Biz! I’m realizing how hard that is as well. Since joining ww I’m more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth (that’s what she said…he he he) and its helping so much. I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it once I’m able to notice the loss.
    Your whole day of food looks amazing! I may steal the rueben recipe for when my mom visits…she’s a rueben freak and it’s still healthy for me! Have you seen the Bolthouse thousand island? It’s made with yogurt. The blue cheese is DELISH so I may go get the TI as well to try now that I have a reason!
    You look like a sexy yogurt eating biatch on your Chobani shirt! Way to represent!!!!

  3. Good for you for saying No!! That’s awesome!! I love water bottles that don’t sweat – I’m actually in the market for a new one.

    • They have smaller ones of the Bubba Kegs – we used to have ones that fit in your car, but if I brought it into my desk, it was top heavy and kept falling over!

  4. kimslittlelife

    I’m definitely ‘an extra bite here, a taste there’ person. I’m terrible for getting a big old lick everytime I make my son a Biscoff sandwich (yes, he eats it like peanut butter), and a few chips when I fix lunches. I need my jaws wired shut.

  5. Great job on that water jug! I just got a cute little tumbler as a gift from a friend – I’ve been using it the past 2 days. NO MORE DIET COKE! That’s my gateway drug…

  6. Good for you! You’re always so good about following through when you get serious about doing something. Amazing. And that rueben sandwich looks SO good. I’ve got to get my hands on one soon. Yum.

  7. Good job staying on track! That reuben looks so good. I could eat those anytime. I swear corned beef prices go up this time of year though. Guess, I’ll wait til after St. Patty’s day, being the cheapy that I am…ha!

  8. Weighting For 50

    I am so wanting to say “your 52 oz jugs are big”….and I don’t think I could say that to too many people….but Vat, you and I? We think alike sometimes! Nice jugs! (BTW…I read your comment that you left on my blog about what Tony is giving up for lent to Dennis…his comment? “We must meet these people in person!!”)

  9. I haven’t seen that Chobani flavor in the store. YUM! I want that.

  10. I love a good Reuben sandwich. About twice a year my daughter and I will get one at the casino and split it. Half if just perfect! Sometimes I chew gum when I’m cooking to keep myself from tasting. I ALWAYS chew gum if I go into a store that is giving out samples. If I eat one, I’ll try them all so I smile sweetly and say, “No thanks, I have gum.” 🙂

  11. You are always such an inspiration. Look at you eating and exercising…you put me to shame! Shame, I tell you! I think I need to start a food and exercise journal…it worked the last time I did it, but I’m ashamed to say how many years ago it was. I took my author photos and it confirmed I’ve turned beastly! Time to lose some weight! I guess the first thing to ditch is my daily chocolate and my nightly glass of wine! Ok, two days was great….yesterday I was exhausted all day, and ended up drinking a glass of wine, but I slept well and feel good today. Please let your enthusiasm and endurance be catching…It’s one bug I’m willing to latch onto!

  12. The store I shop at has not yet got the Chobani flips in as yet. The Stockboy said it is on order though.

    Glad to see you are back on track. Oh yes, I ate at Berghoffs once or twice…mmmm good food and I seem to remember my meal was sauerbraten and spachles (spelling) also!!

    Your food looks absolutely delicious, breakfast looks like a good one today Biz…..good job.
    How do you make that egg, ham, cheese and spinach so perfectly round….is that a round form you are using??? Today I had a slice of avocado, egg whites cooked in a little olive oil, rye toast with honey and cinnamon and coffee. Will have to check http://www.fatsecret to see what the calorie content is. Hope not tooooo high, that was a good breakfast.

    Sure do like you Chobani t-shirt!!!

  13. Your breakfasts always look so amazing to me! I am so dull and eat the same exact thing every single day.

    You also look great in your gym picture. How exactly do you manage that?

    • Well, you have two little kids to take care of, so I can see how its easy to repeat a simple tasty breakfast!

      Thanks for the compliment – but at 170 pounds, I am obese for my height – trust me, its in there! 😀

  14. Congrats on the no extra bits!! 🙂 I have never had sauerbraten but it looks like something I would really like.

  15. Hey love! I didn’t read your last post about overeating but this is something that I suffer with as well and I feel like I always sabotage myself. Sidenote; you are looking AMAZING in your photo!

  16. ooooh, i must find that yogurt! it sounds wonderful. i read your last post, i know exactly what you mean. i’m a shorty, so only a few pounds makes such a difference. it’s annoying, but reality. you’re motivating me to try harder! i love your honesty in your posts, it’s very refreshing!

  17. I love your site and have followed you for a long time… I know you used to do ww and thought I might mention that you had 32 points plus on this day… I wasn’t loosing weight counting calories although I was only eating 1200.. Then I started figuring points and the weight came off! Just a thought!!

  18. oo good page thanks you admin

  19. you’re seriously inspiring me to start tracking again – I don’t know why but for me, not tracking is such a slippery slope! Great stats today and I sincerely heart that your panini press is @ your office – so smart!!

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