Because You Can

Okay, we just have to get through two more days of chilly weather and hopefully we will break free from what has seemed like the longest winter in history.  I was listening to the radio last week and a local station was having a “Half Way to Halloween” party and I felt like yelling “it still FEELS like Halloween weather!”  Right now at 7:15 in the morning its only 35 degrees.

I still had leftover pumpkin buttermilk pancakes from last week, so I brought them but made a banana apple syrup.  Just cooked a diced apple in about 1/4 cup of water for about 5-7 minutes, just until the apple gets tender.  Add more water if necessary.  Then I sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, a couple pinches of cinnamon and then added a sliced banana and 1/2 cup of sugar free syrup.  That was split between me and my boss.

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This was super filling.  I didn’t even go to work out until almost 1:00.  I decided to go swimming.  My knees have been hurting a bit lately, so I ended up swimming for 40 minutes.  I like it better when its sunny because the water seems more welcoming!

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Next to the lap lanes there were a bunch of 3-4 year olds learning to swim.  Not going to lie that I was taking some tips to get to be a better swimmer from that swim coach!

It is still most definitely soup weather.  And guess what?  33rd time is a charm!  Yep, I have made Suzie’s Lasagna soup now 33 times.  I love all the links in the comments section from my blog pimping out her soup!   Seriously, this soup is so easy to make – I don’t even make the cheezy goodness because I think its awesome without it.

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I had marinated a chicken breast for dinner.  I used 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of a lemon, 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning, salt and pepper.  I left the lemons in the bag with the marinade.  My plan was to grill, but it was raining, so I just did it in my cast iron skillet.  At the end I added 1/3 cup of chicken broth to make a sauce and it was delicious.  I ended up splitting one chicken breast in half and we each had a skinny piece of chicken.

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You can’t see it really, but I sauteed a whole zucchini which is under my chicken.  I made some cheezy rice (just added some cheese to leftover rice, and 1/2  a pita with tzatziki sauce.  While both pieces of chicken were the same thickness, Tony’s piece was undercooked, so he mainly ate rice. Sad smile  He was talking to his son during dinner so when I asked him if he wanted it cooked some more, he said he was okay.  But mine was delicious and that’s all that counts, right?! Open-mouthed smile

Yesterday I was on Autumn’s blog, Good Eats Girl’s, (oops!  I forgot to add the link before!) and had made a family favorite of garlic focaccia bread that looked amazing.  I told her “I have everything to make that – like tonight!”  Around 8:00 last night I realized I still had time to make it.  The hands on time is only like 5 minutes.

You make the dough in your stand mixer.  Let it sit for an hour in an oiled bowl.  Form the dough on parchment paper and let it sit for another 30 minutes while your oven gets to temp.  Poke indentations with your fingers, and brush with olive oil and top with cheese.  She used mozzarella cheese, but I used my blended cheese ends.  Bake for 20 minutes – done!

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So light, flaky, I love the crunchy cheese bits on the side.  Today I am going to make me and my boss a roast beef, cheddar horseradish cheese and spinach panini with veggies and fruit.  Is it lunchtime yet?!

And today is WI Wednesday.  Y’all, I am not going to lie that I did not want to get on that scale.  I didn’t work out as much as I should have, I didn’t track a single thing I ate over the weekend.  So imagine my shock today:

Last week:

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This week:

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I maintained!  Whoop!  So glad I didn’t cross back over to the 170’s, and just a reminder that I need to get my ass  in gear.  I plan on doing a spin app today at lunch.

Check out Lisa’s latest post about working out – I found it very interesting!   After I read it, it actually lit a fire and I went and worked out even though I wasn’t 100% feeling it, of course felt great afterwards.  That’s just the thing, I’ve never once exercised and said “that’s a waste of time” so why is it so hard for me to get up the mojo to go workout?  She also posted this, which I loved – I may have to print it out and put in on my bulletin board at work!  Thanks for your post Lisa!

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So get out and move today – because you can!

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36 thoughts on “Because You Can

  1. Oh my, that bread would hit the spot right now!

  2. You make me crave soup! And that syrup/pancake topping sounds like heaven. I have brinner on the menu for tomorrow night, so maybe I’ll have to put this together. Glad you got a nice swim in. I’m excited to continue to teach Kaylin to swim this summer

  3. Your food looks so good Biz. I have had a nasty stomach bug for the past two days. I haven’t eaten more than a couple pieces of toast. I’m loving the number on the scale, but it’s only temporary! Great job getting your workout it. So true the only workout you regret is the one not done.

  4. We’ve had a cold snap the last few days (into the 30’s at night) and I can’t wait until Spring to really get here! Great job maintaining!

  5. I think I’d be eating your soup with the garlic foccacia. Both look awesome. And keep up the good work!

  6. It’s funny – sometimes during a diet, you can weight the same from one week to the next and call it a plateau, and other times you can call it “dodging a bullet” – perspective, LOL. Although when I was activly working hard to diet and had six weeks of a plateau, i was ready to shoot the scale!

    I was thinking “because I CAN” last week every time I ran…good mantra.

    • It is all in the perspective – I think my only saving grace on the weekends is that I tend to eat only two meals – who knows?! I did a great spin app at lunch today, so I am back on!

  7. The garlic focaccia bread looks really delicious. How I wish I have it on my plate right now. 🙂

    Edmund

  8. Mmmm….lasagna soup……still sounds amazing because it is THIRTY SEVEN DEGREES – AHHHHHH 😦

    Great job maintaining your weight!!!

  9. Thumbs up for maintaining your weight!

  10. I love how you can just throw stuff together and it looks delicious!

  11. Weighting For 50

    Yay for maintenance!!!! Please send soup! 🙂

  12. I liked Lisa’s post, too. I’m definitely a “workout because I like it” person. For me, I’m not the best at listening to when my body needs rest. Crazy, I know.

    Seriously–the grilling weather better get here. It’s killing me! We had a few grilled dinners last weekend, but so far this week, I’ve gone back to the stovetop. Brutal!!

  13. Good for you, maintaining your weight….that is an achievement and a half!! It is supposed to be beautiful this weekend……time to bring out the grill in Wisconsin…YAY!!! Making some “dirty soup” today (lentel soup with a smoked porkchop). That lasagna supa’ and focaccia bread sounds good too!! Maybe I should try some of that bread today.

  14. Dang, that soup looks awesome and the chicken. Definitely need to find some Greek seasoning mix. I know I’m probably the only one in Michigan who will say this, but I have actually really liked this crazy long winter. I’m secretly hoping it’s a MUCH cooler summer than last years and I don’t melt and sweat the second I walk out the door.

  15. Great job on maintaining – whoo hoo!
    And, omg, banana apple syrup??! Whoa. Sounds crazy delicious.

    • Because the pumpkin pancakes only have 2 tablespoons of sugar in the whole recipe, it can hold up to a sweet topping without becoming too sweet for me. My boss gave it two thumbs up!

  16. Longest winter ever…is the truth…geesh!! I can’t believe you have made that 33 times Biz, that is funny! You have to be the biggest fan 😀 That bread looks really good. I’m getting more brave and baking a bit more. Just a wee bit 😉 Great job on maintaining too!

    • Um, yeah, I think I am a bit obcessed with that soup! But guess what? My twin sister is FINALLY making it tonight for dinner – I hope she likes it as much as I do! And if you ever get around to making an award for making the soup so many times, I’ll graciously accept. 😀

      • Oh, I hope she likes it too! Just think if she blogged and linked to me as much as you my blog might just blow up…lol! 😉 If there was an award you would have won 10 times over! 😀

  17. Great job on maintaining your weight! That bread looks so FREAKING GOOD! I love any type of cheesy bread. And don’t forget the butter!

  18. Congrats on the maintain – sometimes that is a welcome sight! You must love that soup – wow 33 times!

  19. So bizarre about the chicken not cooking, I hate when I under cook food. Tom likes his food well done so I am always paranoid it won’t be cooked enough for him. The bread looks freaking delicious.

    • Yep, we had neighbors over one time for dinner – I made a perfect medium rare beef roast. Brought it to the table and he said “do you mind if I just throw mine in the microwave for a bit?” I told him no problem. He came back with meat that was almost dark grey, took one bite of it and said “this is the best roast I’ve ever had!”

      Tony and I like our beef to still be quivering! 😀

  20. Oh that bread! Looks amazing! I have not made bread in forever. I need to change that.

  21. […] with the garlic focaccia bread I made the night before last, I knew I wanted to try to make a panini with it.   (Here is […]

  22. Biz!! I’m so glad that you liked the bread! It’s a family favorite! I’m currently making croutons out of it as I type this! 🙂 And it makes the best sandwiches! Have a great rest of the week!

  23. I’m the same way about baking – I will often decide I need to make muffins/bread/cookies at 9 pm or later. In fact tonight I’m making granola bars. I’m a night owl – I do all my best work after dinner 🙂

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