She Lost Me!!!!!

I hope many of you read Brooke’s blog.  (Brooke Not On A Diet).  She and I “met” each others blog a few years ago.  She was overweight.  Like 327 pounds.  By the time I met her she’s already lost about 70 pounds and was looking fabulous.  She chipped away at it, day after day, month after month and year after year.

Mind you, this woman lost all her weight without a gym membership.  She could only walk to start, then she was able to start doing exercise videos and created at home workouts to keep it from getting too boring.  Now she can run, ride a bike and lift weights!

So yesterday was her WI day at Weight Watchers.  She’s been focused on this goal for four years.  She was close to her goal weight, which is 150 pounds.  Guess what??!!



Yep.  This woman above has lost 177 pounds.  She’s lost more than I weigh now!  I am so fricken proud of her and I know she’ll be an inspiration to others if she becomes a WW leader.   Can you show her some love and leave her a comment on her blog for me?  Thanks!

I had a breakfast parfait for lunch.  My camera battery was dead, so my iPhone stepped in – plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup mango, 1/2 cup apple and 1/2 cup of Canadian Farm’s Chocolate Almond Granola. 

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This granola is really good.  Super crunchy and I love the hit of chocolate every third bite.

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But I have to say, either I am not cutting it right, but cutting up a fresh mango is a hard task.  It seemed like I had so much waste, I think I’ll just buy it frozen and defrost it from now on.

My knee is feeling better, but I didn’t want to push it too much, so I decided to do a run/walk on the treadmill, increasing the running portion until I finished a 5k.  Three minutes running, two minutes walking.  My last 3 minute run was at a 6.0 mph pace. Open-mouthed smile

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Over the weekend I made a Creamy Tortilla Soup.  I found a great recipe, printed it out and sadly, there was no mention of the blog on the print out so I can’t give credit where credit is due!  When I do find it, I’ll link to it.

Creamy Tortilla Soup

  • 4 servings of 1.25 cups each:  133 calories, 4.3 fat, 508 sodium, 22 carbs, 3.3 fiber and 2.7 protein


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 6 roma tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • juice of 1 lime

Heat oven to 350.  Toss the tomatoes, garlic and jalapeno with the olive oil and bake for about 20-30 minutes.  Check on the garlic though, that won’t take as long.  I kept the jalapeno seeds in, but you could remove them at this point for a less spicy soup.

Throw all the ingredients into a large pot.  Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the tortillas are really soft, and using a stick blender puree.  Garnish with fried tortillas, cilantro and lime.

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I didn’t realize how low calorie this dish was, so yesterday at lunch I ended up adding 3/4 cup of egg noodles, and I had a spinach quesadilla on the side.

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I had chicken legs soaking in 1/2 cup of buttermilk, salt and pepper for 24 hours.  I simply took them from that marinade straight to the grill with just the addition of a little garlic salt.  Buttermilk makes the juiciest chicken, whether you bake it, fry it or grill it.

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It was so nice outside last night – love the view from my grill!  Although we have to attack the creepy Charlie – it’s this tiny blue flower that just takes over the lawn.

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I had some green beans that I was going to sauté with a bit of olive oil, lemon zest and almonds.  When I went to reach for them, they were frozen.  For some reason my back right hand corner is super cold in my fridge. 

All was not lost.  I decided to make a quick beer batter:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz) beer
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 a pound of fresh green beans

Heat your fryer or oil to 350.  Mix the flour, beer, salt and pepper together and toss the green beans in and let them soak while the oil gets to temperature.  Fry for 3-4 minutes, until the batter is golden brown.  I have Carolina bbq sauce on my legs (thanks Rachel!)

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This made two servings.  Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, our fryer holds the oil temperature perfectly so nothing is greasy.  However, I do add 1 teaspoon of oil when calculating the nutrition.  This made 2 servings:  120 calories, 2.4 fat, 19 carbs, 2 fiber and 3.5 protein.  Delicious!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1378 calories, 50 fat, 138 carbs, 13.5 fiber, 92 protein, 257 mg cholesterol
  • 40% calories from carbs, 33% from fat and 27% from protein
  • 45 minute treadmill workout

Yikes, only 20 minutes before I need to leave for work, and I still have bread in the oven to take out – no worries though, I’ll make it.  Make it a great day!


39 thoughts on “She Lost Me!!!!!

  1. itzyskitchen

    WOW! She is amazing! I left her a comment. Just awesome. SO inspirational. I hate cutting up mangoes. I am such a sucker…every time I see that they’re on sale, I want to buy them, but I know I”ll just get angry cutting them up. So, when I finally meet you, I’d like to add you grilling my dinner onto the list of things I’d like you to do for me 😉 (along with make me salsa, make me a parfait, and have Tony make me fried rice ;))

  2. Wow what an inspiration your blog buddy is!!! I’m heading over to her blog after I finish commenting! Your dinner looks scrumptious…I adore fried green beans! Hope your knee feels even better today…I tweaked mine walking over some railroad tracks last week and now it likes to randomly lock up on me…awesome! Lol. Have a good one, Biz!

    • Yep, felt way better today, but my blood sugar was not cooperating – just when I went to work out I tested it and it was 110 – too low to work out. 😦

  3. Congrats to Brooke! How awesome is that? Thanks for sharing her success.

  4. Wow, that’s a huge loss!

    Shouldn’t be much waste with mango…I just actually cut one one up with some strawberries and am eating as I comment. I slice down the sides fairly close to the stem (if I hit the pit, I just wiggle my knife around it) on both sides and then I just trim off the rest of the fruit around the pit (or just chew it off, haha). To get the flesh off the big pieces, I cut them in half longways and try to run my knife right along the skin.

  5. I hate cutting mango – I just buy the frozen chunks, too!
    I’ve never had fried green beans… (hmm, maybe need to try this!)

    • The first time I had them was at Friday’s. Since they were frozen I thought, well I fry french fries from frozen so that must work – glad it did – and Tony liked them too! #winning!

  6. Wow! It is worth it to join WW just to hear the stories. This is a great one and when I have a few extra dollars, I’m going back. Reading your stories has convinced me!

  7. Biz I am with you on the mangos, seems like a ton of waste. I had this bright idea to make mango salsa for cinco de mayo but it didn’t work out. Any one have any ideas for a tortilla dip with a jalepino, cilantro and maybe black beans?

  8. its an amazing story .. Thanks for sharing. i ♥ Creamy Tortilla Soup.

  9. I have the mango waste problem, too! There are too many things I want to eat/buy/make in this post!

  10. Congrats to your friend, the name of her blog says it all, I really do believe it’s all about making consistent healthy choices for life.

    Also I am surprised you eat boxed granola, after making my own I am way too snobby for anything in a box. I’ve seen the granola you make and it looks AWESOME! Had to capitalize that because I am kind of obsessed with granola 🙂

    • Well, I made granola bars over the weekend and need to stock up on supplies – I hope to post the recipe tomorrow for them, they stayed together!

  11. Oh my gosh, what an inspiration!!!! Thank you for sharing the link to Brooke’s blog!

  12. I wrote a post about cutting a mango:

    Congrats to Brooke! I’m off to show a little love. That’s so inspiring!!

  13. Weighting For 50

    Brooke is an inspiration!!!!

  14. WOW – that’s great about Brooke – so awesome!

  15. Brooke looks awesome. As do those green beans….YUM!
    Also, great job on the soup picture – your food styling looks great!!

    • Thanks Courtney, I am working on it. Most of the time when I submit pictures to Tastespotting and Foodgawker, the #1 complaint in my photos is composition!

  16. I eat a mango almost every day. I learned a new trick this year to making them easy to peel. First I cut down the cheeks then the skinnier sides (like Michelle from Eat Move Balance posted above). Then to get the flesh from the cheeks I take a drinking glass and well, just check this picture out and you will see what I’m trying to say (not my picture, btw). For the skinnier sides, I just run my knife along the skin.

  17. I am definitely going to head over to her blog, my sister lost the same amount of weight, it is insane but so awesome. I need to get some buttermilk, I love the taste and I should be marinating chicken in it if it turns out so juicy!

  18. I am so proud of Brooke!! I love mango and they’re so cheap right now 🙂

  19. Way to go Brooke! Checking out her blog now.

    That soup looks fabulous. It’s making me hungry!

  20. What an inspiration your blogging buddy is! That is so fantastic – just imagine how she must feel being at goal weight!

  21. Wow, she did such a great job losing all that weight!!! Kudos to her!!!

  22. Wow, 177 pounds! That is amazing. It must have taken so much persistence and dedication…truly inspirational.
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

  23. Uge, creeping jenny… hard to get rid of!!! We have it too.
    Very inspirational, your blog friend Brooke. That was a lot of determination!

  24. Thank you so much Biz!! You’ve always been a great support and cheerleader! I really do appreciate it! Next time I’m up that way, I’m buying you a beer! 😉

  25. Brooke is amazing I will stop by her blog!!! Thanks for sharing Biz!! You’re soup sounds amazing, I will definitely be trying it. I agree with you on the buttermilk and chicken, and just a hint that works with fish too 🙂 It was so, so beautiful this week and now tomorrow we are back to cold…I think Friday or Saturday was a low of 32….eek!

  26. *Your….not you’re….lol! 😉

  27. I also have a hard time cutting mangoes! I usually just end up using them in smoothies because I butcher them so badly. Definitely haven’t caught on to the secret of it.

    Serious backyard envy. My dogs wish they had that much space to run around in.

    That soup looks delicious!

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