Shopping from my Closet

Morning! This should be interesting because I am writing this post from my iPhone this morning.  I made my 10:30 train last night after work, but it makes every single stop on my line and I am the second to last stop and didn’t walk into the house until about 11:50.  Hannah was still up watching a movie so we chatted for a few minutes before I hit the hay. I think I was asleep in a matter of minutes.

I set my alarm to get up early enough to download my pics and blog from home, but let’s just say I hit the snooze a few times. 😂🙌🏻

Right after Thanksgiving I remember doing a total fashion show of what was in my closet. Or let me rephrase that, Hannah thought it might be a good idea for me to go through my closet and would be happy to help! 😂

We made a pile of stuff that fit, but I never wore. I hung up stuff that fit and I wore on the left side of my closet, and then there was the stuff on the right side of the closet, separated by an old wooden hanger that Tony used to hang his suits on.

The right hand stuff was clothes, mostly pants (10 pair!) that I liked but just could not wear, like not even lay on the bed try to zip up wear. 

Last week I came home from work wearing one of my size 14 pants and Hannah told me “Mom, you can’t wear those pants anymore, they are too big.” What?

I forget that when I lose weight a 10 pound difference is a whole size for me. On December 22 I was 176 pounds. Last week I was 166, and I think I’ll have another loss at tomorrow’s weigh in, but in any event, this morning when I was getting ready for work, I grabbed the first five pairs of pants, tried them on, and guess what? THEY ALL FIT. 

And all because I am following the Weight Watchers program. Counting my points, not drinking my points with wine 🍷 and it’s been easy.  I no longer associate certain foods as bad, I just incorporate the foods I want into my day. 

Last night on my way home from work I had Popeyes chicken – 3 piece spicy tenders and mashed potatoes and it was 12 points and utterly delicious 😋 

The best part though was that I ended my day with 29/30 points.  I fit in food I wanted, enjoyed it and today is a new day.

I hope you guys have a great Wednesday! Make it a great day! 

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My baby is the hospital 

What we thought was bronchitis actually turned out to be pneumonia.  Poor thing was such a hot mess yesterday morning that Jacob decided to take her to the ER.  
Her vitals were a bit off so they kept her overnight for observation and hopefully will be home today. If you follow me on Instagram- thanks for all the well wishes for her! 

Breakfast Tacos

Since I didn’t hit the gym before work yesterday, it was nice to have a relaxing morning.  I drank coffee, posted my blog, read some blogs and had time to make breakfast tacos.  What’s not to love?!

This time – I scrambled one egg with 1/3 cup egg whites.  I popped my corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds – if you don’t soften the corn tortillas they will pop open when you try to fry them.

Into each hot corn tortilla went 1/2 the scrambled egg mixture, 1 slice of deli ham, 1/4 cup baby spinach and half a slice of American cheese.  I heated up 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in my pan and then fried them to crispy – about 2 minutes a side over medium heat.

But I was taking these to work to eat.  So once they were done in a pan, I put a paper towel in my container, put the hot tacos in there, put the lid on and put them in my lunch box.  Only problem – the steam will soften the taco – but don’t fret!  If you have access to a toaster oven, simply heat under the broiler setting for 5 minutes and they will be crispy again!

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For 373 calories and 30 grams of fat, this was a super filling breakfast.  I think I may make 10 tacos over the weekend for a quick grab and go breakfast next week.  I could literally eat these every day.

I was doing my strength after work, so at lunch I decided to chip away at my 125 mile goal for November, and did 7 miles on the bike in 30 minutes.  I didn’t do any resistance, but my goal was to not get below 100 rpms.  Kind of like a 30 minute sprint!

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I made chili over the weekend for one of our dinners, but decided to bring some for lunch at work.  Sadly, ground sirloin was $3.99 a pound, and I looked over and they had round steak for $1.99 – so I got that!  When I made it the meat was super tender.  However, I think the reheating in the microwave at work made the meat really chewy and tough.  I gave a bowl of chili to one of my attorneys and after I ate it, I called her and said “sorry I served you shitty chili!”  They can’t all be homeruns, right?

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Later on I had a skinny café mocha – a 25 calorie pack of hot cocoa mix, with coffee and a splash of hazelnut coffee creamer.  While I am not happy about our cooler temps, I am always happy to bring out my snowman mugs!

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So the vibe at the gym at 5:00 is pretty interesting.  Lots of high school boys in the free weight room.  Wearing weight belts and gloves and grunting as they did their lifts.  The other part?  The bar was pretty full!  Yes, there is a bar in my gym, right next to the fire place.  I didn’t know it was a happening place to be for happy hour?!

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On tap was hamstrings, glutes and calves:

  • Seated Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Barbell Lunge: 3 sets of 15 reps, per side
  • Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Bounce-Bounce-Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Standing Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Split Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Single-Leg Barbell Squat on Bench: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Stability Ball Leg Curl: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Lying Leg Curl (one leg at a time): 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Mountain Climbers: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Standing Calf Raise: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Jump rope: 3 sets of 1 minute

Yep, that took me 45 minutes to complete.  I think the toughest one for me was the split squat –  I did it on the Bosu ball.  It REALLY concentrates the muscles on your leg on the floor.

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I had a meeting last night, so didn’t get home until 8:15.  I called Tony on my way home and asked if he’d eaten anything yet, and he said no, but he felt like a cheeseburger, so I stopped at Mr. Beefy’s on the way home.  I was all set to get a grilled chicken pita, but my mouth said “I’ll have a gyros!”  Since I didn’t eat any of the meat at lunch, I was really hungry!

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I ate half the meat and two bites of the pita.  I am calling it 550 calories for half – maybe that’s close??

Stats for the Day:

  • 1578 calories, 143 carbs, 82 fat, 78 protein and 15 fiber
  • 43% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 35% from carbs
  • 30 minute 7 mile bike at lunch
  • 45 minute strength after work
  • 82 miles left in my 125 November challenge

Hooray for Friday!  I have some news – my brother is moving my whole site from wordpress.com to a self hosted site so I can try to get some advertising on the blog.  Because of this migration, this will be the last post until Monday.  I also have to disable the comments section so there is no new content while the migration takes place this weekend.  I don’t understand a word of how it works, but I appreciate my brother Charlie’s help!

In the meantime, you can always email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com, or follow me on Instagram at biz319.  I am also working on a My Bizzy Kitchen page on Facebook!  You can stop by and like it over the weekend. Open-mouthed smile

And check out Courtney’s Cookie Recipe Contest!  You can find out the details here – winner gets a super cute apron and a $25 dollar Williams Sonoma gift card!

Have a wonderful weekend – see you Monday!

Homemade Rice-A-Roni

Some days I wonder if I would leave my head at home if it wasn’t attached to my body!  I was a whirlwind of activity before heading out to the gym.  I didn’t pack my back the night before and I was putting my work clothes in my bag – my worst fear is that after a work out I start to get dressed and I haven’t packed a bra or underwear, just a top and pants!

Got my food. Check!  Got my work clothes.  Check!  Got my camera.  Check!  Got my cell phone. Check!  Got my coffee.  Check!  Got my insulin bag . . .

Doh.  I got nearly to the gym and realized I left my insulin bag on the kitchen counter.  It has my test strips, glucose monitor, glucose tabs and . . . MY FAST ACTING INSULIN!   I have to take insulin every time I eat.  Drat.  But then I thought about it.  I could modify my food that I brought for the day – just make it lower carb.  And while Tony was perfectly willing to make the hour round trip drive to bring it to me, I thought I’d be okay.

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It was a gorgeous sunrise on the way to the gym.  Something about the sun just immediately puts me in a good mood!  On tap yesterday – chest and shoulders.

  • Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 15
  • Cable Crossover: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Plyo Kettlebell Push-Up: 3 X 12
  • One-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps, each side
  • Jackknife on Bench: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Upright Row: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Burpee: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dips: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Roman Chair Leg Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Push-Ups: 3 sets of 15 reps

Cardio:

  • 30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total

Surprisingly, the strength portion only took me 35 minutes – nice!  So I went to the treadmill to start the sprints.  Um, no.  I was still sore from the day before.  I wasn’t feeling it, and I didn’t want to do a half ass job, so I quickly switched gears and went swimming for 30 minutes instead.  Ah, that felt good.  Got all the kinks out and when I got out of the pool, I wasn’t sore anymore.

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And I had time to take a 10 minute hot shower.  #love

No picture of breakfast – you’ve seen it so much – another slice of my quiche!  It was only 12 grams of carbs, so I couldn’t eat my fruit or Chobani since I didn’t have my insulin.

I talked to Tony later on, and he thought it was best that I skip my lunch time workout – without my glucose monitor I have no idea where my blood sugar is at.   Even with one of my bosses out I was busy yesterday.  Before I knew it, it was lunch time!  Taco salad – romaine lettuce, a couple tablespoons of corn, carrots, yellow pepper, 4 ounces of taco meat and my salsa/ranch dressing.  21 grams of carbs for lunch.

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One of Tony’s favorite side dishes growing up was Rice-A-Roni.  He remembered an Asian version that had slivered almonds, but I don’t remember that one.  Katie from Chaos in the Kitchen made a homemade version – you guys, this could not be easier!  The only thing I changed was I used 1 tablespoon of butter while I sauteed the rice and pasta, and I added a teaspoon of Italian seasoning for the dried parsley.

I bought this pasta a couple weeks ago because I had a coupon for it.  Neither Tony or I had seen this cut of pasta before!

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I love that the pasta is sitting on my printed out workout for today!   On the side I made fried chicken legs.  I puffy heart fried drumsticks.  I used to never like dark meat and now I love it.  (that’s what she said).

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I promise you that is just one cup of the rice-a-roni.  Oh, is that fucking hot sauce on my chicken?  How the hell did that get there?! Devil

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The chicken was cooked perfectly, and Tony gave dinner two thumbs up.  #winning!  He usually jokes with me when he likes something I make and says stuff like “finally a decent meal around here!”

Since I had to give up all my extras – fruit/yogurt, etc., my calories were a bit light yesterday!  I am pretty happy that when I got home my blood sugar was only 235 – not bad for not taking insulin all day!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1158 calories, 88 carbs, 73 protein, 58 fat, 7.6 fiber (so low!)
  • 44% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 30% from carbs
  • 35 minutes chest/shoulders for strength
  • 30 minute swim

I want to give a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to blog reader Louise!  She lives up in Appleton, WI – and she makes wonderful greeting cards. I would love it if you could leave a ton of happy birthday comments and let her know I sent you her way!   She’s 67 years young today.  Maybe next summer I’ll have to make the drive up to WI for a meet up! Open-mouthed smile

I got to sleep in this morning.  I have a meeting near my office tonight, but It’s not until 7:15 so I decided to hit the gym after to work to kill time.  On today’s strength menu?  Hamstrings/Glutes/Calves – but no cardio – woop!

Oh, and guess what?  A while back I asked you guys to vote for my Buffalo Chicken Chili that was in Spark Peoples crock pot recipe contest.  I got an email last night that I made the top 15!  They are going to make the Top 15 recipes in the next week and announce a winner on December 2.  The prize?  $5,000 to me and $5,000 to my charity of choice!  Thanks again to Heather for letting me know about the recipe contest!  Wish me luck. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

Please send me your Muffin Recipes!

Tony doesn’t like to eat breakfast.  Like hardly ever.  On the weekends its usually closer to noon before he eats, and there is a fine window of when breakfast is no longer appropriate.  You will never find Tony eating breakfast for dinner unless he’s had a stroke, can’t speak and I’ve dressed us in matching jackets.

Muffins though?  Those are an anytime snack.  I had some really ripe bananas, and made him some banana muffins the night before last.  He tasted the batter (um, I’ve been known to leave out the sugar in muffins on more than one occasion!) and he liked it!

Until they came out of the oven and tasted them.  He said they had a weird aftertaste – the recipe called for 3 cups of flour to 4 teaspoons of baking soda which made 16 muffins – maybe the baking soda was too strong?  Well, I brought them to work and everyone like them, to which Tony said “people will eat free food at work if its been sitting by the coffee for three days.”  Touché.

So since I don’t bake that often, can you link or leave in the comments your tried and true muffin recipes?  I’d appreciate it!

So it was rise and shine yesterday!  I love taking the back roads – not a lot of traffic – and for the record, I was stopped in the road, not driving and taking a picture. Open-mouthed smile

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It was back and biceps on the strength training menu.  Check it out!

  • Wide-grip Lat Pulldown: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Underhand Cable Pulldown: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • One Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 15 reps, per arm
  • Exercise Ball Pull-in: 3 sets of 15 reps  
  • Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Jackknife on Bench: 3 sets of 15 reps  
  • Bent-Over Barbell Row: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Mountain Climber: 3 sets of 20 reps  
  • Standing Alternating Dumbbell Curl: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Bench Dip: 3 sets of 12 reps  
  • Preacher Curl: 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Narrow Push-Up: 3 sets of 12 reps 
  • Triceps Pushdown – rope attachment: 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Mountain Climber: 3 sets of 20 reps  
  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Air Bike: 3 sets of 25 reps

Cardio:

30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total

Um, yeah – WITHOUT the cardio that routine took me 60 minutes!  It doesn’t seem like much, but 3 sets of 20 is a lot.  I ended up pushing the cardio to lunch.  Still smiling after 60 minutes though!

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Okay, see that pink underneath my diet coke shirt?  I got that from a company to promote workout gear, which then quickly went out of business.  I couldn’t even find the name of it, but I LOVE that shirt – it’s a tank, and it’s made by NUX.  For those of us who have, ahem, a muffin top, that shirt holds everything in, while I am doing weights, running, etc.  LOVE.

I had 1/2 a cup of granola before working out, then more jalapeno quiche for breakfast with Chobani and fruit later in the morning.

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I was super busy at work yesterday, which I love.  It makes the day go by so fast, and before I knew it, it was time to head back to the gym.  Now it said for cardio “8.0 mph – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.”   I took that as run 30 seconds at 8.0 (which is a 7:30 minute mile pace!) and then bring the pace down and walk the second 30 seconds and back and forth. 

Well, by the time that I ran 30 seconds at 8.0, then reduced the speed to 3.7 to recover, it was almost time to bring it back up to sprint!  So I ended up doing 1 minute at 8.0 and 1 minute at 3.7 for 30 minutes.

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With a cool down, I did 3 miles.  But what I thought about later in the afternoon is I think I am supposed to keep the speed at 8.0 the whole time, and then jump off for the 30 second rest?  It’s on tap again today, so I am going to try it – although the mileage won’t be as accurate since I am stepping off half the time!  Do you think that’s what it means 30 seconds on/off??

And the gym?  Completely empty.  Now is the calm before the January 1 storm!

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Since the muffins I made tasted like ass to Tony, I picked him up a blueberry muffin that they sell at the gym for $1 by the front desk.  I brought it to my desk and stuck it in my lunch bag to bring it home for him.

I ended up having a huge ass salad with leftover turkey cutlet from our sammies the night before.  Well, my lunch was mostly veggies with about 3 ounces of turkey and 303 calories. 

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About an hour after I ate I was so hungry!!  So, I took half of Tony’s blueberry muffin.  I have to admit, it was pretty good – I am calling half of it 200 calories.

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Now is the time I am getting two or three gift catalogs a day at work.  Some of them I just throw straight in the trash, but some I look through.  I saw this super cute snowman tree that would fit on your desk.  I texted the picture to Tony.

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Apparently he doesn’t feel the same way about snowmen as I do!

Dinner was quick and easy – Chicken Marsala for Two – except this time I cut up the chicken into bite size pieces, and I added a cup of broccoli to mine.  I just tossed the broccoli in the pasta water for the last two minutes.

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Alright, I am off the gym for chest/shoulders.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t take me an hour to get through it!

Stats for the Day:
  

  • 1674 calories, 200 carbs, 98 protein, 50 fat, 28 fiber
  • 26% of calories from fat, 23% from protein and 47% from carbs
  • A- grade on caloriecount.com
  • 60 minute back/biceps strength
  • 30 minute treadmill sprints

Make it a great day!