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! 

Advertisements

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!

gyros 039

gyros 007

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!

gyros 015

gyros 017

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?

gyros 050

gyros 055

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!

gyros 009

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?!

gyros 022

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.

bosu-ball-sumo-squat

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!

gyros 035

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!

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

mars 002

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!

mars 009

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.

mars 013

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.

mars 016

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!

mars 024
mars 026
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. 

mars 037

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.

mars 028
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.

mars 030
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.

mars 047

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!

Jalapeno Popper Quiche

It’s funny how a whole weekend can fly by and I can’t seem to find the time to workout, when most workdays I work out 90 minutes a day!  After our super stormy weather Sunday and mild temps, it was back to reality – I left the house and it was 30 degrees.

popper 021

I just scanned through the workout the night before.  If I don’t know what the exercise is, I’ll watch the video so I know what I am doing and don’t have to waste time during the workout watching videos!

popper 022

Holy bat shit.  Yesterday was calves and quads and it took me 55 minutes to complete!

  • Leg Press: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Squat Jump: 3 sets of 15 reps
Working Set Active Rest:
  • Smith Machine Single-leg Split Squat 3 sets of 15 reps, per side
  • Jump rope: 3 sets of 1 minute
Superset:
  • Walking Barbell Lunge: 3 sets of 20 reps, 10 steps down, 10 back
  • Long Jump: 3 sets of 20 reps, 10 jumps down, 10 back
Superset:
  • Leg Extension: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Lateral Bound (side-to-side single leg hops): 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Smith Machine Squat: 3 sets of 30 reps
Working Set Active Rest:
  • Standing Calf Raise: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Jump rope: 3 sets of 1 minute
Working Set Active Rest:
  • Calf Press on Leg Press: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Jump rope: 3 sets of 1 minute

Do you know how hard it is to go from a single legged squat straight to jump roping?!   And doing 60 squats on hand weights so that my heels were off the ground really made my quads shake by the end.

popper 025

This was intense for sure, but I ended up doing the whole thing.  I even made good time to the gym so I had a chance to take a 15 minute long shower before heading to work.

So I know a bunch of you are dying for the Jalapeno Popper Recipe – I wish I had come up with the idea, but I “borrowed” it from my sister who put it on Facebook last week.

I did make some changes, mostly to make it a bit more healthy – so here is my adaptation:

Biz’s Jalapeno Popper Quiche

  • 4 servings – each one: 247 calories, 12 fat, 14 carbs, 1.6 fiber and 19 protein

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces canned potatoes (about 1 can)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 6 ounce plain greek yogurt (0% or 2%)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1/2 cup Cabot extra sharp shredded cheese
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 jalapenos – one shredded and one sliced

Spray a pie plate with Pam.  Layer the cut canned potatoes to make a potato layer on the bottom of the pie pan.  With a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese, yogurt, milks, and egg beaters together until cream cheese is broken up.  I grated one jalapeno and put that in the egg mixture.  Pour that into pie pan.  Sprinkle with shredded zucchini, then finish with the cheese.  I only added pepper to the egg mixture because there was enough salt in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.  I put sliced jalapenos on top and baked for 45 minutes at 350.

weekend 11.16 104

I had 1/4 of the quiche, a Chobani and some kiwi on the side.  Note, my quiche was a bit watery after I reheated it – I probably didn’t squeeze out enough liquid from the shredded zucchini – I think a better substitute would be broccoli.

popper 005

This was so spicy good!  A couple of bites I had to alternate with the yogurt to tone it down a bit.

I was more than happy to get to the pool at lunch.  For some reason after doing strength, the pool just makes my whole body feel better – and I only had one other person to share the pool with!

popper 031

I had to take this picture for Roz.  She’s the only other person I know who loves to show her oddly shaped carrots!

popper 033
Alright, I know I am going to get a lot of shit for this, but I did take home some of my Mom’s chili from last Friday.  As I was driving home though, the smell of the onions got stronger and stronger, but what I now realize is that was probably ME that stank of onions, since I cut so many of them.

I emailed my Mom yesterday morning to tell her I was going to eat her chili at lunch, even though I knew the vast amounts of onions that were in it.  She emailed me back and said “let me know if you throw up.”

Well, I didn’t throw up and actually my Mom’s chili is delicious!  I didn’t see, nor did I taste any onions, which just goes to show that if they don’t taste like anything, why put them in a dish?

popper 007
So on the days I do cardio on equipment with t.v.’s during lunch, I usually watch The Chew.  In the beginning I didn’t like it, but now I do – they do have some creative dishes on that show and I think their personalities go pretty well together.  Last week Michael Symon did a turkey cutlet sandwich with broccoli rabe that looked amazeballs.

turkey cutlet
I couldn’t find broccoli rabe at my store to save my life but I thought I could quickly sauté some baby spinach and get kind of the same effect.   I just FEB’d my turkey cutlets (flour/egg beater/breadcrumbs) and sautéed them quickly in 2 teaspoons olive oil until nice and crispy – turkey cutlets are a great weeknight protein because they take just a few minutes to cook.

After I cooked the cutlets I just sautéed the spinach with some minced garlic and crushed red pepper and put it on a 2 ounce bun.

popper 014

popper 016
The turkey was juicy, crunchy and then the garlic red pepper spinach made this dish.  Tony asked for cranberry sauce on his sammie.  He liked the flavor of it, but his sandwich was too thick for his liking.  I think he was thinking a pork cutlet sandwich when I mentioned turkey cutlet.  Have you ever had this?  It’s ridiculously good – usually served on a tiny white bun with pickles.

LumpysCafeCambridgeCityIndiana7

I wouldn’t even know how to attempt to make that pork sandwich at home!   Well, unless I get a bigger deep fat fryer!

Stats for the Day

  • 1728 calories, 236 carbs, 100 protein, 41 fat and 29 fiber
  • (not pictured – 1/2 cup granola pre-workout snack)
  • 21% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 53% from carbs
  • B+ grade on caloriecount.com
  • 55 minute calves/quads strength
  • 30 minute swim at lunch

I hope that the people in the south suburbs of Chicago can rebuild after the storms on Sunday.  To see the pictures is so crazy that your life can change in an instant!

chi-tornado18mess-20131118

Today is back and biceps, and it looks equally as hard as yesterday.  Oh, and after the strength?  The cardio is 30 minutes of sprints – 30 seconds on at 8 mph, then 30 seconds recovery.  Wish me luck!  Make it a great day!