This morning began with a breakfast I’m not accustomed to: oatmeal. I was wanting something else for a change and Edgar was agreeable about it, so last night I mixed up a few things in a crock pot, set it on low, and this morning Edgar portioned it out for me and I came down to this for breakfast:

Cranberry Spice Oatmeal

I call it Cranberry Spice Oatmeal

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (don’t skimp on this. use any other oats and you’ll get a mushy, disgusting gloop. I know this from experience)
  • 3 oz (by weight) of dried cranberries
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (or half-and-half Splenda and regular brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup fat free Half and Half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (I grind mine fresh in Ed’s hand-me-down coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • a dash of ground ginger
  • a dash of ground cloves

Serves: 6
Points: 4


Lunch was a sandwich made with Albacore tuna, a little Miracle Whip Light, a little celery, and a little onion. Stuffed between two slices of wheat bread, of course. On the side I threw 4 baked Tostitos stuffed with avocado.

Albacore Tuna Salad on Wheat; Fresh Avocado Scoops

A winner lunch. I didn’t get hungry at all this afternoon! I think there’s a thing about tuna. When I was in college I’d eat tuna sandwiches from the caf at lunch because I knew it would satisfy me longer than anything else that was offered. Guess I need to make this a weekly rotation. 😉

I did eat a Fiber One bar around 4:20 since I didn’t want to go to my 5:00 Zumba Gold/Toning class on an empty stomach. That class, by the way, is great. I’ve been missing Zumba something fierce. The Aqua Zumba class is on the same days at 6:00 but I wasn’t nearly as impressed with it as I had hoped. Plus, the time was awkward for me, so I decided to finally try out the Zumba Gold class because this round includes toning. And let me tell you, I’m gonna be trim and toned come May. Monday I did the class; felt sore the next day. Did Wii boxing on Tuesday night; even more sore today. Did the Zumba class again today, and now I’m not sure I’ll be able to lift my arms or bend over tomorrow without crying out in pain. A beautiful pain though… 😉

Came home and made a variation on a meal my college roommate and I came up with a while back:

Turkey and Creamy Rice

  • 1 box of Rice-A-Roni Parmesan & Romano rice blend, prepared with 1% milk
  • 1/2 lb of extra lean (93/7) ground turkey, cooked without oil
  • a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or basil
  • a 12 oz bag of steamed broccoli, prepared

Add it all together and Edgar moans in delight. It’s a keeper.

Serves: 3


I must confess: last night I was really stressing out. We had our monthly office party yesterday and I still must reiterate that a few little things will magically rack up enough calories to where I could have gone to Chili’s or Pizza Hut and eaten a reasonably sized meal for fewer calories. I happened to make this point during a conversation where my comment was merited and another coworker said, “while this may have more calories, think of it this way: it’s FREE!”  I didn’t say much in response, simply because it would not be understood and it’s pointless to argue about it anyway. My thoughts on that are:

1. It was not free. It was my turn to bring food so I had to buy the cookie dough at some point.
2. While the food is understandably good, it’s not good enough to deserve the calories it possesses.
3. I’d rather have spent those calories on a good date or at my friend’s birthday party this weekend.
4. We have parties every month. It’s not special anymore.
5. I’d rather spend a little more money on good, satisfying food than a few small pieces of run-of-the-mill finger food.

It’s not to dis the food that was generously provided, or the people who provided it, but right now it’s not a leisure I can take. Yesterday I was technically supposed to reduce my daily points by 1 point. I started planning and the stress began. I couldn’t recover from the 20-point loss on the very first day of my WW week without killing myself at the gym. From the very beginning I’ve eaten all my weekly points and most, if not all, of my activity points. Since my calories have gotten reduced, I RELY on those “extra” 35 points every day throughout the week so I don’t STARVE. And yes, I do eat “filling foods.” In fact, they contribute to about 80% of my calories.

My point is… well I have a few points. 1) A 20 point loss in my weekly points was a BIG DEAL, especially when I am supposed to have a 22-daily-points target, and especially when I have two other social events this week that involve a meal! 2) I’m beginning to realize that maybe I’m eating too little. On weeks where I feel very in control and don’t have any events that consume a large portion of my weekly points (in other words, weeks where I ration out my weekly points throughout the week), I typically lose about 2.4 lbs. It’s a little more if I eat a few (FEW!) beyond my weeklies and activity points. I don’t want to starve myself, and I don’t want to train my body to NEED LESS food to maintain than what I can comfortably handle. So I made the decision to keep that one extra point per day until I feel like I need to reduce some more. I feel a lot less stressed out about yesterday’s needless splurge and about planning this week’s meals and still being able to get the nutrients I need without going over. It’s amazing what one point extra per week can do.


Now I’m off to shower before our weekly Sunday school class social at McDonalds. There will be an ice cream cone consumed!!!


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