What not to have in the house…


I decided to do this post after getting home yesterday afternoon and eating WAY more than I should have, stuff that I didn’t need to eat. I am not really sure how it happened, but it did. It was a major slip-up. All this after doing so well for breakfast and lunch. I have to make myself accountable for it. It’s so simple. There are certain foods that I should not have at home. At all. So consider this post as a note to self for future reference.

This slip-up got me thinking about trigger foods and drinks. Foods and drinks that I should not have in the house because it’s hard to stay away from them.  I am probably missing a few, but these are the main ones.


  • Chips and salsa.  This is absolutely at the top of my list. I have no self-control over chips and salsa. If they are in my house, I will eat them like they are going out of style. I typically have salsa in the fridge because I have it on fish or baked potatoes or with a Wasa cracker. So really, salsa is not the problem. It’s the chips. Rarely do I by tortilla chips and on Sunday I did. They were Baked Tostitos, but still… If you eat enough of them it doesn’t matter.


  • Popcorn.  The best thing about popcorn is that it’s salty. And buttery. And Sunday afternoon when hubby and I walked into Publix and the delicious aroma of fresh-popped popcorn met us at the door, it was hard to resist. They have that darn popcorn machine in the deli and they sell it by the bag. So we bought a bag. Evil popcorn.


  • Cheese crackers.  Again with the salt. Do you sense a pattern here? It’s hard to stick to a serving size when eating these so they just need to not be around me.


  • Beer.  Beer girl that I am, I love – LOVE – an ice cold beer. It’s so refreshing. But do I need to have it at home? The answer is a very firm NO. The problem is I likely don’t have just one and it is usually accompanied by something salty. Sadly, I think there should not be adult beverages on a school night, certainly not at home. I think it needs to be saved for the couple of Tuesday night baseball games we go to each month, and when we eat out on Saturdays. It’s just empty calories and wasted points unless I have planned for them when we go out.


  • Soda. We rarely buy soda for home, maybe a couple times a month. And when we do, we buy it because of something we’re having for dinner that I want to have soda with. If we do buy it, we just buy a two-liter. It doesn’t need to be in the house.


  • Cereal.  Cereal talks to me from atop the refrigerator and I will eat it like there’s no tomorrow. Even if it’s supposed to be good for me, I’ll eat too much of it. This fortunately doesn’t apply to hubby’s cereal that he buys, I don’t seem to bother that.


  • Chocolate.  M&M’s, Hershey Kisses, Hershey Bars….. While I would like to believe my mom when she says chocolate is Vitamin C, I do not need it and I rarely if ever buy it to have at home. If I did, it would be gone in minutes.


  • Cookies. I am not that person that can keep cookies in the cupboard to have from time to time. No sir. If a box or bag of cookies make it into the house, they also talk to me from the kitchen. The only way to shut them up is to eat them. Too much pressure…


What’s frustrating about this? I can eat or drink whatever I want IN MODERATION. I have 26 points a day, 49 weekly points to use, and I earn anywhere from 25 – 35 activity points per week. It’s all about making choices. Sadly, most of what happened yesterday is brought on by that-time-of-the-month, but still. If I didn’t have it in the house, I wouldn’t have gone for it. And to add to it, I have 0 point snacks available. I just blew right past them as I was reaching for the stuff I didn’t need.

Making healthy choices most of the time is – and will be – a lifelong lesson. I’m not perfect and not every choice will be healthy. I’m all for splurging from time to time. But yesterday was just ridiculous. It was a big slip-up. Splurging when we go out is much more fun and enjoyable.

After this HUGE moment of weakness, I re-grouped and decided that beating myself up over it was not going to help. Instead I started writing this post and I immediately tracked everything. Then for dinner I was back on track. At the end of the day, when all was said and done. I was over by 23 points. Over and done with, moving on.

Today is a new day. I have 26 points to work with. I will use them wisely. Lesson learned.


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What are your trigger foods? How do you come back from a bad day of eating?

Because I am human… {eating}


Because I am human, I have been eating AWFUL this week. Just awful. No one forced me to eat the things I have… I chose to. No one twisted my arm to do so… I chose to. And now I have to own it.

Six months into the year of weight loss and this week I have reverted back to my old eating habits this week. I have not prepared this week, and I have been slacking on the snacking.

I *know* what I need to do, and I need to do it. Stress cannot lead me to eat so bad. I should NOT go through a drive-thru just because I am stressed. That is what the old me did. The new me cannot do that.

Because I am human, I will pick up from here – today – and move forward. I know what I need to do to be successful. Twenty pounds down does not mean I can eat what I want all the time. I will splurge on occasion and live my life. I will go to a baseball game and enjoy what I want. Or out to dinner and indulge in a treat. But I do not need to eat so carelessly for lunch several days a week when I am stressed and when things aren’t going right. Eating French fries will not solve problems.


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I have also not tracked in two days. TWO DAYS. There goes my June #goalgetter2013 goal. I need to snap out of this and fast. Again, not tracking will not solve problems. They are still there regardless. Today, I will get back to tracking. Today is a new day.

Because I am human, this will be a lesson. I know I am stronger than this. I know what I need to do and I can do it. I have to do it. I’ve come to far and I still have a ways to go. I cannot fail. I will not fail.


Are you an emotional eater? What sets you off on eating? How do you snap out of it?

Yelp Fits The Bill at Fitlife Foods!


It has been too long since I’ve been to a Yelp Elite event so I was happy to make it this one. Hubby tagged along with me, he’s my favorite +1 to take along. Fitlife Foods has been on my list of places to try for awhile. There are plenty to choose from in the area – St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa, all easy to get to. The Elite event was at the South Tampa location.



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If you are not familiar with Fitlife Foods, they provide freshly prepared meals and snacks, all made in house with fresh ingredients. There are different size options (small, medium, large, or one size). They also have customized wellness solutions to fit your goals and time schedule, designed to best suit your needs.






I was very impressed by this location and the kitchen and food prep area. We were spoiled with an assortment of foods to sample and tempt our taste buds. From Sicilian Chicken Meatballs to their Signature Nacho Cheese Queso Dip, a Chili Lime Dip, and an AMAZING Snickerdoodle Cookie…. It was all delicious and extremely fresh.



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I was also impressed to learn that they cut their meats and fish IN the cooler. We met “Polar Bear” Mike who works in there all day! They have large walk-in refrigerators and freezers and a very clean kitchen area. All of this means that the meals we purchase will be very fresh and full of flavor. Served in recyclable plastic containers, each meal is labeled with nutritional info and the “Best By” date, no more than 3 days out.




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Since I follow Weight Watchers, I was calculating the points of a couple meals using the nutritional info. They made my day when they offered me a list of their meals with “points” calculated! It couldn’t be any easier! From breakfast to burgers, full meals with sides, sauces, and desserts, it is all very well planned out. I look forward to trying the meals we brought home and can’t wait to go back!


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As with the other Yelp events I’ve had the pleasure of attending, there was plenty of Yelp Swag and we were once again treated well with Fitlife samples and goodies to bring home. My blogging friends Katrina, Grace, and Caroline were there, but I was a bad blogger and didn’t get any photos of us! I also met new Yelp Elite member, Dianna. it’s always fun to meet new people at this events.

Thank you Fitlife Foods and Yelp for a nice evening and delicious foods!


Have you been to Fitlife Foods or a similar type service? What is your favorite meal? Let me know!

Weekly Meal Planning ~ 04/06/13


In a perfect world, I go grocery shopping once a week, on the weekend. Sometimes we are so busy that doesn’t happen and I end up making multiple trips during the week and I buy too much of what I don’t need and not enough of what we actually do need. Yesterday morning all stars were aligned when I had the ability to go grocery shopping right after my WW meeting. As if that weren’t exciting enough, I took time Friday night to make a list so I was prepared.

I love to meal plan when I can. It makes the week easier when I am crazy busy and it’s one less thing that I have to worry about. I also love to make meals that create lunches the next day. It saves money and some meals are even better left over. Thank goodness hubby likes leftovers!

I don’t go quite as far as deciding what to have on a certain day, but I do plan enough for a full week and then decide the day before what to have the next day. That way if I need to take chicken out of the freezer, I can. Our schedules can vary during the week, depending on work, working out, or plans we may have.

I thought first that I would share what I bought at the store this week. It was a pretty big shopping trip and took me a good hour – another reason I love going on a weekend morning before the store gets busy.

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When I meal plan, it’s for dinner. Lunches are prepped from those meals or I’ll have a salad with either chicken or tuna. Snacks on hand are always baby carrots and hummus, grapes, bananas, etc… We also always have frozen veggies in the freezer to have with any meal.

I will say that the meals I make during the week are somewhat determined by what is on sale that week. Like this week, boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale at Publix. I bought 3 packages. Whatever I don’t need for meals, I freeze for future use. Also, I freeze one chicken breast per bag so I can take out whatever I need for one of us or both of us. The pork roast was also on sale.

So, what do I intend to make this week with all this? I’m pretty excited about it….


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I made the pulled pork for dinner last night and there is enough to have again for dinner tonight. I am all about things being easy AND trying to eat healthy. For dessert, we are still hooked on pineapple cake. It’s so light and lasts the whole week. I  made another one last night! I keep wanting to try it as cupcakes but I haven’t yet.

A great source of recipes is Skinnytaste. The Italian Sloppy Joe’s recipe is from there, although I did modify it and I cook it on a skillet, not a slow cooker. The panko chicken is a WW recipe. The pulled pork recipe I now use has been tweaked several times (I used to make it with BBQ sauce and now I don’t). Here are my recipes for a few of this week’s meals…


Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Boneless Boston Butt Pork Roast (3-4 pounds)
  • Fresh garlic, sliced
  • 1 can chicken broth

Cut small holes in top of roast and insert garlic slices. Add can of chicken broth. Cook on low for 7 hours. When it’s done, I shred it with a fork and discard the fat. Put in a casserole dish and add a little of the chicken broth to it so it doesn’t dry out when you reheat it. Top with your favorite BBQ dressing if you like. I love Sticky Fingers Carolina BBQ Sauce.


Italian Sloppy Joe’s (my version)

  • 1 package Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • Pepper

Remove sausage from casing and crumble as it cooks, till brown. Add garlic, onions, and pepper (to taste) and cook for a few more minutes. Add green and red peppers and cook a few more minutes. Add can of crushed tomatoes and simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes. You can serve on rolls, we skip the bread and enjoy it without.


Baked Chicken

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Olive Oil (I use an olive oil sprayer and do one full spray per chicken breast which is 1 point in WW world)
  • Basil

Drizzle chicken breast with olive oil and sprinkle with basil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes (for 2 breasts). This chicken comes out very tender and juicy!


Panko Chicken

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Plain Panko breading
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Paprika
  • Basil
  • Pepper

In large bowl, mix Panko breading, parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper. In another bowl, put egg to dip chicken in. Coat both sides of chicken with breading mix after you dip in egg. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and coat with oil spray. Bake for about 40 minutes (for 2 breasts).


Not every week is a planned out as this one, so I’ll share when I can!


Do you meal plan? What is your number one reason for meal planning?

Fun Fact Friday {Food Edition}



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I thought it would be fun to do a Food Edition of Fun Fact Friday. Since I love food so much, it seems like it would be a good topic. Who doesn’t love food?


  • It would be impossible to pick one favorite food since there is so much I love. Very high on the list, however, is pizza. More specifically, a pizza with pepperoni and sautéed onions. The greasier the better.


  • My favorite healthy meal is broiled tilapia with zucchini, olive oil, and basil. It’s so simple to make, filling, and full of flavors that I love.


  • My least least favorite food is American cheese. I know I’ve discussed this before, but it is the most disgusting thing EVER.


  • My favorite vegetable is zucchini. Broiled, sautéed, in soup, you name it. Very versatile and so good.


  • My least favorite vegetable is probably cauliflower. I want to like it, but I just don’t.


  • My favorite snack is currently baby carrots and basil pesto hummus.


  • My favorite type of food is Italian. Being Italian helps this, especially one who’s mother cooks the most amazing Italian food ever. My second favorite type of food is Mexican.


  • If I had to choose salty or sweet, I would probably choose salty. But if you give me the opportunity to mix salty and sweet, even better!


  • My favorite salad includes romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, tomato, red onion, cucumbers, and banana peppers with oil and vinegar. It goes with everything!


  • My favorite fruit is probably mango. I love fresh ones, but they are so messy, so I usually buy frozen mango chunks and have them throughout the week.


  • My least favorite meal of the day is breakfast. It seems like the most rushed and the one I have to make myself eat.


  • My favorite meal of the day is dinner. It’s meal I have the most time to prepare and the one that I am the most creative with.


  • My favorite way to cook a meal is in the slow cooker. I love how the house smells when something cooks all day and it’s so easy.


  • I am a dessert girl. I have to have something sweet at night. I like to keep pineapple cake on hand, or Smart Ones frozen desserts, or even fruit such as sliced banana with fat free cool whip. Mmmmmm…..


Share a fun food fact about yourself with me!

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