The Weekend We All Have When Friends Visit

I kept track of nothing.  I ate more than I should have.  I’m still eating healthy and bad stuff.  Someone stop me please.  Oh frontal lobe where are you?!?!?!

Sorry, frontal lobe went to bed and so shall I, gentle readers. 

PS:  When I saw Amber this weekend, she said well I guess we are going to Paris in the next couple of years to my friend.  I realized she wasn’t going to let me off the hook and go there a few pounds overweight.  Goal weight means prize trip.   I thought about that for a long time.  

Realization #1:  I felt very safe with Amber.  After she said that I knew that she had my and our best interests at heart and wasn’t going to let go of the dream.  A little unlike my nano-second attention span.

Realization #2:  Paris may not be going anywhere, but I feel FRANTIC when I think about living the next 2 or 3 years carrying around this weight or keeping on track half-ass (a joke!).  I CAN’T wait.  I cannot wait 2 whole years for this.  I deserve so much more than I give myself and how can I not give myself the perfect trip of a lifetime!?

This blog started with a desire and I have it.  I want Paris.  and also I want red tights with an A-line plaid dress and for my thighs not to rub together.


Deb – Cleaning The House Counts As Exercise, Right?

Okay, I’m officially tired.   I cleaned the house  for about 1 hour… sweating in the heat of the day, slaving over the house to get it clean for my friend who is coming tomorrow.  Was it worth it?  YES!  Am I tired?  Yes.  It’s midnight and I should be going to bed, but first a quick post.


Egg casserole – 6 points.

Handful of blueberries – 0 points.


Pasta with sauce 1 cup and 1/2 cup, respectively – 5 points.

Blueberries 1 cup – 1 point.

4 or 5 carrots – 0 points.

Damn … I left coffee to the last again – 2 points.


Posting from home today, so no cross outs! (although secretly bummed).  Kids and I ate tacos, 1 golden kiwi (incredible little suckers!) .

Tacos – 2 hard tacos and 1 soft taco.  The soft tacos were the new “sensible fiesta” ones from Old El Paso.  Very good and less points.. also softer and easier to handle.  6 points.. beans 5 points, cheese 6 points, tomatos 0 points, lettuce 0 points, salsa 0 points for a grand total of 17 points!

I didn’t stop there… I made muffins!  and had one -which is 2 points.  Peach bran muffins… or Branch muffins.  Or Preach muffins.  or Breach muffins.  Anyway, they were incredible!!!   I also made Strawberry Bran muffins… I’m DYING to try one as the weeping strawberry juice had me at hello.  Strawban muffins.  Braberry muffins.   You get the picture.  If you want the recipe, use my Bran Muffin recipe and peel and cut up 3 peaches.  Toss in the recipe and bake.  Or cut up a pint of strawberries.  Mmmmm… 

So, grand totale for today is: 33 points!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you KIDDING ME?!? holy cow I thought I was seriously in trouble I’m so full!  oh WAIT A MINUTE.  It’s all coming back to me…  the sweat of my brow is evaporating, freeing up many enlarged brain cells.   I had a popsicle AND an 80 calorie fudgesickle (how in the heck do you spell that?) today, so add 3 points.  total = 36 points.

Flex points were 26 + 3 activity points = 23 flex points left for the week.

Alright my small fry, time for beddy bye, but first a note from our sponsor:

Dear Self,

I’m amazed how you are doing so well with walking to work and even getting to bed on time this week.  You certainly need it – Good for you!!  As well, I see you’ve been keeping well hydrated today, so another victory for you!  The muffins will be great tomorrow, so don’t think you have to eat them all tonight.   Have some more water.  I’m allowing you to do your crossword puzzle in bed just this once, since you deserve a treat!   Be superkind to yourself and your kids tomorrow morning and I’ll send you some nice warm endorphins when you look at their little round faces and chubby fists bound in sleep.   So, now go to your bed and relax.  I’ve got things under control for you!

With many kind thoughts, your frontal lobe! xoxo

Deb – Hungry Hungry Hippos

Alright, really, its a kids game, but that is the way I feel today.  Last night I only had 1 Manwich bun, but man….. that Man was enough!!  Here’s a great tip:  Hollow out the bun for the meat to sit in, and dip the extra Manwich with the bread from the hollow.  You’ll feel like you’re going over points and getting a little sumthin-sumthin extra, the meat won’t fall out, and you’ll be satisfied in no time.  😉

Breakfast –

Egg casserole – 6 points.

Lunch/Snacks –

Peanut butter sandwich – 5 points.

Peach – 1 point.

Peanut butter granola bar (I caved) – 2 points.

Banana – 2 points.

Daim candies – 2 points (3 candies!!).

Coffee – 2 points.  Did you notice how I listed my sweet-sweet last on this list? amazing!!!!!  Next thing you know I’ll have quit and freed up an amazing 2 points.  YIPPIE!

Well, will wonders ever cease… I’m at 20 points.  This must be my natural level.   I wonder if I can take 20 points and rearrange them into a daily menu with nutrient dense but low point foods. 

Okay, supper time will be pasta.  I don’t have anything else in the fridge and I do not feel like cooking.   Besides hippos usually open their mouths and shove it all in and I’d rather get my dinner over and done with and on to something else.  So…

Pasta  2 cups  – 8 points.  Loooove the cross outs.  Made Pillsbury pizza for supper.  I shudder to think of the points, but thank God I ran out of cheese! 😀  Ate 1/6th of the pie, which the crust is 2 points, plus sauce 1 point, plus cheese 2 points, plus pepperoni 4 points = 9 points.  

Sauce 1 cup – 4 points.   For snack when I got home I had salsa and 5 wasa fiber rye crackers, which is 2 points!!

Cheese – 3 points.  I know I ate something else as soon as I got home… oh yes, a slice of light havarti and 2 pieces of parmesano salami.  2 for the cheese and 1 for the salami.  

Daily total is 34 points, which makes total flex points 24, but I walked to work, so I have 26 flex points left.  oh wait… subtract all the “extras” from last night.

Plus 7 points for the bun I never ate.

Minus 2 Wasa crackers with salsa – 2 points.

Egg casserole – 3 points

Chocolate-rainbow cupcakes – 2 points

icing from the jar – gaaaaaaah 2 points.

cucumbers – a lot.  

Total 22 flex points left.   I have no cucumbers left, so will have to come up with a 0 point…. oh yeah…. tomato salad.  I bought cucumbers but never ate them or the tomatoes.

Well, this hungry hippo is signing off knowing that as soon as I get home, I don’t have to open wide to get satisfied!  (Manwich jokes aside) and said hippo went to bed at 10:42, which is now!

Dear Self,

I’m so glad I’m going to bed.  I really need the sleep, although being this tired is worrisome.  I’ll need to cut up some vegetables tomorrow so I’ll have lots of energy later on.  I know I’m working hard, but it will only take 5 minutes to do and then I’ll feel so blessed.  I know I can do it!  PS:  Don’t worry about the house, someday I’ll hire a hunky housekeeper to come and take care of it – and you.  Now have many sweet dreams about that and drink some water before going to bed.

Tootles.   Your thankful and more well-rested and not hungry hippo frontal lobe!