Interview drama and the waiting game

I had an interview today!

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But, the waiting game is the hardest. When I think of all the efforts and hoops I went through last night to prepare for this interview; I even had to run out to a clothing store to get an/and/or lightweight top to wear under my old suit jacket, or a new suit jacket or both. I brought home both.

About the clothes first; With the weight-loss I was finally, finally able to fit into a very nice Jones New York dress suit jacket which I purchased 5-years ago in 2009. I wore it to one interview and even then I couldn’t button the front button. As I got fatter and fatter I got to a point where I could no longer wear it and even fake that it doesn’t fit — oh my, the buttons and the gap between the buttons and button holes were 7-inches apart!

Fast forward to 50+lbs lighter… now the jacket is old, looks old, seems discolored or dusty (it’s black) fits me for sure but is actually too big in some areas like the back and shoulders (gaping – loved seeing that but it’s not attractive) and the buttoning of it is too high-waisted. Who knew? I mean, I could never button it before.  Well, now I know.

I could get away with wearing the old jacket but how I felt in it was more the issue. I’m an older woman (50’s) and I’m guaranteed that my competition will be much younger and those of them who really want to arrive pristine, they will be tough competition. That said, I wanted to look as contemporary as possible, rather than frumpy — and I would have.

Ya know, I just didn’t want to look like I borrowed someone elses old clothes!
I bought a beautiful short suit jacket that certainly does put the old one to shame.

I looked smashing this morning. I arrived 15-minutes early as I always do…. (and they were already ready for me, so Kudo’s for me). With all that homework I did, the clothing drama; though the jacket was easy to find and buy… and I was home in less than 1-hour of shopping, the interview was rather short and they didn’t ask me a single behavioral question. My two interviewers told me much about the job that I would be doing and I confirmed that I would be excited to take on the job and (when do I start?)…

When you have an agent who sends you on these interviews, it’s the agent that has already done the selling of me; and therefore why I had the interview at all. So, generally the interviews are short  and sweet and seem more to the point of ‘looking me over, reading me and to see if we’re going to be compatible’.

I liked the job and two ladies who interviewed me. They are the two that I would be working with and if they feel we’ll be compatible, I’m in.

Hopefully, neither of those ladies owned the black Mercedes that I probably lightly door-dinged when I got out of my car…

So anyway, a 15-minute appearance in the new suiting jacket!
I hope it was worth the $90 investment!

In other important news…

newsThere isn’t really any. I’m being very serious again about food and exercise… that over being just serious and it looks like a lb has fallen off. Onward and downward. Today I shopped for low sodium turkey breast slices, Oroweat extra fiber whole grain bread and … I guess that’s it. I’m not a fan of sandwiches. Usually they equate to high sodium, too much bread and any sandwich must have cheese. Fortunately I don’t like mayonnaise and always use mustard.

My trainer is constantly after me about eating at least up to 1500-calories a day. I’m finicky and certain things that people do eat that is low-fat and high in protein are things I don’t like. Hummus, black beans, soy stuff; stuff like that to get calories and protein are things I won’t eat. I try not to eat grilled chicken salads because of the dressing and the need to prepare the chicken for the salad. Too much work and why would I buy lettuce that will go bad in a day or two and then the fat in the salad dressing issue. No, don’t like just vinegar, so. So it’s hard and lunches for me are the hardest. Anyway, the sandwich thing is pretty easy and highly portable so I have gone this route for my lunches. Got.to.eat.

Sandwich was delicious.

Last night I texted my trainer that I would not be able to do the session at 6:00. I wasn’t contacted until 3:30PM for the interview which was scheduled for 9:00AM the next day. I had to ‘study’, get clothes together, get hair washed night before to save time in the morning, and so on, not to exclude the inevitable impromptu shopping trip! Sure, training is only an hour investment in time but… getting there: 15-minutes, warm up: 30-minutes, Training: 50-minutes, getting home: 15-minutes, shower — as long as it takes. That’s more like close to 2-hours and I wasn’t up that distraction or interruption of my time.

Anyhoo…. must go put up Halloween lights!

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What will become of me without sugar?

Postscript…Today is Thursday and I have lost 3-lbs. Today is day 5 of the 7-day week so in the grand scheme of things, losing 3-lbs  by mid- week is something to celebrate and I expect to see at least one more lbs gone by Sunday. But then again, on average I’m losing .6-lbs per day so mathematically I should show a loss of 4.2-lbs total at my Sunday weigh-in.  But there will be no 11-lbs gone this week — seriously, Jorge, just seriously? Well, he did say “up to” 11-lbs per week and honestly folks… that would be hard to do.

…and oops… 6g sugar in my breakfast. That’s what I get, I guess for not doing the research on Power Grain Waffles! I could and should probably be losing more… I should be eating more green vegetables but my favorite way of eating spinach is drinking it… and drinking it in a smoothie with protein powder and blueberries is my full days quota of sugar. So: sad face. I’ll have to work on my veggies!

Mid week status on no- to low-sugar plan

sugarpI’m not on a diet plan per say but I’m in an experiment to see what becomes of me if I cut out sugar. To recap the plan, last Sunday I vowed to keep my refined, as well as natural sugars down to less than 15-grams per day. Don’t get me wrong — I have a gazillion lbs to lose and I am currently on a mission to lose weight. I’m relying on healthy eating and exercise (the notion of it) rather than a gimmicky plan, even though I was interested in trying out what Jorge Cruise had to say about sugar and my belly. Sure, fat and processed carbs must be addressed too but the sugar (kind of) never occurred to me because anything I ate that was bad for me fat-wise, I was sure I was fat because of the fat. Now I have awakened to the notion that it has been both! Therefore for now, it’s all about the sugar.

I haven’t read Jorge Cruise’s book on the topic but I was inspired by his guest visit and demonstration on Anderson Live, last week. I understand that I understand that I can expect to lose (up to) 11-lbs per week. I know that’s never going to happen but I am supposed to see the benefits of no sugar with the impending reduction of my stomach! Today is day 4 (Jan 16th) – late evening) and thus far I’ve stuck well with the plan with my average sugar intake at 8.675-grams. Call it 9-grams.

That average is not too shabby! But with one positive comes negatives. My fat intake % is up. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there is too much fat in my diet, but this means I’m consuming more fats than protein and carbs — even though the fats not necessary bad fats, it’s a bit of a slippy slope of when to say when. Like, what if ate raw almonds and fresh salmon all day; that’s a lot of good fat — but would it be too much? (Probably!).

In the image below is Tuesday’s report. Fat is 40% but there are only 44- fat grams. The goal for healthy fats is, as I understand it, 51-grams.

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But heck!
Don’t listen to me; I’m confused too! Below is some information about fats a knowledgeable source ; “The Bottom Line

Example

30% of your total calories should come from fat:

2,000 calories * 30% = 600 calories from fat (600 calories of fat equals about 67 grams since fat contains 9 calories per gram – 600 / 9 = 66.667)

Out of those 2,000 calories, 20% should come from unsaturated fat and 10% should from from saturated sources:

unsaturated fat: 2,000 * 20% = 400 calories of unsaturated fat or 44 grams

saturated fat: 2,000 * 10% = 200 calories of saturated fat or 22 grams

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Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

Excess calories combined with a lack of physical activity makes you fat. Eating too many carbs or too much protein will have the same effect that eating too much fat has. At the end of the day, if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. It doesn’t matter whether those extra calories come from carbs, proteins or fats, the result will be the same.

Losing Weight

If you are trying to lose weight, avoid simply cutting all fats out of your diet. Losing weight requires that you: 1) figure out how many calories you burn each day (calories calculator) 2) figure out how many calories you eat each day (count calories) 3) create a calorie deficit, eat less calories (by about 500 calories each day) than you burn. Calories should be cut across the board rather than just focusing on one of the macronutrients (i.e. low carb diets & low fat diets).

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The Bottom Line

Good fats can have positive health effects. By limiting all fats in your diet, you are missing out on some key health benefits. A more sensible weight loss plan can be created by cutting out only bad calories and increasing your physical activity level.

via How much fat should I eat each day?.

Still, healthy fats or not anyone on a solid diet plan would like to see their fat intake as the smaller percentage in their foods so there is work to be done in that area.

My lettuce intake is up. Lettuce doesn’t really count as a vegetable staple like broccoli or spinach would, but its a stomach filling transport of roughage to move stuff through the stomach. LOL — how very scientific of me! Eating more salads has kept my calories low.

My protein is up but not by enough. In weight loss scenarios I respond far better to a high protein diet but unlike most people who say that carbs makes them want more food, it is protein that makes me want more food. A chicken breast will actually make me hungrier than before I eat it. I’m working on adding chicken to everything including the fresh ready made salads which come with a small amount of edible chicken.

My caloric intake has been low but slowly progressing.

And finally; my water intake is way up!

The darn salads

After pouting yesterday about the fact that I came  from Costco with the Cesar salad kit instead of the Santa Fe Chicken salad (kit)  I learned that the Santa Fe salad has about; cuz I can’t remember,  8-more grams of fat than the Cesar Salad. I think the Cesar has 12-grams of fat — I KNOW (!) but you have to note that those grams include of course the small serving of dressing, the Parmesan cheese and few croutons that make the (any) salad tolerable. The Parmesan cheese is a natural cheese; that which is not a hydrogenated fat (like butter) and that makes it legal (grin).

Anyways, I found the Santa Fe salad in the grocery store yesterday and bought two — more expensive by $1.20! If I still really loved them then I’d go get more at Costco another time. I’m glad I got the Cesar’s — the Santa Fe salad was good yesterday but not as good as the Cesar and had “way more” fat. Sometimes accidents are good things.

But don’t they both look GOOD!?salads

So what has become of me since I began
averaging 9-grams of sugar per week?

I’m not much thinner yet (LOL) and if I was — it wouldn’t show (yet). My exercise is nowhere near the commitment and intensity that I used have. If I could just get this part of my weight loss plan in tact, I’d see more loss. But I have lost — 2-whole-lbs by now and 3-days to go until week 2. I do feel better, and less bloated. Time will tell and I have a feeling that the athlete in me will come out any day now.

It’s interesting that in a blog I read this morning the author talks about getting sick a lot during her first phase of no sugar. I found that in contrast since I on the other hand am feeling wonderful. She also spoke of sugar addiction and withdrawal so maybe she’s been in it pretty seriously with the sugar and at no time had I considered soda because I never ever drink it or think about it — with the exception of soda water — love me my clear fizzies!

At any rate, I was thinking of nixing this plan altogether but then the number on the scale was good this morning and my side view has improved. No sugar for me yet since this plan needs  a chance. Besides, 90% of the things I’m avoiding should be avoided anyway, always, forever.

And then there is Friday;
almost guaranteed to blow this plan out of the water

BUT IT WON’T Dammit. Tomorrow is my date with mom. Mom that never eats (unless something chocolate is dangled in front of her). We’ll be out and about doing her errands so I had damn well better take some snacks with me. Almonds for sure; although when she sees me eating them she wants some — and thank  god for that but I’d better double up on my almonds stash.

There is a slight chance we’ll go to lunch and I will know how to order appropriately.

It is a given that when the family regroups we’ll all go out to dinner. If mom and I didn’t go to lunch I’ll be starving by dinnertime and there is then opportunity to order bad things at dinner.

We’ll all go out to dinner for sure but being too hungry will set me up to fail.

As you can see, it’s hard when I’m with mom — and then there is the wine… I love wine with dinner when we go out. Oh well, wine isn’t a bad thing in moderation…. (and actually, those numbers look pretty good for any consumption! LOL!)

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A new rule for eating out for dinner: I’ve come to the conclusion that I should absolutely not be ordering entree’s. I should be ordering a small; adequately healthy if possible, appetizer and a salad.

Nothing says more YUM to a salad with garlic bread on the side!

The challenge — it might be working! 

Down 1.5-lbs on Tuesday morning! And I actually think my tummy is down a little. I noticed this when I was looking down on the scale. I seemed… less pregnant (looking)!

The loss

The small weight loss  could be a large variety of reasons that will make this plan work. Less to no sugar, more grains and more water, which, at the end of the day is a complete 120 turnabout for me.  Inspired by Jorge Cruise (completely) I’m speaking of my pledge to cut my girth and sugar — cut the sugar to cut the girth! You get it!

The food; some foods

I’m following the basic rules and since the plan is basically specifically (and yes, I write wrong sometimes on  purpose) to cut all; natural and refined sugar intake to 15g per day. The plan as I understood it would allow breads and other wholesome carbs that did not have any, or a low content of sugar. And many do. Hell, I bought garlic bread yesterday! And the garlic bread is my point — that I have taken these instructions quite literally and while sugar is down, breads and grains in my diet are up.

garlicThis garlic bread, in a strange way is a win/win — if you love garlic bread and if it makes a huge difference when eating a salad to have some garlic bread or an adequate facsimiles aside your healthy salads. Now there isn’t much fiber in the bread; that can come from so many other sources. The protein is high, the carbs are in line with bread and the sugar is 1g! Fat yes, there is that — it’s buttered. Better that it come butter than my adding globes of butter to it at 11-grams a pop. Caveat: I scrapped almost all of the garlic butter from the bread. They use WAY too much on it – saved some fat calories, oh yeah!!

Yeah, I do have a talent for making bad things look good! Is that called justification? But hey, if it takes a little bit of something not so good to enhance a lot of something good, then have at it. Besides, I think a piece of garlic bread might actually be a lot healthier than a scoop, or two or three of premium vanilla Ice Cream– don’t you? So, we pick and choose.

And here is the beautiful salad I made for dinner.

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But let me explain about the hard work that went into the salad… I went to Costco for one thing. I didn’t even think I needed anything but since I was nearby I hate to pass up the opportunity to mozie around and get what I might need so that I won’t have to go back when I think of what is was I wanted; that is, needed. The only think I could think of was lettuce and bottled water. The Sample Lady was giving out good-sized samples of a prepackaged Santa Fe Salad. Literally, the best thing I have eaten in a long time (in a long time since going on the no-sugar deal). I told the sample lady — SOLD! and picked up 3 packages of two for $4.00 + something. Call it less than $5.00 for two good-sized salads.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Here I was at Costco intending to buy lettuce and let it sit in my fridge until I get the energy to grill some chicken and make salads from it. Thanks to the Sample Lady… I have found a damn good salad kit and this Santa Fe salad was outrageously good.

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Before I put them in the fridge and devoured one for lunch, I decided to photograph the experience. Then I did the bar-code scan for nutrition facts and it wasn’t until I read the bar-code scan description — that I realized I bought 6-CESAR salads — NOT the Santa Fe Salads! I was furious. But, the Cesar salad was ALSO fantastic and these won’t go to waste. Unfortunately, I’ll have to go back to Costco tomorrow for some more. I know they’ll last because I now remember that I used to buy these at the grocery store last year for work — the Cesar. But not for this little money: $2.20 ea.

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And, how I’m feeling

I am feeling more energetic. I am feeling the slightest bit more confidant solely based on the fact that a pound or more is gone, that it seems like my stomach is smaller and the stomach pain; mild twitches and stitches seem to be subsiding. I hope it was an issue that had to do with a change in diet — from sugar gunk and cheesy gunk to no sugar. I’m drinking more (the water at all) water and exercising so, almost, in way I am cleansing… since I am… well, it is clear that I am ‘dong that’ more.  And leave it at that!

So now I am a nutrition expert

(I’m so funny!) I was with the husband of the woman who insulted me in several veiled ways at Christmas Dinner; no we’re not — he’s my step-brother (LOL) and we were with other people. He told us that he was “juiced”. Huh, we asked but I knew his wife had put them on some crazy juicing diet as new years things to get their weight down. It comes as no surprise that she is doing this and she probably will lose some weight and become annoying about it. But I said to ‘Joe’; Seriously? That’s nuts. You might lose some weight but you can’t live like that for the rest of your lives.

Now you’re probably reading and saying to me into the screen: You can’t carry on for the rest of your life on 15 or less grams of sugar per day. And you might be right but some people do. But I am ‘eating” still and when I do, and if I do revert back to more sugar I will still be “eating” and watching my calories and weight none-the-less. They will go off the juicing diet, start eating and quickly slip back into old ways. Most of us do.

Joe says though that he is sneaking out for hamburgers. (snicker!) Well, not into the night be when at work or on an errand… sure. He needs him some beef!  Joe says he knows it wrong to ‘cheat’ on his wife 😉 but it also makes him feel mildly excited at the same time, to do it!

Well, not to show my mean side but nobody messes with my weight issues — especially when they have a very similar weight issue of their own. For this step-sister-in-law… there will be karma. Juice away honey….. Gawd I’m a bitch! (generally, I am not)

The shopping

I gotta have my Weight Control Oatmeal — Convenience, fiber, flavor, texture, 1g sugar and so on. It’s so convenient that I carry two packets in my bag in a baggies for emergencies — a day with my mother would equate to one of those emergencies! She doesn’t eat and wonders why she’s heavy and not losing. In her defense, be it medications or old age — this woman has no appetite. Except for chocolate! I need a button for the back flap pocket of my favorite million dollar jeans. It irks me that the button came off — caught on something when getting in, or out of the car. If I hadn’t hemmed them — I’d return them. Oh well, a button is just a button. Caveat: I forget to get the OATMEAL.

And finally…

tomorrow is Wednesday and I WON’T miss What I ate Wednesday so I’d better get busy on that!

Sugar starved!

No weight loss yet, but Hell, it’s only been 1-day

sundaeAnd tonight while I had dinner with friends; them eating full dinner entree’s and me with a grilled chicken salad; which incidentally, they forgot to put the salad dressing on — but that’s OK — I was fine without it, I watched the two of them enjoy ice cream Sundae desserts with extra chocolate sauce!

(So now I am the sugar police after 1-day of sugar exile?  3-days ago I’d be pouring it all over my Sundae, too! LOL!)

We talked about how good our coffee might be if we put a little chocolate sauce in the coffee. I said, “that sounds good” and then, “No! I’m not having any sugar”!

And then I bit my tongue — I don’t like people to know that I am dieting, following a diet plan or anything at all really about my weight loss plans. I like to keep my weight loss to myself sparing me from conversation that goes… as this one did tonight between the other two:  …..as he pours the (extra) chocolate sauce all over the cup of ice cream, she says, “I thought you were…” and he cut her off with, “I am, but not right now”!

(Me; I sat quietly and drank my black coffee.)

In the grand scheme of things I did very poorly on calories (way, way, way too little at 660 of 1500) so it stands to reason that my sugar intake might total all of 6.6grams. I hope this plan works because if I am to lose 11-lbs this week / 1.57-lbs per day…. then, well, my week is getting tighter and tighter as next Sunday gets closer. Doing the math; now it’s 1.83 lbs per day.

I dunno…. But I’m giving it the old college try!

Things are looking up?

Lunch at Nordstrom’s

nordstromcafe1“Grilled Skirt Steak Chimichurri”
grilled skirt steak, roasted asparagus, carrots and cilantro lime vinaigrette.

The steak was amazing (very low-fat and very high protein). The Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe is below. I asked the ‘front of the restaurant’ manager if he knew how the vinaigrette was made, he said (cutely) smugly, “Well of course I do” and brought the recipe book to me!

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Serve this sauce on top of your grilled skirt steak or use as a marinade.

This lunch was probably the healthiest thing I’ve eaten in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Note to self.. must make this at HOME — Often!

Areas of (signs of) positive change

A plus: The fattening and /or sugary (chocolate)  foods don’t appeal to me anymore. Do you think I’ve just had enough of the holidays?

A minus: The healthy foods don’t appeal to me, either!

A plus and minus: I was so hungry last night and my kitchen was without a single non healthy item in the house — I went to bed hungry! It was almost, and although I didn’t go out, buying or better yet having milk in the house would have been a life saver, as well as an personal-sized bag of pop chips. Milk to go with a high-fiber cereal or pop chips as something small enough (individual bag) and crunchy and salacious enough to satisfy the very minimal need I had for food last night.

Each of those items are on the top of the market list for today. Trust me!

A big and surprising plus: I have lost a minimal amount of weight and I was shocked to see the number on scale again today; despite the fact that I was terrified to look. BUT, I have to set a baseline and so I had to know. It appears (emotionally and stuffing my face-ally)  that I am finally winding down from Holiday food desires– which I absolutely believe is addicting — not in the way of being addicted to a point where you can’t stop eating it and will go to any extreme; like say in your pajamas in the middle of the night to get a fix at the grocery store, but more about the presence of the foods you’re not normally exposed to and  loving all the stuff as a… change and can’t get enough of it — all of a sudden.

I’ll just say that the creamy appetizers and the cookies and the cakes and pies (not much of a pie fan tho) were soooooo good ….. that it took me longer to stop enjoying than I had anticipated. Now they’re gone (eaten, not tossed) and that’s that! I don’t even have a taste or craving for them.

That said, by simple science and default, one would certainly see some change in their weight. As well, my diet lately had revered back to the, albeit instant Weight Control oatmeal, zucchini brownies and thought of dinner or lunch meals of a quinoa and brown rice blend with grilled chicken and asparagus in the bowl. Yes, basically a “chicken bowl”. I’m also a huge fan of grilled skirt steak (practically no fat in skirt steak) and strangely I love it with Fage-0 Greek Yogurt as a dipping sauce. I’ll also start to enjoy; actually already am enjoying lots of salads with grilled or fried chicken on top. Yes, I said friend chicken. While it’s not totally as health conscious — in moderation the breaded tenders cut up on top of a salad is fantastic. And like a child being enticed to eat his broccoli if cheese is poured over it, a few pieces of spicy fired chicken on top of an enormous mound of lettuce is not a bad thing — in the grand scheme of things. And, with some adjustments, it is highly WeightWatchers friendly.

Anyway, what I was going to say is that with the changes in my diet my stomach is responding accordingly and things/it; OK digestion, is  well… looking more healthy and happen more often. Euuu!

So yes, with one exception, I am back on track. The exception you ask? You guess! It starts with an E. Baby steps people, baby steps.

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Plans for the day…
like people care,
but its about accountability… ?

  • I’m in obvious need of  a shopping list and a trip to the store
  • Wash all lettuce, make croutons from all that almost stale french bread
  • Eat well — considering myself a snacker because I am very often  uncomfortable after normal sized “meals”.
  • Finish cleaning master closet and call a charity to pick up stuff.
  • The gym – at 9:30 PM (?) I will love myself for it!
  • DRINK THE WATER

Parting shot….

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NO!

What I ate Wednesday

 

 

It looks like I only ate twice this week!

I’m slipping folks… gotta get those pics taken! Next week, I promise!

At the nail parlor!

A little coffee, a little bit of donuts (two donuts holes), “you pick coll-a” and voila! Pretty nails!

One tasty salad…

And a surprisingly delicious quesodillia (duly noted that quesodillia is misspelled in the photo)

And sadly that’ it! 😦

 

What I ate Wednesday!

Well, let’s see..

I’m always breaking the rules here so I’ll post mostly the things I ate on a given day but also post some other amazing things I ate during the week.

Things I ate in morning, or as a snack; and yes, I am either eating at my desk, or on my bed watching TV. Sounds lonely and pathetic but I have a lot of fun during the day!

Kashi Cinnamon Harvest – 10 nuggets a time to keep them from getting soggy. The serving size is 29-nuggets; I call that 30-nuggets so I eat 10, dump in 10-more, and then the last 10-nuggets. If there is any milk left, I dump in a few more.

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Fage-0 Greek Yogurt cup. THIS one I like. It appears that there is enough ‘jam’ provided to pour into the yogurt. Raspberry is my favorite and I prefer it because I don’t like fruit chunks in my yogurt. Nuts; yes.

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Pistachio Snack packs!
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As an actual lunch; Ciabatta bread, Low sodium; sliced turkey breast. I ran out of clean plates — too lazy to wash one and it seemed, too lazy to run the dishwasher….. I put the sandwich halves in a cereal bowl. But that’s for the photo! I ate half, and the other half later in the day.

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5:00 snack time!! In all fairness to “me” I took this dish as a contribution to a neighbors home after being invited for wine and cheese. They provided wine, I contributed with the Brie. (Gawd! I love the Brie!)
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One of my Super Salads! They’re not that super to most people, I’m sure. But a really good salad to me is a simple one. I like a salad when I don’t have to pick things out of it, or push them aside. My dream salad — 2 or more cups of chopped romaine lettuce. ‘Some” bleu cheese’. 2 or 3-T of white balsamic salad dressing, maybe a few croutons, grilled chicken or salmon and yes, some watermelon. Ground pepper on top!

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Salmon AND a Super Salad dinner! What a great photo this turned out to be; considering it was over exposed and on a bright red plate!
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here is the original — just sayin;

Happy Wednesday, happy cooking, happy eating, and happy healthy!