Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Down 17

As of this morning, I'm down 17 pounds!!  I am so grateful to Weight Watchers for helping me do this.  I could never ever do it on my own.  And I have to say how grateful I am to my personal chef...aka Danny...for being so supportive and making me such delicious and low point (and sometimes zero point) dinners for me.  Like these...

And I do the easy meals like breakfast and lunch.  Here's a typical breakfast for me these days (only 2 points)...

I'm a little over half way to my goal!  Yay!!  It is a very slooooow process but it works if you follow the plan and track your food.  The app makes it all super easy to do.  I have to say I am very proud of myself because I never thought I could do this.  : )

Friday, June 15, 2018

Another job

Nicholas got a job at Shaws!  Yay!  This will be regular steady employment for him.  He'll be working at the hockey rink this summer too score keeping and running the clock at games 4 days a week for $20 an hour.  How great is that?  He'll be making some good money over the summer and it will keep him nice and busy.  He got the summer job at the rink because he was the first person the woman thought of. She told him "that's what you get when you're a good responsible kid". Yup.  That's our boy.  He is very responsible...well...(cough)...except for his school work.  But...beggers can't be choosers.  No really...he'll do just fine in life and will find his way.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Oh what a night

Last night was Kimmy's retirement party.  She is leaving Wakefield after working there for 32 years!  She started as the music director, then moved on to Vice Principal, then Principal, then Assistant Superintendent and finally Superintendent.  Wow.  She is definitely an over achiever and reaches every goal she sets her mind to.

It was a fabulous night with outstanding performances by so many of her past and current students of the music program.  Lots of beautiful music and singing.  Then the speeches followed from so many lives she has touched over the years.  She has made a tremendous impact on that community and it was wonderful to hear all the stories and feel the love in that room for my sister.

I am beyond proud of all her accomplishments.

But this isn't the end to her story.  She will have a well deserved rest for a while and then move on to the next chapter of her life.  Many many more accomplishments to follow...that I know for sure. 

She called all her nieces and nephews up to join her at the end of her speech...

So happy my Mom was there to share that special night...

My aunts and uncles came too which meant so much to Kim.  They were there especially for my Dad.

My world right there...

Hate to ruin the love fest...but this happened to us on the way home...

Some heavy object...not sure what...somehow turned into a projectile and smashed into our windshield.  Danny was driving and there was no time to react.  It hit us head on...whatever it was...and we are so incredibly lucky it didn't break through the windshield.  Or our night would have ended very differently.

It was very loud and super scary.  But we are grateful to all be OK.  Thankfully family was on the way home from that event on that same highway and helped us get home safely.

Someone was watching over us...and for that we all get to live to see another beautiful day.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Healthy Pancakes

As I'm following the Weight Watchers program, I'm always looking for healthier recipes of the foods that I love and pancakes.  And oh boy did I find one that I love!   It's by Marcy @marcys_cleanplate on Instagram.  She even has a video of her making the pancakes if you want to check that out.  And get this...the entire pancake recipe is only 4 smart points...and it makes about 5-6 pancakes!  Add some sugar free syrup (1/4 cup which is more than enough) for another 1 point and that's only 5 smart points for the whole meal!  And it's delicious!! Don't let the strange ingredients fool you.  You can't even taste the cottage cheese.  Honestly.  : )

Here's what you'll need...

1/3 cup of oats
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
1/3 cup of 1% low fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
sprinkle of cinnamon
blueberries (optional)

1. Put oats in a blender and blend until it turns into oat flour.  It should be very fine and have the texture of flour.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and blend for another 30 seconds. Let sit for a few minutes while you preheat the griddle or pan.

3. Pour onto a hot griddle coated with some cooking spray and cook.

Add blueberries (if you like) and flip.

I'm telling you...they are really good!

And all those pancakes for only 4 smart points.  Marcy says they are about 200 calories and have about 20 grams of protein.  And they keep you full for a long time!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Long Weekend

Boy...I thought this long weekend was extra l-o-n-g for some reason.  Not that I'm complaining.  It's always nice to have a break from work and our usual routine of driving here, there and everywhere. 

Julia asked us to take her and Lizzie to Boston for the day so we did just that.  It started off kind of cold and raw but cleared up very nicely.  Sad to say I went off my diet today.  It was the first time in FIVE WEEKS that I ate whatever I wanted and didn't bother to count, measure or track.  I thought it was worth it. We had a delicious lunch in the North End.  I had some bread & butter, fried calamari and pizza!!  Yummy!  Then of course we just had to go to Mike's Pastry for some dessert.  I got a black and white cookie.  It was soooo good!!  And I also shared some of a chocolate chip cannoli and whoopie pie. 

We walked around Faneuil Hall for a while, did a little shopping and watched some street performers.  It was a really fun day!