I love turkey leftovers as well.If I can’t have turkey with all the fixings
then turkey leftovers are second best.
I ended up eating most of my Christmas leftovers
on Christmas Day and into the early morning hours of the day after Christmas.
One of the benefits to working the graveyard shift is that I still had plenty
of eating hours left in my day AFTER our Christmas festivities ended.
My first round of leftovers was a turkey sandwich.This is my most favorite way to eat turkey leftovers.My Mom bakes Rhodes Texas Rolls at every holiday
meal.Rhodes makes a roll that tastes
just as good as homemade with less hassle.You just thaw and bake.It is
I had my turkey sandwich on a Rhodes roll with
some spicy brown mustard, lettuce, and provolone cheese.It was quite tasty.
I also had some leftover pretzel jello salad.If you haven’t ever made it I suggest you
do.It was delicious!I wish I had taken a photo so I’ll have to
make it again for a potluck and share it with you.Just Google “pretzel jello salad” and look
for one that you bake the pretzel crust and then add a cream cheese layer and a
jello layer.I highly recommend it!
For my next round of leftovers I wanted to get a little
creative with the mashed potatoes I brought home.I did a Google search for baked mashed potato patties and found Skinny Taste’s recipe.I didn’t actually use her skinny mashed potatoes, which is the base of
the recipe.I added some sour cream,
some garlic power, and some Red Robin seasoning.I formed them into patties, dipped in the egg
white wash, and put into bread crumbs.I
baked them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes each side.They were really good!
I needed some greens so I opened a can of green
beans and had my turkey alongside it.Yum!I have two leftover patties
to eat so I’ll try to reheat in the toaster oven.
I also made a batch of turkey and noodle soup to
serve with the remaining left over mashed potatoes mixed in.
Several years ago my brother, my sister Katie, and
I were going to spend the day at our local water park Roaring Springs.Katie was worried about wearing her swimsuit
in public.My brother gave her some very
wise words that I still use to this day,
won’t be the fattest person at the pool.”
Ain’t that the truth!
I thought about this when I took my nieces to the
YMCA to swim last week.I also had to
give myself a pep talk when I took my first water aerobics class.
I have been in a bathing suit several times since
I lost my weight.Despite losing 130
pounds and keeping almost all if it off for just about five years, I don’t have
a perfect body.There is a lot of excess
around my legs and arms.To others at
the pool, the beach, etc I am sure I don’t look really fantastic in my
swimsuit.But I don’t care.
I feel okay wearing my swimsuit in public.I strut around with as much confidence I can
muster because I know what I used to look like before I joined WW.While I am in NO WAY ever going to be signing
up to strut my stuff on stage at a Miss America contest, I am also not the
fattest person at the pool.
In just a little over a week, I’ll be wearing my
swimsuit on the sunny beaches of Hawaii with not a single care in the world
other than sunscreen!
I seem to be missing my umph these days.It started around last Monday.I actually had a really great week and I even logged
22 APs, with some snow shoveling thrown into the mix.For the most part I have been able to get in
some higher intensity exercise on the treadmill and elliptical where I can get
my heart rate up for most of the time.
My food was also pretty good.Granted a few weeks ago when I tried giving Simply
Filling a bit of ago, I did show a loss.Whether that was because of Simply Filling or just changing up my food
and increasing activity intensity I saw some tiny results.
Then Monday rolled around and my eating sort of
got off course.
Kenyon and I had plans to go to Cracker Barrel
at 3pm before running last minute Christmas errands.I had planned to have the new Pecan Skinny
Bun French Toast they have been advertising.I figured up a rough calculation for PPVs and set my sights on some
When we got there I was told they had run
out.Bummer.That sort of set the rest of the tone for the
day as I ended up eating “around” what I really wanted most.
By Tuesday morning, Christmas Eve, I was feeling
a little guilty for my food intake and also feeling a bit of indigestion.I was craving a salad BIG TIME!I also wasn’t able to sleep really well.I ended up going to SouperSalad for a huge
salad to go.It really hit the spot!
Christmas Eve was filled with yummy food and
desserts as was Christmas Day.I also
finished off some leftovers later in the evening on Christmas Day.Thankfully no temptations at home (now at
work…that is another story!It looks
like sugar blew up in here). There was also a trip to the movies and some movie popcorn.
I also have not "officially" exercised in several
days.I was running around like crazy on
Christmas Day and got almost 10,000 steps. Thursday I took my nieces
to the YMCA to swim so I got in some activity there.Yesterday I forced myself to get on the
treadmill for a three mile walk.Hey,
better than nothing.
My tracking has been less than stellar.I have no desire to plan meals.
I know ALL of this is not the “proper WW” way to
do things but I just don’t seem to have much umph these days.I am VERY ready for vacation and while it is
only a week and a half away it still seems like forever.I am really looking forward to warm weather,
time with Kenyon, and breaking out of my boring daily routine.
I am also looking forward to being back at my
favorite Tuesday WW meeting upon our return.
I had wanted to be back in goal range by the
time we left for vacation but that isn’t going to happen.I am confident now in my ability to maintain
at my current weight of around 182.I am
confident that vacation weight will only be temporary but it is never a bad
idea to be mindful.
I will be starting 2014 above goal range.That is okay.I know I should have the desire to work harder at getting back to goal
but right now I am doing the best I can.I suspect soon I will find my umph again.
have been gone for a few days. It has been a busy few days off work
with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and napping! I hope you had a
great Christmas. I really enjoyed spending time with my family.
years ago in downtown Caldwell several old buildings were torn down
to expose Indian Creek, which flowed below the buildings. It was
really sad to see such historic buildings all of a sudden gone. Last
year I learned of the elaborate Christmas light display that now
filled the downtown area for a few months of winter. It is
and I stopped by on Christmas Eve so he could see the display. We
didn't dress quite warm enough and with our dropping temps it was a
It was a good week for logging steps on the FitBit!!!
I love seeing my weekly FitBit summary when it arrives via
email.So far it looks like I am pretty
closer to my previous week’s total of 69,840 steps and 33.34 miles.
I am still finding ways to get in extra steps and on a few
days I was so close to 10,000 steps that I would take the “long way” when I
would take my breaks at work.
Kenyon and I hit up Costco and Walmart (the day BEFORE
Christmas Eve) and I didn’t mind the extra steps from the parking lot and walking around the
chaos of the store.My FitBit Zip is
really helping me be mindful.
Last week’s total:
Distance: 30.41 miles
Calories Burned: 15,902
I also earned 20 APs last
week.I have been trying hard to make my
exercise count.There were a few days
that I was pretty low on motivation though.
With Christmas fast approaching I am reminded
of such great memories of holiday traditions.The thing I love most about Christmas, and all holidays, is family
time.I really enjoy spending time with
Both my parents grew up in the area.
My Dad’s immediate family, and most of the extended
family, still lives in the area.Every
year on Christmas Eve we would load up and drive to Murphy to my grandparent’s
house.My Dad’s two sisters, and their
husbands, would be there and we would have dinner and open gifts.It was cool to sit at the kids table and my
siblings and I had a lot of fun!!!The
last gift we opened was Christmas pajamas from Mom and Dad.We would change into our pjs and wear them on
the drive home. Nothing is better than
being a kid at Christmas and opening presents.
My Mom’s mother, who passed away a few years
ago, also lived in the area.She would
spend Christmas morning with us.
running into grandma’s room to wake her up on Christmas morning.Every year under the tree was $100 in crisp
$1 bills from Grandma A.It was the
highlight of Christmas morning.We would
have breakfast and then load up to head to our family Christmas party with my
Dad’s extended family.
Our family Christmas party originally started
because of my Great Grandma Ihli.My
grandfather is one of 8 children so there are lots of relatives to see.Each year we get together on Christmas Day.When I was younger my parents hosted the
party since we had a pretty large house. Eventually it was moved to a hall in
Kuna.When I was a teenager my siblings
and I used to go to the movies after Christmas dinner.It was a really fun tradition.A few years ago I took over the party
planning from my Great Aunts.We now have
our party at a hall in Murphy.We
usually have 50 in attendance.
As time has evolved traditions have changed.The four of us kids started to get too old
for presents and once the next generation arrived, my two nieces, we really
didn’t get presents (darn kids)!!We
still get together with my Dad’s immediate family on Christmas Eve.We used to draw a name and get one person a
gift and now we do a $30 generic gift exchange.I have to say it does make it easier to buy gifts, yet I do miss opening
all the presents (I am still a kid at heart).
I look forward to this time with my
family.I love seeing the little girls
open their gifts from everybody.I love
that we can steal gifts in our generic exchange.I still enjoy sitting at the kids table, even
at the age of 34.Christmas is family
time and I have the greatest family in the world!
Last year our dispatch center entered into the
door decorating contest held at work.We
used styrofoam cups to make a 3D snowman.It was tons of fun!
This year HR decided to change it up and have a
wreath decorating contest and raffle.The catch this year is that you have to buy raffle tickets to vote for your
favorite wreath.The wreath with the
most tickets wins and you get a chance to win the wreath.
We also had to name our wreath so we tied it in with ISP's 75th Anniversary and have titled our wreath: Spirit of Service for 75 Years.
I still really liked the cup idea so after a
quick google search we were onto some really great ideas.Everybody pitched in ideas and last Friday a
few of us worked on the wreath.I am
VERY happy with how it turned out! **Edited to add: Our wreath, sadly, did not win**
We actually cut the cups to make more of a
Now, if I can only get the troopers to swing by
and vote for our wreath!It isn’t about
winning but I sure like to. Here are some of the other wreaths that other officers have put together.
This one is made with gift cards! What a great idea. I am sure it will get lots of votes. I heard last year they made one with loto tickets. There are five gift cards, I assume $5 each, one for Dairy Queen, Subway, Starbucks, Wendy's, and Sonic.
It is that time of year again.Parties, potlucks, family get-togethers, and
We had our dispatch center potluck and Secret Santa reveal yesterday.I love potlucks
because I love all the variety of foods.We had meat and cheese trays, soups, chili, cheese ball, crackers, beef
summer sausage, layered bean dip, and desserts.
These are my tips for navigating a holiday party or
don’t have to eat a full meal before you go but it is never a good idea to show up
to a party or food event hungry.It can
be a recipe for disaster.I also find
that sometimes when I try to eat super light through the day I am just over all
more hungry.I would rather eat a
regular meal and use some WPPAs or APs for the party then be miserable all day.
Over All The Options Before Filling Your Plate:I use this technique at buffets.When there is a potluck and all the yummy
food is in front of you, take a few moments to survey what is there.Decide what is worth the PPVs and what isn’t. I brought the cheese ball, crackers, and beef summer sausage. You better believe this worth it! I also had some ham and cheese on the side (x2 unpictured) and a few more cheese and crackers (unpictured. I also had some chili with chips and sour cream.
Room For Homemade:I
LOVE desserts.But I don’t want to waste
my time with store bought desserts or prepared salads I could have any day of
the week.If I am at a potluck I want
the homemade desert.I try to take a
small portion of one, or a few, and enjoy each and every bite.Potlucks often have really yummy
desserts.Don’t waste your time on store
bought ones. I had three of the pecan pie bars that my cowoker made. It was easy to pass up the store bought cookies.
Small Bites Of What You Really Want:If you really want something, have it!Take a small portion and savor it.You don’t have to go into a potluck with an
all or nothing attitude thinking you can ONLY have one or two things.I love to take small bits of lots of food and
count it as 2 or 3 PPVs.Sure, the PPVs
can add up quick but my taste buds are satisfied.
Alcoholic Beverages With Water or Non-Alcoholic Beverages:I try to take a small pour of wine so I feel like
I am drinking a few glasses but not going way over PPVs.And unless you have a designated driver, slow
down on the cocktails, beer, and wine.I
love to drink in social situations but I also make sure I drink plenty of water
Fun And Socialize:Remember most reasons for a potluck or a holiday party is to get
together and socialize.It doesn’t have
to all be about food.If you show up
early and the food isn’t ready then chew some gum, drink some wine, and
socialize.If the food is set up in the
kitchen then socialize in a different room.Food is fun but so is just sitting and visiting with family, friends,
and coworkers.And, if you don’t know everybody
it gives you a good excuse to meet some new people.
If All Else Fails, Balance It Out: So you ate more
dessert (ahem, pecan pie bars) then you planned on.So what?Just balance it out with the rest of your week.Get in some extra activity or eat a little
lighter the next day.The one thing you don’t
want to do is punch yourself for going over your PPVs.It is a party.Usually just one event and one day.Track it and move on!
I had not quite finished my first year as a
police dispatcher.I was working the
Twin Falls area when the Twin Falls County Sheriff Office called with
information on an armed robbery at a convince store.Trooper Glenn had just checked into service
for duty that morning.He was actually
in plain clothing since he was training one of our new troopers but had not yet
picked up his trainee.Trooper Glenn
spotted a white passenger car that matched the description of the one in the
ATL (attempt to locate) and made the traffic stop.There are many times that officers will spot
a vehicle that matches an ATL and it turns out not to be that car.Today was not one of those days.
I no longer had any further contact with
Trooper Glenn.What I didn’t know is
that as he approached the suspect vehicle, the driver opened the door and fired
a shot at Trooper Glenn.The bullet hit
Trooper Glenn in the neck incapacitating him.My sergeant on duty that morning told me over the air that there was an
officer down.He knew this because he
had heard it on the county’s radio channel once a county deputy had arrived on
scene.We also didn’t know at first that
another county sheriff deputy was in pursuit of the vehicle and suspect headed south
towards Jackpot, Nevada.
The suspect crashed his vehicle in Jackpot and
was taken into custody.He pled guilty
and was charged with Assault/Battery on Certain Personnel and Robbery.He is not eligible for patrol until 2036.
I have had my FitBit for about two weeks now.The first week wasn’t a full week since it
Here is my first week’s progress report:
Total Steps 41,480
Total Distance: 19.94 miles
Total Calories Burned: 11,390
And week two’s progress report:
Total Steps 69,840
Total Distance 33.38 miles
Total Calories burned: 16,145
I still have no idea how it is figuring my calorie burn
but it does factor in my actual active steps/time and when I exercise it is pretty
accurate.I think overall when I
exercise it is also accurate with my mileage.I know the FitBit can pick up other movement and vibration.I am using this as one more tool so I am not
really focused on the numbers.
I have noticed wearing the FitBit has encouraged me to
get more steps in throughout the day.I really
strive for 10,000 steps each day.Working graveyard has made it harder to get my steps in.It resets at midnight and I get home at 6am.I wake up around 4pm and head back to work at 8pm.So unless I actually exercise, and even that doesn’t always get up to 10,000 steps in a day, then I need to find these little ways to increase my daily mileage.
Ways I have been getting in extra steps:
·At work I will empty the trash cans by walking
each of the eight cans one-by-one to the big trash can.
·I will take the “long way” around the
consoles when I am going to the bathroom or to the break room.I will also bring individual food items to
the console when I am ready for my lunch break if I am waiting for something in
·I didn’t mind parking far out at the mall,
which is typical this time of year, since I knew I would get some extra steps.
·I have walked around Costco a little further extra
when needing to avoid the huge sample area traffic jams.
·I have talked myself into exercising because I
knew I needed to get in my 10,000 steps and that would be the only way I can.
·I have walked extra distances because my FitBit friends can
see my weeekly mileage total and they are BLOWING me out of the water compared to the amount
of steps they walk (I am jealous oh mighty walkers).
I really love my FitBit.One morning I forgot to put it on because Kenyon was sleeping and I got
dressed in the dark.Thanks to Nichole,
who mentioned my FitBit on the WW message boards, I then remembered I didn’t
have it on.This was a day off where I was
going to be out of the house most of the day.Just think of the steps I would have missed out on!
The name drawn for me this year was Loni, who is one of
our supervisors.I don’t know her that
well but I still came up with some fun ideas and also incorporated some of the
stuff she wrote down on her questioner.
This year, I split my gifts into three different
The first gift was:
cashews, pixie stix, $5 Starbucks gift card, a pin, and an owl mug. I put it all into a gift bag and left it on her desk.
Loni really likes cashews so I found two bags at…you
guess it, the Dollar Store!I also found
this cute “I Believe In Santa” pin and some Pixie Sticks, which I know she
likes.I wanted to get her a mug to go
with her Starbucks gift card, which she put on her questioner, and really loved
this owl one I found at Walmart.The
bummer is our carpet at work has just been replaced and we will now be required to
have “sippy cups” so we don’t ruin our new carpet.This mug is not on the approved “sippy cup” list
so Loni will have to enjoy your owl mug at home.It was just too cute to pass up!
The second gift was: A holiday game pad, Gingerbread
Race game board, and holiday animal cookies.
I found more fun Dollar Store items.A holiday game pad with various crosswords,
word searches, and Sudoku, which Loni enjoys.I also found a Gingerbread Race board game that I thought she and her
team might also enjoy playing.Loni put
on her questioner that she loved animal cookies and crackers so I searched
Walmart for some holiday themed ones.It
was all put into another gift bag and placed on her desk.
The final gift was given on the big reveal day: $20
Target gift card and a bar of dark chocolate.
Loni put on her questioner that she liked Target and
Starbucks for gift card options.I am a
HUGE fan of gift cards.I love that
somebody can get exactly what they want.I know Loni is a big reader and she also said she didn’t have a Nook,
Kindle, or iPad.Picking out a book is
hard for another person but with a Target gift card she isn’t restricted to just
books.I also got her a chocolate bar as
she said she likes dark chocolate.This
gave me the ability to wrap the gift card so she had an actual present to open
on the reveal day.I usually give a big
gift on the last day as the rest of the gifts are pretty little.