Day 11 – “Just another Manic Monday!”

What a frantic rush to get out the door this morning.  Grandchildren slept over last night and I need to leave the house by 8am to get the 7 year old to school in time.   Bethany (7 year old) woke up 3 times during the night with pains in her legs (growing pains).  I felt so sorry for her.  I ended out getting up and getting a bag of ice, wrapped them in a towel and held those on the back of her legs for a while.  So I wasn’t feeling much like leaping out of bed and getting ready this morning.

So I basically had a quick bowl of oatmeal (4 Points plus).

I generally like to take lunch to work with me, but just didn’t have time to sort out anything this morning.   So I was debating what to get.  There are several fast food places around our store.  But I decided to jump in the car and drive to Safeway.  I got a really delicious Spinach Dijon Salad  with baby spinach, sweet onion dijon vinaigrette dressing, hard boiled egg, shrdeed colby cheese, sliced almond, shredded carrot and red cabbage.  When I dumped it out of the container it filled a dinner plate.  I got a couple of plums and a Oikos Greek Yoghurt.   So I had a simple and filling lunch for 8 Points Plus and I enjoyed every bite!!!

I found a recipe that I wanted to try for Lasagna Cups using wonton wrappers instead of pasta.  The whole idea intrigued me, but I ran out of weekend, so maybe I will make some this evening.  It is so easy to lift something like that out of the fridge and off I go!  Instead of the last minute “what shall I take for lunch dilemma”.

I have been looking some extra cardio to do at home, but the time factor is always a problem for me.  So strolling through Costco at the weekend I spotted “The Firm Express”.  When I read the cover it is twelve 20 minute workouts, you do them on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday over a 4 week period and then start all over again.  I am all for variety.

Cycle 1 Ignite - Sculpt

So I came straight in from work and decided to do the 20 mins before I got going on dinner.  Week 1 is Cycle 1 Ignite.  So today was “Sculpt” .  I really enjoyed ity and the 20 mins just whizzed by.  They say it is a 20 min workout with the intensity of 40 mins.  I believe them.  I was a sweaty mess by the time I had finished, but at the same time really glad that I did it.

This evening we had some Curried Beef.  I don’t cook with a lot of beef.  When I buy ground beef I always like to get the extra lean.  I didn’t take a picture, it wasn’t particularly exciting to look at but it tasted pretty good and was a simple think to pull together at the end of the day.

Curried Beef ( 6 Points+ )

Serves 4
•1 cup chopped Onion
•1/2 cup chopped Green Bell pepper
•1 pound 95% Lean Ground Beef
•1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
•2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
•1/3 tsp Ground Ginger
•1 1/3 tsp Salt
•2/3 tsp Curry Powder
•2/3 tsp Chili Powder
•1/3 tsp Turmeric
•1/3 tsp Cardamon
•1 1/3 Tbsp Oil
•1 cup Water

Brown ground beef and drain off any fat.

Heat oil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add chopped onion and bell pepper. Cook until tender crisp.

Add cooked ground beef, coconut, tomato paste, spices and water.

Bring to a boil the reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetabls are tender. Uncover and cook until mixture thickens.

Serve over brown rice.

Per Serving: 371 calories, 12g Carbs, 22g Fat, 26g Protein, 2g Fibre ( 6 Points+)

DAILY STATS

26 Points Plus

1 Weekly Points Allowance (39 WPA remaining)

4 Activity Points Plus Earned  – 20 Min High Intensity Workout

FITBIT STATS

Steps 6,336

Stairs 11

Miles 2.77

Active Score 804

5000 Steps10 Floors

Good start to the week – 2 badges earned.  I would like to work towards them both being pink badges 10,000 steps and 25 stairs.

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