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Turning Over a New Leaf – or at least trying to!!!!

I have really been enjoying sharing the things I make while trying to follow a Weightwatchers Simply Filling style of eating.  However, I have noticed that I am not being 100% committed to it, I am having odd things here and there that are NOT simply filling and I am just not even tracking them.  Anyone who follows Weightwatchers knows that is a no-no, you need to track everything.

So my promise to myself and to you is that I will track faithfully (even the naughty stuff!!).

The weekend was very exciting for me.  About 10 years ago we moved from England to Alberta, Canada.  Since that time I have been back to the UK several times, but have yet been able to convince my mum to come and visit.  My dad passed away 8 years ago on April 6th.  A year to the day after that my mum found out she had breast cancer and had a mastectomy.  She has had a complete recovery and is doing really well.  She will be 80 this year.  Anyway the exciting part is that she is coming to visit us here in Canada.  She will be coming for 6 weeks – May 16th – June 27th.  I am SUPER excited!!!

So this is more motivation for me to get back on track properly.  It is basically just over 5 weeks till she comes and I have made a commitment to myself to try and lose another 7-10 lbs before she arrives.  Wish me luck!!!

The other thing I have noticed that I have got a bit sloppy on the fitness angle – so I have made a commitment to myself to earn a step badge and a stair badge every day from FitBit.  The minimum requirement is 5000 Steps and 10 flights of stairs.  I work at a desk, so sometimes the steps are a challenge for me.  But I WILL do it!!  I just told you I would so I WILL!!!

Breakfast – Simply Filling + 1 WPA

Baked Berry Breakfast Quinoa

Had the last portion from the fridge of the Baked Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa.  I was kind of glad to discover one last portion.  My two granddaughters slept over last night and I have to drop one off at school.  So sometimes a Monday morning is a little hectic.  I was just leaving with them when I realised I hadn’t had breakfast.  Quick peak in the fridge and so happy to discover one last portion!!!

Lunch – 100% Simply Filling

Picture courtesy of Hungry Girl

Picture courtesy of Hungry Girl

I subscribe to emails from Hungry Girl.  Last Thursday an email arrived with ideas for breakfast casseroles.  I am a huge fan of these, they are generally packed with protein and so keep me satisfied for longer.

At the weekend I made Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Bake which was 100% Simply Filling or just 6 Points Plus.  The idea was to have it for breakfast.  But today I grabbed a portion for lunch.  That together with an 0% Oikos Greek Yoghurt and an Apple were  a great filling lunch.

Dinner – Simply Filling+1WPA

Dinner April 8th

For dinner tonight I made Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Cutlets (Simply Filling+1WPA), Brown Rice and Edamame Salad.   I had to smile when I saw the recipe, they were called Honey Dijon Pork Cutlets, but there was no honey in the list of ingredients!  Typing error I think.

The Edamame Salad came from Costco.  It had a package of Yoghurt dressing with it, but I used my own Fat Fee Dressing.

Edamame Salad

It is very fresh tasting and crunchy – edamame, peas, corn, onions, daikon, cilantro were the ones I remember.  To be honest I had absolutely no idea what Daikon was – so I had to look it up.  For others like me – it is a mild flavoured, large, white east Asian radish – now you know!!  It is really good.


Now here I am having to make some guestimates … my daughter in law just got back from visiting her family and she brought back some of her mum’s homemade Marshmallow Easter Eggs.  So I decided to go online and see if I could find a recipe for them and then plug the ingredients into my WW calculator.  It looks like most recipes for these are more or less the same – sadly I found that these eggs are 4 Points Plus each – ouch!!!!  Unfortunately I had eaten two of them before I worked out the points value.

Banana – 0 Points Plus

2 Marshmallow eggs – 8 Points Plus

Daily Totals

Simply Filling +10 Points Plus (39 WPA remaining)

Fitness Stats

On You Tube I found the old Jane Fonda Fitness workouts which I used to love – so I did one of those for 30 mins and got my two Fitbit badges.  So I reached my Fitness goal even if I did fail a little bit on the Points Plus side of things.  The aerobics workout earned 6 Points Plus which I guess almost eliminated those marshmallow eggs!!!

10 Floors5000 Steps


Brown Sugar Pork Cutlets – 4 Points Plus – Simply Filling +1WPA

Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Cutlets – 4 Points Plus – Simply Filling +1WPA

Dijon POrk Cutlets

Serves 3

  • 3/4 lb lean, boneless pork chops (3 x 4oz)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/6 cup water

Pound out pork chops until they are about 1/4″ thick.

Whisk together mustard, sugar, vinegar and red pepper flakes.

Place the pork in a shallow dish and coat with 1 Tbsp of the mustard mixture.  Let marinade for about 15 mins.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Add the pork and cook for 4 mins.  Flip over and add the remaining mustard sauce on top of the pork.  Cook for 3 mins more.

Leaving the pork in the pan, add the water and let the sauce thicken for 1-2 mins.

Coat the pork one last time with the mustard sauce and serve.  Using any remaining sauce on top.

Recipe from the Slender Kitchen.

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