Happy Friday Eve all! I LOVE that I managed to entice some of you out of lurking by asking if you wanted to be part of my LINK LOVE! I hope to finish updating my new Blog Roll this weekend (fingers crossed) and adding all of you :).
Thanks to our new Central Heat & Air, I was up early to do my workout. I think we have both gotten so used to the freezing cold that we were HOT when the heater kicked on this morning. I honestly think I had a good “sauna’ workout added to my run LOL.
I am proud of myself for pushing through my run playing Treadmill Games for 27 minutes. I honestly didn’t want to workout at all, but, I remembered that something is better than nothing.
I started my day off with a Venti Iced FF Decaf Latte (3 pts).
Then, it was time for a little Egg Lovin’ from The Husband 🙂 (2 pts)
With a side of “grits” (said with a southern accent of course). 2 pts.
I was really trying to NOT have a morning snack because I knew there was a BUNCH of celebrating happening today. But, my stomach was a rumbling after 3 hours so I had a 50% Reduced Fat Cabot Cheese. These 1 point cheese squares are my FAVORITE since they taste like full fat cheese.
Birthday Celebration #1 started at lunchtime! We took my friend out that I made the Tiramisu Cupcakes for. Since she gave up meat for Lent she wanted a place where she could have meat. We headed out to Buckhorn’s Grill ~ The Husband’s FAVORITE tri tip place.
I got my YIK YAK FIX ~ “An oriental salad with south of the border flair; a crisp mix of greens, cabbages, jicama, red peppers, snow peas, tossed with sweet sesame dressing & topped with toasted almonds”
Layers and layers of crunch ~ I LOVE the jicama and big red bell pepper slices. I do not eat the tortilla to save a little on points because this salad is HUGE! (10 pt estimate on the high side)
Speaking of Birthdays…I got a “gift” too!…Do you all remember when I won Biz’s Birthday Giveaway? My prize arrived today.
These Le Creuset Silicone Prep Bowls might be the cutest bowls I’ve ever seen. I cannot wait to use them in my recipes, for snacks and to put on my plate – SO FUN!
I can officially be like a Food Network Star now with this Bamboo Salt Container. I LOVE that it has a sliding lid so you can just add a pinch and close. THANKS SO MUCH BIZ ~ I seriously LOVE it all 😀
Dinner was Birthday Celebration #2 and I knew this was going to be a challenge ~ Texas Roadhouse! But, I did my research this morning checking out their menu and asking everyone what I should get.
Of course, Quinn told me to make sure I had one of their AMAZING sweet, buttery rolls. I am super proud of ME that I only had one and I resisted the cinnamon butter! (3 pts)
To keep my mouth busy while everyone munched on rolls and appetizers, I snacked on my side salad with Italian dressing on the side. (3 pts)
I took TJ’s recommendation for my dinner and ordered exactly what I wanted and it WASN’T on the menu.
Grilled chicken breast with no sauce or anything on it. I LOVE that it came out looking “HEART” healthy 😀 I ate half about 3 oz for 3 pts.
Plus a plain baked potato that I dipped in ketchup. I LOVED the thick pieces of sea salt on it! I ate all of my potato but it wasn’t HUGE. (4 pts)
To make sure my potato came out plain, I told them to put everything on the side…then, I didn’t use it :D
The Husband picked Texas Roadhouse entirely to embarrass his buddy. When it’s your birthday, they bring out a “horse” and saddle you up.
Then, they give you a “napkin” rope and you have to wave it above your head while everyone says “YEEHAW!” GOOD TIMES! 😀
There you have it ~ I LOVE celebrating the friends in our lives and their birthdays (especially when they are OLDER than us) :D
I feel good about the choices I made too ~ all healthy, a little higher in calorie/point day, but, that’s what your extra points are for after all. I will just work harder the rest of this week to burn some more calories.
Have a GREAT FRIDAY all! Get ready for another PHOTO FRIDAY tomorrow 🙂