That Pesky Wagon

So… you may have noticed it’s been quiet around here for a while. Two months in fact. Did I mention that I’m something of a sporadic blogger at times? No? Ah, well. Life is what happens when we’re making other plans.



March was a rough month for us. No sooner did I get over a stomach virus than Daryl caught the flu from one of his employees and oh so kindly shared it with me. We were both miserable sick for two solid weeks. As usual when Daryl gets sick, he ended up with a respiratory infection.

April wasn’t quite so bad as March. I had an inordinate number of migraines, true, but Daryl is having a hell of a time with his asthma. The allergens this year are just ridiculous and even people who don’t normally suffer too much are all stuffy and sneezy. Not good news for someone with allergy induced asthma. I went to the eye doctor this weekend and have new glasses on the way. I’m hoping they help with my headaches. If only Daryl’s lungs were as easily soothed.

Perhaps not surprisingly, we’ve both fallen off the wagon. Daryl’s been on and off steroids for the past two months and I don’t think he’s stepped on the scale in about six weeks. I don’t have his excuse, but I’ve been avoiding the technological torture device too. Even before I fell off the wagon I was stuck on a plateau, gaining and losing the same two pounds over and over. Plateaus are frustrating and depressing, but that’s not an excuse.

It’s time for us to climb back on the wagon. Of course, I’m not sure where the wagon is at the moment. Probably at the end of that dust trail I can barely make out in the distance.


Guess I’d better start walking….


Progress 2/22

Wednesday Weigh In for February 22nd:

Daryl +6

Carolyn -3.2

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Southwestern Chipotle Chicken

This is probably my favorite homemade TexMex recipe. This dish is South Beach Diet Phase 1 friendly. If you’re on Phase 2, slice up your chicken and wrap it all up in a wheat flour tortilla and top it off with some Avocado Salad. Delicioso!

Prep time: 10 – 15 mins (depending on your knife skills)

Cook time: 20-30 mins*

Serves: 2-4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle seasoning
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded & roughly chopped
  • 1/2 of a large red or yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt & pepper

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Progress 2/15

Sorry for the late post!

Wednesday Weigh In for February 15th:

Daryl -2.6

Carolyn -0.2

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Broiled Tomatoes

I love tomatoes! They’re yummy, low fat and they’re good for you. During the hot summer months I eat tomatoes all by themselves with just a dash of salt and pepper. During the brief cold snaps we get down here along the gulf coast, I like to broil them for something warm. This dish is perfect as either a side or a quick and delicious snack. Broiled Tomatoes are South Beach Diet Phase 1 friendly.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Cook time: 7-10 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • dried oregano, rosemary and/or basil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese

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Second Wednesday Weigh-In on the Technological Torture Device:

Daryl -2.8

Carolyn -0.8

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Avocado Salad

This is one of my favorite dishes. Yes, avocados are high in fat — you wouldn’t want to eat them every day — but they’re also high in potassium, B vitamins and fiber. This dish is South Beach Diet Phase 1 friendly.

Prep time: 10 – 15 mins (depending on your knife skills)

Cook time: N/A

Serves: 2


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro*, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion,  chopped
  • 1 large avocado peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • salt & pepper

*Don’t like cilantro? Substitute fresh parsley.

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