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Denny's on a diet

Monday, June 07, 2010

DH, DD and I went to Denny's for breakfast this morning. (DS was spending the night with a friend.) We hadn't been to Denny's in quite some time as our last experience there was wretched (poor service, bad food). DH had a craving for a Grand Slam (thanks to a well placed commercial) so off we went!

Looked at the menu and they have a "build your own" slam. There were about 10 options and you could choose four for the given price. Add up to two more for a given price. They actually had some healthy choices. Egg whites, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, fresh fruit, milk with granola are the ones that I remember as being healthier options. Of course, the bacon and sausage are loaded with sodium, but who's counting? emoticon

I did build my own slam. I had the turkey bacon, the chicken sausage, the egg whites and the English muffin. All of it was very tasty and I was satisfied at the end of the meal. I may have to look into turkey bacon next time I go grocery shopping. The family won't eat it, but it may be a healthier alternative for me.

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PSFITMOMMY413 6/8/2010 9:47PM

    FYI- beware of the granola...500+ calories and very high fat grams

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NEWNAC304 6/8/2010 8:21PM

    We don't have a Denny's around here. You did a great job of sticking to the healthy stuff. So, how does turkey bacon compare to the pork bacon? I may try it too.

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RWETHAIRYET 6/7/2010 8:11PM

    God, I haven't been to a Dennys since my heavy drinking days, know, the place you went after the bar closed and threw you out...but you weren't really sober enough to drive home????
God, that feels like centuries ago!!!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/7/2010 6:35PM

  I go to IHOP for breakfast quite often because they have a healthier option menu. I just pick the lower sodium meals.
When you look for turkey bacon be sure you look for the low sodium one. Regular turkey bacon has as much sodium as the regular bacon and calorie wise they are the same.

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JUNIAATROME 6/7/2010 2:17PM

    I am not quite sure - but you may check out that turkey ham. I thought I read somewhere that it is not far from the common ham... No, I did not mean to spoil the great experience. I wished we had places for a healthy breakfast. I so miss this treat in this country. Everybody only has bread rolls and yogurt!

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STEELERCRAZY 6/7/2010 2:12PM

    Mmmmm. Oh yeah, bay-bee.

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BKNOCK 6/7/2010 2:02PM

    Sounds yummy!

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GEEMAWEST 6/7/2010 12:50PM

    You really should try the turkey bacon. It's pretty darn good.

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LMB-ESQ 6/7/2010 8:39AM

    Denny's... wow... one of the first meals I shared with my BF right after we met was at a Denny's on the west coast. And it was really good, with pretty good service. The Denny's where I live in Ohio? OMG... I went there with my son a couple of years ago and I will never go back. Dirt, bad, undercooked food, wait staff with terrible attitude. (When I sent my almost raw eggs back to be fixed, I got an attitude that would make me put my own kid over my knee)

Glad you had a better experience!!

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SUZYMOBILE 6/7/2010 5:32AM

    Good for you! I wasn't so sure when I read the title of your blog, but you did about as well as can be expected. I had lunch at Denny's one time and thought I'd do well with the grilled shrimp, until they arrived tasting like they'd been cooked in bacon grease!


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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/7/2010 12:36AM

    How awesome that you are SO in control of what you are ordering and eating! GO YOU!!! xxx

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JANTWO 6/7/2010 12:27AM

    Sounds yummy!!!! I like turkey bacon!!!! emoticon

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Billy Joel, Polly Anna and Justin Beiber

Saturday, June 05, 2010

What do these three people have in common? I know who they all are. I love Billy Joel's music. In fact, the first time through college, I used to listen to his tapes. Yes, tapes. Not CD's but not 8-tracks either! LOL! And yes, I know what an 8-track is! I even remember listening to 8-tracks growing up.

I use the term "Maybe I'm being a little Polly Anna" when I am trying to be VERY optimistic.

Justin Beiber is a 16-year old boy who happens to sing and is cute in a 16-year-old boy way. My daughter's BFF "loves" Justin Beiber. His songs don't all suck, but they are all very much bubble gum pop.

Today, while getting my hair done, I heard a Billy Joel song on the radio. The lady who does my hair did not recognize it as a Billy Joel song. When I explained who it was, she did remember him. emoticon And she recognized who Polly Anna was.

However, the young lady next to her had NO idea who either one was. But she knew Justin Beiber! Talk about feeling old. Or maybe I'm just lucky. I remember things that were more from my parent's generation, stuff from my own generation AND I'm learning about DD's stuff as well. Does this mean I'm well-rounded? emoticon emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/7/2010 12:45AM

    Love Billy Joel, and funny that about 4 days ago I was walking around the house singing one of his songs out loud.( we would all go down together) my dear husband had no idea who billy Joel was and didn't know the song. I know he's 7 years younger than me, but THAT was ridiculous!! So I googled and got some songs going through youtube....

syeesh, did I feel OLD or what.

Don't know who polly anna is, though I have heard a saying in New Zealand with the name.

And the beiber dude.... totally sad! But if I was 14, maybe I would be in love as well. ( I doubt it though, I like my men ( boys) a little more intelligent hehe)

BTW, you are not so well rounded anymore... hehe
now drop down and gimme 50!!!




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STEELERCRAZY 6/6/2010 11:42PM

    OMG, I had ALLLLLL of Billy Joel's RECORDS. Yes, the vinyl type, when I was growing up. I loved him, I loved him, I loved him!! And Hall and Oates. OMG, I loved those guys. And Polly Anna! Oh my! (My sister recently tried to sell her 8-tracks at a garage sale...I didn't have the heart to tell her that it just wasn't happening.)

You're definitely well-rounded if you know who Beiber is. I know who he is and I don't like him. Snipe-y little brat with a sissy hair-do. And has a sissy voice. Wait, is it okay for a 41 year old to bash a kid? No?? Oh.


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AUNTIEANNE22 6/6/2010 4:38PM

  My son(23) and I both like Billy Joel. We also both like Andre Rioux. We do like a lot of the same music. Growing up I liked the 50's singers, Paul Anka, Bobby Darrin, The Everly Brothers, etc. I had an older sister and we watched American Bandstand together.

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LMB-ESQ 6/6/2010 8:10AM

    I love Billy Joel too! And my kids actually like my music, or some of it anyway (how did that happen?) And -- even more "how did that happen?" -- I like theirs, or most of it, too. Some people might not care about that, but it gives me a weird sense of connection with them.

And I had an 8-track player in my first car emoticon My friend installed it for me, and when I was deciding at the store which kind of tape deck to buy, the sales guy told me, "go with the 8-track, they will be around longer than cassettes." Hahaha!! How's that for a bad prediction? emoticon

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BKNOCK 6/6/2010 6:30AM

    Wow Bill Joel and Pollyanna in a story together! I used to love that Disney movie when I was younger and I still love Billy Joel. My niece likes Justin Beiber too but her father is educating her on music so she will have a well rounded education! I have heard some of his songs and they are okay but nothing great.

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TERESATUCK2 6/6/2010 1:25AM

    Love Billy Joel! And I'm 27...grew up listening to my mother's music, it was Billy Joel, the Eagles, and one time I remember having a dance party in the front room to Al Greene...oh yeah, and Rod Stewart. You're not old.

I know Pollyanna too...cute girl who fell from a tree in a Disney movie. Thanks to my mom as I don't know if this makes you laugh or whatnot, but you definitely aren't old!

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GEEMAWEST 6/6/2010 12:24AM

    Love Billy Joel!! And I am proud to say that my 29 year old daughter does too! She even paid an outrageous amount for tickets to his concert.

Does that make me cool or well-rounded?

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Do Challenges really work?

Saturday, June 05, 2010

In my case, tonight, the answer is yes! I had dinner and then headed to the gym. While there, I was thinking about what I could snack on when I got home. I had a really good list going too!

Then I remembered that I joined a "No Snacking after 8:00pm" Challenge. emoticon And I have a really good streak going! emoticon So I had a choice to and break my streak or keep my streak and miss my snack. Talk about tough choices!

Well, in this case the challenge won. I came home and found other things to do. No snacking for me! Woo Hoo!!

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GEEMAWEST 6/7/2010 12:48PM

    WOW! I'm impressed.

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MADDEELOU 6/5/2010 12:14PM

    Way to go! Challenges really keep me motivated to do the right thing too.

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CARLANNIE 6/5/2010 8:49AM

    That's the way, ah huh, ah huh, we like it - ah huh, ah huh!

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BKNOCK 6/5/2010 7:46AM

    Wow, that is awesome!

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VERNICEMAZ 6/5/2010 3:15AM

  Great job! Woo Hoo!

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To be fair...

Friday, June 04, 2010

My status currently says "CARTOONB is the only one who ate the roast beef, potatoes and carrots that CartoonB slaved over!" And it was some darn good roast beef, potatoes and carrots, I tell ya!

Couple of things I should probably point out.

1) I cooked it in a crock pot yesterday. No one ate it then either, but two were sick and two weren't home.

2) DD HATES! (yes, that's an exclamation point) red meat. She won't eat steak, roast beef, nothing! She will eat cheeseburgers because I use turkey burger. And tacos cos I use turkey burger. And Beef Enchiladas, cos I use turkey burger. Do you see a pattern here?

3) DS and DH are both sick. DH came home from work sick yesterday. Is feeling better today, but not 100%. DS stayed home from school and is still fighting something off.

4) I really like roast beef, carrots and potatoes. That was one yummy dinner!

5) They all could eat Taco Time....Hmmmmmm.....

I was a little bummed that no one ate my dinner. My brain gets it. They're sick. They don't like it (DS) under the best circumstances. Sometimes roast beast ain't what your stomach can handle. I get that. Brainiacily, I get it. But my emotions/feelings/whatever took a little nose dive. They preferred fast food Mexican food over what I made? Are they nuts? Turns out, they are! LOL!

Even though I was bummed and bored and restless, I headed to the gym. I felt SOOOOO much better afterward. To heck with them! They don't eat it, their loss! More for me! (BTW, guess what I'm having for lunch tomorrow!) It's all good. They're guaranteed to eat what I make's pizza night. emoticon And besides, they eat (and like) most of what I make. And if they don't like it, they can make the 30 minute drive to get junk or go hungry. I'm happy with roast beef! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/4/2010 8:27PM

    Their loss, your gain. It makes me crazy when that happens to me, which is why DH does most of the cooking these days. It's funny though, because if he cooks something that I don't feel like he gets his feelings hurt just like I used to. Of course, he doesn't see it the same way I do. MEN!

Hope you enjoyed your lunch! emoticon

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DEBBIERNDDHC 6/4/2010 12:37PM

    it sounded like an awesome, home cooked, mommy approved meal and if they didnt like it, their loss. good for you to fix a nice warm home cooked with love dinner. there are plenty of days for fast food.

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STEELERCRAZY 6/4/2010 12:26PM

    Throw some in the freezer for me and I'll eat it when I get there.


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SUZYMOBILE 6/4/2010 12:16PM

    Good for you! It's horrible to have to cook three or four different meals to please everyone, like I used to do, let alone when you'fe trying to eat healthily yourself. "Let them eat beef," I say!


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ELYMWX 6/4/2010 11:24AM

    I'd eat it!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/4/2010 11:06AM

  My son used to do that to me all the time. Now he pretty much eats anything I make. He has gotten very adventurous. We try to be vegetarians and I try some weird recipes.

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THAMLEY 6/4/2010 10:16AM

    What a shame, I've had those same problems before. I'm sure it was fantastic, like you said, it was their loss. Hope it's a better day! Have a great weekend!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/4/2010 7:53AM

    I would have happily eaten that dinner!!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/4/2010 7:23AM

    Their loss, more tasty leftovers/recycled meals for you.
I remember the frustration of running home from work, struggling to get dinner on the table, only to have no one eat it for one reason or another...dinner date/ late lunch/ plain didn't like it. So that last year or so that they were home, I pretty much stopped cooking for them. There were things they could fix, quickly and easily, always soups and leftovers on hand...but no more slaving for nothing.

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BKNOCK 6/4/2010 6:39AM

    Here I pictured everyone at the table staring at your food and saying I am not eating that! Thanks for clearing me up because I really thought they were crazy!

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USFBULL 6/4/2010 1:01AM

    Sounds like a great tasty meal and their loss, MMM or maybe you subconsciously planned it that way so you could have the whole meal to yourself... or maybe it just worked out that way and you got a great meal and will have great left overs, woohoo!! emoticon emoticon

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USERNAMEDD 6/4/2010 12:25AM

  That is much better, I'd hate to think you had to eat the entire dinner !

Hoping pizza will be a smashing success! emoticon

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Shouldn't it be the weekend by now?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The last two nights have been late nights due to softball. Therefore, this morning and tomorrow morning will be early mornings. It feels like I've put in a full week's worth of work and I still have two days left!

One of the other moms at the game voiced the same sentiment. This much activity during the week just feels like it should be the weekend. Tournaments should not occur until Friday and Saturday. That way, the parents can sleep in the next day! LOL!

Oh well...tournament is over and we can start to get back to normal. Oh, wait...drum lessons tomorrow night. Last day of school on Friday. What's normal again? emoticon

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NEWNAC304 6/3/2010 9:10PM

    I remember how crazy those days were. My son was involved in both JFL football and tae kwon do. He had practice 5 nights a week, tae kwon do was 1 or 2 nights and the games were on the weekend. We were constantly running. It doesn't really last as long as it feels like!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/3/2010 8:52PM

    I remember those days! Hard as heck at the time but it really doesn't last long--it just seems like it! LOL

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RWETHAIRYET 6/3/2010 8:18PM

    hmmm, the smartest thing I did with my vacation was take it from Wednesday to tuesday...I got MOnday AND Hump day all over with in one day and it's been a down hill slide to the weekend ever since, haha.
Hope yours comes quickly

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BKNOCK 6/3/2010 1:57PM

    I thought you liked to stay busy? LOL, only 1 more full work day!

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STEELERCRAZY 6/3/2010 11:23AM


Oh, what I wouldn't give to go back to those days.


(Feel bad yet??)

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CARLANNIE 6/3/2010 10:07AM

    There is a rumor that nice weather is approaching this weekend. Nice weather is worth waiting for. Did you have to keep score yesterday?

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LMB-ESQ 6/3/2010 9:42AM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of childrens' organized sports. emoticon Actually, when my daughter graduated out of competitive swimming after high school, I kinda missed the insanity... for about 5 minutes emoticon

Seriously... I'm not doubting your feelings at all... just enjoy it while you can, cuz it doesn't last forever emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 6/3/2010 12:45AM

    Yay, weekend!
Oh...too soon? OK. I'll wait 'til THURSDAY to start emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/3/2010 12:36AM

    Sorry, no sympathy here.

I used to have 3 kids in sports at all times and a hubby that was an umpire. It was insane.

On top of everything else this is only my Tuesday at work so I have 3 more days and I have a sore throat and a headache.

I survived and so will you.

WOW, what a B*%#h I am. Oh well, like I said, No Sympathy Here!

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