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Happy Birthday to ME!

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I’m not sure if I told you but today is my birthday! Not just my birthday but my 3rd-29th birthday! I actually don’t have a problem getting older but the whole 29 thing sounds better then 30-whatever. ;~)

The husband asked where I wanted to eat and I immediately said APPLEBEES! He looked at me as if I was crazy. We never go because it’s totally out of the way for us and he doesn’t really like it. But I’m trying to "be good" this week to counter my vacation gain and they have the whole Weight Watcher meals. It just makes it so easy to order without fear even if you aren’t on Weight Watchers. They have the calories, fat and fiber listed for those WW entrees. Wouldn’t it be great if all restaurants did that? Then I thought about it and realized they could never because most people would stop ordering things!

So I had some soup, a salad and a small piece of cake. Of course, my husband ordered mozzarella sticks for him and the toddler. I tried so hard to resist but gave in and had one. They are truly one of my weaknesses right alongside of pizza.


I would post my menu but I can’t find it! I think I accidentally deleted it when I was cleaning some files out today. Sounds like an excuse but it’s the truth. Now I’m just too lazy to remember what I ate so you get the abbreviated version.

Morning Scale Reading: 144.5 (- .5 from yesterday)
Approximates points eaten: 24
Daily Activity: none

I'm Just Here For More Food by Alton BrownOh! One more thing, the husband hopped on the cooking theme for my birthday presents. I got lots of new gadgets like a potatoes ricer and a cherry pitter. My favorite gift was I’m Just Here For More Food by Alton Brown, my absolute favorite Food Network Star! So expect some more baking experiments!



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    lainb

    July 24, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Glad you had a day complete with healthy choices to feel good about. :)

    Jynell

    July 24, 2007

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONI!! :D Hope you had a wonderful day- sounds like your hubby did good on the presents!! Can’t wait to see all the new ideas you churn out! Also, I have to say that I’m SOOOO excited- even though I know you’re up a little from your normal weight… I weigh about the same as you do!! I’m still just a little shorter than you… but STILL!! Call me crazy, but I’m excited!! :D Anyway… again- Happy B-day!!

    Anonymous

    July 24, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONNIE!

    Swizzlepop

    July 24, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni!!!!!!!! Sounds like you had a great birthday and a yummy and healthy bday meal. Hope you have a wonderful year and I’m right there with you on the multiple 29th bdays ;)

    Sarah

    July 24, 2007

    Happy b-day, I’ll be celebrating my 2nd 29th b-day on Thursday (AKA the big 3-0). Thanks for the inspiration you give all of us and for rebuilding this site so quickly!

    bonita

    July 24, 2007

    Happy Birthday!! Great pick going to Applebee’s. The WW menu is actually quite tasty. Good job trying to stay OP this week! Looking forward to the new recipes.

    MtngirlinCali

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni! Can’t wait to see what you do with Alton’s recipes…he’s my hero. ;)

    Diet Coke and Zingers

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday! Glad you’re doing so well! Thank you so much for posting about your vacation gain… I’m sure it wasn’t fun to admit but it has definitely inspired me to make a plan for my own 10 day vacation! You are awesome!!

    Kelli

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni! Congrats with getting back on track! I completely understand the birthday meal thing. My birthday is tomorrow, the 25th, and I already plan on celebrating by using my weekly points on dinner :-X ;-P

    Keep it up – you’re doing great! :-)

    Clash

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Applebees was my go to place on my business trip in eary June. I LOVE Alton Brown!!! I’ve taken several of his ideas and made them WW friendly…(Garlic chicken posted on my blog is one of them).

    Amanda

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni!!! Sounds like you had an excellent day! And the gifts sound cool too. What a good hubby!!

    Melanie

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni! Can’t wait to see what new recipes you share!!

    Healthy Pear

    July 25, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONI!!
    It sounds like you had a really good day and don’t worry about getting older. We only get better with age! :)
    The cookbook you got sounds really good. I’ll check it out at our local bookstore today. I LOVE cookbooks!

    Courtney

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni! Don’t you love it when the hubby pays attention and gets you the perfect present? Cheers to a wonderful 3rd 29th year!

    SusanY

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni! Ah, to be 29 or 30 or 31!!! I’ll be the big 50 in January. I’ve heard that 50 is the new 40 (Oprah:) Enjoy this time it will fly by. Happy cooking with the Alton book.

    Nancy

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday 3rd-29 Roni ~ I didn’t ever want to leave the twenties, but this is real life. So glad your hubby surprised you with just the right gifts. Thanks for all your inspiration. I had a great WI last week, but the scale hasn’t moved down at all this week, so I’m bummed. Your site really helps. Again, Happy Birthday.

    Liz

    July 25, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Way to go staying on point.
    Hungrygirl just sent out a recipe for low point mozzarella sticks. I haven’t tried it yet but here’s the link
    http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewdetails.php?isid=1156

    Jzbell

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni!

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni… I will be having my 1st 29th birthday soon.. The first of many, Im sure :-) Have an awesome day!!!!

    Mel

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni…and I can’t wait for you to share some of Alton’s tricks and recipes. Congrats too on sticking with the plan even on your birthday…you are a way better person than I am!
    Mel

    Elizabeth

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni! I hear ya on the mozzarella sticks – how could anyone resist a fried hunk of cheese?! In response to Liz’s comment, I tried the Hungry Girl mozz sticks last night, and they are great! I actually made them with All Bran flakes instead of Fiber One, because it’s what I had on hand, and they were still very good. Next time, I’ll use Fiber One and see if they’re even better.

    Also, having loved your salmon cakes recipe (see my comment posted under the recipe), last night I modified it into a meatloaf (one of my favorite comfort foods) using lean ground turkey, and it was DELICIOUS! This time, I used a little bit of egg beaters along with the egg white, and it came out fantastic! I just used a bit of ketchup on top when it was almost finished baking to give it a little topping – I’d highly recommend trying it!

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Roni, your recipes are really helping me stay on track! They’re also really helping me start to cook more and feel more confident experimenting! Way to go, and thanks so much!!!

    Colette

    July 25, 2007

    Wow your 29 again? LOL…Happy Birthday young lady..LOL
    We have a saying in my family…
    ” I am 29 with 10 years experience!!”…hehe
    Glad you had a great birthday too. We LOVE Applebee’s as well. And Yes I agree with you it would be GREAT if all establishments posted calories or points with their dishes…but only in a perfect world!!

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni from a new blog looker, Chris. I too, was on Weight Watchers and due to alot going on dropped out before hitting goal weight. Before I dropped out a new leader to my area came who had lost 75+ lbs and told us of her success while she worked as an Assistant Manager. at Applebees. She told us that Weight Watchers menu is the absolute best for those watching their weight whether on WW or not. Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration to get back on track.

    totegirl

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday!!! What’s a potatoes ricer? It sounds like something I want.

    Nicole

    July 25, 2007

    !!!! I LOVE Alton Brown!!!
    I’m in the same boat as you with the applebees tho…my husband doesn’t really like it (he’s a resturant sob :þ) so I rarely get to go..however, i do have a ton of them around the area. Anyways, Happy Birthday! And hello from a new blogger as well!

    Lacey

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday to You! Hope the day was fantastic and great choice of Applebee’s. We just got one in our little town and have been there a few times, DBF isn’t a big fan, but I drag him there sometimes because I know I can get a healthy meal.

    Thanks again for all the inspiration you give me and so many others! I look forward to your new recipes from the new cookbook!

    2Phat

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni! I love birthdays – everyone should have a day that they look forward to some pampering. Can’t wait for your new recipes – I love them.

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday! You got some great gifts…can’t wait to hear about your baking experiences.

    Isn’t it time for a 2 year progress pic, too? ;~)

    Candace

    July 25, 2007

    Well, Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful day.

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday Roni!!! It’s great being 29 isn’t it? Applebees is always my first choice too when we go out because of the WW menu. Dh doesn’t like it much either. I’ve only been once since joining WW and I loved the fish I ordered. Will request going there for my b-day next month too. Hope you had a great birthday. I love Alton Brown too. My 4 yr old dd is even getting into him. :) Let me know how that book is.

    Melissa

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni! When I hit 30, I decided that my birthdays would go in reverse. So I’m now only 24! – Carolyn A.

    Journeys

    July 25, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONI!!! Sounds like you had an awesome day and I can think of no one that deserves it more!! congrats on turning 29 one more time ;)

    KimLookAlike

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Happy Birthday!! Thank you for having such a wonderful site!!!

    Brandi

    July 25, 2007

    De-lurking to wish you a happy birthday! I’ve been following your site for months and love your recipes. You look GREAT. :)

    Val

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you got some great gifts.

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! My first 29 birthday is coming in two weeks!

    Anar

    Larissa

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Roni! I’ve been celebrating my 29th birthday now for 10 years! It’s great!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation – even though the weight is up, most of it is probably temporary until you get back in your routine – don’t sweat it – you are doing so awesome!!!!!

    Larissa
    : )

    anne

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday and I love Alton!!

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday!!! My husband laughs when I say Applebee’s too…but it does have fantastic food! I found that the Cheesecake Factory has a “weight management” menu. It looks good but I would have a hard time resisting their dessert.

    collegekid

    July 25, 2007

    I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday Roni!

    jodi

    July 25, 2007

    happy belated birthday… :o)

    i haven’t been to applebees in ages, maybe i need to go and see what their WW meals are like… i’m also looking forward to your new, experimental recipes – love that alton… :o)

    Anonymous

    July 25, 2007

    Happy B-Day, Roni! And many, many more.

    Kendra

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Bday Roni!

    holly

    July 25, 2007

    happy birthday, mine was on sunday!

    Rhonda

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    Jojo

    July 25, 2007

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Lorraine

    July 26, 2007

    A happy birthday Ronnie.. once you hit 40 your life feels its on speed dial. I liked my 30’s but realy love my 40’s. Your site is wonderful..keep up the good work.

    Shannon

    July 26, 2007

    Happy birthday. :)

    nathie2481

    July 27, 2007

    Sorry, am a couple of days late but wish you all the best for your birthday :)) Hope you had a great day … Nathalie