Italian Beef Sandwich – Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

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Italian Beef Sandwiches are one of my all time favorite meals.  This is one of my favorite recipes and it was my Mom’s.  You can do this in either the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or in a slow cooker.

You can also prep this in a freezer bag and freeze for later.  When I’m making this I like to do two – one to make then and one to freeze and cook later!

Smartpoints on this one are going to depend on how you build your sandwich, and what kind of bread you use.  The meat is 5 smartpoints for 3 ounces.

3 pound rump roast
3 tbs Wildtree hearty spaghetti sauce blend  (or spaghetti sauce packet found by the gravy packets in your grocery store)
2 tsp Wildtree California Style Garlic Pepper Blend (or 1 1/2 tsp ground garlic with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 12 oz jar mild banana rings
1 12 oz jar pepperoncini peppers chopped
At cook time:
2 cups good beef stock
6-8 hoagie rolls or your preferred bread
Optional:  2 cups mozzarella cheese

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Tools – Wildtree

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There is no doubt in my mind that trying new and different cooking spices and techniques have been a big part of my success thus far.  Being on a “diet” can leave you bored and with bad cravings.  It is important to switch it up to avoid that.

The image that society places on overweight people is that they are “lazy” or “lack discipline”.  As someone who sometimes works more than 70 hours a week I can guarantee you that I am not lazy.  It takes a lot of discipline to work that much too.

No, it’s been my experience that most people I know that are overweight or obese are not either of these things.  They simply take care of everyone else before practicing self care.  They are at the bottom of the totem pole, so things like eating right and exercising are not at the top of their list.

As I say in my Disclosure Statement the purpose of this blog is not to make money, but if it can not cost me money that’d be great 🙂  I’ve agonized over writing an actual post about Wildtree.  You see so much predatory behavior out there – People praying on vulnerable people that just want some help to get their life under control.

I most certainly do not want to be one of those people, but I also know how much Wildtree has helped me in my weight loss endeavors.

I fell in love with Wildtree back in 2014, but really started using their products when I ramped up my weight loss efforts this last winter.  It helped me get organized and avoid the dreaded boredom that can come with being on a “diet”.

It is a business for me, but I use their products every single day.  I always provide an alternative to the products I use on this blog, and I’ve tried them, but it’s usually a lot more delicious with my Wildtree.

Their oils cannot be beat.  The Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil is so versatile and delicious that I use it almost every single day.  It adds another level of flavor and ups your game in the kitchen.  The spice blends make it easy to make more complicated dishes without using many ingredients because it’s prepared for you.

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A 30 Point Day – In the Zone

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So when I first decided I needed to change my life, and it was a decision, I knew I just needed to get a few weeks “in the zone”.  No matter what diet you follow you get those times when you are in the zone – your eating is on point and you feel great.

If I get a few weeks in the zone I am usually good to go – I’m in for the long haul.  Yesterday was definitely an in the zone day and I felt on top of the world.


1 Hard Boiled Egg – 2 Smartpoints
1 Premier Chocolate Protein Shake (for coffee creamer) 2 Smartpoints
1 Overnight Oats – 5 Smartpoints

I was hungry, like really hungry when I woke up so I had a hard boiled egg before I left for work.  You see I leave for work at 3:45 am (it’s terrible, I know) so I usually eat breakfast at work.  On days like this I have learned that my body needs fuel if I am that hungry, so I eat.  I ate my oats once I got to work.  Yeah, I know, I eat those a lot but what works works 🙂

I was satisfied all morning long so I didn’t have a snack.


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Weigh In 8-7-17 – It’s Not Me It’s You

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So I’m done with my temper tantrum from last week and was down a pound.  That means one more to go!  It’s still just weird to think about not thinking about losing weight.

I mean I’ll always have to be mindful of what I’m putting in my mouth and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will always need to track my food unless I want to go back up 70+ pounds.  Yes as the title in my blog states I am a serial Weight Watcher and if you go from my very first (and highest) weight with Weight Watchers I’ve lost 79 pounds.

You do what works and that’s what works for me.

It’s funny when you lose a lot of weight.  You get a lot of compliments of course and there are also a lot of things that can derail you if you let them.

When you are overweight you get treated a lot differently than when you are not.  You are almost invisible when you are an overweight woman (and maybe man, sorry guys I can’t speak for you), and when all of a sudden you are not it can make you almost uncomfortable or have negative thoughts.

Like the other day – I was at the gas station and this young man jogged past me to open the door for me.  It was a very nice gesture and I said thank you, but those thoughts entered my mind – he wouldn’t have done that 60 pounds ago.

This particular person very well could have, but in my experience that’s not the case.  You can let things like that bother you, or you can just accept the nice gesture.

Having those thoughts or negative feelings will not change the way people are treated one way or the other.  I had a revelation a few months ago, and it has totally changed the way I think of myself, other women, and how we treat each other.

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A 30 Point Day – Topsy Turvy

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So if you all read my post What Kelly Did you know how I’ve lost 57 and counting pounds.  This is my 30 point day series, where I show you what I’m actually eating 🙂


Breakfast:  Yup, I had pizza for breakfast yesterday 🙂  I woke up early, which I normally get up at 3 am so that tells you how early I got up.  I’m bad at sleeping but I’m working on it.

1 Tumaro Wrap: 1 Smartpoint
1/2 cup 2% Kraft Mozzarella Cheese: 5 Smartpoints
1/4 cup Wildtree Pizza Sauce:  0 Smartpoints
Green Peppers, Onions, Broccoli and Cauliflower: 0 Smartpoints

Breakfast Total:  6 Smartpoints

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Food Find – Garden Style

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So all my veggies are coming in something fierce right now.  In a week or two I should be posting my recipe for an awesome marinara type sauce that it out of this world!

All the fresh picked right from my yard get me in salad mode.  It’s so delicious and good for you, and it has the added benefit that I know what was and was not used on the veggies.

No pesticides in my garden, thank you very much.

Salads are mostly full of foods that have 0 Smartpoints, so they are a no-brainer, right?


Salad dressings and topping can kill you.

7 croutons can come out to 4 Smartpoints if you aren’t careful.

Now there are times that I splurge on my salad toppings and dressings.  That’s the beautiful thing about Weight Watchers.  It’s all about balance.

Will I have croutons and nuts and full fat dressing every day?  No.  Will I have it once in awhile?  Definitely!

So when I am in point savings mode here are some of the things I like to use on my salad.


Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dressing is Ahhhmazing.  I almost like this better than full fat dressings!  It has such a delicious flavor that you will find yourself using it in your regular cooking or on a sandwich too!


Bolthouse Farms has a line of reduced fat dressing.  I don’t care for their vinaigrette dressings, but these two yogurt based dressings are decent.  I won’t say it has magical properties that will make you forget about a good full fat blue cheese or ranch dressing, but it is pretty good and good for you.  They also make a great marinade.

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Weigh in 7-29-17 – Oh Bloody Hell

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I was angry, oh yes, ANGRY.

You see I thought I was two pounds from my goal weight.  Well, 2.6 pounds.  I thought I might have it.  I thought when I stepped on that scale I might hear them shout goal and confetti would come out of the sky and Oprah would give me the keys to a new car.

Well of course that wouldn’t all happen but I would have made goal.

Did I ever tell you I’m a goal oriented type of person.  I like to ACHIEVE, which is probably why Weight Watchers works so well for me.

Anyway, so I’m about to get on the scale and I tell the receptionist that I think I might have it or will only be a few tenths away and she asks how tall I am and it turns out the last receptionist figured out my goal weight wrong and I’m really 3.6 pounds away.  Phew.

Say what?

I know, I know….I’m doing this for my health blah flippin’ blah.

So what’s one pound, right?  It’s nothing in the scheme of things, and I’m angry at myself for being angry.

I still got angry in spite of myself.  So I have to lose 2 more pounds instead of 1 pound to get to goal.  Big deal, right?

Well Weight Watchers may be all “BEYOND THE SCALE” now but guess what….That scale is still there and it still dictates when you are at goal and when you are at lifetime.

I want to be at freakin’ goal and I will get to freakin’ goal.

It’s just going to take me an extra week or two.  Let me tell you, when you get to the bottom of the barrel weight wise it is not that easy.

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