What I Ate Wednesday


So clearly this is not an original thought WIAW was originated from Peas and Crayons  and a lot of other bloggers have started doing it as well; and since I can’t be original and I really like the idea of doing this… I decided to give it whirl as well. This will pretty much be a mish-mash of stuff,  some days I will try a new technique or perhaps I’ll be eating something for the first time as is the case today… and someday it might be leftover chili…who knows, and I guess that’s part of the fun. When I first started blogging it was to remain accountable with my exercise and food intake, so this is kind of takes me back… Very little of this is planned… but it’s 100% honest…

I always want WIAW to be an accurate account of what I am eating. Not everyday I eat completely healthy, but more often than not I make healthy choices.





I don’t know what the heck is going on, I generally only eat tuna during my girly time, but I seriously have been craving it lately so I’ve been eating it.. I know that people probably think it’s weird that I add pasta to my tuna, but that’s just the way that I’ve always done it. And I could probably eat a lower calorie cracker… but come on … it’s the club cracker (in my opinion) the king of all crackers. (I know the photo is awkward, but I couldn’t get the bottle in the photo with the food)





So this was probably not the best idea in the world, but I was so into Big Brother and was eating an ice cream, then I realized the time and said “screw it” and had another. That’s the awesome thing about being an adult… you can have ice cream for dinner and totally justify it!





My general caloric intake is 1200 calories per day, and I don’t know what got into me, but I was able to “earn” 531 calories from working out. . And it’s not surprising that I went over my allotted sugar intake my 92 grams…EEK!! I think I might be still battling my sweet tooth situation.  Although I was “allowed” 1721 calories I got really close with 1449 calories and barley got below what I consider my overage of  1500 calories, I probably should have just had the one ice cream…



  The rule of thumb is that you are supposed to drink at least 8 cups of water a day, and I just barley hit that today… might have something to do with the ginormous soda I had…. This is the second week in a row that I had a soda, and generally it’s not the norm for me, but I saw this at the grocery store and couldn’t resist…but I also think that was the reason why I wasn’t about the reach my water goalwater


And that my friends is What I Ate this Wednesday; oh and before I forget if you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal

Until Next Time…

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Tyra Cooks?… Taco Soup


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Recipe type: Soup

Cuisine: Mexican

Prep time:  15 minutes taco soup

Cook time: 6 hours

Total time:  6 hours 15 minutes

Serves:   around 16

Naturally when I see a recipe and I think it looks like something I would like to try I instantly start devising ways to make it better (well not better, but tailor it to me) and that’s exactly what I did with this recipe.

The original recipe caloric content comes in at 391 calories and my version comes in  slightly lower  with 376 calories. To be fair both recipes were calculated the same way and original soupthe only optional ingredient included are the black olives. Obviously your nutritional values will change based on the brands and products that you use for your recipe.



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Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. DSC03015

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix DSC03017

cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove. DSC03019



Top with whatever toppings you like SmileIn the end I didn’t use the corn chips (forgot to get them from the grocery store) and didn’t use the onions or pickled jalapeno’s as garnish, just a bit of shredded cheese and sour cream


In end I was able to fill these container with the soup, so one goes in the fridge and one goes into the freezer


I added all the ingredients into my My Fitness Pal and out popped this information. The original recipe can be found here. Let me know if you made this recipe and if you tweaked it

Until next time…. happy cooking!!

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Matters of Taste


Writing Prompt: When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m always the last one to a party. I just started watching Dr. Who, I’ve finally finished watching Sherlock (which I love to bits, than you very much), I literally have a list of about 15 shows/series that I want to watch. The PR Machine on the Hunger Games was vast, there were fast food tie-in, even nail polish collections (which yes, I took advantage). Finally when the movie came to video, “I figured heck I’m spending less than 2 bucks, no big deal” Needless to say after 30 minutes I turned the movie off, I could take it, I found the movie to be a little but to violent and I had to watch something else to take my mind off of it. But it lingered on my mind for the rest of the night, I even wrote a Facebook post about it

In all fairness anyone who knows me would probably tell you that, it takes very little to make me cry… EVERYTHING makes me cry. The story hit a little bit too close to home. Living in Chicago more often than not you hear of a child killing another child in a violent act,  it’s a harsh and bitter reality… maybe I watched it  on the wrong day, maybe I was hoping for a little while I could watch a movie for simple and pure enjoyment.

Until Next Time….

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