Are you up for the “Stair Challenge”?

by DanicasDaily on March 19, 2012

Happy Monday All!  As requested, I will definitely make sure I post my Weight Watchers E-Tools and Mobile Apps presentation this weekend.  I am actually pretty excited to share it since I have learned a bunch of fun new options in putting it all together.

Today’s successes included:

  • Getting back in my groove walking 2.5 miles to/from the train
  • STAIR CHALLENGE: Taking the stairs in our building even when I hiked up and climbed down 6 stories! It’s total fate that when I got to the top of the stairs out of breath, my co-worker was right there to ask me a ?
  • Tracking every single bite and picking healthy choices on a “hungry” day which includes cooking when I really wanted to get take out.

This morning started off with 3 of these….(5 points+)


1 of those…..


and 1 of these (2 points+)


Then, 2 hours later, I was starving and ate lunch! Maybe it was all that stair climbing lol….

Lunch started with a Trader Joe’s Lite String Cheese (1 points+) that I snacked on while I made up my cracker plate.

Trader Joe’s Spicy Ranchero Egg White Salad scooped up with 38 Trader Joe’s Salt & Pepper Rice Crisps (6 points+).


Served up with a melon salad.


4 hours later I was hungry again (some days are just like that!) so I snacked on 1/2 a package of Dill Pickle Cashews (3 points+)


The Husband said he pretty much wanted his corned beef straight up or on a sandwich and all I could think about was corned beef and cabbage soup.   What can I say, I am still STUCK ON SOUPS.

I couldn’t resist diving into these Trader Joe’s Baked Onion Rings when he opened them up to snack on. They are one of my top 10 FAVORITE items at Trader Joe’s.


4 Points+ for 14 curly cues.


I know I have to portion them out or I could easily eat the entire bag ~ they are better than any Funyun you will ever eat and just as addicting.


I can admit I am a bit of a soup snob.  I really ONLY like homemade soups because they are really easy to make and the fresh flavor cannot be beat.  I think what makes them amazing is the way the flavors of homemade soup really develop as they cook all day.

This super easy corned beef and cabbage soup lefts you transform your St. Patrick’s day Corned Beef and Cabbage leftovers into a completely different delicious meal.  You get all the richness of a soup that has been cooking all day by adding your leftover corned beef, cabbage (feel free to add the potatoes & carrots too) without having to cook this soup all day.  Add a splash of Guinness Beer into the mix for an even richer flavor.

Start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes ~ nobody will ever know you didn’t spend all day making this tasty Irish soup.




  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 oz cooked lean corned beef
  • 2 cups cabbage
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced, optional


1.  In a large soup pan, preheat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic.  Sauté until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

2.  Add the broth and bring soup to a boil  Cook for 10 minutes or until the veggies are crisp tender.  Add the corned beef and cabbage then cook an addition 3-5 minutes.  Top with black pepper, parsley and serve.

Makes 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each, 3 points+ per serving

Nutritional information per serving calculated at


Dessert involved two Trader Joe’s Vanilla Bean Joe Joe’s Cookies (4 points+).  I honestly call them no-no’s because I can eat wayyy too many.


Tomorrow I plan on continuing my STAIR CHALLENGE ~ no elevators allowed. 

Anyone want to join in on the fun and take the STAIR CHALLENGE with me this week?

Night all!

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