Good News and Bad News

So I had my quarterly doctor appointment with my endocrinologist last week, and I got the results of my latest blood test.  Know your numbers! Not just for diabetics, but you should have your blood work done at least once a year to see where you are.

Okay, I am off my soap box!  The critical number I always look at is my A1C number.  Anything below a 7 is considered a “controlled” diabetic.   I was shooting close to six, but I am happy with this number!  I know Nicole will be proud of that number!!

6.4! 😀 I know my dietician friends will love that number!

The bad news?  My cholesterol and triglycerides are through the roof! 🙁

Okay so my cholesterol should be under 199 - mine is 203 - not that bad, but my triglycerides are 400 and shouldn't be over 149! Shit.

So he gave me a prescription and we’ll see if that helps – my next blood test is at the end of May.  He did write me a note that said “Diabetic control very good.”   Anyone out there with diabetes, especially insulin dependent diabetes knows it’s almost a part time job figuring out what to eat, how much to eat, how much insulin to take, how to not crash while working out – I am proud that all my hard work pays off! 😀

Okay, now let’s get on with the food!  Egg white hash never looks pretty, but it tastes so good!  This batch is 1/2 cup canned diced potatoes, 1/2 ounce turkey pepperoni, 4 ounces shredded zucchini and 1/2 ounce of cheddar cheese.  On the side 1.5 ounces of my Artisan bread and 1 small Asian pear.

I made another batch of my Thai basil chicken in baked wontons.  This batch is 4 ounces of chicken in 4 wonton wraps.  I kind of overcooked the chicken just a tad, but it was still delicious!  I knew that wouldn’t be enough for lunch so the night before I threw together this soup.  I am calling it a “pho” soup, but it might not be legit!

Biz’s Vegetarian (oops, its got chicken broth) Spicy Pho Soup

  • 2 cups chicken broth (okay, you could sub veggie broth!)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 sliced jalapeno
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 ounce vermicelli Thai noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 4 ounces diced zucchini
  • 3 ounces shredded carrots

Simmer broth, jalapeno, cinnamon stick, ginger and peppercorns for 20 minutes.  Remove everything, but put the jalapenos back in.  Add noodles, zucchini, carrots and sriracha sauce, and simmer an additional 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender, but still have a bite to them.

Best part?  The nutrition! This whole bowl comes in at 227 calories, 6.9 fat, 26.6 carbs, 4.8 fiber, 15.5 protein.  It’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol.   It’s high in manganese, niacin, phosphorus, and potassium – and very high in Vitamin A and C!   And it’s fricken delicious! I love the added heat of the sriracha sauce in the broth!

I love my Ramen soup bowl - it was $2.99 at World Market!

I was on my own working out yesterday.  My library has  a pretty big selection of exercise DVD’s, but sometimes it takes a while to get one – especially The Biggest Loser series.  I lucked out the last time I was at the library and got this DVD:

I love that it's only Bob!

This was hard! What I like about it is that you can “build” your own workout:

I ended up doing the 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes of high intensity cardio and 20 minutes of the strength training

I swear they must have done about 10 minutes of abs!  What I like about Bob’s training style is that it’s gentle.  When I felt I couldn’t hold the plank much longer he says “I know it’s hard, but you are strong and you can do this!”  It’s just what I needed!  😀

Tony was up to the plate for dinner last night, since we had roasted whole chicken – he put it in the oven at 4:30 and by 6:00 it was perfect!  I forgot to ask him what seasoning he put on top, but it was delicious!

I still can't wait for beer can chicken weather though!

My plate: 4.5 ounce chicken breast (I had the first bite with skin, then gave the rest to the dog!), 1/2 cup mashed potatoes and 3/4 cup green beans.

My blood sugar was in the 65 range later in the evening, so I had two of these.  They call them Clemen”tinas” – they are so tiny and cute – and absolutely delicious!  I like no seeds!

Stats for the Day:  45 minutes of BL DVD and

Yeah!! I got an A!

When is the last time you had your blood work done?

Gotta jump in the shower and get my ass to work – happy hump day!

Oh and this weeks host of BSI is Fun Fearless Foodie – Secret Ingredient:  Parmesan Cheese!  Um, she had me at cheese! 😀

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