I have to remember . . .

that I am 42 years old.  I am just about to have my 5th anniversary at my office next week – 5 years ago I weighed 140 pounds, and it was two years before I went on insulin.  When I looked back at my food journals, I’ve said before that I worked out at least 90 minutes a day – my old office had a gym, and I would do a 45 minute class before work, one during lunch and then a walk with my dog at night.

I exercised for a total of 107 minutes yesterday.  Pretty sure there was no way my body was going to get up at 6 this morning to go swimming!  I had every intention to – and apologize to my friend if she made it there this morning!

So yesterday, I was foiled by the weather for the pool.  When I left my house it was blue skies and sunny . . . 15 minutes later the sky looked like this:

So I came home, put my breakfast and lunch together and did another 22 minute abs on exercise tv.  This was so hard!  I actually could only do 15 minutes before I had to stop, I finished it up while dinner was cooking last night.

I think I am addicted to pita pizzas!  This one had shredded zucchini, and since I still have all the ingredients, this might be breakfast today again too.  I actually cooked this in my office toaster oven, which is also a convection oven.  Since I usually just pour the egg white on the pita and let it cook, I didn’t want any spillage, so I found a plate almost the size of my pita, poured my 1/2 cup of egg whites on the plate and nuked it for about a minute and a half.   Then just transferred it to my pita and baked it off.

431 calories, 54 carbs, 29 protein, 10.9 fat and 3.4 fiber

At lunch I did a bike ride that I only first tried last week.  I forgot how hard it was – half way in there was a two mile hill climb!  But guess what?  I beat my time by 6 minutes! I biked 9.5 miles in 39 minutes 😀

I was so hungry by the time I got back to my desk that I munched on watermelon while I heated up my lunch.  I love this lunch.  It’s my chicken tikka masala and it’s been too long since I made it!

with 1 cup cooked rice: 495 caloires, 90 carbs, 23 protein, 3.9 fat and3.5 fiber

I had pork chops to make, and Tony suggested I make the crunchy baked pork chops from America’s Test Kitchens.  I don’t know why I don’t use some of their recipes more often because they are no fail.

I did a short cut though.  Their recipe has you toast the bread crumbs before breading, but I skipped that part.  The real secret is the “paste.”  Your first pie plate will be seasoned flour, the second plate is the paste:

  • 3 tablespoons egg white
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • mix well

look at my fancy paper plates 😀

It will be a thick mixture, but will ensure that the bread crumbs stay on the pork.  So dip in flour, dip in paste, then dip in bread crumbs.  Bake on a rack above a cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of your pork chops at 425.  You’ll be rewarded with a crunchy, juicy pork chop every time.

these chops were huge, I ate about 1/3 of it, or around 4 ounces: 423 calories, 41 carbs, 10.9 protein, 27 fat and 6.2 fiber

This was so good – after two nights of mediocre dinners, I was happy that I redeemed myself! 😀

After dinner Hannah and I decided to go for a walk.  There is a loop of a neighborhood right near our house.  I am going to drive it to see how far it actually is, but we alternated walking, jogging and sprinting between mail boxes.  If there were mailboxes that were pretty close together, we would sprint, a little farther apart we would jog, and really far apart, we would walk.  Including the walk back to our house, we were gone 40 minutes!  We hope to make this a nightly event – its a nice way to reconnect with each other at the end of the day too 😀

To make my 1800 goal, I had snacks of watermelon, almonds, viactiv chew and four squares of chocolate when my blood sugar was low before bed.

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1822 calories, 236 carbs, 103 protein, 53 fat and17.3 fiber
  • 22 minute abs
  • 39 minute 9.5 bike ride, 6 minute cool down
  • 40 minute walk, jog, sprint
  • = one sore 42 year old!
  • no alcohol 😀

Prayers needed for our friend South Beach Steve’s brother who is in a diabetic coma at this time.   While Steve has been working hard on eating right and getting his exercise in, his brother has been living off of fast food and Mountain Dew.  When he was taken to the emergency room after being found semi-unconscious, his blood sugar was over 1000!!  I cannot even contemplate that.  There has been no change in his situation the past few days, but if you are the praying type, please add Steve’s brother to your list.


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