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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  • Helen
    August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    At some point in my 40s I remember being astonished at how much harder the eating and exercising thing was compared to my 30s – so I completely understand what you’re feeling! Like your addition of diabetes, I drew the lucky card of thyroid disease so I spent the better part of my 40s trying to figure out where my body should be. Now, I think I’m getting to where I need to go, and believe me, it does not include 90 minutes of exercise on most days. Yes, I do exercise on most days but but more around the 45-60 minute range, which for the time being feels sustainable.

    Your breakfast pita looks so good! Now that you’ve explained how you do it, I think I’m going to give one a whirl tomorrow morning – it would be the perfect combo of protein and carbs that I’m looking for the day before the race!

  • Leslie
    August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Great looking food. I’m glad you brought up Steve’s brother and I will absolutely send prayers and thoughts their way. Have a great day, Biz.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    August 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of healthy activity, Biz! Good for you. My ideal exercise is 1-2 hours a day, too. I feel best when I get an intense workout and about an hour or so of leisurely walking. I’m also glad to see that you’re getting your calories up! It’s so important to not under-eat when you are active. Besides, being in a low-cal deficit for so long slows down your metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight.

    Oh, and I want that pork chop. 😀


  • homecookedem
    August 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Prayers definitely going out for Steve’s brother!

    I love pita pizzas too!! Yours looks scrrrrrumptious!! 🙂 Way to go on all of that healthy activity!!

  • Texicanwife - Cyndi Beane Henry
    August 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    OMG the pork chops look amazing! I can’t eat pork, but usually substitute turkey cutlets for the chops for recipes I want to try. These look so good, I know I’m going to give them a try!

    I am putting South Beach Steve’s brother on the prayer list. Glucose over 1000??? I can’t even begin to compute that!!! But God hears and answers prayers. We’ll be remembering him.

    Kudos for your blog, I wouldn’t miss a post! Love it!

  • Eliana
    August 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I love a big chop. Yours looks delicious. And good job on the workouts 🙂

  • tj
    August 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    OHH! Those pork chops look SO good!! YUM!

  • Amanda
    August 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Oh man, so sorry for Steve’s brother! Even though you want to say to his brother “I told you so”, you don’t want him or his family to go through this. I really hope things get better.

    Changing the subject, wow! That pork chop sounds fabulous! Will definitely try it!

    And I feel it in my 30’s with exercise, so I know what you mean. And my mom is 52. She gets frustrated when she can’t work out the same as before. I tell her that she has to just do the best she can. Bodies change as they get older.

  • Mari
    August 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I think you should be very proud of yourself. one for working out as hard as you do and always making healthy choices and two for listening to your body!

  • Pop
    August 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Oh my! Your pita pizza looks amazing! And I have a not-so-secret addiction to chicken tikka masala, so I’ll definitely be trying it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    You are doing awesome Biz. Seriously awesome. I need to up my workouts. I only do like 30 minutes a day. I could definitely improve.

    i will be thinking about Steve’s brother. That is so scary!

  • Unplanned Cooking
    August 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hi! I’m trying to exercise more, too. We had our third baby a year and a half ago, and the weight has been much more difficult to lose this time around.

  • Pubsgal
    August 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, man. I was sorry to hear about South Beach Steve’s brother. What a sobering reminder for me of how important it is to keep striving for good diabetic control.

    That’s been the nice thing about summer for me, easily being able to get in lots of exercise! School year schedule is much less forgiving, I have to say.

    And I really need to make that chicken tikka masala recipe. I love Indian food!

  • DiningAndDishing
    August 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Great post! I think it’s true no matter what age…we all need to recognize that we are capable of different things at different phases in life. I had a lot more free time to work out in college. Now that I’m working full time it’s harder. Just a fact of life though! Got to do what our bodies and schedules allow :).

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • The Linz
    August 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I’m in love with Pita Pizzas too! They are so amazingly delicious! And honestly sometimes your body just neeeds to rest after a long workout. I felt similar this week, with all intentions of doing an early workout this morning, but sleep is what my sore body needed.

  • Year on the Grill
    August 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I remember a decade ago when I was still older…

    and weighed 3 pounds a year every year less…

    Keep at it, easier now than in your 50’s

  • Veronica M
    August 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I’m waiting on the hubby to get home so we can have dinner and I’m practically licking my screen after seeing your food pics. Stomach is grumbling!!! Again with the chicken tikka masala–that has been on my “to make” list for months. I want it so bad right now! Oh, I saw you found “Go Pop Go”–don’t you love his blog? He found me in a search for butternut squash ravioli and we started following each other. He has been quite an encouragement to me and he also has a weight loss story–his has been through lifting weights almost exclusively, which I have heard is very effective but I would rather work hard than lift weights, even if it does give better weight loss results. I have an ebook on it I can send you if you’re interested.

    • biz319
      August 6, 2010 at 2:23 am

      He his hilarious! Love his writing style so much. I would love the ebook! Send it to bdl319@gmail.com – thanks V!

  • Mel
    August 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    So, I’m totally coming down there and walking with you and Hannah! J will go on a walk with me every now and again, but you know, cars dictate what he does! 🙂

    Anytime you wanna come up here on a Sunday let me know, I will totally plan some fun places for us to go, including some awesome food!

    • biz319
      August 6, 2010 at 2:24 am

      Come on football season! 😀

  • fittingbackin
    August 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Nice job on those pita pizzas – yum! And great job on no alcohol. 🙂 I might try that…. but i’m doing good to only drink on Saturdays!!

    My thoughts go out to South Beach Steve’s brother… awful news.

  • South Beach Steve
    August 6, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Biz, thanks for spreading the word. Fortunately there has been some improvement in his condition today, or at least it seems that way. There still hasn’t been any real news from the doctors. He has a long road ahead of him though.

    • biz319
      August 6, 2010 at 2:25 am

      That’s the best news I’ve heard all day . . . I wonder why the doctors are being so tight lipped? 🙁

  • Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    August 6, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Your pizzas always look so great! Aren’t pita pizzas the best??!?

    Sounds like you had a great work out day! What a fun walk/jog/run it sounds like you and Hannah had!

  • Diane Fit to the Finish
    August 6, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Seeing that pita pizza made my stomach growl. Yum! I will pray for Steve’s brother – so very sad.

  • teresa
    August 6, 2010 at 1:51 am

    you’re rocking the work outs girl! way to go, and the food looks awesome, especially those chops!

  • melindard
    August 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Mmm to pita pizzas. You are doing a great job, and that rocks you worked out so much yesterday. It is always easier when the gym is in your office. I bet you had enjoyed that. We used to walk around the building after lunch.

  • Shelley B
    August 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    My gosh, that pork chop looks good!!!

    I agree, we have to work much harder now that we are in our forties to see any results – life isn’t fair, ya know?!? 😉

  • Ron
    August 6, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Way to go on that bike ride!!!

  • MB
    August 6, 2010 at 2:18 am

    It’s so nice you get to spend time with Hannah doing something fun. You should write a “how to” book about raising an amazing kid. You obviously have some mad parenting skills in addition to your culinary talents.

    I’ll be keeping Steve and his brother in my prayers. I was happy to see his comment that there has been some improvement.

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    August 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Prayers are being sent his way. Wow Biz, you are an excercising machine!