So I am a little more famous than yesterday!

Do you guys remember last fall when I had a photo shoot downtown?  It felt like so long ago!  From the time the Diabetes magazine contacted me they literally wanted me to get my photos professionally done within a week!  The photographer A.J. was super nice.   But I only really saw the photos through his camera.  Here’s the deal, I was the “model” and had to sign a release.  The magazine owned the pictures.  AJ couldn’t give me any pictures for my blog until the article was published.

But the article never happened, so in January I sent an email asking what the status was and the only response was that it was temporarily on hold and they had no publishing date.  Rats.  For whatever reason, I emailed them yesterday and said that I didn’t care if the article was ever published, but could they give AJ permission to release a few pictures to me.  I got an immediate response:  “Bizzy, we published it last month!”  Oh, thanks for letting me know!  This is in a Health Monitor publication that gets distributed to diabetic doctor offices around the U.S.  They are going to mail me a few hard copies, but here is the link for you to check out.

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I forwarded the article to my co-workers, and they all agreed that the photo didn’t look like me at all.  Well, that’s what I can look like with my hair professionally done, my make-up done, and dressed!  I am just so happy that a week before I had my eyebrows done!

And the icing on the cake is that I got my quarterly diabetes report back from my blood test a couple weeks ago.  A1C is the number that diabetic should know.  Anything under 7 is considered  to have “excellent control” of their disease.  Mine was 6.8.  Last time it was 6.3 – so it’s up a bit, but still considered to be excellent.

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And all my lab work was normal!  Normal HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Thyroid, Cholesterol – winning!

So the Keurig machine is still running a bit slow, but it’s working this morning.  Yesterday?  Not so much.  So I left for work early so I could hit up Starbucks on my way to work.  For some reason I had a taste for a light caramel frappacino – the tall is only 100 calories.  But by the time I got there, there was 10 cars in the drive-thru and not a single space in the parking lot.  Dammit.  So I got to work and thought for a second.  I still had my smoothie maker at work.  We had caramel sauce left over from an ice cream birthday celebration.  The only think I didn’t have was any milk, but I thought if I let the smoothie maker do its magic, I could have a nice frothy coffee drink.

Skinny Caramel Frappacino


  • Skinny Caramel Frappacinos
  • makes 2 approximately 12 ounces each – 186 calories, 15 fat, 10 carbs, 0 fiber and .6 protein
  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups coffee
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut creamer
  • 1 packet of Truvia sweetener
  • 1.5 tablespoons caramel sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream


  1. Put the coffee, ice, hazelnut creamer, Truvia and 1 tablespoon of the caramel sauce.  Pulse until nice and frothy.  Pour into two glasses.  Top each with 1 tablespoon of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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This was surprisingly very good – although today I am bringing unsweetened almond milk and I think that will kick it up a notch and make it seem creamier.   I had more of my Pillsbury breakfast muffins – still not sick of them, which is good because they are breakfast again today and tomorrow!

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Work was so busy yesterday I never made it to the gym.  I finally put my taco salad together around 1:45, only to forget that I had an appointment with our Canon copier guys to talk about our new copier now that our lease is almost up.  That took 45 minutes and by the time I got back to my salad, it was kind of gross.  I ate maybe 1/4 of this.  I ended up just eating a banana since it was almost near 3!

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I ended up making Tony a skinny burger for dinner.  He likes the skinny frozen burgers but when I went to buy them, almost all of the burgers were “pub style” burgers and too thick.  So I bought these:


First of all, they were square, which was weird, and somehow they call themselves the #1 Frozen Burgers in Chicago, but I’ve never heard of them before.  And while the first ingredient is beef, it had a distinctive onion flavor.  #Ew!   I had artichoke ravioli – I made a super quick tomato spinach sauce – simply a can of Italian seasoned plum tomatoes, 2 tablespoons garlic, 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 2 cups of chopped baby spinach – I just simmered that for a quick 15 minutes.  The ravioli cooked in about 6 minutes.   5 ravioli were only 190 calories, so I had 7. Open-mouthed smile

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Even without a lunch time workout, still got over 7,000 steps.  Although my sister told me of Roni’s 100,000 step challenge – that would be about 14,000 steps a day!  I may try that next week!

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Alright, time to get this show on the road – I can’t believe its Thursday already – make it a great day!

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  • Erica
    May 8, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I think its a great picture! Totally famous 😉 Congrats on the blood work!!! Our drive through starbucks is always a zoo, so I usually avoid it :). YUM to ravioli! Have a good one

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      I don’t normally go to Starbucks but I have a gift card – I’ll probably have better luck using it on the weekends closer to my house!

  • Lynne
    May 8, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Congrats on the great article, pictures and labs! Your hard work pays off and you’re a great example to so many of us. Thank you. It’s finally Spring!! Have a great day 🙂

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for being such a great cheerleader Lynne! 😀

  • Shelley B
    May 8, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I think the picture doesn’t look like the Biz we all know because of the side bangs. But you look fantastic, and big congrats on being in the magazine!!!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      It’s like the time Tony and I got married – I never wore more than mascara at most – and then was all made up with lots of foundation, red lipstick – he went to kiss me and he said “your face smells like pancakes!” Thanks Shelley!

  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    May 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Haha, the onions strike again!!

    That’s a really nice picture of you!

    • Biz319
      May 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

      About the only thing that Kath (of Katheats.com) and I have in common is our hatred of onions. I had to share this picture though because it makes me laugh out loud!

  • Lori
    May 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    That photo of you is gorgeous! I hope that you can get a good resolution copy so you can get printouts made.

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Me too – I emailed the photographer so hopefully he will share some with me – I mean the photo shoot was 4 hours long between 2 locations!

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    May 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

    What a gorgeous photo! You clean up very well! But I think we all do when we are famous! I remember that post. what a great day you had. Glad Tony is feeling better! Have a great Mother’s Day!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Abbe – happy Mother’s Day to you too! 😀

  • katecooks
    May 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I think that photo looks just like you — the glam version! Congrats on such a great health report 🙂

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      And you are usually doing all the glamorous stuff Kate! 😀

  • Lisa
    May 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Very cool! Congrats!!!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    May 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with katecooks. But you look so innocent! And we know better than that… 😉

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Yes, you know I have a mouth like a truck driver! 😛

  • Kym
    May 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m with Carrie@Season It Already. We like the not so innocent Biz she is fun and entertaining. Great photo and fantastic job on the blood work! Your breakfast muffins look so good, I wish I liked biscuits. (don’t hate me)

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      What you don’t like buttery Grands biscuits?! That’s okay – we can still be friends!

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    May 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    You look gorgeous in that picture! Weird that they didn’t let you know the article ran, but glad you now know and can spread the word!!!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Roz! Are you going to visit your Momma for Mother’s Day? I always love the ferry pictures!

  • Erin
    May 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Love this picture of you! Congrats on the labs coming back normal. That taco salad looks amazing; sorry you didn’t get to eat it! 🙂

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Erin – I love how you caught up with me on Instagram too! 😀

  • Melanie
    May 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Gorgeous, Biz! Um, I need to make those muffins…they look gorgeous, too.

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Mel!

  • Veronica
    May 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’m so happy about the article (Go Biz!) and so sad about the salad. I have no sympathy about the onion burgers because YAY ONIONS! ;P

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Yep, I know of your love of onions – what if Joshua turns out not to like them? Then you’ll see how good food is without them 😛

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    May 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Congrats on the magazine story! Great photo!

    And good job on the lab results!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Andrea – I appreciate it!

  • a life from scratch
    May 9, 2014 at 5:42 am

    You look beautiful – so awesome! Congrats on the article!!!!
    totally makes those breakfast muffins tomorrow for the boys, will keep you posted 🙂
    And hey, GREAT news on the lab results! Happy Friday!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Happy Friday too Courtney – hope you are putting the Green Egg to good use this weekend! Happy Momma Day!

  • elizabeth
    May 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The photo is wonderful! Congrats on the lab work results–it’s clear that all of your hard work is definitely paying off.

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth – have a great weekend!

  • Kim
    May 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hooray – so cool about the article – glad you had emailed or you might never know!!! And, that picture is gorgeous!!!
    I think I might get close to 100,000 steps this weekend – does that mean I can sit on my ass all week?!

    • Biz
      May 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Kim – and um, with your 50 mile run I do believe that you will get 100,000 in one weekend – that may be a new fit bit record – good luck this weekend!!

  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    May 10, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Congrats! You’re a model 🙂 And I think the picture is awesome!

  • Fran
    May 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    You look beautiful. You’re such a beautiful woman, you should wear make up and do your hair more often.

    14,000 steps a day is a lot even for me. I hit my lowest yesterday, not even 7,000 K. It was raining almost 24 hours yesterday and I just couldn’t get myself out of the door for a walk with Bella (she wouldn’t go either). But I was a bit disappointment at the end of the day and will walk everyday from now on, no matter what the weather is. Only excuse I can use is when I have appointments and won’t be home!

    • Biz319
      May 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks you so much Fran – I love seeing all your comments when you have time to catch up with me! 😀