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!

40 thoughts on “So I am a little more famous than yesterday!

  1. 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

    • 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!

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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!!!

    • 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!

  4. Haha, the onions strike again!!

    That’s a really nice picture of you!

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

    • 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!

  6. 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!

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

  8. Very cool! Congrats!!!

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

  10. 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)

  11. 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!!!

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

  12. 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! :)

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

  14. 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

    • 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 😛

  15. Congrats on the magazine story! Great photo!

    And good job on the lab results!

  16. 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!

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

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

  18. 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?!

    • 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!!

  19. Congrats! You’re a model :-) And I think the picture is awesome!

  20. 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!

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

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