I had a half day at work today, because the other day, I realized it had been a few months since I had seen my diabetes doctor. I called, said it was time to make a check up, and casually asked “when was the last time I saw the doctor?” She said “are you sitting down?” DECEMBER 2008! What? I could not believe it had been that long, and I am supposed to follow up with him every three months!
So I was reprimanded by my doctor, and I deserved it. While I consider myself to be a very controlled diabetic, its all in the numbers! My diabetes friends Pubsgal and Foodie know how important this is! So I hung my head down with shame, and vowed that I would return in January! I had my blood drawn, still need to do the fasting tests, and hopefully the numbers that come back are good ones! 😀
So enough of that, let’s talk about the food! Breakfast was an egg white spinach sammie on an Arnold Thin with 6 ounces of cantaloupe on the side. The smell of cantaloupe alone transports me to the kitchen table of my grandmother – I’d sit in the chair by the back door, feel the summer breeze coming through the screen, and swing my feet back and forth since they didn’t reach the floor and watch my Grammy cut the cantaloupe and put it on the table in a big bowl. It’s weird how a smell can transport you in time! Do you have any smells like that?
Since my doctor appointment wasn’t until 3:30, Tony and I decided to have lunch out! We started out with the hummus appetizer – I had approximately 4 heaping tablespoons of hummus, and 3 pita triangles and carrots.
For my entree, I decided to go with the grilled buffalo chicken salad. Sadly, it was light breaded chicken! I meant to look back at the menu, but I forgot. I ate 3 of the chicken strips, about 3/4 of the greens, a teaspoon of blue cheese and the equivalent of about 2 tablespoon of ranch dressing – I did the dipping fork method!
And I had to have a tiny bite of Tony’s burger – Monday’s specialty at this place is build your burger for $5! And Tony always gives me his pickle!
The cutest thing was that the owners son waited on us, and he was about 10 years old? We sit at the bar, up walks this kid “what can I get for you to drink?” We both ask for diet cokes, he brings us our drinks, hands us menus, takes our order, and with the help of his Dad enters it into the computer! When we handed him our payment, I asked if he got to keep the tip and he smiled and said “usually!”
So as I was waiting for the doctor, they had this poster on the wall.
See the portions? 1/2 non-starchy veg, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb, dairy, fruit. Sadly today’s eats has me at 44% fat, even though my calories were under 1400! I think I am going to have to revamp my whole meal plan! The good part about today’s doctors appointment? It was at his main office, which just happens to be two blocks away from my favorite Japanese grocery store!
I immediately thought of Mara when I saw all the sushi to go!
But you know what I thought of as I was half way home? I never looked for kobacha!! And Sophia and Maggie told me the best place to get it is at a Chinese or Japanese grocery store – never even thought to look!
I got home about my usual time that I would have if I had worked – and dinner was already in the making – I had marinated steaks in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and fresh rosemary. It looked good, but we really couldn’t taste any marinade and the steak itself was sub-par – luckily our dog enjoyed what we didn’t eat! I also did Pam fried polenta on the side. When I was making Joe’s margarita pizza (which my photo made it on Tastespotting!) Tony looked up a recipe for it and it called for diced tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, Italian seasonings – but when Joe came over, the one he had didn’t have any tomatoes, so I decided to spoon that mixture over our polenta – that was really good!
I did the steak on our indoor cast iron grill – but I smoke up the house so bad using this method! When there is a fog of smoke, or the smoke detector goes off, you know Biz is in the kitchen! :D
I also made a chopped salad for me with Annie’s dressing.
My plate – I had about 3 ounces of the steak – such a bummer because it looks so good!
Stats for the Day:
- 1354 calories
- 66 fat
- 80 protein
- 112 carbs
- 17.9 fiber
- 44% of calories from fat 🙁
- no exercise
Hope everyone survived their Monday – I could get used to working half days! :D See you tomorrow night!