I could not be more thrilled about everyone’s enthusiasm for my 101 days of summer challenge!  As of this morning, I have 14 participants!  I plan on doing a post on Sunday introducing the participants.

It is completely up to the individual if they want to provide me with a “before” picture and a starting weight.  I know everyone has different goals, and it may be just to work out 30 minutes every day, promising to work out three times during the week while you are on vacation, to maybe even training to run a 5 or 10k by the end of the summer!  My friend Shelley just announced she’s doing a half-marathon in November, and she only ran her first 5k this year!!

I’ve also added two new pages – my daily update where I plan to show what my calories were for the day and what exercise I did.

The second page is for my weekly update on how the participants are doing.  I ask that you email me by each Saturday.  Did you have a great week?  How did you get your exercise in?  Did the week suck?  My hope is that we can be cheerleaders for each other for both our success and failures!  We can do this!

And the lovely Katie J. is making a badge for me – I am a complete retard when it comes to anything technical on the computer!   Thanks Katie!

Breakfast was a typical Biz egg white/spinach sammie with a sliced apple on the side.  What works great is I usually eat my breakfast sammie and hold on to the apple.  I test my blood sugar right before we walk, and 9 times out of 10, I’ll need the carbs of the fruit as fuel so my blood sugar doesn’t drop.  It worked!  I was 119 before the walk, ate half the apple, walked for 45 minutes and when I got back to my desk it was 81 – nice! 😀

316 calories, 38 carbs, 21 protien, 9.7 fat and 7 fiber

After our walk, I heated up my lunch.  This is kind of a weird combination, but it tasted amazing! While I was putting my food together, I saw that we still had some of my quick weeknight bolognese in the refrigerator.   I looked at the clock and there was no way I was going to have time to boil water and cook pasta.  What was the next best thing?  A baked potato!

My lunch was 8 ounce of baked potato, 1/2 serving of the bolognese, chopped spinach and red pepper with 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese..  Holy yum was this good!  480 calories, 57 carbs, 34 protein, 13.2 fat and 7.5 fiber.

It wasn’t until about 3:00 in the afternoon when I realized I had forgotten to defrost the ribs I had on the menu!  I have Michelle to thank for her Chinese food restaurant recommendation.  Ever since we moved out here 9 years ago, decent Chinese food has been hard to find!

We did find one fantastic place in Barrington called Chau Chu – hands down the best Chinese any of us had ever had!  But that only happened once!  The next time we went back we were like “this is good, but not great like last time!”  The last time we went?  We were the only table and Tony’s mongolian beef came to the plate practically raw – ew!  Needless to say, they are no longer in business!

I went to Chinese Palace.  Tony ordered pork lo mein, Hannah ordered chicken and broccoli, and on Michelle’s recommendation, I ordered the Mongolian Beef.  Okay, you guys know how I like my spice, and whenever I order a dish with a red chili pepper on the side, I expect it to be spicy!  Guess what?  My beef was so tender and flavorful!!  And Tony loved his lo mein.  Hannah said hers was a bit bland, and I’d have to agree, but the chicken was still very tender.  And when you spend more than $15 you get an order of crab rangoon for free!  They were really great too!  Thanks Michelle!

Two signs of a great Chinese restaurant? They right in their own language and the place is busy!!

My plate:  1 cup of Mongolian Beef, 1 cup shrimp fried rice, 1 crab rangoon and not pictured was 1/2 an eggroll.

726 calories, 99 carbs, 28 protein, 22 fat and 3.9 fiber

The only problem is that they were kind of skimpy on the portions sizes:


After I ate I measured the leftovers and it came in at a whopping 1 pound 10 ounces! Seriously, this container would have been enough for a family of four – and it only cost $9!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1,625 calories, 198 carbs, 87 protein, 54 fat and 21 fiber (not shown 10 almonds included in this total!)
  • 45 minute walk

I had to share my love note!  I always go to bed before Tony every night, and he always leaves me notes by the computer since he knows after going to the bathroom and brushing my teeth, that is my next stop!  Today I found this:

I love you Tony!!

My friend Veronica was wondering about the name Biz.  Not sure I ever explained it before!  My given name is Elizabeth, which I didn’t even know how to spell until 7th grade!  I always went by Beth.  I had a kooky grandma who wanted to call me Eliza, or Liz, and my name turned into Biz – this was mostly in high school.  When I went to college, I decided to go back to Beth, until my sister called and asked for “Biz” and then it stuck! 😀

It’s not too late to join the 101 days of summer challenge! Just leave a comment that you are in, or email me at bdl319@gmail.com!

My friend and I are going to check out the gym today at lunch – can’t wait!  😀