Wow, after what seems like weeks of thunderstorms, Chicagoland’s weather could not have been better yesterday!ย  In the 70’s, blue skies, and perfect sleeping weather – I think it got down to 50 degrees last night ๐Ÿ˜€

For breakfast I scooped out half of a baked potato, leaving 3.5 of the shell.ย  I scrambled 1 egg, 1.5 ounces of deli ham and red pepper and stuffed that in the potato, then put it under the broiler with .7 ounces of American cheese – delish!

And more strawberries – breakfast comes in at 335 calories, 39 carbs, 22 protein, 12.1 fat and 6 fiber.

I went to the gym and did the bike machine again – I warmed up with something called “the chaser.”ย  Basically you ride the bike to grab tokens, then have to find the object on the token within a certain time to get points – it had me riding super fast, uphill, downhill – it was really fun!ย  I did that for 10 minutes, then did a 6.9 steady hill climb – in the end I did 41 minutes on the bike for 8.1 total miles.

I was hangry when I got back to work – quick and simple, just heated up my vegetarian chili with chips and fresh jalapenos:ย  lunch is 502 calories, 81 carbs, 25 protein, 11.2 fat and 16.6 fiber ๐Ÿ˜€

I need to thank my co-worker for bringing me these pickles – while I prefer dill pickles to sweet, these babies are jalapeno pickles from a farmers market!ย  I need to make these – you start out with the sweet and slowly the heat creeps in.ย  Have you made pickles before?

I’ve been trying to figure out how to use our fresh herbs, and decided to add some to my spaetzle batterย  – it turned out great!

thyme, basil and Italian parsley

I love my spaetzle maker – also found on for about $10 bucks.

I had grilled pork chops on the menu to go with the spaetzle – Tony picked up this marinade, and while I didn’t marinate the chops, I brushed it on at the last minute – gave the chops a nice tangy taste!

I tossed the grilled zucchini in a tablespoon of this dressing – I know it says onions on it (it’s actually Hannah’s!) but I liked it!

My plate:ย  521 calories, 52 carbs, 45 protein, 13.8 fat and 0 fiber

Then about 9:00, I could feel my blood sugar start to drop – must have overestimated the carbs in the spaetzle?ย  So a weird event happened here on BDL – I had dessert!ย  These shortcake shells are 60 calories each, with 2 giant sliced strawberries and whip cream.ย  I woke up this morning and my blood sugar was a perfect 101! ๐Ÿ˜€

A big thank you to Leslie – I won one of her gorgeous handmade bags, and I hope she doesn’t mind that I am giving it to my daughter – she loves green – thanks Leslie!

And have you seen our friend Lynn’s movie yet from Actor’s Diet yet?ย  It’s called White on Rice, available on demand. Tony and I watched it last night – it was so good!ย  Parts of it had us laughing out loud.ย  You have to check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Great job Lynn!

Stats for Monday:

  • 1508 calories, 204 carbs, 94 protein, 38 fat, 24 fiber
  • 8.1 total bike ride
  • 5 minutes abs on the ball

I’ll leave you with something creepy – look what’s growing on our screened gazebo!

some sort of insect eggs??

Have a great Tuesday! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  It’s another gorgeous day!