I am going to be very vague here, but you’ll get the picture.  I walked into a room where two women were splitting the last of two pieces of cake.  One woman looked at me and said “Biz, do you want a piece of this cake?”  Before I could open my mouth, the other woman said “she can’t eat that, she’d diabetic.”

I explained to her that I am on insulin, and if I gave myself enough insulin to cover the cake, I could, in fact, eat a piece of cake.  This woman looked right at me and said “No, you can’t have cake.”

I then proceeded to make my lunch.  I took my plain zucchini out of the microwave and started to salt and pepper it, when this same woman said “you can’t have salt either!”  I was like “WTF?”  Meanwhile this woman was heating up her Lean Cuisine that had 1400 mg of sodium and her giant piece of cake and went back to her desk, with this last bit of wisdom: “You really need to take care of yourself.”

The whole incident just got under my skin – who has a right to tell me what I can and can’t eat?  Of course I can eat whatever I want, there are obviously just better choices.  Which really got me thinking.  Long time readers know I have done calorie counting, low glycemic, low gluten, South Beach over these last 2+ years here at My Bizzy Kitchen.

After reading TJ’s post, it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks.   Why don’t I do what I know works?  In 1999 I lost 70 pounds in a year on Weight Watchers.   I kept it off for years up until a few years ago when I was put on insulin.   And I like the new program.  It steers you away from 100 calorie packs and to real food, which is what I eat anyway.

So what do you think about me joining Weight Watchers?  Do you like the new program?

Okay, now onto the food!  Literally 30 minutes before I had to leave for work yesterday morning I decided to make apple pancakes with nutty topping.  I hadn’t even gotten dressed yet!  But oh, my goodness, I am so glad I did!  The nutty topping made these pancakes!

I adapted this recipe – I left out the real maple syrup from the nutty topping, and because I was in such a hurry, I didn’t read the directions all the way through.  It called for 1 cup of buttermilk and 3/4 cup of skim milk, but what I didn’t read was that you needed to add the milk 1/4 cup at a time to get the right consistency.

So my pancakes, while super flavorful, were almost like apple crepes!

Apple Pancakes

(3 pancakes: 293 calories, 3.6 fat, 54 carbs, 2.7 fiber and 11.7 protein)

2 cups diced apple
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (I used gluten free flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (low-fat – 1%)
3/4 cup nonfat milk
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey


  1. Put apples in the microwave and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt in one bowl and mix well.
  3. Mix 1 cup buttermilk, milk eggs and honey in another. START WITH 1/4 CUP OF MILK to begin with, adding the remaining 1/2 cup to get the right consistency.
  4. Serve with nutty topping and sugar free syrup.

Nutty Topping

(1/4 cup serving: 111 calories, 9.5 fat, 3.9 carbs, 1.6 fiber and 4.4 protein)

1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, hulled
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Heat dry non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and pepitas and cook for a few minutes, until the almonds start to turn light brown.
  2. Add sunflower seeds and sesame seeds and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Serve over your favorite pancakes.
504 calories, 48 carbs, 24 protein, 21 fat and 4.3 fiber

You can see how thin my pancakes are!

My friend Marcia made a comment yesterday that she was channeling my energy on her treadmill workout and because of that comment I decided to kick some booty at the gym.  Thanks for the extra push Marcia! 😀

I ended up running/walking a 5k at lunch!  Now, I am not breaking any speed records here – it took me 45:53, but I stuck with it!

Back at work, I heated up my zucchini chili boats.  I love the “burn” marks of the Tabasco!  I am sure my stomach lining looks the same!

403 calories, 44 carbs, 24 protein 14 fat and 7.4 fiber

And then, what normally happens when I have a tougher workout – I should have given myself less insulin at lunch because the exercise still lowers my blood sugar even an hour after I work out.  About 2:00 I tested it and it was 50.  So I had a piece of Special Dark chocolate (for the antioxidants – right!) and a 10 ounce apple juice.  225 calories later, I was good to go.

My menu planning has gone to the way side this week – Tony hasn’t had much of an appetite, and all the things I planned are just too rich for him yet – like beef stroganoff and pork chop milanese.  I knew Hannah had a short window for dinner before going to school so I decided to pick up Jimmy John’s.

I got a #2 Unwich – which is the roast beef sandwich, but I asked them to add turkey, ham, cucumbers, cherry peppers, and provolone cheese.  My idea was to make myself a chopped salad by adding diced apple to my salad at home.

so this . . .

turned into this:

393 calories, 30 carbs, 9.4 protein, 13.5 fat and 1.2 fiber

Reason 1,991 I love Tony!

He buys me cheese!  He went to Sam’s Club yesterday and brought me home these two cheese.  Oh.my.gosh these are amazing!

First up:

I had never had this before, but it is close to gruyere, which I love

And the next was this one:

It was interesting because it looked like a hockey puck when I opened it.  Once I sliced it in half I could peel off the wax.

So delicious.  So I maybe had about 300 calories worth of cheese and apples as an appetizer – the combination of the sweet apple to the tangy cheese was amazing.  I plan on making a puff pastry apple/cheese appetizer for Christmas. 😀

I have to give a shout out to my Hannah.  She called me when she woke up and the conversation went something like this:

  • Biz:  “Morning Hannah!”
  • Hannah: “Morning Mom!”
  • Biz: “Well, I am sorry, but I decided to make pancakes at the last minute, and the kitchen is kind of a train wreck.”
  • Hannah: “That’s okay, I’ll take care of it.”

Tony told me later that while Hannah was cleaning, she was muttering under her breath “I don’t know why I bother because she’s just going to mess it up as soon as she walks in the door!”

And her cleaning didn’t stop at the kitchen.  She took one of my bathroom drawers and took it from this:

To this:

yep, she even bought me a new basket!

I have strict instructions to keep it this way – wish me luck!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1805 calories, 199 carbs, 70 protein, 79 fat and 18.4 fiber
  • 37% of calories from fat
  • average blood sugar 92
  • 5k at lunch for 43:53 minutes, then 5 minute cool down

Alright – if you’ve made it this far down – make it a great day!