It was so cold yesterday.  When I left the house the air temperature was 7 but it felt like – 5.  So I definitely wore a coat yesterday!  The only problem when its that cold is that it takes our office hours to warm up.  I filled up my big glass of ice water and was just about shivering with every sip.

I finally went to the kitchen and made a giant cup of this tea – so good!

I decided to see how my breakfast pita pizza stood up to the WW points system.  My pita:  one homemade pita (4 points), 2 ounces cubed pork (1 point), 1/2 cup tomato sauce (0), 1 ounce shredded part-skim mozzarella (2) and 1/2 cup baby spinach (0).  6 PointsPlus for the whole thing! 😀

My pre-workout snack?   A delicious banana:

I’ve recently gotten several emails about my insulin intake and exercise.  I am no expert, but this is what works for me.

If I know I am going to have a tough work out at lunch, I normally take half the amount of insulin I normally would, and then eat something (like a banana) without insulin about 45 minutes before working out.  Typically I want my blood sugar to be around 200 – 210 before working out.

Yesterday I decided to do a 5k at lunch on the treadmill.  I started with a five minute warm up, then ran for 4 minutes, walked for 1 minute.  I liked that I wasn’t running the whole time, and I felt good.  Last week I did a 5k in 43:53, so I wanted to beat that time.  As the 42:00 minute mark was approaching, and I still had .4 tenths of a mile before I hit 3.1 miles, I really kicked it up a notch.  I finished in 43:17!

As I started to do my cool down though, I remembered that I didn’t restart the clock after my five minute warm up, so I did a 5k in 38:17! Woot!  Just imagine how fast I’ll go when I lose 20 pounds (notice I said WHEN and not IF – its the power of positive thinking!) 😀

My blood sugar after the workout?  58.  There would have been no way I could work out hard without having that temporary high.   My blood sugars for the day: 70, 212, 58, 104, 77, 112 – that’s an average of 105 which is perfect.  And if you are wondering, yes, I normally test my blood sugar between6 and 8 times a day – that’s the only way I can control my diabetes so well.

So when I got back to the office, I obviously needed something quick to raise my blood sugar, so I ate an apple.  I still felt as though my blood was dropping, so I had two of these for 3 points.  That did the trick!

Shrimp was super cheap at my store over the weekend – $5.99 for 21 count – which is a decent size shrimp.  I marinated the shrimp in Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and minced garlic overnight.  I also microwaved my spaghetti squash the night before, so this was a super quick and easy stir fry – still love the fact that I can cook at work! 😀

4 oz. shrimp (3 points), 1 ounce part-skim mozzarella (2 points),  8 ounces of spaghetti squash (0 points), 3/4 cup tomato sauce (0 points) and 1 cup baby spinach (0 points).  5 PointsPlus.

I wish I could make that dish look pretty, but it was so good – definitely needs the kick of crushed red pepper to balance the sweetness of the spaghetti squash.

Later in the afternoon I had a snack – I need to try to remember to get my dairy in other than cheese!  Small container of Greek yogurt (only $1 each at Walmart!) (3 points), 2/3 cup black berries (0 points) and 1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup drizzled over the top (1 p9int).  3 PointsPlus

Last week I saw Giada make a turkey cutlet milanese that looked really good.  It’s basically a bread crumb crusted turkey cutlet that’s fried in oil and butter – hers came out so crispy!  But I knew I had to reduce the amount of oil and butter, and I used pork instead of turkey.

Pork Milanese

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    8
Servings:  2

Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  10 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy



1/3 cup(s) Progresso® Bread crumbs Panko crispy bread crumbs – plain
1/8 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
1 item(s) Horizon Organic Large shell eggs
1 tsp olive oil
8 oz lean boneless pork chop


Pound the pork chop to about 1/3 inch thick.
Put the panko bread crumbs onto a plate. Stir the cheese into the panko.
Lightly beat the eggs in another plate. Sprink the pork with salt and pepper.
Dip the pork into the egg mixture, then the bread crumb mixturer, patting to coat completely.
Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook on one side until golden, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve with slices of lemon wedges.

This is such a simple dish and perfect for a weeknight.  I think from beginning to end it only took me about 20 minutes to put together.  On the way home I remembered that I never put together the cauliflower gratin I had planned, so on to plan B – don’t be hatin’ !

Yep, you read that right – Biz made packaged potatoes!  They actually were not bad, and only 2 points for 2/3 of a cup.  My plate:  pork chop (8 points), mashed potatoes (2 points), green beans (0 points), sauteed apples (0 points).  10 PointsPlus

And even without a whole lot of oil to cook in, these were still crispy – the squeeze of fresh lemon over the top really made the dish though – Tony even loved this! 😀

Danica, of Danica’s Daily now has a WW support group that’s up and running!  Tons of great recipe ideas, tip and tricks.  Go check it out here!

Stats for Monday:

  • 28 points used (oops, add 5 points for white wine please) 33 points
  • 50 minute treadmill workout with warm up, cool down, 38:17 5k
  • average blood sugar 105
  • still have 30 flex points left for the week
  • drank 96 ounces of water – woot!

Question of the Day: I added my 50 minute treadmill workout into my eTools.  It said I earned 10 activity points.  Do I eat the activity points like in the old program, or is that just to show how many points I earned because of exercise?

Okay, one of my least favorite things to do is shower in the winter time – my closet is in the basement and I am usually a shivering mess getting ready for work. 🙁

Make it a great day!