I loved all your comments yesterday about eating the bugels – that they basically cancelled out my workout, which is true.  But I’ve come to the decision that I have to be stronger than the food.  I am in control, not the food.  And yesterday I was tested – at work? 

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Yep, cinnamon rolls, black and white cookies AND brownies.  Just so you know I have already deemed those goodies as insulin worthy.  But you know what?  I told myself “you can’t have them.”  Of course, I said that to myself about 50 times, but I didn’t eat anything!  Mark one NSV for me!

Breakfast was kind of thrown together – I had 2 ounces of flank steak leftover, so I scrambled that with 1/2 cup of egg whites, some baby spinach and 1 tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, and served them on 2 sliced refrigerator biscuits – it made four small open face breakfast sammies.  Breakfast comes in at 263 calories, 9.2 fat, 13 carbs, .4 fiber and 29 protein.


I am busy at work!!  It makes the day go by so much faster, but I got busy first thing so my phone had to take on camera duty at my desk.

At lunch I decided to do the treadmill, but do a hill climb.  I ended up going 45 minutes at 12% incline at 3.2 mph.  I have to tell you, I was pretty sweaty in the end and my quads are letting me know today how hard they worked.

I had two cups of my tomato basil soup left and decided to morph it into something else – kind of like a lasagna soup almost – 2 cups of the soup, chopped baby spinach, 1 cup cooked orachette pasta and 1/4 cup of the leftover sloppy joes from the night before and a dollop of  the provolone sauce on top – so good!  485 calories, 10.7 fat, 73 crabs, 4.5 fiber and 21 protein.

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Later in the afternoon my boss and I deemed it ice coffee day – we have just regular cocoa mix now, so this glass comes in at 72 calories, 1.5 fat and 12 carbs.  And in case you are wondering, I am one of those people who doesn’t clean up the dishes on their desk until the end of the day. Who me?

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Before I met Tony, I had never heard of chicken marsala or chicken vesuvio – both are some of Tony’s favorite dishes.  I was looking through an old Cooking Light magazine over the weekend, and they had a recipe for pork marsala.  Why have I never thought to use anything but chicken?

I’ve adapted the recipe a bit – feel free to add two chopped shallots to the garlic, and I’ve scaled this to serve two.  The nutrition for the pork (4 oz chop) and 1/2 the sauce is: 242 calories, 6.8 fat, 15.4 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 27 protein.

Pork Marsala for Two

  • 3 tablespoons of flour, divided
  • 2, 4 ounce pork loin chops, fat trimmed
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 a package of mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine or dry sherry (I actually used sherry and Tony liked it better than Marsala!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1.5 tablespoons of flour to a plate – I seasoned my flour with salt and pepper, as well as my pork chops.  Dredge the pork chops in the flour.  Spray your pan with Pam.  Add pork to pan, about 3-4 minutes per side – it will cook again in the sauce to finish.

Remove the pork.  Add garlic and mushrooms to the pan – when the mushrooms start to release their moisture, add the remaining 1.5 tablespoons of flour and cook for one minute.  Add the chicken broth and sherry, using a whisk, bring to a boil and smooth out the sauce.  Cook for 2 minutes until it starts to get thick.

Return the pork to the pan, put the pork on one side to get into the sauce, then flip to the other side and cook for 2 minutes, or until desired doneness.  Pork can be pink people – it’s okay! Open-mouthed smile

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Yums!  This was so good.  The pork was tender, the sauce was delicious, especially served over the mashed potatoes – and I even ate some of the mushrooms – they are growing on me!  With the pork, 1/2 the sauce, 1 cup mashed potatoes and the broccoli, dinner comes in at 483 calories, 11.5 at, 54 carbs, 6.2 fiber and 36 protein.

Stats for the day:

  • 1303 calories, 36 fat, 153 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 87 protein
  • 47% calories from carbs, 25% fat and 28% protein
  • average blood sugar 181 (still on prednisone!)
  • 45 minute treadmill, 12% incline

Happy Hump Day – make it a great day!