Thanks again for all the virtual hugs and comments about Tony.  The way we look at it, is that it’s just another life adjustment – just like when I got diagnosed with diabetes, that wasn’t the end of my life, I just had to do things different than I was doing before and that’s how we’ll go forward.


I will always be the glass half full kind of person.  I am actually looking forward to making low salt bread this weekend!  Tony did a great job yesterday – I think he had about 1000 mg of sodium all day.  He was going to add American cheese to his burger at lunch – um, not gonna happen.  We get our American cheese from the deli, so it’s probably about twice as thick as processed Kraft cheese – that would be 800 mg of sodium per slice!

Tony bought me a giant container of strawberries from Sam’s club, and I’ve been trying to eat them up before they go bad.  I haven’t had a breakfast parfait in a long time, and I had a plain Chobani in the fridge.  I loves my Chobani, but the plain one is almost too tart for me.  So I had the idea of mixing in one teaspoon of peanut butter to the yogurt before building my parfait – I have to say, this one is perfection – slightly sweet, but not overly sweet.  The drizzle of caramel sauce was delicious.  So delish and filling.


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Since I was gone the afternoon before, work was really busy.  Before I knew it I looked up and it was 12:45.  Dangit.  I have to time my meals/insulin/working out and what normally works for me is working out between 12 and 1.  I thought I might have lost my window, but when I checked my blood sugar it was 220 – perfect!  Although dreary outside and overcast, I decided just to get my walking shoes on and walk 40 minutes around my office complex.

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Ironically, I was listening to a song that really got my feet moving fast – have you heard this song beforeCourtney, I am sure you have!

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When I got back to work I ended up making more BBQ Chicken and Bean Tostadas for lunch – this time adding a bit more red cabbage to them.  Um, so here’s the deal.  While I was putting my parfait together I had regular blue corn tortillas in my bag.  I wanted to see if I could put one in the toaster to make a crunchy tostada – because I thought the color when put together would have looked cool.  So I put the corn tortilla in the toaster on the lowest setting, take my parfait back to my desk, when a few minutes later the smoke alarm goes off – dammit!  I accidentally turned the toaster oven on the HIGHEST setting.  Luckily the landlord of the building was able to call of the fire department – that would have been so embarrassing!  Note to self:  stay in the kitchen if you use the toaster!

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That plate comes in at 532 calories, 29 protein, 60 carbs, 21 fat and 5 fiber.  The squeeze of fresh lime over the top makes these!

I’ve had this polenta in the fridge for a while now.  Tony wanted a salad with a side of pan fried polenta.  Works for me!   This is 4 servings – each serving is 310 mg of sodium.

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I ended up pan frying Tony’s in a bit of olive oil, I did mine in Pam.  We each had 4 thin slices.  I topped Tony’s with a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese for 75 more mg of sodium, and I added 3 slices of low sodium bacon to his chopped salad for another 210 – so not bad 595 grams of sodium for the whole meal, and up until dinner, he probably had about 500.  There is even sodium in dried cereal – it’s everywhere!

Me?  I defrosted 1/2 a cup of our Italian Sunday gravy that we made at Easter.   It didn’t look like much, so I chopped up a cup of carrots, and chopped up a cup of baby spinach – amazing how far spinach wilts – it looked like so much when I added it to the pan!  Then I topped each round of polenta with the meat sauce, and topped it with shredded Parmesan cheese – that whole plate comes in at 421 calories – nice!  (shhh…don’t tell Tony but I added crushed red pepper to the gravy – makes it so much better with a bit of heat!)

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After I cleaned the kitchen and started some laundry and let my dinner settle down, it was time for my date with Sean T.  Last night was Rip’t Circuit – you needed a mat and hand weights – I used 3 pound weights.

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My shoulders have been killing me lately.  Super sore, I can’t seem to find a comfortable position to sleep in and have sometimes woken up in the middle of the night with shoulder pain.  Lori thought it might be frozen shoulder,  maybe from working out a lot, to not working out as much these last several months so that they are super stiff.  I have to say that in just doing T-25 the last three days, my shoulder pain has reduced by at least 50%.  And I slept through the night last night without waking up once!  I think I am going to see if I have any shoulder exercises on the DVR from that Classical Stretch – all 13 episodes I DVR’d are still on there from 2010!

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My aunt left me a message on Facebook – my Mom’s sister is 68 years old and kicked my butt in the steps department yesterday – way to go Aunt Martha!

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Since my T-25 was more strength than cardio, I didn’t get as many steps as I thought I would, but I made my goal of 10,000:

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1530 calories (includes my coffee creamer and an ounce of nuts last night)
  • 186 carbs, 78 protein, 55 fat and 17.2 fiber
  • 40 minute walk at lunch
  • 25 minute T-25
  • average blood sugar – 132

I have a couple of errands to run for work this morning – locating a file at our storage unit and then doing a Sam’s Club run for the office – we only have THREE diet cokes left in the fridge and people will start freaking out if there aren’t more today!   I used to drink diet Dr. Pepper all the time – now I maybe have a pop once or twice a month?  Are you a Diet Coke or pop fan?  Yes, it is Chicago, so I am saying POP not SODA. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!