For some reason I woke up with an upset stomach.  I got up at 6:30 and stayed up until about 8:30 – it almost felt like I was going to get sick, so I went back to bed and woke up at 10:15!  One of the luxuries of not having a job at the moment, no one to call in sick to!  I felt much better after that “nap” and ended up not eating breakfast until nearly 11:15.


When I was at Whole Foods I bought some of their chicken apple maple breakfast sausage.  Each link is 3 smart points, and so delicious – I do like my sausage links on the well done side, no matter what kind they are.  I just steamed the sausage in water with a lid on top for about 9 minutes, by then the water had evaporated and I sprayed it with Pam and got some char on each side.  That breakfast was only 5 smart points!

I was all set a couple hours later to get my walk in – the fun was finally out and it was near 55 degrees.  Checked my blood sugar – 62.  Huh.  I didn’t think I took too much insulin with breakfast because of the small amount of fruit I had, so I had a banana and 1/2 a cup of grapes.  Thirty minutes later, it was only up to 75.  What the what?   So I decided not to take any insulin with lunch.  I had two chicken carcasses in my freezer, so the day before I cooked them in chicken broth.  I like letting my soup sit overnight so I can skim some of the fat off the top – I leave the skin on when I cook the carcass to flavor the broth, but some chickens are fatter than others.

Like most people, I don’t really have a recipe for chicken noodle soup.  I just wing it and taste as I go.  It’s simple, hearty and two giant cups with extra noodles even is 7 smart points.


Thirty minutes after that, and my blood sugar was still only up to 150.  I normally like it to be 200+ before working out.  I ended up eating a Kind bar and finally just went to the grocery store and figured I’d check my blood sugar when I got back.

Ah, the Monday grocery store – so quiet!  And even in mid-afternoon, the $1 rack still had stuff on it:


I ended up buying a bag of grapes and a mixed bag of lemons and limes.   When I got back home, my blood sugar was finally 205, so off I went on my walk.

PicMonkey Collage = walk

It was so nice!  Slight breeze, sun in my face.  Lisa, I took a picture of the ski jump for you on the bottom left hand corner!   I live right across the river from the oldest ski jump in North America and once a year they have an international ski jumping competition that brings jumpers from all over the world – from as far away as Japan!


Both Hannah and Jacob were off yesterday so we brought our laptops outside and sat under the gazebo – I worked while the kids did homework.  The dogs loved spending so much time outside – it really tires them out.  Normally Roman doesn’t like me picking him up, unless he’s tired.

PicMonkey Collage - roman

While we were outside, Hannah helped me finish the meal plan.  The first thing she found on her Pinterest page was bang bang shrimp.  I’ve made it before, but decided to see if I could make a bit healthier version – did you know the sauce for bang bang shrimp is mostly mayo and Asian chili sauce? 

 Most people toss the shrimp directly into the sauce mixture, but I prefer my shrimp to stay crunchy, so I drizzled a bit over the top of my shrimp, then had a small bowl on the side for dipping.


I’ve calculated that 4 ounces of shrimp comes in at 8 smart points – that takes into account the minimal amount of oil that’s absorbed into the shrimp – these are not greasy at all.  I had 1/3 cup leftover rice on the side (2) with fresh green beans that were sautéed in 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil (1) and garlic – so my dinner with my 1 point dipping sauce came in at 12 smart points.   This got two giants thumbs up all around.  Thanks Amanda for your recipe that I adapted! 

I am heading back downtown today!  My sister has a friend who is a caterer, and brings food to her office for special events.  We are going to have lunch together and network and see where it may lead.  And we are going back to Latinicity!  My sister and her friend have never been – I’ve already decided that I am getting the pork carnita plate – the woman in front of me got it last time and it looked delicious – seasoned black beans with slow cooked pork with your choice of toppings and fresh tortillas – swoon!  I’ve already planned to have a 3 point parfait this morning and plan on spending about 15 points for lunch.  I know I’ll get a shit ton of steps in today, so it’s all good.  And Jacky and Amanda, I promise the next time I come downtown I’ll meet up with you guys!

Hope you have a great day!  Make it a good one – hugs!