Winter’s Grip. . .

is taking hold tonight.  It’s supposed to go down to 5 degrees, with wind chills of – 10.  Tomorrow’s high is 13!  But at least we didn’t get as much snow as they predicted!  Happily our house is very air tight, and we have a wood burning stove! 😀

I ate the last of the pecan pancakes this morning – something about the ham and cheese on top really makes this a hearty and filling breakfast!


I was all set to go work out, and I could feel it – sure enough!


Um, if I worked out at the blood sugar, I am pretty sure I would die.  So while my glucose tabs were not working quickly enough, I had a series of snacks!!  I love Ruby Red Grapefruit!




After eating the above three things, 20 minutes later I was only at 61!  This did the trick!  It should because 10 ounces has 35 grams of carbs!


20 minutes after that, I was at 151 so I could go work out.  I was solo today, so thought I would do a 5k on the treadmill.  Guess what?  It was either the freezing rain, snow, wind, but the satellite was out!  NO T.V.!  No iPod or anything.  I contemplated just not doing anything, but started to jog.  I cannot tell you how boring running on a treadmill with no stimulus is!!  I must have talked myself out of stopping at least a dozen times.  But then I thought of last night’s Biggest Loser finale, and those people didn’t quit, so I couldn’t either.  40 minutes later I was so glad to stop!! 

When I got back to my desk my blood sugar was 101 – perfect!  Lunch was leftover Best Beef Stew and a multigrain english muffin.


When I left my office, it was snowing!  And the temps dropped so my car doors were frozen!  Luckily I am so strong (ha!) that I had no problem prying them open 😀


Luckily the traffic wasn’t too bad driving home.  I drive so slow in these conditions, I am sure people think they are driving behind an 80 year old!

I scored the other day at my clearance meat bin – check out the price for two New York strips!  Not only were they reduced to $4.10 but it had a 30% off coupon!  Two steaks for $2.87!!   I froze them the day I bought them and just let them defrost in the fridge for dinner.



I absolutely love our cast iron grill pan.  While the kitchen tends to get a bit smoky, it’s totally worth it.  Just a couple shakes of Montreal seasoning.  I believe I have mastered the grill marks! 😀



Hannah decided to go with skinny chicken!


For my side dishes, I chose baked potatoes.  But my store was selling these for .29 cents each:


The verdict??  They did not taste like oven baked, but they weren’t bad!  If you microwave more than one, you just cook for 5 minutes per potato.

Then I decided to make a Broccoli Au Gratin:

Biz Broccoli Au Gratin

  • 10 ounce fresh broccoli florets (what I had on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cup skim milk
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces chopped deli American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs

Put broccoli in microwave safe dish.  I have a “fresh vegetable” button and pressed that.  Melt butter, add flour and stir for 2 minutes.  Slowly add milk to make a thick sauce.  Remove from heat and add cheese and seasonings.  Put cooked broccoli in bottom of casserole dish.  Sprinkle with bacon bits.  Pour cheese sauce overtop and then sprinkle bread crumbs on top.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350.

Each half cup serving: 168 calories, 9.75 fat, 8.3 protein, 12 carbs and 2 fiber



My plate: 4 ounce baked potato topped with 1/2 cup broccoli au gratin and I ate half of the meat on my plate, which was 3 ounces.


I’ve decided to up my calories to 1,700 on the days I work out.  I was giving advice to someone who was not losing that much weight, and I told her to eat more!  As soon as I typed that, I thought, maybe I need to eat more?!  So we’ll see how that goes!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1,692 calories
  • 52 fat
  • 215 carbs (high because I was trying to raise my blood sugar)
  • 83 protein
  • 20 fiber
  • 40 minute 5k
  • 5 minutes stretching
  • 5 minute abs

Off to watch the Barbara Walter’s special!!  See you tomorrow! 😀


21 thoughts on “Winter’s Grip. . .

  1. I had low blood sugar today too. Ate an apple and it helped. My endocrinologist wants me to have a fasting blood test done. I’m going during the Christmas break. 😦

  2. Brrr it did get chilly right away, didn’t it!? It’s nice at the same time, though. Feels a little bit more like winter and Christmas. This is the first year I’ve lived here that it waited this long for snow!

    Love the cast iron grilling marks! I love mine too, but it’s such a pain to clean. I never really feel right just wiping it, so I give it a good scrub and then need to “season” it again.

  3. Your dinner looks so good – and your grill marks are restaurant-worthy!

    It will be interesting to see if upping your calories on workout days helps with the weight loss. I’m betting it will. I tend to eat more on the days I work out. And I am still losing, so it’s working!

    Stay warm! I am wrapped in a blanket as I sit at my computer – can’t imagine having the extreme cold that you have!

  4. The steak looks fantastic! Love the grill marks! And the broccoli looks yummy as well!

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  5. the steaks looks great – I love those great deals and I love your grill marks =)

    it looks like you had such a rough day – I hope things are better today!

  6. Those are beautiful grill marks… love the diamond pattern, not the easiest thing to do sometimes…

    and perfect medium rare

    wonderful pictures

  7. I love the pictures you take of your eats!

  8. “But then I thought of last night’s Biggest Loser finale, and those people didn’t quit, so I couldn’t either.”

    I do this ALLL the time! “Those guys can do it–so can you!”

    Maybe it’s because I’m irrationally competitive. Can’t let the people on TV that I’ve never met beat me!

  9. I need to start eating more too. And keep better track of my nutritional stats at the end of the day.

    That broccoli gratin looks great!

  10. what a pretty shot of that snow!

  11. I’ve been thinking you should eat more too!

    Stick with it for a week and see what happens?

    Love the grill marks, very fancy!

  12. Everyone is getting hit with the snow right now. As I say to everyone else, drive safe if you have to go out. I love the pic of the pretzel. That is up on my top 10 fave foods.

  13. Running over to your house for dinner…

  14. Those steaks look awesome!!

    and i agree, i could never go dairy free…. CHEESE is a) so yummy and b) soo soo filling!!!

    I crave yogurt and string cheese always!!! plus melted cheese on just about anything is SO SO GOODDDDDDDDD

  15. 54? Yikes! Glad you checked before working out! That broccoli looks sooooooooo good!

  16. That ham and chesse on the pancake really got to me-wow looks sooo delicious! The steaks look fantastic too!

  17. Oh man, all that food looks so great! I’m sure it doesn’t help that it’s just about dinner time but geez, um, yum!

    Good for you for knocking out a 5k on the treadmill. Without music even! I don’t know if I am that strong of a woman…tee hee. I definitely am a wuss in the cold – I won’t go running outside unless it’s AT LEAST above 40 (which thankfully in Austin is most of the time) and really, I’d prefer between 60-80. 🙂

  18. Good job on the 5k I probably would have quit without tunes or tv, i’m so lame!

    Food looks awesome as usual & I’m glad you got home safe in the snow!

  19. How perfect is that broccoli au gratin + baked potato combo? Yum!

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