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!


31 thoughts on “38:17!

  1. Biz that shrimp dish looks so yummy and not to mention the breakfast pita! If I could eat a meal at your house, it would have to be breakfast 🙂 Stay warm!

  2. You can eat your activity points! I *think* you are able to stockpile them for the week, kind of like your weekly flex points or whatever they are called. I usually eat my activity points the same day I earn them. If I don’t eat them, I just ignore them rather than stockpiling them. I also underestimate the number of activity points I earn…30 minutes of high intensity exercise is 12 points for me. I usually write down 8 or something in between the medium and high intensity points because 12 points seems like an awful lot!

  3. According to the leader at my meeting, you are allowed to eat back your activity points, but they are supposed to be eaten back that same day.

  4. Great job on that 5K. High five, my friend.

  5. You must have been a math wiz growing up; you handle all of the numbers associated with diabetes so well and with such understanding. Just reading what all you have to keep track of and figure out makes my Barbie-type math head spin.

    Awesome possum on the 5K PR! Very nice going, my friend!

    Oh, and I’d choose your work outfit the night before and bring it upstairs – if I get a chill like that in the morning, it takes me hours to get warm again. Now, bundle up and stay warm! 🙂

  6. Great job on the 5K! I can’t believe it is that cold there. I really thought I missed the winter when I was in Louisiana, but now I’m not so sure!

  7. Biz, do you watch Amazing Race? It was so exciting this season because the first all girl team won and one of them is an insulin using diabetic! She specifically did the race to prove that diabetics can have busy, full and fitness filled lives! So happy for her and her teammate.

    I have no clue about the exercise and the new program, but with the old, you could use them or not and it was specifically stated if you wanted to jump start your weight loss, don’t use them!

  8. Love all of your meals! I’d say you had a great day on the WWPP plan! 🙂 I gotta find you on Friends For Weight Loss to add you as a FRIEND! 🙂 whoohooo!

  9. Great run!

    On the activity points, you are allowed to eat them. I try not to though, just to boost the weight loss. That is how the old old systems was, you had to get to certain point in the program before you could use them.

  10. Biz, you are doing great! I would check with my leader about eating the points. I’m sure you’re allowed to eat them but even on the old program my leader said she never ate hers b/c it helped her lose more weight to do that. I noticed when I ate mine, I hardly lost weight at all sometimes! And IMO you accomplished the impossible–that spaghetti squash DOES look really good! I can taste it now! Thanks for the great dinner idea.

  11. MM…I am assuming that you eat the points like the old method. I always lose better when I eat the activity points.

    38:17 is awesome! I love the run/walk method. Keeps you from getting bored, and it’s nicer to your joints.

    Aw jeez, I shouldn’t have even scrolled up to the comments. Someone ruined the Amazing Race finale for me! I haven’t watched it yet!

  12. Sadly, I eat my inactivity points.

  13. Janet in Houston

    My understanding is that daily points don’t carry over to the next day, but activity points can carry over and accumulate for the week. (weigh-in and 6 days after)
    Then they go away and you start at zero activity points at midnight on weigh-in day. They can be used food if needed. Since you are using etools, it takes care of all your calculations for you. Check with you WW leader, she will be able to guide you.

  14. Way to go, Biz! Yup, you can eat the activity points if you want to!

  15. From what I understand with the activity points, you can use them as you earn them and there is a cap of 42 activity points per week.

    WTG on your run! and YES, you will lose 20 lbs!!! 🙂

    Have a good one!

  16. I’m really impressed with how well you know your body and can sense the blood sugar dipping. You must have been doing this for awhile. When I saw you were 58 and waited til you got back to your office to eat something, my palms started sweating! Great workout – again knowing where your sugar needed to be for optimal performance.

    All the discussion of Points Plus with WW is making me seriously consider rejoining WW after the holidays. Yeah, I know I should do it right away if I’m going to, so don’t yell at me! Anyhoo – your food looks good, as always. I couldn’t believe the 2/3 cup mashed taters were only 3 points!

  17. Woo Hoo on the 5K!!!! High 5(k)!! (oh, that was a groaner, wasn’t it??)
    Have a great day!!!

  18. oh man Costco had some sample packaged mashed potatoes and they made it with chicken stock… blew my mind!

  19. Let me just say again how excited I am that you are doing WW, I am loving all of your meals and you are rockin’ your points!!!


  20. I love using spaghetti squash in place of pasta. It is so easy to cook up in the microwave.
    Great job on your time for 5k!! I love your power of positive thinking!!

  21. You make 28 points look very satisfying!

  22. Go you on that 5k! I have to be honest, I don’t understand WW 🙂 but it looks like you’ve got a good handle on it! I wish you tonnnnnns of success!!

    I am making it a good day – NO more finals this semester, only 30 more minutes of work for the day, then it’s cookie making & Grinch-watching! Um, yes!

  23. it’s SOOO cold out there right now, stay warm! great job on the 5K time, i run one every year and have yet to get under 40 minutes. i love all the food, you’re rocking ww’s!

  24. Your posts always make me so hungry with the delicious pictures of food that you post. Seriously, my tummy is grumbling right now! I love spaghetti squash. Mmmmm. And this is definitely perfect weather for tea.

  25. Nice run Biz! Not to nit pick but I counted 7pts for your breakfast pita 😦 2 days in a row reading your blog. How many days makes it a habit? 🙂

  26. You just reminded me that I have a spaghetti squash that needs eaten asap!!
    I hate showering in the winter, too. Being cold is one of my least favorite things!

  27. I can’t wait to get back on WW after baby #2…it worked so good for me before kids, and I’m hoping it does the same next time! Food looks great as usual:)

  28. Wow you walk so fast! That is a great time. Looks like you are eating well at WW, do you feel hungry at all? I am trying to eat clean again and my body is rewarding me with a huge headache, probably all the toxins escaping- at least that is what I tell myself! Have a great hump day Biz!

  29. Brrr! That was cold!

    Seeing your picture of Purvia reminded me of how much I like that stuff.

  30. You amaze me with your positive attitude towards your diabetes…and that’s why you’re kicking it in the BUTT and your numbers are OUTSTANDING!

    Have you ever played around with Gatorade/juice/G2 during exercise? I think it would help you so you don’t have to cause an intentional high going into exercise?? But you’re right, everyone is different and the important thing is finding what works with exercise and sticking to it!

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