You know that Tony is starting to feel a tiny bit better when . . .

He did this to me. . . I turned my back to the stove for a minute, I thought he was getting water at the sink, then next thing I do is turn around and see this . . .  and jump!

You would think I would just throw the damn thing out, but I seriously forget about it!

Now breakfast yesterday may seem weird, but trust me, its delicious.  6 ounces of baked potato that I fried in a teaspoon of olive oil.  I topped it with a fried egg (its under there!) with 1/2 ounce mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of my homemade marinara – this whole delicious bowl is only 8 points! 😀

the fresh basil on top was nice too 😀

I’ve talked in the past about how I have to tweak my insulin intake in order to work out at lunch.  I typically have to take 1/2 the amount of insulin at breakfast, so that before I work out, my blood sugar is between 200 and 220.  Yesterday I was at 227 – perfect!

I decided to run TWO MILES without stopping yesterday – I did a 5 minute warm up, reset the clock and just ran.  I did adjust the mph a few times up or down, but I never stopped. 😀  I did two miles in 26:58 – or about a 12:30 mph pace – not bad!  I cooled down so my total treadmill time was 40 minutes.

I remember Ali from Biggest Loser was always asked how she had such toned arms, and she said every day she did the rowing machine for 20 minutes – 10 minutes overhand and 10 minutes underhand.  I decided I would try to do 5 minutes each way for a total of 10 minutes.  Nope!  It’s fricken hard!  I ended up doing 5 minutes and then finished with 5 minutes of abs on the balance ball. 😀

But, since I pushed it really hard, I realized as I was heading up the elevator to my office, that my blood sugar was low.  REALLY LOW.  I can always tell because I start to see white spots in my vision and the sweat starts.   When I got to my desk I checked my blood sugar – it was 40!

While my first instinct was to go to the front reception desk to eat tiny snickers, I knew I had fruit in my lunch bag – I quickly eat this and was feeling much better.

I never realized this about myself before, but whenever I eat a fruit salad, I eat each fruit separately - same for this dish

I am the queen of shopping off of my stores weekly sale flyer.  One thing that I noticed that I have never gotten before is boneless pork stew meat.  It was only $2.69 a pound!  I did a quick search on tastespotting, and found this dish, which was my inspiration for my lunch.  It’s not exactly the same recipe, but holy cow is this a flavorful dish!

Since I am not sure I can actually call it a true Carne Adodava as the original recipe, I am simply calling this:

Spicy Pork Stew with Zucchini and Brown Rice

  • please note that the actual calories and point values will not match because the recipe builder includes the TOTAL nutrition, even for the free stuff like peppers
  • This makes 4 servings (4 ounces of pork per serving, the sauce and veggies are 0 points) 280 calories, 12.5 fat, 6.8 carbs, 1.7 fiber and 33 protein: 4 PointsPlus

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean pork stew meat, trimmed of all visible fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces New Mexican red chile powder*
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 large zucchini, diced

In a stock pot, heat oil over medium heat.  When hot, add pork pieces until brown (1/3 of a batch at a time) until browned all over.  Pork should sizzle when it touches the pot, if it doesn’t, remove it and wait for the oil to heat up.  Transfer all of the pork to a separate bowl.

Add garlic and salt to the pot, cooking for 1 minute.  Add flour and cook for 3 minutes.  Add red and green peppers, the chile powder*, and 4 cups of water.  Simmer for 30 minutes until the peppers are tender.

Using a stick blender, puree until smooth.  Add pork back in – add an additional cup of water if desired, I left it at 4 cups because I wanted a thicker sauce.  Cook for an additional 45 minutes, until the pork is fork tender.   Turn off heat and add the zucchini.  Let cool.

After I trimmed off all the fat, I used 1 pound of the meat, and the dog got the rest in his bowl – he was a happy camper!

Here is where the ** comes in.  I couldn’t find didn’t look hard enough for the New Mexican dried red chile powder.  What I did find was this:

when I read "for orange" I thought this might not be too spicy and I was right - just a hint of citrus - yum!

I had cooked brown rice in the refrigerator, so added 1/2 cup of rice to my dish to soak up all this wonderful sauce – next time I might even add broccoli and carrots to bulk it up.  This was so satisfying – something about a high protein lunch just keeps me full for hours. 😀

the pork was so tender 😀

So Tony still didn’t have much of an appetite for dinner, so I made him some noodles with chicken broth – no veggies or chicken.  😦

So dinner was all me since Hannah had school and then hung out with friends.  Ever since we saw Bobby Flay do a throw down of lasagna, I’ve been thinking about it.  Although in the version we saw, they breaded and deep fried the zucchini for the pasta layers.  I used naked zucchini – and I will tell you this – I never missed the lasagna noodles.  Since the other half of this is going to be for my lunch tomorrow – you’ll have to come back tomorrow for the recipe.

I’ll just tell you this – half of the casserole – this giant serving is only 7 points!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 34 points (including 6 for wine)
  • 40 minute treadmill, which included a 2 mile run at 26:58
  • 5 minute row machine
  • 5 minute abs on the ball
  • average blood sugar – on the low side – 85

Another quick note – I have been a food journal person for the longest time, either in a book or now online at eTools.  I pulled out my journals for 2007 when I was using calories and carbs to manage my diabetes.  I weighed 150 pounds at the time (which I thought was a lot – ha!)

notice the blood sugar numbers on the bottom right - back then I was happy with anything around 200 - and sometimes I still had readings in the 300s!

Then I picked out two consecutive days to see where the points came in at:

Not bad! 29 points and 1303 calories.

The next day:

Wow - 29 points again!

But WTF?  I ate 553 more calories the second day than the first day.  What was the difference?  On the second day I had 8 servings of fruit and vegetables and twice the amount of fiber – the PointsPlus program finally makes sense to me – I couldn’t figure out how the calories didn’t count, but it the quality of the points that matter most.

Do you journal your food – if so, paper or computer?

I am off to take a walk before work, not sure I’ll be able to work out during the day today because of my work schedule – can I just say its sad that its March 10 and it’s 34 degrees but with the windchill it feels like 20? 😦

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37 thoughts on “You know that Tony is starting to feel a tiny bit better when . . .

  1. I’ve been tracking online lately. It’s a lot of work. But interesting. I went to a WW meeting a couple of months ago to check out the new plan. I had been on the original points plan many years ago. I have to admit that zero point fruit scared me a bit, but I understand that the intent is only to eat it when I’m hungry. Of course, that’s my big problem – eating when I’m not hungry!

  2. That mouse would freak me out! But I’m glad Tony is in the mood to be a bit playful! 🙂

    Love your breakfast idea! May have to copy it soon! 🙂

    Have a great day!

  3. Sorry that you got scared, but I’m really happy Tony is feeling well enough to scare you!

  4. I don’t really journal my food, but when I feel like my eating is a little off track, I’ll do food pictures so I get on track again. 🙂 I also keep a running tally in my head of what I’ve eaten throughout the day.

  5. I probably would have picked that mouse up and thrown it at Tony!

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: the old points program is why I left WW. I didn’t agree with all the empty 100 calorie pack style calories that it encouraged people to eat. Glad to see they are fixing that and putting emphasis on clean, whole grain, fresh foods that will fill you up with many less calories!

  6. Glad to see Tony is feeling a bit better, that thing would scare me!

    I do my food journaling online. It’s crazy to see how different tracking calories is from points, I think the points work because you get to see things like veggies and fruits and not use all of your points on it like you would calories.

  7. I love tracking my food. I am a numbers geek. I use livestrong.com I had to laugh about your comment on the fruit picture about eating the fruit separately. I do the same thing and save my favorite fruit for last 😀

    Great job on the run!

  8. I eat the fruit separately too!! Ha.

    Love the lasagna, I saw that throwdown and it was insanely yummy looking!

    Hope you feel better Tony!

  9. I think breakfast sounds awesome!

    I just saw a recipe for zucchini lasagna, I’d love to compare yours! It looks good!

  10. The rower always kicks my butt – doing 20 minutes on it would leave me in a quivering mess on the floor afterward, for sure.

    I feel bad for the fruit that is not exactly my favorite when I have fruit salad, so I spread the love and eat it mostly equally – but I save my favorite for the last bite.

    How awful that Tony still doesn’t seem to have much of an appetite – poor guy must be melting away! Is this normal with his kind of surgery?

    • So far his surgeons and GP think things are going great, so we are just keeping on – he goes back on Monday for another check up – I hope he gets his appetite back soon 😀

  11. Your journal entry is really eye opening isn’t it? I do journal, not so much for calories but more to keep track of nutrients.
    That lasagna is making me drool!
    Tony must be the king of practical jokes 😀

  12. I track on paper. I tried on the computer..but I just couldn’t get consistent.

    So pork stew meat? I have never seen it. What cut of meat is it I wonder? Is it shoulder or loin or something else…just curious! The dish looks delicious though!

    have a great day!

    • Renee, it looked just like chopped pork tenderloin, but it did have quite a bit more fat, so maybe its trimmed from pork roasts? Either way, it was tender and delicious!

  13. Tony cracks me up. Tell him I will trade him a rubber snake for the other half of his sandwich. ::wink::

    I journal my food only because my hematologist is a bear and swears I am not trying to keep my iron levels up – I am just trying to prove to the boob that my body refuses to retain iron. It is boring and tiresome, but I do it because I have to.

    Then I look at it and stop wondering why I can’t gain weight. Next to the scale it is the most annoying thing in my world right now. Could be worse, I suppose.

  14. I will be trying your breakfast, thanks for posting.

  15. Can’t wait for the lasagna recipe!

  16. LOL–gotta love Tony’s sense of humor! That rascally man! Glad he’s feeling good enough to prank you again. 🙂 I’m eagerly anticipating your lasagna recipe, as it’s perfect for Somersizing!

  17. We are having a mouse problem at work, so that would definitely freak me out!!! I think your breakfast looks amazing. I’d definitely eat that in the a.m.!

  18. hahaha= Tony and that rat crack me up 🙂 Way to kick butt on the run! Just fantastic. And the bowl of fresh fruit looks yummy….I ❤ the cantaloupe! And that is the perfect sugar for your post workout snack. Um…I want that lasagna. Hope you have a nice day

  19. Oh my goodness I might have wet my pants if I had seen that mouse! So great that Tony is feeling well enough to be a prankster!

    I love how creative you are with your breakfast choices. I don’t car for traditional breakfast meals all the time and your morning choices inspire me!

    Thanks for sharing that pork recipe. I saw pork stew meat the other day and wondered what on earth people do with it.

    You do such an awesome job with your blood sugar. I wish my dad was as dedicated as you are with dealing with his diabetes.

    Your food journal entries were so interesting. When I track, I use a paper journal. I do like the record to go back and look at. It does keep me more on track and I know I make better choices when I have to write it down even if I am the only one to see it.

  20. That mouse is hilarious. Tony is on the mend!!!!!
    I use the weekly tracker from our w w meetings. Sometimes, it gets really boring writing down everything, but it does help. And becomes a habit.
    Hope you, Tony and his mouse have a great day Biz!!!

  21. OMG, my boys scare with things like that all the time (mostly snakes!) – such a guy thing! 🙂
    Good for you for choosing fruit over chocolate – it’s not easy to do!! (I know I don’t do that)

  22. While I don’t do the WW program I understand what you mean by the quality of the points/food value. This is how I try to eat every day. I could have a jelly donut or a nice bowl of oatmeal with a blob of strawberry preserves and chopped walnuts stirred in topped with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s the quality. I can’t handle this weather either. I thought the ground hog did not see his shadow this year. Where is spring?

    • Someone told me we’ll be in the 50’s by next week – fingers crossed! I might be going to the swim work out on Saturday after my WW meeting – do you teach that class??

  23. LOL!!!! that is hilarious!!!

    i do keep a journal! paper to be exact since i like to read it in the future

  24. erintakescontrol

    I do journal my food, but I never keep track of it beyond a week or two. I used to do it online, but now I do it with good ol’ pen/paper.

  25. I’m glad that it seems Tony is feeling better.
    That breakfast sounds amazing! I need to get more creative with breakfasts. I love savory breakfasts such as that.
    I occasionaly will write down my foods if I feel like I am going all out too much. I never seem to stick with it for too long.

  26. It’s wonderful that Tony is feeling better! And you are inspiring me to try cooking more pork – I get intimidated by it because it can tend to toughen, but your recipes look so delicious!!

  27. I’m so glad to hear that Tony is doing well! Your breakfast sounds delicious…. definitely something i’ll have to try!

  28. I am really glad to hear Tony is feeling better. I hope your lives are getting back to normal, and it seems like it is. That breakfast does sound good. Potato and cheese is always tasty.

  29. haha! a sense of humor is always a great sign!

    the lasagna idea is fantastic. my mom made it like that once and it was delicious! the zucchini added awesome flavor.

  30. I do the same thing when eating fruit, eat each one separately! I dropped out of weight watchers, and i’ve been tracking at sparkpeople, but a friend turned me on to http://www.myfitnesspal.com and I’m hooked!

  31. I love the colours in your fruit salad. So vibrant! My kind of snack!

  32. I can’t wait to get back on WW soon!

  33. Ha the rubber mouse! We hang rubber snake outsie our door so that the birds do not build a nest there, it gets me every time too! Oh my the stuffed pork chop looks so delicious. I have to do that! Too funny that Hannah called her teachers to ditch class- good girl. I cut classes in college once and went to the Army Navy game, then was interviewed on the news. My prof saw the news and snagged me!

  34. I love Tony’s sense of humor. I try scaring Andy all of the time!

    I really love zucchini, it’s my favorite veggie. I’ll have to try it in a lasagna instead of using noodles. Love that idea.

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