My Eyes Are Beautiful

My breakfast and lunch meal planning this week kind of sucks ass.  I have no idea what I was thinking over the weekend – I guess I was just concentrating on my SIL’s lunches and dinners!

So yesterday I stopped by McD’s, got their sausage Mcmuffin off the dollar menu ($1.07!) and had a sliced apple on the side.  Breakfast comes in at 425 calories, 22 fat, 45 carbs, 4.6 fiber and 14 protein.

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I had every intention of doing my regular 5k on my lunch hour, and then trying the group exercise class after work.  The only thing is I completely forgot I had an eye doctor appointment for my year check up, that, ahem, should have been done in September!  They weren’t going to give me any more contacts until I got it done.

So I ended up working through lunch and leaving early.  I got to my eye doctor at 3:00 p.m.

Did you know November is National Diabetes Month?  Well, I didn’t either until yesterday!  Yesterday was World Diabetes Day

More than 300 million people have diabetes; representing 6% of the world’s adult population, with numbers increasing fast everywhere. An additional seven million people develop the disease each year. By 2025, The Federation estimates that 380 million people will have diabetes.

Those numbers are staggering to me.  And while diabetes is a pain in the ass, it is a manageable chronic illness.  It just takes time to figure out how your body reacts to food, insulin, exercise, etc.  And for me, no two days are alike.  What worked one day, might not work the next day, so you have to ride the waves so to speak.

Having your eyes examined once a year is very important.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness due to diabetes complications in adults over age 40.   Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye complication in diabetics.  Because its initial symptoms are very slight or even unnoticeable, diabetic retinopathy often goes undiagnosed. However, it can be detected during an annual comprehensive eye exam. Once detected, it can be treated by laser surgery.

So after my eye exam yesterday – my doctor deemed my eyes beautiful!  Winning! Open-mouthed smile  So if you have diabetes, or someone you love does, make sure they take care of their eyes, okay?  I’ll get off my soap box now.

I ate lunch at my desk, leftover potato broccoli soup, with an English muffin on the side.  Lunch comes in at 358 calories, 10 fat, 54cars, 6.1 fiber and 16 protein.

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I just love the soup bowl I used at work – not sure who’s it is, but no one ever uses it:

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So I went to the gym by my house after my eye doctor appointment.  Check out the time yesterday!!


In the corner you can see that my last .2 mile split was run at 6.0, which is fast for me.  2:21 seconds to shave off to hit that 35 minute goal!  I walked for 10 minutes to cool down, then did this workout I found on pinterest:


I actually had to look up “bird-dogs” and double check what standing calf raises were, but this was a good workout – I forgot to time myself, but I think it took me probably about 10-13 minutes?

Tony was so excited when I got home to find out it was Mexican fiesta night! (#not).  I had two corn tostadas, with 3 ounces of ground beef taco meat split between the two, 1/2 ounce of cheese, 2 teaspoons fat free sour cream, Buffalo Tabasco!, and a side dish I made with leftover white rice, canned black beans, lime and cilantro.  Dinner, while a shitty picture, was delicious and comes in at 559 calories, 27 fat, 47 carbs, 5.25 fiber and 31 protein.

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Have I told you that my step-son and his fiancé are getting married the day after Thanksgiving??!!  They live in Austin, and they are going to a Justice of the Peace, just the two of them.  Then they are coming to Chicago for a whirlwind four days the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

With so many friends and family to see, we aren’t sure just how we’ll fit into their schedule.  All I know is Joe loves banana bread.  Like a lot.  But he’s picky about his banana bread (and his carrot cake too).  No nuts, raisins, or anything like that. 

Just so happens Tony and I were watching America’s Test Kitchens and they were making the ultimate banana bread.  I decided to do a dry run of it last night.  The only thing I’ll do differently next time is cook it a bit longer – it said to cook between 55 and 75 minutes and cool for 30 minutes before slicing.  I took it out just at 55 minutes, but I think it could have used about 5 more minutes – just the bottom layer was slightly doughy.

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My picture doesn’t do it justice – that was taken with my phone to send a picture of it to Joe.  Here is the test kitchen picture:

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I promise to post the recipe tomorrow, I am running out of time and have to get ready for work.  Um, I had a slice and it was insulin worthy!!   And I might add . . . rivals my MIL’s banana bread which I didn’t think could be beat!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1769 calories, 80 fat, 200 carbs (yikes!) 19 fiber and 71 proteinPizza
  • 5k at lunch, 47 minutes total on the treadmill Bunny
  • Wednesday workout Turtle
  • average blood sugar 147 Birthday cake
  • no alcohol Martini glass

This week is going by fast – can’t believe its Thursday already!  Just about to take my breakfast casserole out of the oven – come back tomorrow for the recipe – so quick to put together and it bakes while you get ready for work.

Make it a great day!


25 thoughts on “My Eyes Are Beautiful

  1. I have a go to banana bread recipe but am totally intrigued with this one, I want to try it out. I’ve told you my dad and brother both have type 1 diabetes and it’s horrific. My dad is waiting on his second kidney transplant right now. Believe it or not at 67 he is in great shape and at the top of the list. Most people with diabetes are in horrible shape and won’t ever qualify unfortunately.

  2. I hate going to the eye doctor- but definitely important to take care of your eyes! That banana bread is so so pretty. Very exciting that their wedding is coming up. I wanted to do a very small ceremony, but our parents sort of insisted on a larger party!

  3. A week until Thanksgiving! EEEK!!

    My mother is diabetic and she is quite good about all her appointments for eyes, blood work and foot care. She doesn’t need insulin (yet), but it is hard for her to eat like she should be – like it is for us all!

  4. Yay for great eyes! Your mexican fiesta dinner looks delicious–I LOVE mexican food. So good. The banana bread you made looks like a winner. I’m curious to see the recipe.

    • I saw the episode where they made that banana bread. It looked pretty labor intensive…but it’s nice to hear you think it’s worth the extra work.

      Way to go on the workouts. I had no idea what the dog thing was either or the calf thing.

      Have a good day, Biz!

  5. Always glad to hear of a good doctor’s visit for you! 🙂

    And Joe’s getting married next week – wow! What a fun post-wedding whirlwind trip they’ll have…and I know how happy you and Tony will be to see them.

  6. I’ve found of few good exercise things like that on Pinterest. I liked some of them because I was able to do them when I was at work…win, win! Feel free to look at my boards for some more Biz! Yep, my son and Crissy got married the same way. Actually so did my husband and I. I was never one for a big shindig 🙂 The banana bread sounds great, that’s awesome of you to make it for them!

  7. Just got a call from my eye doctor and I need to go in for my annual exam. You must both be on the same wave link 🙂

  8. Oh, I’m planning on making some banana bread again this morning. my mom is always buying too many bananas!

    And that workout you did sounds great! Awesome job getting up to 6.0 mph!!

  9. I’m due for my annual eye exam in December. The best part is picking out the glasses. I’m a nerd like that 🙂

  10. Banana bread is a specialty of mine!! 🙂

  11. Congrats to the nearly newlyweds! My husband and I got married during our lunch hours. Quick run to the courthouse, badabing, badaboom, we were married! 13 years later we are still together to share the tale. 🙂

    I love that soup bowl too! I love the Campbell Soup kids.

    Ugh, I wish my FIL would take better care of himself. He was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. At first he watched what he ate and worked out, but eventually he found the minimum of what he could live with and is skating by. Though not as well as he thought because his meds stopped working. He refuses to give himself shots of insulin (he says he will pass out) so his dr gave him some new meds and it is working better. So he is still skating by until those stop working. Makes me so mad, but he’s a grown man and makes his own decisions. /rant

    And yes, your eyes are very pretty. I always think that when you post a headshot. 🙂

    • Yep, there comes a point where insulin is the only way, but I too know a couple people who can’t stand needles. The problem is that they can have sustained high blood sugars for years and not feel the effects, and then when the complications present themselves, its too late. Hugs to your FIL!

  12. Roz@weightingfor50

    Your eyes are beautiful Vat. As is your banana bread! Happy Thursday!

  13. I had to look up birddogs too. I always just called it dynamic planks. glad your eyes are well! Congrats to your step-son getting married, such a sweet time of year to do so. I love the rows of bananas on top of that banana bread, so so pretty that way!

  14. Congrats on your eyes, and the almost newlyweds! Weddings like that are very trendy this year. I know of 3, including my daughter last May!
    Looking forward to the recipe, it looks good

  15. I woke up thinking, it is ONLY Thursday? Can’t be! Looking forward to the weekend and a short holiday week. The banana bread looks tasty, love the sliced bananas.

  16. Yay for beautiful eyes! I’d eat tacos with you 😉

  17. What you said about no two days being alike as a diabetic, that resonates with me. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is constantly having to adjust! I think a lot of it has to do with the changing of hormones throughout our cycles. It’s crazy that one day a certain amount of insulin is perfect and the next day, with the same exact meal (I repeat a lot of lunches) it’s either too much or too little. Blast! lol. I got my eye exam at the beginning of the year and got a good report too, though I had a female so she gave me no “beautiful” comments! lol

    • Isn’t it weird V! I think it also has to do with how active you are too – but we both test our blood sugars often enough that we can control it pretty good – just don’t forget to test it before going to bed – you scared me with that 27!!

  18. If I ever marry it would be the same way like your stephson is doing. Seems to me you have a great Thanksgiving weekend ahead of you.

    Banana bread is still on my list to make one day. I already have some recipes but haven’t made it yet.

  19. What a great post! I love the title because I really appreciate my own eyesight, my glasses, and even my eye color. However, this is a very important message about eye health. Thank you for that information.

    🙂 Marion

  20. I had to look up bird-dogs, too, I had never heard the name, but I’m pretty sure Jillian Michaels has had me do them before.

    That dinner looks amazing!!!! I love Mexican night 🙂

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