Shit Happens

I love having leftovers of roasts – they are great to dice up in morning hashes and tonight we’ll be having roast beef sandwiches (and broccoli soup).  Shhhhh.  Don’t tell Tony about the broccoli soup. Open-mouthed smile

Yesterday I made a breakfast hash of 3 ounces diced up leftover roast from Saturday night, baby spinach, 2 eggs, egg whites and 2/3 cup of canned sliced potatoes.  I had to stop at Big Lots over the weekend to get ziplocs and foil and they had canned potatoes for .50 cents each.  On the side – cantaloupe and blueberries.

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It was in the high 70s and sunny, so I got to swim outside.  I had to kick the kids out the lap lane though – love it!

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A swam for 30 minutes, then relaxed for 10.  I need to remember to bring my headphones out to the pool next time.   And looks like I need some serious eye brow threading done. Open-mouthed smile

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Rachel had sent me some red quinoa a while ago and it somehow got pushed to the back of my pantry.   I looked online and stumbled upon Oh She Glows Quinoa, black bean cumin lime salad.  Huh, sounded interesting!

4 servings:  274 calories, 6.5 fat, 45 carbs, 7.8 fiber and 10.2 protein

For the salad:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (or 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (or 1.5 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups cilantro, finely chopped Wow, that’s a lot of cilantro, even for me!  (Rhonda look away from the cilantro) I used 3 tablespoons
  • 3 small/medium carrots, julienned (about 1.5 cups)
  • 4 green onions, chopped NOPE
  • fine grain sea salt & black pepper, to taste

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil I USED 1 TABLESPOON
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetenerI used honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1. To prepare the quinoa: Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Add into pot along with 1.5 cups water or veggie broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low-medium, and then cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer for 15-17 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and steam with the lid on for 5 additional minutes. Fluff with fork and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, cilantro, carrots, and green onions.

3. Whisk together the dressing in a small bowl or jar. Pour onto salad and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I prefer to enjoy this salad chilled, so I usually throw it into the fridge for at least an hour. This is a great make-ahead salad too – prep it the night before and let it sit in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

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I ended up adding 4 ounces of grilled chicken to round out my lunch.  I ended up adding a bit of hot sauce because it was a tiny bit bland, but other than that, I really liked it.  Except I heated it up – I didn’t like it cold at all.

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I have to say, this was surprisingly filling. Only one tiny problem.  Um, the quinoa got stuck in just about every nook and cranny of my mouth. Confused smile

On my way home from work, I had to pick up my fast acting insulin – the one that I take whenever I eat anything.  We got new Insurance at my office last month – which saved the office a lot of money and my contribution was reduced by 1/3 – winning!  That is until I was asked to pay $358 dollars for five insulin pens.  I almost cried right then and there on the spot. 

Since it’s new insurance our deductible hasn’t been met yet – so the first $2500 is our responsibility, then everything – medicine, office visits, etc. will be covered at 100%.   I have to call our insurance company today to see why we don’t get any kind of discount – it’s like paying retail for it.  I normally only paid $40 for TWO boxes. Sad smile

What do I normally do when shit hits the fan?  Eat.  or Drink.  or Both.  I seriously was driving home and thinking “I could fry up some french fries and melt some cheese over the top and have cheezy fries with dinner – and fuck it, I may as well have a glass of wine!”

But I didn’t.  Shit happens all the time.  Good or bad.  You get invited to a party so you think “I’ll just have a bit of everything because I don’t want to be rude to the host, I’ll get back on track tomorrow.”   Everyone at the office is going for happy hour “so I guess I’ll have a couple margaritas.”

Something is always going to “get in the way” of being healthy in making good choices.  But I am in control.  We’ll figure this out one way or another, but eating cheese fries and drinking 4 glasses of wine isn’t going to change the price tag of my insulin.


So I stayed on plan.  I made panko crusted chicken with Pam fried broccoli on the side, dipped in fat free ranch dressing.

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And after Tony and I watched Ray Donovan (getting really interesting now!)  I did my 40 minutes of cardio power and resistance.

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I drank my lo cal Gatorade after my workout, and didn’t eat or drink anything else. Open-mouthed smile

Stats for the Day:

  • 1605 calories, 58 fat, 142 carbs, 24 fiber and 127 protein
  • 35% of calories from carbs, 33% from fat and 32% from protein
  • 30 minute swim
  • 40 minute Insanity cardio power and resistance
  • NSV – not eating or drinking during a stressful situation

I have a spinach and green chile breakfast casserole in the oven almost ready to come out.  I always joke with Tony when I make something I KNOW he won’t like and will say “did you want me to leave you a slice of that spinach casserole to have for your breakfast?”  Ha – pretty sure just reading that sentence made him throw up in his mouth just a tiny bit.

Question of the Day:  How do you handle a stressful situation? 

Make it a great day!


67 thoughts on “Shit Happens

  1. Wow, that was a real test! I think I *would* have cried, after the shock wore off! And under normal circumstances, I would have eaten anything and everything in my path. Food is definitely comfort for me even though I try to train myself otherwise. Exercise is a good alternative/distraction. Good for you for sticking to plan – the chicken looks delish! Have a great day! 🙂

  2. I don’t handle stress nearly as well as you did yesterday! That price for the Insulin would have sent me over the edge if I wasn’t expecting it!!! Great job staying on track!!!

  3. I’m going to watch Ray tonight, you made me curious 🙂

    I don’t get stressed easily but when I do I eat. You have to pay a lot before you get a 100% coverage. Think we have to pay around $ 300 before we get everything covered.

    Your swimming during lunch always looks like a mini vacation, love it. Especially that you take time to relax a little afterwards.

    • Let me know what you think of Ray Donovan! And yes, it does feel like a mini-vacation to get away from my office for an hour like that – so refreshing – although a bit chilly today at 68 degrees, so I skipped it.

  4. Good for you for fighting the temptation and winning. I try to live “choice by choice.” Every right choice is a step in the right direction.

    • ஜ ர ம ப ந ள உங கள க க ண ம . ந ங க அர ள க க spokes peosrn இல ல ய .ந ங கள ம சர அர ள ப ற றவர கள ம சர ப த ப பட ய வ க ற றச ச ட ட வ த த க ண ட இர க க ற ர கள . ஒர ந ரட ய க ள வ உங கள சம கத த ந க க அல ல மல உங கள ந க க ந ய யம க வ த த ல க ண மல ப ய வ ட க ற ர கள . அல லத அத தவ ர த த ஏத த ச ல ல க க ண ட இர க க ற ர கள .இத ல இர ந த உங கள ந க கம த ள வ க வ ளங க க றத .சம கம ச ர ந த ப த பட ய ன ஒத த க க ள ளல மற த தல எத ய ம ந ன ச ய வத ல ல . அதன ல உங கள க ள வ க க என பத ல எனக க வன ம ற எந த ர பத த ல ம ஏற ப ட யதல ல. அந த வக ய ல இங க சம கம ச ர ந த ப த ப பட ய ன க ழ ப ணர ச ச க கர த த க கள ய ம ந ன வன ம ற ய கவ ப ர க க ற ன . இந த இந த த வ , ப ர ப பனர , த ர வ ட வ மர சனங கள வ ட த த ந ங கள தன மன தன க உங கள ப ற ப ப கள ல எத ய வத ந ங கள வ த ட ம மக கள க க க ச ய வத ன ல ஒன ற ய வத ச ல ல ங கள .

  5. We are insurance poor with car, life and health insurance coming to around $1000 a month. My husband’s expensive ($443 a month) insurance is $10,000 deductible and we’ve just learned that we will have to pay the penalty for Obama Care because his insurance doesn’t qualify. In order to qualify, his policy would cost more than double what it is now. We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that it is only for catastrophic situations anyway like cancer or a car accident — things that cost more than $10,000. Sad.

  6. What a slap in the face. Proud of the way you handled it!! The bottom picture of you is stunningly beautiful. I want that one for the board.

  7. Not only are you physically training but you’ve trained your mind as well. I need to be more like you…I swear I would have had the cheesy fries and wine! I drank a glass of wine last night for you and one for me!

  8. Dealing with insurance is such a pain in the butt!! But don’t you feel super empowered that you didn’t let the stress ruin your evening?! Way to go! 🙂

  9. Good job properly dealing with the frustration about the surprise price of your insulin pens. So smart of you to think about whether your typical coping mechanism would actually fix the problem or not, and then handle it maturely. I need to be reminded of this when I needlessly worry about all sorts of random issues (read: everything!). Worrying is completely useless and it causes stress. I need to focus on preparing myself and meet everything head-on.

    I had to look up NSV from your stats for the day (non-scale victory). Nice one. It’s always nice to share those little things. Is there a non-weight loss version of that? LV (little victory)? My husband’s little victory today calming our toddler down and preventing a meltdown. He did a great job with redirecting our son’s attention to peanut butter toast (easy to be interested in that!).

    • Oops – sorry for not clarifying what a non-scale victory is! Sometimes its just nice to focus on something positive other than the number on the scale. ;D

  10. You certainly dealt with that better than I would have. I really would have cried, not that it would change anything. When I got out of the hospital and didn’t even have my gallbladder removed, I cried when all the bills came to a little over $13,000 for 2 days…ugh! Obviously, I have no insurance. So, what did I do (after crying)? Just started paying them what I could monthly. It will take forever and a day but, that’s all I can do. You handled it well Biz!

  11. A good run or coffee date always relieves stress for me. I think working out is such a great way to relieve stress. That panko crusted chicken looks amazing

  12. Reach over and give yourself a big pat on the back! I’d totally give you a high five if I were next to you. That’s a big deal, Biz, changing how you react to a stressful situation. And boy, that is major! I would have cried for sure! How long will 5 pens last you? It’s nice that everything will be free after you meet the deductible but until you hit that point-whoa! I admit I tend to react to situations like that by eating as well so I understand the challenge of NOT doing that. You rock.

  13. I almost cried when I read that. I don’t pay anything for my insulin and pump supplies. I have 5 Humalog pens that I could give you if you were closer because switched to the pump. Good on you though, for not caving in and eating junk to make yourself feel better. Great accomplishment.

  14. Oh my goodness…I would have fainted on the spot…to think $358! Someone is getting rich and it isn’t us! I can agree with Caron about being Ins. poor, it’s a gamble. My BIL is an ins. salesman. He says it’s a 50/50 deal, (50% chance you need ins. and 50% chance you don’t need it). My husband is bi-polar so he has to take meds. At one point a medication he was taking would have cost us $300 a month and that was with insurance. NOOOOOO we could not afford that. What did the phyciatrist do? He gave us samples that salesmen dropped off. So the meds were free, we just had to call when he was low and get more samples. We have been doing that for years now. I don’t think medication should cost that much. My diabetes medication is $1.00 for this month (I thought that was a mistake) we’ll see what this month will bring.

    I used to be able to handle stress pretty well, not so much now as I have gotten older. My mother used to tell me everything was ‘calm and quiet’ with her….I am still looking for that “calm and quiet” kind of life. I think it is elusive.

    Did you get to watch “Peaceful Warrior” yet on Netflex?? It almost sounds like you did.

  15. What a shock on the cost of your insulin! But you handled it well and I bet that feels great. I have a high deductible policy, but we do get the discounted insurance rate for everything at least. I would shop around different pharmacies, at the very least. Hopefully they didn’t give you a discount you were supposed to get.

    • You might want to use a spicy salsa as the dressing for your salad as an alternative. Just a suggestion to save time and spice it up a bit. I use a smoky chipotle salsa on a similiar salad…yummy!

    • Thanks Sheryl – so far the other pharmacies I’ve called have the same price. 😦

  16. You’re so right — you can’t control all the little surprises that will come your way, but you can control your reaction (to a point haha). Way to go, staying on track despite that major sticker shock!!!

  17. UGH! I hate sharing the lap swim lane!

  18. Biz – that is freakin’ awesome!!! You handled your situation perfectly – I’m going to remember this… I need to. Lately I’ve been having a major case of the fuck it’s & well…an add’l 10-15 lbs later – this ish needs to stop.


    • Yep, that’s what happens to me too Lori – before I know it the pounds are added and why the hell can we gain weight so fast and it takes so long to lose it?! 😀

  19. Shit, you are WAY stronger than I am!!!! I would have cried and probably drowned myself in a large shake on the way home.

  20. Great job on handling the unwelcome surprise. I know that I would have wanted to eat something immediately, like in my car on the way home! That’s always been a problem for me – I used to do all my emotional smoking in the car and now I’ve replaced that with emotional eating! I realize it and usually can talk myself out of it – I’ll remember your victory for inspiration in the future because you’re right…there will always be some shit happening and we have to realize our reaction isn’t going to change what already happened!! Thanks again for your great insight 🙂

  21. I have TOTALLY cried at the rx counter!! Twice, actually. 1. I found out breathing steroids L needed to be on for 18 months were $325/month and 2. when my birth control I normally was on was somehow $311….I literally cried at the counter and thought (this may be TMI) ‘wow, that is really expensive sex.’ LOL!

    Sorry about your pricey meds 😦

    • Ha – that was expensive sex! 😀 Thanks Courtney.

      • …// //இந த இந த த வ , ப ர ப பனர , த ர வ ட வ மர சனங கள வ ட த த ந ங கள தன மன தன க உங கள ப ற ப ப கள ல எத ய வத ந ங கள வ த ட ம மக கள க க க ச ய வத ன ல ஒன ற ய வத ச ல ல ங கள .// //தன ப பட ட ம ற ய ல என ன ச ய த ம என பத ம ன ப ன த ர ய த, தனத அட ய ளத த மற க க றவர கள டம எட த த க க ற ம த வ ஏத வத இர க க றத ?ச த அட ப பட ய ல ன ஒட க க ம ற கள என பவ – தன மன த க ரணங கள ல ந கழ பவ அல ல, அவ \’ஒர வர அவர இன ன க ட டத த ச ர ந தவர \’ என பதற க க ஒட க கப பட வத ய ம ச ரண டப பட வத ய ம க ற க க றத .ப ர க தம ச ய பவர உயர ந தவர , ச ர ப ப த த ப பவர த ழ ந தவர என பத ன அட ப பட என ன? தன மன தர அல லத க ட டம ? ச ர ப ப த க க ம க ப ப ச ம உயர ந தவன , ச ர ப ப த க க ம ம ர யப பன த ழ ந தவன என ற இர க க றத ?ந ங கள நல லவர க ட டவர என பத ம க க யம ல ல . ந ங கள உங கள அட ய ளப பட த த க க ள ள ம க ட டம எத தக யத ? என பத த ன ம க க யம ஒத க கப பட வத தன மன தர கள அல ல – க ட டம (This is group discrimination – not iniiddvual discrimination).

  22. That is more cilantro than anyone should consume in a lifetime!! 🙂 Insurance is such a grim thing, it just makes me upset to even think about it. If I stress out I tend to just internalize things and brood, I am not fun to be around when I am stressed out!

  23. Paying big bills, especially medical bills, makes me flashback to when I was a single mom. It was a biweekly thing that I got paid, paid bills, put gas in the car and groceries in the house, and then I had like two dollars until the next payday. Even though we are in a decent financial position now, I still have a really hard time paying for big ticket items!

    • I was the same as you Erin! I lost my job the DAY I came back from an unpaid maternity leave – I got a temp job that paid $200 a week and my day care cost $150!

  24. Love the John Maxwell quote. Glad to see your thinking about it in the right way, I know I used to eat whenever a stressful situation arose but not anymore. You definitely should be proud of yourself 🙂

  25. Yes, it certainly does happen! I try to get out of the house and find some distractions .. Preferably not in a restaurant. Trying to find non-eating ways to calm and soothe.

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    Biz – I feel for you. We have crap insurance with a deductible of $5000! We get 1 doctor visit a year paid for and every single other thing is out of pocket until we get to $5. And then meds are never covered. John has asthma and needs meds, so he buys them from Canada. It sucks.

  27. Props to staying on track. I know when I get off I derail, there’s not stopping it! However wanted to let ya know that even though it was a crap day YOUR pictures get prettier and prettier each one you post,

  28. I hear you on the health insurance stuff….totally sucks! I crisis insurance and my deductible is like, $5,000…makes for very expensive expensive bills! You did a great job not giving into the stress; I’ve been there and am just getting out of it and have been running FAST to get out my stress and jitters/anxiety! 🙂 You can do it love!

  29. My husband is diabetic also (with a multitude of other health issues). My company changed their insurance the same way this year, higher deductible and lower premiums. We saw it coming so I’ve been putting the extra money from premiums into savings so it could counteract the extra cost of our medical bills. It was also a shock for me when my husband and I went in for our physicals. Our portion was way more than I thought & it used to be mostly covered! It’s sad to see what all these companies are doing with their insurance, all to prep for what’s coming I’m sure! Oh well, keep calm & carry on right? Ha!

    • Thanks Paula – yep, its a shock, but we’ll figure it out in the end. It’s like insurance companies don’t want to deal with small companies anymore! That will be my mantra “keep calm and carry on!” (and don’t stress eat!)

    • //சக மன தன க ல லப பட ம ப த அந த ச ய க ய வ ற க க வ ண ட ம , மன தன க க க பர த பட வ ண ட ம , அத த ன நம ம ல ம ட ய ம . //இத ப ன ற வசனங கள எல ல ம தம ழ ச ன ம வ ல எழ த ன ல க ட ட க க தட ட வ ர கள .ந ங கள ச ய தத அட ப பட வ தம . இஸ ர ல எத ர க க ஹ ட லர த ர க கதர ச ஆக க யத உங கள ச யல . இத இஸ ல ம ய அட ப பட வ த கள க லங க லம க ச ய த க ண ட ர ப பத த ன . இவர கள நம ப த த ன ப லஸ த னர கள நட த த ர வ ல ந ற க ற ர கள .ந ங கள உங கள வல ப பத வ ல ப ட ட படங கள வ ட ம கவ ம க ட ரம ன ரத தத த ல ம தக க ம படங கள , mumbai bmibong, Tel aviv bmibong என ற க க ள ல த ட ன ல க ட க க ம . உங கள சக தரர கள ன க ங கர யம அத ல த ள வ கத த ர ய ம .அந தப படங கள ல இறந த க டப பவர கள எல ல ம என ன பன ற க க ட டம ? சக மன தர கள இல ல ய ? என ற க ட க ட கல ம . ஆன ல க ட ட ல ஒழ ங க ன பத ல வரப ப வத ல ல என பத மட ட ம நன ற கத த ர ய ம .இஸ ர ல மட ட ம த ன இன ற க க இஸ ல ம ய அட ப பட வ த கள க க ஆப ப வ க க ற ன . அத வ ம எங க அட த த ல வல க க ம அங க ய ம த த க றத . இந த ய என ற க க அட ப பட வ த கள க க இப பட சங க ஊதப ப க றத என ற ஆதங கம த ன ம னர சம ள ள இந த யர கள க க இர க க றத .

    • Nothing I could say would give you undue credit for this story.

  30. “Eating cheese fries and drinking 4 glasses of wine isn’t going to change the price tag of my insulin.”

    Actually, it would probably make it go up.

    Sorry about the new and improved insurance. :-/

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