Homemade Rice-A-Roni

Some days I wonder if I would leave my head at home if it wasn’t attached to my body!  I was a whirlwind of activity before heading out to the gym.  I didn’t pack my back the night before and I was putting my work clothes in my bag – my worst fear is that after a work out I start to get dressed and I haven’t packed a bra or underwear, just a top and pants!

Got my food. Check!  Got my work clothes.  Check!  Got my camera.  Check!  Got my cell phone. Check!  Got my coffee.  Check!  Got my insulin bag . . .

Doh.  I got nearly to the gym and realized I left my insulin bag on the kitchen counter.  It has my test strips, glucose monitor, glucose tabs and . . . MY FAST ACTING INSULIN!   I have to take insulin every time I eat.  Drat.  But then I thought about it.  I could modify my food that I brought for the day – just make it lower carb.  And while Tony was perfectly willing to make the hour round trip drive to bring it to me, I thought I’d be okay.

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It was a gorgeous sunrise on the way to the gym.  Something about the sun just immediately puts me in a good mood!  On tap yesterday – chest and shoulders.

  • Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 15
  • Cable Crossover: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Plyo Kettlebell Push-Up: 3 X 12
  • One-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps, each side
  • Jackknife on Bench: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Upright Row: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Burpee: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dips: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Roman Chair Leg Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Push-Ups: 3 sets of 15 reps


  • 30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total

Surprisingly, the strength portion only took me 35 minutes – nice!  So I went to the treadmill to start the sprints.  Um, no.  I was still sore from the day before.  I wasn’t feeling it, and I didn’t want to do a half ass job, so I quickly switched gears and went swimming for 30 minutes instead.  Ah, that felt good.  Got all the kinks out and when I got out of the pool, I wasn’t sore anymore.

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And I had time to take a 10 minute hot shower.  #love

No picture of breakfast – you’ve seen it so much – another slice of my quiche!  It was only 12 grams of carbs, so I couldn’t eat my fruit or Chobani since I didn’t have my insulin.

I talked to Tony later on, and he thought it was best that I skip my lunch time workout – without my glucose monitor I have no idea where my blood sugar is at.   Even with one of my bosses out I was busy yesterday.  Before I knew it, it was lunch time!  Taco salad – romaine lettuce, a couple tablespoons of corn, carrots, yellow pepper, 4 ounces of taco meat and my salsa/ranch dressing.  21 grams of carbs for lunch.

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One of Tony’s favorite side dishes growing up was Rice-A-Roni.  He remembered an Asian version that had slivered almonds, but I don’t remember that one.  Katie from Chaos in the Kitchen made a homemade version – you guys, this could not be easier!  The only thing I changed was I used 1 tablespoon of butter while I sauteed the rice and pasta, and I added a teaspoon of Italian seasoning for the dried parsley.

I bought this pasta a couple weeks ago because I had a coupon for it.  Neither Tony or I had seen this cut of pasta before!

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I love that the pasta is sitting on my printed out workout for today!   On the side I made fried chicken legs.  I puffy heart fried drumsticks.  I used to never like dark meat and now I love it.  (that’s what she said).

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I promise you that is just one cup of the rice-a-roni.  Oh, is that fucking hot sauce on my chicken?  How the hell did that get there?! Devil

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The chicken was cooked perfectly, and Tony gave dinner two thumbs up.  #winning!  He usually jokes with me when he likes something I make and says stuff like “finally a decent meal around here!”

Since I had to give up all my extras – fruit/yogurt, etc., my calories were a bit light yesterday!  I am pretty happy that when I got home my blood sugar was only 235 – not bad for not taking insulin all day!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1158 calories, 88 carbs, 73 protein, 58 fat, 7.6 fiber (so low!)
  • 44% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 30% from carbs
  • 35 minutes chest/shoulders for strength
  • 30 minute swim

I want to give a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to blog reader Louise!  She lives up in Appleton, WI – and she makes wonderful greeting cards. I would love it if you could leave a ton of happy birthday comments and let her know I sent you her way!   She’s 67 years young today.  Maybe next summer I’ll have to make the drive up to WI for a meet up! Open-mouthed smile

I got to sleep in this morning.  I have a meeting near my office tonight, but It’s not until 7:15 so I decided to hit the gym after to work to kill time.  On today’s strength menu?  Hamstrings/Glutes/Calves – but no cardio – woop!

Oh, and guess what?  A while back I asked you guys to vote for my Buffalo Chicken Chili that was in Spark Peoples crock pot recipe contest.  I got an email last night that I made the top 15!  They are going to make the Top 15 recipes in the next week and announce a winner on December 2.  The prize?  $5,000 to me and $5,000 to my charity of choice!  Thanks again to Heather for letting me know about the recipe contest!  Wish me luck. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!


Comfort Food Dinner

On the menu: Pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli au gratin.

Broccoli au gratin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup fat free half and half
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Melt butter completely, add flour and stir to combine.  Slowly add half and half until sauce thickens, add cheese and stir until melts.  In three separate ramakins, add cooked chopped broccoli.  This sauce made 9 ounces, so I divided 3 ounces of sauce to each ramiken.  I crushed 6 croutons and sprinkled over two ramikens, and added parmesan cheese to the third.

Broil under low heat until nice and bubbly.   Note: These were good, but very mild and creamy – I think next time I’d use extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Each serving:

  • 160 calories
  • 10 fat
  • 10 carbs
  • 1 fiber
  • 6 protein

Garlic mashed potatoes

160 calorie 10 fat, 10 carbs, 1 fiber, 6 protein

Per serving: 160 calorie 10 fat, 10 carbs, 1 fiber, 6 protein



  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until soft.  Drain water.  Mix in butter, garlic, fat free half and half and salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 4 servings:

  • 135 calories
  • 3 fat
  • 31 carbs
  • 1.75 fiber
  • 2.5 protein
135 calories, 3 fat, 31 carbs, 1.75 fiber, 2.5 protein

Made 4 (5 oz) servings: 135 calories, 3 fat, 31 carbs, 1.75 fiber, 2.5 protein

These pork chops were huge!  I cut off a 3 oz. portion for me.

479 calories, 22 fat, 41 carbs

479 calories, 22 fat, 41 carbs

Late starts on Mondays for my daughters school means no workout.  I was going to work out at lunch, but realized I forgot to bring my clothes home from last night, and when I opened my bag, I offended myself!  That meant an after dinner workout.


  • 1234 calories (maybe I’ll have a glass of red wine!)
  • 49 fat
  • 133 carbs
  • 24.3 fiber
  • 74 protein


  • 20 minute bike
  • 10 minute stairs
  • 10 minute squirrel elliptical


See you tomorrow!