Archive for February, 2014

soup warms you from the inside…

February 15, 2014


Every so often I like to make a big pot of soup for the weekend.  It goes on the stove in the morning on Saturday, by afternoon it is ready.  Whenever I get hungry I’ll have a small bowl or a coffee mug full of soup.  Sunday morning, put it back on the stove, get hungry, eat soup.  Maybe add a different veggie into it or some rice or pasta around dinnertime to change it up a bit.  Monday, take it for lunch for work then have it for dinner.  Tuesday, dump the leftovers off the porch for any animal that wants a taste (three days is my limit for eating the same things over and over!)  Two, three months later, do it again.

Extra awesome side effect?  Two days of rather low calorie consumption.

My average calorie intake is about 1700 calories a day when “dieting”.  About 1400 if I’m being really strict.  So two days of mostly veggie soup dips way below that.

The soup isn’t from a recipe per se.  Today’s version has cabbage, celery, carrots, onions, and green beans in beef broth and I am getting ready to have my first bowl!

Nutritional breakdown, per cup.  It made about 24 cups but I rounded down to 20 just because…




February 14, 2014

I’ve been neglectful…

I am still here, still exercising, still counting what I eat, still really wishing winter would be freaking OVER!!!

What did I do this week?  Made over 100 chocolate covered oreos, over 200 chocolate covered strawberries, and am averaging 600 – 1000 calories a day in pure junk in addition to meals…  Not that those things are connected, right?  The students where I work are fundraising for their annual school trip and for valentine’s sold chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, and oreos…  I am the leader of the fundraising committee… lucky me.  I have multiple pounds of chocolate in my office and I can’t say I’ve been great with willpower this week.

But I am committing myself anew to stop justifying the junk.  I’m going to make a big pot of vegetable soup for the weekend and get back on track so that last week’s gain of .4 pounds doesn’t grow up and find friends.


Since I am averaging over 10,000 steps a day I feel good about my accomplishing of the “getting off my ass part,” now to work on the “STOP EATING GARBAGE” part!!!

Guess what? It’s snowing again.

February 3, 2014

This winter can’t be over soon enough!  Let’s see… what to ramble about, besides the weather?

I won the two Dietbets that I was doing consecutively.  One I paid $30 and got back $40.62.  The other I paid $25 and got back $32.29.  So at the end of the month, my weight is down and I made $18.11.  Woo-hoo!!

I am almost “overweight” rather than “obese” based on the BMI charts.  That really makes my day.  On my weight page I calculate my BMI for the first weigh-in of the month so as the first Monday of the month, that was today… 31.1

I feel a little sick… just a runny nose and a sinus headache.  I hope it doesn’t get worse!  I went to visit a friend of mine in the hospital Friday.  She has pneumonia and H1N1 flu.  I put on a gown, gloves, and mask before I went into her room.  Washed my hands really well when leaving, took sani-wipes and wiped down things and used it to press buttons on the way back to my car… but virulent germs are scary!  She is diabetic and over 400 pounds so she has other health issues making her battle to health even harder.   She joined our biggest loser competition.  I am so proud of her for taking that step!  She wanted me to bring the scale to the hospital for her weigh-in but I told her to just focus on getting well and I’d take the hospital’s weight when she checked in as her week’s weigh-in.

Well, off to exercise!

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