Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weight Loss Progress + Soup Recipe

 The last 5 days has been about conscious eating and focusing on self care.
I've  cut back on calories and consumed many high fiber vegetable dishes.
Homemade cabbage, artichoke, onion, parley, spinach broth type soup with tofu

 The first 3 days I was edgy and irritable, but now I feel good and  less bloated and more energetic.

It actually hasn't been that difficult; it's has just taken planning.

Basically, I've been doing about 1200 healthy calories a day.
I've planned my menus, made sure I had everything I need in the house, and planned a realistic exercise regime.

For me planning is the key:
  • Planning helps me make good choices.
  • Without a plan, I end up eating whatever looks good or available at the moment.
  • My plan helps me be a conscious eater not a spontaneous eater.
  • A plan also helps me eat a more balanced and satisfying meal.
  • I plan for protein, veggies, fiber, raw food etc.
  • I plan a low calorie snack.. so after lunch I know I will be having a mozzarella stick or a Greek Yogurt. Both are full of protein and satisfying .
  • The protein helps stabilize my blood sugar and keep me energized.

The hardest part has been making the time I need for me. 

Being on a diet and exercising takes planning and takes work. But I've decided that I want to feel happy with my body again, I want to go to the closet and know that my clothes fit, and I want to feel that I am eating healthfully.

This has been my basic menu for the past 5 days; I hope to get more adventurous, but right now I'm keeping it simple and do-able.

Breakfast has been fresh vegetable juice ( romaine lettuce, celery, beets, carrots, kale, parsley, cucumber and radishes) made in my juicer. I;ve timed it- Juicing takes me 6 minutes from taking the veggies out of the refrigerator ( I keep them organized in a bin , so I just pull out the bin) , wash them, juice them, and clean the juicer! 6 minutes is worth it to have the benefit of all those fabulous health giving raw enzymes flood through my body and nourish it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!


Snack: Fruit ( apple, orange, or grapefruit)

Lunch: Fresh raw Salad, 1 cup  cooked vegetable, protein (1/2 cup chick peas, or  1/2 cup black beans, or 4 ounces tofu, or 2 eggs etc)

Snack: Weight Watchers brand cheese stick ( tastes great and low calorie)  or no fat plain Greek Yogurt ( 100 calories) ( could add fresh fruit)

Dinner: Homemade low calorie soup;  Salad, protein, cooked vegetable

Weight Loss Artichoke Soup
This soup has a great flavor for a low calorie , low fat vegetable broth.  It is made from frozen artichokes, red cabbage, spinach and tofu.



Homemade cabbage, artichoke, onion, parley, spinach broth type soup with tofu

Soup Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 large onion
1/2 bag Frozen Artichokes
2 carrots, chopped,
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup parsley
2 cups red cabbage, chopped
1/2 bag frozen spinach
1/2 cup tofu ( added last 5 minutes of cooking)

Directions:

Saute 1 large onion in cooking oil spray added garlic, 1/2 bag frozen artichoke hearts ( Trader Joe.)
2 cups of red cabbage, 2 carrots, parsley, and 1/2 bag frozen spinach)  Saute together for about 10 minutes. Then add enough water to fully cover the vegetables ( but not too much and cook down until all veggies become soft and you have a soup. Added seasoning to taste - salt, Trader Joe 21 Salute )  I added chopped tofu the last 5 minutes.


Exercise: 45 minutes on the Treadmill or 1 hour walk outside, or yoga class + 20 minutes cardio on the treadmill.
I've been lucky. I've found friends to exercise with. For me, the companionship makes a difference and keeps me going. When I don't have a friend , I make sure I have my MP3 player and listen to an inspirational CD  or some fun Latino music.
Last night I took a yoga class at my gym,  and I slept like a baby.

Tip of the Day: I end each day with a plan for the next day.
After dinner, I plan for the next day.
I check to see that I have what I need for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
I plan my meals for the day and I follow them.
I plan a time when I can go to the gym or get out for a long walk.

Do you have a weight loss story? Would you like to be a guest blogger.


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12 comments:

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  2. Wonderful update! So glad to hear you have exercise buddies! I took a yoga class after school one day a week one semester and loved it, very beneficial!

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  3. well done! I think I will try the soup too. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop! xo

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  4. Hi Judee,
    This is a very helpful post and a great soup! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. You have worked a lot of wonderful and healthy ingredients into this soup--it looks like a delicious dish that doesn't seem like dieting. ;-) Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your plan...your recipe...your inspiration. I need all the help I can get!

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  7. Wow, that's so nutrient packed, I love it

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  8. What wonderful information and a delicious soup too! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  9. Artichokes in soup is something I haven't done before, but it sounds very tasty! I just too when I can, but I have no idea how I could become as efficient as doing it in 6 minutes! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon.

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