Friday, May 18, 2012
Time to post a best veggie recipe for challenge points and this is one of my favorites :)
I found this on the San Antonio Sustainable Living Blog that DH contributes to. We make this often in the winter but not so much now. It takes a bit of chopping and prep work but it is worth it!
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).
Immune-boosting garlic and onion, along with red pepper and lime, combine with black beans and nourishing sweet potatoes to make one very satisfying autumn one-pot meal.
You can serve it on rice, or with Pumpkin Biscuits, taco chips, or corn bread. Either way, it makes a whole-foods, healthful answer to the perennial question, “What’s for dinner?”
Here’s the recipe:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 28-can diced tomatoes
4 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained (or 6 cups freshly cooked)
1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves, washed and dried
1. Warm the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the onion, red pepper, garlic, and salt. Saute until soft, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the sweet potato and lime zest, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, continuing to stir occasionally.
3. Add the tomatoes, black beans, jalapeno, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cocoa, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Serve over brown rice, if desired, with lime wedges and cilantro, or with corn bread, biscuits, or taco chips alongside.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I turned 50 this past Saturday. Boy, you blink and the years fly by. Still working on losing those last 15 lbs. I think it's slow going due to several factors including it's that time of my life where hormonal changes are rampant plus I am an emotional eater. However, I am much stronger now than I ever was in my 20s, 30s or 40s thanks to exercise and ST. I used to do the aerobics portion of classes but leave when the ST started. Now I love it and I have SP and friends here to thank for the encouragement to stick to it.
The EE is much better than it used to be but it is an ongoing challenge. I've replaced some emotional eating with exercise but also other stuff I love to do like reading more, spending time with friends and sparking. Even work has become a source of joy for me instead of a drain. It took a while but working on the emotional garbage I was carrying around really helped a lot. Losing 45 lbs didn't hurt either.
The hormonal stuff will change with time so I'm just gonna be patient and know this isn't the time for the weight to drop off but the time will come. I keep reminding myself this is not the end, but the middle of my journey, or maybe I'm past the middle as I don't think I'll live to be 100, lol, but that's ok. As long as I keep moving and keep working on the food issues I am making progress.
It seems when you need a boost or a reminder of how effective changes you've made have been, God, the universe, your higher power or whatever you believe in sends something your way.
DH came home Thursday after a day of cleaning the thrift shop where we both volunteer. I've been a volunteer there since 2002. He found a picture that had fallen behind a bookcase. It was taken of me when we first started there. I do believe this was at my heaviest, about 220 or so; also prior to breast reduction surgery. As he handed me this photo he said, "look how far you've come." It was an OMG picture for me but in a good way. It was a good reminder of my progress so I'm putting it out there. I'm also posting a picture after surgery but before weight loss from 2005. There aren't many pictures of me at this weight because like so many people here I avoided the camera.
2005 on Vacation Post surgery pre-weight loss
On my BLC18 team, there was a suggestion to post things you are doing right. So often we post what we are doing wrong or what we wish we could change. Though I do think it's ok to put that stuff out there,too, to purge it and get feedback, here's my list of what I'm doing right:
1) ST 2-3 times a week. I actually enjoy it now.
2) Aerobics 2-3 times a week. Working on running and liking, if not loving it, yet.
3) Eating lower calories and more whole foods. Most days it's around 1500 calories but I'm focusing more on the types of foods vs calories. I could eat ice cream everyday and stay in my calorie range but it's not nutritionally good for me. Occaisionally yes, daily no.
4) Keeping in contact with like-minded friends and family, especially my BLC18 teammates and other supportive friends. It's so easy for me to just pull into myself and find comfort with food but the support I've found with others on this journey is much more nourishing and life enhancing than anything I could put in my mouth.
Here's a picture from 9 months ago...same weight as now but a few less inches. I'm still not real fond of the camera so I don't have a more recent photo but I think you can see the difference. Edit for Skirnir and Jeni: Forgot to add this
Friday, November 25, 2011
Gratitude list for BLC 17 Final Weekend Challenge
1. My DH and his health. He is feeling much better after a few weeks of scary stuff. Thankfully the worst seems to be behind us.
2.Work. I love my work and though last night I though it would be nice to have the day off, I really enjoyed myself today. It can be challenging at times but overall it's a good way to spend the day.
3. The BLC, round 17 team. I've learned a lot from my teammates, the Prism Panthers, and am looking forward to round 18 in January.
4. Bootcamp on a Friday night. BC is usually on Thursday nights but with the holiday my trainer offered a special session tonight. It seemed to be more challenging than usual. Might have been she wanted us to work off the stuffing and pies or it could be number 5 below.
5. My trainer has a new boyfriend. And yes, I am grateful that she does. He joined us in BC for the first time tonight and I think she pushed us all a little bit more because of it.
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