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Cauliflower Soup

Thursday, January 03, 2013

With a cold snap here in SF my office has been colder than usual. It makes it hard to enjoy a salad at lunch time which leaves me hunger in the afternoon. Boo!

Last night I ordered a thermos so I can start bringing soup.

This is my newest favorite soup. Plus, it will help warm me up.


1 small head of cauliflower
1 small yellow onion
1/2 fennel bulb
6 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1 box of organic chicken stock
1 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Cut vegetables and place in a covered pot with the chicken stock barely covering the vegetables. Simmer until all the veggies are soft, and transfer to a blender. Be careful not to fill blender more than halfway blend in batches if necessary. Add olive oil to the final batch. Once all puréed soup is combined season with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

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ABB698 1/4/2013 12:50AM

    Looks relish! emoticon

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TINAT247 1/3/2013 7:41PM

    YUMMMMM! I can't wait to make it for myself!!!

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I'm looking forward to healthy and rewarding 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year friends. I hope everyone celebrated responsibly. I went a little crazy-pants with chocolate but other than that it was tame.

My update is this:

2012 Goals: where did I end up?

1) Pay off 75% of our current debt. emoticon

2) Read 13 books. emoticon

3) Bump up my savings account. emoticon

4) Family Planning. emoticon

5) Clear the Clutter. emoticon

6) Be more authentic. emoticon

7) Reconnect with my job. emoticon

8) The Scale. emoticon (It no longer controls me)

9) Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose. emoticon

10) Moving. emoticon

11) Save Money for a Retirement Home. emoticon

12) Fitness: Log 18,000 fitness minutes. emoticon

I did great with my 2012 goals. As for #10 & 12 ... they are a push. 10. We are still in our cramped apartment because we have no ambition to pay more rent. 12. I stopped logging fitness minutes so I have no idea what my number is but I can tell you it is under 18K. I'm okay with that too.

I'm not listing out any 2013 goals. My main objectives this year will be to live healthier, eat well and concentrate on what is important in life ... me, family & friends and my lil fur balls. I recognized over the last 12 months that I'm off balance ... spending too much time (mentally & physically) on things that really shouldn't matter that much.

I enlisted a friend to start-up strength training sessions with me three days a week at the gym. Our sessions started in December and we've had a lot of fun with it. They only last about 20-25 minutes and we are sore for days after so I know we are doing something right. We don't do repeat workouts and we make sure to giggle. I intend to add a light ST before work too - situps & arms - that will increase my progress too.

I started the Whole30 program which mirrors the other program I've been following since April of 2012. I let too much sugar and dairy back in my diet so out they go again. Ultimately, my body doesn't process either one very well so I need to keep them out. I also don't eat a lot of processed foods and hit the farmers market once a week to buy seasonal veggies. I can already tell a difference in my energy now that sugar & dairy are out ... amazing how that happens.

I'm looking forward to healthy and rewarding 2013.

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KAB7801 3/28/2013 11:13PM

    Right on!

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ABB698 1/3/2013 12:15AM

    I know you will rock 2013!! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 1/2/2013 3:52PM

    Good for you, you did great on your goals!

Happy New Year dear friend, can't wait to see what 2013 holds for you!

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Looking back at the journey (photos). Then to Now.

Monday, November 12, 2012

When I need a little perspective I take a look at where I started ...

When I turned 30 I weighed 325+ pounds.

When I saw the photo's of myself after my birthday/college graduation party I took my broken self image, angry, bitter self to therapy and got some perspective. That folks saved me from suffocating in my own fat.

Things started changing.

Then I got stuck. I almost lost hope but I kept pushing ... myself and my doctors for answers.

This is me in Jamaica in 2008 at 245 pounds. (The Mr called me chubby then. That always made me giggle ... "chubby" at 245 lbs, okay! Love him!)

I still struggle with binge eating. I still struggle to find my "thin." I still struggle but I have NEVER given up on myself.

This is me now ... at age 42. Ya, it's been a long journey but worth every step.

I love my Spark Peeps and I love my life ... now and then. I didn't take the fast track to 199.1 lbs and I still haven't found the expressway to "thin." Yet, I know my path - with all the bumps and broken hearted moments - has given me the strength to find wellness without hiding.

To Be Continued ...

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BELAFUNK1985 12/11/2012 10:44AM

    WOW! You have been and always be my number one motivation. Congrats to you and all of your hard work!!!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/13/2012 8:48PM

    "I still struggle with binge eating. I still struggle to find my "thin." I still struggle but I have NEVER given up on myself. "
* Amen! Thank you for your friendship.

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MANLEYSANDY 11/13/2012 11:28AM

    You just plan ole ROCK! I am honored that I can share this with you because I truly care about you and your struggles!!


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JENJESS48 11/13/2012 9:08AM

    Healthy and radiant are better than thin any day - and you have achieved those, which are harder anyway! You look younger now than you did at 30! You're truly an inspiration, KT.

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ABB698 11/12/2012 11:57PM

    Did I miss the blog about you reaching ONEDERLAND? Nevertheless, emoticon
You have come so far and are emoticon

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LANSELMO7 11/12/2012 10:14PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey!!!!!! You have given me a great motivation boost tonight, I needed it!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SGRAY478 11/12/2012 8:42PM

    So great to see your journey!
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RADIANTROBIN 11/12/2012 8:36PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! You are an inspiration!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2012 8:21PM

    You said it sister! I wouldn't have changed a thing about my journey. Slow, stop, binge, whatever, I'm thankful for every minute of it. I'm not sure I'll ever find my thin... But I know I've found healthy! You look great, and I know you feel even better! *HUGS*

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JAMBABY0 11/12/2012 8:07PM

    Great pics thanks for sharing

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The Mermaid Series 5K/10K Race

Monday, November 12, 2012

This is my third Mermaid Series race. I've completed two 5Ks and one 10K with the Mermaids. It's a great course and organization!

As I've mentioned before I've found a fitness friend and we like to participate in races together. We have a lot of fun together and keep each other motivated. We tend not to take things too serious which makes for an easy going time.

This race we decided to have a little fun ... she made us tutu's. They are so adorable and fun to wear! We weren't the only ladies in tutu's but ours seemed to be the favorite on and off the course. YA!

We didn't race for time, more for fun. Even with that we both agreed that we are both in a place that running is a real option again. *SMILES*

It really was a great morning!
I am looking forward to seeing my finisher photo this time around. I was super animated compared to past races. :)

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JENJESS48 11/13/2012 9:16AM

    LOVE the tutu and the attitude!

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MAGGIENCALI 11/12/2012 9:59PM

    I emoticon your tutus!!! Sounds like you had a fun time and that the weather was picture perfect.

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PURPLE180 11/12/2012 9:06PM

    Cute pics...you look incredible. Love your smile. emoticon

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SGRAY478 11/12/2012 8:37PM

    LOVE that one of you in the field with the bridge in the back!

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MANLEYSANDY 11/12/2012 6:21PM

    So awesome and you both look beautiful!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2012 5:54PM

    That's so exciting, and the tutus are SUPER cute!

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My new dress (Photo)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

With dwindling options in the closet and a wedding reception to attend tonight I headed out to try and find a new dress. I'm still training myself to walk away from the larger sizes so I had the sales person grabbing smaller sizes as I went along.

I settled on this dress in a Medium - I love it! The sales person said she was jealous of my curves. I even treated myself to new shoes which compliment the dress quit nicely.


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BELAFUNK1985 11/12/2012 1:21PM

    WOW! KT you look fantastic... you are just the best motivation around. Congrads on looking amazing.
Oh... and I LOVE that dress


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RAYLIENET 11/11/2012 11:45AM

    You look amazing, gorgeous, strong, and healthy :)

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ENDUROVET 11/5/2012 10:41PM

    Awesome! You look fantastic babe!

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MANLEYSANDY 11/5/2012 11:25AM

    You look beautiful!

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ESHERRILL3 11/5/2012 8:26AM

    Snap! You are looking good!! emoticon

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ABB698 11/4/2012 3:24PM

    Look who's rockin her LBD! emoticon Go KT!!! emoticon

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JENJESS48 11/4/2012 12:10PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! And a medium to boot!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SGRAY478 11/3/2012 10:08PM

    Love your dress lady!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/3/2012 7:30PM

    I LOVE it! You look fatastic, and I think I have the same shoes = ) have fun!

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SANDYCRANE 11/3/2012 4:54PM

    You look great in that dress. Keep up the good work.

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