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.
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.
2) Read 13 books.
3) Bump up my savings account.
4) Family Planning.
5) Clear the Clutter.
6) Be more authentic.
7) Reconnect with my job.
8) The Scale. (It no longer controls me)
9) Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose.
11) Save Money for a Retirement Home.
12) Fitness: Log 18,000 fitness minutes.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.