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Soup is good for the soul, not bad for my ass either.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Halfway through the week and feeling great, I am officially off of my AM cup of Joe and feeling better early in the days, it really is amazing how eating better foods will do that. Eating better was priority and as I get a handle on that its time to start thinking about some "real" exercise as I have been doing very short rides on the trainer and my Baby Calisthenics. With the more real exercise in mind I have to remember that I have a problem with my shoulder that I need to keep an eye on, I am not sure why but my shoulder hurts and its been that way for a while but getting better so just something to keep an eye on.

Incorporating daily walks back into my routine is a must, when I dropped most of my weight the first time around I was walking daily, no excuses, no cold or rain stopped me it was as important as breathing to me and I need to get there again. The problem that I am having is that I either take the toddler out in the cold for a brisk walk in January, wait until the evening and walk the narrow DARK country road and hope that I don't get hit by a car or walk in a mall during the day. I am not driving to a mall that's 20 minutes from my house so its going to have to be one of the other options, and the first time around my other daughter wasn't much older than this one and she walked with me so perhaps we will try that.

On the food side of things, We had a ham bone from Christmas that I stuck in the freezer to make something with and yesterday I decided that I would try a ham bone and white bean soup. I have never in my life made a soup out of a ham bone and beans so this was an experiment as much as a meal and I gotta say I think it turned out awesome! I made stock with the bone, removed all of the remaining ham from said bones added a bag of white beans, a finely diced onion, one medium potato and finished it off with spinach, this was seasoned with black pepper, rosemary, thyme and 2 cloves of crushed and minced garlic. Wify picked up a loaf of french bread to have with it that I stuck in the broiler for a few minutes and man this was some good soup if I do say so myself and very simple as far as ingredients and prep goes.

We wanted to figure the calories out per cup so we added all of the ingredients together, divided by how many cups were there and I was extremely surprised at the number we came up with, this very hearty soup comes in at about 120 calories per cup. After we all had dinner and sent some to my mother in laws there are about 12 cups left so plenty for me for the rest of the week as lunches etc and I will likely freeze a small container to have next week.

This next statement may be a bit premature but I have to say I feel like I am in a good place and feeling very motivated to keep this going in a good direction. Next on the agenda is to get the walking into my days and come slightly warmer weather climb my ass back onto my bike and hit the trails on a regular basis again, good plan eh?

With some discipline, dedication, exercise and maybe some luck I am hoping to get back down to a weight where I feel healthy and am able to do everything in my days agenda without issue once again.

That's all I got for today, make sure to pop back in tomorrow to see where the next installment of as the fat guy turns takes you!

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  • PSMITH3841
    That soup sounds and looks YUMMY!!!!! If you don't mind, I think I'll give your creation a try! Listen, knock it off with the premature stuff!! There's absolutely nothing wrong with a positive attitude, and big guy, you've got plenty of attitude, and since it's there, might as well keep it on the positive side! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1466 days ago
  • KNH771
    Homemade soup sounds wonderful! I may follow in your footsteps!
    1471 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds like your on your way to a healthier you. Hang tough!!
    1471 days ago
    Your soup sounds delicious. I'll have to start making soup again. emoticon
    1472 days ago
    GMTA - I had almost that same dinner last night!! My hubby surprised me when I got home. So ate at 5:30 one cup & a slice of French bread. And I stuck to that because I knew when 7pm rolled around, I'd be hungry so I had one more cup & called it quits for the night!

    Glad you are motivated again.
    Spring will come & you will be pulling/pushing your girl in one of those baby stroller bike thingy! I see pictures coming soon! Woohoo!
    1472 days ago
    I've had soup on my mind for a few days now...just haven't scrounged up the time to make it yet...! I've got ingredients in mind which are around the beans, white beans, green beans, crushed tomatoes, onions, carrots...not sure what else besides beef broth and jazzing up with a lot of spices. I'm thinking I might try adding kale to soup as I keep hearing so many good things about it. Tried it once fresh in a salad and didn't care for it...but soup...? Might be the ticket! :-)

    1472 days ago
    Well, dang. Now my measly brown bag lunch may need a soup-er boost!

    1472 days ago
  • HEIDIC75
    that soup looks and sounds yummie !!!! I think i might try it ...thank you so much for sharing .
    1472 days ago
    Nice blog and I want to try your soup, I love soup!! You sound like your head is in a great place, good luck and stay possitive! ***SNOW***
    1472 days ago
    I love your positive outlook on the week and life in general! Keep up the great work!
    1472 days ago
    Soup sounds delish. I have some veggie sausage patties in the freezer that we didn't really like so maybe I'll chop them up and make some soup with celery, carrots, onions, garlic and other spices and chicken stock. I made a big batch of split pea soup last week with leftover Christmas ham and it turned out great. Yay for beans!!

    1472 days ago
    1472 days ago
    I love the post hoiday ham and bean soup!! Mom got the one from TDay but she still had soup in the freezer so I got the Christmas ham. It had A LOT of meat on it so mine is higher in calorie than yours, but I love that you can add a bunch of veggies and the heartiness of the bean makes it feel like an indulgence.

    I'm going to be watching for updates on your progress with your shoulder. I keep reinjuring mine.

    Keep on truckin'!!!
    1472 days ago
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