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After yesterday's eating fiasco I got right back on track. I woke up feeling the need to 'detox'. I was actually craving healthy food. I was also really emotional and teary-eyed for no reason at all. I do think some of this is due to hormones. Not that it matters that much really. 

I had a great day and got quite a bit done. I graded and ran errands.  I also cleaned out the fridge in preparation for grocery shopping. I had a load of veggies that were going bad and rather than throw them away I roasted them (onions, bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes) in the oven along with a bunch of garlic and some seasoning. Then I put them in the blender with some veggie/chicken broth mix and blended away. WHAT an amazing soup it made! It was so fast, easy, filling and healthy! My husband ate half the batch in one sitting! So proud of myself. I hate wasting food. 

For a Saturday night date, the hubby and I went grocery shopping. :) I resisted temptations left and right. I never really want any of the chocolate or sweets in the store. It's usually cheap crap and doesn't even look good. This time I was eyeing everything - even the boxes of Duncan Hines triple chocolate blah blah blah. Thankfully, it didn't hurt to leave the stuff on the shelves. BUT the big big big news of the night - I found ALMOND MILK!!! YAYY!!! I keep reading about almond milk everywhere. Sometimes I get on soy milk kicks and so I was actually looking for soy milk and the almond milk was right next to it! It is so delicious. I loaded up on it. Triple YUM.

I had a short cardio workout at the gym - just before they closed. They love me when I go in there at 5:20pm. I know what they're thinking (You know we close in 40 minutes, right?) and they know what I'm thinking (I paid my fees. Move aside) so it works out nicely. :) 

Food : 

Breakfast: 1/2 onion, 1/2 bell pepper, 5 mushrooms, 5 asparagus spears, 3 egg whites - sauteed in olive oil (300) 

Lunch: 1/2 onion, 1/2 bell pepper, 10 mushrooms, 5 asparagus spears, 1 can of crab meat - all stir-fried in olive oil w oyster sauce (350)

Snack: protein shake with 1/4 c granola and cold coffee mixed in - YUM! (400)

Snack: 1/2 c veggie soup - (100)

Dinner: 1 glass of plain almond milk (100), 1/2 sandwich of lean pork lunch meat, 1 piece of cheese and some avocado, (450) ~15 low-fat chips (that didn't taste low-fat) (100)

Total: ~1800


elliptical  - 35 minutes - 375 cals (left gym at 5:59pm - ha!) 

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Comment by Jim Scott on December 4, 2011 at 6:22am

Congratulations on getting right back on track, I know how difficult that can be. I almost threw in the towel completely myself last week. That sounds like a great menu. I have never tried almond milk I might have to check it out.

Comment by Almost There on December 4, 2011 at 10:24am

yeah!  sounds like you are back on track.  Way to go!

Comment by Keem on December 4, 2011 at 11:01am

I've had that where I crave the healthy stuff, too.  When I'm overly tired, I feel weepyish in my eyes.  Are you sleeping well?

Comment by Paula on December 4, 2011 at 11:37am

What a fantastic idea on making soup! I've never tried that, but what a great way to use up veggies that are on their last leg. I use Almond Breeze and really like it for all my cooking needs. I use the unsweetened 40 calorie a cup stuff. It rocks! One of the guys at work was telling us how good it was on his cereal. Great job getting back into it ASAP. I am finding myself craving healthy stuff too. Especially after having a crash and burn. This past week was good and I am working toward another. Sounds like you are too. 

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2011 at 12:32pm

Sounds like your taking control!  Awesome!  We use light vanilla Silk soy milk usually.  Hubby really likes it on his cereal.  I use it in coffee.  We go through about a container a week! 

Comment by Jill Mace on December 4, 2011 at 1:58pm
You sound confident and back in control. Awesome!!! I drink light plain soy milk mostly and sometimes use almond milk in smoothies. Yum!!
Your soup sounds awesome!!!!!!
Comment by Megan Greene on December 4, 2011 at 2:40pm

cindy it sounds like you're doing a great job. and i just wanted to tell you you look great in your picture, skinny mini.

Comment by Cindy on December 4, 2011 at 5:56pm

@Keem - I had a horrible week for sleeping last week - just in a funk with work and I'm always thinking of things I want to do with the rest of my life rather than the life I'm living now....

@Megan - Thank you! Not sure I'd go with skinny mini yet but I've definitely made good, slow and steady progress. 

@Everyone - You must try this veggie soup. I almost want to let my veggies go bad just so I can make this again. You know sometimes people say 'oh it's so fast and easy' and it just plain isn't true. I made some pretty cheese balls from a magazine for my husband's b-day party and those stupid things took forever because you roll them in different festive colored coatings like chives, bacon w/ paprika, sesame seeds, etc. The recipe said prep time 15 minutes and 1.5 hours later........Anyway, the point is that you just throw these veggies in the oven and you're half way there! Add broth, blend and wa la! 

Comment by Brandy on December 4, 2011 at 6:14pm

I am really going to try this soup!  I have some carrots and a squash that aren't going to last much longer.  I even have an immersion blender that I haven't gotten out of the box yet and it would be great to use for this express purpose!

Comment by Dee on December 5, 2011 at 6:05pm

I am a notorious produce waster, so this soup idea is a life-saver! I hate when I waste food, and I love soup! Win! 


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