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Maybe my ticket was called, when I indulged in some Sherbet Friday night at the movies.?? Or did it start earlier than that, when I was dipping into the Whipped Topping with my Fresh Fruit Desserts???

Anyway you cut it, I’m laid up with back pain making getting around slower than usual.:( And it also means, I’m not hitting the Pilates Gym (since Thursday) getting my usual cardio workout and physical exercise. So eating has somewhat fallen by the wayside.:(

Mike and I have been making some hearty soups to eat, to help beat the colder temperatures and I’ve been tossing my Green Salads. We’re using all the Vegetables and goodies we’re buying at the Costco and Giants Grocery Store, but it’s the extras that are getting me down.

Monday night, I indulged in a bowl of Strawberry Ice Cream.
Sunday afternoon, I indulged in a block of Hershey’s Chocolate with Nuts and a spoonful of Peanut Butter. This was a repeated snack from Saturday Night. I just had the urge for chocolate (and there’s a reason why!)
In addition to all these indulgences I’ve also been over doing it on the Whole Wheat Bread and taking extra servings of all these great soups.

Mike’s Minestrone (Vegetable) Soup:
He called it Minestrone Soup with out the noodles. I didn’t make either, so I’m just going to list the ingredients.
Cabbage
Carrots
Parsnips
Yellow Onions
Spinach
Zucchini
Squash
Tomato Paste
Diced Tomatoes

Mike’s Barley & Carrot Soup:
He actually told me he got the idea to make this soup after he read my Raw Recipe Cook Book. After reading the Lentils & Barley Soup Recipe and the Carrot Soup Recipe he made this version.
Barley
Potato
Garlic
White Beans
Carrots
Lentils
Onions
Cabbage

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Blizzard of 09' in D.C. Area

Shoveled Snow at House

Blizzard of 09' in D.C. Area

Shoveled Snow at House

Friday night, the Washington D.C. metro area got hit with snow that didn’t stop until Saturday night. That means we got over 26 inches of snow. Before the snow came Friday, we went to go see a movie (Did You Hear About the Morgans?) in dry conditions and by the time the movie let out, it was snowing and traffic was backed up as far as the eye could see.

Luckily, we made it home slow and safe as we watched others on the commute who were so lucky. There were a handful of cars already on the side of the road and others sliding through traffic to make it to there destination.

Since I didn’t get my workout on Friday, Saturday I thought I’d get a workout by shoveling the 12 or so inches that had already fell. By this time everything was closed, so I figured so was the Pilates Gym. The snow didn’t stop until Sunday morning, so I went out again and started shoveling. But this time, I over did it and got hurt from lifting that heavy snow. 😦

So I took it really easy…. laying in bed with a heating pad and taking Advil. Monday, I was feeling much better and so we went to the Leesburg Outlet Mall… Did a bunch of walking and felt good. Today(Tuesday) we went out and got caught in a bunch of traffic while we dropped off drying cleaning, hit Costco, and stopped off at TJMaxx. Needless to say, not feeling too good, so I’m laying here with the heating pad and making my blog entry.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get back on track with Pilates, or even doing some crunches and weights at home???? It’s a bit frustrating and makes eating a real challenge, because I’m not able to work it off.

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Well we’re sitting in a winter wonderland this morning in Maryland, Washington D.C. area. I just came from shoveling snow… and it’s all been covered up by new snow falling. It was fun non the less… I hadn’t shoveled snow since I was a kid. When kids lived to go out in the snow and get covered in the white stuff…..

Early this morning Mike started making his Minestrone Soup… and we’re going to have it for lunch. My Minestrone Soup turned out good.. but with too many noodles. I put the entire box of noodles into the soup and it was toooooo much. So we through that soup out today.

Speaking of food… last night I had my Green Salad with a piece of Wheat Bread. I indulged on my Minestrone Soup for lunch and then a bowl of Berries (Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry) with Flaxseed and Low Fat Whipped Topping!

Infact, I was feeling a littel blotted last night… so I cut down on my intake!!! This morning/afternoon, I’m hungry. Can’t wait to try his food.

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I’m in some serious pain today from going to my Pilates classed two days in a row, Wednesday and Thursday after months of not doing it.

So…. I just have to work it off today.. because tomorrow’s another day!!!!
It’s supposed to be another cold day here in Maryland… D.C. area and today Mike’s already got a head start on another Hearty Soup to eat!!!!

I think I might stick with my Minestrone Soup, because his soup has Chicken in it!

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It was sooooo cold in D.C. yesterday and night…. I needed to make something to warm us all up. Mike was feeling sickly still from his flu shot he got the other day, and he wanted some Minestrone Soup.

So I pulled out the book…. because I don’t know the recipe by heart and made the Minestrone Soup:

8Cups of Vegetable Stock
11/2Cup Garbonzo Beans*
2Cups Red Kidney Beans*
1/2Cup Carrots
3Medium Tomatoes*
1/2Cup Fresh or 1Tbsp Dried Parsley
1Cup Cabbage
1/4tsp Oregano
3/4tsp Basil
1/4tsp Thyme
1/2Cup Celery
1/2Cup Onion
1Clove Garlic
1Pkg Noodles

* Or one 14oz can of unsweetened and unsalted Italian Tomatoes with juice
*Soak Kidney Beans or Garbanzo Beans overnight and rinse and then cook beans. Or use canned Kidney Beans or Garbanzo Beans.
Chop all vegetables, saute in water or soup stock over medium heat until onion is translucent-about 5 minutes. Stir in drained Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Diced Tomatoes and Minced Herbs. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat down and simmer about 10 minutes. As the soup cooks, it will thicken. Add more tomatoes or soup stock as needed. Serve with Noodles.

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Dinner was great…. I’ve been veering away from the cookbook in an effort to try to make my own creations and staples. So far, it’s working out good.

Mike bought a rotisserie chicken from Costco tonight…. which takes care of him and his son. And for me, I made a Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes, Red Onions and an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Then I also blanched some Green Beans and tossed with Olive Oil, Celery Salt and Chopped Almonds. To finish it off, I backed some Potatoes in the Microwave. I know I should have used the oven…. but I thought about the Potatoes too late.

Cucumber Salad:
8 Small Cucumbers
2 Tomatoes
1/4 Red Onion
3Tbls Olive Oil
2Tbls White Wine Vinegar
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Paprika
Salt
Celery Salt
Garlic Salt

Chopped Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Red Onions and toss with Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing and Seasonings.

Green Beans:
1/2Lbs Green Beans
Pinch of Celery Salt
2Tbls Olive Oil
1/2Cup Chopped Almonds

Wash and cut ends of Green Beans off and throw into pot of boiling water for 3 minutes or just long enough to blanche Green Beans. Drain and toss with Olive Oil and seasoning and top with chopped Almonds.

The meal was quick and easy… and enough to evoke conversation by Mike’s son again. He was very curious by my decision to not eat meat. I told him it’s my decision and it feels good for me… and during the meal I noticed he didn’t even touch the chicken. I don’t know if this is a trend or just he trying something new out.! 🙂

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This morning was my first day back to Pilates… and boy did it feel great. I took the Jump Board Pilates 30min class with Lindsay. She’s got to be the best pilates instructor ever… because she works you hard.

All day today, I’m feeling the burn from this morning… and I hope I’m up for the hour long class tomorrow. I love these Pilates classes at Potomac Pilates(just up the street from me), that I’ve already signed up for a class tomorrow. That class is an hour long Intermediate Pilates Class. Generally, I like to go to the 7am or 7:30am classes… and because I live just a few minutes away, it works for me.

Out of the shower, I weighed myselft… GOOD NEWS!!! I came in at 168lbs. And since I’ve been doing my crunches and arm weights at night lately, I decided to measure myself as well. I think the numbers are going down from last time I measured-a couple of months ago(November 5, 2009).
Chest: 40″
Waist: 35″
Hips: 40″

Things are looking better in the weight loss and eating raw departments…

Because on a side note…. to prove my theary of eating raw is good for you and healthy, I got some much needed third party encouragement. Mike went to the doctors this morning and just for his curiousity he asked, what foods are good to eat for you.? And the doctor replied, If it comes out of a cow it’s not good, if it comes out of the dirt it’s good.!!!!!!!!

And as I continue on with the Rawtolose40 Plan, for lunch I ate my Vegetable Salad from last night and took my spoonful of Barley Max (it came in the mail) and am drinking Water and Carrot Juice.

Dinner is still a question at this point in the day…

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