September 12, 2010

Drop dead gorgeous

My positive sign for the week:

it's true!

I do! My body is not perfect, but it is mine, and every day I make a conscious effort to take care of it and nourish it the best I can.

Challenge start weight: 332
Current weight: 317

(Down another 5 from last week!)

Progress on my DDGbG goals: letterI handwrote a letter to my middle sister! She is finally figuring out her adult life - getting a decent job and sticking with it, and moving out of our parents' house - and I am so proud of her!

This week's recipe was a super easy (and super delicious!) one from Lyn's blog: cabbage soup.

cabbage soup
I never thought cabbage soup would make me say oh-my-goodness. But oh my goodness, this cabbage soup? Epic.

There isn't really a "recipe," per se - a cup of chicken broth (I used College Inn fat-free reduced sodium), a cup and a half of chopped cabbage, a half cup of chopped tomato, and about five ounces of cooked meat for protein - plus whatever spices you want. Put it in a pot, simmer for about 25 minutes, and voilĂ ! Dinner for one.

Because my container of chicken broth was a little bigger, I more or less tripled the recipe and froze some for the not-so-distant future. I was also in a rush, so instead of chopping my own cabbage, I used pre-cut coleslaw mix - just plain chopped cabbage and some carrot shreds. Amazing time saver! (Had to adjust cooking time accordingly.) For the tomatoes, you can use canned, but I used fresh (and I wish I had used maybe one more tomato - it was delightful). For the meat, I browned two and a half Butterball hot turkey sausages (about eight ounces - I tripled everything but the meat). And my spices? I used my garlic press and minced six or eight cloves of garlic into the pot (I lost count. I just love garlic!). No salt, because the "reduced sodium" broth is still pretty salty, I thought. And I would have added red pepper flakes if I hadn't used hot sausage, but the sausage gave it a mild and delicious heat.

ONE thing that you are proud of for the week: Coming home from a hard day and craving a run instead of a pizza. HUGE victory for me!

ONE thing that you can improve upon for the following week: Reading at least one book from my things-to-do-before-my-next-birthday list. Time is running out - I have ten books to read in sixty days! Totally do-able, I just need to focus.


Jessica said...

Sounds like a good week :) Which book are you thinking of tackling this week? :)

Mary said...

I'm not sure ... I'm going to go through the list and see what books I already own, and start with those. I started just buying random books that I felt a person ought to own when I first got my own apartment - mostly because I wanted to have my own library. :)

Ann (-50 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

Yay! Five more pounds GONE!! Great job!! Keep up the good work. That is also a great victory (run vs pizza)! And thanks for passing along the recipe idea. xx