November 14, 2010

Drop dead gorgeous

Would you like to help with my birthday blog post? Details at the bottom of this page! Thank you! ♥
My positive sign for the week:

pennies nickels dimes quarters
I've been having a really hard time accepting this, and for some reason, this past week was especially difficult.

Challenge start weight: 332
Current weight: 276

Of the 69 pounds I have lost so far, 56 have been during this challenge!

Progress on my DDGbG goals: To be honest, this week was kind of a failure in terms of my goals. Something came up, and I had to use all of the money I had put aside so far. And I usually spend Saturday night making my weekly recipes, but I was so knocked out yesterday by my emotionally heavy day (details tomorrow), I just went home and ate some soup I had made a few months ago and frozen. It had been the first time I made that soup, though, so I'll share the recipe here anyway!

look at that swirl! italian peasant heaven.
Pasta e fagioli is total comfort food for me since I grew up with my mom and grandmother making it often. (In fact, this is my mother's personal recipe!) Ditalini pasta, cannellini beans, and hardly anything else - it's basic, simple to make, and even better reheated.

Heat up 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped garlic (to taste - I prefer lots!) and cook until the garlic is just light brown. Add about half a cup of chopped fresh parsley leaves and a 46-oz. can of V8 or tomato juice. Simmer for 10-15 minutes to thicken slightly. While that simmers, parboil 8-12 oz. of ditalini (or any other small pasta shape) for 5 minutes. After the 10-15 minutes of simmering, add pasta and one 15-oz. can drained cannellini beans to the tomato mixture. Let it all cook on low for about 15-20 minutes to cook through (pasta should be tender). Serve with grated cheese.

It makes about eight servings, and this was the last container of my frozen servings. The next time I make it, I think I will stop cooking before the pasta is done, then set aside a portion to keep cooking for that night while I freeze the rest. My reheated pasta left much to be desired - still delicious, but really lacking aesthetically.

ONE thing that you are proud of for the week: Not bingeing, no matter how down I felt.

ONE thing that you can improve upon for the following week: Even though blogging is a great source of help and advice, my goal for this week is to find someone in "real life" to talk to about my emotional ups and downs - even if it's just writing a letter to my mom. She's out of work for a few weeks because of her surgery, maybe she'll write me back!


Life as a Caterpillar said...

Mary, i'm sorry you didn't have a good few days. Although you have written a lovely blog post, as usual, i can tell you are not quite your normal self. I completely agree with you about having a 'real-life' weight loss friend. Oh how i'd love to have someone to go to the gym, excercise classes, or long walks with. At the moment, i do enjoy going, because i feel good afterward, but how much more would i like going if it was also a social event? Lots!!

I would like to help out with your birthday post, if i may


Unknown said...

I agree that blogging can only do so much when you are going through something especially rough. I hope you are able to confide in someone personally so that you can at least get all of this off your chest. Many times just talking out loud can make things clearer. Hope you're feeling better soon, Mary :)

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

Life's curve balls can be tough. GREAT job on not going crazy withe the food intake, Mary! You ARE changing - replacing less healthy habits with much better ones!

I think a face-to-face weight loss buddy would be ideal, especially in winter, when people tend to hibernate.

Amy said...

Sorry to hear about your rough week. I really hate weeks where money is a huge source of stress. Unfortunately for me that's often the case (curse you student loans!).

I think that it's important to have "real life" people too that are super supportive to talk to about your goals and progress and stress in general. I actually just wrote about how Stewart is going to be a huge factor this time around for me to be successful. Last time I did this, that person was my mom, so I think enlisting your mom as a supporter is an excellent idea!

If you ever need to vent outside the commenting side of the blog world, feel free to email me!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear you had a rough week! You are doing so great with your weightloss! Just try to remind yourself of the positives!

I too had a rough blog "Weighting 2 Change" got accidentally deleted on Saturday morning and I cannot get it back so I have had to start over! I was crushed. My new blog is called "Shannon Under Construction"

Jessica said...

I am completely blown away by the weight you have lost during this challenge! That is awesome!