Sunday, October 18, 2009

Surrendering to Sunday...

Enough excuses and you will swell on them.  My belly is full of them.  Being sore from the gym I waited in the bed until 11:38am.  I pushed myself up because Buddy, my minature maltese wanted food and water.  I had reasoned with myself that I would begin again today, but the sheer laziness, soreness in my unconditioned body and a straight up desire not to do this freaking diet today. UUUUGHHHHH!!!!!!

Ever been there?  At the point where you will do some crap that doesn't make any kind of sense?  You have starved yourself ALL DAY and then go out like a ravenous dog in search of food???
I had 2 fried chicken wings today....chinese restaurant chicken wings...with hot sauce and ketchup...(singing in my head): Lawd I want to lose this weight up off my thighs (off my thighs), Lawd I want to lose this weight up off my gutt (off my gutt)...

I am so fed up with being beautiful...from the neck up...
Relax, I don't feel that way everyday, but I will tell you, there are days when the mirror and I are no longer on speaking terms.  I have been wanting to share with you guys videos, which I will do soon, making the blog more interesting.  I plan to beat this habit.  A friend of mine taught me something.  She told me that she'd been on drugs.  What I found interesting is that she was determined not to be called a "recovering addict."  I asked her why.  She responded "'cause once it's over I ain't no addict.  I don't want to give drug addiction any stake in my life.  Why would I allow the drugs to have real estate in me?  They've been evicted."   Well I am really done.  I am so sick of this.  I am gonna finish these cookies because I spent like $50 on this box, but I am just gonna make healthier choices.  I am 35 years old and I would like the ability to have more children and not live in fear of losing the fetus due to the excess weight.  To date I have lost 3 pregnancies due to weight (and Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome).  I have to go out and get dinner for my son.  Why lie to you?  I am going to get something for myself also.  I just will make a better choice. 

I went to my weight loss doctor on Friday to pick up my weight loss meds to assist in the weight loss.  I see Dr. Stacy Title, who is as full of life as I am and I love her like cooked food!  (No pun intended...seriously!)  I am down 6 lbs.! (Brothers and Sisters...we are here today to funeralize 6 unhealthy pounds!  Asses to ashes...guts to dust!  AMEN!!!)  It cost about $93 every visit (because I go every 2 weeks), but the results are real.  I think I got to step my work out game up though. 

A good friend gave a tip last night that I am going to share with you.  She called it the "20 minute rule."  Most of us are used to drinking when we eat.  Her suggestion is to wait 20 minutes as water or a beverage will liquefy your food allowing you to eat MORE.  So here I go...(Thanks Amor!!! You are the truth my friend...the truth!)

It is getting cold outside in NYC VERY quickly, so there is a return to soups for me.  I will post below a recipe I am going to try tomorrow...I'd LOVE to know if you guys have tried it and if in fact worked for you.

Today's Recipe:
Black Bean Vegetarian Soup Recipe

I found an awesome black bean vegetarian soup recipe and wanted to share it with you. The nutrients on this recipe are pretty decent.
Protein - 12 grams, Fiber - 10 grams, Calories - 286

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion finely chopped

< 1-2 jalapeños, depending on how spicy you prefer

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 cups dried black beans

2 cups vegetable stock

¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

< ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Clean and rinse the beans. Cover the beans with water and soak refrigerated overnight. When ready to prepare the soup, put the beans in a stockpot and cover with cold water and cook until tender. Do not salt the beans until they are almost finished cooking. After the beans are fully cooked add the beans and the bean broth to the sautéed mixture. Add vegetable stock if you want a thinner soup.

While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a heavy, large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions, jalapenos, garlic, salt and cumin. Sauté the onions until tender. Remove from the burner. When the beans are cooked, add the beans and bean stock to the sauté mix. Stir well to mix the flavors. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the flavors blend, approximately 15 minutes. Mix in the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. This can be served with a spoonful of plain yogurt or sour cream and tortilla chips. Brown rice also makes a good addition to the soup.

Makes 4 eight-ounce servings.

Approximate values per serving: 286 calories, 10 g fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 12 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, 1057 mg sodium, 32 percent calories from fat.

Happy Eating!!!!!  Love & Light,

Renee Michele

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