‘Tis the season to indulge

And my crazy December really kicks in. The first week was relatively calm.

Today Curt and I are hosting a little gathering with a few friends called Cheesemas. We eat cheese and watch cheesy holiday movies. The first movie stars Rob Lowe called The Christmas Shoes. We ALWAYS watch it. The commentary is what makes our gathering a little raunchy. You have to have a wicked sense of humor to stomach most of it.

Anyway, there is a lot of cheese eating and drinking and a good time.

Then next week the challenges really kick into full swing with two work dinners, a work White Elephant lunch and a cocktail party over the weekend.

Monday night is our team holiday dinner. It will be at a nice restaurant with good food and wine. And that also means I will miss my regular gym class. I initially decided it would be OK for me to miss the gym as long as I make it to the gym 3-4 times this coming week I will meet the December Monthly Challenge.

But then I realized that there was no reason I couldn’t exercise at the gym on site. I haven’t decided if … Continue reading

Holiday candy with the 411

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This time of the year there is really just so much crap: goodies, lunches, dinners, parties, booze. It’s so difficult to not be tempted.
I have a candy bowl at my desk. The holiday items are mini candy canes and candy cane Hershey kisses. I’m not a huge candy cane fan. But those special kisses are another story.
I decided to do a little research on the treats. One mini candy cane is 12 calories and no grams of fat. And if I remember correctly, peppermint is supposed to curb hunger.
One of the kisses is about 18 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. But really, who is gonna eat one?
The bag indicates that 9 pieces is a serving, which comes to 220 calories and 12 grams of fat.
It’s probably too late to tell you to be careful this holiday season. But you can still get that exercise in. I am trying to keep that consistent. So far not bad.
(FYI: I am writing this on my iPhone.)

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My version of garden vegetable soup

I owe a lot of my weight loss two years ago to a Weight Watchers recipe of garden vegetable soup.

Because of upcoming parties, a wedding, holidays, etc. I fear that my oh so close to goal weight is gonna go in the other other direction, especially with work getting ready to gear up even more than it has been lately and I think visits to the gym won’t be as frequent.

I got to the grocery today and realized I had forgotten to look up the recipe. I figured I would remember most of it. I got the basics–but basically I created my own veggie soup. Really you can add any non-starchy veggies to broth and get the same results.

I sprayed Pam into a pot and satueed carrots, garlic and a red onion.

Then I added three cans of 100% fat free vegetable broth to the pot.

I then added green beans, celery, red pepper, a poblano chili from the garden, a Hungarian pepper from teh garden (which is spicy), green onions and 2-3 tbsp. of tomato paste and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. Once the green beans could be easily bitten into I knew the soup was … Continue reading