Monday, 25 April 2011

Life is good!

Today is the first day of my TRANSFORMATION Contest.....coming off vacation I need this more than ever. Even though we walked our asses off....I also indulge in too much of everything. My mind set was this is it....enjoy it now cause your life is changing. 

I really want to be successful at this journey, my family is supporting me and I have the will and drive. But I also have that little voice in the back of my head that is telling me life is short enjoy! But enjoy what the muffin top I'm sporting or the heart burn, painful achey knees, short of breath and tiredness....life is short and life is good...I want to be here a long time and enjoy it to the fullest. 

I really felt my extra weight on this vacation. It was a slap in the face daily....I was in pain, tired and struggled to keep up. I hope this is the slap I need and the reminder to be successful in the next six weeks and many weeks and years after.

My bloggy friend Patricia aka PVE posted this recipe for a Detox soup....I think I'm kicking off my transformation with this recipe
Detox Green Soup Recipe with Broccoli, Spinach and Ginger

This easy detox soup can be thin or thick, depending upon the amount of water you add. It cooks up fast. We served ours with a modest scoop of hot cooked 
jasmine rice in the middle. Super good.

You'll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cups fresh broccoli, cut up
1/2 pound of fresh spinach leaves
3 parsnips, peeled, cored, chopped
2 ribs of celery, trimmed, chopped
A handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Fresh water, as needed
Sea salt and ground pepper, to tatse
Lemon or lime juice


Using a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir in the garlic, onion, and ginger to season the oil. Add the broccoli, spinach, parsnips, celery and parsley, and stir a bit until the spinach wilts and collapses. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables. Remember the spinach will cook down quite a bit, so don't add too much water at first. You can always thin the soup later, if you need to.

Bring to a high simmer, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Cook for fifteen minutes or so until the veggies are softened.

Use an 
immersion blender to puree the soup.

Taste test. Does it need brightening? Add a squeeze of citrus.



Off to have my weight and measurements and before picture taken....yikes!

Have a wonderful Monday!

7 comments:

  1. I just came home from the gym. I was getting up at 5:30 am, today I kicked it up, and set the alarm for 5:00 am.

    The soup does sound good. xo

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  2. Good luck. With the past month of college crazy I have to work to put myself back at the top of my list.

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  3. you go girl! you will enjoy life even more when you start seeing results!
    xoxo

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  4. The soup I'll try it. I am feeling just the same as you ...
    So I must absolutely change something. My weight is too high, my knees feel very painful .... and anything else you can imagine with bad things (Menopause) ... I have too!
    I hope I can finally really start with sports....?
    Too bad that you're not here, we could motivate each other-
    Greetings, Petra

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  5. First of all: I LOVE the header shot! It's fantastic!!! Second: I'm with ya!!!!! BIG TIME!!!!!! Ugggg! The last 2 months I lost 10 pounds...I saw my mother and she said, "Your looking better." very proud I say "Thanks! I lost 10 pounds" She says "Well, your going to keep going right? I mean 10 is great but 20 maybe 30 for you would be better." soooo...I haven't even tried since then and I am feeling the weight coming back on! UGGGGGGGG! I just had ice cream with hot fudge too. now I'm really feeling it!!!!

    I will start again tomorrow and check back with you to see how your doing. Happy weight lose and eating better for both of US! :)

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  6. I found juices also work and really help to ensure that I am getting enough veggies. Ginger, carrot, beet, and veggies juiced. Have you ever tried juicing? Hope you are having a Happy Mother's day~
    pve

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