Soup-takular Sunday

To all my friends and family up north already welcoming “Snowtober,” may your bellies stay full and your houses stay warm! Have a safe and fun Halloween!

My Chicken Soup
2 Chicken breasts, bone in, with skin
Olive oil
3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
¼ large yellow or sweet onion, chopped
12 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper

Coat bottom of large sauce pan with olive oil and place over medium heat.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken.  Place chicken, skin side down,  in sauce pan.  Cook until golden brown.  Turn chicken and brown on other side.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Add carrots, celery, and onions to pan and cook until tender.  Add water, boullion cube, basil, oregano and parsley.  Bring to a boil.  Add chicken to the water, cover and cook for at least one hour.  Take chicken out of pan, remove skin and remove chicken from the bone.  Cut into pieces and place back into pan.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Egg noodles, ditalini, orzo or rice are all perfect to serve with the soup.  Freeze leftover soup and enjoy an easy meal any time you want!

And because Sienna’s tummy didn’t agree with a freezer full of butternut squash —http://allrecipes.com/recipe/butternut-squash-soup/detail.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Scale Doesn’t Lie–But It Doesn’t Tell the Whole Truth Either

Before I got pregnant, my husband and I decided to give Beachbody Trainer, Shaun T’s, INSANITY workout a try.  This program was crazy!  Packed with plyometrics, interval training, max conditioning cardio, and core and muscle strengthening, we worked out six days a week for 60 days.   I got in the best shape of my life.  I dropped 10 pounds and lost inches everywhere.  I said hello to my new abs and goodbye to my back fat.

There are a few reasons why I chose INSANITY before getting pregnant.  Dave’s sisters were getting married and I was in both weddings.  Also, we were finally taking our delayed honeymoon in the very bikini friendly Dominican Republic.  I wanted to look my best.  Most importantly, I wanted to have a picture to post on my fridge just in case I had trouble losing the baby weight–which leads me to why I am writing this article.

After four months, the baby weight was gone.  In fact, I am now six pounds lighter than I was when I first got pregnant.  Don’t let this fool you.  I am nowhere near the shape I was in after doing INSANITY.  I have lost muscle and I still have a little jiggle in some of those scary places (baby or not, you know what I mean!).  This proves that you can’t always rely on a scale alone to tell you whether you have reached your fitness goals.

While I am shocked that the weight came off so quickly, I am still trying to get back into a routine of eating better (and more often!), working out, and achieving new goals.   I have taken measurements of my arms, legs, hips, waist and chest to compare with previous and future measurements.  I have used a caliber to get a more accurate percentage of body fat.

I don’t pay too much attention to the scale these days.  It calls my name every morning but it gives me false hope.   When the jiggles are gone and my abs are back, then I will know that I am the healthiest I can be…no matter what that scale says.

Shakeology

Shakeology is a low-calorie protein shake with a nutritional punch that beats all other powders and shakes on the market.  With 17 grams of protein and only 140 calories, Shakeology can be used as a meal-replacement or as a healthy snack.  You can even jump-start your weight loss journey and use Shakeology for a deliciously safe 3-Day Cleanse. Why choose Shakeology?  It’s simple.  Shakeology is packed with everything your body needs and craves.

 

 

Here is a list that briefly details the nutrients:

  • Protein and Essential Amino Acids to help build long, lean muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients to help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.
  • 23 Vitamins and Minerals your body needs to function for optimal health.

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I was skeptical about Shakeology and didn’t believe that a 10oz mixture of chocolaty deliciousness could help my body in so many ways.  That is until my primary care physician asked about my diet because I had high cholesterol (something I battled since I was 18).  At that point, I decided that it was time to give Shakeology an honest try.  Every morning, I mixed a packet with some water, ice and a splash of almond milk. I would take it to work and drink it mid-morning because I needed something to hold me over between breakfast and lunch.  At my next doctor visit, my cholesterol had dropped 20 points!  That’s when I knew that Beachbody was on to something.

Shakeology gives me that boost of energy I need to get me through the day.  It helps ward off stubborn cravings and the edgy mood I slip into when I get hungry.  I find myself snacking less and making wiser choices about what to eat.  You should give Shakeology a try.  If you find that it’s not for you, then return the bag (you can even return it EMPTY!) to receive a full refund.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.