A good bowl of hot soup is one of the best comfort foods at this time of year.
Rain, hail, thunder, lightening and wind……
I like making soup….it’s easy and always good to have a stash of it in the freezer for one of those days that you need something warm and simple for dinner. Bev and I have talked about getting together and making a big pot to divvy up…..the plan is to do it soon, maybe one day next week.
I certainly won’t be making any green pea soup….I have enough of that to last the winter I think. I still have a container or two of chicken/turkey noodle and one of butternut squash. I’ve made “cabbage roll soup” before and it was really good and it’s really easy to make…..Bev’s likes it too so that’s what we’re going to do. I think it’s a recipe that she got years ago from a restaurant that she used to go to for lunch when she was still working. More stuff to go in my freezer….which will be all organized by then (hahahaha).
Having small containers of soup on hand is a good thing for one person. Those one person meals still challenge me…..unless I’m really craving something it just seems like too much work to prepare the whole nine yards of a meal for one person. Having my daughter here definitely makes a difference.
I’ve joined a different gym, which I’m hoping I’ll go too way more often than the one I was at before. I did pretty good before we went on holidays…..had no choice really because I had to get myself into some sort of reasonable shape to do the bike ride. But after I came back……..hmmmm.
My friend Brenda also joined the same gym. She is much more motivated than me so I’m hoping that rubs off…..having someone to go with makes it a bit more fun too. This gym is one of those big nationwide places. It’s just opened in the last few months and of course is offering to waive certain fees so I thought I might as well take advantage of that. I can walk to this place from my house…..I probably won’t though, at least not if it’s cold or raining.
All summer I seem to keep myself way more active….all those outside jobs, whereas come winter you just want to cocoon yourself or hibernate (with a bowl of soup!). At this age I’m not so worried about being all “buffed up” but just need to get into some reasonable shape….it’s the “heart health” that needs to be considered….and that type II diabetes that seems to creep up on people when then get to this age. This gym also offers tons of classes (all included)…..spinning, zumba, yoga (hot and normal) etc., monthly weight/fat measuring, meal planning and help from a personal trainer (for a fee!). So maybe, just maybe….I can get myself into a pattern or routine of going at least three times a week and maybe even hitting one of two of those classes they offer.
I hesitated to move to this gym just because it sort of has that reputation of being for all those muscle men…..you know the ones that grunt and groan lifting a 1000 pounds. There are a few of them but luckily this place is huge and has a bunch of different areas that you can work out in. I find in the mornings 90% of the people there are women of all ages and sizes. They even have a womens only area if you’re not comfortable in the main parts of the gym. Tomorrow I go for my orientation and setting up my plan of attack to get fitter……
My daughter has lost a ton of weight over the last couple of years and she’s done an excellent job of keeping it off. She still manages to eat junk and fast food but also eats pretty healthy, limited fat and certain carbs etc. When she gets on one of her healthy eating kicks it help me too. It doesn’t last but I figure it’s at least helped….we’ll work on that too!
The other night we had “BLT’s without bread! We added cheese, so not sure we saved a lot calorie wise but they were really good and along with some beans (protein….probably not the good kind but oh well) we had a great dinner that was surprisingly satisfiying and filling!
The lettuce leaves are the bread….a bit of mayo and salt and
people (lol….) pepper and you’re good to go!
We won’t even talk about what we ate the next few days…..one day at a time, one step at a time.
Sechelt friends are here for a couple of days so off to do fun things this afternoon and dinner at one of their favorite Chinese restaurants later.