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Progress Report: Day One with a new recipe!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year Friends!

I woke up this morning and my feet hit the floor running!

I feel great about myself and my accomplishments for today.

Today was a first for me in many ways...

I was determined with a purpose for the first time in a VERY long time! ....and it felt GREAT!

I did 30 minutes of Pilates on DVD...and I learned something when I did my 30 minutes of Pilates..."Tomorrow, put Sadie out first!"

She did not understand why Mommy was wallowing around on the floor but would not throw her ball. She brought it to me and put it in my lap when I was in a sitting position, dropped it on my belly when I was in a laying down position, stepped on my gut and tried to get me to play tug of war while doing crunches...she was very confused and to put it politely IN THE WAY!

So, when that was done, Sadie and I went on our 30 minute walk...

For you expert walkers that do miles upon miles, let me just say that I am at the beginning of my journey and I am dragging a 180 pound butt around and right now, I am not measuring distance. I am guaranteeing that I will be up and walking for 30 minutes a day. Sadie can't take much more...

We walked in one direction for 15 minutes and then came back. I put the route into the "Map It" section of SparkPeople and it said we did 1.12 miles today. That is definitely NOT a 5K but then again it was our first day and we have the entire year to improve...

OK, that was my exercise now for the nutrition update...
Today for breakfast I made my very first ever Smoothie and I am hooked! I loved it. Here is the "Fruit Smoothie" I had for breakfast:

1c Splash Berry Blend (Mix) Natural's Brand
1 Banana
1/2 an apple with the skin on
3 oz Vanilla Non-Fat Yogurt (Fit & Active Brand from Aldi)

I threw it all in the blender and turned it on and drank it up and man was it filling and tasty. I didn't even think I was going to be able to drink it all

Then lunch came around and I was at a loss...I had searched and searched the internet and even my Smoothie Team and there were NO 100% VEGETABLE SMOOTHIE in existance. They all included a fruit in the ingredients. So, on day one of the new year, On day one of my new life change, after making my very first Smoothie EVER in my LIFE...I invented one!

That's right and I am so proud of myself...it was GREAT! I loved it and I am so going to have it again tomorrow...

On top of all those firsts....I entered it into the SparkRecipes page ... yep, another first!

So, here it is...

I named it...

"Warm Carrot Smoothie"


I know that usually if something is runny and warm it is called a soup, but I am calling this a Smoothie because I put it in the blender and drink it from a cup...and boy is it goood....

25 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
(this is what it says on the recipe but my total time was about 15 minutes because I turn the burner on when I put the water in the pan and add each piece as it cooks and by the time the last ingredient is added you only have to wait about a minute and your done. Pour it in the blender and that's it)

2c Water
1 1/2 c carrots
2 stalks celery about 5 to 7 inches long
Dash of Salt (optional)
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt w/Parsley or just Garlic Salt or a 1/2 clove
of Garlic
2 Roma Tomatoes chopped
1/2 a can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup 95% Fat Free is best
(For Vegetarian: leave out the soup or use Cream of Celery)

I put my water on and turned it up on high and throw my carrots in so they cook the longest. Then I chopped up my celery and throw that in. Then, spice it with the salt, pepper, & garlic. While that is boiling continue by chopping the tomatoes and throw them in. Put the veggies in in this order because it is the best for having them all about the same tenderness. After the tomatoes go in only wait about a minute more and then poor it all in your blender.

If you want a vegetarian smoothie you can stop here for a less smooth smoothie or use the Celery Soup in the next part...

Then add 1/2 a can of the Cream of (Chicken or Celery) Soup and blend for just a couple seconds more for a more creamy warm smoothie.

You could double this recipe and use a whole can so you don't have a left over can. You can save the rest in the fridge and take it to work in a thermos. This is chucked full of vitamins.

Without the variations this is two servings. If you double it of course it would be four servings.

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BIGMELITTLEME.

Number of Servings: 2

AND ... check out these nutritional facts.

Nutrition Facts
2 Servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 97.6

Total Fat 1.8 g

Saturated Fat 0.6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 5.0 mg

Sodium 584.5 mg

Potassium 575.9 mg

Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g

Dietary Fiber 4.8 g

Sugars 4.9 g

Protein 2.9 g

Vitamin A 240.0 %

Vitamin B-12 0.0 %

Vitamin B-6 11.5 %

Vitamin C 25.2 %

Vitamin D 0.0 %

Vitamin E 4.1 %

Calcium 6.2 %

Copper 6.7 %

Folate 9.7 %

Iron 5.8 %

Magnesium 6.8 %

Manganese 15.7 %

Niacin 7.4 %

Pantothenic Acid 4.9 %

Phosphorus 6.1 %

Riboflavin 6.3 %

Selenium 1.2 %

Thiamin 8.1 %

Zinc 2.4 %

I am so proud of myself I could just about pop. I ate one serving of my Warm Carrot Smoothie and also had 1 stick of string cheese, and 1 serving of wheat thin type crackers. I am currently having coffee while I make this blog.

I do have some work to do for tomorrow; however, my times were off today so I do need to make some adjustments in the schedule. Also, I have not had a single glass of water today. I am thinking that I should get some credit for water intake since there was water in at least the Carrot smoothie. I read somewhere that the amount of water we take in should be considered along with the amount of liquid / water we get from out food?

Has anyone else read that or heard that?

I am not trying to get out of drinking water but I just get water logged so quickly to the point that if I bend over it comes up in my throat or if I sit my belly fat pushes the water in my tummy up my throat. I will try tomorrow to have 2 - 8 oz cups to begin and try to increase my water intake gradually. I know there are a bunch of benefits to drinking water.

I did my devotions, I read my Bible, I prayed, and I cleaned my refrigerator out and I straightened the living room and I got the laundry started but I imagine I will be marathoning it all day tomorrow with the laundry (when I get home from church)!

Let me just leave you with a thought from my devotions this morning...

I found my mother's "The Women of Faith Daily Devotional" from Zondervan publishing copywrited 2002

January's theme is HOPE...

"God has given us measurements of time so we have some perspective on our lives. Think how hopeless we would feel if we were stuck in some stressful situation and thought it would never end. But God gives us a new morning -- a new month, a new year -- to start over again and again. With each new start we lift our voices heavenward, laying out our hopes and prayers. Then we "wait in expectation," as the psalmist said, to receive the gifts and blessing -- and, yes, challenges -- God has planned for us." Written by Barbara Johnson.

"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." (Psalm 5:3)

Sheila Walsh writes about HOPE...

Hope relies on the daily sustenance of the Word of God, of prayer, and of experience shared with others who have received the gift of hope. Hope requires more than simply clicking red shoes or crossing our fingers. It is a sweet and magnificent benefit of walking with Christ. Hope looks at all that is true about the present, lifts the circumstances of life into the tender, loving hands of God -- and exhales in trust. Hope makes it possible to live with our feet firmly planted on earth while our hearts and minds are committed to a vision of life that is far bigger than we are.

A new year is like the fresh, crisp page of an untouched journal. We lift our pen to the first day. This year will hold unexpected joys and sorrows, moments of faith and fear, wishes fulfilled and dreams abandoned. There is much we do not know. But there is much we do know with absolute assurance. We know that God is in control and that his heart is good and merciful toward us. We know that we are not alone. We know that everything that happens in our lives and in the lives of those we love has already passed through our Father's hands. And we know that we are loved.

I obviously don't have time to rewrite the whole devotional on Spark People nor would that be right, but this touched me so deeply (maybe because I am a writer and I love the crisp newness of a journal) but I am always amazed at the potential for a story that can be written upon the empty pages of that journal. Characters are created and entire worlds built and destroyed in between the cover of a book.

The same thing with the new year... it has a wealth of potential. It is all in how we focus our attentions.

Then I found this prayer on

It was inspired by Isaiah 55...
Isaiah 55 is God’s PROMISE to you. If you pray His Word over your life…over your heart…over your home, He will be FAITHFUL to prosper it and make it bear fruit!

The Prayer:

Heavenly Father, invade my heart as I seek to surrender my life to You in 2011. Lead me through Your Word, show me the truths and promises You have for me. Help me to write them into a prayer for You today. I love You, Lord, and desire nothing more than to live a life fully surrendered to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Well that was my day today...
I will press on tomorrow...
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    You are doing great. Keep up the good work. Soon you will be walking forever, and wonder where the time went.
    3758 days ago
    Great Blog! I laughed about your doggie not understanding you didnt want to play. My Katy always trys to "help" me too. She thinks my aerobic DVD is a game she should be playing with me. LOL Your walking will improve. When I started in July, I couldnt even do 1/4 mile on the treadmill VERY SLOWLY (at 241 lbs) now 6 months later I am at 2 1/2 miles. You will get there! Hang in there! Good Luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3759 days ago
    Cheryl, I think 1/2 hour JUST STARTING is awesome! When I first started walking, I was only doing 10 minutes! BTW, I started at 188! I KNOW you can do this and we are the BEST cheerleaders, so with God on your side, and us on the sidelines cheering you on [and all of the witnesses in heaven too! emoticon ], you just will be ONE HUGE SUCCESS story!!!!! {{{{love you}}}}
    3759 days ago
    Just catching up. Oh my gosh, I hope it's just because I still have a cold...but reading everything you did made my head spin!
    WHEW! Awesome job girl!!!
    3760 days ago
    FANTASTIC blog! Good on you for making such a good start to the New Year!!

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    3760 days ago
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    Wow, it sounds like you had quite a day! Congrats on making your own smoothie. I do make some green smoothies, but you're right, they all have banana and berries in them. There are some raw food websites that have blended veggie soups that if you add more veggies and less water, could double as a smoothie. As for water, try to get at least 8 glasses a day. Even though you say you get water-logged, it's important for you to get the water in to help you lose the weight. As your cells burn the fat and release toxins into the blood stream, your body needs the water to "wash" it out. I know it sounds paradox, but the more water you drink the less water logged you'll feel as your exercising ad losing weight.

    When I first started my walking program, I also just timed myself and then mapped the routes to see how far I had gone. I still do that to some degree. That's how I discover new routes and things don't get boring. You'll also find that you'll be able to walk faster and your pup will also adjust to the walk.

    You're off to a great start! Stay positive and keep the faith. YOU CAN DO IT!
    3761 days ago
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    Sounds like you had an awesome day! emoticon Making your own recipe. I don't used canned soups because of the sodium Bet I could substitute a little Greek style yogurt. I've heard different things about the water. Personally I think you need to have some if not most of your water as water. When you add anything to it, it just seems to change it. Any time I've given up the sugar free tea and switched to water I've lost weight. emoticon

    You should be so proud getting out there and walking after your video. emoticon
    3761 days ago
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