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#FitReaders #StrutYourStuff- Weekly Check-In July 14, 2017

Another week, but not another Vitamix soup, becauseI failed to go shopping. Really hits home how much prepping is needed for diet and nutrition.

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So a bit late on my June 5K, but I DID get my June and July 5Ks in, more or less (emphasis on the more). It was about a billion degrees outside so I did them indoors, so no GPS. But, I was doing a L4L competition (Team Grumpy Cats 6-we placed 9th) so I had personal bests to beat. I ended up beating my personal best on Saturday with over 50,000 steps. So I went for the marathon on Sunday. My usual 5Ks are shy of 6000 steps and around an hour, so you could say I did a bunch of 5Ks this weekend. Then the rest of the week was a really big week because my team of 5 (Team Grumpy Cats 3) was basically down 2 entire people and the other reliably high stepper had stuff going on which made it a struggle to even get her minimums in. Since I am competitive this helped me up my steps, and we managed to complete it!

June July 5K

Stats: Week July 8-14, 2017

Had an Overall Great week. Sleep stopped backsliding and maybe even bumped back up a bit….and I will keep plugging along.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In July 7, 2017

 

Another week, another Vitamix soup. The red bell pepper helped with color, but it was oddly sweeter than the carrots. Not sure if that was the pepper itself or something about the vegetables this week.

Here is my current recipe for what I am calling Sneaky Tomato Soup.

  • 1 box beef broth/4 cups (or chicken if you aren’t a freak like me who likes their tomato soup beefy)
  • 1 cup broccoli (roasted)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 cans Basil, Garlic, Oregano diced tomatoes (=3.5 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh campari tomatoes roasted
  • 1 large red bell pepper (roasted)
  • 2 cups corn (roasted)
  • 2 cups celery
  • 2 cups onion (roasted)
  • 2 cloves garlic (roasted)

Roast any roasted vegetables in the oven at 425 for about 20-25 minutes. Put all ingredients into a pot then add enough water to equal 4 or so quarts (add bouillon cubes if you like yours beefy and salty and your diet can handle it-I added 4 but I am a Campbell’s plebe) and simmer down until you reach 3.5 quarts. Split into two batches and use Vitamix soup program or equivalent. Then pour back into pot and mix well. Then split into seven 2-cup mason jars (this time I then poured it all back in the Vitamix jar and it was easier to pour into the mason jars with them sitting in the sink than it was to ladle). Put about half in the fridge and the other half in the freezer.

So for Women 31-50 the USDA recommends the following vs what is in my soup:

Dark Green Vegetables: 1.5 Cups        vs       1.5 cups

Red/Orange Vegetables: 5.5 cups       vs       5.5 cups

Beans and Peas: 1.5 cups      vs            NONE

Starchy Vegetables: 5 cups      vs      2 cups

“Other” Vegetables: 4 cups      vs      4 cups

 

Stats: Week July 2-7, 2017

Doing well overall. Sleep backslid a bit but I will keep plugging along. And I plan to get my June and July 5Ks in on Saturday and Sunday July 8-9.

 

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In June 30, 2017

 

I made another Vitamix soup. This one is much more successful than the first one, and I ate it for lunch all week. I did decide to scale back on the vegetables and be more reasonable about my expectations for getting at least a serving of vegetables at dinner. I also went back to the actual USDA recommendations for vegetables.

Here is my current recipe for what I am calling Sneaky Tomato Soup.

  • 1 box beef broth/4 cups (or chicken if you aren’t a freak like me who likes their tomato soup beefy)
  • 1 cup broccoli (roasted)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 cans Basil, Garlic, Oregano diced tomatoes (=3.5 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh campari tomatoes roasted
  • 1 cup carrots (roasted)
  • 2 cups corn (roasted)
  • 2 cups celery
  • 2 cups onion (roasted)
  • 2 cloves garlic (roasted)

Roast any roasted vegetables in the oven at 425 for about 20-25 minutes. Put all ingredients into a pot then add enough water to equal 4 or so quarts (add bouillon cubes if you like yours beefy and salty and your diet can handle it-I added 4 but I am a Campbell’s plebe) and simmer down until you reach 3.5 quarts. Split into two batches and use Vitamix soup program or equivalent. Then pour back into pot and mix well. Then split into seven 2-cup mason jars. Put about half in the fridge and the other half in the freezer.

So for Women 31-50 the USDA recommends the following vs what is in my soup:

Dark Green Vegetables: 1.5 Cups        vs       1.5 cups

Red/Orange Vegetables: 5.5 cups       vs       5.5 cups

Beans and Peas: 1.5 cups      vs            NONE

Starchy Vegetables: 5 cups      vs      2 cups

“Other” Vegetables: 4 cups      vs      4 cups

This leaves me to get 1.5 cups of beans/peas and 3 cups “starchy” vegetables. Beans are easy as I will easily eat refried beans, lentils, or even navy beans. I could even swap them in, in lieu of the nuts I am eating with the soup for lunch now. And of course once I get the rest of the recipe down I can add them to it either whole or mixed in. But since starchy vegetables are only listed as being  corn, green peas, or white potatoes…they are a little trickier than other vegetables to stick into soup. I can and will eat mashed potatoes, but somehow that seems like a cop out. And corn really isn’t the best choice for me, though I do better with it than I used to.

The big sub I am considering making for this week is to trade the carrots out for red bell pepper, which should increase the red color in the soup nicely. I suspect the orange I got was at least in part due to the carrots. But if anyone has any suggestions for what else might constitute a “starchy” vegetable, that would be good.

Stats: Week June 24- July 1, 2017

So another nice consistent week. I should probably adjust my goals since I am so consistently exceeding the set ones, but it makes me a little neurotic that it would make it look like I didn’t previously meet my goals. I am 0.5 lbs from my goal weight  and my actual sleep is still going well. I am very carefully trying to not rock the boat, though eating dinner so early is a struggle. FitBit’s sleep stages unfortunately is on the fritz again, so that is disappointing. But otherwise, a good week. I still need to get June’s 5K, so I will have to double up July, but the weather has been uncooperative. The rain isn’t the hugest issues, but lightening isn’t something to mess with.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In June 23, 2017

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I finished vacation with a walking bang and my L4L team placed 4th. Dipped my toes in one day at work, then work was cancelled for the hurricane that wasn’t on Wednesday. It made for an interesting week. Plus, this is literally the best sleep week I have had, ever. Or at least since I got the Fitbit, but I honestly can’t remember a better/more consistent one.

On the Vitamix front, I haven’t made another soup yet, but yesterday I did put celery in my smoothie…which is…interesting.

Stats: Week June 17-23, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In June 16, 2017

Nothing exciting. Exercise wise, I am still taking a small vacation. Minimum goals, minimum effort, maximum vacation. In other news, much like every other incident in life, it can best be described as “probably benign”. I am just going to roll with it.

Stats: Week June 10-16, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In June 9, 2017

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So the exciting news for this week is that I have my Vitamix, and I am having a ton of fun with it. Not having quite so much fun with the amount of whoo I am encountering when searching for recipes or tips & tricks, but you have to take the good with the bad. But if anyone has any favorite blender recipes, I am all ears.

I even made the USDA suggestions soup. The first day or so were a bit of a struggle, but I am becoming acclimatized. However, it was a bit bland, plus I actually will eat green beans on their own, one of the few vegetable I can manage, so it doesn’t make sense to me for me to blend them. I will be making some tweaks on the next batch, at the least adding more garlic and spices and finding something to swap for green beans.

But those fruit smoothies though, damn. I never honestly dreamed a smoothie could ever feel that delightful in my mouth. I’ll admit I thought people were insane for spending that much money for some blended fruit at professional places (almost as crazy as I assume people think I am for spending this much money on a blender). All I can say is that if I had ever tried a pro smoothie before, I might not have ever been able to afford my own fancy smoothie machine. I wussed out on putting any veggies in this week (fear is a terrible thing), so that is my goal for next week, to start slipping veggies into my fruit smoothies.

Exercise wise, I am taking a small vacation. I won my first Step Bet, which was often a struggle, and then I looked and saw how much my step requirement would go up and I figured it was pretty impossible to do another one right away. Instead I am backing down my steps to my “minimum” goal of 17,500 a day and I will go back to Step Bet when things are more possible.

Weight wise I am approximately 3 lbs from goal, though body composition is an issue. Which was of course to be expected considering I have lost about 50 lbs and eschewed weight lifting. I know better, but just couldn’t seem to make myself go. I planned to go while I am on vacation…that didn’t happen either. Ceste la vie. I am njot UNhappy with where I am at, and life is nothing but time.

Altogether, a nice, soothing week. Heck, even my sleep came into line a little bit. I have been playing with meal time and macros to see how it interacts with my sleep medications. Frankly, just because 8-10 PM is when my body prefers dinner, doesn’t mean that is a good plan in a pharmacological sense.

Stats: Week June 3-9, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In June 2, 2017

 

So the exciting news for this week is that I finally pulled the trigger on a Vitamix. This exchange with Vitamix would probably tell anyone everything there is to know about me, lol. It started in the middle of the night on an Ambien fugue at the end of March. I didn’t even remember I’d written it until several days later when they initially responded.

“So, kind of weird. But this is more of a request. I’d love to see a soup recipe that would take care of a week’s vegetable requirements based on USDA recommendations.

Dark green vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, and other dark green leafy varieties: 3 cups per week or 6 half-cup servings
Orange vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash: 2 cups per week (4 servings)
Legumes, like pinto beans, lentils, and chickpeas: 3 cups per week (6 servings)
Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, corn, and green peas: 3 cups per week (6 servings)
Other vegetables, like tomatoes, green beans, and onions: 6.5 cups per week (13 servings.

Then I could just make one batch and portion it out for the week and be done with it.

I’ve been considering getting the new Ascent series A3500, (mostly for the soups) but would buy it immediately if there was a recipe I could make that I could just pour down my gullet every day and be done with this vegetable madness.”

Probably the funniest thing about the whole thing, is that I don’t even know exactly where I got those numbers from, since they don’t exactly match MyPlate USDA recommendations. But somehow I doubt that the USDA would overly quibble over the inclusion of more dark greens, and the “other” vegetables category is pretty nebulous.

And here’s their final response, with recipe. And yes, I ordered the blender, a deal is a deal, and that sort of customer service is awesome (and it turns out referring people could get me rewards, who knew?). This will of course be the first thing I make, and then I will play with it from there. But I am super excited. I am on vacation for the next two weeks and should get my blender before the end of this week which should give me plenty of time to experiment. Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to try to eat actual vegetables, but considering how many misses versus hits, this seems like a sensible addition. I will make sure that I am getting as much vegetables as I am supposed to…kind of like a real foods health supplement, and then any extra veggies I eat will just be gravy.

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Stats: Week May 27 – June 2, 2017

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