Well, I certainly didn’t lose the twenty pounds I wanted to this month, but I lost five and kept them off. And that’s not too shabby for a month in which most people gain weight! I’m considering signing up for 3 in 30 next month, which would involve setting three concrete short-term goals for the month, linking up a blog post about my progress once a week, and tweeting with the #3in30 hashtag (Oh, how I LOVE to tweet!). “Goals” sound so much better than “resolutions”, don’t they? So much more attainable! Here’s to 2011 and to all of us achieving our goals, whatever they may be!
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How did you do on BeSkiBiMo this week? I didn’t lose any weight this week, but at least I haven’t gained back the five pounds I’ve lost (I’m trying to keep a positive attitude here). Anyway, I’ve been exercising self-control when it comes to portion sizes (one tiny piece of delicious peanut butter fudge instead of three) and I’ve been modifying recipes to make them a bit healthier. Anyone else just adore Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup? The one with the spinach? Well, I found a “copycat” recipe and then altered it to suit my needs, and I have to say it’s pretty tasty. Even the guys had second helpings!
Large package of chicken (split breasts with rib meat)
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 baking potato (1 pound) – baked (microwave is OK)
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups 2% milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan-Asiago blend
1 cup chopped spinach (fresh or frozen and thawed)
Place the chicken in a stockpot and cover well with water, boil until tender. Remove chicken breasts and let cool. When cool, shred chicken and set aside. Add celery, onions, garlic, and carrots to broth and simmer.
While broth is simmering make gnocchi: Cut open the potato and spoon out inside into medium bowl. Add 3 Tbsp of the egg (NO MORE) and mix to blend. Add flour and knead until blended. Divide dough into four sections. Roll out each section into a long roll slightly thicken than a pencil. Cut into 1/2 inch sections and set aside.
Add shredded chicken back to stock. Add thyme and sale and pepper to taste. Add gnocchi and simmer for five minutes. Remove 3 Tbsp broth and mix with cornstarch in small bowl. Add back to pot. Add milk and cheese and simmer 10 minutes. Add spinach and simmer until warmed through.
I divided my pot of soup in half before adding the spinach since not everyone loves it like I do, so I ended up with two versions of the same soup. This works well if you have picky eaters in your house.
Good morning and welcome to our official two-week check-in on BeSkiBiMo. Let me just say up front that I did not lose a single pound during the last week. I made (mostly) good food choices, but it was such a stressful week that I didn’t sleep well and was too exhausted and in too much pain to even think about exercising. I don’t know if it was the lack of exercise of the increased “stress hormones” that got me, but I’m changing both this week! And the tip of the day is: Don’t watch “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. Don’t watch it, don’t let your spouse watch it in bed while you fall asleep. I woke up this morning STARVING and wanting all sort of odd foods. Thankfully, I have none of them in my house and I don’t want any of them bad enough to go out in the cold to get them. Maybe there is an upside to this crappy weather. How did you guys do this week and what are your plans for handling the upcoming week?