Friday, August 24, 2012

Who's Counting?

I recently wrote about how I don't want to be a slave to the scale or any weight loss program, tired of obsessing over every calorie/POINT value. This is true, but I realize if I want to lose some weight and become more healthy, I need some type of accountability and perhaps a bit of a support system.  My friend Mari has recently joined Myfitnesspal, has been singing it's praises so I decided to take a look.  It's a very simple (free!) program, calories in and calories out, and comes with a (free!) smart phone app, and appears to have a really nice community for support and motivation.  I signed up, but I'm gonna be honest with you here, I have some issues with calorie counting.  Maybe it's from my many years as a Weight Watcher, but I like having "free" vegetables and fruit! Being vegan, I eat a ton of produce and can't see myself logging every single carrot stick.

Mid-morning juice

On WW, I don't have to do that, which gives me a lot of freedom and encourages me to eat healthfully. I'm afraid that if you tell me I can spend 100 calories on wine, or the same amount on a vegetable juice..well, you know which one I'm going for! So, after much pondering, I decided to re-join WW online, but with a fresh new account. I don't want any of the prior failures (or short term successes) weighing me down. 

I'd love some input from you all; do you count calories, POINTS, or something else? What works best for you?

In other news, here in the Sunshine State we are watching Tropical Storm Issac very closely. It's still too soon to know for sure, but it looks as if he's turning northwest which would not impact either of our homes much.  However, the RV is a different story.  Just to be safe, we decided to break down camp yesterday, pack up the motor home and get it back into storage.  You can see how excited Loki was about the whole thing, right?

 We arrived in Ormond Beach in time to shower, unpack, and head out for a late dinner.  All day I'd looking forward to a veggie burger at one of the local sports bars, a meal I've had on only one occasion but had been dreaming about ever since.

As you can see, it's a nice size burger with slices of avocado, and beautiful chunky fries. Gorgeous, right? The perfect "last meal" before my official WW weigh-in this morning.  Alas, we arrived at the restaurant to find it not only closed, but up for sale! UGH!! Fortunately we had a plan B, another veggie burger at an Irish pub nearby, but it was not the same, and not photo-worthy.

We'll be heading south for the weekend, can't wait to see my kids and critters who reside there. But first, while Beren is attending work meetings, I'm going to whip up a batch of veggie soup.  I'll have a nice bowl for lunch and then freeze the rest for future consumption.

An example of working w/what I've got..only one sad little zucchini to add to the mix!

Green Vegetable Soup

2 tbsp Olive Oil (I used olive oil spray)
2 Leeks (white and light green parts, thinly sliced)
3 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 head Broccoli (trimmed to small florets)
2 med Zucchini (cut into half moons)
1 head Spinach (roughly chopped)
4 leaves Basil
1 tsp Sea Salt
½ tsp fresh ground Pepper
6 cups water
3 tbsp fresh chopped Basil

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium
high heat. Add the leeks and garlic and saute for 3 minutes. Add
the broccoli, zucchini, spinach, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Stir
and cook for 5 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Lower
the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and
stir in the chopped basil.

If you eliminate the olive oil as I did (it's totally unnecessary), you have a low-fat super healthy soup for Zero WW P+ if you're counting.  If you don't mind adding some color to your greens, you can toss in a can beans and/or tomatoes for variety, or bulk it up with some cabbage as I'm doing.  I prefer to leave it grain-free but if you want to serve it over brown rice that would make an even heartier meal. If you have a good vegetable stock or broth, use that instead of the plain water for more flavor.




  1. I DEFINITELY see where you're coming from Michele, and I ABSOLUTELY know where I would rather my 100 calories go as well! For me, at least it's a jumping off point. Working from home, I was not realizing how much I was snacking and how empty those calories are! It has helped to have my phone with me when I go to grab something and the exercise part is helping as well. I see it as a "tool in my box". Your green veggie soup looks yummy!!! Here's to each other! Virtual cheers :)

  2. Oh, Mari, I hope you didn't think I was criticizing your choices! On the contrary, I think what you're doing is awesome!! Just because calorie counting doesn't work for me doesn't make it wrong for somebody else. You're rockin' those workouts, too! You go, girl! :)