Saturday, February 27, 2010

Milestones (Er, and FREE SOUP!)

Though it shocks me a little, (I had a heck of a week with big ups and big downs) I lost a tiny amount this week (1.5) but it was the right direction (and it put me past 2 stone!) but the BIG news this week was the measuring one. Remember, I only measure every OTHER week because that one moves slower.

My waist, across my hipbone, and my butt are all 4 inches smaller than when I started, but what got my attention was my waist passing under the danger mark. I HATE admitting this, and feel compelled to remind you I am 5'11” because I find it so embarrassing, but until today's measure my waist has been above that 35” 'danger mark' that they tell women is a heart disease risk. Today it is happily at 34 (not that I will be HAPPY until it is under 30, but as I get older, those heart markers matter more).

It caused me to do something ELSE that I hadn't done at all since starting this. Dive into a BMI calculator. My BMI was almost 33 when I started this thing (that is DANGEROUSLY overweight, which is a euphemism for Level 1 OBESITY). For three weeks now, I have been out of that danger zone, too, and into simply OVERWEIGHT (a zone I've spent 70% of my adult life in). Eleven more pounds and I will only be 'mildly overweight'! Which is funny, because it coincides with the least I've weighed since 2007, so I really want to get there ANYWAY. If you're curious to calculate your own (exactly, I mean), here is the link (it's down the page just a little).

It is interesting, because though I want to lost 37-57 more pounds, this says I will be healthy weight in just 23 (so I'm more than half way to that powerful marker)--though it seems they've adjusted this upward... I am 28 pounds from that magical marker I've always watched for before '25'.

So to celebrate I am offering up my free soup recipe. When I went on Weight Watchers in 2002, I took a quiz as to what KIND of eater I was, and I am a VOLUME eater—someone who isn't satisfied without quite a bit of food. For me the perfect trick has been to fill out my meal with vegetables—this is especially helpful at LUNCH—a bowl of soup that has no point count whatsoever can make a 3 point half sandwich seem satisfying, if you need to save points because your family is ordering pizza, for instance. I played around (I have a past life in a pub, where amazingly I learned my only cooking skill—soup).


Butternut Squash
Whole head of garlic
4+ peppers (I used a red, a yellow, a green and 2 Poblano last time)
Whole onion
2 cans stewed tomatoes
Chicken or veggie broth
Other veggies that might interest you (I've used carrots, mushrooms—whatever we have)

cumin, a little salt, 2-3 kinds of pepper (I used chile powder and chipotle this tie and it was nice)

Roast butternut squash and garlic in oven 1.5 hours, 275 degrees.
If you CAN, flame roast peppers (I do this on my gas stove top, if you don't have gas, it can be done under a broiler—you want to keep them whole and blacken the skin—when black, put in a paper bag for 20 minutes so they sweat)
saute your onion (and any other veggies you are adding that might need it—if I use carrots I actually boil them in a little chicken stock to soften them before I get going)

Get out your blender or food processor and start pureeing!

After pureed I put it all in a big pot on low and start adding stuff. Be sure to catch the juices from inside the peppers (and peel off the blacked skins!).

I usually leave SOMETHING unpureed for some texture (didn't puree the mushrooms or onion this time), though the squash makes it a nice, thick soup, so some people might prefer it all pureed.  Spice in the pot!


M.J. Nicholls said...

Soup that looks THAT disgusting would certainly put me off eating. Though I'm sure it's delicious.

I have a new dietary technique. It's called I-can't-be-arsed-going-to-the-ATM-and-picking-up-groceries. It's very complex and involves sitting at a computer eating chocolate until you run out. Then you eat lamps, desks and chairs.

As I type this, I'm munching on the keyboard. It's... *chomp chomp*

Watery Tart said...

Mark, your lithe thighs probably need no diet. *snort* Oh, to be a young man in my early 20s... worth it for the metabolism alone. Though probably I would never resort to eating non-food items... and I would definitely be in the habit of drinking enough beer that by 30, my gut would be telling on me.

Helena Soister said...

Dang, I wish I liked veggies as much as you do -- I have to use fruit to fill me up. I need a more balanced daily diet, but I'm the world's pickiest eater and have to be restrain myself from snarfing out on pounds of different cheeses.
Congrats on the 4 (less) inches!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh, I'm SO in the mood for's soup weather! This one sounds good to me--I eat mostly veggies.

Congrats on the milestones!

Jan Morrison said...

I love the soup! And I've stopped measuring and weighing. hmmm...or looking at bills or...
bye now. I feel kinda bad. I'm bad, I'm a bad person.

Watery Tart said...

Helena-I didn't used to like veggies, then discovered it's because my mother didn't know how to COOK them, but I get it... makes it hard to eat healthy without them--and I do like fruit better, but fruit you have to COUNT and veggies you don't so there you have it...

Elizabeth-you've probably always eaten right! It is a good soup, though. And in winter, raw veggies just don't quite cut it. Salads can be a nice satisfying lunch in summer (with lots of interesting stuff on them, anyway) but not when there is snow on the ground!

Jan, you're not bad. You are just listening to yourself instead of checking for external validation. I'd love to do that, but with all the other noise, I can't seem to hear me, so I'm not there yet...

Andy Leigh said...

Congrats on the weight loss! I can only sympathize with how difficult it is to lose weight - after watching my little brother struggle with it his whole life I know it's not an easy thing to do. I'm going to pass this soup recipe to him! Many thanks and keep looking beautiful!

Watery Tart said...

Thank you, Andy! Yeah... sucky metabolism SUCKS! I really wish someone had told me at a young age about the power of exercise. I probably wouldn't have done some of the things I did that I KNOW messed up that metabolism. Good luck to your brother!

(My little sister in college was Andrea and I called her Andy, so it always makes me smile)