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  1. @pacruise804 Here is the soup recipe. I usually double the recipe and then just add a tablespoon of each of the seasonings. I dice the veggies and don't puree the soup - my kids prefer it that way.. they didn't like the texture with some pureed. Maui Black Bean Soup (via Clean Eating) Nutrition Information Calories: 170 Fat: 3.75 Carbohydrates: 27.6 Sodium: 334 Fiber: 8.6 Protein: 9 Recipe type: Soup Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 45 mins Save Print Ingredients 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 ribs celery, trimmed and coarsely chopped 1 fat carrot, peeled and chopped 1 small purple onion, peeled and chopped 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic passed through a press 1 tsp dried cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp chili powder 4 cups bone broth or low sodium broth chicken/vegetable broth 2 15oz cans black beans 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes sea salt and fresh ground black pepper Instructions In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add celery, carrot, onion and bell peppers. Sauté until onion become translucent, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and spices. Cook another 2 minutes Add stock or cooking liquid of your choice, beans and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
  2. Happy Sunday Ladies! I'm so envious of you both Jan and Belle - I love the Caribbean! I am doing a Western Carib but not until end of April..... so I have lots of time to make my goal!! Hope you are all having a great weekend. I planned out the week's menus, then went grocery shopping and mostly stuck to the plan… DH came along and added a few things to the cart that are not diet friendly but not my favourites so I should have no problem avoiding them. I have just made a double batch of Maui Black Bean soup - love this stuff! I always double the seasonings for more flavor. Anyway, that will be my dinner tonight and lunches for the week. Hoping for big losses and great weigh-ins on Thursday!
  3. Wow that's awesome, congrats on your loss. I'll be rooting for you to hit 30 pounds next week! I would think that if I hit a big goal, something like 30 pounds, I would definitely plan for a reward. I would think maybe go shopping to buy something new!
  4. Sorry to hear about the knee and hip but congrats on the great walk!! I use a Google Map pedometer to calculate distance and me and Jax only did 2.4 miles this morning. So good job!
  5. Hi ladies, Belle - Hope you are having a great time on your cruises.Tthank you for the poem and yes, I've been indulging in comfort food this week - came home from my work week in Philly with a nasty cold. All I've wanted is warm, creamy soups and stews full of hearty goodness. Plus we had Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday so there was turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh buns, lots of veggies and a nice, warm apple pie... Mmmm... Heathersmoo - staying the same can be hard to accept but it is better than a gain. Keep at it! Jan - Sorry to hear you just keep yo-yoing with the same pound. Very frustrating. And yes, very dark here as well now in the mornings/evenings. I took my dog out for a walk this morning and by 6:40 it was just starting to brighten up. We are the West Coast and voted to keep Daylight Savings Time year round. It won't happen this year but I'm thinking if accepted, it will be in a effect next year. That will be interesting. I hate the twice yearly time changes. JennyB - Congrats on your loss!! That is great! And yes, Red Wine is best for weight maintenance, your health and I recently read, keeping wrinkles at bay... lol. Not sure if that's true but why take the chance... Lol. Where do you blog? Diana - Sounds like you've had a great week and no gain is good. Keep at it and hopefully you will lose a bit before your cruise. 21 Days at sea sounds heavenly! PACruise - Your meals this week sound delish! Congrats on no loss. I'm up 3 pounds since my last weigh in, three weeks ago. And I've actually gained most of it the last week. I was home for a night after the cruise/before Philly and I weighed myself and had only gained one pound. I gained the next two by eating too much comfort foods, carbs and sweets this last week. Plus with the cold I have, I had zero energy or motivation to get out and walk or exercise. I was feeling better this morning so took the dog for an hour's walk. I have a homemade chicken noodle soup simmering in my crock pot as I type (homemade stock but root veg and egg noodles) so hopefully a bowl of that for dinner will help with the cold and get me back on track. Have a great week everyone!
  6. Best drink I've ever had was The Perfect Storm on Imagination.... they made it different than the menu, shaved cinnamon over a lighter, over the drink... the cinnamon burns lightly and the chemist always said, sparkles! Mmmmm. soo good.
  7. DH and I sailed on the Imagination last week, Sunday to Thurs. We had porthole cabin U17. It was our first time in a porthole and on the Imagination and we liked both but noticed a strong sewage smell pretty much daily outside on deck. And in addition, we had toilet flushing issues also daily in our cabin and in public restrooms. Is this something recent cruisers experienced or noticed? This was our 5th cruise and we have never smelled strong sewage smells like this previously.
  8. Oh wow, that's awesome!! Look at all those trophies in the last photo!! 🙂
  9. Sorry to hear about your stressful week! Been there, done that with the kid and the doctor... Sometimes they cry wolf too often and you just don't think it's as bad as it may be. Is your son joining you on the cruise? Hoping you can put your stresses behind you and enjoy the next two days of packing, planning and prepping for a fun trip!
  10. I love cheese too... and most food in general - Lol! So what do you/did you compete?
  11. Hi Ladies! That is funny that you both started a thread at the same time. Great minds think alike! Diana - good job staying the same! I'm sure you will meet your October goal... just stay away from all the Halloween treats. pacruise - 2.8 from the cruise is not too bad, I'm hoping for similar. Glad you are having great weather to get outdoors! Jo - .6 after three plates of Chinese is pretty good! Mmmm… Chinese. Katmu - Sorry to hear you were feeling under the weather but glad you are better today. Family time is definitely worth a weight gain in my books. Jan - Congrats on your loss!! Enjoy the wedding and the family and friends! JennyB - Welcome back. Are you going to get back on the UNDiet? I managed to re-lose the weight I previously gained this month and am down an additional .4. Finally in the 153's. This is my last weigh in for the next two weeks. I'm off to California on Saturday. We're doing a pre-cruise night on the Queen Mary then our cruise, followed by a day in Disneyland and a day at Universal Studios. I'll be home for two nights and then off to Philadelphia for a week of training for work. Monday the 14th of October is Canadian Thanksgiving... It will be interesting to see how I fare on weigh in that week. Hope everyone has a great couple weeks! See you all mid-October!
  12. Diana - your upcoming cruises sound fabulous!! Welcome back JennyB - I'm sure you'll be back to pre-cruise weight in no time. Jan - I hope you get to enjoy your daughter's wedding!! PACruise - Welcome back! Enjoy your 5K!
  13. Congrats on looking slimmer and moving to retainer! Enjoy your cruise!!
  14. Thanks and yes, It has been a rough week for me too... I was actually lower last Saturday than on weigh-in yesterday and I feel like I worked my butt off with walks, treadmill and Ripped in 30 Level 4 workouts. But I know I also used those workouts to allow myself extra treats that I know I shouldn't have had. It was a tough, hormonal week... I just wanted to eat everything, all the time. I hate that. And yes, I was quite depressed over the weigh in yesterday and after trying on some other items of clothing I'd set aside to pack, that have been too small for a while and none of them fit... but I eventually got over it. I keep telling myself that I'm not where I wanted to be but I'm not where I started either, and I have managed a few clothing fit successes that I have packed, rather than going out to buy all new clothes because nothing but my newest jeans would fit. I'm going to go do my treadmill calorie burner workout, then try to up my running at level 6 for longer than I've done this week, finish off with Ripped in 30 and maybe take the dog for a walk on my lunch hour. 23Lbs is amazing progress! I know it's not what you wanted but still, that is a great accomplishment and you should be very proud. Your plan for the cruise sounds a lot like mine and yes, I know I will gain too but in the end, we have to have fun and enjoy the vacation or why take it in the first place. I will get back to the diet when I get home too and keep working on that goal. Have a great weekend!
  15. On this note, I have a little tidbit to share. If flying or travelling any long distance, do NOT pack bags of chips in your suitcase.. it will not end. Pringles or other tube style chips are best to bring with you. I speak from experience - an exploded bag of crushed chips scattered throughout one's clothing is not a pleasant surprise on opening luggage. 😒
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