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This is a continuation from yesterday. Like I said, I would be eating more after midnight because I go to bed so late. It’s amazing how quickly calories add up when you’re not paying attention, even when the food is healthy.

This is everything I consumed after wrapping up yesterday’s journal and before I went to bed.

3 whole walnuts – 100

1 “Cutie” Mandarin – 35

2 Tbs sugar-free Cool Whip – 20

Turkey sandwich with mustard and American cheese on whole wheat – 350

1 oz. corn chips – 140

1/2 c. lowfat cottage cheese – 100

1 slice Italian bread with 1 Tbs hummus – 110

One thing I’m noticing as I go through the list is that I tend to reach for calorie-dense foods late at night instead of veggies which you can eat a lot of with few calories, especially raw ones. Now on to today.

Pre-breakfast (I wanted to eat something when I got up to get the kids off to school just to get my metabolism going, but I knew I’d be going back to sleep so I didn’t want a lot) – 1/2 large banana – 60

Breakfast (at 3pm) – Chocolate Banana Nut Muffin Shakeology (4oz water, 4oz Silk Vanilla Soy Milk, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 large very ripe banana, 1 tsp natural peanut butter (wish I had remembered we have walnuts!), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbs quick oats, 1 scoop Fiber Boost and 3 ice cubes) – 315

 “Lunch” (aka Dinner to the rest of the family) – Bean and cheese burrito (1 large tortilla, not whole wheat even though it would be healthier but if I’m going to eat a tortilla every once in a while I want to enjoy it and I haven’t really found a good whole wheat version that I enjoy for burritos, 1/2 c fat-free refried beans, 2 Tbs salsa, 1 Tbs fat-free plain yogurt because it has one forth the calories of light sour cream and once it’s in a burrito I don’t notice a difference, and 2 Tbs shredded Mexican blend cheese) – 360

At this point I’ve eaten 1590 calories since my last post. I don’t have the totals for everything else like fiber, fat, protein and carbs because for some reason the bodybugg program isn’t opening and I’m too lazy right now to add it all up. No doubt I’ll eat something else before I go to bed and will try to focus on good stuff that’s low in calories as opposed to low calorie foods that are basically just chemicals with no nutritional value. Sometimes I wish I could just drink Shakeology and not have to worry about it. See you tomorrow!

This is one of my favorite soups and it’s pretty easy to make from scratch. I’m going to attempt to share this as an actual recipe although it’s usually something I make without measuring anything. There are so many variations of this, too, so feel free to change it up. You really can’t go wrong unless you add something crazy like vanilla extract or cinnamon. But I’m sure you wouldn’t do that, right?

1. I started with 3 largish leeks. If I had thought about posting this before I started I would’ve taken a photo. Oh well. Anyway, I cut off the dark green tops leaving only the white and very light green parts.

2. Then I split them lengthwise and cut them into 1/2 inches pieces. If you’ve ever used leeks before you know how dirty they are.

3. I washed the chopped pieces in a colander after soaking them in warm water for a few minutes and breaking them apart.

(Oh my gosh, I’m eating this while I’m typing and it’s SO good!)

4. I heated about 1 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter in a large pot on medium-low and added the drained leeks.

5. While those started to cook down, I chopped 1 large celery stalk and minced 6 cloves of garlic which I also added to the pot.

6. Then, I peeled and cubed 3 medium Russet potatoes and soaked them in cold water until the other stuff got nice and soft. I like to cut the potatoes in fairly large chunks so they hold their shape better in the end, but that’s totally up to you.

7. Next, I added 1 c. frozen corn to the pot and 1 14.5oz can Swanson chicken broth with less sodium (I think it’s 33% less, but I’m too busy eating and typing to get up and check).  You could also use vegetable broth to make this vegetarian. The broth just covered the veggies. Look, here’s a photo!

8. Once the concoction heated through I added the drained potatoes and enough water to cover them. Trust me, the other stuff is in there. It’s just hiding under the potatoes.

9. After turning up the heat to medium-high and bringing the pot to almost a boil, I covered it with the lid and turned the heat back down to medium-low. It took 10 minutes of simmering for the potatoes to become nice and soft without falling apart, but that time will vary depending on the size of the chunks so check them every few minutes so they don’t overcook.

10. Now for the creaminess. There are many ways to achieve this including heavy cream, half and half, fat-free half and half, evaporated milk, soy milk (not the kind with vanilla!), or cashew milk (the last two are great if you want to go vegan – you’d just sub olive oil for the butter). I chose to use cream cheese because that’s what we had on hand. You can’t just drop the cream cheese in, though, or you’ll end up with little blobs which is not what we’re going for. I scooped out 1 cup of the soup including some broth and some veggies and blended it with another 1 c water, about 4oz cream cheese and about 2 tsp cornstarch which I added to thicken it a bit and still keep most of the chunks.

11. After adding the blended mixture back to the pot I let it simmer a few more minutes. At this point, you can decide to leave it as is or blend more of the veggies to make a thicker soup with fewer chunks.

12. Finally, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and since I still had some, chopped fresh sage leaves.

I sprinkled on more black pepper once it was in the bowl. Cayenne or paprika would be good, too. YUMM!!!!!!

You may be wondering, “What is this Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse of which she speaks?” Well, basically it’s a 3-day cleanse using Shakeology. Sorry, just couldn’t help myself. Seriously, though. You follow the same plan for three days in a row which includes drinking  three shakes made with water and ice (one for breakfast…and you can add some fruit to that one…one for lunch and one for an afternoon or evening snack). You have a piece of fruit for a morning snack and dinner consists of a large salad, 4oz lean white protein like chicken or fish or beans for vegetarians, and 2Tbs lowfat salad dressing. You also drink a lot of water and some green or detox tea without sugar or artificial sweetener (stevia is fine). The purpose of the cleanse is to jump-start a weightloss program or hit the reset button by cleaning out excess water weight and toxins, but without starving yourself.

This is the third time I’ve done the cleanse. Well, the second time around I didn’t do the three full days so it’s more like 2 2/3. I decided it was time for another round because I’ve been eating a lot of high sodium foods lately and I feel fluffy. Plus, it’s recommended to do a cleanse with the changing of the seasons so it’s a good time since it’s the beginning of Spring. The first time I did it I lost over 8 lbs. which was pretty amazing and the second time it was over 4 lbs., still a great result considering I only stuck with it for two days. I won’t know how much I’ve lost this time because I lent my scale to a friend a couple of weeks ago so I don’t know my starting weight. It doesn’t really matter to me, though. I’m doing it because I want to feel “clean” again, if that makes sense. I’ve always felt great after I’ve done it and found myself craving the healthiest of foods afterwards. Always a good thing. I also struggle with remembering to drink enough water daily and doing the cleanse helps me to be properly hydrated. I believe the term for it is homeostasis. Whatever it’s called, I like it.

My sleeping schedule has almost completely shifted to that of someone who works a night shift so I didn’t have my first shake until after 2pm. I made it with 8oz water, 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 1 small banana and 4 ice cubes.  So far, I’ve had 16oz water and need to step that up. I’ll continue to check in through the day and night.

Ok, it’s now 10:46pm and so far so good. Around 6:00pm I was waiting for my kids to get done with their karate class and realized I should be eating some fruit. Since I hadn’t planned ahead I went to Albertson’s to find something. I have no idea how people can afford to shop there on a regular basis. I walked around, fairly hungry, but not at all tempted because of sticker shock. I finally decided on a 10oz bag of organic frozen strawberries that was on sale for $2.79. I drove back to the dojo and used my teeth to rip open the bag because even though it was resealable, it had to be cut open. I ate half the bag, or about 1 cup, for 70 calories and 4 grams of fiber. It was enough to tide me over for a while.

I was feeling great when we got home and it was still light outside so I went for a walk. Since I still had two shakes and the salad with protein to eat I figured I’d better get to it. As soon as I got back I made another shake with 8oz water, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 4 ice cubes and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. It was delicious. I forgot how good it feels to be only consuming healthy food. I don’t even know if I could put it into words, but it’s something like feeling energized and balanced and clean and light. It’s all good. Delightful even.

After I fed my husband and kids I made the salad with “artisan” lettuce, 1 tomato, 4 radishes, and two small carrots. Not feeling like dealing with raw chicken, I opened a can of organic garbanzo beans from Trader Joe’s. I knew those would come in handy someday. I topped the salad with about half the can and 2Tbs of lowfat cilantro dressing, also from Trader Joe’s. It was a lot of food and very satisfying. Now I just have one shake to drink before I go to bed. I think I’ll have it around midnight since I’ve been going to bed around 3:00am. I’d also like to get in at least another two liters of water. So far I’ve had four. I was supposed to drink two cups of tea, but that hasn’t happened yet. We’ll see. Actually, maybe I’ll make some right now. Talk to you tomorrow…Day 2.