Plateau: A Relatively Stable State

Well today was – blah. I did not lose or gain any weight. To be totally honest this sucks, but I am going to stick with it because I know it can be done. Can one plateau at 5.08 pounds? The other option is that I am not sure my scales have ever been past this current weight; how do I even know if they can go past this weight. Oh my, they may think something is wrong so they are staying status quo. When roomie came downstairs this morning, he asked about the Friday weigh in; funny he forgets to ask when I have lost 2.4 pounds, but not this morning, all said was, “least you didn’t gain any.” Easy to tell he has been the lone male in a female household since he was eight; he knows the right things to say or not say. I am going to stick with no refined sugar, no processed foods, and no diet soft drinks (no, regular are not okay, I just never drank them) and try to cut my portions a bit more and step up the exercise and see what next Friday brings. This is why I started far enough in advance of my target date. Also cut the Metamucil when I realized the amount of sugar in it. No wonder I enjoyed it so much.

Another dreary day so soup is on the menu. I must warn you that I like soup, even in the summer time, so you will be seeing more soup dishes. They are just so comforting. I usually do hot soups year long. I have made Gazpacho only once and it was a total disaster. Every time we hear the word or see it listed on a menu my daughter and I gag. I obviously did something terribly wrong, but the first spoonful literally hurt; as in we could feel it through our entire digestive system. Not good. I want to be brave and try it again, but there are too many other dishes to try.

Tomato / Chickpea Soup

This is super quick and good. If you would like to add a meat to it, I suggest stopping by and grabbing a rotisserie chicken and adding some to the soup; just be aware you may need to add a bit more broth.

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained

½ cup dry small whole wheat pasta

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tsp dry basil

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp dry parsley

Rotisserie chicken (optional)

Salt / Pepper

Bring broth to a boil and add pasta. Reduce heat and cook until pasta is almost done.

  • Add other ingredients, return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

219 days and still 24.92 pounds to go till Disney Food and Wine.


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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