Weight Watchers Zero Point Cabbage Soup

I am starting a diet this Monday morning.  I have to.  I have to get healthy for myself and for my family.  I have been at the same weight for YEARS and I’m very close to breaking into the 100’s that it’s ridiculous that I have not done this sooner.  I’ve lost 30 lbs. in the past 2 years and have kept it off, now I just have to push myself a little more out of my comfort zone and force myself into this.

It’s going to be a whole new lifestyle.  Thing is, when I’m on a diet like Whole30 or Weight Watchers, I eat wayyyyy more ON THE DIET than I do off.  It forces me to eat whole, nutritious foods and plenty of fruits and veggies which I avoid right now.

Here is the DELICIOUS Weight Watchers zero point cabbage soup recipe that I’ll pass on because I think it’s great to have this soup on hand for when the “munchies” sneak up on you.  It’s great to have around and is super tasty and filling too.  It also doesn’t count as any points.

Weight Watchers Zero Point Cabbage Soup
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups nonfat beef broth (beef is the best) or 3 cups nonfat vegetable broth, or 3 cups nonfat chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1⁄2yellow onion
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1⁄2 cup green beans
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped zucchini yellow or green
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon basil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray pot with non stick cooking spray saute onions carrots and garlic for 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, Tomato paste, cabbage, green beans, basil, oregano and Salt & Pepper to taste.
  3. Simmer for a about 5-10 minutes until all vegetables are tender then add the zucchini and simmer for another 5 or so minutes.
Notes
Serving Size: 1 cup (6 to 8)
Smart Points: 1
Points Plus: 0
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6-8 Calories: 22 Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 5 Sugar: 2.5 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 1
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SIDE IDEAS:  Add 1 jalapeno for spice and garlic powder:    Add mushrooms:   Eat it with some Tajin sprinkled on top to give it a little kick:  Add a more spices, like cayenne if you like things spicy:   Add celery, peas, and fresh parsley for vitamin C:
REMEMBER THAT ADDING INGREDIENTS MIGHT ADD TO THE POINTS VALUE IF YOU ARE DOING WEIGHT WATCHERS BUT THESE EXTRAS ARE ALL HEALTHY ADDITIONS.  If you wanted to add protein you could also do that too.
I prefer to make just as directed by the recipe, except to add cayenne so it has a little zing.
Since these soups freeze so well, try keeping an extra batch in your freezer in individual portions. Any time you’re short on time, heat up a serving and embellish with an ingredient or two (if you wish) for a quick meal in minutes.
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Trying to Quit Smoking …. For Good!

Ugh.  That’s how I feel on day two with no cigarettes.  I’m jonesing for one right now but will not allow myself to go there.  I’m on the patch.  24mg patch.  It works for me yet for some reason tonight the thought of having a cigarette is just nagging at me.

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I have to remind myself that 3 people that I loved dearly have passed away within the last year due to complications of smoking.  THOSE LIVES MATTER!  They were all 3 heavy smokers.  I myself, was easily pounding down a pack a day.

I find that when I’m stressed out I really go to town.  It’s a coping mechanism which is just no good.  No good can come from it except the temporary fix it gives you at any given time.

I HATE the way it makes me smell.  I’ll go to the trouble of taking a nice hot shower, shampooing my hair, putting on perfume only to have it smell like rotten cigarette butts only minutes later.  I hate the way I wash my hands with the best smelling soap and the rotten stench never comes off my fingertips.

I hate it when I go to hug or kiss my husband knowing full well that I stink like cigarettes and it makes me feel bad.

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I hate my “smokers cough” that never seems to leave and is always worse in the morning.  I hate that they are over $6.00 per pack and I’m paying just to shorten my life.

I want to be healthy.  I want to be around for my husband, kids, and granddaughter.  If I use cigarettes as a vice, I’m just going to have to figure out something else to do with my time.

So, as for tonight and the next few to come (which I’m sure will be challenging) – I’m sticking to my guns and not smoking.  Wish me luck.

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Passion Planner

I just wanted to share a link to one of my LOVES:  http://www.passionplanner.com/

It’s Passion Planner and it’s amazing.  It’s a yearly calendar, scrapbook, journal, creative outlet all in one!

Passion Planner is the one place for all your thoughts. It’s more than just a planner—it’s a tool that helps you break down your short and long-term goals and incorporate them into your daily life. It has been designed to encourage you to plan for the future, reflect on the past, but most importantly, act on the present. Think of it as a 24/7 life coach that fits in your backpack—always ready to challenge you to focus on what is most important, accept your thoughts and ideas without judgment, and prompt you to reflect on your everyday life. We hope that it becomes a place where you can declutter your mind, allowing you to focus on the present moment.

I have the Undated Sunday Classic Lavender Bliss:  http://www.passionplanner.com/buy/undated-sunday-classic-lavender-bliss

Passion Planner helps people break down their long and short terms goals into more actionable steps and gives them a place to incorporate these steps into their daily lives.

I wanted to make a tool that encouraged people not only to start thinking about their goals, but make taking action towards them a part of their daily lives. I wanted to make the best planner ever. And that’s how Passion Planner was born.

After each month, they give you a set of questions about your goals, what you’ve learned from the past month, etc… so it’s a great place to journal!

Here are some of my spreads:

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You can see that I have worked wayyyyy ahead, but that’s because it’s so addicting.

You can use washi tape (WARNING:  Highly Addictive) to decorate your spreads.  There is one monthly spread followed by a day-by-day weekly spread which allows you to break it down better with more detail.

ALSO, I bought the HP Sprocket from Best Buy as a way to add high quality photo’s to my spreads ~ it’s a tiny portable bluetooth printer that prints out tiny photo stickers on the go so you can add them to your planner, or share with a friend.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-sprocket-photo-printer-white/5622682.p?skuId=5622682

Here are just a few of my completed weekly spreads:

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Anyway, I love my Passion Planner and look forward to decorating more spreads.  If you are interested in this awesome planner, please just click on the link above to check it out.

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Freedom with Age

I finally get it.  I really do.  The freedom that comes with age.  The reason why people swear they would never go back to their 20’s & 30’s and do it all over again  ~ at least for my generation.  With age comes wisdom.  A freedom, if you will that simply cannot be compared to any other, that just gets stronger and stronger with time and life experiences.

Not caring what others think of you and not getting your panties in a “twist” over stupid little things that back in the day would have set you back.  Knowing WHO and what is important and taking stock in that.  Owning who you are, how you feel and knowing that you are entitled to those feelings.  Not rushing to make any judgement, but rather thinking things over before reacting or coming to a decision.  Being secure in your own skin.  Smiling from the inside out.

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Radiating love toward others and knowing that they are going through struggles of their own and having empathy.  Being more patient and trying to help because you realize that is what life is about, after all.

No longer involving yourself with other people’s drama.  Knowing when you see a RED FLAG and when to walk away from a situation that will cause undue stress.  Knowing what a healthy boundary looks like and how to apply that to your everyday life.  Feeling comfortable.

Rejoicing in the little things that make life happy.  Whether it’s a beautiful butterfly or an amazing sunset ~ taking it in.  Appreciating the people that you love and letting them know they are loved.  Enjoying quality time with loved ones and taking time in life, not being in a hurry.  Surrendering to the sweet moments and marking them in your mind.

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Knowing life is precious and fragile.  Respecting those around you but also expecting it for yourself in return.  Knowing that what you put out into the universe is what comes back to you; ten fold.

Reflecting back on your life and realizing that all the mistakes you made and learning from them, knowing they got you to where you are.  Those mistakes do not define you.

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Forgiveness.  Knowing that you’ve hurt others and the importance of forgiving those that have hurt you.  Knowing that God died on the cross for our sins; so to be forgiven, we must forgive.  Knowing you are not perfect but trying to be the best version of yourself.  Knowing that you cannot be good at everything but that you are GOOD.  You have great traits and qualities that make you unique and sharing that gift with others.  Letting go of past hurts, realizing that made you who you are today.

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Being a true friend to YOURSELF.  Loving and caring for yourself because you know you have value. Realizing you are a child of God, a gift from the heavens ~ created just the way you are supposed to be, unique and special, different from everyone else.  Knowing that you are gifted and expressing your talents and sharing them with others.  Knowing that you are imperfect.  That there is only one perfect person and that is God, He just wants us to do our best and try to emulate Him.  Doing your best everyday.  Making a difference in other people’s lives.  Most of all, loving ourselves and being kind to ourselves.  Building other people up and catching them when they fall.

Being a true friend to someone ~ letting your guard down and letting love in.  Knowing it might not take you where you want to go but taking that chance and hoping for the best.  Going with the ebb and flow of life, taking in the good and discarding the bad.

I hope with age has come a freedom for you too.  I wish this for everyone.

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Happy Birthday!

While I was away my good friend and co-worker Ellen celebrated her Birthday and I missed it 😦

Tonight at work, I just had to make it up to her – Brought her favorite dinner, and two presents (she has not opened them up yet), and a big sun-shiney balloon!

She doesn’t know it and wont see this but I got her a Disney Mickey Mouse T-shirt (he is filled in with scenes from the different Disney movies – so cute) and a new Passion Planner so she can infuse CREATIVITY into her calendar/planner.  So excited to see her reaction to her prezzies 🙂

Wishing you the happiest of Birthdays now and forever Ellennnnnnnnnnnn!

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Buying On-Line: ETSY

If there’s one thing I love, it’s to purchase something on Etsy, handmade by talented artisans.  Let’s say you love Dachshunds, just go to that link and type in “Dachshund” and be amazed at all the artists that are at home creating their works of art for sale.

Before Christmas time, I make a list of everyone I have to buy for and shop exclusively at Etsy because I want to support that person at home creating “one of a kinds”.  I’ve bought everything from Chevrolet merchandise to a garden gnome and everything in between.  It’s the perfect place to find ANYTHING for someone you love and know that it’s made and packaged with love.

I do not shop at the big stores for holidays, I only go to Etsy.  If you have not been there I hope you check it out- it’ll be your new shopping addiction.

You can get beautiful creations from people just like you and me, from all around the globe and support an artist in the process.  Not Walm*art prices, but the merchandise always exceeds my expectations and is one of a kind.

I do not sell on Etsy and have no investment in writing this piece.  Just a great place to shop and thought I’d share in case you didn’t know it existed.  More than a million independent sellers from everywhere are right here, a marketplace with a world of vintage and handmade goods and Etsy protects every transaction, so shop with confidence!

You can also purchase supplies for your crafting.

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