Stay the Course

Aug 26, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

If you’ve ever tried to lose excess baggage in the form of extra pounds around the middle, then you know how difficult losing even a few pounds can be.

I’m well versed in the challenges of losing weight. Most of my life I’ve been 10 – 15 pounds too heavy. Family and friends called me “chubby.”

After a few years of marriage and the birth of two children, I decided it was time to change my ways. I wanted to fit my middle into those skinny jeans I kept trying on in the department stores, and I wanted my family to be proud of me.

My road to a healthy lifestyle began with the exit of a disgusting cigarette habit. Wouldn’t you consider that a move in the right direction? But, then I gained another 25 pounds! It seemed as though my commitment to a healthy lifestyle hit the wall. I was not only chubby – now I was fat.

The urge to give up was ever present in my mind, but I’d come so far that I just couldn’t admit defeat. I decided to join a weight loss program.

It took one year to lose 40 pounds and for the first time in my life I was slim.

Stepping on the scale the day I hit my goal was exhilarating. I not only had a healthy weight range for my height, but was also fit – I joined a gym and started a walking routine. That day was 15 years ago.

There have been times over the years when life gets in the way, and the ever-present scale in the bathroom registers too high for comfort and it’s time to slim down. This is one of those times.

In the spirit of getting back into shape, this is my offering for those days when you don’t have any calories left to spare and your tummy is grumbling in protest. You’ll love this creamy tomato basil soup that takes advantage of the last of those lovely red tomatoes of the summer. It’s fresh and satisfying.

Back on the bandwagon I go, and I have to say, it feels good.

Light and Satisfying Tomato Basil Soup

½ cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 cups tomatoes, fresh, and chopped
1 cup vegetable broth
¼ cup basil, chopped
¼ cup fat free half and half

Servings: Makes 2 main dish servings.

Directions:

1. Combine onions, garlic, tomatoes and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan and simmer over low heat for 30 – 40 minutes until vegetables are tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients and blend with a blender or immersion blender, leaving small chunks of tomato and basil floating in the pan.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Tomatoes provide a great source of vitamins C, A and K; not to mention the antioxidant and cancer preventing benefits of Lycopene. Tomatoes support colon and prostate health, and are a good source of potassium, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate to support a healthy heart.

Basil is high in vitamin k, a vitamin that aids liver function and bone formation. Basil also contains iron, calcium, vitamin A and fiber. The flavonoids in basil provide powerful cellular protection. The volatile oils in this herb have anti-bacterial properties, as well as anti-inflammatory effects.

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194, Total Fat: 1.83g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 668mg, Total Carbs: 41.14g, Dietary Fiber: 9.49g, Sugars: 25.55g, Protein: 8.67g, Weight Watchers Points 3

Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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One Response to “Stay the Course”

  1. Mike Goad says:

    My “excess baggage” has been a long time burden. I was skinny growing up and thin all the way up to my late 20s.

    Then I quit smoking and got promoted into an office job — double trouble and I didn’t fight the weight trend right away. Then, 10 years later, I joined a gym and managed to get back to a healthy weight, which I maintained until a herniated disk in my back put me into bed rest. The recovery period got me out of the exercise habit and I’ve been struggling with my weight ever since.

    First week back after an extended trip where I lost weight and I’m back to the gym on a regular basis — we’ll see where it goes.

    I’ll have to just “stay the course.” ;)
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