Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pumpkin Soup and HR Violations

Every once in awhile a truly bad day is followed by a truly good day. Thank God, today was one of the truly good days. Yesterday was a Kellog's variety pack of crazy, mostly due to work, and I ended up not being able to run, though I did stay strong and had a healthy dinner of grilled chicken and roasted cauliflower/butternut squash. (I may or may not have followed that healthy dinner up with my new favorite treat, Fluff mixed with Justin's chocolate almond butter.) I got up this morning and had lost weight, which always puts a smile on my face. And losing weight during the holiday season? A bonus!

During lunch today I had a coworker I hadn't talked to in a long time come up to me. We chatted for a bit, and then he was like, "Can I tell you something and you promise not to report me to HR?" (side note: he was joking...we have a zany sense of humor at my workplace) Understandably I was concerned and amused at what might follow, but I was like, sure. He was like, "I don't know what you're doing, but you look REALLY amazing." I felt pleased, bashful and so excited all at once! I told him I'd simply been running again and monitoring my food, and he was like, "Keep it up, you really look great." I was really touched, and it was such a nice boost. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic husband who tells me ALL the time that I look great and that he is proud of me, and my family does the same thing. Deep down though, you always feel that there is some bias, but when someone who doesn't really have an investment in you tells you they notice a change, it really hits home that you look different!

Tonight I was supposed to do yoga and the elliptical, but my yoga studio called to tell me my class was cancelled. Total bummer, because I was really looking forward to it! I feel racked with guilt that I missed my run yesterday, so I was wanting to double up on the workouts to day to make up for it. Oh well.

Dinner was easy peasy tonight since I took a moment to throw together a soup in the crockpot this morning. I originally wanted to make the Smoky Black Bean soup from the December 2012 issue of Runner's World. Instead it was one of those moments where you realize that you have like 2 of the ingredients needed to make the recipe, so I improvised. I had a shit ton of fresh pumpkin from one that I cut up the other night, and I've been putting it in random dishes to get rid of it, but it actually worked really nicely in the soup. I was pretty happy with how it turned out:

Here is the recipe I did. Warning, this was hella spicy, so if you're not into that, you can omit or reduce the chipotle pepper.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 TB canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (or veggie)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cups raw pumpkin cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
- Drain and wash black beans and place in crockpot.
- Strain the juice from the tomatoes, and combine them with the chipotle pepper in a blender with the chicken broth.  Blend until smooth, then add to the crockpot.
- Add diced onion and pumpkin to the crockpot.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours
- Serve topped with nonfat Greek yogurt, sliced avocado, or if in your calorie budget, a little cheese!

This makes four 2 cup servings.  The approximate nutritional info per serving is 266 calories, 50 grams carbs, 0 grams of fat, and 9 grams of fiber.

If you are interested, the link to the original recipe from Runner's World (that this soup barely resembles!) is http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-runners/easy-one-pot-postrun-meals 

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