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Cold Snap Chicken Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

May 18, 2014 Comments off

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The past couple of days have brought a rare mid-May cold snap to Atlanta. After the winter of 2014 that just wouldn’t end, I thought we were home free, but walking out of my place to go to dinner last night, I realized I need a coat! In mid-May! Argghhhh. I returned home only to get into a bed made with sheets as cold as ice, and I ended up sleeping in a sweatshirt with a space heater on. I mean, I know I’ve gotten more cold-natured since I lost weight, but this was ridiculous. Did I mention already it’s mid-May?????

Anyhow? Today as I literally chilled in my apartment, I decided it was a soup or stew kinda day. So I went to the kitchen and looked around to see what I could throw together with what I had on hand. I came up with a chicken soup that has just a little sweet potato, onion, and broccoli, with frozen chicken breasts and broccoli and stock from a carton making it easy and convenient, and a touch of sherry giving it an elegant and balanced richness (the sherry is really the secret weapon in this quick and easy, yet ultra-flavorful soup).

I wasn’t expecting it going in, but this Cold Snap Chicken Soup is the best soup I’ve ever made! The flavors were just perfectly balanced, the chicken was exceptionally tender, and it was perfect on a chilly day. I also had a chance to use my brand new red, white, and blue “Fireworkfetti” Temp-tations stoneware that I recently bought from QVC (click here to take a look)! If I was going to eat soup on a cold day in mid-May, I at least wanted it to look, summer-y! I served this with sourdough that I bought from Costco that you then reheat in your own oven for a fresh-baked effect. Yum. I thought I’d share my recipe for the soup with you in case you have a cold snap, or just want a nice bowl of quick and easy chicken soup. You can see it by clicking more. Enjoy! Read more…

Should Size Matter? – Not the Same Person, but Human All the Same

May 13, 2014 6 comments
Ready to Ride! In a size medium shirt!!!

Before my horseback ride on the beach in Amelia Island!

Many of you who followed this blog when I was in the heyday of my weight loss also know me in real life or via social media, so we’ve continued to stay in touch, even though I haven’t been blogging here since I hit 100 pounds lost.  It struck me though that there may be a few people who only followed the blog, and I thought I’d give you a brief update.  My weight loss continued past the 100 pounds, and right now I maintain about a 130 pound weight loss, with my weight being anywhere between 185 and 190 on any given day.  I’ve maintained in that range for almost a year now, and I’m pretty sure the lifestyle changes I made are now permanent.  So it can be done!

The photos here are from a true bucket list item of mine!  Amelia Island, Florida is one of the few places left in the U.S. where you can go horseback riding on the beach.  We’ve been going down there since I was a kid, but I always exceeded the weight limit for the ride.  This past summer, I finally did it.  My horse’s name was Sky (fitting given how much I love sky blue, flight, etc.), and it was absolutely amazing!  Part of the thrill was shopping for a new shirt for the ride, and finding that this size MEDIUM fit me perfectly!!!  Depending on the shirt now, I’m either in a medium or a large; a far cry from the 3x I wore back in the day.  I was going for a beach cowboy look, and when I tried the shirt on and asked my mom if I had gotten it right, she told me, “Yes, definitely!  A GAY beach cowboy!”  If the shoe fits, I guess…  🙂  I love my mom.   Checkout my friends at Kelly Seahorse Ranch if you’d like to go for a beach ride, too.

So why would I come back to this blog today, after more than a year away, to give this update?  Well I had an experience today that

Chad and Sky

A bucket list item crossed off the list! Horseback riding on the beach at Amelia Island

reminded me that I still have a few things to say, even if I have been maintaining this weight loss for a while now.  This morning, I ran across a guy I went out on a date with a few years ago.  At the time, I had lost probably 65 or 70 pounds, and with the 60 or 65 pounds I’ve lost since then I know my appearance has changed pretty dramatically.  This guy, after our date, wasn’t rude, but clearly wasn’t really interested in a second date.  When I said hello today, he didn’t recognize me.  I told him who I was, and he couldn’t have been friendlier.  And all of a sudden, after quite a bit of trying on my part after our first date, to no avail, he was suggesting going out again, telling me how wonderful I looked and how proud of myself I should be, etc.

So here’s the thing – he’s not a bad guy, and I’m not even faulting him. We’re all either attracted to people or not for a whole variety of reasons, physical and otherwise.  I get that.  His renewed interest today was flattering, but also showed me he may be a little bit superficial for my taste.  Again, I’m not faulting him, and that’s not why I’m posting.  What the experience did for me, however, was to get me thinking about how people treat me now versus when I was obese.

When I weighed 315 pounds, I was almost invisible.  I could walk into a store and

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