A New Week, A New Start

Sep 14, 2009

#Family Life

I was recently reminded of a promise I made to myself to get in shape.

oooOOOOHhhh, sighs the Internet. THAT again.

Well, yes, that. THAT.

However, instead of making lofty goals, promises, and pubic announcements, I’m just going to share with you one or two things I’m going to try this week. Will I do this again next week? I can not say. Mainly because one of the things I’m trying to cut back on, aside from booze (god, the excess sugar!) and processed meats, I’m also giving up making promises I know I can’t keep.

So? Here are two things I’m doing this particular week.

1. Doing this DVD twice this week. It’s a ballet conditioning workout and in some ways? It is harder than The Shred. Dearlawd my abs! MY ABS.

Ballet Conditioning

2. Making this hearty Minestrone soup one night.


Quick Fall Minestrone


This easy soup brims with fresh vegetables; canned beans and orzo make it hearty and filling. Use a vegetable peeler to quickly remove the skin from the squash.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups vegetable broth

2½ .  cups (¾ .-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash

2½ .  cups (¾ .-inch) cubed peeled baking potato

1 cup (1-inch) cut green beans (about ¼ . pound)

½ .  cup diced carrot

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ .  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ .  teaspoon salt

4 cups chopped kale

½ .  cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)


1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained

½ .  cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2½ .  minutes or until tender. Add broth and the next 7 ingredients (broth through salt); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Add kale, orzo, and beans; cook 5 minutes or until orzo is done and vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1½ . cups soup and 1 tablespoon cheese)

CALORIES 212 (21% from fat); FAT 5g (sat 1.6g, mono 1g, poly 1.2g); PROTEIN 9.6g; CARB 36g; FIBER 3.9g; CHOL 5mg; IRON 1.9mg; SODIUM 961mg; CALC 164mg

This recipe is from CookingLight


In the words of Bob, “Baby stepping toward healthy….”

Hear hear.



  1. My friend has a similar ballet workout dvd and she loves it…good luck to you this week as you do your ballet workout and that soup looks DELISH! I will have to make it

    By Georgie on 2009 09 14

  2. I like this idea.  I’ll go ahead and let you know that I have no plans for this week.  There, I said it.  smile

    You RAWK!

    By AmazingGreis on 2009 09 14

  3. I have a New York Ballet DVD that kicks my ass—when I’m disciplined enough to do it.  Sounds like two fabulous goals!

    By TexasRed on 2009 09 14

  4. Ummm… I never read anything about “pubic” announcements. Are you sure you want to let that one go? I think it might be pretty interesting.
    Just a thought.

    By Amber on 2009 09 14

  5. That is my favorite movie line ever. Baby steps. Good luck.

    By Issa on 2009 09 15

  6. For the record, when you come to visit, I was thinking of having you stay 3/4 of a mile a way and making you walk. In. The. Snow. Up. Hill.

    Snort, I’d greet you with sausage and beer.

    Ok, all kidding aside, so proud of you. Can we talk tomorrow at 1 your time?

    By Amanda on 2009 09 15

  7. Hey, that soup actually looks pretty good.  I hate most vegetable soups, that that one looks like one I’d eat.  I think I need to get on the ball w/exercise, too.  I have this workout that I keep meaning to do, but I never do it in the morning, and by evening I don’t want to.  Well, I never want to.  I think I might set out my work out clothes so they are staring me in the face in the morning.

    By Liz on 2009 09 15

  8. Just wanted to say that I just got the same ballet dvd to add to my repetoire (so far my fav is 30 day Shred!!) and I like it so far. Her voice over the video is slightly creepy but relaxing:) And your soup looks good!

    By Heidi on 2009 09 16