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Operation WillPower.

It actually tasted good.  I swear.I spent the majority of yesterday beneath a mountain of blankets on the couch, anchored on either side by a fluffy cat.  Miserable and sick, yet capable of impressive levels of boredom, I watched daytime TV until my brain started to melt a little bit.

Itching to alleviate the boredom, I gathered myself together and exhibited my only smidge of culinary prowess:  cooking soup.

I'm not exactly known for my skills in the kitchen.  I can make a delicious breakfast, a bang-up cup of tea, and the occasional salad excursion.  But my true (and only) talent lies in the soup pot.  I make a tasty soup.  Using a book I had picked up at The Strand bookstore in NYC - Soup for Every Body.  Boasting a selection of low-carb and high-protein soups, complete with illustrations, this book was perfect for Chris and I and our picky little eating habits.

And it was only six bucks.  Good deal, this.  AND the soup ended up being delicious.  Chris claimed it's "restaurant quality."  Let me assure you, this is not a compliment often offered up, so I did a little sicky-jig of happiness.

I've been thinking about eating habits a lot lately, especially with the holidays coming and my will power on a bit of a hiatus.  As I wrote in my dLife column this month, the whole "special occasion" caveat during the holidays is tricky for me.  With so many parties and events, it's easy for me to succumb to "Oh, just this one time," and have that piece of cake/glass of wine/forkful of creme brulee.   Next thing I know, I'm indulging at every turn and my jeans don't fit as well as they did a month ago.

Never one to react to a problem, I'm trying to take a more proactive approach to this holiday season.  Enter:  Operation WillPower.  (Similar to Operation Thwart.)  Now that I'm two days into the antibiotics for strep and well on my way to being fully mended, I need to take control of my eating habits and get my act together. 

Back to heavy workouts.  Back to low-carb meals.  Back to paying attention to all the bits and pieces of diabetes management and readying my body for that wedding dress.  (Which, by the way, is being delivered in January and I'll be having my first fittings.  In less than two months.  Holy crap.)

So long, delicious treats!  I miss you already. 

Commence Operation WP.


Love the soup picture! And the attitude as well. You go get 'em, girl!

I plan to eat healthy as soon as I get rid of the junk in my house....by eating it all.

I wish you could give me some willpower. Something of which I am conpletely lacking and have been since Izzie arrived.

****The soup looks awesome. I too have been struck with the strep and now am without my voice...maybe that's not such a bad thing for my family!

Operation WP is a go! That soup looks so good. I'm gonna have to get my dad to make another soup when I get home.

That soup looks so warm & good!

I hope you're feeling better soon. There are so many people sick right now. Makes me want to stay at home until it passes. Take care!


Wow, that strep must have been something. I hope you're back to full strength real soon.

That soup looks scrumptious. I'll have to check out the book, though I normally just wing it with soup.

I just realized upon reading your post that your writing about working out got me started on working out again. I was wondering where the desire was coming from. There's got to be nothing more pathetic than a 58 year old man trying to get buff. Love the look of that soup. It made me hungry.

The soup is called "Mighty Minestrone" and it is good on the first night but even better the next few times you heat it up.

And Bernard, if I didn't go by a recipe, I'd be sunk. :)

Mmmm....soup! It's been rainy and chilly here in Taipei--perfect soup weather. I'm glad it turned out so well, even when sick. Impressive!

I know what you mean about needing Operation WP. Here in Taiwan people treat me all the time to things and I think "Well, I'm only in Taiwan once, so I might as well try it..." So, the result has been weight gain and the highest A1C I've had in ages.

Now with coming home for the holidays, I'm reigning in my WP, too, because it's just not worth it to feel crappy and look crappy! :)

Thanks for the reminder, and I'm glad you're on the mend.

It's amazing how quickly daytime TV can melt the brain.

Here's a thought. Instant willpower in a box. What do you think ? lol

Hey Kerri,

Sorry you've been sick - and I hope you're feeling better soon.

I hear you loud and clear on the eating habits. I've found that I've been stuffing myself with sweets lately (often in the afternoon to help keep me awake! Damn babies!).

I'm going the abstinence route again this year. It's a slippery slope, otherwise. Care to join me again?

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