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Lasagna Soup


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 4 ounces ricotta
  • 1/2 cup parmiginao reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 handful basil, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, breaking it apart as you go and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, red pepper flake and fennel and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, sausage, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Mix the ricotta, parmiginao reggiano and mozzarella and serve the soup garnished with a tablespoon of the mixture along with the basil.

So I used to be a size 14 in American Eagle jeans. I could then sqeeze my way into size 12, but the muffin top wasn’t cute in them. Today I just put on my size 12 jeans for the first time since June, and they slid right on without even having to unbutton or unzip them :) I think that I’ll be able to fit into the 10’s when I go shopping tomorrow without them being too tight :) Can’t wait!


How to get a body like a Volleyball Player:

I’ve been admiring the bodies of the Olympic beach volleyball players the past couple of days! They have amazing abs and legs especially (in my opinion) Misty May-Treanor! Instead of starring at the TV enviously, I decided to do some research!

As you and I both know Volleyball requires a lot of jumping! Just like plyometics which Self defines as “high-powered explosive jumping movements.” They explain that “because plyometrics is weight-bearing, it firms muscles while zapping an astounding 10 calories per minute for a 135-pound woman.”

They have a basic plyo workout on their website:

And Misty May-Treanor’s plyometric workout:

Another Misty workout:

I found a few different articles where Misty talks about her workout routine:

“I lift twice a week, and on other days incorporate more core yoga and different exercises.I incorporate a lot of squats, lunges and Olympic lifts. As a volleyball player having strong shoulders and a strong core is very important, so I focus on those areas as well.” She says that working out for an hour is long enough.

If you notice Misty’s legs are a little bigger than the other volleyball players, this is because she’s shorter than most volleyball players, which requires her to have a more powerful jump, so she really focuses on her legs and glutes.

Her and her teammate Kerri both do pilates for core strength. They also do sprinting exercises.

Sprinting uses the anaerobic system—without oxygen—to generate energy, it develops muscles in your lower body, especially in your thighs and calves.” Read more:

Apparently Hill sprints give you a bigger butt than flat ground:

Kerri Walsh workout:

10 min Volleyball workout:

Lastly here are some exercises (found on GabbyDaily) that you can incorporate into your regular workout routine:

In the exercise area volleyball players do a ton of lunging, jumping, and squatting. These moves are wonderful for the buns and abs. People don’t realize how much of their core they use to jump.

Walking Lunges:hands on hips – continuous lunges until desired number (approx 20 each leg)
Side Lunges with weight:step out to the side with one leg holding dumbbells
Charlie’s Angels lunge: (one leg forward and a core twist to each side)


Approach jumps:the approach you use to spike a volleyball
Tuck Jumps:stationary knees to chest jumps
Ladder Jumps:agility ladder used for plyometric workouts
Block Jumps: hands at ears, squat with an explosive jump to a blocking move


Single Dumbbell Squat: one dumbbell hanging while squatting
Weighted Bar Squat: on a squat rack – heavy weight for explosive power
Squat Jumps: hands up by shoulders – squat and jump up and mimic a block – land and repeat quickly
Single leg squat:does miracles for the butt raise one leg/foot up and slightly out for balance – slowly squat down with your other leg with the goal to go into a sitting position while balancing

August 9th 2012

So today I ate:

1 cup of Special K and half a cup of skim milk (3 points)

Light vanilla yogurt with raspberries (2 points)

1 medium banana (0 points)

A Weight Watchers Cheese Stick (1 point)

4 ounces of turkey kilbasa (4 points)

about 3/4 of a cup of grilled asparagus (0 points)

1 cup of the mashed cauliflower with potatoes (1 points)

a small salad with fat free thousand island dressing (3 points)

Today I had 14 points. My mom said that was not enough. I did feel a little bit hungry but I did have the healthy snacks of a banana and a cheese stick. I’m trying to starve myself, I just don’t eat what I don’t need to. I always feel hungry at night but I think that’s because I’m used to snacking before bed, especially on sweets. I’m trying to break this habit and have been doing well so far. 

I’m trying to keep faith in the process but I still feel so huge and my thighs and stomach have not slimmed down at all I feel like and my arms have barely changed. I know it won’t happen over night and while I’m not seeing much progress atleast I know I am putting healthy things into my body instead of the crap that I used to. I also tried put ground flax seed in my Special K this morning. I still need to calculate the points for this but I’ve read that it can help with weight loss and has tons of other health benefits. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will help :)

I also feel good for getting on the stationary bike that we have at home today. I did intervals of 5 mins of about 15 or 16 mph and then another 5 mins switching between 14 mph and about 20 and kept repeating this for 25 mins. I hope I am doing the whole interval thing correctly. Now off to do day 20 of the 30 Day Shred then taking a nice shower and off to bed!

I realized that even though I still see myself as huge and disgusting, I have come a long way. I have a size 11 pair of hollister shorts and another pair of size 11 pants that a few months ago could’t get over my thighs and now I fit back into them :) I also calculated by BMI online again and I went from 31.8 to 26.7. Thats the difference between being obese and overweight according to what I found online. And as soon as I’m down to 25 I’ll be considered to be in the normal weight catagory. I’m finally starting to see definition of muscles and I feel great for eating healthy. So for now, I’ll have to stop focusing on my huge stomach and thighs and be happy with the 34 pounds I lost and work towards the last 28. Atleast I’m past the half way mark!

August 8th 2012

So today I ate:

1 cup Special K and half cup of skim milk (3 points)

A side salad with fat free thousand island dressing (3 points)

3 ounces grilled chicken (3 points)

2 ounces light lays potato chips (2 points)

Low crab wrap (2 points) with egg beaters (1 point) 2 ounces of ham (2 points) 1/2 cup refried beans (1 point) and a wedge of laughing cow cheese (1 point)

1 cup of lemon green beans (1 point)

I ate 19 points today which is closer to the 25 I should be eating but I still felt uncomfortable with how much I ate. I feel like to lose the weight that I want I shouldn’t be eating so much to actually lose the weight, it will be different when it comes to maintaining. However seeing that I went out to lunch with my family today and wanted to have a burger and fries but choose a salad and chicken instead I feel like I’m finally getting some will power. I also passed on my favorite Reese’s ice cream tonight too :)

I’m about to go do day 19 of the 30 Day Shred, take a shower, and get some sleep before a long day of work tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be able to eat fewer points tomorrow!

 August 7th 2012

So today I ate:

1 cup of Special K with half a cup of skim milk (3 points)

Yogurt with 1 packet of splenda and raspberries (2 points)

4 oz of chicken salad (5 points)

1 cup of lemon green beans (1 point)

1/2 cup of cauliflower mashed potatoes ( 1 point)

1 Weight Watcher mozzerella stick ( 1 point)

I only ate 13 points and I’m supposed to be eating 25 points. I felt full though and thought that I made healthy choices like the cauliflower instead of potato chips. I was dying at work though. Working at a pizzeria makes me  crave pizza and chicken wings and mozzerrella sticks all day. But everytime I really want to order something I drink some water and try to keep myself busy. That works so far :)

I also completed day 18 of the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred today. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it but I can’t wait to finish day 30 and find a new workout for myself. 

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