My weight loss journey: Vege soup and my ongoing successes 38



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This is part six of Pat’s weight loss journey that she is sharing with us. To read her previous blog, click here. Each week she will document her progress as you support her and hopefully gain positivity and encouragement to lead a healthier life.

Eight weeks after adopting a clean eating lifestyle, my efforts are being rewarded with a significant drop in weight with six kilos gone. My clothing is loose which is a nice feeling after so many years of being overweight. I had a friend ask me the other day, “how long are you staying on this diet?” When I told her it was permanent, she was stunned. People don’t seem to get the idea that my lifestyle choice is for life. So that is the major difference between a diet which lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, and a lifestyle change. I am so glad I decided to adopt a clean eating lifestyle. Finally the yo-yo dieting is finished; a distant memory. When I started on this journey, my husband of 43 years Larry was clean eating resistant, however he too has adopted my lifestyle choice and to date he has lost four kilos. His GP is very happy with his progress. It has also made life a lot easier, as cooking two different meals was a little testing at times. With the cooler weather creeping in we have taken to making our own soup and we are both astounded at how easy it is.


Take a medium sized saucepan. Add a small amount of olive oil ,one diced onion, and a couple of cloves of garlic. Saute till onion is clear in colour ,

Then add vegetables of your liking. I use mainly fresh but there is nothing wrong with adding frozen vegetables.

Cover vegetables with water then add stock of your choice, cubes or powder

Cover and cook until vegetables are tender approx 20 min.

When cooked, add a dash of soy and your soup is ready to go.

If you like you can add either a can of cannelloni beans, some diced cooked chicken or beef. This makes a quick easy nutritious meal for lunch or dinner and can be served with corn fritters or toast, it’s all up to you. The varieties of soup which can be made using the simple steps is limited only to your imagination.

Clean eating is all about fresh food choices. Larry created a quick and easy lunch last week by making a fresh coleslaw, adding a handful of chopped raw nuts and a cooked and diced chicken breast, combined in a large bowl with a splash of balsamic vinegar. It tasted wonderful.

I guess what I am trying to show you by including these recipes is that a clean eating lifestyle is easy. There are no pills, no potions, no diet shakes (which, while are low in fat, they contain a high amount of sugar). There is no quick fix.

Many of us hit the diet merry-go-round believing that our weight will drop of us in no time at all. We are living in the 21st century and we have become accustomed to getting things when we want. I am sure I don’t have to tell you, but one’s weight loss is a lifelong process, so it makes sense to me to change one’s lifestyle rather than going on a diet. One of the bonuses of changing my lifestyle has been that there is no set time to lose weight. So in essence the pressure to lose weight has been lifted, for me it’s not just about weight loss, it is also about my health. Only four weeks to go for my three-monthly blood tests and I am looking forward to finding out the results which I will share with you all.

Well there we have week eight. I hope in some small way it will assist someone to gain control over their weight loss journey. For me it is time to get ready to take my hubby to hospital. Most of you will now that he had an altercation with a dirt bike on Good Friday and sadly his leg is infected to the point where he will require a hospital admission today. So till next time, take care and remember it is never too late to put your health and yourself first. 

Pat Daley

Married 42 yrs and have three adult children, plus six adorable granchildren.

  1. There is nothing like vegetable soup for weight loss. It is very filling with minimal calories. Glad to hear of your weight loss success.

  2. Well done Pat! I made chicken & veg soup yesterday….love it. I wish Larry well in hospital & hope he has a speedy recovery! All the best, both of you! 🙂 🙂

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    • Hi Elspeth, as you probably realize my blog is approx 2 weeks behind today. I wanted you to know that after weeks of treatment and antibiotics Larry’s leg has finally healed. For so long l have used food to cope with stress but lam pleased to say l have managed to get through the last month without resorting to my old habits. I have no doubt that this us due to the support l have been given by SAS readers such as yourself. Thank you for your positive comments they mean a lot to me. Cheers Pat D

  3. Well done, will try veg soup, getting sick of salads

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    • With the cooler weather coming , soup, stir fry, and stews are all healthy options if you are trying to shed the kilos. Today the sun is shining here so it’s a Chicken salad with raw nuts, balsamic vinegar and little cubed cheese for lunch. With the Clean Eating Lifestyle you can create a great healthy meal in no time at all. When l make my soup l blend it before adding either lentils, beans or chicken. Cheers Pat D

  4. My European mother-in-law, with a big family to feed on a tight budget, always started each evening meal with a soup.

  5. Losing weight is great, but what can you do when you lose weight around your face and develope a turkey neck.

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    • Auerliania l havnt an answer to your question regarding the turkey neck. Its one if those things that most of us will have as we lose weight and begin to age. Iam sure surgery or liposuction would help but if you are like me those are not options. When l look at my face now l think you know lam not too bad for sixty plus. Maybe someone reading this will give us some natural healthy tips to reduce that area of our body. Cheers .Pat D

  6. I just love reading Pat’s journey, so many good ideas. I have made the veggie soup myself and it is very tasty as well as filling and of course good for you.

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    • Thanks Nicole , for your positive feedback , lam glad you are getting some ideas from my blog, it is what l had hoped for. Cheers Pat D.

  7. There is a good recipe for white vegetable soup in the golden wattle cook book it only takes 15minutes to cook and I just use a soup pack from Coles or Woolies and it makes quite a lot. My family love it.

  8. Well done. I am a member of T.O.W.N. club ( Take Off Weight Naturally) and we use similar principles to encourage maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. We encourage and support each other.

  9. I love veg soup. I used to be overweight. For any ladies struggling with weight loss, I recommend reading a review of a weight loss system called The Venus Factor. This program focuses on a hormone called “leptin” that is more concentrated in women. I can’t stress enough that women should try this before wasting her money on things that don’t work. It changed my life..

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