The "Stoup"

I love soup and always have.  It is one of my favorite foods.  I love all kinds of soups from broth based, creamy bisque, and most recently “stoups” (not quite a soup and not quite a stew…I think Rachael Ray uses this term!).  I do not discriminate when it comes to soup, I love em’ all! 🙂


Creamy Soup


Last Christmas I got a crock pot from my parents.  I absolutely love this thing! I especially love making soups and stews.  I love just throwing things into the pot, setting to low, and coming home to a wonderful healthy and hot meal.  Can’t beat it!

Sunday night I made the Vegetable Cheese Tortellini Soup, which turned out great.   Wednesday I threw some more ingredients that I wanted to use up into the pot to make what I like to call Vegetable Lentil Stoup. I only had two cans of chicken broth left (three would have made it more of a soup), so my soup quickly turned into it’s thicker relative…the stoup.

In the pot went…

  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 3/4 can of corn (the other 1/4 was used for “Taco Tuesday”)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup (roughly measured) of chopped frozen green peppers
  • 1 cup (roughly measured..again) of chopped frozen green beans
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 3 tbsp dry brown rice
  • minced garlic to taste
  • salt and pepper

I set my crock pot to low and cooked for about 7 hours.  When I came home I had a wonderful stoup waiting for me.  It was thick, hearty and delicious.  It’s been great to have for leftovers to bring to work too!

Workout Schedule

For someone who claims to be a health and fitness blogger, I have been majorly slacking in my workout discussions!  Although I do track my workouts here, I’ll provide you with a little more detail on what a week of workouts for me looks like.

For the past couple of months since starting my recent job as a Fitness Specialist, most of my workouts are on the clock as I teach 7 classes per week.  Most of the classes I actually do the workout as they have choreography.

When I am not teaching I try to get  a couple of short runs in to keep up my endurance in case I want to run any local races (like that Turkey Trot I just ran) as well as use the new elliptical at my house.

My schedule has been looking something like this:

Mondays: I teach two cardio classes.  The first is called “Step, Jump and Pump”.  I teach this class at noon and it’s 45-minutes long. I do a combination of step aerobic routines and weight training.  I sometimes teach the class “circuit style” and switch from a cardio exercise to a weight exercise every couple of minutes.



The second class I teach is called “Cardio Pilates”.  I teach this class at 4pm. I do 30 minutes of cardio (step, kickboxing, or floor aerobics) and 25 minutes of Pilates exercises.  On Mondays I don’t do much more on my own, just take the dogs for a walk.

Tuesdays: I’ve been either running or using the elliptical for about 30 minutes.  I teach a 45-minute Mat Pilates class at noon on this day, but it’s more of me walking around and explaining versus actually doing the exercises.

Wednesdays: Same as Mondays

Thursdays: Same as Tuesdays except I teach a Total Body Weights class at 11am instead of Pilates.  I do a combination of doing the actual exercises with the participants plus walking around and explaining form.

Fridays: I either run or walk the dogs in the morning plus teach one class at noon, “Cardio and Sculpt”, where I do a combination of cardio (step, kickboxing, etc) and weight training.  The class is 45-minutes long.

Saturdays and Sundays are my days off or I’ll take one of those days to run or use my elliptical.  I almost always take one day off of intense exercise.

I’ve been feeling great with my workout set up.  I get enough rest on weekends and make sure to get plenty of sleep and eat quality foods to keep me energized.


What is your favorite kind of soup? I think my all time favorite is the classic tomato soup with grilled cheese to dip into it…yum!

What is your current workout schedule?


13 responses to “The "Stoup"

  1. The stoup sounds great 🙂

    I don’t currently have a workout schedule. I’ve been so busy and waking up at 4:30 to workout just doesn’t happen consistently without me feeling like I’m going to fall asleep at my desk all day. I need to figure something out though, I miss regular exercise.

  2. Stoup is such a priceless term!

    I don’t really have a workout schedule. I yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, run any other night I work out (also run on T/TH though), plus a few reps on whichever muscle group I’m feeling that day…rest days interspersed…so pretty much no order at all 😉 Organized chaos!

  3. My favorite soup is either wild rice or cream of mushroom! I do love the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup as well though!

  4. I love broccoli cheddar soup- yummm.

  5. I’ve always admired how active you are!

    Right now I usually try to run 3 days a week and then on the other 3 I do something…either cardio, a class at the gym, yoga, or weights (slowly but surely)

    My favorite soup is homemade Italian Wedding!

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