The time is drawing near... my deadline. I joined a Get Fit Challenge through my exercise group, Stroller Strides, that begins on February 7th, and lasts for 3 months. On that day, myself and 5 others in our group, in addition to many other moms across the country, begin our journey to not only lose weight, but to become physically fit. We will be weighed by water immersion so that our fat ratio can be accurately calculated, and the national winner will be the one who loses the most fat, not weight, so that it will be fair to all. Physical activity is essential to this, and I thank God every day for being part of the most amazing group of women, and for THE most amazing fitness leader on this earth, Kelly. She is the most positive, motivating instructor, and is the only one I have ever felt accountable to. With her help, I WILL succeed.
I have been trying to not only address the food that I eat, but the social drinking as well. While it's not that often, I don't want it to be something that gets me completely off course. How easy and awful would it be to go hang out with friends, and blow what you've worked so hard on all week with just one drink! One of my favorites, the Mojito, has a range from 150 to 220 calories in just one 8 oz glass- Oh my!
My favorite cook book of late, Hungry Girl, by Lisa Lillien, has an excellent low cal (only 104!) Mojito that is sure to satisfy your craving, without breaking the scale. It is easy to make, and incredibly refreshing.
- - 6 ounces of diet lemon-lime soda
- - 12 mint leaves
- - 1/4 lime, cut into slices
- - 1 1/2 ounces of rum
- - 5 to 8 ice cubes
- - Optional: additional mint leaves & lime wedges (for garnish)
Muddle (smash or pulverize) the mint and lime in a glass. I used the end of a small rolling pin.
Add the soda and rum, stir well.
Add ice and enjoy! Garnish your masterpiece with mint and lime. If you like a sweeter Mojito, I suggest adding Stevia to sweeten it without adding to the caloric intake.
MAKES 1 SERVING