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Pumpkin Soup and Home Workouts

by Susan · 3 comments

Wow, last week it was 95 degrees here in Upstate NY but felt like 104 degrees with the humidity.

This week it is in the 60′s and damp. Not to mention the days are getting much shorter everyday making night time come sooner.

Fall is fast approaching.

I generally like this time of year – except everything I just mentioned.

But the change of seasons brings with it some changes to my eating and home workouts.

Regarding my eating, I find myself already starting to crave heavier foods and wanting to eat more often then I generally do all summer. I call it going into “hibernation mode”. Essentially, we are animals, so we must still have an instinct looming within us that makes us try to put on weight for the winter since food was always scarce back in the days of Grok. Hibernation mode must make us want to eat more calorically dense foods and sleep longer.

Who knows if this is actually a real thing or not? But I would bet money there is validity behind it because I experience it every single fall.

But not this fall, because I am going to try to control my “hibernation mode” eating by doing intermittent fasting and continuing with Brad Pilon’s program, Eat Stop Eat.

When I’m not fasting I will definitely make smart food choices, such as this pumpkin soup recipe I got from Isabel Del Los Rio’s, The Diet Solution Program.

Pumpkin Soup:

COOKING TIME: 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds pumpkin (weighed before trimming)
  • 1 leek, washed, trimmed, and sliced into rings
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 qt vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Cut the top off the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and strings, peel the shell, and dice the flesh.
  • Saute the pumpkin, leek, and potatoes in olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and boil the soup for 15 minutes, until potatoes are soft.
  • Puree the soup and add spices and lemon juice.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve.

Isabel has a ton of awesome recipes in The Diet Solution Program that Scott and I make.

As for my home workouts, while I am still doing many of my workouts outside with my bootcampers, I am starting to move some of them back inside.

For example, yesterday’s at home workout was:

  1. 30 minutes of mobility drills
  2. 3 x 20 Hindu squats

Hindu squats are my new bodyweight exercise obsession. But I will save the details on hindu squats for another post. I’m having fun challenging myself with them everyday, and my hips have not been this mobile since I started running back in 2003.

So, that’s how my diet and home workouts have been changing this fall so far. Let me know how you like the soup!

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Your Friend & Coach,

Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS

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