Archive for July, 2012

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Mexicanish Dinner Omelet

July 31, 2012

What makes this a dinner omelet you ask? Nothing, I just ate it at dinner time. Saute onions, mushrooms, turkey sausage until done then add in spinach. Cook spinach down. Once done move to paper towel covered plate. Pour egg white mixture into pan and cook until set. Add turkey sausage mixture to one side of omelet and top with Mexican cheese. Fold omelet over and finish with cheese and salsa. Lots of protein and lots of flavor. I also make this with chicken or steak sometimes. Enjoy.

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Failing Forward or How I Learned Creamy Dairy Is Bad For Me

July 31, 2012

I cheated on my new lifestyle again. Okay, okay, okay go ahead and bash me, call me horrible names but as I’ve said before I refuse to feel terrible because I let myself enjoy something delicious once in a while, it’s just not going to happen. This time, however, I do feel terrible but not because of the little green monster, oh no, I feel terrible because I believe I have a discovered an allergic reaction I didn’t know I had. I seem to be allergic to milk or at least Ice Cream.

Last night my wife way dying for a sundae and she wasn’t feeling well so I drove her to our local Ice Cream shop (Mitchell’s for those local) and it is really good stuff. Ice cream, candy, cakes, etc was never my real problem when it came to eating, my problem was always the rich, carb-filled food that I loved to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not really sweets. This logic played into my “one small ice cream cone won’t hurt me” decision. Well, guess what it did! Not in the losing weight department, I was down two more pounds this morning but in the “I don’t feel so good” department. I’ve always had sinus problems and I’ve always loved milk, I never put two and two together until today.

About two months into this journey I noticed that I no longer woke up (sorry) with a phlegm filled throat or nose. I woke up with the ability to breath and it was awesome. Sure I still had the occasional sinus issue, stuffy nose when the pollen count is high, stuff like that but definitely less severe than before. After my ice cream indiscretion last night though, I woke up this morning completely phlegm filled, had difficulty breathing and needed about a gallon of water before it all cleared up, it was pretty messed up. Cheese doesn’t seem to affect me this way so currently this is just a theory and I have no other evidence other than this. Will update more as I learn it but yeah, generally, one of my favorite things (milk) has seemingly turned against me.

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Lifehacker Weight Loss Article

July 31, 2012

http://m.lifehacker.com/5930378/how-i-lost-100-pounds?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_twitter&utm_source=lifehacker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

A friend of mine posted that to me today. It was a good story and I have to say it was familiar sounding. He seems to make some of the same realizations I have about refined things and some of the so-called fad diets so I’m mostly just sharing and not criticizing which really is unlike me. 🙂

 

 

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Beware The Cheerleaders

July 29, 2012

When you lose a lot of weight you will start to notice certain groups of people. Well OK maybe if you’re weird like me you do and one of these groups are the cheerleaders. Usually they know about your achievement because someone tells them, I talk about my weight and health in this blog but I don’t meet random people and say “nice to meet you I’ve lost…” That would be weird so normally other people tell them, family, friends or whatever. That’s when you’ll notice the cheerleaders.

They mean well, saying things like “congratulations!” That is almost always followed by an exasperated “I could NEVER do that” where they go on to tell you how they could never lose that nagging five pounds or could never refuse that pie or cookie. Here’s the rub cheerleaders are almost always smaller people without a weight problem, they’re never people who have to lose large amounts, they’re always people with five or six pounds to lose. I think it is really a lack of empathy on their part to realize that all weight loss is not the same. You can lose five pounds by cutting out soda for a week or so and drink more water, it is quite another to lose the amount of weight the cheerleader weighs.

Some of this is the result of my obsessive people watching and borderline manic need to classify people and yet a lot of it is genuine annoyance that people can’t just be happy for someone and move on. This is the same phenomena I’ve noticed when you have an older relative or pet, inevitably someone comments  “your grandmother is sick? That’s awful, I remember when I had to put my dog down.” Do they really think that helps?

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Fajita (ugly) Omelet, OK, Scramble

July 27, 2012

Ugly eggs strike again!! I used egg beaters for this but it was still good. Saute chicken, onions, mushrooms together. When nearly done, add spinach and fajita seasoning mix it all together and then remove from heat and pan. Pour two servings of egg beaters in the pan and put back on heat until it starts to set. Add chicken mixture back in and put a Mexican blend of cheeses and salsa over mixture. Fold egg together and let it cook a bit more. Top with cheese and salsa and enjoy. Hope yours is prettier than mine. 🙂

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Ugh, Tacos, Tacos & More Tacos

July 26, 2012

When I first started my company and hired my first minion about 8 years ago now, tacos were big. We would go get tacos for almost any occasion. I still remember the feast of tacos and burritos we had when we crossed the 100 incident ticket threshold. Before long we would simply make up reasons to go, “Oh it’s Monday, must need tacos!” We had a great place we went to near the office that has since closed (sad face) but they were excellent and cheap as Mexican food in America should be. As we grew the company we would always have tacos on an employee’s first day and last day (whether they attended or not was irrelevant, it was a reason to have tacos), great fun. I wish this story ended happily but it doesn’t. Don Tequila closed (they moved to Pennsylvania, like seriously, the whole business just moved one state over) and we stopped getting tacos because it wasn’t as convenient. Now I wish that was the end of my taco problem but it isn’t, before I started this eating path, I still found a taco place at least once a week. Yummy toasted corn shells, yum.

Anyway, now that I’ve been on this path for a while and yes I do still have cravings (mmm pizza) but by and large I resist them. This week though has been utterly and incredibly stressful on me so it is with no small amount of shame that I admit to you I cheated last night. I had a taco because stress eating is still a problem for me. The point of the story is that a food I have loved all my life (tacos) no longer tastes good to me, I literally almost spit it out before I realized it wasn’t the filling, it was the corn shell, I just didn’t like the “fakeness” of it anymore. I’ve been on my new way of eating for less than 6 months and it has erased my taste for a food I have eaten for longer than 37 years!

I have to tell you that I feel stupid for eating this way for so long. What crap! I mean, the food used to taste good to me but now as I think of all the grease-drippy food I’ve eaten at various mexican places all over the country (and world, actually in Mexico too) it kinda makes me feel ill. I’m trying not to beat myself up too much over cheating with one tiny taco because it did at least teach me a valuable lesson. I learned that even though I might be missing pizza (my absolute favorite food) I should be happy to just remember it as I think it was because if I have a slice, I might figure out I don’t like it anymore.

 

 

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One Oh Three and Counting

July 26, 2012

Today, I finally crossed the 100 pound threshold! I know it is mostly a meaningless benchmark but there is something about that number that just tickles me pink. Anyway enough pride, this was a lot of work so if you’re trying really hard to drop weight, keep me in mind, if I can do it anyone can. I know, I know lots of folks say that but please remember, I did it with almost no desire to actually lose weight, doctors putting me on steroid regularly so I could breath (pneumonia among other reasons) and a wife who LOVES to bake. Believe me as I go deeper into the whole “healthy” world I realize more and more why I resisted it for so long. It can suck! The end goal seems to be worth it, I like the fact that my clothes don’t fit, even though I complain about it and I don’t mind shopping much anymore. I’m far from small just yet but the local merchants no longer look at me like I’m an alien because I need a 5x shirt and I no longer have to shop in the “big man’s” sections. I think this weekend I might go buy some crappy clothes at Old Navy, not because I want them or will wear them but just because it’s a “normal” people’s store and now I can shop there. 🙂

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Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

July 26, 2012

No real shock here, I LOVE Mexican food or at least I did. More on that later, tonight it was late and I had a very early breakfast and an earlier than usual lunch so I was HUNGRY. According to my eating plan, I hadn’t had quite enough calories today and I was really behind on the protein count so this lovely idea popped into my head.

Earlier in the week my wife bought some steak we hadn’t yet prepared and I had some eggs, really the most important part of eating right is a part I’m failing at currently, grocery shopping regularly. Anyway, I had my two basic ingredients so I proceeded.

 

Cut your steak up into strips and put into a non-stick skillet (I usually put a little Olivio in for good measure), sprinkle in either some garlic powder or fresh garlic and let it cook up. Before the steak is done add in some fajita seasoning (I use Penzey’s brand seasonings, if you don’t have a Penzey’s nearby I THINK you can order their spices online, totally worth it) and toss the steak around a bit, then remove from heat. In the same pan, crack open two eggs and sprinkle chicken taco seasoning (also Penzey’s) flip the eggs over when ready (however you want them, could scramble them too) then cover with some low-fat cheddar or mexican blend cheeses. It was a spur of the moment thing, took less than 20 minutes to prep and cook and was quite delicious despite the poor picture. 🙂

 

Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

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Big People Are Scary

July 23, 2012

Okay I know, I know, I know I’m not THAT small yet but wow do I sorta miss being intimidating. Not in the bullying sort of sense, that was never really my thing but in the “when I walk through the mall, people get outta my way” sense. Today was the first time I’ve been in a big crowd sorta situation being almost a hundred pounds lighter. I have to say, it was quite an experience for me.  Now I’ve never been a big fan of crowds but when I was more imposing, it wasn’t as much of a problem because folks gave me my space, I felt very disoriented and very crowded in. People were just walking over me and shoving me, you would’ve thought I wasn’t there. My wife got the biggest kick out of it because, having been small all her life, this is what she experiences every day. I’m far from small even at this point but there is definitely a difference, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the next 50 pounds leaving, I might just get stepped on.

 

As an aside, anyone know of a good kickboxing gym around Northern Summit county in Ohio or possibly around Independence, Ohio? I can’t seem to find a gym that offers it.

 

 

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Feeling Groov….er….COLD

July 20, 2012

The biggest side effect of losing weight that I’ve noticed is that I am cold ALL THE TIME. I’ve read that sometimes this is because of your body going into “conversation mode” and basically slowing down your metabolism. I don’t think this is what is going on because I’m still losing weight at a  pretty good clip.

It’s really getting distracting, it is July 20/almost 21 and we just wrapped up, what I guess from news reports anyway, the worst heat wave ever. Right now it is around 70 degrees fahrenheit and I am wrapped up in a heavy comforter, after spending the day in my office with a space heater on. This sucks!

I’ve had the vents in my office taped up to keep them from blowing on me and almost broke down and wore gloves today while I typed. I am seriously hoping to get over it and adjust soon because honestly I’m simply not used to being cold. When I was bigger, I could walk outside in 20 degree temperatures in shorts and t-shirt and it wouldn’t bother me at all. Now I’m feeling a little chilly when its in the 80s. I guess sometime soon (like August) the wife, who is also cold all the time, will go sweater and winter coat shopping. I might even seriously consider moving someplace warmer just to avoid the cold, I really don’t like it anymore.

 

Signed,

Former Cold Lover Turned Freeze Baby