Archive for October, 2012

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Man (Manly Man), Man In Tights…

October 29, 2012

If you get that song reference then I applaud you for being a true Mel Brooks fan, if you didn’t, you are a sad blight on the face of the planet. Either way, this is a story about a man, a man in tights. My weight loss adventures have been fraught with many an obstacle with the biggest one being, oddly, the cold! Apparently when you lose the weight equivalent of one adult male your body doesn’t stay warm like it used to, who would’ve thought it? This has introduced me to a whole different world, a world of never-ending  drama, a world that as a bigger person I never would’ve encountered, the world of layers.

I should say that I used to be THAT guy, I walked around in short sleeves, shorts, limited clothing during the winter. I would have a coat but short sleeves underneath and no t-shirt. Of course I live in the United State Midwest so it gets really cold here but it never bothered me. Fast forward now, a tad over 170 pounds gone and I am cold all the time, even when it is 70 degrees (fahrenheit) outside. Now that it is getting to our Winter time cold has turned to freezing so something had to be done.

We are currently experiencing 30/40 MPH winds here and they are the cutting kind of cold and they go right through me. My wife, a professional freeze baby all her life, explained to me that the answer is in the layers. “Brilliant!” I thought, “layers, that should be fun.” Little did I realize at the time what that meant. We went shopping for these so-called layers which really turned out to be nothing more than tights, that’s right, tights, just like superheroes wear. I rolled my eyes, hemmed and hawed until finally buying a pair just to placate her. All the while thinking “these will never be comfortable, never.”  That was two weeks ago and yesterday, because of the winds, was the first time I really wore them. I layered the tights with jeans, plus a t-shirt, a thermal shirt and a heavy sweater plus a jacket. You know what? Best decision ever, they are comfortable and most importantly they are warm. Moral of the story? Men in tights (despite the reviews) aren’t so bad after all. Stay warm out there people and if you’re on the east coast of the US, be safe.

 

 

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Well It Finally Happened, I’m Unrecognizable?

October 24, 2012

I guess I suspected it would happen at some point but I have to say that it still caught me by surprise. I checked into a hotel today and the front desk lady simply refused to believe it was me in the picture on my drivers license. There were several “that doesn’t look anything like you” and “you don’t weigh this much!” which, of course, made me feel pretty good. At the same time though, it was pretty weird and really extended the checkout process. I’m at a conference where I’m doing a talk tomorrow morning and there are several people here who haven’t seen me in a year or so, it will be odd to see their reactions if there are any.

I think this is something we don’t think about when making over our entire lives. People’s reaction to you and impressions of you will change, they simply will. I’ve noticed some are good and some are bad but almost all are different. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was making me somewhat self-conscience so it will be interesting to see how well I do during my presentation. I did one a few months ago but that was about 80 pounds or so ago, it is a lot different now. Wish me luck.

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They Told Me There’d Be Days Like This (Yes They Did)

October 17, 2012

I am completely stuck right now. I’ve been bouncing between the same weight (give or take a few pounds) for quite a while now. It is getting old, very old. I’m getting sick of the food I have to eat and am seriously craving at least some variety…hence the lamb recipe that should’ve never been. I only have about 30 pounds or so more to go and it really is a lot tougher than the first 150, that seemed easier in retrospect. Anyway, I’m mostly just venting and not really complaining because overall I’m in a great place. I fully expect this weekend to yield some far better recipes, etc with more variety because, it is officially Fall, cold and time for cooking.

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Something About Lamb

October 17, 2012

I’m going to say this straight away, I don’t really like lamb. I decided to cook it only because a) I’m really stuck and getting frustrated (more on that later) and b) I was bored by cooking the same things even if they’re in new ways so I came up with a lamb recipe. It is terrible so don’t cook it but I’ve made commitments to some folks I would update this blog with everything I cook so here we go:

 

In a skillet, put some olivio (duh) and about a 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar (remember, don’t cheap out on it) and let it simmer for about five minutes or so, stirring often. Add in some black pepper, garlic and salt then add in your cut up lamb tenderloin. Cook it, mixing it up often until done, top with feta. I served with steamed spinach and green beans and added some ginger but don’t do that either because ginger and lamb REALLY doesn’t mix well. There you go, the recipe you should NEVER cook. Here’s a pic of the gross:

 

Gross Lamb

Gross Lamb

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Roasted Turkey & Asparagus

October 11, 2012

Get yourself a turkey breast, preferably free range, no antibiotics or any of that. Coat a roasting pan with Olivio and chop off some asparagus spears and line the pan with them. Put the turkey breast on top of the spears, season with thyme and basil. Pour about 1/2 cup of water with two chicken bouillon cube and bake at 325 until the breast reaches about 155 or so. Best asparagus I’ve ever made.

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Self Esteem Is Hard

October 10, 2012

I don’t think people (even bigger people) really understand that big folks usually have lower self esteems or at least lower defenses than “normal” sized folks. Since losing a lot of weight I get all kinds of comments and snide remarks that basically say “you’re a better person now because you’re smaller.” No one seems to get this though I’ve explained it to a few close people that I really am the same person I was before all this, I just wanted to be healthier and losing weight was simply a consequence of that, really no big deal. However this never seems to get through and people are always commenting on this or that, “oh you must’ve had surgery” or “I could never do that, you must be suffering.” The truth is, I’m simply not, I eat pretty well and I’m feeling pretty good, how is that suffering? I know that people don’t really mean anything by it intentionally but deep down a lot of them do. I don’t know what it is and I admit I don’t fully understand most people (this is a problem I’ve had for years) but I assure you I’m not a freak or somehow a different person because I decided to get healthy and acting as if I am is really not helping. It makes me feel like I was somehow bad before and okay now because I look a little different. I’m sure I’m just being overly sensitive.

On the topic of self esteem though, I had to do a photo session last night for a magazine and when I saw the picture I literally did not recognize myself, it was not the same person I see in the mirror every morning and it was startling. It felt weird but I was kinda proud of myself. The photographer asked me why I was startled so I replied with how much weight I had lost and that I hadn’t really seen many pictures of myself, his response? “Want a doughnut?” He then went immediately to my personal favorite “so you had surgery right” and believe me it wasn’t phrased in the form of a question, more of an accusation. Basically that there was simply no way anyone could do that solely through diet alone because he couldn’t when he tried. Again that’s just my impression and I’m sure I’m just taking it all the wrong way but wanted to rant about it. I’ve never been the most sensitive or empathetic person on the planet but I would like to think if someone told me about a major accomplishment in their life that I wouldn’t try to cheapen it or accuse them of cheating. That’s just me I guess.

 

 

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Self Improvement 101

October 8, 2012

Don’t do stupid stuff. That’s the best advice I have for self improvement…I wish I would’ve had that advice about 72 hours ago. I know better than to do stupid stuff because stupid stuff ALWAYS turns around and bites me, always. I’ve never been particularly wrapped up in my looks, call it a guy thing, call it whatever, I just haven’t. I didn’t care if I was fat or skinny or ugly or anything else, it simply didn’t affect my sense of myself. Enter all this weight loss and suddenly I care a little, I don’t know when it happened but it did. Due to the fact I care a little bit more I decided to go to a dentist that specializes in, let’s say, cosmetic dentistry mainly because I had some weird-looking stains on my teeth since starting this diet (apparently they are vegetable stains) but listening to this guy you would think I have the worst teeth on the planet. He wants to do basically about $20,000 worth of work when every dentist I’ve been to for regular care says my teeth are in great shape and didn’t really need much work (in my nearly 40 years on Earth I have had two cavities), he even admitted that they’re in pretty good shape but added “they could be prettier.” Sure they could but I’m not sure they’re going to be $20,000 worth of pretty. Fast forward to last Friday.

Now I’ve said repeatedly that I’m not hung up on my looks and I’m not but one thing has ALWAYS bothered me, I was tongue-tied, which basically means that I couldn’t stick my tongue out of my mouth very far and various words would give me a hard time. When I was younger my older sister (Hi Lynn) would tease me mercilessly about it and since it drove me to learn to be a better speaker I’ve never been particularly angry at her over it, it just really bothered me. My wife used to love to tease me about it too so it is an issue, albeit a minor one. Add all this up with a dentist who tells me he can “take care of it” with little to no pain or recovery period then the fact that he used a LASER and I was sold. This is where all the trouble began…I know better than to think any unnecessary medical procedure is going to be easy or painless for me, it just never works that way.

It started out fine and he numbed my tongue and start with the laser, smelling burning flesh is never fun but that was the only unpleasant part of the procedure and the whole thing lasted less than 10 minutes (about 7 minutes is my best guess from doing basic clock math) so that part was as promised. I felt nothing and could stick my tongue out of mouth a bit further than before, not much but a bit plus I could touch all of my teeth with my tongue and the roof of my mouth, I could do neither before. Sounds like a success right? Ha! Never! Friday night I was in excruciating pain, now I have a very high threshold for pain and I’m not much of a whiner about it but this was pretty bad. My tongue was swollen and it was a little difficult to breathe and I had a wicked sore throat. Saturday was a little better but the sore throat remained just no swelling. Today I’ve had some pain and some difficulty eating but neither as bad as the last two day but the sort throat persists. I’m supposed to go back tomorrow at 9:00 for a checkup so I suppose I’ll complain then. I have enough problems so I really should’ve known better.

The point of this is, don’t be so hung up on silly things that don’t really matter (like being tongue-tied) especially when you know you don’t live in a world with simple medical procedures. Certainly don’t do it so you can stick you tongue out a millimeter more. I learn these lesson as I go or at least I try to. By the time this publishes I will most likely be out of the appointment so I’ll update in the comments the results when I’m done.

 

Ref: Lingual Frenectomy