Archive for February, 2013

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Whoa…Chicago

February 18, 2013

So here I am in Chicago for over a week on mini vacation first and then Ome work tomorrow. Trying to stay true to my new lifestyle is TOUGH in this city! Sauce and butter and breaking oh my. Not to mention the massive amounts of bakeries here. So far I’ve done well, not great but ok. I just got back from the store so I could stack my room with “safe” foods so that should help. My wife went back home this morning so the bakery stops will stop. 🙂

I guess though that no one is perfect and I’m learning or at least trying to learn not to obsess over every little failure of will. At least I’m having a grass fed bun-less burger with a salad for lunch. Back on track!

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Inching Towards The Finish Line

February 11, 2013

Well here I am, less than 15 pounds to my ultimate weight goal. It is kind of scary, I have to admit. There are a lot of “what next” sort of thoughts I have, “what if I gain it all back?”, “what if I suddenly get sick again”, ” what if…what if…what if….”  I try to put those sorts of thoughts out of my mind and just focus on the success I have had but it is harder and harder to avoid those questions as I inch ever closer to the finish line. I guess what I’m wondering is, is there a finish line? Will I ever be completely happy with how I feel/look/whatever?  Short answer is, I don’t know but I guess I’m going to find out. 🙂

The trick is, I think, to set some new goals and focus in on achieving them, one goal at a time. I believe I will hit my weight goal by April 1 so sometime before then I plan to set some new goals for myself and start from there. We’ll see how it goes.

 

 

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Just had to mention…

February 6, 2013

I was having one of my “debate/arguments” that I reference here tonight and ran into the funniest (but shouldn’t be surprising) resistance arguments I’ve ever heard. “I can’t give up wheat, even for a few days, beer is somehow magically made out of wheat and I can’t give up beer.”  Usually I hear “not candy” or “not bread, not ever” and I know personally it was pizza and pasta with me that I could “never” give up but I’ve never heard beer. Honestly I never understood the appeal but that’s probably for a ton of personal reasons. I guess though, if you can’t give up the beer, you’re probably not all that really interested in getting healthier so why ask for advice in the first place? I’m not some mystic fountain of knowledge and I only tell people what worked for me (and I always preface it that way) so it probably won’t work for everyone. I can’t believe though that putting something into you body that so drastically alters your blood chemistry (like alcohol does) can be in any way good for you. I feel the same way about drugs in general both illicit and legal, I always have so this is not a new thing. I made this argument after she said she felt like she could get healthy and lose some weight even while drinking beer which has clearly not worked for her. After this argument I was accused of seeing the world in only “black and white” and not allowing for variations. Again, it was what worked for me, your mileage may vary but I do have logic and rationale behind most of my arguments (sometimes anyway) so at least, if you ask for my advice, have some logic in your replies, what you’re doing isn’t work. I know because what I was doing wasn’t working for a really long time so I’m not attacking you by saying that, I’m saying I know, I’ve been there and still am quite a bit. Okay? Friends? Good…

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Pork Roast With Peppers & Onions

February 6, 2013

This was pretty good I have to say. Take a pork roast (3/4 lbs) and coat in garlic infused olive oil (because why not?), put in a roasting pan lined with “heavy vegetables” I used broccoli and cauliflower and covered (the veggies anyway) with chicken broth. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme cover with red, onion, green peppers and red onions. Bake on 425 for about 15 minutes and then about 50 minutes (until temperature is reached) on 350. Let it rest for about 10 minutes, slice and serve. Enjoy!

 

Pork Roast

Pork Roast

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Chicken Parts & Kales (What Could Be Better)

February 6, 2013

I like chicken and I like kale…so I decided to try them together and it was pretty good. Take some chicken parts (I used legs and thighs) and lay them around a roasting pan lined with the kales and pour some chicken broth (organic, veggie fed, etc) over the whole thing. Season with thyme, salt, pepper, garlic and some olive oil (I used my Olive Scene “butter” and garlic infused oils) for extra flavor. I baked it on 425 for about 45 minutes but obviously don’t overcook it (or undercook it for that matter). It was quite good and pretty simple. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Chicken Parts & Kale

Chicken Parts & Kale

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Oh Don’t Mind Him, He’s Just (Gluten) Sensitive

February 5, 2013

What follows is just a comment on this: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/gluten-free-whether-you-need-it-or-not/ so go ahead and read it, I’ll wait.

Now I have no idea  if my problems are really related to gluten or really even sugar for that matter but I do know that I feel worlds better without either thing in my life. If I eat something that might have have either thing I can actually “feel” myself not feeling well. Again that could totally be all in my head and you know what? I’m totally fine with that. I can cite all of my various numbers that have skyrocketed since starting as “evidence” that eating unprocessed, no gluten and no added sugar foods has helped me dramatically. I could do that but that would not be very scientific as I also started working a little more, working on my mental health a little more and really just paying more attention to my well-being and “listening” to what my body needs as opposed to what it really wants.

That last point is the most important one and I have this debate with people all the time, so-called “food junkies” and people that just can’t give up pasta or pizza (I can say whatever I want, I was one). I say debate, it is really an argument because people (much like I used to) get very emotional about their favorite foods so even though they ask me for advice, etc they get mad when I give it. I’m not much of a preacher so I try not to offer unsolicited opinions (about this any way). Basically it goes like this, if you want to get healthy (healthier in my case anyway as I don’t think 100% healthy is really within my reach) no you cannot have that slice of pizza and no you cannot eat cereal three times a day, I don’t care if the box says it is made with whole-grains. No you cannot lose weight by eating anything you want because the famous person on TV said you can, that person has all day to work out to make up for any slip-ups, do you? It requires a certain will power and discipline and the honest desire to want to feel better. I think this last part is really important, like I said before, I didn’t really start eating this way to lose weight, that was just a side effect, I got into this because I wanted to feel better and it was really my last shot at feeling better. Like most things in life, it starts with your mental health and then kinda flows from there. If you’re feeling miserable, sad, lethargic and are sick all the time, think about what you’re putting into your body and try to do better one meal at a time. That’s the best advice I can give anyone.

As for what this all has to do with the post I referenced earlier you ask? Simple. When you hear someone say “eat better” they are typically, if they like you anyway, not talking about the current flock of gluten free foods and over-processed “health” bars. They’re talking about whole foods and vegetables and cooking with, if not no butter, then greatly reduced butter. They’re talking about eating a piece of lean meat instead of something with 20 ingredients with 18 of them being chemicals and none of them being the thing its supposed to taste like. This is, sadly, what most food has become, processed to death, additives that you can’t pronounce with flavors and colors not found anywhere in nature. This applies to all of you militant vegans too, why do you need “vegan sausage,” its not sausage, it is processed plant parts and is really no better for you than a cheeseburger in a lot of cases. I just like to include my vegan friends in my rants, that’s all. I just think a lot of this food should be illegal, I saw a peanut butter & jelly protein bar with no peanuts and no jelly….why is it legal to call it peanut butter and jelly? It just shouldn’t be. We need to return to a world where food is food. If you want to be a vegetarian then eat vegetables, not “chicken” burgers. If you want to eat meat, eat meat, not hormone filled, antibiotic injected meat “product.” Eating is seriously the most important thing you do all day, why are we all so committed to doing it wrong?

End Rant.

 

 

 

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Just One Of Those Times I Guess…

February 4, 2013

I haven’t posted in a while, primarily because I have been dealing with what I can only describe as an identity crisis. Since this is a form of my therapy, I figured I should talk about it here. Everyone around me says “stop losing weight, you’re small enough”, etc. I finally started to believe that when a couple weeks ago, wouldn’t you know it, someone called me fat. When I was much bigger no one ever did, suddenly 200 pounds smaller and I’m still fat. I shrugged it off at the time with a snide comment but it really did bug me. However after some soul searching I’m back to writing and back to cooking. I’m still losing weight but I’ve cut it back quite a bit as I realized that now the 25 pounds I want to lose is more than 10% of my body weight. That really drove it home.