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Update on The DIE-t I Love To Hate 
Jun. 29, 2011 12:26 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2011 5:05 pm
I only have time to write up a quick update today on The DIE-t I love to hate because to be honest, I have really been busy at that other 4 letter word we all love to hate – work – and since they pay the bills (somewhat) I kind of have to give them priority over the somewhat mindless missives I post every now and then. But I digress, which I do have a tendency to do, and need to get back to telling you about my DIE-t before another stack of files hit my desk or another phone rings that needs to be ignored.

As some of you may remember from earlier blogs (and if you don’t remember, they are in my archives in between all that Dancing With The Stars stuff) I went to see Dr. Killjoy a little over 2 months ago and he told me with all the warmth & compassion of a hyena with a rash that I needed to quit living the life I was living if I wanted to live to see my kids gets older. His partner in crime over in the Cardiology Department agreed with him  that my BP was high, my cholesterol was high, my weight was high and my heart looked borderline bad. So I was told to lose a lot of weight & to start exercising. I wasn’t happy about it and I was even less happy about the fact that I was given my marching orders just before my birthday. (WHAT ?!?! NO CAKE ?!?!) I did however listen and I decided to play along. I mean it was only my life I was playing with so what did I have to lose ?

Three weeks later I wrote a blog about how I had lost 15 pounds or as I put it “three bags of sugar”. It was a tangible comparison and pretty accurate too since the first 15 pounds I lost could be directly attributed to the fact that I cut out the morning muffins, the afternoon cookies, the candy bars on the train ride home and the ice cream at night. That first 15 pounds just melted away. I was exercising consistently for the first time in a long time so that helped some but I am still convinced it was the lack of any sugar or carbs in my diet. A smart way to target a quick weight loss but not exactly a realistic or overly healthy way to live.

Two weeks after that I hit 200 pounds for the first time in a long time. I had started my DIE-t at 225 pounds so this was a major accomplishment. I was really happy and decided that it was time to move onto the next phase of my prescribed DIE-t and reintroduce some of the foods that I had had to cut out previously. Well I it seems I reintroduced some of those foods a little too well and the next thing I knew I was back up to 204 and sitting in my cardiologist’s office being told my BP was still high and that I needed to lose more weight. Suddenly the wave of euphoria I had been riding came crashing back down onto the hard rocks of reality. I realized that this wasn’t going to be as easy as having ice cream melt off a stick. That if I wanted to live a normal life again and eat normal foods again, I was going to have to really re-dedicate myself. I started eating smarter (again) and really exercising. Making myself pay for my weight. Sweating so hard when I jogged that I had to wear a different shirt every day. It hurt but it had to be done.

I am happy to say that now, four weeks later, my cardiologist has been blown away by my progress. My Blood Pressure is almost back to normal. My cholesterol has taken a huge dip. My heart has checked out as okay and most of all, my weight loss has been real & substantial. I weighed in the other day at 195 pounds. That’s SIX BAGS OF SUGAR for those of you who’s grocery stores haven’t downsized to 4lb bags yet.

Am I happy ? Yes – to a point. I’m still not in great shape, none of my suits fit me anymore, I am going to need to spend money on new suits and I still can’t eat all the foods that I want to eat. Then again, as the great philosopher Jagger once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” Well I am going to keep try, try, trying and I think I will find that as much as I hate this DIE-t & lifestyle change, it’s just what I needed.

So come back next time when I PROMISE to share some of the recipes that my most awesome & supportive wife has come up with in the last two months.

Have a great holiday weekend.
Jun. 29, 2011 12:33 pm
That's awesome, Doug! Keep up the good work and I can't wait for your wife's recipes!
Jun. 29, 2011 1:23 pm
Kudoos (SP?) for you Doug. See even after having a slight stumble you got back on track!
Jun. 29, 2011 1:33 pm
Woohoo!! That's awesome.. Keep going!! Now I just wish I had ur willpower ((big sigh)) :(
Jun. 29, 2011 1:37 pm
Hi & thanks Nurse Ellen - I know that one of those recipes will NOT be the Turkey Oatloaf in the South Beach Diet cookbook.
Jun. 29, 2011 1:46 pm
Hi & Thanks Dog Fish Head - I remember Kudos - they were very tasty chocolate covered granola bars. I think it is safe to say that the setback was the best thing that could have happened to me. It really made me take this whole thing seriously.
Jun. 29, 2011 1:51 pm
Hi Cuppycakes - thanks - we all have the willpower to do it. In my case, I didn't really have a choice. I had to have the willpower. I know you have it too.
Jun. 29, 2011 2:07 pm
What a beautiful gift you give to yourself and your family. Congratulations on your hard work.
Jun. 29, 2011 2:11 pm
Wow. Really inspiring to those of us (ok me) who need to get started. Congrats and keep going! Really looking forward to the recipes.
Jun. 29, 2011 2:18 pm
I am sure your family is very happy you are making your life healthy so they can have ya around a little longer! Congrats!
Jun. 29, 2011 2:19 pm
Congratulations on your progress, Doug! I asked a friend going through a similar situation how she manages to stick with it, and she gave me the best answer: "I just think of it as medicine for my body". You wouldn't think of not taking medicine you need, so why not do whatever you need to get your weight in check, your cholesterol down to acceptable levels, and your heart healthy? (And I include myself in that question.) Keep up the good work!
Jun. 29, 2011 2:20 pm
Doug, you are doing great! I sincerely mean that. I have been on a "lifestyle change" for just over two years now due to blood pressure issues. Doctors really know how to put it, don't they? I was told that I was stroke material. I have lost 56 lbs. I workout everyday and feel great. Its not easy and there are days where I get discouraged.I have no clothes either. haha. I can hardly wait to hear about the next bag of sugar. Take good care of you.
Jun. 29, 2011 2:20 pm
That's really great Doug! Keep it up! Listen to me talk, I need to be more like you! Enjoyed your blog.
Jun. 29, 2011 2:30 pm
You know I heard on the news today that the average American now consumes 570 calories more than "John Doe" did in the 80's. The slow creep of the scale has gotten the better of me. Like you, I don't want to change my lifestyle, either, but I must do it. Nasty chronic diseases run in my family like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. People think that drugs are the answer, and that with their medications, they can continue to eat whatever they like. IMHO, they are kidding themselves. Lifestyle changes are the only way. Kudos to you, Doug!
Jun. 29, 2011 4:03 pm
Congratulations Doug! You are doing GREAT!
Jun. 29, 2011 5:45 pm
Your successful lifestyle change has yielded impressive results in a short time...and all with the ongoing realities of day to day life..work and business travel can make weight loss efforts even tougher....way to go!!! I'm looking forward to hearing any good lean grilling tips you've got....Cheers Doug!
Jun. 29, 2011 5:49 pm
Hi & Thank You Marie C. - they really are the reason I am doing what I am doing. I have to be here for my kids. Thanks for stopping in.
Jun. 29, 2011 5:50 pm
Hi Jena - if I can do it, you can do it. Thanks for stopping in.
Jun. 29, 2011 5:52 pm
Hi & thanks Shanon K. - actually my eldest daughter has been kind of bummed recently because daddy's DIE-t means "he isn't cooking up crazy amounts of good food". I have to work on that.
Jun. 29, 2011 5:54 pm
Thanks Sugarnspice - I like to say that I am now "allergic to being fat".
Jun. 29, 2011 5:56 pm
Wow Rosebud. That is impressive. I am not worthy and I bow in your direction. Thanks for checking in. I have 3 more bags to make me happy.
Jun. 29, 2011 5:58 pm
Thanks luv2cook - how about you join me ? Like I said to Jena a few comments above, if I can do it - you can do it.
Jun. 29, 2011 6:01 pm
Hi Bibi - 570 calories more a day ? That's like 6 of those 100 calorie healthy light snack packs that keep getting pushed at DIE-ters out there. My cardiologist chose against treating my cholesterol pharmacologically because of my exercise & weight loss. I liked that he did that. More pressure on me. Thanks for checking in.
Jun. 29, 2011 6:01 pm
Thanks SLN - I will be able to wear my ELWAY jersey again soon.
Jun. 29, 2011 6:04 pm
Hi & thanks ellie - business travel is tough - especially since Dr. Killjoy told me to cut coffee back to one cup a day - then again, hotel coffee is pretty bad. Working in NYC is a mixed bag too - I used to have some great korean delis & bodegas near my office but then we moved. Fancy shmancy stuff all around me and all of rich in calories & cash.
Jun. 29, 2011 6:17 pm
Doug - You're doing great! I went through a major diet and lifestyle change in high school due to health problems. I have now spent more of my life on it than off, and I am the only one of my siblings not on meds for high blood pressure and cholesterol. Yet, I am doing it again now and finally adding more exercise in. I cannot imagine trying to do both at the same time. Don't worry - there are so many good healthy recipes that are not turkey oatloaf! Think of what a gerat example you are setting for your kids! Can't wait to hear about your next bag of sugar!
Jun. 29, 2011 7:20 pm
Hey, Doug~ What food do you miss the most and do you do other exercise besides jogging?
Jun. 29, 2011 9:02 pm
Good job Doug, keep up the good work!
Jun. 30, 2011 4:50 am
Time for a new pic!
Jun. 30, 2011 5:17 am
Great job! DH has lost ten pounds and his heart dr is happy but wants more weight loss. It is hard but you have a wonderful attitude, and you have your family and us for support! Cannot wait to see the recipes and hear about more sugar bags!
Jun. 30, 2011 5:24 am
Well done Doug! I would be really interested to know how you manage to eat well while traveling. The sodium level alone, not mention calories, of restaurant food always amazes me. My 35 year old son in law has just been diagnosed with hypertension. That is what a steady diet of fast food will do for you. Well done. Keep up the good work!
Jun. 30, 2011 5:46 am
I agree BN..I find it so challenging to eat out and feel in control, while travelling...I have become one of those customers some wait staff probably hate...sauce on the side...grilled with no salt...I can see their eyes rolling...
Jun. 30, 2011 6:55 am
Good for You! I bet you feel great~ I have been on a low fat, 1200 calorie with exercise of 25 minute cardio 4-5 x a week for just over 8 weeks. I've lost 16 lbs and I have 14 more I want to lose. It takes hard work and discipline but it is worth it to look and feel healthier. Maintenance is always the tough part. Keep up the good work Doug!
Jun. 30, 2011 7:30 am
two thumbs up, good for you!
Jun. 30, 2011 7:31 am
DM: I have been wondering how your progress is going. Thanks for the update. Glad to hear the little speedbump didn't throw you off the track. As for my own journey, I am personally working on Bag #4. Please keep us posted.
Jun. 30, 2011 7:54 am
Hi AZ & Thanks - it's always great to know that there are others out there who are going through the same trials. Keep up your hard work & I will keep up with mine. And yes, the gimmick recipes are gone
Jun. 30, 2011 7:58 am
Hi Shanon - I miss Ice Cream the most. Hands down. It was & is my achilles heel. As for other exercise, when I travel I use the hotel elliptical and at home I do a lot of heavy gardening work. Now that the weather is hot, I will try to swim too.
Jun. 30, 2011 8:30 am
Great blog! Keep up the great work. And like I said last time. I think I'm carrying one your lost sugar bags! :( Keep on inspiring us. Happy 4th!
Jun. 30, 2011 9:03 am
Good job Doug! And, haven't you noticed an increase in your energy level too? About 18 months ago, I was told my cholesterol was high. Just by diet and exercies I brought it back to within acceptable limits. I did NOT want to go on those cholesterol pills. I'll be anxiously awaiting those recipes!
Jun. 30, 2011 11:01 am
Doug - I used to travel a lot for work and the diet thing was always hard! The thing that saved me was that almost all hotels will send a fridge to your room, especially if you are going to be there for a few days. I would go and get cold cuts, make unsweetend iced tea with the coffee maker and even hardboiled eggs from the store in my mini coffee pot so that I was eating breakfast and lunch there instead of always eating out. And salads! I would have my own chef salad makings in the fridge for dinner a lot!
Jun. 30, 2011 11:23 am
Tasty ice cream sub- process frozen banana chunks until they turn white and creamy. This is the only thing that will keep me out of the ice cream (sometimes)
Jun. 30, 2011 12:28 pm
I am so envious, I started around the same time you did, and have only managed to lose 3 bags of sugar (15#) but then again, I am unable to do much vigorous exercise. Mostly I walk. However, I am happy with the progress I am making. I also haven't made as radical change in my diet, so it should be easier to maintain the loss. Thanks for the inspiration.
Jun. 30, 2011 1:04 pm
Kudos for a job well done. I am on the same page....I just may have tried too many new recipes and enjoyed the fruits of my labor a tad too many times. I am serious about it and finding it fun to create great tasting, healthy meals for my family. It is not easy to lose weight. I have never really been on this journey before so it is unchartered territory for me. Keep inspiring us.
Jun. 30, 2011 1:35 pm
Thanks for the update! I have sympathized with you and your love for chocolate... the best man-invented food to me is and always will be peanut butter cups! and alas I cannot eat them anymore- my body hates peanut butter and makes me pay! I have wondered though, ever since you first post about you diet, you cut out peas and watermelon and something else..... why the watermelon? I can understand peas, they are starchy, but I have always rationalized watermelon as mostly water and probably good for me?? keep up the good work!
Jun. 30, 2011 1:45 pm
Way to go Doug! Glad to see it's coming off, slowly but surely. I'm still in the same boat as you. It's good to know someone else whos doing it at the same time you are. I'm a bit sad you didn't get your birthday cake :*(. EVERYONE desveres a B-day Cake! Next food cake I make for my blog, I will be making with you in mind.
Jun. 30, 2011 1:48 pm
I forgot to say, I love how you count the weight in 5 pound bags of sugar! In that case I'm down 16 bags myself :)
Jun. 30, 2011 3:01 pm
Way to go Doug! I am duly impressed! Making major lifestyle changes is no easy task, that is for sure. It is definitely easier when you have support, and it sounds like your wife is right there with you, encouraging you along. Keep up the good work :)
Jun. 30, 2011 3:52 pm
Great job Doug, keep it up! I would have a heck of a time nixing all those yummy treats at once.
Jun. 30, 2011 5:05 pm
Woo Hoo!!!!! Keep it up!
Jun. 30, 2011 6:36 pm
So proud of you Doug! 6 bags of sugar is a lot of sugar to tote around!! You are so inspiring. Keep up the good work!
Jul. 1, 2011 5:29 am
Congratulations Doug!!!! That is AWESOME! (said in my best Duff Goldman voice) :) What an inspriration you are ~ I have been up and down like a yoyo these past couple months and I need to get a handle on things again, especially since it is swimsuit season in Canada (which isn't very long!), before we know it, we will be back to snowsuit weather... Have a great long weekend (Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canuck's!) and Happy Independence Day to my friends south of the border! Keep up the good work Doug - your wife and kids must be so proud of you!!! :)
Jul. 1, 2011 7:48 am
Fantastic work Doug. you've been an inspiration! I've lost at lease 25 lbs but, no one says a word because there's still a very long way to go. Frankly I don't want good remarks, it makes me stop and reward myself with food. Another issue to work on :-) Embracing the love, support, personal health, and self esteem is priceless. Your wife, a supportive team mate, rocks! Do you ever miss butter? Focus! A very nice and slim nurse reminded be the other day of the dreaded "plateau" sure to slam up against the happy, happy. Thank goodness for the realistic people. Anyway, fantastic work Doug - 25 lbs gone and big clothing, very sweet success!
Jul. 1, 2011 10:35 am
Good for YOU! This is my first visit to your site. My husband and I had to make a "Lifestyle" change last year.. Look forward to your recipes..
Jul. 1, 2011 4:41 pm
Congratulations, Doug! I'm so proud of you; eating what's good for you is a lot harder than just eating what tastes good. Keep up the good work and know I'm rooting for you in the mid-west:)
Jul. 3, 2011 5:44 am
i think i read this just in time!! i have been exercising daily,then i just kind of gave up...i wasn't feeling anything was changing so i started getting discouraged. doug's take on it has inspired me by leaps and bounds. i am going to try and start all over again. i have little kids myself and i can't stand to be selfish to them because i have a notorious sweet tooth. keep up the great work!!!
Jul. 3, 2011 12:25 pm
Doug, what did you do to lose all the weight? I desperately need to lose 30 lbs. but have no success in doing so. What do you eat or drink that puts on weight
Jul. 3, 2011 3:49 pm
great work Doug, keep it up. Moderation is a foul word for me, but it does help and soon you will realize you can reward yourself and not feel like you are missing things. Get up and keep moving has to be the best advice out there. The docile lifestyle has to change.
Jul. 4, 2011 8:01 am
Happy 4th Everybody !!! I am finally back in an area that actually has internet service so I can finally answer all your great comments.
Jul. 4, 2011 8:03 am
Hi & Thanks lovecakes - I appreciate your support. Feel free to lose that bag for me. I don't want it back.
Jul. 4, 2011 8:04 am
Hi & thanks Candice - I have noticed that it is getting easier to push tghe speed up on the dreadmill but the commute still gets to me. Have a great holiday
Jul. 4, 2011 8:08 am
Hi AZ - Business travel is tough on a DIE-t but it sounds like you have some good ideas. Most of my trips are overnights so I use different methods. I try never to schedule dinner appointments, I put DIE-t friendly snacks in the room fridge and order a fruit salad from room service. It's a constant battle.
Jul. 4, 2011 8:11 am
Hi Lilly & thanks foe stopping by. My wife has adopted a ricotta recipe from the South Beach Diet that has helped keep me out of the ice cream. Now if they could just come up with a suitable substitute for pizza.
Jul. 4, 2011 1:25 pm
Doug thanks for the appropriate pre-4th health reminder. O I have a friend at dean foods name of troy, a Katrina refugee, in Dallas. Let us know if you need help finding healthy versions of your old bad favorites. I love corn muffins and alligator!
Jul. 4, 2011 7:45 pm
Doug, Way to go. I had been wondering how the DIEt was going. Hope you have a wonderful 4th!!
Jul. 5, 2011 4:41 am
Good morning BigShotsMom and sorry for the delay in responding. Your weight loss is great. I have a friend who can't run who says the key to her weight loss was constantly moving. Never stopping. That and a proper diet. I am back to a lot of the regular foods I had to give up with the first phase of my diet so the weight loss has slowed but it still progresses. Keep up the great work and check in again.
Jul. 5, 2011 4:44 am
good morning and keep it up silvergal. It is fun finding ways to tweak old favorites into dishes that can fit a new way of thinking in the kitchen. I look forward to hearing more on the next update.
Jul. 5, 2011 4:48 am
Hi Christie and thanks for checking in. What I found out about watermelon & pineapple is that they both have very high but short lasting sugar content so they trick your body into thinking you actually ate more. Of course you can work it in with moderation and I am not above sneaking a piece of watermelon when I see a bowl cut up in our fridge.
Jul. 5, 2011 4:57 am
Hi & Good morning Magnolia Blossom - Thanks for the support. Every little bit helps.
Jul. 5, 2011 4:58 am
Give me a few another bag of sugar or two Dog Fish Head aka Fabius
Jul. 5, 2011 4:59 am
Hi & Thanks Lucky Noodles - it helps to have family behind you - tell DH to keep it up
Jul. 5, 2011 5:01 am
Good morning Baking Nana - eating while on business isn't always easy. I thend to order a lot of salads at lunch and grilled chicken or steak dinners at dinner. I do stop at convenience stores along the way and buy plenty of water to help fill me up. I usually come home very hungry & irritable.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:03 am
Great job CookinArgentina - that is tremendous progress. Glad you stopped in with your update. keep it up !
Jul. 5, 2011 5:04 am
Thanks GAHSMOMX3 - I appreciate the support.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:06 am
Hi bikerfamily - 4 Bags of Suagr is fantastic - Glad to hear great news.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:08 am
good morning AthenaRose - 16 Bags of Sugar ?!?!?! That is like the whole baking section. That is awesome !
Jul. 5, 2011 5:22 am
Hi Puck & thanks - thought you all were about to get Jagr back in your lineup - that might have made me eat something I shouldn't
Jul. 5, 2011 5:24 am
Hi & thanks *~Lissa~* - cutting out the sugar was the most important part of my early DIE-t success. It's still hard keeping it to a minimum. Doesn't help that the daily pictures here are almost always treats too.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:25 am
Thanks Terry Tripp - I'm trying. I'm trying.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:26 am
Hi grannygigi - I was in the grocery store yesterday and stopped in the baking aisle to look at the sugar bags. I just had to shake my head.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:28 am
Good morning Gitano - hope you had a great Canada Day. I was so close to the border over the weekend, I could have shouted out to you but didn't have cell service.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:31 am
Hi & thanks Wendie - yes I do miss butter - I have been using I can't believe it's not butter and pam butter spray but those don't quite cut it. Keep up the good work. I have been rewarding myself lately with chunks of laughing cow light cheese & chipotle wheat thins stix. Not many calories but a nice change of pace. please make sure to check back in.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:32 am
Hi Jeannie A and Thanks - I hope you come back again. I wish you & your husband much success in your changes.
Jul. 5, 2011 5:33 am
Hi Mangel - I really like the way that you put that. I am going to have to "borrow" that phrase myself. Thanks for the support
Jul. 5, 2011 5:47 am
good morning syonsmommy - great job - both you & your family will appreciate the effort - when I need inspiration, I think of the Mother of 4 kids in town I see out jogging every morning as I drive to the train. I plan to thank her if I ever run into her at the grocery store. I figured if she could do it, I could do it too.
Jul. 5, 2011 6:05 am
Hi Shirley - I followed the South Beach Phase 1 almost religiouly for 4 weeks and the elimination of sugar from my diet along with no carbs made me irritable & cranky but only a little more than usual. Watching sugar intake has been the big ticket item for me.
Jul. 5, 2011 6:07 am
Good morning & thanks redneck gramma - having a desk job that takes 2 hours to get to really goes against what I am trying to do with my life so I think I am working it that much harder when I can. Keep moving is great advice.
Jul. 5, 2011 6:09 am
Hi & thanks Dairy Princess - finding new healthy versions of old now forbidden favorites is the cooking journey I am on right now. Great picture by the way.
Jul. 5, 2011 6:10 am
Thanks chefshelly66 - we did have a good 4th - gardening, swimming & grilling - hope you had a good weekend too
The Lakewoman 
Jul. 5, 2011 9:09 am
Doug...you will be glad you did this when your first grandchild gives you a kiss and hug. Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration!Kudos.....
Jul. 5, 2011 9:14 am
It is very nice that you answer everyone individually! Beware of sugar. I have cut sodas out of my life but when I have one at a get together I hate the headache I always get later. Hello stupid (talking to myself) don'e you ever learn?
Jul. 5, 2011 11:23 am
Hi & Thanks The Lakewoman - I am glad I am doing it when my own kids give me a kiss & a hug. Grandkids are quite a way off.
Jul. 5, 2011 11:26 am
I have cut out any diet soda with caffeine Dog Fish Head aka Fabius - I wouldn't even consider a regular soda. Too much sugar was giving me migraines. I haven't had one since I started my diet......and I figure if someone took the time to read & comment, I should take the time to answer. It's just common courtesy.
Jul. 5, 2011 7:33 pm
Hi Doug. Keep up the good work. I am still plugging away, I am 1 lb short from the 3 bags of sugar weight loss. It was very hard this last week as my oldest ds had a baseball tournament down by the Jersey shore but I stuck to my diet and just drooled over all those yummy treats they sell on the boardwalk. It is better to make these changes now before something goes wrong, at least that is what I keep telling myself. Thanks for keeping us posted!
Jul. 6, 2011 1:08 am
The weight loss is amazing, Doug! Keep up the good work. Commuting does make things hard because you basically lose that time out of the day - I commute one hour each way to work and school. I can't imagine what two hours each way would do. It's great that you even find the time to work out. My goal is to lose all the baby weight when my little boy is born (Sept. 9). I can't wait because I feel HUGE! hahaha
Jul. 6, 2011 4:40 am
Good morning DeniseY and thanks. I agree, it's easier to make the changes now while we can and not because we have to or else. Keep up the great work and make sure to check back in and let us all know how you are doing.
Jul. 6, 2011 4:43 am
Hi & Good morning Kristen B. Congrats on the impending little dude - I think I finally just now have lost my sympathy weight from our first of three children. Now I have to lose the Sunday Dinners that I added on during the days I dated my wife. Thanks for stopping by and Congrats again.
Jul. 6, 2011 12:15 pm
I like the fact that you figured out that this is a lifestyle change if you want to keep the fantastic results you're getting! I know, I have had to admit that I have needed to change my thinking too! I experiment a lot with healthy foods now, even though I thought I was eating healthy before! Only occasionally do I splurge for more than a day or two now.
Jul. 6, 2011 3:40 pm
Hi & thanks SueB - I know that my path can make a U-Turn very easily & quickly if I let it. I also know that a U-Turn is not an option. Every time I see my wife & kids confirms that for me. It does make the change that much easier.
Jul. 6, 2011 4:35 pm
All I can say is wow--and well done--with both the weight loss and the wonderful blog.
Jul. 6, 2011 5:05 pm
Thank you LPK - still need to keep after the weight loss - it will come back if I don't watch it. I'm not done yet.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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