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This baby got back! 
Oct. 1, 2012 4:49 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2014 4:09 pm

It’s been over a year since I last blogged (not that I blogged a lot in the first place).  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  You know what I mean.

I’m trying *emphasis on the word ‘trying’* to implement a lifestyle change.  I’m obese.  I’m 75 lb. more than I need to be.  And with that comes dietary illnesses like high blood pressure and high cholesterol—all of which would disappear if I dropped the weight and ate smaller healthier portions.  A majority of the time, I do eat healthy.  The main culprits are that I eat too much and live a sedentary life.

So 4 weeks ago, I started trying to stick to 1200 calorie meals.  I caught myself eating fast food (which can blow my whole 1200 calories in one sitting) when I’m too lazy to prepare something.  In order to keep as close to this goal, I have to make sure I prep as much ahead of time so I don’t cheat.  I’m eating more fresh vegetables to make me feel fuller.  I’m trying.  Because sometimes, I open up the refrigerator, look insides, and go “Nah.” 

A coworker of mine loaned me her Jillian Michaels 20 minutes workout DVD.  I thought, “20 minutes.  I can do that.”  So I tried it.  OH-MY-GAWD I thought I was going to keel over and die.  My body has been basically sedentary for 20+ years with peaks every 5 years.  It was WTF?-ing me through the entire DVD.  I only made it to 15 minutes.  I felt light-headed, nauseous, and was panting like rusty old steam pipes.  It was not pretty.

After 4 days of being in pain (it hurt to breathe), I tried it again.  I only made it to 10 minutes, but it didn’t hurt like the 1st time.  2 days later, I got through the whole 20 minutes and felt very accomplished.  In the meantime, I lost 6 pounds.  Yay me.

Since those first two weeks, it’s been difficult—finding low-cal solutions at friend’s houses or restaurants and maintaining proper portions.  I also ended up tweaking my upper back and apparently now have something called Achilles Tendonitis.  So I’ve been surfing the Net to come up with lower impact cardio exercises (Sorry Jillian, you mean evil wench).  As soon as the tendonitis goes away, I found a really nice park to walk in.  I found a 20 minute workout you can do sitting in a chair that uses resistance bands and works the entire body.  Now, I just have to start doing it.

I noticed that some food is low-cal but highly processed (see Hungry Girl on the Food Channel).  I’d be skinny but glow in the dark.    Some are fully vegetarian, but high in calories (do you know how fattening nuts are?).  And to make it even harder, I’m allergic to fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Everything has to be cooked.  This, however, is usually easy to accommodate.

What I’ve found out is that I can’t beat myself up when I mess up.  If I do, then I’m more likely to give up in the long run.  I know it’s going to be difficult, but something in my head went “click” and wants to do this.  So, here’s to a fitter (hopefully leaner) me.

Oct. 1, 2012 7:05 pm
hi chop! welcome to the food world. this is a very helpful site. check the recipe buzz. i'm the guy sitting on the sidelines saying dumb stuff. i understand your frustration with an addicition. you have chosen to do something about it. that's the difference with folks that want to change a habit. everyone has habits/ compulsions. some are beneficial, some not. you may look like a model but are attracted to scumbag drug-dealers, maybe a smoker, doper, drinker. a clothes horse...but everyone has something that really pushes their endomorphins into high gear. everything in moderation, of course, but i want it all NOW. to see your "problem" and then admit it is an excellent start. when your itch rears its ugly head read your blog. use all your friends that you love, gain support. as i've said...the recipe buzz is an excellent source of real people and questions are answered quickly from many folks from different areas of the world with knowledge you may find informative. good luck on your journey. keep a journal and let us know how it's going.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:48 am
Aloha Chop Suey! Missed your face kid. Sounds like you are really trying to make changes. I can so relate cuz I put on extra weight when we moved to Vegas (buffets) and have NOT taken it off yet. That being said, I love Leslie Sansone's walking aerobic videos. Simple and low impact and IF I stick to them, I lose weight :) Glad to see you here again. My
Oct. 3, 2012 4:28 pm
Mahalo gderr and Julie. Yep, it's been awhile since I posted. I've been playing with my iPhone. :-) Did you have another one of your Allrecipes get-togethers, Julie?
Feb. 11, 2014 4:09 pm
Hi Chop, Read your blog after reviewing your recipe. I also have a problem-only opposite of yours. I have a hard time eating. Not anorexic-just issues-who knows. Anyway, Jillian is indeed a big meanie. I have had many friends who did have luck with weigh loss with a vegetarian diet. My sister lost half her weight. I was once a vegetarian. It's great-just more expensive. I didn't do it for health reasons-just didn't want to eat other living beings. After seeing what happened to poor Marius the giraffe-I need to go back there. It forces you to be really creative. Wish you luck-thanks for the great veg recipe. I'm on my way back there thanks to Marius and all the people who submit great tasty veg. recipes.
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About Me
I grew up in a multiethnic household which reflects in the foods I eat and prepare. When my sons were little, cooking was more a chore;however I did bake more for them. Now foods they grew up on are what brings them home. We eat just about everything. Yet for some strange reason I married the world's pickiest eater. Imagine that. He definitely didn't marry me for my cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook big hearty meals with lots of sides-- enough to last several days at least. Some times it's Hawaiian. Some times it's soul food. Some times it's Asian. It also depends in what's on sale. ;-)
My favorite family cooking traditions
One son cooks on Tuesday. That works for me. My husband cooks steak and lobster for everyone on Valentine's Day. Good times to be had by all.
My cooking triumphs
I can put a meal for 6 on the table faster than Lindsey Lohan can get arrested.
My cooking tragedies
I've had all the cooking tragedies--cremated unidentified objects, using salt instead of sugar, over salted watery sauces, peculiar non-encore worthy wrongcoctions. But if you ask my son, the worst thing is that I can't duplicate his favorite mac and cheese. Since I don't usually measure and I grab whatever strikes my fancy, or is on sale, I have no idea what I did.
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