A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

When I forget, all I need to do is remember


Staying in Control

There are times when the temptations are very difficult to resist. Today I was out on the road and I was very hungry. It was about 1:30 in the afternoon. Well past the normal lunch time and I had not eaten since breakfast at 6:45. I had my normal breakfast of a cup of cereal, cup of blueberries and half a cup of lactose free 2% milk. A little under 290 calories so I call it 300. A good way to start the day. I will sometimes eat lunch. Sometimes I don’t bother. Today I was HUNGRY. Eat my left thumb kind of hungry….

best pizzaThere was the pizza parlor. The sign said “VOTED BEST PIZZA IN TOWN THREE STRAIGHT YEARS: 2010, 2011, 2012!” Ohh so tempting…. I was half way towards convincing myself that I would go and have JUST ONE SLICE….

SO SO SO wanted to….

I was running all the excuses in my head, all the justifications, all the rationalizations..

You know that I am sure: I have worked hard today, I need the calories… I will go for a long long long walk on Saturday to burn it off… I DESERVE IT….

So easy to fall in to the trap…..

I didn’t. I stopped myself. I started to forget the disciplines I have put in place, the strictly controlled course I follow… I was so ready to tip in to the abyss.

But I stopped myself.

I stopped, I thought. I pictured the me of 16 months ago. I had started to forget but I didn’t. I remembered the me I was then. The 310-pound me. The 48-inch waist me. The Obese me. I stopped. I put the min d back to the place it needed to be.

I had a cup of pineapple and two McIntosh apples… It held me until dinner.

When I forget why I just stop and think and I remember why. I remember who. I remember what.

I remember the pledge I made to myself, to my children, to Missus. I pledged that I will never go back to that place, back to the 310 pound me. I would never do it, I would never forget.

When I forget, all I have to do is remember. Today was a close call. I will remember it.

WARM(er) Weather IS COMING!!

Going to get some miles on this soon!!

Going to get some miles on this soon!!

The forecast is for mid-50’s this weekend. I am so happy I could plotz (Google it). Saturday MAY be a long hike or a moderate distance bike ride with the club (40 miles), not sure which yet. Sunday will be a ride with the local bike shop. Short ride, 22 miles, but it will be a fun ride. I may also hike in the afternoon Sunday unless Missus wants some housework out of me…

I have been going slightly (ok, not so slightly) stir crazy with the cold weather. I love the hiking and I am glad that I can get out there and do it but I really want to ride. I have some long rides planned this year and I need to lay down the base miles and get ready for them.

WARM(er) Weather is Coming!!!

Just had to share.

Plans for the garden

One of the nice things about a house in the suburbs with a reasonably large yard is the ability to plant a garden and grown some of our own food. For years we planted tomato and pepper plants but the last three we have not as disruptions in our life made it questionable if we would be in the house at harvest time.

Now that our situation seems to have settled somewhat and our diet progressing ever closer to vegetarian… WE are planning a garden again.

This one will be larger and more ambitious than any we have grown before.

Yummmmm   LOVE tomato....

Yummmmm LOVE tomato….

Tomatoes of three or four varieties, hot and sweet peppers, red and golden beets, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, both summer and winter varieties, and herbs. We may decide on other plants as well but that is the plan right now.

We are looking at a plot 20 by 30 feet or so. We are now in pursuit of a roto-tiller we can rent or borrow…

I expect I will write more about this as we move along…


4 thoughts on “When I forget, all I need to do is remember

  1. I will think of this blog entry the next time I am tempted by food cravings. Keep up the good work, and good luck with the garden.

  2. Just stumbled across your blog… very nice! We are in the same boat with our garden this year– last year we grew just a few things, and this year we are going bigger (10×20 plot.) We rented a rototiller from Sunbelt–it was relatively inexpensive, and we had it Saturday-Monday AM. Good luck!

  3. Whew! The bead was sweating on my brow at the pizza.

  4. Hi Mark. You’ve talked about your love of pizza a couple of times, and I know you love cooking. Why don’t you make your own? It’s the toppings, especially cheese and meat, and the thickness of the base, that make pizza a no no. Otherwise, a small portion with salad is a healthy meal – and should satisfy your cravings. AND let you be kind to yourself for a change.

    I make a thin base (2/12 cups plain flour, 2/3 cup lukewarm water with 1 tsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar dissolved in it, salt and a tablespoon of oil optional) in the food processor, leave it to rise and knock it back. The original recipe made this into one base, but I divide it in 2, and roll each half to make 2 thin bases. I have 2 x 30cm pizza trays, I lay baking paper on them, and spread out the dough on them. At this stage, I often freeze one base for later.

    There are lots of low calorie toppings. The main thing is to think of them as toppings, not fillings (the Italians don’t cover every inch of pizza with stuff anyway). Tomatoes obviously, but other vegetables work well. You can add a smear of tomato paste or pesto if it doesn’t seem tasty enough, but you don’t need nearly as much on it as you would think.

    A favourite for me is hot smoked salmon, spinach, spring onions, crumbled feta cheese and capers. Or 4 Seasons – artichokes, olives, mushrooms and ham (go easy on the ham).

    Bake in the hottest oven you can manage – mine goes to 460°C. I’ve got a pizza stone which heats in the oven, lift the dough using the overlapping baking paper, and whack it on the stone to cook. It takes about 10 minutes.

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