Thursday, November 15, 2012
I get inspired by reading books by and about people dealing with obesity and weightloss. Most of us know who Carnie Wilson is: 1/3 of Wilson Phillips who made big hits in the 1990s! I really loved their music and have the 1st CD. She was the "fat" one in the group and the music industry people constantly tried to cloak her size in videos.
This book is pretty old and likely out of print--I picked it up at a book sale at my local library. Carnie tells of her lifetime of dealing with food addiction and being the fat girl. Like most of us, food was a big part of family life, celebrating and feeling good. Carnie had a voracious appetite all her life. She went to "fat" camp every summer for many years of her childhood where the greatest fun was finding ways to cheat on her diet with all the others cheating too. She went on all kinds of diets but lost weight but was never able to keep it off. By the age of 30, she was within a few pounds of 300. At this point she had met Rosanne Barr who had had bariatric surgery and gently encouraged Carnie to consider it. Carnie had been a voice for fat acceptance, but deep down, she really wanted to lose weight. At this time she decided to undergo the surgery and to broadcast it on the internet for the world.
She was able to lose about 150 pounds and control her eating for the first time in her life. The book ends and she's around 150 pounds and married and thinking about becoming a mother. She also is thinking about plastic surgery to remove excess skin and lift her breasts. The book has about 30 color pictures detailing her life from childhood to the point where she was at her slimmest and looking really fit and happy.
The book has a friendly "girlfriend" voice. Carnie Wilson pulls no punches regarding her marijuana dependency or her potty mouth. She doesn't blame anyone for her weight issues, but believes she used food to cope with feelings of sadness and abandonment due to her distant relationship with her famous father, Brian Wilson. She talks about how uncomfortable she felt when she was slim at last as she was so used to being in her obese body.
Many years ago, I read her 2nd book, I'm Still Hungry, which picks up where Gut Feelings leaves off. Carnie didn't stay at 150 pounds. She did stay married and had 2 children. I have caught her on reality programs as well as hosting The Newlywed Game. She has gained quite a bit of her weight back although i don't think she's back to 300 pounds. One thing she does that I think is a bad choice is making a business of baking. I think a girl like her who struggles with eating and food addiction should not be baking or have baking supplies (butter, sugar, flour) around the house. But Carnie has a very winning personality. I hope she'll keep popping up on television and letting her fans know how she's doing.
Since my mom had such adverse experiences following necessary surgery, I am very reluctant to have any kind of surgery that isn't absolutely necessary. Many people have selected bariatric surgery to help them finally lose weight and get a hold on food addiction. I have a few relatives who had it. They both did lose weight. One, who is my age, is clearly regaining her pounds. The other, who is in her 70s, is very disabled and in decline that began after she had the surgery. Despite my weight, surgery is not for me.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I feel like my weight loss is not going as I'd hoped with steady losing. I know I have not been perfect in my eating, water, tracking, or fitness, so I don't look to some other cause for this really slow progress or no progress or whatever you want to call it. Last night I went back to The Spark book and read a few pages. I have it on my phone. If you don't own this book, but you do have a smart phone or Kindle or some similar reading device, you might consider getting this book electronically. Then it's always convenient to read, and I didn't pay much to get it either (free, maybe?).
ANYWAY, going back to the book, I was reading about what to do for success. Two things I need to do: eat breakfast and eat 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables. I HAVE quite a few veggies and fruits around the house. I try to eat only one fruit as I think of them as sugary and carby. I need to make myself prepare and eat all those veggies though because soon I'll be throwing a lot of them away.
As for breakfast, the book says that the breakfast of choice for successful losers is oatmeal. I like oatmeal! I am going to make some today and load it up with some fruit.
Today my Spark Start page had an article about burning more calories during your workout. I am going to try some of the suggestions like wall squats with weights. My knees bother me when I do squats so that's one reason I don't do them. But I will try to do 12 of them and see.
My scale today reported I was back down to my lowpoint. I am glad and I'll celebrate by drinking a lot of water, doing more than usual Leslie Sansone, and eating oatmeal and veggies! Happy sparking, y'all!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I have kind of lost my Spark zeal. I haven't been tracking, doing fitness, or drinking water to the degree that I did. Today I intended to be back on the wagon and I ate wisely this morning and did my Leslie Sansone DVD. But I went to a soccer party and there was just too much temptation. I ended up noshing on cupcake frosting and pizza. We even enjoyed some wine! Oh well. I did some things right and there's always tomorrow. I hope to get in my water and fitness and proper eating then! Hope all of you are doing better!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
One of my Spark Friends blogged about making her own mu shu wraps and emphasizes the importance of the plum sauce. The friend's name is Amomentsnotice if you want to read the blog.
Have you ever shopped the Asian section of the grocery? A lot of the boutique ingredients come with high prices. I feel a little robbed to buy 6 ounces of something that costs more than 3 dollars just to put a spoonful into my pot. So I googled plum sauce recipes. I was initially intrigued to make my own using plum jam as a base--it seemed so easy! But I went to 3 groceries and scanned the shelves for plum jam--nada! I bet I would have been more successful if I lived near Amish Country in Pennsylvania. When I visited there, the Amish made jams and jellies from every kind of fruit you could imagine. Sadly this variety is not available on my grocery shelves. I ended up purchasing 6 plums and decided to figure it out from there.
I peeled and chopped up the plums and placed them in a small sauce pan. I sprinkled a tablespoon or two of sugar over them and poured in some merlot wine I had opened last weekend. I let them boil for a little while enjoying the spicy winey aroma. I added some water and let it boil down about 15 minutes. I added a crushed garlic clove, a bit of freshly grated ginger (1.5 inches maybe of a piece of fresh juicy ginger), a bit of sesame oil, a splash of rice vinegar, and salt. I pureed the ingredients using an immersion blender. I haven't had real plum sauce in quite a while so I can't remember the precise flavor of it, but mine tastes pretty good.
Thanks, friend, for the inspiration. I am glad to be able to use some of my pantry inventory to make a tasty sauce. Now I need to stir up the broccoli slaw in the wok and pull out the wrappers I bought when I made spring rolls and see what I can do!
Cooking is fun. I wish I had a person who liked to clean up after hanging out all the time, and maybe I'd do more of it!
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