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Fat eating, thin eating

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oh, the video has nothing to do with this entry; I just find it amusing.

Now, fat eating versus thin eating. It's like this.

Fat eating is something that probably everyone here has done at some point or another. It's characterized by, hmm:
* Fast eating
* Very little conversation
* Sugar, salt, fat, fizz and carbs dominate, plus lots of meat
* Foods that are (usually) easy to make or at least are packaged that way
* Blandness (except for salt and sugar)
* Sameness
* Little to no creativity in presentation -- it's all compressed meats, buns, straight cut fries
* Quantity emphasized over quality

Thin eating is characterized by:
* Slow and easy eating
* Lots of conversation
* A variety of tastes, textures and ingredients.
* Foods that have to be prepared with some creativity or invested time
* Flavors like sour, bitter, umami, herbs
* Variations
* Creativity in presentation -- colored sauces, crunch, smoothness, flat food, tall food, both local and exotic ingredients
* Quality emphasized over quantity

Fat food is chili cheese fries, Cokes, Big Macs. Thin food is Caesar salad (which is actually kinda fatty), fresh-squeezed orange juice, tuna tartare.

Thin food doesn't have to be sophisticated. A baked potato is thin food. And it doesn't have to take forever to prepare. A stir fry with chicken doesn't take a lot of time, either and it's still thin food.

I dunno, maybe I'm too preachy with this entry. I just see too many folks falling off the wagon for McDonald's. There's a lot that's so much better out there. I'm remembering that, rediscovering that. I'm tired of the salt-fat-sugar parade. I want more out of life.

But I still wanna do the Safety Dance.

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JESPAH 3/19/2008 7:11PM

    Thank you and it was my pleasure! :)

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WANT2BEFIT3 3/19/2008 10:23AM

    Hey Jespah. I know this is a day late and probably a dollar short but thanks for responding to my blog.

Yours is very interesting I may add. I'm trying really hard to stay with it and not get sidetracked. I did go to the gym last night and will be going again tonight.

Again thanks for the encouragement and GO SOX!!!!

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It's free, it's free.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Erin go bragh and all of that.

Here in Boston, where there are more Irish folks than anywhere else in the US, it's all green, all the time -- and today I'm resisting homemade Irish soda bread and scones. A nice sentiment, to be sure, but no thanks. 'Sides, I am anything but Irish -- I'm a nice Jewish gal with origins in mostly Eastern Europe, plus a little Spanish to add, er, interest. So, ĦArriba!

I also learned today that I'll need to deal with making my own lunch for a training class on Friday, because the only choices will be pizza and more pizza. Oof.

But enough of the bad news. The good news is that I had another week of losing more than 5 lbs.! Right now I'm at 27.6 lbs. off, AKA 46% of the way to my late September Bar Mitzvah goal. Looks like I will make that goal, or close to it. I'm not only happy about that but I'm also pleased that I seem to have a decent handle on my pace. Therefore I feel that the goals I have set are reasonable and I can definitely make them.

Speaking of goals, my next goal is to get a stability ball and learn how to use it. The more variety I have in my life, the less likely I am to hit a plateau and/or get bored.

PS The clip is for some Irish rock. Of course the ultra cheese factor of the video made it today's logical quirky choice. Enjoy, my cheese-loving friends!

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JESPAH 3/18/2008 5:36AM

    Yay Scolly!

Yeah, it was sweet stuff all day yesterday. Kept walking by it and telling myself it was poison. Hey, I lie to myself. But it works ....

Keep up the great work!

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SPARKNMOM 3/17/2008 11:18PM

    Wow...amazing weight loss!! Great job! I had lots of sugary stuff thrown my direction today...but I was able to resist...woohoo me!!

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For Goodness' Sake

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Actually I'm only adding the link because I worked out to it yesterday. Nothing like doing preacher curls to the Swinging Blue Jeans' only real hit.

Once again, I am a sucker for a cheesy video.

In the meantime, we're going computer shopping this weekend. And maybe, just maybe, I'll get a stability ball. Dunno yet.


Slip On, Into Any Disguise

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Today's cheesefest video is brought to you by the fact that I tried on my trenchcoat last night, and it's about 2 (or more) inches too big around the waist and stomach, after buttoning.

I need new clothes!

But I try to be frugal so right now it's discount land for me. Today I ordered a few tops and a blazer, ostensibly for autumn though I may be wearing them earlier than that. They are 3 sizes smaller than the clothes I am wearing today.

PS I'm a sucker for a cheesy video, particularly from the '80s. There will be more. ...

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JESPAH 3/16/2008 10:43AM

    Ha, that's too funny -- I tend to clap while driving. I should stop doing that. :)

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SPARKNMOM 3/15/2008 9:29PM

    HA! Apparently I'm a sucker also. I went to the link and when they got to the part when they clap, I also clapped, but my laptop fell off my lap onto the floor. I have to control my clapping or get a better grip on my computer! LOL Hubby just looked at me like I'm nuts...which I am. He also said he remembers this song done by the muppets on Sesame Street...huh...

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Little Darling

Friday, March 14, 2008

It's been a long, cold, lonely (well, not really, but it's in the lyrics) Winter.

And I'm freakin' sick and tired of it!

But it's getting better. Today started off sunny and not too bone-chillingly cold. Then while I was on the bus, the cloud cover started to turn from slate to sky to a color kind of like persimmon. There were horizontal striations; the whole thing looked a little like what it might look like when you look at the sky from the surface of Jupiter. When you're looking at the Jovian sky, that is.

I'm very sick of Winter, and so is everyone around me, and it doesn't help when, week in and week out, at least half of the nights go down to below freezing. Per the Weather Channel, it's colder than the norm so this isn't all in my head.

But -- and I risk jinxing things by saying this -- it hasn't snowed in quite a while. Perhaps next week I can finally shed my glove liners, and maybe my scarf if I'm really feeling ambitious.

I feel like ice is slowly melting.

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JESPAH 3/14/2008 5:35PM

    Ah, I'm glad you like it. I love that song, and loved George the most of the four. Paul was never really "the cute one" for me. I think I like "Across the Universe" the most of all of their tunes.

At home, though, we're big Who fans. I think we own everything they ever recorded, even as solo artists. This means even stuff by John Entwhistle.

And -- grey skies -- oof --- so far so good right now and it's still light! W00p!

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BEKAH082 3/14/2008 12:20PM

    It's been a long winter in Seattle as well! Last summer we really didn't have a summer - it was cold and cloudy most of the time and then we got lots of rain and gray skies over the winter. Your YouTube link made me smile. Here comes the sun!

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SISNAMIL 3/14/2008 11:47AM

    I know what you mean, we were affected by the ice storm in December that had over 1/2 million people without power. I am just now starting to really thaw out.

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