Nice dramatic title but considering I am horrible about blogging (hey only so many hours in the day!!)...
So I had a team mate on South Beach post her "fat" picture online a couple weeks ago, admitting how darn hard it was to do that. I realized that I could totally relate since I am camera phobic. The only good pictures of me is one taken if I don't know it was snapped. But it also reminded me that I don't have a "pre SB" picture here so I went looking. My brother in Alaska got married 6/2006. I attended the wedding and remember shopping to find something appropriate to wear. One - I don't wear heels anymore. Hell I don't wear dresses anymore (and will not ever again so consider yourself warned)! I went shopping and had to shop at Lane Bryant to find something I felt I could be comfortable with - wearing a size 18. I was probably around 175ish in this picture. I started South Beach 1/2007 and weighed 188lbs - and had gone shopping and had to buy a size 20 in pants.
Now I didn't see this picture until I had been on the diet for several months (ie over a year after it was taken) because well that is how my brother and I roll on our correspondence..hahaha. My family opened up the copy of the wedding album and we all saw my pic and went WHOA!!!! Nobody had really realized how overweight I really was until we saw the difference in me from then...to (at the time) 35 pounds later.
Now 50plus pounds later I think it is a bit more evident and a reminder to me of how far I have come and where I do not want to revisit. I still am quite shy about pictures but I am going to work on getting a picture of me that is more "whole bod shot" - even if it means cam pic time. I need to do that to keep me on track. That constant reminder of how far I have journeyed - that it CAN be done and it takes time, work, and perseverance!
So the contraption above is evil. When we started our challenge, I was up to 5 minutes twice a day. My goal for the 8 weeks was to reach 10 minutes which I thought was reasonable. But somehow I seemed to be stuck at 6 minutes. Let me tell you, you CAN feel this in your quads and backside! Abe likes to stand next to me - as if we are walking. Except he doesn't move at all but he makes it clear that in my flailing around the machine, I could exercise my arms and PET him. Such a motivator! Well today there was nothing on television to distract me so I decided to turn on one of my favorite stations and ended up hearing one of my favorite songs by Portishead that just happen to have enough beat to it. So I decided I wasn't going to stop until the song was over. Most of their songs are 5 minutes long. This was enough for me to push through and hit the 10 minute mark! Clearly music is what I need to ignore the screaming thighs - duly noted fitness gods. Now to see if I will be able to walk in a couple hours and if I will be able to do it twice a day!
I am a mushroom fan. I will eat POUNDS of them over meat. When the rains hit, it is time for the mushrooms to hit the markets (and the woods). I got to go mushroom picking with a friend and came across one of my favorites: lobster mushrooms. Now technically lobster mushrooms aren't really mushrooms. They are a parasitic fungus that grows on a host mushroom, turning them red and rendering the original mushroom unidentifiable. Sounds yummy right?!?
Well they are yummy. Very meaty with a slight gaminess from growing in the forest. I usually end up slicing them thin, sauteing it with garlic and olive oil and some spices. I use to eat them with spaghetti but yesterday I ate them as a side dish. All 4 1/2 cups of them! Hey I did mention that I could eat pounds didn't I?
I took a mushroom free day today but tomorrow I have chanterelles to eat! Yup mushroom heaven!
We have officially left the warm summer days behind. Yesterday we had torrential rains and a huge tree came down, the first but undoubtedly not the last of the rain/storm season. I took Abe for a walk in the rain. He would run ahead, duck under the eaves or a tree to get out of the rain and wait patiently for me to catch up. He isn't happy with this rain business and well I can relate. It is definitely putting a hamper on our walking mileage. I busted out the WATP dvds and did 3 miles while he laid on the bed and watched amusingly. I got on the stair stepper and did 10 minutes. Abe stood beside me while I did it, looking like he was "walking" with me. Oh yeah - it is going to be a long winter.
I decided to do a holiday challenge and try to get my weight to 130, adjusting my "maintenance" amount to 130-135. Not sure if I will make it but figured it would be nice to have a little more padding during the holiday season. I don't want to possibly see 140 on the scale - not that I can't lose it again but I just don't want to go there. Period!
Figs grow locally here in the Pacific Northwest but I have only had fresh figs once a couple years ago. I picked up a basket last week from our local market and really enjoyed it. So when the market got in 4 different kinds and on sale, I thought score! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I wanted to try each one to see the difference in taste. My girlfriend in St Louis was cursing me because she couldn't get any locally and she ADORES figs. I decided I would make her some jam with what I got. Off to the market I went and with the assistance of the produce manager, I came home with 6 pounds.
So today was canning day! I have 12 jars sitting on my counter cooling off. I think the prettiest (and tastiest) one is a strawberry colored one that has a touch of orange liquor in it. I still have another batch to process but I am tired. We shall see in a couple weeks whether the jam sets up or if it ends up to be a sauce. Either way it should be tasty. Oh and Abe decided he likes figs (like this surprises me considering he will eat anything!). His contribution was to lay in the middle of the kitchen waiting for anything to hit the floor.