Day 022

Had a great trip to NYC.  Every year, we come to Manhattan before Christmas to enjoy the sites, catch a show, and eat some wonderful food. Though I still plan on proceeding forward with my plans for weight loss by age 40, I still will come here every year!!


Some of the highlights this year.

Chef Yu – Chinese food in Midtown (8th)

West Bank Cafe – Continental food in Theater District

Rocco’s – Amazing Italian pastries in Greenwich Village

Blaue Gans – German food in Tribeca

Rosemary’s - Italian food in the West Village

Thai Select – Thai food in Hell’s Kitchen


Keep rooting for me.  Prior to this trip, I had maintained my five pound weight loss.  We’re flying home tonight, preparing for two Christmases and will start working on meal planning for the new year.  Already have several weeks planned.  :)

Day 008

Weight: 300 lbs

Great week after planning meals. Meal planning is our best defense for over-eating.

Day 001 – 12-01-2013

Today is what I’ll call “day 1.”  I’m nearing my 38th birthday, overweight, have high blood pressure, and generally not satisfied with my physical appearance.  I am also a big time foodie that has no desire to give up great tasting food for bland, calorie-free food.  I’m going to focus on portion control, exercise, and reality.  The holidays are here and I’m not going to pretend that there is any hope of weight loss.  So, I focus on two types of weeks…weight loss weeks and maintain weight weeks.  From now through the first few days of January, I’ll be focusing on maintaining my weight.


Weight:  305 lbs

Dinner:  Pork medallions with a maple-mustard glaze, candied yams, and pickled red cabbage.  A small slice of baguette on the side.

Birthday in Kansas City

We are having a great weekend in the Kansas City area. My niece had her first birthday party tonight. Had some great BBQ for dinner. Oklahoma Joes BBQ. If you’re in the area, get some!!!

Sunday afternoon walk

With days getting shorter and the temperature cooler, we have to get out with the dog as much as possible.  We took advantage of a beautiful sunny day and drove up to Port Washington, WI.  The Ozaukee Interurban trail is a great place to get out and walk, jog, bike, etc.

Sunday afternoon walk

Hearty vegetable stew

This time of year, I love to eat butternut squash.  It’s sweet, orange flesh can be presented in so many different forms.  I usually make a mock mac & cheese with a roasted butternut squash sauce on brown-buttered spaetzle.  Last night, we had an impromptu vegetable stew.

The base was celery (1 stalk),

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Time for a change

It’s been a long time since I posted on my site. In the months away, I’ve built a garden, grew tons of produce, canned a ton, ate even more, lost weight, gained weight, started taking meds for high blood pressure and got that much closer to 40.

In fact, today marks 761 days until

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