Last year, I attempted to grow a basil plant and a dill plant. The dill plant did not fare so well, and most of the basil plants died, but two of them stuck around. My new apartment has a lot more natural sunlight exposure than the old one, so the basil is doing better even with the reduced light in winter than before, when the best I could provide was grow lamp. Continue reading “planting more things”
Something that I wanted to do as part of my lifestyle change was to get in better shape. I was, and still am, convinced that exercise alone won’t fix your weight problems. You also have to change what you eat to lose weight. That being said, I do think that exercise is helpful. For me, exercise relieves stress and just makes me feel better in general. Continue reading “go to the gym? me?”
The coolest thing right now is that after losing almost fifty pounds, people are noticing my weight loss and they are commenting on it. That feels good, and makes me realize that I am changing my life for the better. Sometimes, people ask me what I am doing to lose all the weight. I tell them that it’s pretty simple: I eat less and exercise. Essentially, that is what I’m doing, but it is a bit of a high overview. To be honest, I don’t have a traditional diet in mind when I decided to lose weight. I’ve read about lots of diets and they all seem to either fail after a while or cause health problems. I didn’t want this to happen to me, so I came up with my plan. Continue reading “a new diet”
I’m an engineer. I went to Electrical Engineering school, and they gave me a piece of paper that says I can call myself an engineer. I even took a really annoying test (the Fundamentals of Engineering) so I can call myself an Engineer-in-Training. Because of this background, I like to collect data on things. After coming up with an idea on how to accomplish my weight loss goal, I figured that the only way to ensure I was making progress was to make a record of my progress. Continue reading “tracking my progress”
I kicked off my diet in late July by cutting out soda and cutting down on alcohol intake, but I knew that this probably wouldn’t be enough. I had to come up with some semblance of a plan to lose 170lbs. In fact, at this point, I didn’t even have a goal other than ‘weigh less’. All I really knew was that I weighed too much and I needed that to change. Continue reading “the plan”
I had some leftover turkey in my refridgerator and a bunch of veggies I needed to cook, so I decided to make a stew. I’ve formatted this recipe a little different. Enjoy!
They include: Carrots, Scallions (Green Onions), Turkey, 2 cans of Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Chinese Five Spice, Ground Ginger, Thyme, Rosemary, Celery Seed, Salt, Minced Garlic, Pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cornstarch and Rice.
During the holidays, it’s easy to forget the point of the season. All the rushing around, buying of gifts and cooking of food consumes our time, and sometimes we never get a chance to slow down and enjoy this time. Try to slow down, spend time with your loved ones and remember why we all celebrate Christmas.
In mid-July I finally decided that I was tired of weighing as much as I did. This time, however, was different. I actually did something about it. I will start writing about my experience of weight loss here. Maybe it will inspire somebody else, or maybe my story will just provide a nice read. One thing is for sure: I’ve still got a long way to go. I started at 350lbs; I currently weigh around 310lbs; and I’m shooting for about 180lbs.
Let’s start at the beginning.
I hope that you have lots to be thankful for today. Here’s a dessert recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake that you might like. A friend and I made it last night for Thanksgiving.
I made this a couple weeks back. It was fantastic. It’s very, very good despite the fact that there is no meat in it. Arrabbiata sauce is a spicy tomato sauce–it’s probably my favorite no-meat red sauce. I’m sure mine wouldn’t count as a “true” arrabiata if you ask an Italian, but it’s still very tasty.
I will make this one night, and then eat it for lunch the next 2 or 3 days. This stuff is great reheated; the flavors seem to be mixed together even better! Continue reading “spaghetti alla arrabiata”