2 Milestones Weight and Fullness

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I have just hit a loss of more than 25 lbs in the 6-ish weeks of the FAT Project.  This is great milestone for me as it is also the weight at which I began my last large weightloss with the WeightCare program  in 2008. At that point I ended up at 325 lbs and ran the Try-A-Tri Triathlon.  #clothesfittingbetter

The other big step for me occurred Friday night with the Calgary Public Library staff recognition event.  I had grabbed a plate of good food with lots of veggies and protein.  I had eaten some hummus and pita for an appetizer and for the first time in memory, I felt full midway through a meal.  I then had the wherewithal to stop, take a picture and give my plate to the server.

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I continue to feel empowered, in control and delighted that I could feel this in my body.

Fat Positive Friday #5 Fun article from the UK....

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I have pulled these five benefits of being overweight from the Telegraph article linked below. I discovered last night that I am a Type III classification Obese Adult(>40 BMI) and I am fairly sure these points don’t apply to me directly, but a man can dream!

1. Being overweight carries a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Yippee.  I have numerous family members who have struggled with several different types of arthritis. I have had some personal worries about this myself with achy hands and knees.  It never lasts very long and I have never determined any specific triggers.

2. Being overweight means you’re less likely to develop dementia

I have also had family issues here with my paternal grandfather, and this is a bit of a personal fear. Nice to know there may be a lipid army backing me up.

3. Being overweight can mean a stronger immune system

I totally don’t think this is true.  (At least anecdotally for me)  For years I was sick with a cold or flu at least once a month and missed a lot of school! Interestingly this has gotten better since we have had kids, probably because I have been exposed to each and every strain of cold and flu in existence.

4. Being overweight is linked to increased longevity and recovery time

Sweet and totally true for me (crossing fingers).

5. Being overweight can mean you’re better in the bedroom

Awesome and completely true!!!! 🙂

Check out the article:
5 Benefits of Being Overweight

Make Eating Pleasureable

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As I have ventured into the FAT Project over these last 5 weeks, the look and experience of food has become more vivid than at any other time in my life.  Taking the photos of my food help me log what I eat but it also changes what and how I eat. I am truly striving to make the experiences of consumption joyful and meaningful.

I have been so fortunate that the FATKitchen (My wife Christine) has been cooking such incredible meals and providing amazing food for me and our family.

The article below really strikes a chord with me.
CBC News

(The lead photo is of my youngest daughter enjoying a meal)

Menu Plan for November 14 – 20 Increasing the kid-friendly recipe arsenal

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We took the girls to the library last weekend and I started thinking about quick, healthy and satisfying dinners that the whole family would enjoy.  While Paul took the girls to the play area, (yes, our awesome libraries have areas dedicated to imaginative free play!) I set off to find a few cookbooks that might provide some inspiration.

In my travels through the stacks I found, ‘No Whine with Dinner, 150 healthy, kid-tested recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms’ by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD (M3 Press, 2011).  I didn’t even flip through the book before scooping it for my pile; the title spoke to my evening meal plight.

This week is a busy one for Paul – we will miss him for three of our weeknight dinners – so I figured it was the perfect time to try some kid-tested, healthy recipes that the adults might enjoy too. I found three in this book to try: Veggie Patch Tofu Pie, Mini Meatloaf Muffins and Coconut Chicken Fingers.  Stay tuned to find out if they end up in my recipe arsenal or whether they didn’t pass muster with my taste-testers.

 

Menu Plan November 14 – 20

Saturday – Tilapia Tacos

Sunday – Argentinian Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Bread and Broccoli

Monday – Veggie Patch Tofu Pie (p 113), Biscuits, Zucchini and Carrot Spiral Saute

Tuesday – Mini Meatloaf Muffins (p 88) with Mashed Potato and Cauliflower

Wednesday – Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potato and Broccoli

Thursday – Coconut Chicken Fingers (p 78), Quinoa, Frozen Veggies

Friday – Pan Fried Flounder, Roasted Potato and Carrots

 

Grocery List

Lime

Lettuce

Garlic

Baby Spinach

Parsley

Lemon

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Tomato

Cucumber

Coleslaw Mix

Bananas

Mango

Eggs

Salt

Onion Powder

Dijon

Yellow Cornmeal

Silken Tofu

Extra Lean Ground Beef

Chicken Breast

Ham or Turkey (sandwiches)

Frozen Flounder or Sole

Fish for Tacos

Flank Steak

Parmesan Cheese

Sour Cream

Cottage Cheese

Greek Yogurt

Bread