No recipe works as well as this one. Some get obsessed with fitness stats. That works until you have a injury. Some get obsessed with a national weight loss program. That works until it gets boring. I got obsessed with photographing vegetables. This shall work until it doesn’t and then I’ll have to obsess about something else. One thing it won’t ever be? Fitness stats. I lost .9 this week because I ate kale and walked like a maniac. My knees did not like it.
A two day visit to NYC resulted in .6 oz at the Tuesday Weigh-In. There are times when a + should be considered a -. This was one of those times. I call it the short ribs miracle. Short Ribs are on the autumn menus of many restaurants.
I took this shot leaving Penn Station on 8th avenue. For New England Patriot fans, that’s Tom Brady on the building in the background!
It’s Labor Day in the United States. Traditionally, each Labor Day for most of my life, I’d say “I’m going on a diet. Tomorrow.” Some “tomorrows” I did, some I didn’t. But, whatever the outcome, it was not a long lasting one as I always found myself on a succeeding Labor Day or a New Year’s Day or my birthday saying, ” I’m going a diet. Tomorrow. No, really. I am”.
I posted on my Facebook page today for Waving or Drowning this quote, “I’m going on a diet. Tomorrow.” I know there are others out there doing and saying the same thing.
The difference this Labor Day is that I’ve managed to keep the weight off (62 pounds) for several years, but each day, I still say the same thing to myself, “Tomorrow”– I’m going to eat better. I’m going to track what I eat. I’m going to make that black bean and quinoa recipe and throw out those Whoopie Pies I bought to photograph for work (wink-wink). The weight is gone, but I still need to go on a diet. Science can explain it. Living it?
It is why I created this magazine–to bring humor and creativity to the labors of this 24/7 struggle. I need to challenge my creative spirits each flippin’ day to keep consumption within bounds (food, Apple products, dahlia tubers, scarves, oh, the beat goes on and on). Boredom is not Tomorrow’s friend. That’s all I know for sure, Oprah. And, in fact, it is the total summary of my diet wisdom this Labor Day 2012.
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Who says you have to be active to lose weight? I lost 4 0z. Of course, I did weigh several outfits on the food scale before I left to be weighed in. The lightest summer dress made the cut. I play these foolish games every damn week. I’m supposed to get feedback from another system of tracking my activity tomorrow. The most I can hope for is a category called, “Active Sitter”. That could be one of the funniest terms I’ve ever heard.
In 2009, I began to photograph the vegetables and fruits that previously had been rare visitors to my kitchen. I found them to be amazingly beautiful and interesting and rivals to some of my flowers. Now, it is not unusual if I buy vegetables and fruit to photograph first and, secondarily, to eat. I think they taste better after being photographed.