My Weight Loss Journey

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My Weight Loss Journey

Even today, I’m not certain how I managed to lose 27 pounds in seven months. I suppose it was all my own fault and I shouldn’t have gone out to dinner with one of my friends. All I know is that I finished making my belly bounce! (Maybe that means I did it right?)

Here are all of the recipes I made during the 4 months that I kept the water-only diet, so you can see the progress!


This sandwich is sort of a little panda-themed dish. As you can see, it was totally modified from the “Chinese Baby Food Chicken Salad” from Donna Summer. This was my inspiration. Donna was a friend of a friend, and because she’s a photographer, I have a lot of photos of her taken at music events. These shots feature her eating food while looking fabulous. The top photo is actually a copy of the first, below the glass. Unfortunately there are very few inverted photos of the first one. Because most of the swaning is going on in the back, there is less chance of the bottom showing up in the photo.

The ingredients are the same, except I removed the Chinese pickles, red pepper, and anchovy paste for a little more authenticity. I simply sifted powdered sugar and dried egg into the mix. Oh…and a new leaf of lettuce and a bunch of fresh, raw kale for flavoring.


It was this salad that really brought a smile to my face. It was incredibly delicious. And light enough for me to eat lunch during a cold, snowy day. And it was my lunch, not that of a friend, who had asked me to share it.

I made a massive batch, and I am sitting here in the U.S. alone and struggling to decide where to get the second taste.

This salad is delicious paired with some bright fruits and hard-boiled eggs or shrimp and grits. It’s also perfect for when you don’t have time to chop everything up. It is so easy to prepare, and they really pack the flavor in the dressing.

This salad is very forgiving, and anyone can change it up just a little bit. Some fresh herbs and olive oil, perhaps a red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. You can really add whatever flavors you’d like; you can even just use straight red tomatoes, and they’ll still taste great.

I hope you enjoy this, and we’d love to hear your suggestions for new ways to use it. We love to hear from you!

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“Imperial Liability”

Even though it was cold and overcast, I got out my fishing pole and a few logs to skeet up some trout. And one of those trout was taken.

A beautiful, chocolate brown trout, about 12 inches long. I was pretty pleased, and even more pleased to have such a good catch. This is one of my favorite species, which I do not know very much about.

I could see that I did not have the most delicate presentation. The lure would have to be fastened to a good hard surface, if it was to come out unscathed. Tied on the bottom, then put a few good dings on the hook to work it into the gills.

This is the way I was taught. The more hooks on the line, the more chances for a fish to get snagged. Then they can die when they are pulled in.

So I made a few casts, letting it run just a little, then reeling it in. Mostly, this is to get the lure into the fish’s eyes and mouth. That way they do not see you coming with your net. This was not the way it worked that day.

In the end, I found out that there is much more to it than that.


The next dish is a raw dish in preparation of the holiday of Sinterklaas.

It is a mixture of carrots, onions, cauliflower, artichoke hearts, and zucchini served in a crêpe on a bed of Parmesan cheese.

While the ingredients were good, the quantity of food in this dish was quite a bit. Once the carbs and calories from the carbs and calories from the cheese in this dish are considered, I would rate it in the lower ranges of healthiness.

After a couple of bites, you can tell that not all raw food is created equal.

“Reliable Material”

And a ham…with everything on it! Mmm…I want it!

And before anyone could even really realize that this was not the best look for this day, I had tweeted out a number of snaps of my green-stash to see what else I might have managed to hide away. And lo, it was found…my omelette, over-sized Ziploc bags of liquid lunches, pepper spray, a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, various travel-sized liquids, extra phone chargers, a super-glued wallet (just in case), a picture of Kanye, a pencil case…the list goes on and on.

“Ordinary Deviation”

Lastly, the main dish is a coq au vin, and yes, there is fish in the dish.

While this was a nice change of pace, it was simply a simple seared cod, which was accompanied by baby carrots, celery, and an herb gravy, but the dish wasn’t memorable, and in our minds, a coq au vin is not the ideal dish to have for the best meal of the trip.

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