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Mara57
Editor and publisher of FETCH the Paper, for Bay Area Pets and Their People
Interests: Cooking, travel, movies, dogs, my home, personal growth.
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"In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity “ego clinging.” ... Often the first blow to the fixed identity is precipitated by a crisis. When things fall apart in your life, you feel as if your whole world is crumbling. But actually it’s your fixed identity that’s crumbling."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at constant craving
OK, I'll jump in. I hate snow and ice. I hate muggy summer weather. Also, I have a hard time with the rampant conservatism that exists in most places except Ann Arbor. There is a lot of beauty in Michigan. I miss the Ann Arbor Farmers Market on a crisp fall non-football Saturday. I miss thunderstorms. And if one can work from home like you do, it helps with avoiding both the crappy weather and crappy bigotry / conservatism. But not everyone has that ability. I know many wonderful people from Michigan. Many of us live in northern CA now. :-)
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I've composed this blog entry oh, about a thousand times over the past many months. Today I finally put a few words into pixels. If I wrote enough... many, many words... could I truly express the ways in which my life has (sometimes by me, sometimes by external forces) been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at constant craving
I know I struggle with this when there's less and less light each day, and the chill in the air gets me craving comfort food. Looks like all we need is a little serotonin... here's how to get some! Source: Self.com Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at constant craving
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Been struggling lately and certainly not eating in a way that supports weight loss. One day about 10 days ago I stepped on the scale midweek, and saw "199.5" which scared the bejeezus out of me. (I didn't report it here because the only weight that counts is my Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at constant craving
In the last week, I have had three people suggest that I write a book about my weight loss journey. These people have been reading Constant Craving and variously described me as "an amazing writer," "inspiring" and their "hero," among other things. Then on Friday, in two separate incidents, people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at constant craving
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As of my last weekly weigh-in, I am at 200 lbs. As someone who's been above 200 pounds for well over half of my life (I haven't had a weight in the 100s since at least the late 1970s) it's astonishing to be on that particular precipice. Being obese is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at constant craving
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It's been three hectic weeks since my last update. August's been busy, mostly with the stuff of life, and some grand fun thrown in. Since the last time I posted, which was to lament a weight gain, I've been focusing more on career and financial health than physical health. Which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at constant craving
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No matter how much we understand that the scale is not necessarily a true barometer of how "good" or "bad" we've been, there's nothing like seeing your weight go up to get your head spinning 'round. Midweek I weighed myself and saw that I'd gained 6 pounds.Yikes! By today (Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at constant craving
Good friends of mine who are ALWAYS struggling with weight issues came over for dinner last night. They said I could provide veggies but they would bring their own meat because they are on Nutrisystem. One of the entrees they brought was a "grilled beef patty" that comes room temp in a box, listed high fructose corn syrup as ingredient #2 (I guess we should thank god that beef was #1) and is prepared by sitting in a bath of boiling water for 2 minutes before eating. Sort of like one of those sponges that you put in water so it can become usable. All this rather than letting me make them a small beef patty on my grill, from organic beef, seasoned with fresh herbs and spices. They want the pill, I guess, not real food. After claiming that this beef "wasn't bad" they said they need this "system" for portion control. Please hit me upside the head if I start eating beef out of a box with HFCS added to it!
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Ahhh, Sundays. The day I usually go to water aerobics, fill my pill and vitamins cases for the week, pay bills, do laundry and shopping, set up meal plans, and generally try to put my life in order for the coming week. And weigh in. Today is no exception. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at constant craving
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All of the photos in this collage were taken within the last two years. The one on the right was taken today. Upper far left: Hawaii, 2008. Lower far left, 2008 at a cooking class. Upper left: February 2010, just prior to starting my pre-surgery diet.Lower left, March 2010, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at constant craving
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Try something new that's perfect for post-weight loss surgery eating. Ground lamb is seasoned and grilled, and served with a flavorful sauce with yogurt, cucumber, garlic and fresh mint. When you don't eat your burgers with a bun, you want extra flavor--and this one satisfies. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at constant craving
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The perfect vacation, in my mind, offers opportunities to explore new places, and revisit old favorites; to meet new people and also reconnect with loved ones who feed one's soul; to be active and push one's boundaries a bit beyond what we can do in our daily routine, and also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at constant craving
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Today is my first full day home after vacation. I haven't checked in on my weight loss in a while, so new stats are below. I found myself afraid to get on the scale this morning. I believed my food and activity were in good balance throughout my time away,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at constant craving
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Boy is this one ever delicious, and the seared tuna is wonderful post-weight loss surgery, as it's moist, soft and full of lean protein. I've adapted this from an Ina Garten recipe simply called Tuna Salad. But this is a new take on an old classic: the tuna is seared,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at constant craving
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Three months out from my Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, I have a bit of perspective on how the process has changed my life. In addition to being a kind of metabolic reset, the surgery also creates time and space for attitude and behavior adjustments that are needed to go forward. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at constant craving
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It's exactly three months now since my surgery.Life with my new "tool" is starting to feel more normal, I feel less like a patient and more like a person. I am trying new foods all the time, mostly with success. I've lost weight, and gotten more fit and active. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at constant craving
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A couple of months ago, I purchased a 20-count box of sugar-free frozen treats: Popsicles, Creamsicles, and Fudgesicles. I ate them sporadically but enjoyed them, especially the Fudgesicles. The box lasted several weeks. At times I worried a bit about eating them, but the nutritional stats on them are pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at constant craving
I hear you, Christie. I am grateful every day that my ins. company paid for PT for me earlier this year, that helped me overcome pain that was keeping me from just doing simple walking for exercise. In my lifelong struggle with my weight and body image, I find injury to be one of the most difficult challenges to overcome (behind only my mind and its little games). I can be on a great roll, making progress and feeling motivated, and then BAM! some injury intrudes. It's virtually impossible for me to not get depressed and give up. Right now I am doing water aerobics, stationary cycle, weights, and walking as my basic fitness plan. At this point I have some pain but nothing that prevents the movement I need to do those things. I know it's hard for you, and I give you kudos for getting out there today to try and see what you can do, and how it feels. Best of luck.
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May 29, 2010
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Sunday is weigh-in day.It's ten weeks since my weight loss surgery. Weight: 223 Difference from one week ago: -6 Difference from 2009 high: -73 Difference from all-time high: -91 Difference since weight loss surgery on 3/15/2010: -31.5 Average weekly loss since weight loss surgery: 3.15 lbs. No whining about slow... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at constant craving
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May 11, 2010
The capacity to stay in the present moment is key to ending the obsession with food. The past few weeks have shown me how difficult that is, as any food addict knows. Add to the baseline struggle I brought into this equation, the requirement of life after weight loss surgery that one carefully plan and monitor the intake of protein, carbs and fats, meal plans, vitamins, exercise, weight, and such, and some days my brain just wants to burst from all the obsession. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at constant craving
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Tomorrow is exactly six weeks from my surgery. I had a photo taken today so I could see for myself how my body is looking. Here's the photo, comparing me on Sunday, March 14 to today, Sunday, April 26. I think I am finally seeing a change in my body!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at constant craving