Today I went to the doctor and, of course, I had to climb on that dreaded scale!
It read 70.5kilos, which is 155 pounds.
(70.5 multiplied by 2.2 for pounds)
Not bad considering I started out at 167 pounds.
Ok, I was a little shocked, shocked at how easy it was to lose 12 pounds in one month. Perhaps it is water weight?
When I decided to *really* do something about my weight, exactly 4 weeks ago,
I wanted to share the whole ugly fat truth and see what transpired. This is the result.
I don't think I have done anything special, I still drink my morning coffee with sugar and cream, I still indulge in coca-cola, I eat relatively well, and have been walking a little bit more, but nothing major, as I am a lazy person, something I am working hard to overcome. I still feel the same though.
My current goal is 135, however, for my height, it should really be 110, that's according to Rush University Medical Center. 110 pounds? REALLY? Egad! But, but, but.... I'm LATIN! One pound at a time, that is my motto!
3 New Things I have Learned
1. Avocados with balsamic vinegar and salt is the food of the GODS!
Directions: cut in half, take out the seed and pour the vinegar in the hole, add salt and eat with a spoon. Soooo good AND good for you!
2. One pound at a time!! Slow and Steady, baby.
3. I am OBESE!!! YAY! I am happy about that because I am NO LONGER MORBIDLY OBESE! At my HEAVIEST weight, I weighed 215 pounds, with a BMI of 42. Today, my BMI is 30.3 which puts me in the OBESE catagory, yet only .3 away from being OVERWEIGHT! Yeeehawwww! <--- That's my Texas coming out in me!
I recently received a letter from someone whose life long dream is to live in France. I didn't know how to respond since all the the voices in my head screamed at her at once, "NOOoooooooo."
If you wish to make the transatlantic jump to the land of Ohh la la, best be prepared.
First and foremost, France is a country of RULES... rules that seem to change and stay the same. France, and her people, have a long history, and no matter how hard you try, you CAN'T/WON'T change a system that has more than a million years of tradition.
I understand about living the dream, however, as with any dream, comes the reality!
Second, where will you live?
Paris?? too expensive. In the country?? -- be prepared to become a shut in.
Living in France, you become a realist, therefore think LONG and HARD before jumping ship.
When I first arrived, I had stars in my eyes and thought everything would be hunky-dory with my AmeriCAN do attitude, sadly, this is not the case. Unless you have millions of euros, be prepared to suffer. Suffer in a sense of experiencing things you never have before, things that seem like common sense to me and you, suddenly become complicated, and suffer in the attempt to speak the language WELL enough to be taken seriously, and also be discriminated against just because you are a foreigner.
Third, where will you live or renting a place? Your best bet is to find an American company that specializes in housing for foreigners, it's easier that way.
Perhaps I sound like a Negative Nelly, that is not my intention, because
France is sublime, however, I want you to know what you are getting into, so I will NOT sugarcoat or lie to you. It's not my MO.
Life is hard in France, and it takes a certain type of person to run, walk, crawl, beg and be carried through this country. For all the headaches and heartache France has given me, she has blessed me with the ability to endure. For that alone, I am eternally grateful.
Its been a little more than 3 weeks, and because I want to take this book seriously, I vow to take all of her advice, including an outline of my weekly eating plan.
Guiliano gives a ton of GREAT words of wisdom, which I find easy to follow, because I see, know and believe that it works. I have the proof all around me! But just because I live in France, doesn't mean it will not work for you! Earlier in the week, I discussed portion distortion, and gave you some great recipes for cooking at home.
I am here to help, if needed, hope I can rely on you too!
So, without much fanfare, I am giving you my meals and the emotions that went along with them.
Friday, January 19th
A mug and a half of coffee with sugar and cream
Small ham and butter baguette sandwich *feeling ill and wasn't hungry
Saturday, January 20th
coffee with cream and sugar
1 chicken drumstick
large salad with balasmic vinegar
* still feeling ill
Sunday, January 21st
coffee with cream and sugar
bowl of buttered pasta and sausage
*woke up very late due to not feeling well
Monday, January 22nd
coffee with cream and sugar
bread with strawberry jam
1 (coffee) mug of leek soup
bread and butter
*started feeling much better, still coughing and sneezing
Tuesday, January 23rd
ham and cheese sandwich
1 can of Coca-Cola
water *ate on the run today due to work
with firecracker green beans (see recipe under Miam Yum Nom!)
1 small piece of olive bread - soo good, its smaller than a twinke
1 glass of wine
then later, 1 can and a half of coca-cola
Wednesday, January 24th
coffee with sugar and cream
1 mug of leek soup
1 small coca-cola (I drank it while vacuuming!)
salad, tomatoes and mozarella, olives with balasmic vinegar -- sooo good!
leftover chicken breast with a large helping of green beans! MIAM!
sparkling water with lime
Thursday, January 25th
coffee with sugar and milk
small homemade fruit breakfast bar
coucous made with more chicken, raisins, pine nuts and veggies
sparkling water, 2 small cups of wine and 2 cups of coca-cola
half a cupcake with coffee
Friday, January 26th
half a mug of coffee with sugar and cream
meatball and cheese sandwich from Subway
half a bag of chips
half a medium coca-cola
** then about an hour of walking
small plate of deli meats (sausage) and cheeses and bread soooooo good!
half an order of a small fries
2 glasses of wine
1 glass bottle of coca-cola
** went salsa dancing this evening! had a great time and won at the raffle!
As I review my weekly plan, yes, I notice I consume A LOT of sugar.
I feel I could cut back on my soda intake, and instead insert sparkling water, which will not only save me calories, but $$€€ money as well! A liter and a half of coca-cola is 1.29€, whereas a liter of Perrier is .60 centimes.
Here is to another week!
When in doubt, shout it out!!!
A really good friend of mine recently posted this on my Facebook page. It was too cute not to share.
My Friday's Love List is dedicated to him. His name is Mike and I love him. We shared some good times together in Las Vegas, the scar is barely visible now!
So, here is your reminder that YOU ARE FABULOUS and when in doubt, shout it out!!
Have a good weekend and Be Safe!!!
I'm not wearing any make up!
This week I have been focusing on what the book (French Women Don't Get Fat) describes as, 'everything is a matter of balance.'
Yes, I have eaten my favorite foods, I've been adding more veggies to my meals, drinking more water, blah, blah, blah. However, one trick the book is adament on is BALANCE.
I have found my 'balance' so to speak! Nothing, food wise, for me is out of bounds. Perhaps, I may (or may not) take smaller portions or eat more of one thing than another, YET I 'make up' for it some other way by either eating more healthy for dinner (or the next 2 days) or going on a longer walk with my sweet puppy in the city. I am making a habit and the effort of doing mental additions and deductions in my head, which I figured would be time consuming, but no, not really.
Need an example? Ok!
When I wake up, I reach for my coffee mug and brew myself a long espresso. I drink it with sugar and cream, and really take the time to enjoy my cup. After I finish drinking it, I make sure I put that java to work by moving around, by organizing the house to cleaning it to an afternoon walk to a quick bike ride to the grocery store. IT ALL COUNTS!
This week's stats:
January 23, 2013
Weight last week: 167
Weight this week: 164
How am I feeling?
Better, thank you, and more comfortable, not over-obsessing about food or drink.
It's a nice feeling!
Three New Things I Learned this Week:
1. My husband can carry me now!
I am sharing this with you because it has NEVER happened to me before. Earlier in the week, my sweet husband swept me off my feet! No, really, he carried me, like something out of a trashy romance novel. It was really exciting.
I have always been too fat for him to carry, however that has changed. As you can imagine, it is a very good feeling!
2. I learned how to make leek soup! It was really good and good for you!
3. I learned how to keep a 'checks and balances' system of myself!
Have a good week and EAT WELL!
"This is a medium? Srsly? No wonder we're a nation of fat assess."Lillian Phillips-Hillhouse (friend from Las Vegas, NV)
This would be a large in France. Medium would be an American small, and small would be a kid size!
I think this is the reason I've lost so much weight, smaller portion sizes, that AND running after buses!
My heaviest weight was 215 pounds (97.7 kilos) today,
I am about 165 pounds (75 kilos) however my goal is to lose another 30 pounds.
When I returned to the States, in August, I realized being FAT was NORMAL.
It is not normal, it is simply not having the desire to take care of yourself.
I speak from experience.
Even though France has made my life difficult at times, I am grateful to her because she saved my life. I would have be diabetic, perhaps suffered from a heart attack or have some other health disease related to excess weight.
There is only one problem in the United States and that problem is food.
Be wise, choose wisely, choose YOU and above all EAT WELL!
See the hairy man to the left?
That's Chouchou (shoe-shoe) -- the love of my life.
In a couple of weeks, we will celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary.
Today, I specifically told him, 'our wedding anniversary is in 15 days, please make a reservation.' To which he replied, 'we don't need a reservation for Fatys'.
Allow me to explain: Chez Faty (Fatima) is a coucous/kebab house, and we are crazy insane in love with her fries, they are sooo good!
Meet Fatima! Her fries are wonderful, she makes them the 'old fashion' way (rather how they should be made) where she peels the potatoes, then places them in the contraption in front of her that looks like a baseball bat for cutting, then right into the deep fryer.
We ask for them well done, and we have never (ever) been disappointed!
For our first wedding anniversary, we went out for cheeseburgers and the tradition continues!
So, as the sweet husband says, I guess we don't need reservations!!
Now only to find a French gourmet resto that makes burgers. YUM!
Have a safe weekend.
16 January 2013
Last week's weight: 165
This week's: 167
Hello. This week I was more conscious of eating well, I purchased good food and did some exercising.
Emotions tie into this week, as it has been raining and dreary, therefore my afternoon walks with Cachou were cut down (only 2 this week). It's so depressing and cold outside, (PMS rears her ugly head) I spent a couple of nights in just snuggled up with a blanket and my puppy. Live and learn...
Here is to a proactive week!
Update: This post was updated very late last night (4am French time). I forgot to mention the three things I learned this week!
Three New Things
1. The French have this flair for reusing and restyling (hence one scarf being tied 15 different ways) the same goes with food!
I have learned to buy staples and then whip them up in traditional and non traditional ways.
For example, the tomato soup. I made earlier in the week, I did jar some of it, then reused it as a 'pizza sauce' on day old bread, cut mushrooms, tomatoes and made a parmesan-olive oil-balamic vinegar-chili pepper- sauce to go on top! HEAVEN!
2. French women do not deny themselves the foods the love, however, they do scale it back! I remember having lunch at work, and overheard French women talk about their 'régimes' or mode of organizing their diets. I heard one say, 'Ohh, I love that, (don't even remember what food they were talking about) however only once or twice per week for me!'
3. Pleasure should be the center of everything we do! I think Americans hear the word 'pleasure' and get the WRONG idea! Pleasure equals what feels good to you, for example: stretching! You know how after a good stretch you are ready to take on the world, however you are not seeing business CEOs doing yoga during an important business meeting. REDEFINE PLEASURE FOR YOU!
Tomato Soup for the Soul!
In Texas, we are mad for this little faux French chain restaurant named La Madeleine.
If you have heard of it, or have been there, chances are you tasted their tomato basil soup, then they proceed to quickly charge you 6-10 dollars for it.
Well, for 2 dollars and 25 minutes of your time, I am going to show you how to make a tasty tomato soup that hopefully you will love! I did!
Don't forget the grilled cheese sandwhich though!!
NEEDED: tomatoes, (I used 5, made 2 bowls) half a bouillon cube, olive oil, 1 small can of tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Adjust the recipe to your needs and tastes.
A recent experience with an unknown French man.
I entered the elevator with Cachou at my heels and said Bonjour!
He was young, say 26, handsome, and tall.
He responded Bonjour and bent over to pet Cachou.
When he rightened himself back up, in a high pitched feminine tone, he sang, Bonne Année!
We both laughed, and when we reached our floor, I sang back, Bonne Soirée!
It was just cool and funny and sweet. It was a nice brief moment in the day of the life.
Welcome to France!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...