Compliments to the chef

This has been a good week for Fat Dude On A Diet.

The brutal plateau I’ve been battling seems to be in retreat and the 220s and even the 210s don’t seem too far away on the scale any more. I’ve re-focused my eating  habits and made it a point to walk as much, and decidedly more, than I have so far.

My weight loss journey started out triumphantly, but I’m happy I’ve struggled in my 230s during these last couple of months. I’m reminded that weight loss — even if you’re trying to take a low-impact approach to mine — is a mindful activity that can easily be undone with a few mindless acts.

This week, we’ll also cook our 60th dish.  We’re almost halfway through this project.

I’m always amazed at the creativity and kitchen knowledge Chef Brian has. I’ve eaten in a lot of restaurants, from the fanciest of the fancy to barely-a-hole-in-the-walls, and there’s only a handful of chefs I’ve encountered who know how to create such explosive flavors in the simplest of ways.

I used to eat McDonald’s several times a week, sometimes as a dinner-after-dinner dinner (damn, that’s embarrassing), but because of Brian, I’ve learned that there’s much more to daily eating than having a side of fries with everything. I speak in broad generalizations about the way I used to be, but in all honesty, I didn’t realize how badly I was treating myself until I stopped doing it.

He’s made eating healthy more than roasted chicken and veggies. I look forward to spending time in the kitchen, eager to taste whatever he’s come up with next.

Though we’re both professionals in our fields, the most Brian gets out of  this blog is the gratification that comes from helping me. We’d both like to see bigger things grow from this project, no doubt — and seeing his recipes come to life in the hands of another must be cool too, but really, he does it because he wants to help me and Wifey Nadia get healthy. It’s an incredibly kind thing for someone to do for another person and I he deserves more thanks than I can express for his efforts.

As for the scale: Today I weigh 234.4 lbs. I weighed 236.1 lbs. last week. That’s a one week loss of 1.7 lbs. I started this blog on Nov. 8, 2010 weighing 258 lbs. That’s a total loss of 23.6 lbs.

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