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On motivation (and the lack thereof) …

I took some time away from the blog but now I’m back and ready to start phase two of my ever-evolving weight loss plan.

Quick ketchup: I’ve dropped between 19 and 23 lbs. since starting a non-diet diet in November. At my highest weight I was 268, but started this blog at 258. The plan was to cook healthy meals three times a week for the blog, eat healthy most other times and have one day a week where I eat what I want.

For exercise I was walking which was honestly challenging at first, but after a while I developed the calves of a God (kidding) and got super bored with the walking thing. I know in my heart I should have been consistent, because I need to lose weight and to do so I need exercise, but I also fully acknowledge that I’m a fickle fat fuck that lets his own laziness get the best of him to his own detriment.

Sometimes I feel like I need to nut up and get it done. Sometimes I feel like sitting on the couch and ordering takeout.

I’ve been the latter dude for 27 years. I’ve got a lot of work to do. For better or worse, I’m ready to knock out the remaining however many weeks it is until I cook 52 menus designed by my buddy Chef Brian, a private chef in Vegas.

Fun recap, but now, some work.

I woke up this morning before the sun did and Googled the words “will power.”

I found an inspiring manual on how to build up will power and self discipline. I read it all and here’s what I got from it — and here’s what I intend to practice in order to better myself.

Essentially, whenever you don’t want to do something because you’re feeling lazy, just get up and do it. Really, it makes sense (though it sounds hard and — pouty face — I don’t wanna do it). But why not fully commit to something instead of wallow in the regret of not committing at all?

So, this is me, recommitting (again). It’s easy to look at the failures and short-comings, but to still even be at it, to have kept off the weight I’ve lost and to have seriously left behind the majority of processed foods I used to gorge on are things to celebrate.

I dabbled in gym work in July; I started swimming and weight training. I’m trying  to figure out a schedule that lets me go to the gym a few times a week and cook, all while handing things at the day job and the blog. It’s what I’ve been struggling with all along, but tried to ignore on my first go around.

I’ve learned how much my entire everything needs to change to lose this weight. Now it’s a matter of getting up and doing it (again).

New menu tomorrow. Sandwiches …

Summer vacation

I can’t believe how fast summer is flying by.

I started June feeling super stressed out because I had hit a plateau. Defeated, I spent too much time sitting on my ass staring at the TV and eating junky food (nothing processed though, I’m still good with that).

The guilt and remorse finally ate at me enough that I started planning and plotting.

Short story shorter, I’m in the gym swimming and weight training. More on that later.

Chef Brian’s yummy dishes will return Aug. 2. Expect salmon, lamb and branzino on the grill, plus fresh Mex and Thai, too.

In the meantime, check out the spread below from Locale magazine. I drop in on their summer issue to piece together a pretty killer picnic basket from various Orange County restaurants and markets. The screen shot is below and if you want more Locale, be sure to check out www.localemagazine.com.

L8r sk8rs. K.I.T.

For Livejournal’s sake

Before I was a professional writer, I was an aspiring pre-blog-blogger/poet/writer on a site called Live Journal.

It was an outlet for the frustrations and victories of my teenage years/early 20s, a place to cryptically hide thoughts, not-so-cryptically hit on girls and talk smack to my boys.

I didn’t realize until I got older how beneficial putting my thoughts to digital pad and paper was — until I stopped doing it.

I’ve especially noticed this on Fat Dude on a Diet. I’ve written a lot about my struggles with weight loss, my battle against lethargy and laziness and the roller-coaster like nature of publicly finding success and failure, but I’ve always left out the rest of it.

It’s hard to overcome the stress of  work, family, of life, while finding time to eat right and exercise, pay the bills, save for retirement, start a family, etc. Much like my Livejournal before was a place to grow into the young adult I would  become, Fat Dude is very much a focused, refined version of what I have learned in life to this point and what I’m trying to become for the future.

I’ve let some of the other stuff weigh me down lately, and haven’t been treating myself as good as I should be. Nadia and I are temporarily using My Fitness Pal to count calories. Nadia and I also started a new walking routine, one that increased our time by 10 minutes and adds some pretty good inclines too. I’m just focusing on rebuilding the eating habits and the exercise habits, one day at a time.

I started to slip, and I don’t want that to happen.

I’m skipping the weigh-in for a few weeks, just to take some of the stress away. I’ll be posting menus and cooking as usual, and weigh ins will resume soon enough. I want to establish good habits, not turn myself away from them. I haven’t found success yet in staying consistent in a way that’s comfortable for me, but what’s important still is that I haven’t given up. I don’t plan to.

Check out our new blog features

We’re always searching for ways to make our blog better, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to pass ’em our way.

That being said, we recently made a few improvements around these parts that I wanted to tell you about.

The first is our tag cloud. Chef Brian and I want Fat Dude On A Diet to be an online cookbook, a resource for anybody who wants to cook healthy meals at home. The cloud — located in the sidebar on the right side of the blog — is an ever-growing list of the ingredients that we cook with. Words that appear bigger represent our most used ingredients.

Using it is simple. Say you have a bunch of serrano pepper and you don’t know what to do with them. Just click the words “Serrano pepper” and you’ll be taken to a page with all of the recipes that use it.

Next, you’ve probably noticed the question marks. When we post the menu each week, we’ll have three mystery boxes with the post. As each dish is made, we’ll change the picture to reflect the new dish.

Finally, we’ve added five related posts at the bottom of each post. They change with each blog entry, so you’ll always be able to discover things you might have missed or rediscover old recipes.

We hope our new features enhance your visit to the blog. Thanks for stopping by our little corner of the Interwebs.

Niyaz, Chef Brian and Devo the Web Dude.

I need a vacation, so I’m taking one

Part of being healthy is realizing when you need a break.

Yesterday, I realized the slow cooker meals were slowly killing me. I haven’t had the time to prep all week, and because you need 8 hrs. to cook the meals, it’s really thrown off my schedule, especially because I’ve been sleeping in later this week than I usually do because I’m beat.

So, I’m going to take that break today. I may even grab a burger for lunch and enjoy the day off.

Tomorrow will be free day, but I’ll cook Week 9, Meal 2: Cuban pork with rice and beans for posting on Sunday, and we’ll have Week 9, Meal 3: Beef short ribs on Monday.

Tuesday will be the weigh in for Week 10 (double digits finally!) and the recipes for Week 10: Funky fusion. Then cooking next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Damn, that doesn’t seem like much of a break at all. Oh well! See you on Sunday friends!

Where should I eat on free day?

Tomorrow is my first day of non-healthy eating, and I’m wondering if you guys have any suggestions on where I should go and spend my free calories.

I’m planning on starting the day at the farmers market, and I know I’ll end up at Medieval Times for dinner, but I have no plans for the in-between time.

I’m kind of thinking Bruxie, but who knows where the day will take me.

Regardless, I’ve got 51 more free days after this one (or 50? Who’s really counting, right?) so where should I go?

Recommendations in L.A., O.C. and San Diego would work.

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