Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Mash Up

It's Sunday and Rob left this morning on a rather long business trip which sent me into an emotional tailspin. After I had a proper meltdown, I wiped the snot from my nose and put on my workout gear. I'm just back from an hour of lifting heavy and treadmill walking. I feel a million miles better than I did a couple of hours ago. Endorphins are so much better than a box of Twinkies when you're feeling low.

Speaking of Twinkies, I had a dream that I was eating a giant cream filled ball of chocolate cake the size of a cantaloupe. I don't often dream of food, so that's a little weird for me. And what is it about cream filling, is the allure real or is it just good marketing? Hrmmm...cream filling is pretty great, I must admit. LOL!

Let me address a few reader comments that I let pile up (sorry.) Thanks to Sheila at Reforming U for the lovely blog award. Sheila has a fabulous fitness site, so please check it out.

I want to welcome new reader Orange Sprout. Thanks for the slow cooker lentil dal recipe, it sounds really good. I'm going to have to try it out once the weather cools down.

And finally, welcome to new reader Andrea, who found the blog through the story in Experience Life magazine. She is just starting her journey and has issues with making too big or too many goals. I know exactly how you feel, Andrea! If you have time to read my early posts, you will see that that was always my problem. Check out this post called "But how did you do it?" It's a rundown of my best strategies that helped me get my health and food issues back into balance. Best of luck!

I haven't posted a before and after for a long time. Here's a picture I took of a souvenir picture we got made at the Georgia Aquarium in July 2007...

Bonus points for counting how many chins I have and finding my neck.

And here is me in July 2010, 100 pounds lighter...

I don't know what I was thinking when I got dressed that evening, but I will take a bad outfit with my one chin and skinny neck any day!

The Indian inspired meal from last evening was excellent. The highlight was the mango cucumber raita. I mixed Greek yogurt with diced English cucumber and diced mango along with chopped cilantro, two hot green chiles that I de-seeded and diced very finely, a pinch of salt and a pinch of garam masala. I mixed the left over chicken meat with the rest of the raita which made the most unusual and delectable chicken salad that I just ate for a post workout snack. Yum!

I guess that's all for my Sunday mash up. I will leave you with some food porn before I hit the shower. Have a beautiful Sunday!

mango cucumber raita

Indian spice rubbed chicken rotisserie style

Quite possibly my favorite meal of all time~ sausages roasted with peppers, mushrooms, potatoes with a splash of balsamic vinegar before serving


  1. You don't even look like the same person. I always find it interesting that people who are very large tend to have a certain sameness to them in appearance and once the weight is gone, it is such a shocking transformation.

  2. I love your before and after pics! You may be missing a chin, but you still have the same gorgeous smile! And the food porn....yummy! That sausage & veggie roast looks divine!

  3. I wasn't hungry till I read your post. Mango in raita? Inspired!


  4. Ok, the outfit's not great together, but I love the shoes. And the skirt is really cute. And you look great!

    What was the lentil dal recipe--was it comments? I love slow cooker recipes, that one sounds delicious if you can tell me where I can find it :)

  5. what lori said.
    its always amazing to me how different people look as the peace and happiness radiated from the INSIDE is to different.


  6. Laura, here is the recipe that Orange Sprout shared...

    My favorite, from "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook":

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 med yellow onion, finely chopped
    2 ribs celery, chopped
    2.5 cups dried red lentils, picked over and rinsed
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp tumeric
    3/4 tsp ground coriander
    2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    6 cups veg or chicken broth

    Saute onions and celery in olive oil until softened. Add everything to the slow cooker, and add enough water to cover all the lentils (if needed, depending on the size of your cooker). Cover and cook on HIGH for one hour. Turn the cooker to LOW and cook for 5-6 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  7. You look fabulous!! And that Indian inspired meal looked amazing. You go girl!!

  8. Andra, you look fabulous! What an amazing transformation! Congrats!

    And, thanks for the shout out!