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Thursday, May 02 2013
Defending Your Life is a 1991 movie starring Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep and Riptorn.  Albert Brooks is a coward who falls in love with Meryl Streep who has lived a life of courage.  Rip Torn is the facilitator in this judgement day comedy.  What does all this have to do with vegetables?

One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Albert Brooks is eating a meal with Rip Torn.  Torn is obviously enjoying his meal.  Albert is curious about trying Torn's dish but becomes totally discouraged when Torn tells Brooks he hasn't evolved enough to like it - its poo.

On to vegetables. 

To my friends, family and clients who claim not to like this or that, especially vegetables - you can like whatever you like if you make up your mind to like it.  You can evolve into liking something.  You can convince yourself that you don't like something and you won't.  And, you can convince yourself that you will like something and eventually you will.

I've done this with a few things.  Natto, fermented soy beans, for one.  Natto smells like old wet socks and has a stringy consistency.  I WANTED to like it though because it's horribly nutritious.  I just kept eating natto until I found a way that I liked it and now I eat every morning for breakfast.  The same thing goes for a "greens" drink I've recently started using. 

I had to chug the first glassful and truthfully, the second glass.  Then I decided to dilute it by using more water.  Now I drink it easily.  I mean really I learned to like the taste of beer and wine.  Why not something that's good for me.

Keep saying you don't like vegetables and you never will.  Make up your mind to find a way to like vegetables and you will. 
Wednesday, May 01 2013
It's easier to stay in shape than get in shape.  When I tell people I decided to lose 10 lbs, they look at me like I'm crazy.  But I got on the scales that I bought to weight my weight loss and body contouring clients.  It wasn't good.  I weighed in at 130 lbs, just 5 lbs under my full term pregnancy weight. 

Now I know that's not a big deal and that they say at mid-life you gain weight.  Since when did I listen to what "they say?"  So I made up my mind to lose weight.  For met hat meant stop eating out and eating big meals at 8 or 9 o'clock at night; not only will I lose weight but I'll also save some money.

Off to Whole Foods I went to buy a week's worth of low sodium organic soup - lentil, minestrone, split pea, black bean . . . After just a few days I lost almost 4 lbs and was down to 126.5 lbs.  Little did I know that Catherine at Spa Chi was planning an employee appreciation dinner.

When Catherine cooks, it's pretty amazing.  There was pasta with meat and red sauce; thick New York steaks, baked salmon, salad, sushi, bread, corn on the cob, dessert - eclectic I know but totally delicious.  My appetite was already primed for spaghetti from watching the Korean series, Pasta, on Netflix.  I tried a little bit of everything but it was the spaghetti that killed me.  I ate two helpings of it that evening.  Not only did it make me have some pretty bizarre dreams but it also gave me back almost all the weight I lost!

Then the next night, I ate more noodles with black sauce & pickled cucumbers after work.  After two nights of noodles, I was back up to 129.5 lbs.  Damn!

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