Big Fat Queer

September 5, 2010

A Breakthrough in Fried Vegetable Technology

This afternoon I felt a little peckish and wanted a snack. Yesterday I went to the neighborhood farmer’s market, which is just a few tables at a weekly flea market a few blocks away. I bought tomatoes and squash. There are many ways to prepare squash, but growing up one of my favorites was fried. Lately I try to avoid breading things with wheat flour so I tried to think of some alternative. A few days ago I made some falafel from a mix and had some of the mix left. So I dusted the slices of squash with falafel mix and fried them quickly in very hot peanut oil. They were very tasty. Crisp on the outside with a strong cumin flavor. I can’t believe the spell check on this blog software does not recognize the word falafel.

The first day of my vacation I had an onion and tomato omelet (one of my favorites) and started doing housework at about 1:30 in the afternoon. I worked until after 10 pm, with a few breaks. It was good exercise. Things got cleaned that hadn’t been cleaned in a long time and I threw away a lot of crap. I also found a few things I could sell. I sold some stackable storage bins and a sewing machine today. I still have an old laptop computer and a brand new never used heavy duty (supports 800 lbs) folding chair. Come on craiglist, help me out. I had some chicken wings (delivered) and cole slaw (home made) for dinner. I rewarded my hard work with a cachaca collada for a night cap, which is basically a pina collada with cachaca instead of rum.

Yesterday I watched movies, took pictures of my items for sale, and had a nice long walk – two miles. It was a gorgeous day. I passed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on my walk. Outside stood a guy with an IV running to his arm from the bag on a pole, and he was smoking a cigarette. I’m so glad I quit in 1986 and never started back. It’s hard to shake. Even cancer won’t scare some people enough to quit. During the day I had the rest of the chicken wings, a tomato sandwich and a burger. Both sandwiches on light wheat bread (40 cals a slice). Friends came over last night to hang out and I had two beers.

Today I had some granola around noon with a golden delicious apple cut up in it and non-fat organic milk. Later I think I will make Eggs in Purgatory again. I still have sauce from the last time. It is thawing now. I am cataloging scenes from my surfing shoot last week and I hope to get it edited soon. I have a couple of other projects I am working on today.

Tomorrow I will probably take it easy, maybe go for a walk and take a camera along. Maybe I’ll catch the guy at Sloan Kettering on break again.

April 11, 2010


I weighed in at 381 lbs this morning, a two pound loss from last week and about 20 pounds in four weeks. I’m happy with that.

This morning I had a lox and onion omelet and a pumpernickel bagel, about 650-700 calories.

This afternoon I walked two and a quarter miles, from The American Museum of Natural History and down Central Park West to 72nd Street, across Central Park and back home. I took pictures along the way

Tonight I will have something delivered form the Chinese restaurant. I haven’t decided what, but it will have lots of veggies and total about 600-700 calories. For my snack I will have an apple. I am back on target today.

Not feeling very wordy, but click the picture to link to slide slow of some of the shots I took on my walk today. If you move the cursor to the top of the slide show box there will be a button for options. You can adjust the speed if you like.

April 10, 2010

At the Foothills of the Mountain o’ Carbs

I arrive later than most so the heap of doughy goodness has been winnowed down to a few stragglers.

I did not scale the heights, but I did have half a bagel with a schmear (look it up if you don’t know). Although I didn’t get drunk last night, I had 48 ounces (three pints) of beer over about 3.5 hours. Alcohol has a similar effect on me as sugar in getting the cravings going. For lunch I have ordered a tuna salad on rye with a large house salad. I need to load up on veggies to help get back in the groove.

A digression here: I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in New York tuna salad is always referred to as “tuna fish”, which is redundant. Is there tuna chicken? tuna cat? tuna greens? And in delis adding the “fish” means salad. If you want just plain canned tuna (there is no fresh tuna in a deli) it is called “individual tuna”. I referred to schmear in the last paragraph. I’m down with schmear, but “tuna fish” and “individual tuna” give me linguistic heebie-jeebies. (Try the linguistic with clam sauce – bah-dah-bum!)

I have walked a half mile today, but obviously in the wrong direction.

April 9, 2010

Post Summit Communique

The Beer Summit is over and I live to tell the tale. I didn’t do too badly this evening. It was this afternoon that I slipped. I passed by a Wendy’s and I was feeling cravings so I went in and had a double cheeseburger, 700 calories of useless fat, sodium, and carbs. And it really wasn’t so good. A bit dry. I remember Wendy’s burgers being better than that. I was tasting the guilt!

I had a steak salad for dinner that had probably 3 ounces of steak and a lot of lettuce and shredded cabbage. I had three pints of beer. Even with the slippage on the Wendy’s I racked up around 2,500 calories for the day, which according to caloriecount is about 1,000 calories less than I burned. I don’t know how accurate that is, but in spite of the calorie balance, much of the food I ate today was unhealthy.

As Scarlett O’Hara said, tomorrow is another day.

Beer Summitry With Pre-conditions

So far today I have only walked a quarter mile. I am sleep deprived as a result of working too late and not letting go of things when I should. Sometimes I get to working on a problem and don’t want to give up even when I should have been in bed a couple of hours ago. Lack of sleep is not good for healthy living. It makes me hungry and lazy and cranky.

I had breakfast today, which I don’t usually. I had a Nature Valley peanut butter granola bar, 180 calories.

For lunch I had 10 ounces of vegetable soup, half a hummus on whole wheat wrap and some romaine lettuce with asian peanut dressing. That puts me at about 500 calories for the day so far.

Tonight is the monthly Beer Summit, when a group of YouTubers, Twitterers, Facebook friends gather to meet in real time. It’s always fun, but bars are not known for their healthy food options and well… there’s beer. This will be a challenge. They do have salads on the menu, although almost all of them have some kind of meat in them. The steak salad looks kind of appetizing, so I am leaning towards ordering it. Probably high in fat, but low in carbs. I will drink light beer and try to keep it to three. Sip slowly. That’ll be something new. I will probably be a couple hundred calories over my target tonight, but I won’t beat myself up over it.

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of Tax Season and next weekend I get three days off. I have not had more than one day off a week since January, so that will be a treat. The challenge tomorrow is after consuming alcohol the night before and coming in to face the Mountain o’ Carbs that awaits every Saturday (the bagel, muffin and Danish tray the company provides for us).

Here is where we’re going tonight:

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