Sunday, January 02, 2011

Kicking up Operation Booty Shrink!

It's that time of year again, where people all over the world are committed to shrinking their booties! If you believe in Collective Consciousness, then this is THE TIME to tap into the booty shrinking vibe that is being felt around the world!

As any of my long time readers know, I have been struggling with my weight for a while now. I am in the process of losing over 100 lbs and I am halfway there. The last year, I have been at a standstill weight wise. The majority of the weight I lost came off in the first three months of my job as a chef in a wine bar. It was a grueling situation. Half of my kitchen was upstairs and I was up and down all day/night long. I worked long hours and the weight melted off. During that time, green smoothies kept me going. I would drink 2 quarts of savory smoothie every day with so much ginger and cayenne that it almost made me ill, but I must have been tapping into something that knew I needed that level of anti-inflammatory foods to keep me healthy through that period.

So, back to this last year. I changed jobs, worked as a chef in a health food store deli where I was doing a lot of gluten free baking and I developed a taste for sugar. Ironic isn't it that it was at the Health Food Store that I began eating sugar in larger portions? I'm more active that I used to be and I would gain and lose 10 lbs over and over and as this year ended, I weigh the same as I did at this time last year.

The most amazing thing happened to me in the past 6 months. I began getting bodywork done. I experienced an abusive childhood and had stored so much trauma within my cells that it was making me sick. Bodywork helped to release that and over the last 180 days the transformation within ME has been mindblowing. I have truly finally let go of so many toxic emotions and thought patterns. I have done what I call a ton of Mental Housecleaning. During this time, I realized that I was holding onto the weight because I needed the protection during this time. I became grateful for what the fat gave me. I am grateful.

.. but I am stronger now, so I am ready in mind, body and soul to release my armor.

It feels so liberating!

I have done a lot of thinking about food and how I want to approach this and what I realized the other day is that in all areas of my life, I want joy, so I am approaching this weight release with joy in mind. I will eat what I want and crave and enjoy every damn bite! I am going to focus on smaller portions and 4 mini meals of around 400 calories a piece and an optional 200 calorie snack if I am hungry.

I'm not going to to crazy counting calories and plugging every single morsel into fitday. The rule of thumb I'm finding for food is that a cup of bean based soup and 1/2 cup of grain and as many veggies as I want and a couple teaspoons of fat in that mixture = around 400 calories. In the beginning I will probably crunch the numbers more to make sure I am not fooling myself and eating more.

I am tweeting everything I eat on a daily basis and I will blog at least 5 days a week.  I am going to checkout a TOPS meeting where I will be held accountable by a weekly weigh in.

I hope that if any of you are in the same boat here, that you will come along for a ride and we can be a support to each other!

It is possible to eat healthy and delicious food and lose weight!

The soup you see is a Smoky Cauliflower 10 minute microwave soup. I took some Sunflower Cheddar Spread ( Recipe coming up tomorrow ), some leftover roasted cauliflower ( that I scored for $.69 a head ) garlic and veggie stock. Microwaved it and pureed with a hand blender. Meanwhile, my leftover New Years Day Black Eyed Peas and Greens  were turned into a burger and served open faced with Nappa Cabbage ( which I scored for $.69 too!), mushrooms, scallions, pickles, mustard and ketchup.

On a side note, I am having much better luck shopping every other day than once a week. I realize that I am very fortunate because my local store, Market Basket offers really good deals. If you have more than one store in your town, it really pays to shop around and compare prices. Take a notebook ( or even begin by looking at their deals online or in the circular that comes in the mail )..and list prices.

Have a wonderful, booty shrinking day!


  1. You go girl! I know you can do it. You know I am right there with you, I've got major baby weight to lose! Plus, I am trying to make this year my healthiest yet. Lets do this! Xoxo

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  3. Great post! I know exactly how you feel. I love your approach and I agree - delicious food is necessary and you can lose weight and actually enjoy the process. Your attitude rocks. Happy 2011, it's going to be an amazing year!

  4. Oh, wow, you're so encouraging. I wihs more people could get so fired up about getting healthy as you are. I know that so many people need to have the same attitude as you do. I like how you are eating unlimited veggies. I tend to do that too... Congrats, and keep up the good work.

  5. Congrats, Melody, and I know you can do it :-) I will be right along with you hoping to shrink this booty too...onward and downward, lol!


  6. thanks for sharing with us. i too cannot do sugar. it just becomes something i want more and more of. my husband's a little pissed that it means so more baking for awhile but that's what the GF bakeries are in town for! anyhow, i feel ya and we are cheering you on here.

  7. what a great blog.

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  9. Congrats on 50, and I will be working on some shrinking as well. I lost 17 pounds last year, and about 5 of them I lost and regained a few times. I have about 13 to go, and my new found love of veggies is definitely helping.
    My mom and sis on Weight Watchers are losing so much faster than I, but I like to think that this slow way, while permanently changing the way I look at food and adding new low fat, low calorie, high taste favorites will do me better in the long run. Now if I can only stop getting sick so I can keep up the momentum....

  10. you are inspiring me over here! good on you--taking care of yourself after all this time. it sounds like you are on a very healthy path!

    tell me more about anti-inflammatory foods, please. i keep hearing all sorts of different stories, but if ginger and heat are what you are talking about, then i am doing the right thing with my kimchee eating. at least i hope so. my body is so full of inflammation right now! i am trying to minimize sugar and processed foods, but besides omega 3s and advil, i'm not sure what i should focus on.


  11. congratulations on taking of fifty pounds, and even more for keeping it full year is really great, even if you wanted to lose more, i think that thats pretty great.

    you know im with you, my problem is over eating, it probably has to do with childhood issues also.

    brave girl, for writing like you did today."i want joy" that was so simple and beautiful

    Sunflower Cheddar Spread, um.... cant wait!