Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Still no Bike but I dont think it matters

since I dont think I can even ride one anymore. I was in the store and there was a serious bike sale going down.  Great! I'll just pick a bike and ride that puppy into the sunset, right? WRONG! Apparently you gotta like pick the right bike or as the dude helping annouced proudly, "the right bike will choose the perfect rider".  WTF? Dude, just gimme your cheapest bike with the Widest seat, because, let's face it, I havent ridden a bike in a hundred years and my posterior is indicative of that very fact.

After climbing on and off a dozen discount bikes I realize that just getting on the things requires a level of skill an feats of balance that are certainly beyond my capacity. Another interesting fact I found is, the size of the seat is determined by the price of the bike.  The pricier bikes had seats you could mistake for a park bench in the right setting. The bikes I was interested in had the rider playing a dangerous game of balance your dominant cheek on a pole with the point of pen or a childhood favorite of just stand for the entirety of any ride you plan to take on the irregular, scratch and dent monster your parents found in at a yard sale on their way home from work.

Sigh...I think maybe I should dust off my skates (not the inline kind...old school 4 wheels),

Happy Karma!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bicycle, Bicycle, I want to ride my...

I'm getting a bicycle today...dont ask! I have been working out in new and torturous ways and came to understand that I dont wobble and fall down near enough during the day...I sat and pondered what exactly could get me to point where I was screaming bloody murder for fear of being made mincemeat as I hurled threw the air fully padded at the elbows, knees and crown so that contact with the unyielding and of course, giddy earth wouldn't call for life flight to a local hospital? Why, how about a bicycle!?  So I am getting a Fat lady Schwinn today at the local bicycle shop (thats what ya call them right?).  Watson is over the moon with excitement, I'm not altogether NOT excited, I'm just cautiously terrified at the prospect of hoisting all of my jiggly madness on to a seat the size of a tostada ( is on my mind most of the time and since I changed my eating habits I notice that I throw in a few reminders of my favs from time to time in conversation...I know, pretty pathetic). On the upside I have lost more weight doing this that I thought possible in this short amount of time and Monday, I will see my Doc again for a progress report...stay tuned.

Happy Karma

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Waste Not, Want Not

One day I was watching the Food Network (My favorite Network...yeah, duh) and there was a special on Waste in the food industry.  The challenge was for 4 chefs (Ann Burrell, Alex Guarneschelli, Bobby Flay and Michael Simon) to create gourmet food with discarded ingredients.  don’t panic, this food was anything but spoiled or ruined. The food they found came from restaurants and supermarkets that threw things out that were literally a day past their expiration dates.  It was a shocking revelation. There was so much food wasted simply because customers don’t want to see a SINGLE blemish on their produce. I know this is kinda muddled but it got me thinking about food and attitudes toward food, my own attitude in particular. Food is pretty important to me and not just because we need it to survive but because I care about food, how it is gathered, grown, and slaughtered. I used dream of being a world class chef and I remember watching the Frugal Gourmet on PBS before the wonderful world of cable television came to my humble little TV set.  His food was pretty simple regarding ingredients but was labor intensive.  If you wanted to cook his food, you had to put in the work. No store bought breads or canned foods went into his meals.  He presented you with a counter full of fresh fruits and veggies and whipped up a meal fit for peasant and king.  I was in love. I wanted to entertain and smile and clink glasses of sparkling water based drinks with a host of fabulous smiling friends. I wanted to be healthy  and happy (the Frugal Gourmet was a spy old fella with a happy voice and a sunny disposition). I wanted to feel cared about and to care about the wellness of others all through food and that is what I saw when I watched the Frugal Gourmet. No pretension, no waste and no unwanted health issues…

The point of this post?  Well, that show on food Waste made me start caring about food and myself again the way I did when I watched the Frugal Gourmet as a kid. 
And my journey began….

Happy Karma