Highway to Hell

Let’s be honest about this whole Fat Blogging thing. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it sucks. Sometimes you’re truly on fire and all you want to do is write about your fat and your amazing progress. Other days you’re just bloody sick of counting calories or fat or sheep or whatever and therefore cannot be arsed with blogging. Some days you are full of insight, wisdom and amazing moments of personal growth; other days you are deep in denial and/or a bucket of ice cream. Sometimes you will read a blog and feel empathy or inspired or humbled or teary; other days you will read a blog and think, would you just stop your whining and get on with it it!

The trick is to understand that we are all on different paths. And while all our paths are long and bumpy and go up and down, no one is on the same path at the same time. While you may feel on top of the world and focused and fired up, someone else is going through a downer, or just prioritising other things in life rather than fat busting.

What is the point of this little rant? I dunno. I guess when you’ve been writing about blubber and reading about blubber for a very long time you start to see patterns and cycles. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers writing about rough times lately and they’ve gotten some comments along the lines of "What’s with all your negativity?". Sometimes other bloggers have fallen off the wagon and felt reluctant to write about what they’re really feeling. But honest writing is the best writing. I guess I am just saying for the bloggers – let it all hang out. We love you whether you’re losing buckets of kilos or taking some time off. And to the readers – remember to put on your empathy hat. It’s a real person you’re reading about, and real people have ups and downs in life.

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The Perfect Day went just perfectly, huzzah! Well, until 10pm when I made a batch of Anzac biscuits. SC has band practice on Friday nights and when the band comes over afterward, they sit around drinking tea and eating biscuits (cookies) – usually cheap, nasty ones make with hydrogenated vegetable oil -because they’re just so punk rock. I have been "educating" my husband (read: being bossy and righteous) about the perils of trans fats and told him if they’re going to eat cookies, why not have some nice homemade ones full of oats and really not that much butter and sugar. Well this batch was a different recipe – less butter and sugar, more oats – and worked out to be quite low in calories and fat. They looked awful though, like small, mean little rocks. So I decided to eat one to make sure they were edible. I was so bloody annoyed for ruining my perfect day! So annoyed that I ate two more. Ha ha ha! Luckily I only made a half batch so the guys ate the lot when they got home.

Och well. Apart from that I am feeling great this week, eating well and moving my lardy arse. I even Body Pumped at home on Saturday night. I really need to move some furniture around – the barbell is so long that I keep clonking it against chairs and windows. Either that or we need a bigger flat. Hmm… Someone asked if Body Pump is available on DVD. It’s only available in gyms that have the Les Mills range of fitness classes. The only reason I can do it at home is coz I’ve done the classes so many bloody times I am able to repeat the moves like a robot! It’s the easiest class in the world to do, especially if you’re new to exercise, so I can’t recommend it enough.

Has anyone cooked millet before? I bought a bag of it from the health food shop awhile back and have no idea what I am supposed to do with it. All suggestions welcome!

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13 thoughts on “Highway to Hell

  1. Sorry I haven’t cooked millet before- but I have a box of Greenwheat Freekeh that I would like to know what to do with 🙂

    I am finding it hard to be truthful lately as I feel my progress is slack and that anyone who reads my blog must think I am so bad at this whole process so who am I to write about it etc etc…

  2. How about some millet-stuffed peppers?

    INGREDIENTS:
    200 g millet
    950 ml water
    4 cubes vegetable bouillon
    595 g bell peppers
    369 g tomatoes, chopped
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

    ——————————————————————————–

    DIRECTIONS:
    Combine the millet, water and vegetable bouillon in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
    Slice the tops off of the peppers, and remove the seeds and cores. Set aside. When the millet is done, stir in the tomatoes and black beans. Spoon into the peppers until filled. Place the peppers into a glass baking dish, and cover with plastic wrap.
    Cook in the microwave for 10 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Turn peppers every 2 to 3 minutes to ensure even cooking.

    Maybe that’s more info than you needed; sometimes I get carried away! I guess you just cook it like rice. It would probably make a great pilaf!

  3. thanks guys! i dunno about you but i advise you not to come over to our house in the next few days… all this fibre will have a devastating effect 😉

  4. I’ve put millet in homemade bread on occasion. It gives it a nice texture and taste. Not a lot, just about a cup or two (when the recipe calls for eight).

  5. you think it might be good in soup….just a cup in with broth veggies and chicken….like chicken soup with rice but with millet…i don’t know…just and idea…i do that with barley and lentels..

  6. Millet is often in bird seed. So, now DG is “eating like a bird” Godd to see you raging on. How about a picture of your oat biscuit rocks?

  7. Like Lisa, sometimes recently, I don’t want to post at all. I’ll have a couple of “good” days and then undo it all with a crap day because (here comes the excuse…) we’ve been turning to food as a stress coping mechanism while we had our house for sale. I know it’s ridiculously boring for the folks who read my site but they are patient and lovely and seem to be putting up with my own arsing around. I try to be completely honest and that is tough at times but I think it makes for better blogging!

  8. Hi dietgirl – thanks for your comments on my site! I’m going to spend some time here catching up on your entries. Your photos are amazing! Also, I *get* this post, completely. It’s hard to write for other people. You just gotta write for yourself – for your own reflection and/or amusement. But since you’re putting yourself out there, you can’t help but hope people are nice, or at least understanding, with their comments.

  9. Thanks for your “little rant” — I think I read the same blog with the same “What’s with all your negativity?” comment and I was royally ticked off at the commenter. I’m in awe of those of you who can share your lives so openly, helping the rest of us feel less alone about our food/diet/exercise issues. I especially admire the ones who stick it out during the rough times, warts and all. I’ve been off program for months, due to some health issues, and am finally psyched again after spending the weekend catching up on my favorite “fat blogs” — you guys are the best!

  10. Thanks for this post — it was reassuring and just what I needed to read. My favorite blogs are the ones where I get some impression of what the author is really like, what he/she cares about as a person, beyond just counting calories. Sometimes expressing negativity is a part of that — and I know it helps me to relate when there’s someone out there also in the dumps (not that I WANT anyone to feel blue, but it helps to know that this is frustrating for other people too).

  11. Highway to Hell all right, heh. Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head – you have such an uncanny knack of putting into words things that I’ve just been thinking about myself.

    You rock doing Pump at home! sometimes I wish I had one of those bars with the weights, and a Step at home, then I’d be able to cancel my gym membership, since I know the routines by heart now, heh. But doing Pump at home with dumbells and a swiss ball just isn’t the same…

    Totally off topic, I was in the Oxfam shop today and they have Green & Black chocolate and I thought of you! 😛 At $11.00 per 100g block I wasn’t buying any though. Saved by the expense. Phew.

  12. the part on blogging and reactions really struck something in me. i try to never whine nor complain now, because i’m affraid to bore or annoy those who may read my blog. but when someone else whines or is down or such, i always try to support them when i can because i know that we nearly all go through it, and not everyone has a friendly ear nearby. i know support is an extremely important part of weight loss, durring successes, attempts, goal settings, and down moments (etc).