the art of losing isn’t hard to master…for some

My husband, Retrogrouch, has lost 110 lbs. in the past year.  He is training for his first half-marathon.  This is what he eats:

That’s an open-face home-canned Oregon albacore tuna salad with local vegetable garnish: tomato, red cabbage, greens and sprouts.  Not bad, eh?

I’m less of a fan of the burger.

But proud and awed nonetheless.  He doesn’t seem to think it takes that much to achieve what he did.  But it takes someone with the will of a bull and the focus of a hawk. And he did it without a single packaged meal, powdered shake, or frozen tray of slop.  In fact, he had to push rather hard against the American diet industry to do it.  But he did it.

I’ve asked him to start writing a post every so often at Culinaria Eugenius, so we can see how the other half lives.  I’m not sure he’s going to do it, but I think it would be interesting to consider the struggle so many of us Americans have with food.  So, if he decides he wants to do it, what should he write about: how he lost the weight? His recipes?  How to replace certain foods in one’s diet? How to live with a partner who can’t imagine giving up butter? How a fat person can change (see previous)? New discoveries in low-calorie food that isn’t processed or disgusting?  Struggles to moderate one’s diet and fears of backsliding?

3 thoughts on “the art of losing isn’t hard to master…for some

  1. Sally 9 September 2011 / 10:05 am

    I’d say he should blog about all of the above. If anything stands out, it would be how to eat healthy and to lose weight without any processed junk (diet or not) food. I myself have lost 100 lbs and it is crazy what people do to lose–staying sane and eating unprocessed foods is the road less traveled.

    near Creswell


  2. Lelo 16 September 2011 / 11:35 am

    Awesome! Since the beginning of this year, I’ve lost 37% of my body weight without prepackaged slop either. I would LOVE to hear his food thoughts and approach. Especially about meat, choices of oils, and thoughts on carbs. Heck, anything would be great: #110 is impressive.


  3. Eugenia 16 September 2011 / 1:46 pm

    Thanks, ladies! He doesn’t think he can be a model since he’s not perfect and no weight loss is a sure thing, but I think that makes it all the more powerful. And congratulations to both of you on your huge losses!


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