Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The garden

I have a little container garden going on, mainly flowers, since Kolu likes their bright colors. I also have 4 little pepper plants going, which are really not producing much by the way of peppers. So may need to fertilize them a little. Since I am going to eat them, I think I might just fertilize them with some organic fertilizer, and hope for some harvest.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The eyebrows

Why don't I ever shape my eyebrows. Why do I let the mustache grow? Why don't I get mani-pedis? Why don't I buy better clothes? Why don't I earn more money so I can spend it?

Weighty issues

I have let myself go.
That is an understatement. I was actually never captured really.. I have steadily grown in size ever since birth. I was told it would stop. Well, my height stopped, but my weight never did. I went from a thin school girl, to a weirdly flabby one in college. I probably went from 120 lbs to 140 lbs in those two years. And I know exactly what brought it on. Sleeping. Lots of it. I love to sleep. And the odd hours of the junior college, and the lack of any rules of attendance let me rush back home and nap like crazy.And eat fried fish at 6pm. With rice. And curds. No wonder I gained all that flab.

Then I went to college, which was a 1.5hour commute one way. In the first year, I lost all that weight, and came back to 125 lbs. However, by then, that was not my happy weight. I started to become tired, cry a lot and in general became depressed. Slowly, I came out of that, started eating at home instead of outside, and therefore healthier. My weight quickly went back up to 143, but this time, I was happy. I felt good, I felt like I had a lot of energy.
Then I came to the US. Mom made food and strict regimens no more ( strict regimens=meals at predetermined times). Living with roommates meant eating a lot of home made junk. One of my roommates would pour oil in the pan for 15 seconds. Think about it. A lot of oil can flow in 15 seconds. She would never make rice, always jeera rice. She loved to cook- she made all kinds of things-rasagullas- biryani, you name it, she would love to make it. And we loved her for that.
Surprisingly, I did not gain all that much over those two years. That's probably because us roommates used to hang out at the gym. My roommates' idea of a good time was a good aerobics class, or a good swim or even a good long brisk walk-followed by lots of eating.
Followed by lots of eating- but still- I was still at my happy weight.
Then I joined the PhD program. Things were good-but the weight had started inching forward. I was gaining about a pound a month or so. I was 147 when I came in. By my second year, I was 156. In spite of going to the gym, and having a nice roommate who cooked healthy meals as well.
Then the steroids came. I had an illness, which involved me taking steroids for 3 full months. And that took a toll on my body. I peaked at 186. I probably gained a full 20 lbs that summer. And then that weight never went back. I had also lost stamina, i did not go to the gym anymore- neither did I walk, or run.
I used slimfast and lost a good 12 lbs before I got pregnant- I was 170lbs during my first checkup. I gained 25lbs during the pregnancy, and lost 23 of those in the first 6 weeks postpartum . Mom, I tell you. She came in, put me on a very healthy diet, made sure I eat at specified times. Also, my little one took to breastfeeding very well, and that I am sure helped me lose weight too.
After my mom left, I was still breastfeeding, but I gained some weight. Thanks to the fact that I was now eating rice as well. That is my poison- I eat rice, I gain weight. I am now 176lbs.
I have now also started running a little. Have to also move on to the exercises to gain muscle tone to run. The fact that I have co-workers who are health freaks has helped me a lot. And I think, as he was saying, everyone is more active this year. This may be a good time to get active, and stay active.
I am happy again.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wish List

If there is something constant in my life, it is the wishlist. Things I wish to do. And often, there are many things that are constant on that list.
Top of the list: Declutter the house- I have managed to donate and convince A to donate a LOT of things in the house. So yay! we are moving on that one.

Hire cleaning lady- Did that too. Charges $50 per visit (biweekly) but gets the job done very well. So happy about that.

Solid Food update

Mangoes.

Next up: Apples

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chicken Liver Recipe

Chicken liver recipe for @patrix

1.5 lbs chicken liver- cut to size.
3 big red onions
4 garlic cloves
one bunch coriander
methi seed powder
jeera powder
(roast the mixture beforehand)
ginger garlic paste
yogurt
Chillies

To marinate the liver:
Rub yogurt, ginger garlic, tumeric and chopped coriander on the liver pieces- let stand for 2 hours.

In a wide bottomed pan, add oil, followed by finely chopped garlic and chillies, then the masala, followed by onions and then finally the livers. Cook.

Questions? Leave them in the comments.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oh Hello There, Blog!
How have you been? I have been neglecting you, like everyone else has been neglecting their own blogs, for something thats more suitable for us ADD types. Twitter.

But now, since I have been doing things in real life, I can actually blog about something. Also, blogger's got this new design thing, so you won't look so boring anymore.

So let me bring you up-to-date on what's happened so far

As you know, I got pregnant, and I got stretch marks. I also went to baby classes, got all excited about baby delivery and such, and then delivered a beautiful baby boy in the middle of the winter. Things went very beautifully, and my mother helped us out a lot for the first 8 weeks, followed by her and dad together for another 5. Then they left and along came my in-laws. They have been here for 2 months now, and leave in another month.

So I am guessing that after a month is when the real fun will begin. And you will no doubt, turn into a mommy blog. Face it. I changed, so you will have to too.

Thanks to the fact that I am now a mom, I also have to sleep when the baby sleeps. So abrupt signing off it is.