On the Menu This Week

Greek Style Cheeseburgers
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
Roasted Cornish Hens with Quinoa and Broccoli

Monday, July 20, 2009

How I wish I loved fish

I try and I try but the joys of fish still elude me. People ask all the time have you tried fish recently, yes, I have and no, I still don’t like it. I have tried it periodically and although it no longer makes me gag at both smell and taste, I can’t tolerate much of it. Yes, I do get fresh fish, I just don’t like it, what can I say?

I really wish I loved fish for all of its health benefits and its lower calorie profile, but I don’t. I have tried Halibut, Cod, Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Tuna and Salmon and nope, I don’t like any of them. And I love most shellfish making it even more odd. Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimp, Clams and Mussels all make me happy (oysters, squid and octopus disgust me and will never pass my lips again.)

So given that I like shellfish I figure that I can learn to like fish, or at least tolerate it enough to enjoy a meal of fish once a week, just once a week is the goal at the moment, is that really so hard?

This week Tacos Veracruz are on the menu so I plan to try Opa, if I can get it or halibut or sea bass if I cannot and a marinde my mother suggested. I plan to grill it then flake the fish for the tacos. I’ll let you know how it goes.


  1. Mom's marinade is off the charts.
    I saw a show on PBS lastnight that got into kids who don't like vegetables. I guess some kids think broccoli is bitter? Turns out, there's a DNA sequence (or however you say that!) that means that some kids actually have a bitter gene and THAT is why they don't lik eveggies.
    But, and this is also interesting, as they get older, an dtheir sense of smell evolves or changes, somehow the broccoli may not taste so bitter and many learn to like it.
    Maybe that will be you and fish, once you reach 60 or something?

  2. Alot of people don't like cruciferous vegetables, not sure if the same is true of fish. Hopefully I will learn to like it, right now I'll take tolerating it.


My Plan

I did WeightWatchers once before in 2004-2005. I lost 50 pounds. I gained some back going through my divorce but the good news is I kept off 20 of them until I restarted WeightWatchers in January 2009.

For the first time, I have found a plan that was easy to stick to. Something just felt right this time. Before embarking on WeightWatchers I re-read some books I had found helpful in the middle of my last journey. The books are listed under "Weight Loss" Books on the side bar, and a blog post about them will follow soon. These books helped get me mentally prepared to lose weight and they are the reason I think I am finding losing to be less of a struggle. I am not letting myself get discouraged by small gains and I am seeing far more consistent results.

WeightWatchers gives you a points target based on weight and basic daily activity level. Every food has a points value based on calories, fiber and fat. Then its like a checkbook you start with your daily balance, subtract for foods eaten and add for activity done which can earn you points. Exercise=More Food. Each food point is roughly 50 calories and each activity point is worth roughly 100, I use a heart-rate monitor to calculate my activity points earned.

You also get 35 weekly points to use as you want anytime during the week. For me the most successful both mentally and on the scale is to use most of those points on Saturday night for a splurge and to then stick to my daily points fairly closely the rest of the week. It helps me to know my favourite foods are only a week away if I want them. People can manage the plan however they want but for me this is the most successful. When I'm working out a lot I try to eat some of those activity points as well. Ironically I get much smaller losses the weeks I don't eat those points on Saturday, maybe it shakes up my metabolism, who knows I just know it works

Finally my last key to my plan is attending meetings. It helps keep me accountable and on track.

Weight Loss Slideshow