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Despite my general disapproval of relying on the scale... I've been getting on the scale. Sigh. My weight seems to be holding precisely steady.

Now, on week days I eat like a monk (almost literally, since I've developed an interest in cookbooks by head chefs at Buddhist monasteries lately). Weekends, however, are a lot harder. I've had a couple pasta-oriented indiscretions in the last 6 weeks, but I'd hate to think that they were enough to bring my weight loss to a total halt.

I'm comforting myself with the fact that I have always put on muscle mass freakishly quickly. My arms already feel a bit harder, and my jeans are fitting better. So maybe muscle weight accounts for the number on the scale.

Whatever. I'm striving to eat well, and keep moving. What else can one do? In the final analysis, that's all there is.


Aug. 25th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm really just reading the cookbooks as inspiration for cooking ideas. I'm not actually eating the diets they describe in them, in part because those meals are intended to sustain the monks through long days of physical labor.

One book in particular (the early 1970's Tassajara Cookbook) has been helping me think about food in a much simpler, more fundamental way. It says "radish is radish, cucumber is cucumber" and suggests that we should try to let foods be what they are instead of always striving to alter them to be more to our personal taste. This has been instrumental in getting me to eat foods much closer to their natural state and to rely less on lots of rich sauces and flavoring agents. Which ultimately has to be good for my health, I figure.

I think your sister must have one of the most wonderful jobs in the world. It's a challenge I could never be equal to, in a thousand years.
Aug. 25th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, could you send me a list of those cookbooks, for me to send to her? Who knows if she doesn't already have them, but she might appreciate it.

She's got a TOUGH job. The regular monks have to be up at 5AM for meditation and work - she has to be up at 4 to feed them. She's not spared any of the esoteric work in the monastery, but she has more time-intensive duties than the other monks.

Apparently, this is because the previous year she was "dharma coach" which is like, the cushiest job at the temple.
Aug. 25th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that the job is pretty brutally hard. Still, it sounds like it would have a lot to recommend it, as well. But I'm not about to sign up. I admire your sister tremendously.

I'm going to post about those books momentarily, since I've had a few folks express interest.



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