Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A long overdue meme


Aside from all the "looking forward" and "starting a clean slate" that the New Year brings, I am determined to accomplish all my "unfinished business" from 2005. Ok, maybe not ALL of it (some sleeping dogs are better off, um, asleep). But definitely all the meme's that have been piling up (sorry guys!).

I will start off with the 23/5 meme that I owe Tattum. I am very, very late. She tagged me in September. So sorry Tattum! But here it is anyway...

This is how it goes:
Take a look into your blog archive.
Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas...
Tag five people to do the same.

"I know that this book has very mixed reviews."

Ok. In this post I was talking about a recipe I had gotten from Mireille Guiliano's book French Women Don't Get Fat. Weight has always been a struggle for me since the day I was born. At this point, I had had enough of diet books and "organized dieting". I did my own thing. 31 years worth of on and off diets, and broken relationships with countless gyms, led me to follow my own counsel when it came to weight loss. But the book sounded intriguing, and (my shameful admission) glamorously French. So I bought it, read it, took to it like a fish to water, and have almost had my jeans fall off in the middle of grocery shopping because they were so loose. And I did it while still being able to enjoy my favorite chocolates and foie. I was a confit-eating, sashaying, oh-so-glamorous, French-woman-wannabe. I was having the time of my life. I still am :)

Now, surfing through blogs and sites, I came across many, um, let's just say, less than stellar reviews about the said book. I am not going to get into the politics of it all here. My cousin, who also bought the book, said she didn't finish it and that South Beach was more for her. South Beach?! Was the magical French wonderland I had been inhabiting just a mirage??? No, jeans still loose (check!), "thin" pants still fit (check!), exorbitant alterations bill (check!).

At the end of the day, this may just be a case of "different strokes for different folks". What works for one person, surely doesn't work for every single other person out there. So the line above was just my little disclaimer, acknowledging that not everyone agrees with the book's content, but (if you read my 23rd post) it sure has a great oatmeal recipe :)

No tags for this one...a little to late in the game for that. Thanks Tattum for being such a patient person!

20 comments:

K & S said...

I loved this book.

Stephanie said...

I'm happy to hear something positive about this book...I've been thinking of buying it for some time, but just wasn't sure.

But jeans falling off in the grocery store sounds like a true testament to me...thanks!

Mila Tan said...

And a whole chapter on chocolate?! A "Must buy" then.

Ivonne said...

First of all, what a great idea for a MEME!

Secondly, thank you for the inspirational post. Weight has been an issue for me for a long time but I refuse to give in to these fad diets.

Thanks for being proof that you can eat what you love and still be healthy ... and yes I love this book as well!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kat & Satoshi! I loved it too :)

Hi Stephanie! I enjoyed it...it read more like a "how to be light and lovely" than "take 6.2 grams of protein and 1/3 a banana for lunch" It also taught me how better to appreciate what I was tasting :)

Hi Mila! Yup! And stuff on bread too...yum!

Hi Ivonne! I hear ya! The book is more a guide to life sort of thing...after all the only eating regimen that will work (weight-wise) is the one you follow your entire life :)

Mona said...

That is too funny. And you're inspiring me to get on the meme train. I always get behind with them too.
I have only seen that book in passing. I just couldn't bring myself to spend any more money on a diet book. Eat, drink and be merry is what I say. 3 meals a day, nothing crazy, keepin' it simple, you'll be fine. Now, it's when you throw in french fries, and burgers, and fried food, and ice cream and pizza, and....that's where we run into problems:) ha! But alas, you're not in the US where all these foods are in our faces all the time. What are the bad foods for you in the Philippines?

Ellen said...

hi there,

I've been tempted to buy this book too just for curiousity. so it works for u huh? that's great! maybe i might still buy it and see if it works for me..heheh

Kai said...

Hmmm maybe I should buy this book, too. The doctor's been bugging me lately...

Crystal said...

You have convinced me to buy this book, I have been wondering about it for some time! And who cares what people say, they all said the same thing about "He's just not that into you", and that book changed my life so much for the better. Can't wait for my jeans to fall off!

Pille said...

Hi Chichajo - I got that book, and enjoyed reading it a lot. I might give the weekend leek detox a try one day:)

paz said...

Joey, better late than never. I'm glad the writings in the book worked for you. I saw the author in an interview when the book first came out. She seemed like a nice and genuine person.

Paz

Zoubida said...

You finished the work Clivia did at seducing me with this book. I'll buy it. It's true that until I immigrated to Canada 11 years ago, I never had any major troubles with wight. I lived in France. Even after my 2 first pregnancies, people made comments on how I was able to fit in my close-to-skin outfits merely 6 months after giving birth. I suppose I'm very integrated now in the north-american food culture because I have some weight to loose... And it's not a coquetterie from a french girl worrying about 5 pounds or so. It's more serious than that.
So here we go, I'll give you news and my impressions after I buy and try what this book advocates. It promises to be fun for me, french expatriated.

lera said...

Nice post !Meme is getting all it's due...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mona! I know what you mean about the meme train...I have some more to go! We've got our share of bad-for-you foods here...and most of them are my favorites! Like lechon (roasted pig), crispy pata (deep fried pig's shank/hock), chicharon (pork rinds), bulalo (bone marrow)...bad for you but oh so good...sigh...

Hi Ellen! Yup, it worked for me...probably because it was mostly about applying certain principles to your life and not so formulaic :)

Hi Kai! If you do decide to try it out let me know how it goes :)

Hi Crystal! I havn't read "He's just not that into you" but I'm glad it made a difference for you. That's what really matters at the end of the day. I guess no one piece of advice works for everyone. French Women really helped me...in more ways than just weight loss :) Let me know how you like it!

Hi Pille! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the book. The leek detox was hard for me, but as it was just for 1.5 days it wasn't so bad ;) I enjoyed everything else after that...I actually had fun! :)

Hi Paz! Nice to hear that the author seemed nice and genuine in person...I really enjoyed reading about her experience :)

Hi Zoubida! Wow, French expatriated...that's just like the author! I'm sure that will give you a dimension of understanding the author's experinces that I didn't have. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did :) Let me know how it turns out!

Hi Lera! Thanks! And now onto more memes! :)

nena said...

Hi jo!

You know you got me obsessed about this book too and I can't wait to read it. I told you I got it for Christmas no? I'm reading it right after I'm done with Memoirs of a Geisha, will let you know what I think. I just hope it works as well for me too! It really did wonders for you! Not that you even had much to work on. :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nena! You are so sweet talaga :) I hope you enjoy the book!

Anonymous said...

I bought this book about three months before my wedding. I had been killing myself doing The Knot's wedding workout & only succeeded in bulking up, tried the lo-carb thing & was a miserable wreck. I turned to French Women as a last resort & wouldn't you know those tips, if taken to heart, really do work. It's common sense afterall, not deprivation.

I applied the book's tenements to a simple formula--I figured out what my basal metabolism was & subtracted 500 calories per day to lose a lb a week. The weight came off & stayed off for months without having to keep track of everything anymore.

Alas it's winter in Seattle & it's raining cats & dogs... Too much holiday cheese & not enough stairclimbing. Back to real life!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anonymous person out there! :) Thanks for stopping by. I agree, it's mostly common sense and I think that's why it worked for me too. The holidays are hard though and I am also trying to "compensate" for all my holiday "pleasures"...but I don't feel deprived because it's all just little give and takes. I think the best part is that I never have that panicky "I've gained weight!" feeling anymore. I just take it a little bit at a time :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

Kristina said...

This book really changed the guilt I felt over enjoying food...like you I have been conscious of my weight for as long as I can remember. I used to be fanatical about gym workouts and protein shakes, but now I cringe every time I see someone pulling out a meal replacement bar! These simple tips really work for me because they are so easily adapted to ones' favorite foods and ones' life, and they do indeed make me feel 'gracefully living in balance' rather than desperatly trying to slim down...it's an attitude towards life I think, and it's the day-to-day that counts. Great blog, will be visiting often!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kristina! Thanks for dropping in :) I'm happy to see someone else who has benefitted from this book. It's true. After all is said in done, it's so much more wonderful to be 'gracefully living in balance' than to always be worried about losing weight :) Hope to see you here again!