Hungry, hungry Peabody’s….

It’s 48F right now. My dog is shivering in a blanket and the heat is on. Yet somehow it’s June 1st on Saturday. June the month with 9 million things going on for me. One of which is this here blog turns 8! EIGHT! Holy cow. And let me tell you I have come to the conclusion that blog years are a lot like dog years…so in reality I’ve been blogging for 56 years…well at least it seems like that long.

Summer is coming and I am trying something new this year. I put away my scale. I mean really put it away. In a box. And that box is now on a shelf I can’t reach. I went to the doctor when I cut my finger open and they went to weigh me (which hello I’m bleeding why is this important?) and the nurse said step on the scale and said no. And she looked at me and I said I’m in a self-image study (I didn’t tell her it was my own study :P ) and she said oh well let’s not worry about that then. And let me tell you it is SOOOOOOOOOOOO freeing. I have been so happy since starting this project I can’t even begin to tell you. While I loved WW I would either love or dread Tuesdays and it would either make or break the rest of my week and this is how I lived. If I lost weight I was still mean to myself telling myself if I didn’t sneak that half a cookie I could have lost more. And the mean things I would tell myself. And of course I had to worry and think about every single thing that went into my mouth.

Now many a person will say if I didn’t weigh myself I would balloon up. No you won’t. I mean you would if you just ate and ate and ate (duh). I haven’t counted a single calorie (also freeing). I haven’t thought about how many carbs were going into my body. Or how much protein. Or how much water I did or did not drink today. I went back to eating how I used to, what is more commonly known as Intuitive Eating. Listening to your body. Now it’s hard. And lucky for me I did it for a while before so I am used to knowing real hunger from boredom hunger, stressed hunger, wanting to bitch slap someone hunger, I have $11 left in my bank account for 4 days hunger. You learn to eat when you are hungry. No schedule. No six times a day with snacks being 8 almonds and a half an orange while you throw back your supplements . If I am only hungry twice that day then that’s how much I eat. If I am hungry 7 times that day then that is how much I eat. And I eat only until satisfied, not full. Which takes away the bloated feeling you get…and I know any food lover knows that feeling. The unbuckle the pants because my stomach might burst like a piñata kind of full.

One thing I have found is that I’m not THAT truly hungry. Since I just move my body to move my body and not to burn calories I don’t work up a ton of appetite. I eat mostly healthy but if I want a birthday cake Oreo I have one….and yes I can eat just one. You know why? Because I have permission to eat however many I want as long as I am hungry and I can have them whenever I want because no food is off limits. I have had the bag now for almost two weeks and I have had 3 birthday cake Oreos. Now don’t get me wrong I eat 80/20…some days more like 70/30 meaning 20% of what I eat not so healthy and the other 80% is healthy. Or I shouldn’t even say healthy…nourishing for my body. I mean I love me a Swedish Fish but we all know I’m not getting any nutritional value from that. :) But I am getting soul value from that….it’s good for my soul because I love them.

So I’m sure you all want to know after 6 weeks how much I’ve ballooned up? I think you know where this is headed. While I have NO idea what I weighed when I threw out the scale and switched back to Intuitive Eating and I have no idea what I weigh right now. I do know that all the clothing that wasn’t fitting 6 weeks ago now fits again. Will I lose more? Who knows. Will I gain? I might. But I think that as long as I continue to eat when I’m truly only hungry then my guess is more things will be fitting that didn’t fit before.

So I invite you all. The ones who think you need to lose weight and are obsessed with weighing yourself once a day, sometimes twice a day only to feel more and more bad about yourself even if you are losing weight it’s never enough, never fast enough, and you are still telling yourself you are sucking at losing weight. :( Throw away your scale. Throw it out! It will make your summer ten times better. I know my spring has been the best it has been in a long time!

This recipe come from Northwest Noshings . The recipe is from a cookbook that features recipes from Pacific Northwest Restaurants. This Baked Brie is one of my favorite things from a place called Purple Café and Wine Bar. There are a few of them here in the Seattle area, each one with it’s own personality. I almost fell over in shock when I went to find the book on to link the book. It’s $4.01 for a hardback book. FOUR DOLLARS and ONE CENT. Seriously people go buy this. It’s a great cookbook. In fact I am going and buying a few to give to people as gifts since I am an Amazon Prime member my shipping is free! So yeah. Run to Amazon. Even if you only find one recipe and trust me you will find more than one, it will be worth the four bucks!


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  1. P-bods, this is fabulous! Love this post. Man will always strive for freedom. It is an innate desire and I think this goes for dieting as well! I share many of your thoughts. The only thing that keeps me 80/20 is blood sugar issues. Some of us must watch our sugar intake and maintain a low carb lifestyle so as not to deplete our beta cells. (They don’t grow back to make more insulin.) But, I know where you are directing your message…to those who obsess over every calorie, carb and fat gram for vanity. The obsession gets out of control. Great recipe! Reminds me of fall, my favorite time of year. There are some fantastic cookbooks out there. Two of my faves are A Taste of San Francisco (300 easy recipes from chefs from the area) and The Best of the Midwest: Recipes from 32 of America’s Finest Restaurants by Linda and Fred Griffith (both books published in 1990). Many, many favorite recipes from these books! Thanks for sharing your cookbook recommendation. xo P.S. Waiting for OT to start with Wings-‘Hawks game. Gotta go…they just dropped the puck. ;)

  2. I just bought the book! $4.01 + free shipping is awesome for this! Purple Café & Wine Bar is one of our favorite restaurant’s, too, and where my (now) husband and I had our first date almost 7 years ago. When we left Seattle for San Francisco we held our going-away party at Purple in Seattle and served the Baked Brie because it’s also one of my husband’s’ favorite dishes from Purple. (sigh. I miss Seattle!) This is a great variation on it and I am looking forward to trying it!

  3. Katie Rose says:

    “blog years are a lot like dog years” lol, LOVE this, I have to say, I think parenting works that way too! ;-) I just want to let you know that your seemingly very healthy body image/mentality is incredibly inspiring. Thank you. As google reader disappears in a month, yours is one of the only blogs I will actively seek to keep up on (the facebook updates when you have a new post really help with that, fyi.) Keep loving yourself!!

  4. That is such a great way of presenting Brie! Yummy.



  5. Brie baked in light and flaky pastry is always such a treat!

  6. It’s definitely true that you should care more about how your clothes fit you and how you feel rather than a stupid number, keep it up!!

  7. I have not had a scale in my house since I moved out of my parents house. It has never been anything I felt was necessary. I know how my clothes fit and what I look like in the mirror. I recently mentioned to my doctor I don’t have a scale and she was surprised. It was not a problem I just don’t think it is that common, but for me I like not thinking about my weight in terms of numbers.

  8. Such a great post. We don’t own a scale and sometimes I think that we should. This jut reminds me that it would probably end up being a curse.

    I love Purple too! They even have a milk tasting flight for kids.

  9. You had me at brie and caramelized onions. The pastry and candied walnuts are just the icing on the cake!

    I wish I could get rid of my scale. Problem is, the last time I tried not weighing myself, I finally stepped back on the scale and I had lost fifteen pounds. In a month. And I was already underweight. Turns out, people who are too thin can say just as mean things to themselves as everybody else. :(

  10. We didn’t have a scale for years and now sometimes it get put up when I wash the bathroom floor and I forget to put it back down, but the clothes fitting thing seems like it works well for seeing how we are doing. Mostly I’m finding that eating a variety of foods and smaller portions is doing the trick. WW was good for helping to understand things like how many calories are packed into dense things like bagels but the weekly weigh-in was often a downer. Who needs to beat up on yourself? Glad you are finding joy in the way you are doing it now. :) Baked Brie is truly one of the foods of the gods and this one is spectacular!

  11. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says:

    Again, I love your posts like this. I used to weigh myself once a week as part of a deal with my dad. No he didn’t want me to lose weight, but gain weight. That’s how little I was. Now I tend to eat pretty healthy. Well at least for a teenager is what my dad keeps saying. And I really love my desserts, so I usually save that for night time when I know I need something sweet to complete my day.

    By the way I think counting all those little things on the nutrition panel is a bunch of bullfrogs. You can’t balance every single thing on there or you will go made trying to find foods that fit with how much you have left in your daily limit of sat. fat and carbs and sugars. You will. It drives me mad just thinking about that o.O Oh also my dad read a book about why we gain weight and the author says it’s all because of carbs and in order to lose weight you have to eat something like less than 25 g of carbs a day. There’s something like 19 or 20 g of carbs in one serving of my bowl of multi-grain cheerios… just saying that too is a load of bullfrogs.

  12. Oh, I love brie :) this looks fabulous!

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