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The Bagel…

bagel

Welcome to Friday. Every Friday my office has a ritual – BAGELS!!!! I will state right up front..I LOVE BAGELS!!! – the more butter the better! Actually butter and cream cheese together – is my preferred topping. So, every Friday these beautiful lumps of white flour, surrounded by an assortment of flavored spreads welcome me. Ok, so out of sight out of mind? NOT! Even if I don’t walk by the area where these bagels are displayed..I know they are there. As I sit in my office, I watch a host of fellow employees walk by carrying this delicacy back to their desks. Today bagels are a common food, but that was not always the norm. In 1971, I made my first trip to New Orleans. The previous summer I had attended Camp Stanley in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Camp Stanley was a “fat farm” – a camp for girls who needed to lose weight. I loved that camp…but I’ll save that detail for another story. Anyway…I met a fellow camper who was from New Orleans. She invited me to come visit for Mardi Gras. I jumped at the invitation. The date was February 1971, and I was on my way to the Big Easy. Polite and proper person that I am – I asked what I could bring as a gift. Without hesitation, my host said “bagels!”. On my way to the Philly airport I stopped at the bagel bakery and picked up two dozen fresh out of the oven bagels. I arrived in New Orleans, and took a taxi to my friends’ home. Keep in mind – this was decades before “Google maps” – so I had no idea where I was going, and what my friends home would look like. The taxi pulled up to the most beautiful mansion I had ever seen. I had only seen homes like this in the movies…it was spectacular. The butler opened the door, and the family greeted me. The upstairs maid showed me to my guest room. My room was so large; it had two bathrooms…and a bell to ring when I wanted the maid! I was in shock!
I handed the maid my box of fresh bagels. She took the box and told me dinner would be served in an hour in the formal dining room. An hour later I walked into this very formal room, and sat down at the dinner table. Yes, I felt like a fish out of water. Dinner was served. The meal? A sirloin roast, with an assortment of vegetables – and a bagel. I did all I could to not laugh. A bagel and steak? For dinner? Where was the cream cheese? All’s well that ends well…my host and her family loved the bagels. And in case you are wondering..the next morning the kitchen staff prepared croissants served with marmalade and butter. Not so bad!

HELP!!!

Ok friends, it is dinner time. Even with the best of behaviors and adherence…this is the bewitching hour. This is the moment that I am the weakest. This is the time that I want to write off the day and…”pig out” – so…I hope for strength. Hubby is bringing home dinner – roasted chicken and salad. This is why my house is “clean” – because I assure you…if I see it..I will eat it!

Just a regular day….

vinegarBut I still need a plan. It is a work day. I am in my office. I started out the day with a great egg white omelet filled with onion, pepper, tomato and spinach. Lunch – will be an office meeting. Probably a tray of sandwiches, maybe a tossed salad. I will toss the bread from the sandwich and place the sandwich meat on top of my salad. I keep a bottle of amazing vinegar in my office. It is crazy expensive at over $30.00 per bottle, but well worth it! Sometimes the office lunch is pizza…when that is the case, I don’t take part and I buy my own. There was a time in my life when I would have said – the heck with it, pizza? and I would have ate it. If I am really craving pizza, I will make a flat bread crust from garbanzo bean flour, and put chopped vegetables and tomato-eggplant spread on top. Dinner tonight will probably be eaten at home. I always keep frozen shrimp around, as it defrosts quick when you run the shrimp under water. The other day someone gave me a gift of imported cheese. Not wanting to insult them, I took it and said thank-you. I then gave it away to my neighbor. I can’t keep food around that I shouldn’t eat. I don’t have any willpower – I never have had any. So that means if you live with me – you must eat as I do. It’s okay to have rules in your own home. At least, I think so!

Please allow me to re-introduce myself to you!!

I have been blogging for a while now, and I appreciate all who follow me. Recently, my audience has truly grown, and I think it is time to re-introduce myself.

Basically – who am I?
Is it that simple?
Who is ThinCin?
What is this all about?
Most important ….How can I help others.

Who am I?
My name is Cindy Wanerman. I am a 56 year old female. I have two day jobs. One job is in financial services – an industry that I have been in since 1979. My other job is Chairman of the Board of the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. I have been at the penitentiary since 2002. My partner at work and in life is Larry Wanerman. We have been married for 32 years. We have two grown children – Alex, a jeweler in Philadelphia and Stacy, President of Penn State University – Abington Campus.

I grew up fat, and battled a weight problem for most of my life. Nine years ago both my husband and I had gastric by-pass surgery. It worked for me; it did not work for him.

After gastric by-pass not working for Larry – I didn’t know what would. Besides Larry’s issues – which included high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure – and type 2 diabetes…my son Alex was also morbidly obese. So does history repeat itself? I guess so.

In March of 2012, the four of us were celebrating Larry’s 60th birthday. A joyful celebration – on the surface. For me, I cried every day that I would lose my husband and my son due to weight related issues I had maintained my weight loss since gastric bypass in 2004 – but in fact I was still making poor food choices. My eating was based solely on caloric intake, without regard to the quality of the calories I was eating. It was time to make a change. But how?

I consulted with a nutritional counselor, and was given logical advice.

Eat meat, fish, egg whites, vegetables, fruit, tofu, nuts and beans. Use healthy oils in moderation. Limit dairy to fat free Greek yogurt. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Use stevia and spices to enhance the flavor of foods. Drink ½ ounce of water per body pound per day. Don’t over eat. Don’t count calories, but be aware of grams of protein. Always have breakfast.
Never skip a meal.

Most important …

NEVER ALLOW YOURSELF TO GET HUNGRY!
Hunger is the enemy of self control.

Could it really be that simple?

While the recommended “yes” foods seemed fine – what was I giving up? I had to say good bye to bread, rice, pasta, and sugar, and most dairy products. We cleaned out the kitchen of all “no” foods. We stocked up on the yes foods. It didn’t take long to see and feel the results.

Within two months Larry was off of all his prescription medicines. Within six months he had lost 80 pounds. By choice he diligently tests his blood daily and has maintained healthy sugar levels for over one year-without the use of medicine. Larry had taken diabetes medicine for over 20 years.

Having stayed at the same weight for almost nine years, I dropped an additional 20 pounds, a good place to be when menopause sets in. My son Alex – transformed his life. At age 25 he was seriously morbidly obese. Alex lost over of 100 pounds. Alex is now trim and fit. As his body changed, so did his world. Please read the past blog entitled “Please read this story from my Heart”.

Who is ThinCin, and what is this all about?

My personal physician was impressed with how our family transformed their weight, and was living a healthier life. She encouraged me to share my knowledge and personal experiences with others. But why would anyone listen to me? I am not a medical professional. Her encouragement empowered me, and I decided I did need to share my food experiences, and hopefully help others along the way.
 
Frankly – I didn’t know where to begin. I consulted with a friend who told me to share my story and my daily meals via social media.

On March 5, 2013 “ThinCin” was officially launched on Facebook and twitter.

The ThinCin page shows photos of all of the foods I eat – everyday, in real time. It didn’t take long for me to develop a following of friends. Almost six months later I have received rewarding feedback from people who find my way of communicating what I eat – easy to follow and inspiring.
Since that day in March 2013, I have photographed every thing I eat. I share what I eat, where I eat – I incude some recipes as well. I even posted blood test results to show how healthy I am.

Most Important…How can I help others?

I want to help everyone feel great from the food they eat. My food list is limited – but the combinations and recipes I can create are limitless. I do love food. I do love to eat. Join me every day and every where I eat. Learn the joy of eating and feeling good from food. I’m encouraged daily by people I meet that follow ThinCin. I am truly amazed by the numbers of people that follow me, contact me – and share with me wonderful stories of how they feel by eating the ThinCin way.
Please read my past blogs – It is an insight into my personal thoughts on weight, and weight issues. Thank you for reading this long note – I hope you join me at www.thincin.com, twitter and Facebook. Keep the comments coming in! I love to answer your questions.

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your physician for guidance and advice.