The Berkeley Body

Yesterday I lunched on chicken Milanese at MUA in Oakland. Yummy, but hardly a health food dish. (Chicken Milanese is essentially flattened fried chicken.) MUA is a raucous, warehousy place run by the folks behind two of my all-time favorite restaurants, Cafe Pastoral in Berkeley and Soisic in Jack London Square, both sadly out of business. The music’s loud but to my taste (Doors, Stones, Pink Floyd). I’ll be back.

Last week I pigged out on seafood in Washington, DC. It’s easier to find great fish, especially shellfish, on the East Coast than the West. I treated myself to a visit to the Old Ebbitt Grill, right across from the Treasury Building in downtown DC and a favorite of Presidents U.S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt.

Old Ebbitt Grill Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

Despite the soft-shelled crabs, lobster ravioli, and bowls of clam chowder, I returned home to my lowest weight in twenty years!

Part of the loss is attributable to a monumental reduction in alcohol consumption. My gastroenterologist told me, “If you don’t cut back on your drinking, you will die a miserable, ugly death.” Then he threw in, “Your liver is a ticking time bomb.” So I cut back to two drinks a day in early February.

161! My goal of dropping to 150 now seems within reach. I have my eating and drinking act at a reasonable place. I rarely clean my plate and think twice before eating stuff that’s bad for me.

My gut tells me the missing piece in my quest to get my weight back to what it was when I graduated from college is EXERCISE. Thirty minutes a day seems to be the sweet spot but anything trumps nothing, which is what I’ve been doing. I need to exercise not only to make my weight goal but to maintain my health in general. Here’s a compelling video on the benefits of the non-sedentary life.

Daily dog walks.

In line with the Berkeley Photo Diet philosophy, I’ll be taking a photo of my daily walk. Every day I expect to shoot three sorts of photos:

  • a picture of the scale each morning
  • photos of everything I eat or drink
  • a picture taken during my daily walk
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