That bean dip’s pretty good, huh?

I kind of figured this would happen. As soon as I wrote about the “whoosh”, it stopped. And that’s okay. This isn’t a race. Would I like to be at my goal weight by mid-October? Of course. Even better would be mid to late September when I’ll be needing to replace my tux in preparation for the 2014-15 season with the Sierra Vista Symphony. At the same time, I fully understand that the body is going to do what the body is going to do. I might be there by then, and I might not. As long as things are trending in the right direction, it doesn’t really matter what the date is when I get there.

Lately I’ve become incredibly bored with using hummus or guacamole on my sandwiches for lunch. I decided it was time to concoct something else with slightly different flavor and texture profiles. What I ended up with was a bean dip-like spread that has been kind of amazing. This is the third week in a row that I’ve made it. I’m starting to get bored with that now, so I’ll need to come up with another option this weekend. Any way, I thought I would share that recipe with you. It’s pretty great on sandwiches. It’s probably really good just as a dip with chips, but I don’t know for sure since I stopped keeping chips in the house around this time last year. I can not be trusted with them. But I digress. On to the recipe!

Bean Dip Sandwich Spread

  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) of pinto beans – organic if possible – drained and rinsed well (I tried it this week with black beans instead. Meh. Stick with the pintos.)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (I run it through a garlic press, then hand-mince the “guts” that get stuck inside the hopper.)
  • juice of one lime (~2 Tbsps)
  • 1-2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 2 Tbsps tahini (Optional, but I left it out this week and really miss it.)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 to 3/4 tsp chili powder (I really like chipotle chili powder here, but use what you have.)
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1-2 Tbsps water to desired consistency
  • salt and pepper to taste

Just put everything in a bowl and whiz it up with a stick blender. Or dump it all into a food processor and mix it up that way. Or mash it up by hand with one of those old-fashioned potato mashers. Maybe wait until toward the end to add the water in case you like it thicker, though it does thicken up some as it sits in the fridge. I’ll get five sandwiches-worth out of this, and I spread it on both slices of bread. It’s really good with basic meats (turkey, roast beef, chicken) and cheeses (American, cheddar, etc.) and a bit of salad greens. Not so great with a more complexly flavored meat like the maple ham I decided to try this week.

If you decide to try it, I’d love to know what you think.

As much as the “word” bothers me…

…I woke up this morning in “Onederland”! That’s right, folks. The needle on the scale stopped at 199 today. The last time I weighed under 200 pounds was probably late 2000, maybe early 2001.

I seem to be experiencing one hell of a “whoosh” recently. I was excited a couple of days ago when I hit 200 pounds and planned to be content to stay there for a week or so if that was what my body decided to do. I guess it isn’t done with whatever it is doing, though. And I’m okay with that for the time being. I’ve lost six pounds in the last twelve days (If you find them, you can keep them. I don’t want them back.) without having made any big changes since I last wrote. Though I have added a few more walks to my week, I don’t think that would be enough to trigger anything. I’m expecting this loss rate to slow down again any day now.

Rest assured, I’ll be keeping an eye on things and will check in with the doctor if the weight continues to drop so rapidly for too much longer. As much as I’d like to believe my body is just catching up from that three month plateau, I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks with my health.

I did recently notice that many of my work shirts are starting to fit more like circus tents than actual clothing, so I hit up some thrift stores over the last couple of weekends. Most of my old shirts are size XXL but I’m finding an XL now fits me quite well. I did try on a couple of size L shirts just for giggles, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m also down from a very tight-waisted size 38 cargo short (really, I was in denial and should probably have been wearing size 40) to a snuggish-waisted size 34 jean short.

New experience this week: I keep catching my reflection in various surfaces – particularly while wearing my “new” smaller shirts – and thinking, “Damn. I look good!” I am not accustomed to thinking such things about myself. It feels weird, but also good.

In unrelated news, it would seem I am once again part of a rock band. I responded to a thread on the local subreddit in which a guy was looking for a keyboardist. After listening to the demo tracks he had posted, I decided I was interested in giving it a go. I went to my first rehearsal with them last night, and I had a blast. It feels really good to be making some noise again. I think the synths were happy to get out of the house, too. They’re a good group of kids having fun making music together. It was also really nice to walk into a group that already had some established songs. They just had to give me the chord progressions, then they’d kick off the tune and we’d see what happened. Oh sure, things are still a bit rough around the edges. But that’s okay. That’s what practice is for.

I don’t think the group officially has a name yet – at least, not that was mentioned in my hearing- but the music is sort of noisy, shoegazey, psychedelic rock. Speaking of hearing: I need to buy more ear plugs.