If you are wondering who is in the picture, this is me, Chef Terri aka Terri Rogers. Founder & Chief NoOodlist of the NoOodle company. I am a 44 year old active, working mother of two boys. As a kid growing up I was chubby. I loved food and I loved to eat. I had developed a hobby of cooking and eating that continued into a career as an adult. It was an upset for me & my parents. They wanted me to be like my sister and brother who were not fat. I got teased at school for years and kids would call me names. I was an overweight kid was not fun…not fun at all.
At 15 I went on my first diet & I lost all those unwanted pounds. It was a miracle or maybe just what people refer to as “baby fat” or a combination of both. One thing for sure was that I had no intention of being teased for being “fat” ever again. I had learned to live in the world of moderation. I kept active thru sports & working out on a regular basis.
I was able to stay on the thin side of things until I got pregnant at age 26. I ate everything in sight. It was like a free pass to everything that I loved to eat and would refrain from most of the time, ie…cheese burgers & french fries, italian pizza and pasta and lots and lots of Hagen-Daz ice cream. Moderation went out the window & with my first son I gained 70 pounds tipping the scale at almost 200 prior to his birth. Of course some of that was baby, but not all, not even half. I enjoyed those years in many ways. I guess you could say I was “Fat & Happy”. I was happy except in one way, I wasn’t. I did not have my health & wellness. I was chubby and out of shape. It was like a dark cloud hovering over me. If you have ever been overweight than you would understand what I mean about what I am referring to as a dark cloud. The time had come for me to take action in this area of my life. At 31 with a three and two year old in tow I transitioned my body thru diet & exercise. Eating low-glycemic foods & exercise daily I was able to get myself down a lean size 6 with a body fat ratio of 18%, which I was told was very low for a woman.
The years passed and I got really great at cooking healthier options for myself, my family & my restaurant patrons. I met NoOodle which was a gift from God, for me, because I LOVE pasta and this was a healthy alternative. I had good nutrition but at forty I was feeling older than my years due to bunions that I had on my feet. I was in great pain everyday after work. I had decided to undergo a double bunionectomy in January 2012. Having reconstructive surgery on both feet at the same time left me crippled for two months. I had no idea what I was in for… a complete shocker. I thought they would just shave them off not reconstruct my feet. It was just the beginning of the slow & painful recovery process that lasted over a year. It had me gain back most of the weight that I managed to keep off throughout my thirties. Although I have two new perfect feet, the surgery was a set back in my overall health & wellness. I wrote a book called “The bunion blues” during this time in my life. A detailed journal of my experience of the days, weeks, and months following surgery that had left me crippled in more ways than one. It is almost two years to the date since that surgery.
It is time for me to get serious & get my size six back.
In order to hold myself accountable to my word that I CAN and WILL stick to this NoOodle diet for a minimum of 31 days I have started this blog.
NoOodle does work. It works because it fills us up, we feel it right away. I have an idea… lets do this together, join me for January in my new NoOodle diet as I will refer to it from now on.
To make this really fun the winners get prizes. To enter send a picture of your backside in revealing work out clothes so we can see all the excess unwanted fat. Then on January 31st take the same picture and send it in. The three people that have the most measurable results for themselves wins!
My friend and trainer, Aaron, who is an expert in this area suggests a strict low-glycemic diet with regular exercise. Cardio everyday and weight/strength training as much as you can fit into your schedule.
Say Yes to No/The NoOodle Diet:
Rules to live by…
Cheers to our health & wellness in 2014,