I have lost 200 pounds. I did not do it through surgery – I don’t like knives and needles – or by joining a club, vigorous exercise, or rigorous dieting. I did it by gourmet cooking. To be precise, by cooking low fat, really delicious food. I love to cook as much as I love to eat. Food magazines are some of my favorite reading. I would feel deprived if I couldn’t have the sensuous experience of good food crossing my lips. This blog is about my perpetual feast, my passionate love of food, with recipes, photos, and occasional advice and principles that I have learned along the way.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not lose 200 pounds all at once. In fact, I did not start out to lose weight. I had tried all sorts of weight loss schemes before, from clubs to bizarre diets. Nothing really worked, because I love food. So I decided I was comfortable with my largeness, and went on with life.

Sometime in about 1993 I was having “digestive problems”, and I remember a doctor telling me after some surgery that if I “ate a Big Mac, I’d sh-t for a week.” So I went out and bought a little fat gram counter and tracked my intake of fat for three weeks, restricting myself to 10% fat, and eating as much of anything else as I wanted. Sure enough, the stomach problems ceased. But given my more than generous girth, I did not realize I was losing weight. Indeed, I didn’t even own a scale because they didn’t make home bathroom scales that went up that high. A few months later, I went to the doctor because of a cold, and discovered that I lost 20 pounds. Then I got motivated!

Because I love food and eating, I began cooking interesting and delectable dishes to keep from being bored. I lost 150 pounds over three years. I sometimes ate more fat grams than I should, but I always returned to the same path. Pretty soon it became a habit. I kept my weight off for seven years, eating a bit more fat but always making sure I did not stray too far. Then, I started taking a medication for diabetes, and the side effect was weight gain. Over 3 years, I gained 30 pounds. I finally confronted my doctor and asked what sort of crazy doctor gave a fat woman a medicine that caused weight gain. I can see the future at 10 pounds a year, and I’ve already donated the clothes. So after a million medical tests and taking enough blood to start another person, we switched medications. I have now lost the 30 pounds plus many more. Mind you, I am still more than plump. Those weight charts show that I should lose 35 more pounds to be “normal”. But since I have never been so-called normal – in fact this is the least I have weighed in my adult life – I have no clue where I’m going or what I want to look or feel like. So follow my adventures as I keep on cooking.

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  1. 1 umea January 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hi,
    I just read your post on cnn/larry king and checked your site.
    Great blog with great recipes. I sure will try some and visit your blog more often.
    I admire people with strong will power. I don’t have weight problems, never did… but I believe the key to keeping a normal weight is to eat everything in moderation…I don’t believe in diets, but I believe in low-fat cooking. Good luck!
    Barbara from Europe

  2. 3 janis porter April 19, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Congratulatios on the weight loss.
    where do you get a fat gram counter.
    My husband is impressed as well he need yo loss weight as well.

  3. 4 perpetualfeast April 21, 2009 at 1:25 am

    The fat gram counter I mostly use is a pocket size book called The T Factor Gram Counter. I have a link to the little book under Fat Math. I also have a couple of thick books by Connie Netzer that give gram counts for some items not covered in my basic book. These are all available on Amazon, and often in your local bookstore

  4. 5 Recipe man May 13, 2009 at 7:43 am

    i must say this whole story makes you think. i think you are a very strong woman and many women can learn alot from you.
    Chart make you feel guilty for not being “normal” and each person should have his or her own goals that are good for them.

    good luck.

  5. 6 Jan Jackson January 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Cruising around looking for dishes to go with our cornish hens tonight for our supper group.

    Will share your site with the other couples. We all like to cook and are cooking healthier. Your recipes look interesting and practical.

    Hope all is still going well for you.

    • 7 perpetualfeast January 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      All is still well, and I’m still cooking and losing weight – a bit slower now, but still going in the right direction. And the food is good!

  6. 8 Frank March 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Karen, I must congratulate you “well done” but!
    not on your weight loss achievement nor the thoughtful and well presented website you have but for understanding that it is up to the individual to take responsibility for their actions, alas not many do……we are what we eat!

  7. 10 Karen January 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Congratulations! Your website is an inspiration and the recipes and pictures look delicious. I’m going to sign up so I don’t miss a single one.

  8. 11 Karen January 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Oops – just signing up now.

  9. 13 Cheryl February 4, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hi Karen…great blog and recipes. I subscribe via RSS but is there a way to get new posts through e mail? I tend to not look at my RSS enough.
    Thanks! Cheryl


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ABOUT KAREN

I have lost 200 pounds. I did not do it through surgery – I don’t like knives and needles – or by joining a club, vigorous exercise, or rigorous dieting. I did it by gourmet cooking. To be precise, by cooking low fat, really delicious food. I love to cook as much as I love to eat. Food magazines are some of my favorite reading. I would feel deprived if I couldn’t have the sensuous experience of good food crossing my lips. This blog is about my perpetual feast, my passionate love of food, with recipes, photos, and occasional advice and principles that I have learned along the way.

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