Eat like a Parisienne, Work Out like An American: Part One

Apr 21, 2012 | Recipes | 32 comments

Post Script: August 2nd, 2014. Round FIVE of loosing the baby weight. She’ll be one year in two weeks and it’s finally gone. Another fifty pounds. Whew! I had to take my own advice plenty of times over the last year.
Hope you enjoy!
This post originally appeared 4/20/12.


I’m not on drugs,

Unless you’d call Chateau St. George a drug

… but I’d beg to differ.

Let’s talk figures.
More like….
As I have said a few times this week, I am on my fourth round of being on the “Final Fifteen”
I’ve lost 46 pounds since Chubs was born in September
I’ve heard that you should weigh 5 lbs. over 100 pounds for every inch you are over 5 feet tall.(IE: 5″ 5′ you should weigh 125)
I’ve also heard, the older you get or the more babies you have, the thinner you will need to be to maintain your “normal” look. Hmmm…. that’s interesting isn’t it?


That is a word that will NEVER be used to describe me
 and that is O.K. 
The reality is, I am short but not petite.
Some people call it curvy.
When I carry extra weight it’s simply called
Over the next week or so I am going to write about food, weight loss and health, simply from my own opinions and experience…
 but I know how woman are…
So promise me this…
No comparing.
Heaven forbid to me, or your neighbor or some knit-wit in Hollywood who really needs to binge on a big, fat, juicy burrito.
I do want to encourage you though…

I am all about health and I am
well, I am NOT that girl who can loose three pounds on accident.
I am NOT that girl who can work out for 20 minutes a day, three times a week and see 
“dramatic results”…
BTW, who are those people?
I’ve got big arms, thick, un-feminine legs
 and a good old mid-west booty to boot!!!
And I like it, thank you very much.

I love food.
I eat carbs.
I drink wine… often... 
And those cakes I make almost every weekend – yeah, I’ll have a slice or two.

Aside from Jesus, what in the world do we have in this life besides family, food and sex???
Yes, that’s what I said!

These are gonna be real life blog posts about choices we make…flavor… bread… sweat dripping in your eyes and finally zipping up that favorite pair of pants or effortlessly sliding into that LBD…

And let me tell you, there is nothing like sliding into that LBD, 
though it’s been awhile since I’ve done it effortlessly!

You ready?
Cause you gotta eat like une Parisienne and work out like
 une Amercaine.
You’ll see what I mean…


ALl images unless stamped ParisienneFarmgirl, Google & Amazon



  1. Stephanie

    Looking forward to this!

  2. Papa, Mama and Buniq

    Those people that lose weight effortlessly, have thyroids and adrenal glands that are in tip top shape..
    I stand firmly in the camp, that there are 3 macro nutrients. Fats (lard, butter and coconut oil as is traditional and healthy) proteins and carbs.
    All are necessary to maintain good health, and even more so when healing deficiencies and losing weight!

    I think you are right about Parisiennes, and I am looking forward to your posts!

  3. Karina Russell

    Bring it on! Oh wait just a minute. The lemon meringue pie in the refrigerator is calling me…

  4. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    Okay… I’m so ready to hear what your plan is! {stopping to sip a little red Veronese}… I’ve got this middle tire thing going that I’ve never, I mean NEVER had in XX years of living. How do people carry this kind of thing around? It’s killing me!

    Today a friend brought over his large earth moving equipment and cut a path to the top of our mountain and I hiked up to the very top for the first time in 9 years of living here… I thought I was going to have a heart attack before I reached the top!

    Tomorrow a.m. after all the morning chores are done (or maybe even before), I’m going to hike that hill again! And I’m going to do it every day (except maybe Sunday).

  5. Gayle

    I too am looking forward to this,

  6. janzi

    So looking forward to seeing what you are going to advise, cannot wait… these pounds are hard to shift, I never really got back to prekid weight after having my five, but I always hope that one day I shall be there… so lets see what you are going to offer.. great post as always,.. J

  7. Cheryl M.

    Hmmmm…..I am 5’1″….that would be 105 lbs…..hmmm…maybe I should actually use the pretty treadmill for its intended purpose.

  8. Joannah Labrador

    I’m ready! I’m in the final nine or ten, and your weight/height rule is in perfect alignment with my goal weight. 🙂

  9. myletterstoemily

    this should be fun and inspiring. i always
    think you look lovely.

    if your weight rule is true, i should weigh 135,
    but since i don’t have a scale i don’t know if
    i’m even close. 🙂

  10. Lisa and Joey @ Paintbrush and Screwdriver

    Can’t wait for this!

    My metabolism (among other things) hasn’t been the same since radiation for breast cancer.

    Patiently waiting for 5:00 pm so I can have a glass of wine 🙂

  11. Donna

    I am trying to loose about 20 pounds before my son gets married in October…and my daughter in January!
    I look forward to any advise I can get!
    What fun!

  12. Christy

    You crack me up!! I’ll be following in your footsteps soon. Baby 4 is due in July and I gained exactly 40 lbs with each of the first two and am headed right to that same point on the scale again.

  13. Laurel Anderson

    Love your posts and insight, and I am looking forward to our starting our journey together. Yes, together! Doesn’t that sound a lot more fun? 🙂

  14. Megan

    I, too, am a curvy girl! Think a tall, blonde Joan from Madmen with just slightly smaller dimensions, but definately that shape. Where I live it’s mostly athletic hardbodies or Audrey Hepburn types that have been surgically enhanced, I just don’t quite fit in. I lost 90 lbs over two years ago and have maintained it,and I’m never going back! I am so looking forward to your future posts, as I decided about 2 weeks ago to really ramp up my usual fitness program and lose another 20 lbs. I have lost 10 so far and need some inspiration to keep going.

  15. chateau chic

    I’m going to like this series. Full disclosure~I’m not a stress eater. As a friend of mine said, when she sees me putting on a few pounds she’ll know the stress in my life is gone. Not happening yet! 🙂 But I do like the wine and carbs thing.
    Mary Alice

  16. Grammy Goodwill

    Oh man. I was hoping for 140 before I’m 60 ~ 13 months. But now you’re telling me 125. Maybe I should make that 65. hehehe

  17. The Cape Club

    Can’t wait to join in your daily encouragement – LBD.. HERE I COME!

  18. The Cape Club

    Can’t wait to join in your daily encouragement – LBD.. HERE I COME!

  19. melyssa

    I know I’m in my 30s and not my insecure 20s when I do the math and yelp “crap! I’m supposed to be 115 pounds?!?!?!” and then cheerfully eat another bite of taco salad and pour another glass of wine. 🙂

    Looking forward to any and all posts about this. Yay for us curvy (i.e. short) girls!

  20. Kathy

    The last time I got to within 35 pounds of the number that formula gives me, friends started asking if I was sick. The last time I was actually at that number, I was a freshman at the Naval Academy.

    Forgive me for being skeptical about the math, but I’m looking forward to the advice! (especially since it seems to involve wine and cakes)

  21. Ann at eightacresofeden

    I’m feeling rather lonely here. Please don’t hate me. I’m one of those short, thin girls and there is nothing I can do about it. I am the same weight I was when I was a teenager and I’m 45. Thing is I eat like a Parisienne which kind of proves that eating those rich, wonderful foods doesn’t make you fat because I’m a butter and full cream milk straight from the farm kind of girl. Have been for years. I love desserts. I’m skinny but healthy but cringe when people say to me things like ‘Oh go on Ann have another piece of cake, we need to fatten you up’. They grab hold of my arm or wrist and hold it up and say to their friend ‘Look no meat on those bones is there?’ I thought having babies would do it but no. I only put on an extra 10 kilos (sorry, can’t think in pounds) and it drops off as soon as that baby is out. Each and every time. Even after twins. It’s just how it happens. This is me and it’s how God made me. I distinctly remember at age 16 a school nurse saying to me at a health check. ‘Those aren’t exactly child bearing hips are they’? I was absolutely devastated as I longed to have a family one day and give birth naturally. How wrong was that nurse because those hips bore children just fine! I know you mean no ill will towards us skinny girls Ang but just wanted to share my experiences of the dumb things people sometimes say and assume about us. And all the best in your quest to reach your goal weight whatever that is in kilos!

  22. savvycityfarmer

    trying to relax with it more than I used to!

    eating bread now, have ya noticed?
    WITH butter

    45 minutes of swimming is my best friend!
    … the dungeon weight room is my second best friend.

    I think you look marvelous …
    proud mama

  23. Barbara Brown

    Looking forward to your posts as I am attending a wedding in August.

  24. janet

    I think you look great for having 4 children..
    When I read your post though I thought I only had 10 more pounds to go for my 5’6″ frame..
    I now have to rethink my workout plan..LOL
    Have a wonderful day..

  25. Burlap Luxe

    I have always thought you looked great in any weight, yet the pounds you have lost is fabulous!!!

    keep on doing what you are doing it works for you my dear!

    Have a beautiful fat free week, meaning that anything with fat stay free from your beach babe bod!

    PS. I am cutting back on some delights to remove the love of what it has done to my bod!! 🙂

  26. Amusing Provincial

    Wow girl you’ve got my attention! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say! You are gorgeous by the way and don’t need to change a thing!!! Bon Appetit!

  27. Mary Palumbo Collings

    Will like to see if it the same as eating like an Italian girl… I believe in all the food groups… pasta, bread, sweets and plenty of wine…

  28. Mandy

    if i didn’t already {and i did} i now love you! food, family, sex and Jesus, yes ma’am. as i said before, i have 4 kids too, 4 in 6 years thankyouverymuch. all the other babies i was able to loose weight fairly easily, but i’ve never been thin. i’ve always been curvy, but oh to be as fat as i used to think i was. with baby #4 i develpoed some serious health issues, and so between the weight not coming off because of those issues, and not feeling well enough to work out, well, i’ve been 50 lbs over weight {the weight i was at his delivery } since, 4 YEARS AGO!!! i am sooo frusterated. can’t weight {hehe} for this series!

  29. Theanne

    curious to see what’s coming!

  30. Ashley

    I love this. I am on my final FINAL 15 as well and I’m having the hardest time making a dent in it.
    I’m just about desperate enough to try “Majic Leek Soup” (I KNOW you know what I’m talkin’ about). It’s getting bad…
    Excited to see what you share with us. 🙂

  31. Kate

    Angela, I kind of love you! Wish we lived back in the Midwest! The reality is that many of us do not have the genetics to naturally be “thin.” But we should worry about eating well, being active, and not obsessing!


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