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08-30-2002, 10:01 AM
well, it took me days but i finally read through all the latest posts to find out where i belong, and this place feels the most...normal (?) Yes, I am a 'woman of substance" and not overly happy about that. I have always been heavy and will always be, but the health issue (now that I am ...45, geeze) is more of a concern.

who I am: I am a contradiction of everything, a Christian Feminist who likes to say the "F" word when needed, I am childless by choice, married with 4 cats, and 2 dogs, and dust bunnies the size of shetland ponies. I live in the states but work in China (the commute is a *****!) an artist and marketing director for a company in mainland China (where everyone is a size 2). I am in the process of being diagnossed with some rare and exotic desease that makes walking difficult, and writing even more so...
(not MS, Lupus, MD, Fibro...or anything else we can find) So I have braces on arms and legs, but still manage to clock over 100,000 frequent flyer miles a year. I know all the 'rules' of eating and still make the wrong choices and have been on many diets in the past. (the same old story)

I joined the group to get support for those days that I just need people around me who understand the concept of having more than one wardrobe (fat clothes and not so fat clothes) and who can truely sympathize with "Eddie" on "AB FAB" when she whined
'all I want are clothes that don't leave marks on me'.

So, if all you nice alternative people can accept yet another "looser" then scooth over, ginya is here!

08-30-2002, 10:28 AM
Welcome, Ginya. I'm scooting my big fat butt over. You'll love it here.
China! There are Chines food addicts here so beware. :lol:

08-30-2002, 10:43 AM
Welcome Ginya. I think that you'll find that you are in the right place!!!
...its not easy moving this thing over!!! But, I'm scootching, I'm scootching....

08-30-2002, 11:01 AM
Hey Welcome Ginya
Hope you enjoy all the crazy nuts on this site, they really grow on ya. Chinese food mmmmmmm!

08-30-2002, 02:05 PM
Welcome Ginya!!!

Terri :hyper:

08-30-2002, 03:30 PM
Hmmmm... Christian feminist... we have something in common! Looking forward to getting to know you.

08-30-2002, 08:46 PM
Hi ginya and welcome:)

08-30-2002, 08:54 PM
Welcome to our own little'll love it here! :wave:

08-30-2002, 10:30 PM

08-30-2002, 11:31 PM
thanks for the welcome! As far as loving Chineese food, believe me, you aint had any real authentic Chineese food unless it is crawiling out of the bowl. I have had to eat everything from deep fried pigeon heads to leeches...after a while you just stop asking what you are eating. No fried rice and egg rolls there. No bread, no sweets, no deserts,...I hate it! Even McDonalds do wierd things to the burgers, the Big Macs all have a fried egg on top! And the local Pizza Hut sells Pizza with squid (tenticles and all). God Bless America!

08-31-2002, 12:52 AM
Hi Ginya... welcome from another foul-mouthed Christian feminist!

If anyone is interested in deep fried pigeon heads, come on over... I've got a freakin' ship-load of raw ones on my roof.

08-31-2002, 05:42 PM
Sorry I am late - But WELCOME!!!!

Where in China are you? I spent 2 weeks there about 8 years ago now I think. From what I remember I lost 10 pounds in those 2 weeks. The food was generally not too good. I ate a lot of rice and noodles and that was about it. We did go to a Pizza Hut in Hong Kong. :)


09-01-2002, 10:56 PM
I have been all over, but generally spend my time in a place called Xiamen. A nice city on the ocean, tropical, hot and typically chineese. (5 miles from Tiawan by sea so politically it is an interesting place) I also spend a lot of time in Hong Kong. The only place in the world where you can celebrate Octoberfest by drinking german beer, served by phillipno waiters, singing beatle songs. Ah, the stories I could tell...

09-02-2002, 01:04 PM
Hi Ginya! Welcome!

I hear you.. I have clothes in sizes that range from 10 - 22. Can we talk??

3 out of 4 closets in this house belong to me and I cannot bear to part with a thing :) I need them all for that some day :)

Looking forward to getting to know you......

barefoot terrigrrrl - another Chinese foodie

09-02-2002, 01:08 PM
LOL... I figure that if I ever make it back down to a small size, all of those clothes will probably be out of style anyway. I really need to sort through all of that crap in my closet!

09-04-2002, 04:32 PM
Welcome ginya...

I always suspected they didn't serve "General Tso's Chicken" over there!

You can't go wrong with a foul-mouthed, christian feminist in your ranks!!

09-07-2002, 12:06 AM
Hey, do they serve chicken feet over there? :devil:

09-07-2002, 10:51 AM
oh the chicken feet I have eaten...
and duck feet, swan feet, turtle...
one thing for sure, you don't gain weight there...

09-08-2002, 05:44 PM

Although, I have eaten raw frozen seal and caribou meat, as well as whale blubber so I guess I can't tun my nose up:snooty: at anything, well except poutine:lol:

09-08-2002, 06:01 PM
WOW MAUVAIS!!! I'm impressed!! How did they taste, and what were the circumstances?

09-09-2002, 10:19 AM
Wow, mauvais...seal meat, caribou meat and whale blubber? Must be a Canadian thang...

What the heck is poutine? Do you spread marmite on it and serve with with pepperettes?

09-09-2002, 10:10 PM
I have some Inuit friends and we were at a social function where all of the above were served. The caribou and seal were served raw and frozen so you just cut a chunk off and ate it, can't really describe the taste. It was okay but the Artic Char (salmon, also raw and frozen) was really good. The whale blubber was raw but not frozen and again you cut a piece off and ate it. I really hated the blubber because it was so chewy it took forever to eat and then you started to get grossed out because you were chewing and chewing. I have the same problem eating escargot or chewing on steak fat. In fact the blubber tasted like fishy steak fat :p The yummiest thing was the bannock, I must have eaten about 8 peices by myself:ink:

I have also gone to several powwows and had buffalo burgers which are quite tasty. I also once ate Bison steak at a fancy scmanchy restaurant in Toronto. When I was in New Orleans I had alligator, turtle soup and did the suck and shuck crawfish thing. I also used to eat cow tongue sandwiches when I was a kid, it was made into a lunch meat and looked and tasted kind of like corned beef.

Katrinabgood-poutine is basically french fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in gravy, looks repulsive (like fries someone threw up on) and smells repulsive but I hear it is quite tasty.
I can't get past the smell as it turns my stomach but lots of people love it. It is apparently the national dish of Quebec. :shrug: or so I am told. But hey, I love Haggis so I can't say anything:lol: I would probably be in Asia with Ginya eating whatever they put in front of me and not asking what if was because it would be better not too, and easier just to shut up and eat:)

09-10-2002, 12:57 AM
That sounds great!! I love experiencing different cultures, and ESPECIALLY the foods (surprised?!!) I've eaten buffalo burgers, crawfish, shark (I love the idea of biting it back!!). I am with you on the escargot. I prefer the garlic butter sopped up with french bread. The snails are too chewy!!! I agree, tongue tastes like corned beef. I was 10 when I had it, and I ate it, but I didn't like the idea of a cow's tongue touching my tongue (It was sitting whole on the table while we ate!!) One of the more interesting experiences I had was "crabbing" with my grandparents in Florida. We went way back in some banyon-y area and had to lure them up towards shore with chicken necks tied on strings, and then scoop them up with a net. I loved it despite the mosquitos!! Then we got to go home, clean 'em and eat 'em!!! YUM!!!

09-10-2002, 10:20 AM
oh my sister friends, maybe you could come with me to the land of chicken feet and snake skin. I have found there is a bit of a blessing in trying new and exotic foods...not sure what kind...
and every trip manages to haul out yet another dish that would confuse and astound the westerners...but I get my revenge. Once, when my boss was traveling here, he asked for a 'typical American breakfast" so I took him to a gas station and bought him a warm Moutain dew and a beef jerky. (life is good!)

09-10-2002, 01:04 PM
TOO FUNNY!!!!! How about half a dozen stale donuts and a warm Pepsi?

09-16-2002, 09:40 AM
Ok, I have something to add to this sorta gross, sorta exotic food discussion.

I used to think that the cat and dog stories about Asian restaurants was all an urban legend until I visited Korea.

My hub drove me past a dog farm - you guessed it - raised for food......eeewwwwwww:faint:

Ok Canada does have some interesting food, but now that I am on a low carb diet - it's all fair game - he he, get it!! ok, I'll stop the lame jokes for now and get to work

sending a hug - terrigrrrl