What do you mean, I can’t taste?

My word, the Rocket Blog has been MIA for weeks now.  I’d like to blame it on my current Covid infection but I have a better excuse(s).  The first is that the Blog is in the process of making a move to another platform.  It might still be some weeks off but don’t worry, I’ll give you plenty of warning.  Hopefully it will be a seamless transition for you and me both.  Second, I’ve been working on starting a You Tube channel.  Ok, working is an exaggeration as I just watched a You Tube video and created A Better Weigh MD TV.  I FINALLY get to have my own TV show, something I’ve dreamed about since I was six.  Plus, YOU get step-by-step instructions for permanent weight loss in 60 weeks!  How much fun is that?  I’ve been a little hush hush in the roll out because I do know I’ve got A LOT to learn about You Tube.

In other news, I lost my sense of taste and smell.  It started happening Thursday night and I kind of flipped out.  The unknown was terrifying.  When I realized what was happening, I made my husband run out and get me my favorite flavor of Blizzard.  I had to get one last one in before I lost ALL of my taste. Sadly, I could not taste the flavors but I discovered that the sweetness and mouth feel of the ice cream versus the chocolate pieces versus the brownie were enough that I could imagine what it could taste like.    I could also taste the salt in the brownie but everything now seems too salty.  So, I can taste sweet and salty and by way of experimentation I can also taste bitter and sour.  Everything else is devoid of flavor.  Basically, I want to subsist on Blizzards and pickles which sounds gross even to me.

The loss of taste reminds me of a book I once read about a famous chef, Grant Achatz.  He owns several restaurants and bars in Chicago and at the height of his fame he was diagnosed with tongue cancer.  I won’t bore you with the details of his treatment but he lost the ability to taste for a while.  As a world class chef at the pinnacle of his career, this impairment should have been crippling.  Achatz though, hid his disability and during the year he couldn’t taste, he still managed to win a coveted James Beard award.  That my friends, is pure genius.  He could have given up.  He could have decided that losing his ability to taste was the end of everything he had worked for but instead, he decided to continue to pursue his goals in spite of the ever present looming specter of failure.  He was solutions focused and single minded which is the way we have to be to create any goal, weight loss or otherwise.  Every time you stumble on your weight loss journey, I want you to remember that the only obstacle you can’t over come is quitting.  Remember your compelling reason for losing weight and find a way to move forward.

The Blog will be back next week but tune in to A Better Weigh MD TV  (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqmaD-fK84XNCZTV5FIB0w) for some more tips and an occasional crazy-town story.

XO,

Dre

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