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About the Blog
Cheese and Icecream came to fruition came about in October 2011, as a place to keep my friends and family updated this crazy thing I call life, while, also to have a central location to share recipes, running/exercise stories and all he other
boring good times I share with my friends and family, but first and foremost I want to use the blog to share good eats and a little fitness in the mix.
My one passion, is being in the kitchen and putting smiles on faces though food. While I love me some midwestern comfortfood, I strive to take all the classics and turn them into “healthy meals” by experimenting with ways to make them still warm and filling, yet keeping them healthy . I live a pretty healthy life but
once in awhile, every hour, my sweet tooth comes out and enjoy my favorite indulgences (hence cheese or icecream).
Who is Nathan Miller?
Great question. I am still trying to figure it out as well. My name is Nathan and I am 26-years-old, recently engaged, live in the heart of beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana (The biggest, small town feeling city) . I grew up in in the middle of the corn fields of Bryant, Indiana. My childhood was typical of that of a midwestern kid. My parents both worked their tails off for myself and younger sister. But still looking back am amazed at how much time and energy they had for us. My dad was my little league coach for many years, and we could always count on my mother to have a hot comfort meal sitting on the table when we got home from whereever we were. Thus, having a loving mother, who makes Iron Chef’s, look like sues chef’s, I began to became
fat a little chubby, and continued to do so until my my freshman year in college. Don’t laugh, you would be pleasantly plump, when 3 out of your 5 breakfasts EVERY week included pancakes, 3 pieces of buttered toast, bacon, smoky links, bacon fat cooked dippy eggs (yes dippy eggs, we are in the midwest, and have no idea what a sunny side up egg is). As for our suppers (yes, another midwestern word, when someone says “whens dinner”, I have no idea what time of the day they want to eat) . Anyway, the nightly meals in our household were some of the best I have ever eaten. It was your typical lasagna’s, pot roasts, crockpot hamburgers cooked in cream of mushroom, chicken patties, and chili. However, this won’t be the last time I mention it, but the worlds great meal, and then one that puts a smile on face/brings back the warmest memories, is my mothers Cubed Steak, mashed potatoes, gravy made from the steak drippings, corn, and bread with butter.
Mmmm. I wish I had a plate full right now. Thus, as you can tell, food was so so important for us, and my parents (god bless them), made it a rule that we would all eat supper together. 5:30pm on the dot every night. And I feel that not only made me into the person I am today, but would later make me realize how much my family really means to me. Its funny, but some families have vacations, activities, ect that brought their family together but for us Miller’s everything comes back to FOOD. So as I left the roost my senior year of highschool and headed to IU Bloomington (Go Hoosiers), for college, I weighted grossly close to 260 lbs!, where for 3 threes I lived, and meet the most amazing and beautiful woman, and best friend, Brittni (Yes, it Brittni with an NI, its as goofy as she is) .
After finding Bloomington wasn’t going to get us where we wanted in life, we then moved an hour North to Indianapolis’s IUPUI, where I finished my degree in Business Management, and where Brittni will finish her degree in Radiology, in December of this year! (Amen someone will make some money around here). However, during college I decided that a little weight loss would not hurt, thus I began to hit the gym, and skip the fast food joints, where during my time in college lost close to 100lbs and have been able to keep it off, but more on that later.
Upon graduation, I entered the “the workforce where I dabbled in sales, accounting, and other business jobs. However, in the last two months I have been realizing my love for food (reading, writing, and eating) and I recently left my job in an accountant department to focus on my true passions in the food scene and am weighing my options where I am now in what I call a transition phase of my life. So while I have some free time, I can happily track my favorite sports teams (Chicago Cubs, Indiana Hoosiers, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, and Dallas Cowboys).
As you can, food has been a love/hate relationship thought-out my life. While I loved all those amazingly rich, hearty meals of my childhood, I knew I could not keep all of them around if I wanted to feel and look better. This my first year of college, I removed many of my loves, beginning with
soda Pop (yes, yet again another midwestern word), and as you can clearly see by the link, very polarizing word. My senior year of highschool I was drinking close to 6 or 7 Mountain Dew’s a day! I cut ALL pop out of my diet and began to hit the gym, and then play pick up basketball games during my lunch breaks in between classes, and the weight instantly feel off. It made me feel so much better, gave me more energy, and I was more confident in my appearance. My weight loss continued, and began to eat better as well. I started cutting out all refined white breads, pasta, rice, ect, and replaced them all with WHOLE wheat (different than whole grain) items. I also found my love for the kitchen! In order to help my weight loss, I knew I had to get into the kitchen, inorder for me to know what was in my food, how it was prepared, and I could control the caloric levels. I knew I had the culinary skills I received from my amazing mother, it was just learning to adapt and tweak all my favorites to make them more healthy. And the weight continued to diminish.
During this time in my like I also feel in love with running! I began to jog a mile or two a day, now at 4:45AM I run religiously 6 miles EVERYDAY. I began to sign up for 5k’s, 10ks, and this year I competed in THREE half marathons! And on October 15th, 2011 I ran my first FULL marathon (Marathon recap to come shortly). But its amazing what the body can do, if you push it hard enough. You have no idea the will power, mental strength, and heart you have until you run 26.2 miles straight.
I am truly blessed with some amazing people in my life, and I pray my running encourages just ONE person to help themselves health wise. I feel that most people don’t run or exercise because of internal fears, and it really is a mental game. Is it tough to get out of bed everymorning to go run? Yes, some days are better than others, but the greatest inspiration and motivation to get out of bed is based on this attitude. “I force myself to get out of bed, change into running gear, and THEN ask myself, do I really want to run today?” 99% of the time, since I’m up and changed, I say go run!
Long, Dark Road
However, my road to weight loss was not met with trials and tribulations. During my 4th year of weight loss, coincided with my first full year in the workforce, and my job at the time was undesirable to me, and began to become daunting and perhaps a little depressing. Thus, not wanting to take our my frustration on those closest to me, I continued on my weight loss journey. And it began to become extreme. I cut out EVERYTHING which made me happy including cheese, icecream, chicken breast, fish, the occasional beer. It started affected my personality, relationship, and weight loss was the focal point of everything I did. I turned into someone else, and became unsociable, cranky, and someone no one wanted to be around. Bluntly, I would pretty much starve myself inorder to feel better about myself, and the weight loss, became like that of a “drug”. Until last Christmas, when my job downsized and had to let me go. I finally got down to close to 140 lbs, a mere image of what I used to look like.
So after sitting around on the couch for a month I made a few huge life choices. First, I told myslef, food was not going to control my life anymore, and 2nd, I decided to use the money we received in severance pay fro being let go, to take a little trip somewhere warm with Brittni. So, the week before Christmas of 2010, I took Britt to Jamaica for 4 days 3 Nights of nothing but Rest, Relaxing, great drinks, and amazing FOOD.
On the 3rd night we were there, I walked Brittni down to the beach while the sunset, where I got down on one knee and asked for her to make me the happiest guy in the world, and for some reason she said yes! Upon our return, I came back with a new outlook and attitude on life, and also a new fiancé
Getting Back to my old self
This New outlook did not come from just myself, I had A LOT of help and could not have started my recovery with my AMAZING mother, father, sister, fiancé, and the rest of my amazing family and friends who for not even a minute, turned their backs on me.
They knew there was something wrong, and really pushed hard to get to me realize I needed to step back and recognize I needed help. And to all of you who have helped me on this road, I can not and will NEVER be able to thank you enough. I have been truly blessed with some of the most unbelievable people in my life. Thus, I am now on my way to “recovery”, and have now allowed myself to have some of the food, I deemed, I’ve never eat again. Hence, Icecream and cheese came back into my life, along with more dairy products, and chocolate.
While, I’m not eating everything I used to, Its still a battle but Its not that I don’t want to sit down for a big steak supper, or belly up to a big buffet. But right now it’s a mental game with myself. For those, whom have never lost over 120lbs, and now have to put on weight, you have no idea how hard it is. For so long you told yourself to loose weight and keep it off, and now you are telling your body to put weight back on, and it can be a really long, tough, battle. And again I will thank each one of you who have been patient and continued to support me! As it’s a struggle everyday, I feel I have made some really good changes the last 4 months and am slowly but surely getting back to the old Nathan.
I think of myself as more of a“novice” in the kitchen rather cook or baker. I hate fast-food restaurants, and secretly wish they would all disappear or be banned by the government. Just joking, but I really enjoy playing with the food I am about to eat, and find cooking so calming. So many people are afraid of the kitchen and cooking, but really, its so much easier than people make it out to be! However, the majority of cooking you will see me showcase, will be healthy food, prepared in a quick manner and made with a lot of flavor. I love being in the kitchen, but feel that amazing meals should not come from hours in the kitchen. Also, I have never met a dessert I didn’t like, so I will show off everything from my mothers famous sugar cookies, to my new invented “Payday” bars (well, I hate coconut, so you will not see me making any German Chocolate Cakes anytime soon).
So, I try to eat healthy 98% of the time, however, with my new outlook on life, I now try to balance my healthy eating with handfuls of cheese, and the occasional
bowl spoonful’s of icecream straight out tub. The depravation of my lost loves drove me insane and now I understand the important of letting yourself indulge once in awhile.
Thus, I hope to create a blog, that anyone and everyone will want to read, and also perhaps be an example and inspiration to someone. Thanks for reading and now go have yourself a big bowl of icecream or mac and cheese.