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The Challenges of 2010

This year, I am really trying to get healhy. For me, that means losing some weight and exercising more. The losing weight part is a struggle for me because I love to cook. And while I think I eat healthy the majority of the time, I know I eat too much food. When trying to lose weight, I normally try to do it by not cutting out everything unhealthy, just cutting back and trying to eat a little less. But I generally don't lose much. I am trying to lose 20-25 pounds, and this time I'm doing it differently-I'm counting calories. I figure that even if I don't do it forever, it gives me a better idea of what I can eat in a day and lose. You know the saying-calories in, calories out. I started on Jan. 1 and I have lost 7 pounds so far.

The struggle that comes with this is what to do with my blog. I have belonged to several cooking groups that I post about-Daring Bakers, Daring Cooks, and our Sunday Whatever (it is now Sunday Slow Suppers). I dearly hate to give those up, but for now I am not following any recipes, I am eating mainly oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a turkey wrap for lunch, yogurt and fruit for a snack, and fish or chicken, along with vegetables and a salad for dinner. Maybe a little quinoa if I've exercised hard that day. Not really anything to put on a food blog. So I"ve posted one recipe since the holidays, and it was one I made over the holidays. I might go back and repost some of the recipes I've posted in the past. I'm still not sure. I do know that I'm not too motivated to work on the blog while I'm not cooking, but I don't want to give it up all-together. So bear with me during this period as I figure things out. And if anyone has any suggestions on what they'd like to see me do, by all means let me know.

Comments (5)

Anne:

Way to go, you!! Good luck on your weight loss goal!

If looking for ideas, you can never go wrong posting photos. I love seeing new areas through the eyes of those who live there. New to me areas, that is...I haven't been to Alaska, although my mom visited a corner of it on her honeymoon and said it was gorgeous. For some reason, she didn't take many photos :(

Barb Cabot:

right there with you Cindy. It's difficult to be sure. Good luck on this journey. You can do it.

I think if you're going to have long term success you'll need to look for healthy recipes. I think Amy has had the right idea - how can I modify the recipe to make it healthy. If it can't be modified then don't make it.

There are few folks out there as food obsessed as I am. I've turned my obsession to healthy food choices.

I figure that the reason I've gotten fat is because I was making poor food and lifestyle choices for years. Unless I actively work to change THOSE patterns thna no amount of dieting will work in the long term.

Jerry-I think you're absolutely right. Modify where we can, and skip some things. I've been doing well. I know San Diego will be a challenge, but how much weight can you gain in 4 or 5 days?

Cindy, I understand how you feel. I think the idea of converting recipes to be more healthy is a good idea for your blog. That way you will be accomplishing both of your goals - to eat healthy and lose weight and to have material for your blog.
Nancy-Thanks for your encouragement. I'm sure that you're right in that being the best way to accomplish my goals.

amy:

Cindy, you are such an amazing cook--I am SURE you will find your enthusiasm for cooking while still eating healthier. It's a challenge, bot certainly not an impossible task. And in a few weeks your tastebuds will adjust, and you'll feel satisfied with less fat and sugar in your food. I'm at the point where I am very slowly adding one off-plan meal a week, and I'm not tempted to go back to my old eating and cooking habits. Feeling good is more satisfying than cake, I promise.
Amy-Thank you so much for the encouragement. You wouldn't know it from my blog, but I do eat healthy the majority of the time. Always have eaten lots of fish (not fried!), vegetables and fruit. But when I then add the bad for me things, I don't lose weight. You've done such a great job of losing weight, I'm glad you can add back some special things every once in a while. That's the way I plan on eating.

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