“How do you stay so thin with all of those decadent treats you bake?”
This question was thrust upon me many times in my first year of blogging. I’d love to say that I’m this magical being who can eat anything and everything and never gain weight. I’m not. I’ve lived my life never feeling thin. Even when I was thin, I never felt thin. I’m not skinny, but I wouldn’t say I’m truly fat either. My brave admission is that I’m at a weight that’s uncomfortable, and I’m ready to do something about it. I’ve decided to share an honest account of my weight struggle with readers. My hope is that I may find others who experience the same struggle, and perhaps I’ll inspire people to reflect upon their own lifestyles.
As you can see from the diet-friendly portion of my cookbook collection, I’ve obviously had the desire to lose weight many times before. Yes, I’ve tried most of the diets… Jenny Craig, Atkins, South Beach, Biggest Loser, Weight Watchers & more. I know how to lose weight… I just don’t know how to do it and keep it off forever. It comes off, it comes back. It comes off, and then it comes back plus a few more. Recently, I realized that I’ve gained a significant amount of weight since my wedding (14 years ago). I feel that’s just unacceptable, and there’s just no reason for it. I care enough about myself to begin taking care of me, and to make sure I’m healthy a good long time for my family. My ever-supportive husband is all for implenting healthy changes in our lives.
So why share this personal journey with readers? I figure if it’s all down here in writing, I might actually take this opportunity seriously and truly develop a healthier lifestyle. It will be helpful for me to write about my experience and hear your feedback and advice along the way.
I’ve recently been inspired by Ari’s story (Baking and Books). She really has transformed herself into a healthier person, yet she continues to blog about delicious food. Kalyn’s Kitchen is a constant source of inspiration with her lower carb South Beach friendly recipes and ongoing encouragement of other weight strugglers. And Camilla’s Enlightened Cooking blog is also a terrific resource (I just ordered her cookbook “Enlightened Soups“).
Obviously, food is the problem. I love food. I love making it, and I love sampling it. I love carbs and I love sweets. So what plan should I follow? How can I manage to blog about amazing food but lose this godawful weight that I don’t wish to be burdened with any more?
Here’s the plan:
1. I will most definitely still be blogging about delicious food, even desserts. I just can’t give that up. Blogging makes me happy. Anything decadent that I make will be given to others to enjoy. I will chew gum in lieu of sampling cookie dough
2. You might begin to see more healthy recipes from me (if they’re good). I’ll be taking a peek at my little-used, healthier cookbooks. There must be some good recipes in there somewhere.
3. I’m not considering this a ‘diet’ per se, but rather a healthy lifestyle change. I’m going to focus on a lower fat, lower carb lifestyle. I’ll be avoiding red meats for the most part, things with a lot of sugar and white flour. Instead I’ll be cooking with fish, chicken, turkey, whole grain products and lots of fruits and vegetables. Please let me know if you have good resources or suggestions for amazing products that I should try.
4. Exercise must definitely be a part of my life every single day, and a few days a week I will double my workout. I will walk/bike my son to school and then head to the gym to attend a class or work on the machines. I’ve been told that increasing strength is important at my age, so I’ll be incorporating weights into my weekly routine. I will exercise even when I don’t want to, and I’ll exercise past the point where I wish to stop.
And finally the big news… I watch each round of The Biggest Loser with great interest and admiration. If I had this trainer to encourage and push me to my limits for a couple of hours on a daily basis, I have no doubt that I would reach skinnydom in no time at all. But I’m afraid I’m not heavy enough to be on The Biggest Loser. Instead, I’ll be taking part in my local gym’s Biggest Loser competition. Encouragement and support are key, and this sort of competitive thing works well for me. Of course I plan to win (or at least do really well trying)!
What kind of results am I looking for?
I don’t have any numbers in mind, but I’d like to feel good. I want to fit into the smaller sized clothes in my closet, and I’d like to be physically toned and fit. I’d mostly just like to look in the mirror and see a healthier me.
I’ll be posting recipes as usual on my blog, and you’ll still see great things to eat… I’m not turning this into a ‘health-food-blog’ or anything, but I’ll include a link to my progress if you’re interested in following along. My Weight Struggle Journal will begin in tomorrow’s post. I’ll post my daily thoughts, menus and an exercise log on that post only. You can bookmark that post and check in once in a while if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.
My healthy journey begins today. I’m definitely not an expert at this, so I’m open to hearing suggestions or encouragement along the way. And if you’re not interested in reading about my weight struggle, my regular recipe posts will resume later this week.