Since I started writing this blog over three years ago, I've gained 20 pounds and enjoyed every ounce. Eventually, I couldn't get in any of my clothes and I can't afford a new wardrobe so I had to put on the brakes and throw it in reverse. I simply have no aptitude for moderation, I tried but couldn't get the hang of "just one" or small portions. How can anyone eat just a half cup of pasta or potato salad. It's more humane just to skip it all together. I reviewed all the various dieting regimes and came to a single conclusion - you can't eat a damn thing! I've lost most of the extra pounds after cutting back to just fruits, vegetables and lots of fish simply prepared. It's not that I didn't eat those things before, it was just the extras that did me in; breads, cheese and desserts. All gone now; how sad AND boring plus I haven't blogged either and I miss that. Writing recipes does require you to taste them.
I had to examine everything that was causing the extra pounds and eliminate it. I stopped watching cooking programs and reading cookbooks and culinary periodicals. I don't go to cooking classes. I haven't invited anyone to dinner in ages. I spend minimal time preparing meals with minimal ingredients. I've almost banished bread and butter. I haven't purchased sugar in months. I always order a salad when eating out and grit my teeth through the late afternoon when it's wine and cheese time. Sheer torture!! I ramped up the aerobics and added yoga and the results of all the blogging slowly is being undone.
Now for the hard part - keeping it off. It's so easy to gain; so hard to take it off and even harder to find the middle ground for me. I'm easing back in and will post a again but it will be with a wary eye on the scales. I would have abandoned my blog except for a very nice comment from a reader in India. Somebody missed me!
- Recipes & Random Thoughts
- I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.