This blog is a place to share my passion for cooking and inspire people to cook more from scratch. With six people in the family, cooking is something that is always on my mind. I want to share some of my favorite foods and recipes and share more about traditional diets (like the kind of food our great, great, great grandmothers would have made). Right now I am fascinated with fermented vegetables, coconuts, seafood with a cerviche twist and organ meats... although maybe not all in the same meal!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Turning back Time...

So today's "food" post turns out to be more about fitness, but it is related to food also because I am learning how to be a more conscious eater.

Around last summer it kind of hit me that there was a bad little trend on the horizon.... One where I seem to weigh my age plus 100.  Now this equation worked out just fine in my teens and twenties and was sort of OK in my thirties too.  But when I realized the trend was continuing into my 40's it kind of hit me that this could get ugly in the next few decades if I don't stop the trend.  I suppose I've been lucky in that I really have never worried about my weight for most of my life and I've never really done any funky diets that damaged my body.

But as I said, the 40's have been a different story and I decided last summer that I needed to make some changes.  I actually started going to a gym regularly and I started to think more about when and what I was eating.  The 9 pm trip to the fridge for a tablespoon of peanut butter with a sprinkling of chocolate chips, the mindless eating of a wad of cheese just for opening the fridge.... well these were things I knew I had to change if I wanted to see any results on the scale.  And I will say change comes, but not always as fast as you want.  But if you keep doing the right things for long enough, I think the change does come eventually.

I have now lost about 15 pounds since last summer and lost some body fat and gained muscle too.  A big breakthrough for me this week is that when I stepped on the scale today, the tens digit was a 2 as in I could officially say that my weight is in the 120's... never mind that it is barely true.... give me time to fix that!  But it is a big breakthrough nonetheless because that puts me back to the weight I had in my twenties.  

I feel like a huge shift happened on our most recent vacation.... normally it is just hard not to gain about 5 pounds when you drive almost twenty hours across the country in two days and then spend a quiet week visiting family.  Especially when you are in new places and there are chocolate treats in every new store and restaurant that call out your name like a siren song as you sleep....  But not this time.  I didn't reach for the chocolate treats!  I didn't snack in the car!  I kind of put a plan together for meals to eat on the trip... things like canned oysters and my homemade sauerkraut and I drank some green tea to give me a little boost.  But no in between meal snacking!  Which I repeat that when you spend 10+ hours in a car is very hard to do!

And this vacation I made it a priority to keep up my regular exercise schedule which it turns out I really enjoy!  And the reward for keeping up these good habits is that I lost 1 and 1/2 pounds on my trip away even while still managing to have a few scrumptious desserts at the end of meals (I think it is best to indulge at your lunch meal because your body has more time to deal with it).  I just didn't eat snacks and didn't eat after 8 pm but otherwise I enjoyed great, REAL food and did allow myself a dessert every few days.  

So to all out there in cyber land I say keep doing the right things and I think you will see results at some point.  It has taken me a year to make this much progress so don't expect huge changes immediately if you want to make healthy changes that will last a lifetime.  I'd still like to get my BMI down a few more points just for safe keeping, so I intend to keep on keeping on and doing the right things!  I wish for you, too, to turn back your body in time!

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