Weigh-In … Wise Words

Today’s Weight: 187.0

Loss/Gain: +2.5 lbs
Total Loss So Far: -44 lbs.
With all the love and compassion she has, a wise woman told me last night something like this,
“Your problem is that you like to cook and you like to eat. It’s that simple.”
It’s true, it’s true! Oh what am I to do….
Yes, I do love to cook. I laughed when she said it because it’s so true. The proof is when I get more excited reading Where Women Cook than Where Women Create. Or how I love watching cooking shows to learn new tricks of the trade. It’s a dream of my husband and I to have a big kitchen with lots of room to cook and entertain – it’s one hobby we have in common.
In fact, I had even told my husband a bit ago that I’m going to have to get used to working out an hour a day, at least four to five days a week, if not more, because I love to cook and that’s the only way I’m going to be able to cook certain rich, tasty foods I like and maintain a healthy weight.
So, as I pondered those wise words I thought about what I can do to help me stay within my calorie budget. I realized fruits and vegetables need to be my best friend.
Yes, I am learning to cook some healthier meals, but there are some things that just aren’t the same when remade in a healthy manner. So, I think I’m going to have to be conscious of filling up on vegetables and fruit (which I don’t do much of so far) so that I can enjoy small portions of higher calorie meals.
And I’m going to have to exercise. Faithfully. Dr. Beck has a chapter on this in her book The Beck Diet Solution. Exercise is a must and, especially for someone like me who loves to cook, it will be the only way to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is also something my husband and I have in common, we both would like to do more. So, I know he’ll be helpful in that area as well.
Thanks for sticking with me on this journey. For anyone still reading I truly appreciate your patience with me.
Wish me luck as I continue on my quest for my new ending…and try to desire losing weight more than eating everything I cook over the next year (oh, and working out faithfully too).

About Leah@MyNewEnding

I'm a 44-year-old wife and mother who begins her day with God and coffee. When my youngest of 3 kids started college I went from a SAHM to a full-time job. I love being an attendance secretary. A lot has gone on since I started this blog in 2009, but one thing remains the same: I will not give up on my health. Join me as I share what that means for the season of life I'm in.
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2 Responses to Weigh-In … Wise Words

  1. Lori says:

    I love to cook and bake as well. You just have to do it less often with the 'heartier' dishes. Make meals plans that are healthy for the majority of the week, then make those other classic dishes 1 or 2 nights, and make sure your portion stays in control (which is the key part).

    Guess that is moderation, eh? 🙂


  2. jesseybell says:

    I think I wrote about this recently, either in a comment to you or in my blog. A lot of my weight gain was because I used to cook foods I loved every.single.night. And then I would eat way too much of the foods. To the tune of 6 oz of pasta just for me. If I didn't love my dinner, then I would snack after dinner on something I loved. I have had to remove the emotions around dinner and 80% of the time eat just for the sake of nutrition. It doesn't mean I don't like the foods – they just aren't my favorite foods and then I only have 1 small serving. I also cook 2 servings of veggies just for me and eat those first, but I need to have a full plate for dinner. It is hard though. I have a large binder of recipes I want to try. It is a little easier right now to refrain from making them because my kids are so small. But I do get afraid about what will happen when I want to make wonderful recipes more often.

    But on a more lighter note, if you had had a loss this week then you would have been kicking my butt after my 5 lb gain last week. Hopefully you and I will be headed in the right direction room.


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