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Pastry Chef determined to get back in shape

I have been in the Restaurant industry for over 20 years and an Executive Pastry Chef for over 10. I have packed on some extra pounds and am ready to get in shape and gain control of my nutrition and fitness. If I can manage to resist gourmet specialty cakes made with the finest ingredients, fresh fluffy scratch made buttercream and all kinds of high end pastries then you my friend can put down that bag of junk food and find the spark to get back to the person you really want to be!
I have been in the Restaurant industry for over 20 years and an Executive Pastry Chef for over 10. I have packed on some extra pounds and am ready to get in shape and gain control of my nutrition and fitness. If I can manage to resist gourmet specialty cakes made with the finest ingredients, fresh fluffy scratch made buttercream and all kinds of high end pastries then you my friend can put down that bag of junk food and find the spark to get back to the person you really want to be!




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Member Since: 9/5/2012

SparkPoints: 631

Fitness Minutes: 660

My Goals:
Lose 60 pounds.
Gain muscle
Gain endurance
feel more vibrant, confident and happy
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Eat Healthier
Exercise regularly

My Program:
Walking my dogs for atleast 30 minutes per day OR (especially on rainy days)
work out on my elliptical climber.

Trying to stick to entering foods eaten here on spark to stay on track.

tipping myself 1.00 per work out as reward. Once I reach my goal weight I'm goin' shoppin' !!

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I am From Charlotte NC.

Have lived in Louisiana, Maryland and Colorado.

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MKMMARTY
2/24/2013 12:42:59 AM

How are you doing? Step by step you can each your goals.
Come by the team Foodservice Professionals and make a comment or two.



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THINRONNA
9/12/2012 6:20:38 AM

I have been meaning to stop by and welcome you to the Spark Team Foodservice Professionals. I am so glad to see that you jusmped right in a left a comment! I am also a Pastry Chef...I look forward to getting to know you!
Ronna




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K8EBELL
9/12/2012 2:04:29 AM

Thanks for the welcome! I am finding that since my husband and I (both in the culinary field) Love to watch cooking shows together I am LOVING Cook Yourself Thin! Also loving Bobby Deen's Not My Mama's Meals.

I ordered the cook yourself thin cookbooks and am looking forward to making some of the recipes.

I know this week is going to be a challenge - tomorrow kicks off a marathon of baking all kinds of delicious wedding cakes and buttercream.

The biggest challenge will be carving out time for exercise. The gorgeous woodland trail near my house combined with the beautiful weather will be enough to make me want to, plan B if I do not have enough time for that will be jumping on my elliptical climber. Wish me luck this week is a doozy!



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MIZINA730
9/9/2012 9:23:48 PM

Welcome, pastry chef! Your job sounds awesome. I've been with Spark since 7/30 and been really happy with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and best wishes on your journey!

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LOTUS737
9/7/2012 11:59:57 AM

Welcome, Katie! I'm certainly not a chef, but I do like to cook and bake (and eat!). What if you worked on developing healthier recipes? It's fun once you start trying- eg, I started making my muffins with fruit puree and only egg whites instead of adding fat and whole eggs. They were really dense. So then I tried whipping up my whites and folding them in- now I make delicious healthier muffins that still have a great texture! It can be really fun to experiment that way with food :) Now it's hard to make a healthy croissant, but smaller portion sizes can help, and if you make them from scratch you can probably get away using a little bit of lite butter in place of regular, etc etc. I also add more whole wheat flour and flax seed to recipes that call for white flour (I can do about 1/2 of each now but it does take some time to get used to the flavor). And halving sugar in baked goods is usually a-ok with me!

I would recommend checking out some sparkteams- I'd bet there are some for chefs! You can find them under the community tab.

I love using sparkrecipes to calculate the nutritional info for my recipes (and I find ways to make them healthier too- does that recipe really need two TABLESPOONS of oil? maybe... but probably not).

If you haven't, use the sparkcoach trial- it is free and it really explains the various features on the site and the program well.

Good luck, and feel free to mail me anytime!



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