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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In a small bit of shameless self promotion, I wanted to share with you one of my newest ventures: Cookbook Maven at www.judysworld.net/cookbook . It 's a blog about cookbooks, food, some recipes and cooking tips, and what I'm eating. It's still a bit rough around the edges, so be kind! And if you have any suggestions, let me know.

It's an idea I had a long time ago; a blog mainly about cookbooks. Over the years, the idea has simmered on the back burner, and as often happens, it's taken a few twists and turns.

I wanted to get this out in time for Thanksgiving. Especially since my husband is home, and he takes much better photographs than I do! And I have some posts I need to make and date a bit further back -- I forgot about some of the dishes I made a while ago and took photos of. Some of them were really good, and some of the photos actually weren't half bad.

I'll talk some about weight loss and weight management there, too, so it's not completely off topic. But this blog will remain my main avenue to explore my weight loss journey. Cookbook maven is about my passion for cooking, baking, and cookbooks.

  
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MTER67 11/26/2008 12:12AM

    Very cool! Now I know where to look up some of the recipes you talk about here!

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STARTSPARKING 11/25/2008 11:12PM

    I LOVE cookbooks, although I'm a terrible cook. I also enjoy watching the Food Network. Oh, this reminds me of a joke I read, probably from Reader's Digest. A man was bugging his wife and said, "Why do you bother watching the Food Network? You don't cook anyway." The wife responded without even looking away from the screen, "Then why do you watch football on TV?" emoticon

Thanks for sharing your website. I enjoyed reading the entries, and I wish you much success with Cookbook Maven! emoticon

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ROSIEJ1942 11/25/2008 7:55PM

    Great blog, you have an amazing site. I love cooking, but don't do a lot. I work full time. I also have a lot of cook books, maybe not as many as you, but, now I don't need that many anymore and a lot of mine I actually never made anything out of them, B/C either I didn't have the ingredients or the time or it wasn't what I was looking for.

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Can you be fit and fat?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ah, the 64 million dollar question. I think the true answer is no. Yes, you can be somewhat fit -- you can run marathons, you can bench press your boyfriend, you can dance away the wee hours of the morning.

The bottom line, to my mind, is that when you're overweight, you are constantly overtaxing your heart. Even if you keep yourself active and fit, your heart is still working overtime hauling the fat around.

I have had relatives say to me that as long as I'm happy it doesn't matter what I weigh. I know they are trying to be kind, I know they know how hard I struggle with my weight, but the bottom line for me has always been that it isn't healthy to have so much weight on my body.

I have exercised regularly for years and years. Most of my vitals are good, except for my cholesterol. I don't have joint problems, except for some tendinitis, but even so, occasionally my back would ache. I find that happens less and less now. I have no doubt my back doesn't bother me because I'm not hauling around quite so much extra weight.

Of course losing weight doesn't magically make you healthy, either. But it stacks the odds in your favor, and I'm not a gambler, so I want better odds.

You can be thin and unfit, too. So next time you admire that skinny person who can eat whatever they want, remember they could be a ticking time bomb. We're only given one body, so we've got to take care of it.

  
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STARTSPARKING 11/25/2008 2:47PM

    I had a conversation with a gym friend who just returned from a visit from Asia. Although most of the local women there are very thin, she didn't like the way they get that way. My friend is in her 60's and exercises regularly with me in the exercise classes. She told me that the thin young women in Taiwan rarely exercise and stay thin by barely eating. She feels that although she is much older than her niece, she is much stronger. Constantly starving oneself does not equate to making sensible food choices either!

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MTER67 11/25/2008 3:46AM

    My late FIL was a thin man and a sharp dresser. He was a drummer in a big band in the forties and fifties--a real swingin' cat with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He was always thin, but he had his first heart attack when he was the age my husband is now, and his heart finally gave up at age 65, I think. Thin doesn't necessarily mean healthy and we all know there are problems associated with being too thin. But you are right that losing excess weight will take a lot of stress off your heart and your joints and I am sure it can boost confidence and self esteem in ways that are difficult to quantify.

You are on the right road for all the right reasons--you want to be the healthiest you can be. We only have one chance at living, so we owe it to ourselves to give it our best shot. Great blog, thanks!

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SQUIRTZIE 11/25/2008 1:43AM

    Great post and so true.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/24/2008 9:00PM

    How true - great post! A lot of people didn't believe I lost as much as I did, but I think I 'carried' the 150 lbs well hidden (well at least half of it -lol) and the majority of it was pushed up against my internal organs (heart and such). Scary thought but very motivating. My cholesteral and blood pressure use to be very high but are now in normal levels - my doctor is very impressed with it all. No cholesteral drugs for me - that was her 'last' threat to me if I didn't treat myself better.

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I like me!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I may still be only about halfway on my journey, I may still have rolls and cellulite (and probably always will), but I find I'm much happier looking in the mirror these days.

I know it's important to love yourself no matter what your size, but I must admit it's much easier to love myself with almost 20 pounds gone. I am no longer carrying the dogs around with me everywhere, because that's what 20 pounds equal. Geez, when I think about it, my arm gets tired just holding Chester for 10 minutes or so -- and he only weighs 10 pounds.

This is where the snowball effect is so great. Lose some weight, be happier when looking at yourself, be more motivated to lose more weight.

I think part of why maintenance is so hard is not just that for the first time the realization that this is the way the rest of your life is always going to be has sunk in. I think part of it is that people tend to take you for granted at your new size. You no longer get the kudos on losing weight that were so sweet. Maybe your life didn't quite turn out as good as you visualized it would while losing weight, either.

I don't think I've ever truly maintained in my adult life. I've been up and down anywhere from a few pounds to almost 50 pounds for the last 20 years. In fact, just 10 years ago I was actually at my goal weight . . . for about 2 weeks.

I have done many things differently this time. I have a lot more visual motivators around my house. I have this blog. I have Spark People. I have determination that I WILL reach my goal weight, and I WILL maintain that goal weight. I know that I am worth it.

  
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SQUIRTZIE 11/24/2008 12:59AM

    Wonderful insight. With your attitude I am sure you will reach your goal and maintain it.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/23/2008 2:15PM

    And I like you too! You will definitely go far on this journey!

You are absolutely right, maintenance is a different mindset. I felt so lost when I began maintenance - after 14 months of losing - I missed feeling that satisfaction of another pound lost and I admit - the kudos I received from others were addictive. So now I am constantly finding other areas of my life to get self-satisfaction from while maintaining my weight - i.e. my knitting classes, improving other facets of my life.

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STARTSPARKING 11/23/2008 12:46PM

    Another brilliant blog with great insights. You hit the nail on the head, my friend. I think you've listed some of the reasons why I backslid when I was merely two pounds away from my goal weight. By the way, people DO take notice. I've received so many compliments from other gym members as I went from the high 130's to the low 120's. Now that I regained some of that back, the comments stopped. Maintenance is the toughest because there are no more milestones to reach and no more encouragement from those who see our transformation.

Thank you for reminding me of other sources of inspiration and motivation. I LOVE all your blog posts, and I always get so much from reading them. emoticon

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KARBIE18 11/23/2008 8:45AM

    I like you, too! And you're right - you will reach that goal, and will keep it off. I've never had any doubt. You have a wonderful attitude, and I just know it will take you wherever you want to be.

Thanks for being such a good friend,
Karen

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Eat this, not that for Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Have you really thought about what you should eat this Thanksgiving? Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

So here's a little help:

Eat this, not that for Thanksgiving:
www.menshealth.com/eatthis/holidays/
Thanksgiving.php


Survival tips for Thanksgiving:
www.acefitness.org/article.aspx?item
id=2511


Some link to Hungry Girl's recipes: shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/4-easy-
ways-to-not-gain-a-zillion-pounds-this
-thanksgiving-296871/

I'm not a real big fan of Hungry Girl recipes, but if it saves you on one day . . .

We played a "game" in our WW meeting yesterday. Our leader had us write down what we thought we were going to eat. Then she read out points for a lot of the typical Thanksgiving fare. Then she had us add up the points for what we'd written down. Even though I'd already planned my menu, it still was a bit of an eye opener.

And finally, she made a simple point. She asked us how many of us had never had mashed potatoes. The point being that it's not necessary to have stuff you can have all the time at your Thanksgiving dinner. You need to pick and choose what is really worth the calories. And save the other stuff for another meal.

  
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STARTSPARKING 11/23/2008 1:09PM

    Did I just tell you that I LOVE your blog posts? Well, let me say it again! Thank you so much for the links. I especially love the first one. What an eye opener! Pumpkin pie is my favorite anyway, so I'll have no trouble choosing that over a slice of pecan pie. Thanks also for the reminder to choose ONLY special food, not things we can eat all year round. It would be tough to skip that SLIVER of pumpkin pie. However, I will pass on the mashed potatoes and dinner roll.

I will need to visit your suggested links again before I enjoy my Thanksgiving meal with family. emoticon

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SQUIRTZIE 11/23/2008 12:44AM

    What an eye opener those websites are. Thanks for posting.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/22/2008 1:44PM

    How true - if you fail to plan; you plan to fail. It is an eye opener isn't it?

Thanks for the tips and links. We had our Thanksgiving in Canada already but Christmas is coming and I'm definitely looking forward to having turkey.

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Don't Imagine Eating Treats

Friday, November 21, 2008

Notice anything about the title? Like it spells out diet? I got this from This interview -- www.dietdetective.com/content/view/3
541/97/
. Their cookbooks are fun, and good, btw.

Me, I'm a treat person. I have to figure out a way to have the good stuff every day. People have kindly suggested ways I can get away from buttered popcorn. I don't always eat it buttered, but I like it. Popcorn is healthy; the butter not so much. The trick for me is to only have it buttered once or twice a week. A little butter won't kill you -- a lot might!

And if you've been reading here a while, you know I love to cook and bake. I actually cook and bake more now than before I started my weight loss journey. Eating food I made myself is part of what is helping me be successful. I worry, sometimes, about the move and the months before and after that I know will be full of stress and just plain crazy. But it is not the first, and probably not the last, time in my life I've moved.

I worry sometimes about going back to work -- which will most likely happen -- and how I'll find the time to exercise, cook, bake, and still have a life. Yet I know when I lost a major amount of weight with WW the first time I was working outside the home. We can do anything we put our minds to.

So back to diets and why they fail. Because they're temporary. Because the more you deny yourself something, the more you want it and it becomes the only thing you think about -- not to mention you start eating everything in sight to try and make the wanting go away. Because what happens when the diet's over? If you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.

This truly is a lifestyle. That means it may change as your life changes. If a rubberband isn't flexible, it breaks; the same is true of humans.

  
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SQUIRTZIE 11/21/2008 9:16PM

    You are so right. There are days when it is really hard for me to eat good food. All I want to do is snack

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MTER67 11/21/2008 9:22AM

    I saw a friend tonight that I haven't seen since springtime. The last time I saw her, she was running everyday and maintaining an impressive weight loss--she had lost some 30 pounds and was even featured in a local magazine as a success story. Tonight when I saw her, I was shocked to see that she has regained quite a bit of the weight she had lost. I was stunned that she had regained so much in such a short time and also disappointed b/c I always felt she would "make" it. Of course, I don't know what's been going on in her life, but I agree with you that you can't deny yourself all the things you enjoy. That is no way to live your life--and you just can't sustain it. I wonder if that is what she did--dieted to lose the weight, then went back to overeating.

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