Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I've been a member for a couple of years. I logged on for the first time not long after I arrived back in the land of my birth, after over thirty years in the Caribbean. What?! I hear you all shouting. You gave up a land of sea and eternal sunshine for a life back in the UK! Yes, I did. I needed to leave for many reasons. Individually they might appear minor but lumped all together my life was spiralling out of control. Above all I wanted to be back in a place where cooking a meal didn't require a shower and complete change of clothes afterwards and where walking as fast as I want didn't leave me with not one dry hair on my head.
So here I am, 54 and starting all over again.
My plan is to reduce my weight somewhat. I'm currently 168 lbs and I should aim for around 154 lbs to be healthier for my height. Being just about into menopause, I need to increase my exercise and add some cardio, to maintain healthy bones and stop loss of muscle tone (which has already started to happen.....as I haven't been swimming in over two years!)
I love to cook meals from scratch (I've decided that most of the processed foods we've been conned into thinking are healthy by the food industry...generally aren't - so that's another area where I'm taking back control). I'm on a tight budget and living in the middle of nowhere, so fast food isn't much of a temptation here....oh lucky me. I'm learning (after years of cooking for eight) how to cook for two and save money by cooking double quantities and freezing half for a rainy day.
From time to time I'll post recipes I've found and tips for cooking things we all love to eat cheaper and healthier. Maybe you'll do the same and we can swap tips and ideas.
Things I love: My crockpot, my bread machine and watching the birds on the feeder just outside my living room window.
Things I miss: My grandchildren and watching them grow and develop. Swimming across the bay - though that started out as a means of escaping those who followed me into the sea so they could continue to 'tell me what they thought'. Glorious sunsets and the sound of a really heavy rain thundering down on the roof of the house.