This will be an early "Happy Holidays" well wishing from me. Husband and I will be leaving for holiday and family travel this Saturday, so I won't get much chance to write.
I've been keeping busy with holiday baking the past couple of weeks. Mostly because I need subject matter to practice my food photography. I have a bunch of pictures taken, just need to write up the recipes and post them on my blog!
It's a shame really that baking and weight loss are so incompatible. I've discovered that I really enjoy the process of baking almost more than eating it! Getting out the scale, measuring and calculating ratios for a certain texture is very scientific. I haven't just been following recipes; I've been deconstructing them to figure out how they work so I can make my own. The decorating part requiring the right brain is more frustrating for me. It doesn't look exactly the way I envision in my head. I admire pastry chefs who are more whole brained than I am who can do both the science of creating food and the artistry of making them look beautiful!
These are my homemade holiday cookies, which are a lemon cardamom cookie. Way better than the store - they have flavor! For eating, I actually prefer them without the icing. I think the icing detracts from the cookie. Plus decorating just takes a lot of time - lol.
Enjoy the delectables at this time of year, but not too much! Most of all, enjoy time with loved ones. I haven't been counting calories or carbs, and not stressing about it. Just a few more weeks of holiday parties and dinners, then January will be back to routine.
Still nothing on the job front. I have a couple of personal projects that I need to finish in order to add to my portfolio. In the new year, I'll be pursuing freelance options. It won't make me a ton of money, but I don't really have a lot of choices. The area where I live isn't suited for my skills. The aspect of freelancing I'm most worried about is how to manage client expectations.
The past couple of months I've been down in the dumps for various reasons. Just want to say "Thank you!" to the person who wrote to me about how my blogs inspired her. I don't want to name her publicly without permission, but I just want to say that her words gave me a little lift that I needed! Part of my lack of blog updates recently has been due to lack of inspiration. Just a few words of kindness was enough to inspire ME! So again, "Thank you!"
2013 will be more busy for me as I've enrolled in college courses, and working on the personal projects I mentioned. I'll be employing all the time saving techniques I've built up over the years to eat home cooked meals and exercise with a busy schedule. I don't really gain much weight unless I start eating fast food and become less active. Not a shocker, eh? I plan to take my lunches to school and avoid the cafeteria. While there are healthy options in a cafeteria, it's still cheaper to pack a lunch.
30 minute workouts can fit into any schedule. As you know, I'm a hardliner on this. If you have time to watch a 30 minute sitcom on TV, you have time. Do what I do and combine your TV show and your workout. I watch TV shows, movies, and podcasts on my iPod while I'm on the treadmill.
Happy holidays, and see you in the New Year!