One year and two months later…

One year and two months ago I had this little blog.  I wrote about the food I loved and shared the who, what, when, where, and how.  My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Laurel, would have been impressed with me for the development of my writing skills.  But I also have the attention span of a gnat.  Do gnats even have attention spans? I’m not clear on how that works.  So, as my attention wandered, so did my consistency with posting here.  Forgive me, I’m imperfect and still hungry.

Anyway, one year and two months later, I think I’m ready to get back at it…but there’s a twist this time.  I lost 26 pounds in 2012.  I wish I could tell you the pounds just fell off of me as I discovered easy ways to substitute my favorite “comfort foods” with healthy alternatives that tasted just as good.  It isn’t so.  I have yet to meet a healthy food that satisfies me like full fat mac and cheese.  Instead, I learned to treat food like fuel.  Indulgences are necessary for me.  It’s a fact, sparingly eating crap food and cheap beer make me a friendly wife.  The trick is to fill the rest of my meals with the good stuff (by good I mean healthy, just to clarify) and to treat indulgences as just that, a rare splurge earned with hard work and good looks.

weight loss 2012

weight loss 2012

After I started eating a slightly less “rich” diet, I found I could still be happy enjoying the fat-packed stuff from time to time without carrying around 26 extra pounds.  Fitting in skinny jeans without a muffin top is a perk I still dance about most mornings.  Additionally, I found that I like fruits and vegetables more than I expected.  Most fruits even come in their own little convenient carrying cases, i.e. bananas, oranges, etc.

fruit and fit

So today begins a new chapter in the life of my little blog.  Recipe sharing will remain key but maybe we can find ways to balance indulgences with the good stuff.  Maybe we’ll look at ways to stay active that will allow us to indulge more often.  It took me roughly four months to figure out that if I ran several times a week, I could enjoy a few beers every weekend without the guilt.  The last year and two months I worked to find the balance of food, fun, and health.  It’s not always pretty but I promise living a balanced life is worth it.  If I haven’t lost you yet, thank God.  If I have lost you, I’ll find the mac and cheese and lure you back.

Peace, love, and balance-

The Hungry Wife

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I can feel it in the air

There’s so much I need to tell you.  Let’s keep this simple:

1.  I know this post comes late.  My life is a revolving door of deadlines, dogs, and drama, minus the drama.  Unless you count puppy puke as drama.

2. My best friend is coming into town.  Did I just segway from puppy puke to bff?  I’m sorry K, Uncle Kaitlin, aka Floorlander, more commonly known as my bff 4 eva.  We’ve got some brilliant plans ahead of us.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Trouble? I think so.  Feel free to suggest recipes/activities to keep us busy over her visit in the comment section.  Thanks! You’re a real doll.

3. Chloegirl is rotten.  I mean, duh.  She pooped on stuffed husband’s side of the bed this week.  Seriously?? I thought we were beyond this.  At least he wasn’t in the bed at the time.

4.  I am so grateful to all of you who take the time to read my sometimes interesting, often self-indulgent posts.  You complete me.  Extra thanks to those who continually motivate me to try new things and new recipes.  My stomach and my husband’s stomach thank you sincerely from the bottom of our…stomachs??

Best day of my life...so far.

5.  You know me by now.  I am the poster-child for procrastination.  If it can be put off…it will be.  In any case, I promised to announce a winner of the scentsy (aka best smelling stuff on earth) contest by this Friday.  After much deliberation and conversations with myself via inner monologue I chose…insert drumroll here…

LONNA CROW:   “Well I am a sucker for cinnamon…but hubby likes vanilla so that usually wins at our house…so far my very favorite is Yankee Candles Home Sweet Home…delish!  makes me feel all warm and cozy just thinking about it…and a little weepy…its been a long time since I have bought a $30 anything with 2 babies under 2 (except boxes of diapers) 🙂 much less a candle…oh well”

Lonna, email your address to melodyb08@gmail.com and I’ll get it out to you as soon as I can!!  CONGRATS and ENJOY!!!  I sure love mine!

I know you take the time to stop and read my posts.  Thanks for that.  It cuts back on the amount of time I spend talking solely to myself or running Stuffed Husband’s ears.  He’s a Saint but even Saints need a break every beer or so.  Yes, you read beer.   I measure my breaks in beer on Friday nights.  It’s been that kind of week.

Peace, love, and past-my-bedtimes-posts~

The Hungry Wife