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Lately I have been a pretty sorry excuse for a food blogger, sorry about that, I have several excuses, busy, it’s too hot to cook but honestly I think that I feel lost, not terribly motivated and a bit forlorn because I have gained weight. I love food, cooking it, eating it, shopping for it and blogging about it. Taking photo’s of what I prepare (when they are good) makes me happy. Unfortunately, the food I make ends up in my mouth at least a good portion of it, some gets farmed out to friends and family and even charity but what ends up in me has caused me to gain weight. I wish I were the person that could eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce but thats not me, I wish I could happily exist on salads and low fat food and no sugar, but thats not me either. There has to be a balance and I have not found that yet. I’m also not an exercise fanatic, sure I walk every day, walking Percy doesn’t really count because thats not much exercise, he is very slow. The heat has also taken it’s toll, making me lethargic, I just don’t want to be outside it’s too uncomfortable. After some soul searching and a glance in the mirror I decided to try to find my balance and watch what I eat, the reason for this post is that over the next few weeks you will not be seeing anything remotely fattening, no cakes or pies or bread or heavy calorie laden meals. I have to do it for me and I am challenging myself to come up with some great recipes that will help me, if you all have something you love comment and provide the link to your recipe. Will it make me happy, not really, I would rather eat what I want,  but if I slim down a bit maybe I will feel better about myself. I will still be posting recipes but until I find a balance in my eating I am staying away from the foods I love namely sweets, bread, rice and pasta. The photo’s you see I posted on the Food52 app for “not recipes” I will be posting these over the next few weeks, they are simple and delicious and fit into my diet.

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I have always fought to keep my weight down, I tend to yo yo. Years ago I saw a nutritionist who put me on phen phen, I was not dramatically overweight and just wanted to lose about 20 lbs. Well let me tell you that stuff works, I had no ill effects, I took a very low dosage about a quarter of what the Doc prescribed and the weight came off, too much really. People were actually telling me I need to gain weight, that felt good no one ever said that to me before. I was on it for a year and then the bottom dropped out, they took one of the phen’s off the market because some people had heart related complications. He put me on other meds that I didn’t like, they didn’t work and made me feel bad so I slowly gained weight. To this day I still have not gained back all of the weight I lost I have gained a good portion back though. A few years ago I tried South Beach and was very successful losing a lot of weight and I really liked the low carb and low sugar diet, I never really felt hungry and the weight melted off.  When I started competitive cooking on Food 52 and Whole foods, and blogging about it I  gained back most of what I lost on the South Beach plan.

strawberry buttermilk smoothie

strawberry buttermilk smoothie

I have to try again and if I cook the food I like then I gain weight. I am active, I work, I walk, I am constantly doing something but evidently not enough to mitigate the amount of calories I consume. I recently tried weight watchers, I really don’t like counting points or weighing food, the thing is I know how much I should be eating, I know my portions are too big. Portion control is key along with making the right choices.

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Sorry to bore you with all this but I wanted to lay it all out and explain why you may not see much from me for the next few weeks. The Holidays are coming, I can hardly believe it, and I can’t afford to allow the usual holiday weight gain to happen on top of what I have gained over the years. As you age your metabolism slows down, at least for some of us, and all of that needs to be taken into consideration when deciding what goes on your plate and into your mouth.

Here is a light, quick and delicious stir fry that I am making tonight. I use skirt or flank steak cut into strips it cooks up in no time and is tasty and satisfying without being heavy. Tonight I will have it without the rice just broccoli.

Beef and Pepper stir fry

1lb flank or skirt steak cut into strips

bell pepper, I used rainbow colors, orange, red, yellow. cut into strips

1 medium onion sliced thinly

1 clove garlic minced

1 tsp minced ginger

corn starch for dusting the meat

soy sauce

salt and pepper if needed

Coat pan or wok with a little oil, add the onion and sauté just until softened, add the garlic and ginger, now add the peppers and continue to saute until all the vegetables are cooked through. Remove from pan, add a little more oil if needed and saute the beef just until browned, put the onion and peppers back in the pan, add a little soy sauce, add salt and pepper if needed. Serve over rice or with vegetable like broccoli and I added some quick pickled radish.The broccoli is steamed then drizzled with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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  1. Wow, Suzanne, I could have written every word you wrote and posted it to my blog because that is exactly where I’m at with my weight, too. I really feel for you because I know how you feel. I want to find balance, and I can do it for awhile, and then I fall off the wagon, usually because of something I’ve made that I really really like (see ice cream post). 🙂 I am glad you will be posting healthy recipes. I look forward to them and wish you all the best in your weight loss endeavors!

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks Shari, balance is key and I need to find it. I am not well balanced I guess if I had to describe myself I would say I am an extremist. Nothing middle of the road for me. Finding that balance is harder than one would think for someone like me. Best of luck to you as well.

      August 19, 2016
  2. Very interesting. You can imagine how challenging it was to manage and own a cupcakerie while maintaining a healthy weight!

    August 19, 2016
    • OMG, no way cupcakes are a favorite. Good for you maintaining your healthy weight when in your day to day life you were faced with delicious baked goods.

      August 19, 2016
      • Thanks. I need to lose a few pounds also but it has been too hot in Florida…just a walk with the pug…but he hates long 1 mile walks.

        August 19, 2016
      • When the weather is cooler Percy and I walk a lot, it’s slow but deliberate and we will sometimes walk for 2 hours. Percy is older and can’t tolerate heat and being a pug makes it even more profound.

        August 19, 2016
  3. Well said Suzanne, I could have as well wrote this, I wish you only happiness and joy, do what ever makes you happy because really we are the one that can make us happy!! Cheers sweet friend!! 🙂

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks Amy well, what would make me happy doesn’t exist for me, I can’t have my cake and eat it too I guess but again finding balance is what I need to do.

      August 19, 2016
  4. First up…lethargic I always believed that to be a seed planted in my mind if I think energy and about positive things so will be my mood and attitude

    Next up…go shopping my dear…yes shopping to buy a few new garments things to adjust at least for the time being to the added weight gain

    Tops that are long just to the end of your butt nothing tight no belts garments that flow on you add some great colors to color your mood brightly…orange red pinks

    …and for heaven sake buy a pair of shoes they always lift up a girls spirit 👸

    August 19, 2016
    • You are right, I don’t mean to come off as defeatist, I’m not really but I do feel weakened and thats not good. I think I need to grab the bull by the horns and pull out of this slump. Shopping for shoes, yes I love buying shoes, a nice pair would be wonderful. Thank you.

      August 19, 2016
  5. skd #

    Pretty Suzanne! I can completely understand what you have written here. Don’t worry as food bloggers we have all been through that phase. I gained quite a few pounds after my first year of blogging. It was a lot of hardwork to get back to my original weight. I am sure you will get over it too. Cheers to you and we all need some good recipes ftom you. Take care .
    Regards
    Ana

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks so much Ana, yes I am going to try. I really need a good shot of willpower.

      August 19, 2016
      • skd #

        You must make your mouth watering therapeutic peach tart again then.

        August 20, 2016
  6. Good luck Suzanne 🙂

    August 19, 2016
  7. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    I’m with you there, sister! Bernie can eat whatever she wants – I can’t. And she doesn’t love sweets as much as I do. I’m still fighting to get off the 10 pounds I gained the past 2 years. I exercise a lot but I also sit a lot for work. And, I LOVE MY SWEETS!!! I eat low carb most of the time so my carbs are mainly desserts. My cousin Judi Bianco Smith in Utica is right there with us. She’s a great cook and posts everything on facebook. She started to cook and eat low carb and low sugar and has lost 25 pounds in a couple of months. See if you can follow her on facebook. Her recipes are awesome and she is motivated!!!!
    Good luck to all of us middle aged, sweet-loving Italian cooks!
    Maria

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks Maria, yes it’s hard but you look great, I think you are thin. Yes sweets and bread are my downfall, I could do without pasta and rice. I’ll find Judi’s page on facebook and see what her recipes are. Low carb really does work for me too. The weight really does come off, it’s finding the balance afterwards thats hard. Thanks so much. Bernie, yes she can eat whatever she wants and doesn’t gain an ounce.

      August 19, 2016
  8. I userstand you very well and feel the same you do. Every word you said rings a bell. I love sweets and I always have to try what I bake. Because I am older I have elevated glucose levels and really need to lay off all sugars and most carbs. But I just posted a German berry cake and of course I tried some. What a dilemma! I am slowly changing however, more salads and protein , using lees sugar when baking and substituting whole grains. Let’s be in this together !

    August 19, 2016
    • I can’t not try something I make unless of course it’s something that I make all the time and I know the results but even then it’s hard. I know I am not alone in this and although I wouldn’t wish the dilemma on anyone else it’s good to know we can support each other. Thank you so much Gerlinde.

      August 19, 2016
      • Maybe we should create some special posts with recipes that will help us all to loose some extra pounds.

        August 20, 2016
  9. Oh Suzanne… I so feel for you. Count me in the same boat. Plus I get cortisol weight gain… If I’ve been hugely stressed (too stressed to turn to comfort food) I feel a sort of inner surge, and then see that I’ve gained a few more pounds. And you know what kind of stress I’ve been having for a long time.
    Do not apologize! I am thanking you from my heart for these beautiful, looks-too-good-to-be-healthful dishes. Every photo is gorgeous.
    I’m off to find the “salad that tastes like a pizza” recipe you shared with Donna at my blog. I think I finally have my tummy in a state good enough for me to handle all those beautiful tomatoes.
    Mega hugs my lovely friend.

    August 19, 2016
    • By the way, to show my support and appreciation for what you’re doing, Suzanne — I just posted a gorgeous collection of your salads to one of my Pinterest boards. You’re amazing. https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/adventures-in-food-and-drink/

      August 19, 2016
    • Oh I do too, and in the summer I am always bloated which adds to the feeling of disgust and disdain. I always feel better in the fall and winter, I am not bloated, my hair looks better, I just generally feel better can’t wait for that. This summer is the heaviest I’ve been in a long time and I hate the way I feel. Not comfortable at all. It all started when I was caring for Izzy and Nando and in the last year of Nando’s life I completely let myself go. Thank you so much, I looked at the board and that made me feel proud and happy.Thank you for that.

      August 19, 2016
  10. Good for you Suzanne! And good luck. I don’t like sweets, don’t make them, don’t seek them out. But I manage to eat every thing else to excess!

    August 19, 2016
    • I wish I didn’t like sweets so much. Bread is right up there with sweets for me though. Thanks Mimi.

      August 19, 2016
  11. okiewinegirl2015 #

    LOL! I’m laughing because 1.My hubby and I are sitting in your shoes (summer has been rough) 2. SouthBeach is our go-to guideline “get back to feeling better” (lose the extra lbs.) strategy & it gets implemented this weekend! No more feeling sorry that my fav. shorts are snug. I’ll be rooting for you as I make chopped salads for lunch & chicken for dinner. 🙂

    August 19, 2016
    • I really found that south beach plan was great the first 2 weeks were hardest after that it was a breeze good luck to both of you as well. Cooler weather will be a welcome change.

      August 19, 2016
  12. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Forgot to say thanks for the great kick-starter recipe to get going with!

    August 19, 2016
  13. I empathize with every word! I’m lucky that a big part of what I cook goes to my clients, but there’s still a lot of good food around and it’s an ongoing struggle. In part, that is why I’ve decided to post just one recipe per week.
    Over time I’ve also learned to portion and freeze many dishes. It helps both in portion control and also makes for very easy entertainment. Win-win. 🙂
    I tried low carb enough to know it’s not for me, and the same goes for other diets that forbid certain foods altogether. I love cooking too much for that. When it comes to baking, over time I’ve learned that when I cut the amounts of sugar and fat in most cakes/sweets, it doesn’t compromise I actually prefer them much better this way.
    I’m sure many followers of your blog will love dishes like the one you have here and others. Many of us are in this struggle and it would be great to see such recipes.
    Good luck! 🙂

    August 19, 2016
    • Yes Ronit I feel portion control is most important and like you I love food too much to be so restrictive. Julia Child once said that she eats everything in small amounts and I think that if I did that it would help. Thank you so much.

      August 19, 2016
  14. Suzanne, I empathize with you I love sweets, and baking, but summer temperatures sometimes just take the starch out of my sails too.As much as I enjoy sweets I tend to eat more fruits and vegetable that do not require cooking or much prep in the summer and drink lots of flavored waters. July through Mid September is just to hot to cook much. But for a food blogger I know that doesn’t work well. So here’s to cooler temperatures,, rapid weight loss and a swift boost in energy.

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks Dyanna, Yes the hot temps definitely discourage using the stove and oven, fresh fruit and vegetables are the way to go. I just wish I didn’t like sweets and bread so much. Thanks for the encouragement, looking forward to the cooler temps for sure.

      August 19, 2016
  15. Wow I totally get you. That was a very personal post. I need to lose weight and tried for years as I put so much on with medication and not being so physical because if my back. I joined a vegan yoga place and suddenly I lost weight but disappointingly since the holidays I put half back on. So hard to lose but so easy to put back on. I’m determined to start again so will walk side by side with you xx

    August 19, 2016
    • Hi Justine, yes I know that you have had medical stuff going on and it has been a struggle, I was thinking about you as I wrote this post actually because I read your blog and see the changes in your diet and wondered if it resulted in weight loss. I have thought of going paleo but don’t think I could do anything so restrictive, my neighbor has been paleo for several years now and the transformation is astounding, he has lost so much weight and he has stuck to it. Thank you for the support I am happy to have you walk with me on this journey.

      August 19, 2016
      • I think I’ve hopped about different diets and taken bits from each. Going more vegan and less carbs did seem to help a lot as I didn’t seem to get those hunger pangs so didn’t snack but also I had to stop my husband buying things because If it’s in the house I get tempted ie no strong will lol

        August 20, 2016
  16. Although, as you know I am cooking and baking constantly with a large family! I have always eaten small amounts several times a day-I am lucky to swim 1-2 x’s a day and walk every evening on the beach. Walking does help maintain muscle (which weighs more than fat) tone and cardio yes even at a snail pace! I love breads and pasta as well. We rarely to never eat fried foods-I bake or grill non stop. Salads are an every day thing for me and you know I have many combinations posted on my blogs. I m encouraging you to stick to it as cooler temps approach the NE soon! I appreciate your candor and you can see by the comments many struggle with these same issues. You are not alone my friend. We are what we eat-as said to me by my Mother many, many times. I weigh 122 lbs- and am 5’8″ tall. My Mom is 5’7″ and 134 pounds. Go figure?! There is hope and you can do it. xxoo

    August 19, 2016
    • Cheryl, keeping up with the kids and everything else you do I’m not surprised you are a wisp of a thing. I’ve never been really thin, nor am I obese but right now it seems the weight had just piled on and although I am not obese I am uncomfortable. I would love to lose 10-20 lbs and will keep at it. I have done it before and can do it again. When I was taking care of Izzy and Nando I let myself go and I’m paying for it now. Thanks for the pep talk my friend.

      August 19, 2016
  17. Hi Suzanne– I think you’re going to get a whole lot of people who resonate with this post! Add me to the list. I’m trying to eat healthier (recording foods on “My Fitness Pal.”) but also know at 64 I’m just going to be pudgier than I was at 50. It’s like the balance you talked about– being realistic about what is a healthy weight at my age and still enjoying what I eat (I’m never going to be a low fat, no sugar person either) . So any low calorie recipes you send this way would be so appreciated! Love that you wrote this post– a lot of us feel the same way…
    Talk care Blog-buddy. xox

    August 19, 2016
    • Good to know I’m not alone Rhonda, sometimes I feel like I am but having people I know who have similar issues and struggles makes me feel like I am in very good company. Finding balance is what I am striving for, not sure if I can do it but I will try. Thank you so much for the support.

      August 19, 2016
      • Suzanne– you are beloved by a whole lot of people who regularly read your posts– I think you’ve got a lot a people rooting for you!! Me among them. So many of us have the same concerns… And there are so many good things to eat out there!! Hugs hugs.

        August 20, 2016
  18. I can so relate Suzanne!! I too have put on extra weight since starting my food blog. What can I say…the amount of sweets on my blog speaks for itself! I do believe the key is in practicing moderation and being active, however it is easier said then done. Much luck to you Suzanne and you may have just given me the push I need!! 🙂

    August 19, 2016
    • With all the delicious food coming out of your kitchen it would be such a temptation to eat constantly. I can only give away so much. Let me know if you find a happy balance still cooking and blogging and eating in moderation. I hate throwing things away, wasting food is abhorent to me but so is the weight I’ve gained. Moderation is key you are right. Thanks so much Marissa.

      August 19, 2016
  19. Great post Suzanne! Managing weight and striking the right balance is so difficult. I am going through the same thing right now, and trying to shake a few pounds I recently put on. I wish you luck and I’m looking forward to seeing the healthy recipes 😀 By the way, the stir fry looks yummy!

    August 19, 2016
    • It really is Antonia, so difficult to balance eating right and not depriving yourself. I am convinced it’s portion size. I have to work on that, push back. When I was doing south beach I used to use small plates and bowls and that helped me. Going to dust those off and use them again. Thank you so much.

      August 19, 2016
      • I love the idea of using small plates and bowls. Portion control is so important. I use a food log when I’m trying to lose weight and it’s always amazing to see what 1 serving size vs. what I might have eaten if I didn’t measure. Good luck!

        August 20, 2016
      • Yes small plates and bowls really work. I have 6 inch cast iron skillets that I use for individual portions as well.

        August 20, 2016
  20. Suzanne
    You spoke for me!! Summer break, visiting parents, food blogging has put me on weight gain and since this week, I vowed to slow down my eating, walk more and eat balanced meals. Weight watchers always have helped me but I want to do it without any support now since I have seen these things work till you follow them and I don’t want to follow them forever :(…
    You keep inspiring us and I will follow your posts for light meals ❤️

    August 19, 2016
    • Oh Sonal, it’s so hard when there is so much that is so good. I can understand travelling and taking advantage of the wonderful food from your home. My neighbor did weight watchers and lost about 20 lbs fairly quickly she looks great. Like you I don’t want to do it where I am obligated to join something or submit to their support. I wont’ do those weight loss plans like Jenny Craig or Nutrasystem, their food has to be so full of chemicals and stuff. I know you will be successful in losing weight, I have to make up my mind and be resolute. Thank you so much Sonal, we all have to support each other.

      August 19, 2016
  21. First of all thank you for your honesty. Hard to admit on social media. I feel your pain. I have lost 10 pounds since we met. Had to make some changes…too much wine and food and I just felt yucky! Moving more, tightening up my eating to smaller portions and cleaner during the week. It stinks because I too love food but I also like to feel good. Good luck and hang in there. Believe it or not a fit bit with a 10,000 steps a day goal really helps. Keep your chin up you are a lovely and beautiful woman!

    August 19, 2016
    • Thanks Michelle, I have an app on my phone that counts steps but unfortunatley I don’t always carry my phone so fit bit sounds good. I can’t believe you lost 10 lbs you are so thin, when we met I thought you looked incredibly slim and fit. Good for you, you know it’s really such a personal thing our weight and we have to be comfortable in our own skin. It is hard to post this kind of personal stuff on the blog but I didn’t have anything to lose and I think I said it to someone else I shamed myself not in a derogatory way buy checks and balances. It helps me to be more accountable if I drag a few friends into my debacle. LOL. Thanks so much for the kind words, I am not setting any goals just making some changes and hope to stick to it. Smaller portions without completely depriving myself and watching the carbs, that works for me.

      August 20, 2016
  22. Suzanne, as you know, I’ve had my own food and weight journey, hence the page on my blog about ‘my food story’, so I completely get it…but can I please offer you an alternative view?
    Firstly, please don’t be so hard on yourself, you’re a lovely lady, we all adore you, you do so many great things for so many other people and four legged friends. Please celebrate who you are and look in the mirror with pride and not disappointment.
    Secondly, consider a change of mindset. Diets do NOT work, as you’ve stated; yes you’ll lose weight, and then you’ll gain it all back and more. Long term weight balance can only occur with a change of mindset and lifestyle. Start to see your food differently, choose what nurtures and feeds your health and your soul. Eat food that makes you feel good without recriminations. And MOVE! Move more, in any way you can, if you don’t like exercise, dance round your kitchen, go up and down the stairs twice every time, do anything that gets you out of breath several times a day…let it be a gradual, kind process, that makes you feel good and happy, without any dramatic changes or potions.
    I eat very carefully for my health and my brain, I refuse to eat anything that will make me feel bad in any way; I do however still eat great piles of the food I do eat!!!
    I’m going to end up repeating myself here and I have no idea if anything I’ve said makes sense, but I would reiterate this: be kind and understanding to yourself xx

    August 20, 2016
    • Thank you I want you to know what an inspiration you are and your blog with so many delicious healthy recipes. Thank you for being there, encouraging and inspiring. This is empowering,

      August 20, 2016
    • Elaine,
      You are so right on that diet part! And thank you for reminding all of us that mirror will say what you want it to say 😀..
      Love you lady ❤️

      August 21, 2016
  23. PS I offer you my entire blog for inspiration 😉 x

    August 20, 2016
  24. The food looks so beautiful. I’d eat that any day, and I’m the same as you. I could use a reboot on my diet. 🙂

    August 20, 2016
    • I am determined. I posted this for several reasons, to shame myself I know that may sound harsh but really it helps me and to get ideas and suggestions on what works for others. Keeping ones weight where they want it to be can be challenging. I never go by published numbers “your ideal weight” everyone is different muscle mass, bone size BMI I go by what makes me comfortable. I did well yesterday and plan to stick to it. Thanks Debra!!

      August 20, 2016
      • Good for you. I agree that it’s about how you feel – the ideal weight.

        August 20, 2016
  25. Beef stir fry is always good! With food, it always comes with weight isn’t it? Especially if you are a foodie! But don’t be too hard on yourself. Cook a lot but eat in moderation and do whatever makes you happy. So many diet programs out there and usually they are short term. And as long as you are healthy, it’s all good. The little food guilty are completely acceptable! 😊

    August 20, 2016
    • I don’t eat very much meat, but the beef stir fry was delicious with some vegetables. I am healthy and not dramatically overweight but I could do with losing some of the extra poundage for sure. Thanks so much Ann.

      August 20, 2016
      • I can’t survive without meat! LOL. Losing a few extras is always good. 🙂

        August 23, 2016
  26. I sometimes think when I read your recipes that I would gain so much weight if I made all of them! Everything you make is so incredibly tempting and so delicious-looking that it’s hardly surprising you’ve gained a couple of kilos over the years. You’re your own worst enemy in a way!!! I gained about ten kilos a few years ago and because I love food so much I had to approach it in a suitable way. If you like, take a look at the ‘weight loss’ page on my blog – you never know it might give you a few ideas without taking the joy from eating. Good luck and Hugo and Java say ‘woof woof’ to Percy. I hope he’s withstanding the heat!

    August 20, 2016
    • I will look at your page thank you. It’s very hard to stick to a plan and I dislike the word diet because it sounds restrictive. I just simply need to watch what I eat and monitor portion size. Thank you so much. Hugs to Hugo and Java💕😃

      August 20, 2016
  27. I understand completely. It’s so true. Food blogging is a fattening hobby, lol! At least I haven’t found the perfect balance yet either. Great photos!

    August 20, 2016
    • Oh it truly is a fattening hobby, I cannot limit myself to posting only foods that are considered healthful, thats not me. Trying to find balance is important, I have to keep saying that because thats what I want to achieve. Thanks so much Sadie.

      August 20, 2016
  28. I feel your pain Suzanne! I am a Lifetime Member of WW and unfortunately have gained back more than I care to admit. I’m not sure what the answer is as we are all different. Like you I don’t want any more structured programs – I know what to do and how to do it. I did it once and there’s no better feeling. Blogging is fun but after 900+ posts (many are WW recipes) I feel the need to be more creative and that usually means “calories”. I too share with friends, family and neighbors but I eat a good bit as well. My age, metabolism – I do try to work out every day whether it’s my elliptical, stationary bike. resistance belt, and weights. I just need to do something different or “kick it up a notch”. I know stress has played a big role in my weight gain! I have a physical with my primary doc on Monday and I plan to discuss some alternatives. Good luck to you 🙂

    August 20, 2016
    • Good luck at the Doc on Monday Judi, it’s such a struggle isn’t it. I wish I could say that I am someone who maintains a healthy lifestyle, I’m not. I will mix the foods I love (not so healthy) with the healthier foods trying to balance my eating but lately it’s been more of the not so healthy that has found it’s way into my mouth. I know so many people that are doing and have done so well with weight watchers. I have seen some of the WW recipes and they look great, I didn’t know many of yours are ww recipes, you have some great ones. Thanks so much and hoping Mondays visit goes well.

      August 20, 2016
      • I’ve been doing the same – more unhealthy versus healthy. My last post was bread!!! I’m hoping my doc will give me some inspiration, suggestions, etc. I guess I know what I have to do – is there an easy way? No, of course not!

        August 20, 2016
      • Nope no easy way bread and butter are my nemesis😔

        August 20, 2016
  29. Yep, same problem here and since I’ve been at the folks, it’s red meat, desserts, sweets, pasta, etc. I HAVE got to make some changes because my weight has been creeping up, too. And the dessert thing is partly my fault – if I don’t have sweets around they just buy them at the store, and I can pretty much ignore them because they’re not that great – but I kind of take advantage of their sweet tooths to bake – and then it’s harder for me to resist.

    I sometimes think I’m doling out poison…*sighs* It all seems to go against my vision which is eating healthy on a budget…

    August 20, 2016
    • I can relate to the eating of all that but it’s me doling it out. It’s so hard to resist and it’s worse if I really deprive myself. I am sticking to eating sensibly, not too restrictive and employing portion control. Thanks Mollie!!

      August 20, 2016
      • I’m glad you posted this because it seems to be inspiring not just to me, but to a lot of us!!

        August 20, 2016
  30. Suzanne, I hear what you are saying completely. I was told once that for portion control, to use a slightly smaller sized dinner plate, half to be filled with veggies, one quarter with protein and the other with a starch. I try to live by that. Also, when I am trying to lose a couple, I do not have any carbs in the evening and very limited carbs during the day. It is tough finding a balance but eating correctly is the start. Two litres of water a day is a must. I wish you well, and look forward to your up-coming recipes. 🙂

    August 20, 2016
    • I truly believe thats key. Small plates, sensible food that is nourishing and healthful and not completely depriving yourself. I know it has to be a life style change and thats the only way to keep it off. I don’t drink enough water for sure, need to start doing that. Thanks so much Lynne.

      August 20, 2016
  31. So honest, dear Suzanne, and so true ! I had a dreadful time when I was a youg girl, about 15, a little too much fat … the diet was a slice of meat and vegetables at lunch and supper – an little peace of cheese – but my mum was such a good cook – she loves doing pastry … When I was a student far from my family, I quickly lost weight, and it was easier because I was young! Now, I try to be careful – but … after the early market this morning, I took a double piece of ice cream from the pastry ( fruit de la passion ET cassis ) Plus a new speciality full of cream and nuts ( some pieces of nuts for the sparrows…
    But to -night : O % fresh cheese and some strawberries …
    Don’t forget that Mademoiselle Chanel said -” a lady must choose between having straight face ( old face ) or a good bottom ” – ” une femme doit choisir entre avoir des rides ce qui vieillit, ou des fesses ( sorry ) ”
    Michelle Morgan qui était si mince – et est toujours belle – dit qu’une femme doit prendre un peu de poids en avançant en âge car ainsi les rides se voient moins.
    Ce qu’elle a fait.
    Please don’t take medecins ! Dangerous for heart or bowels !
    I tried sometimes the 2+ 4 days diet – 2 days with only 2 slices of meat, chicken – drink water a lot – the four other days, eat what you want !
    It is a good diet.
    Thank you so much, deat Suzanne, for your lovely, beautiful, useful, friendly blog ! I do like it. Don’t worry .
    Toutes mes amitiés et bises
    Caresses pour le pet-dog !
    france

    August 20, 2016
    • Mademoiselle Chanel was a wise, beautiful and fashionable lady and her words of wisdom, c’est vrai. Mademoiselle Morgan also is quite right, a little weight will smooth out the wrinkles (if I am reading it correctly) No no I don’t take diet drugs anymore, need to drink more water definitely and eat less. I have heard of the diet where you eat very few calories for several days and then what you want (with common sense of course). Merck pour le mots gentils, bisou bisou mon ami!!

      August 20, 2016
      • Bisous aussi, dear Suzanne – do not mind so much – I am sure you are a perfect lady – amitiés – france

        August 21, 2016
  32. It is impossible to be a food blogger and not eat what you post! I too have put on extra weight since starting my food blog, I can totally relate to this. Though I also realized that before, I stopped eating certain foods and my weight would drop instantly, not happening now though!! Good luck with your healthy choices, they say the key is watching the amount of food you eat per day!

    August 20, 2016
    • Viviana, it’s a hazard of the trade I think. I am finding the weight does not drop off quite so quickly now although it seems to pack on pretty fast. Not fair. Yes you are exactly right, portion size is so important.Thank you so much.

      August 20, 2016
  33. Hi dear Suzanne… I think it’s wonderful that you’ve shared your thoughts with the blogging community and I completely get where you’re coming from. I’ve lost my blogging mojo as well right now and am desperately trying to find a way of getting it back. For over 3 years it all came so easily… and I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve been in the depths of winter, but the motivation to create new and interesting food, photograph and write about it has been sadly lacking. I’m trying to watch what I eat too, but comfort food is all too tempting right now. Thinking of you over the coming weeks as you work your way through this tricky time. M.xx

    August 21, 2016
    • Margot I always think about you and wonderf what you are up to. I too claw my way to blog posts and feel I have lost my creative drive and sometimes I feel like I’ve lost the ability to cook and post on the blog. I hope you get your mojo back and soon enough it will be Spring in the Southern Hemisphere and you will be happily buying summer produce and eating and writing about it. Take care of yourself.

      August 21, 2016
  34. Suzanne even I have the same problem! I wish I could eat as much as I wished without gaining weight. But unfortunately that’s not the case. These days I am living on a low-carb diet. I cook food but in small portions so that it is eaten mostly by my LO and the husband. If any leftovers, I keep in fridge to be finished off the next day. I guess you and I are in the same boat! I wish you all luck in losing the excess fat. I need the luck too 🙂

    August 21, 2016
    • I think I am in very good company, we all need to support each other. I also like to follow a low carb diet, it seems to work best for me. It’s hard when you have to cook food for others that is not part of the plan but if you are determined to succeed you can overlook the foods that you should not eat. Thank you and best of luck to you as well. Your recipes are wonderful by the way I really enjoy your blog.

      August 21, 2016
  35. Hey. I am looking for a food blogger to contribute on OiB. Would you be interested?

    August 21, 2016
  36. I know exactly how you feel Suzanne!! Heidi & I have put on a few pounds since we started our blog and have decided to post healthier meals and eat healthier at home – it’s going to be hard but it’s got to be done! Wishing you the best of luck! 🙂

    August 21, 2016
    • Your recipes are very health conscience Linda, I love looking at your site for inspiration. Thank you so much and best of luck to you and Heidi as well.

      August 21, 2016
      • Thank you Suzanne! 💗💗

        August 21, 2016
  37. LB #

    Proud of you! The whole reason I started blogging about food is because I am on a special diet, and I’ve been trying to make recipes that fit in to it. Eating low carb, low sugar, and smaller portions is sooo hard. I do it, too. Rooting for you!

    August 21, 2016
    • Thank you LB, low carb, low sugar is the only way I really am successful at losing pounds. Best of luck to you and I look to your site for great recipes that fit into my way of eating.

      August 21, 2016
  38. I know how you feel, Suzanne! Me and husband put few pounds last couple of years…but we decided to eat healthier and smaller portions and lost a lot of weight last 3 months. My husband eats big lunch and no dinner (or something really small). The key is to plan ahead during the weekend, so you always have something healthy to snack on. We also have been doing 1 day cleansers, but not the ones where you starve yourself the entire day (juicers, light soups, lots of herbal tea, etc). From time to time, we’ll do a big hamburger as a treat😜 Good luck! Olga

    August 21, 2016
    • Thank you Olga, yes making smart decisions on what to eat and smaller portions are so important. I used to do cleanses but haven’t in a while, I should probably incorporate that into my routine, a one day cleanse sounds doable. Thank you so much and congratulations on your accomplishment.

      August 22, 2016
  39. I could just about do a copy & paste of your thoughts on my blog, Suzanne… beautifully written post! I wish you much luck in achieving your goals and please share any recipes that are yummy and healthy. I think by now you must realize that many of us could benefit from them as well. 🙂

    August 21, 2016
    • Lol, yes I am gathering that many of us share the same problem. Thank you so much, I am not calling this a diet, I am seeking to balance my eating without completly giving up the food I love.

      August 22, 2016
  40. Now this is a post I can relate to Suzanne! Thank you for being so honest and sharing with us readers. It’s so tricky to strike a balance and I think it’s even harder as a food blogger. I love sweets and (like you) it’s hard knowing that most of what I bake will end up in my stomach. That’s one reason I love cooking for an event where I know I can bring (and leave) my dessert!

    August 21, 2016
    • Heather exactly, I love cooking for some event where I can leave it and it won’t go into my mouth. The problem has been trying to make food for the blog and where does it go, you know where. I can’t completely give up everything I love but find a way of eating a few bites and pushing away,

      August 22, 2016
  41. Oh Suzanne! I can relate to this 100000%! Nowadays I bake and cook only 2 or 1.5 portions (I eat that 0.5 portion of food) so that I can stretch my stomach to the maximum limit. I only like doing yoga which doesn’t help much in weight loss, so I need to rely more on diet! Can’t wait to see more of your upcoming recipes, hopefully I’ll be inspired to do the same!

    August 21, 2016
    • I try to give a way the food I make but people see me coming and tell me noooooo please I am gaining weight, LOL. Thank you Jasline, you are right Yoga is great but does little to help with weight loss, great for flexibility and for the mind though.

      August 22, 2016
  42. Sandhya #

    Suzanne,
    I can certainly relate to loving food too much and gaining weight. I try to cook healthy but I am not good with portion control. And we also love to eat out. Somehow at restaurants the healthy options seem to take the fun out of eating for me 🙂
    I remember that it took time for me to gain the weight and it will take time to lose it too.So I make sure I walk 5 times a week…and Percy is helping you with that!

    August 21, 2016
    • Well, walking Percy is kind of like standing still, not exactly but he is such a slow little walker I don’t think I get much exercise but it is some, I do walk to most of my appointments and to work most of the time. Thank you so much.

      August 22, 2016
      • Sandhya #

        Ha ha….I can imagine Percy walking and stopping to ‘smell the roses’. Yes walking to work, appointments …every little bit helps, right?

        August 25, 2016
  43. Oh dear Suzanne, how did I miss this post! You, being one of my favorite bloggers. I truly appreciate your candor and “can-do” attitude. It is hard to admit publicly how one feels about oneself, so kudos to you for opening up to us all. I think in a sense, you’ve portrayed what we’ve all felt one time or another. It is much harder to stay on track with all this blogging, I’ll have to say it’s been a struggle.
    Much like you, I love sweets and bread. So I try my darnedest not to tempt myself, so will try to keep healthy snacks like almonds and raisins for something sweet and a good pick-me-up in the afternoons. I’ve recently discovered sunflower seeds, the no-salted variety. I make home-made yogurt and fill the jar with berries and granola at times. You know what really works well too? Those wee energy bites, pulsing apricots, dates, peanut butter and other healthy nuts. I keep these in the refrigerator and after a meal, it satisfies my sweet cravings. I find it so satisfying. Again, don’t be hard on yourself, I think it’s a great idea to get all the bloggers on board.
    I’ve been walking for more than 10 years now, quite consistently, but I just wasn’t losing any weight. So now I’ve joined an exercise program twice a week, my husband joins me too as he is now retired. Nothing fancy, weights, stretches, a bit of cardio, resistance training and balance. I find it has been pretty good incorporating it into my exercise routine. There’s also amazing free shows on tv that I do when the weather is bad outside and I cannot walk. If you like I can share them with you. The key here is keep moving. I don’t profess to be an expert, far from it, but just sharing some of what I do. I can’t cut out that glass of wine everyday either….~hic~

    August 22, 2016
    • Oh wine is good for you in moderation, one glass of wine helps rather than hurts I think. I should make some of those little energy bites they sound good and will be much better than eating something I shouldn’t. I will have to give them a try. I love dates and could incorporate them into the bites. Thank you so much Loretta.

      August 22, 2016
  44. Gosh Suzanne, I TOTALLY relate to what you have been going through! Coupled with a back injury followed by a rib injury, I completely felt useless and overweight back in March. And of course, I do love to eat the food I cook too! But I’ve gotten it all back on track and feel so much healthier after joining Pure Barre. I know you said you don’t like the exercise routine, but this program is more about toning up and getting your “core” back, which is what I really needed as my back injury happened from not having any strength in my arms and core anymore. I haven’t lost a single pound, but I’ve lost a lot of fat, (muscle weighs more than fat) and my clothes are much looser, too! And I have no more flab under my arms, YAY! But no matter how you gain your objective, just know we are all the way behind you my dear! xoxoxo ❤

    August 22, 2016
    • Good for you Kathryn, is Pure Barre a gym? I do need to tone. I used to do pilates and love it but the place I went to closed and for me if it’s not close to my house I won’t go. It doesn”t matter if you lost pounds, you are gaining muscle and feeling good about yourself thats whats important. Kudos and thank you so much.

      August 23, 2016
      • Pure Barre is a 55-minute workout that uses a combination of pilates, yoga, and ballet. It’s set to high-energy music and is actually quite fun once you get the hang of it. The instructors and are fantastic to work with and help you out individually during class, if needed. It would seem there would be one where you live somewhere, as my dinky town has a studio.

        August 23, 2016
      • Thanks I will see if they are in NYC. I really enjoy pilates, I’m not very good at yoga and when I was young I was in ballet. Unfortunately I am not coordinated to do multiple movements to fast music. I tried taking aerobic classes before and when everyone is going left I am going right, my feet don’t work like they should I am the one they make fun of in sitcoms. LOL. Thank you, my best friend does fit boot camp and has been talking to me about that also. I wish I were coordinated and motivated to do exercise. One step at a time.

        August 23, 2016
  45. I can relate! It has been very hot over here too so we eat mainly salads. Smoothies keep me cool too! Your green & strawberry buttermilk smoothy look so tasty too! I love your stir-fry too & I see that you made zucchini noodles,….yummm!

    August 24, 2016
    • Thank you Sophie, yes I love the smoothies and you constantly inspire me with new recipes. Thank you for that. Yes I am using zucchini a lot instead of pasta.

      August 24, 2016
      • That is so much healthier & that is also why I used spelt pasta all the time! 🙂

        August 25, 2016
  46. I have so many things to say in support! I am 51 years old and have learned a few things. Other things I have yet to learn 🙂 I recently heard an older woman say (on a podcast or something), “I have found that sometimes your weight goes up, and other times it goes down.” She said it with a matter-of-fact, “it’s OK” kind of tone. I don’t know why it struck me as profound, but I thought it was! It made me relax. It made me feel better. I have my own tips for making it easier to lose weight, but you are following your path. If you need support, it’s nice to see from the comments you have it! You have mine too!

    August 24, 2016
    • Thank you Susan the positive and uplifting comments have empowered me. It’s very true weight can go up and down, but for me it’s only when I work at it, whether it’s changing how I eat to lose or over eating and gaining. I have to put the skids on the eating and get back to where I am comfortable. Thank you it means so much to me having this support.

      August 24, 2016
      • You bet! We’re all very much in the same dumb boat, lol 😉

        August 25, 2016
  47. Suzanne, I wanted to drop a note here but wasn’t sure what to say! At first my reaction was to say ‘you are perfect the way you are’ but I know the struggle of not feeling comfortable in your current self. So I say: do what you need to do to take care of yourself, your body and to feel GREAT. Because you deserve that! Even though we’re virtual friends, I know you are a wonderful person and there is no reason you shouldn’t be and feel your best self – whatever that means.

    So like all the other dozens (hundreds?) of people here – I support you 100% in your journey to that. We are rooting for you and we love you! xoxo

    August 24, 2016
    • You are so wonderful and kind, thank you Ahu, yes in order to feel good about myself I need to do something about how I look and feel and if that means watching what goes into my mouth I will do it. Your support means the world to me, thank you so much.

      August 24, 2016
  48. Suzanne, You are beautiful and wonderful, and I know you can do whatever you put your mind to. xo

    August 24, 2016
  49. As you can see I’m catching up with everyone after being on vacation. Like Shari said any one of us could have written this. I love baking and beautifully food. After dropping 45 pounds I’ve let 10 creep back and am hitting it hard until it’s gone. I know everyone has their ideas but what works for me is counting calories and writing them down before I eat them. It doesn’t work overnight but it does work. I don’t believe that you have to stamp out food groups. That isn’t sustainable. If you want more info, please pm me.

    August 25, 2016
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  52. gracecodot #

    Hello! I’m new to the blogging world and post about books and food. It would be awesome if you could possibly spare some of your time to check out my blog and give me some advice. Thank you! 🙂

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  53. This resonates a lot with what I go through. I love food. I love it so much that even smelling food could probably make me gain weight. Enjoyed the post 🙂

    March 29, 2017

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