Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blogging Sabbatical

So, yes, I’ve been M.I.A.  Let’s call it a blogging sabbatical shall we?  But in all seriousness, A LOT has gone down in my life since I last posted here.  First and foremost, I had a major life change. On January 1st, at 12:01am, I got engaged!  I spent the following 9 months planning my wedding. 

I also came to an immediate realization soon after: I put on weight!  Like 25 + pounds of weight! Blame it on the alcohol, blame it on the Henny, or béchamel or sugar, or pasta…. But yes, the truth of the matter was that I had put on some pounds.  The blog kind of became part of the blame for me- I was caught up in cooking and writing about it.  “Oh, we’re stuck in a blizzard? How about some hot apple crumble with fresh whipped cream?” Make it. Photograph it. Eat it.  Repeat. Repeat.  I wasn’t sure how to balance it, but I knew I wasn’t going dress shopping without losing the weight.  I hired a trainer, I started eating 5x a day and working out 5x a week. I was portioning my healthy and bland food out, every day and to me, it didn’t seem very fun, it wasn’t quite so exciting- so why share it?  Further, I didn’t even have the time to write because I was planning out my meals, workout time and scheduling wedding crap. Anyway I ended up losing about 25 pounds, thanks to all the hard work, I felt good going dress shopping and I was happy when I did finally find my dress.  

But, I missed writing! I discovered many great things throughout the course of the year, experienced amazing travel, tried new restaurants, tasted new foods and wanted to share it all.   So, to be honest, I’m still trying to balance and figure it out.  The name of the game is moderation, less of the high fat, super indulgent meals, more of a 75-80% healthy eating combined with the occasional treat coupled with regular workouts and cardio.   I don’t want to bore you with the details, but that’s the story!  Where I am today: things have calmed down, we tied the knot back in September and followed our fabulous wedding with a fabulous trek through Europe.  It’s been a hell of  a year and I can’t wait to share some of the details with you all.  From my homemade vanilla extract wedding favor process to sipping limoncello in the South of Italy and cutting jamon iberico in Barcelona, Spain. Great new restaurants, fabulous new found ingredients,  culinary adventures close to home and far away-  it’s all coming down the pipeline!!
Thank you for sticking by me. I don’t claim to know it all, I’m not perfect, but wouldn’t perfect be so damn boring???  I think so!