This isn’t my first blog about food.
I started writing about my relationship with food, both cooking and eating, back in January 2017 when I set myself a challenge to lose weight. I’d spent many years watching my weight yo-yo – from 95kg to 150kg and anywhere in between – and had finally reached the point where I wanted to get off the rollercoaster and live a healthier life.
The main motivation came from the fact that I’m was getting married and I didn’t want to be clinically obese on the big day. A part of it was selfish and shallow – I wanted to have nice clothes, memories and photographs to look back on – but the main reason was that I wanted to be able to look forward to the future with my new husband without having to worry too much about my health.
I started a blog as a way of recording that journey but kept it all anonymous – I wanted it to be a matter of public record as a way of motivating me to keep going, but I wanted it to be private enough that I could hide behind the blog if everything went wrong. I called it the 8 Month Challenge, as it would be 8 full months (34 weeks in all) from the day I started until the wedding.
I wrote a daily diary talking about the food I was eating, the exercise I was doing and the weight I was watching fall away. I didn’t follow a diet plan, rather I used MyFitnessPal and some extreme willpower to keep my food intake under 1,800 calories per day.
Over the course of those 8 Months I lost 26kg, which is about 57lbs or just over 4 stones – the journey is still available at http://8monthchallenge.wordpress.com if you’ve got nothing better to do with your time!
As the challenge came to and end I wanted to move on from a purely weight loss focus with my blog – and not because it’s done; I could still do with losing another 10-15kg – but because I’ve found the most enjoyment in talking about the food itself.
Whether it’s a quick snack, a dinner in a fancy restaurant or, more enjoyably, trying out new recipes in my own kitchen I’ve absolutely loved talking about food and the emotions and memories it evokes in me.
That’s what this blog is all about – food that I’ve loved eating and food that I’ve loved creating. Food Rocks* – at least I think it does!
* Oh and if you’re wondering why a 30-something thinks that’s an acceptable thing to say I should mention that I’m a geologist by education (which continued professionally for 8 years straight after university) and couldn’t help but sneak in a little pun here.