Hello to all - and a special hello to many old friends I'm delighted to see are still around. After a long break from this site, it's time to come back - and I'm looking forward to it.
My name is A-Rod. I'm 28 and female. I'm originally from Portland, Oregon but moving to the DC area next week for a new job. I work in the humanitarian relief/international development field with a focus on food security and health programming. I love cooking and entertaining, scuba diving, skiing, horseback riding, hiking and cycling.
I was a SB devotee and frequent poster on this site in 2006-2008 but several years of working overseas (Iraq, Ethiopia and Niger) and a busy life have gotten in the way - or, rather, I have allowed them to. During my original SB journey and healthier lifestyle, I went from a size 12/14 to an 8/10 through healthier eating and consistent, relatively demanding exercise. Over the last two years, being in places where it's difficult to eat well, and some general slack behavior and loss of willpower and good habits, I've crept up two sizes to a 10/12. It's time to get back to where I was before, and hopefully a bit more. I'm looking forward to turning over a new proverbial leaf (well, it's kind of the old leaf really) once I relocate - not living in hotels and ordering room service in third world countries, extended stays at my parents' house, or plentiful vacationing should be good for me. I am ready to re-commit to healthy diet and exercise.
I am looking forward to starting a healthy cooking blog in the next several weeks. Those who know me on here may recall that I love to cook; I have also noticed a real lack of great healthy cooking blogs or resources out there. So I am excited to share recipes and photos for SB-friendly and/or wholesome, healthy gourmet foods. I will be happy to share when it's up and running.
My goals are simple:
(1) Eat healthier, more wholesome foods with a paleo bent.
(2) Eat fewer grains. I'm generally a reasonably healthy eater but carbs are my vice and I know it.
(3) Eat less! Exercise isn't a good excuse to eat more, and I have GOT to quit picking at food while I cook. It's a horribly bad habit I have.
(4) Maintain a whole foods kitchen. No garbagey low-fat or low-carb products.
(5) Get back to being diligent with intense workouts.
In my effort to maintain a whole foods diet, I am not going the artificial sweetener route. This means small amounts of natural sugar, and I think this can be done in moderation and without detriment.
Thanks to all for reading, and I look forward to enjoying this journey together!
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on Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:43 pm, edited 2 times in total.