Hi! My name is Kate and I live in Los Angeles, THE capitol city for all things thin and beautiful, meaning that food and diet and exercise are all well-versed topics. I feel like I am constantly talking/thinking/hearing about diet and exercise, but I like to think I channel those thoughts in a positive way! I love food, and am starting to learn how to cook and eat healthier than ever before. I am pretty happy with myself and my weight. Of course I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, especially right now that my pants feel a little snug from the holiday dinners/parties/cookies :) Right now I am somewhere between maintaining and trying to lose no more than 5lbs. I try to achieve this balance with healthy eating, exercise, and some splurges that are more common with ‘maintaining’ rather than ‘dieting.’
Like a lot of food bloggers, I think that healthy eating is the best diet! It’s also the easiest to stick to too. Last year I did a Weight Watchers challenge with a friend for one month, just to see if we could follow the diet for one month! I did it, and I lost a couple of pounds too! Honestly, it wasn’t that hard to do because WW is a really food-friendly diet, but again, it was only 4 weeks. One of the best things I learned from WW was the power of fiber and protein. Now I often eat huge meals that come in at much lower calorie counts. I definitely like to have lots of food on my plate if possible, otherwise I want to keep snacking. The downside to the diet was the social restrictions! I turned down plans and definitely didn’t go out as much when I was on Weight Watchers because a lot of the US really isn’t health-friendly. I’m sure you’ve all noticed this! SO I decided to take the lessons I learned about portion sizes and nutrition labels and just refine and redefine my regular eating! Thus far I have seen some ups and downs in the scale, but nothing major, and I am DEFINITELY enjoying all the great food discoveries I’ve made!
I have always been a fairly healthy eater, and that definitely comes from childhood. My mom used to give us frozen peas and frozen grapes (nicknamed “nature’s little ice pops”) for dessert. I swear, I didn’t know white bread or Skippy existed until I started going to friends’ houses in elementary school. I luckily love most fruits and veggies, but I love chocolate and ice cream just as much!
I started working out regularly about a year and a half ago when I realized that even though I might be maintaining a healthy weight, I wasn’t fit. I didn’t want to have to start exercising when I was in my 30′s and starting to realize how important it was once my metabolism truly slowed down, so I decided to get heart healthy sooner rather than later! After joining a gym, it wasn’t too hard to make it a daily part of my schedule. Now, I go to the gym after work or I won’t go at all! Still, it has been a year and I usually go anywhere between 3-5 times a week, which is AHHHHHMAZING to me, since before last year, I had been to the gym maybe 5 times in my life!!
I hope that through this blog I can share my love for all things yummy and delish. I have found that I love cooking, I love real foods, and I love sharing that with anyone who wants to listen!