A few months back, I received an email from my blog sponsor, Foodbuzz, announcing a new food blogging competition soon to be featured – Project Food Blog. There were no details at this point, the only thing I knew is that the winner got a cash prize of $10,000. Pretty sweet, right? I entered my name and forgot about it. And then last month I found out the rules. There are 10 elimination challenges, nearly 2,000 bloggers competing and only 1 winner. There is so much pressure! 😯 I know the odds are against me but I decided that self doubt is not productive. Sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination. I know the challenges will push me outside of my comfort zone and will hopefully make me a stronger blogger if nothing else. Just creating my profile involved some soul searching. And now we’re here… the first challenge is to write a post that defines me as a food blogger and makes it clear why I think I have what it takes to be the next food blog star. Pretty heavy stuff, no? I was going in circles, trying to pick my “angle”…
And then I wrote a post that came from my heart. A post about my recent struggles with weight gain and how I plan to tackle this problem. And I got the most overwhelming response (seriously guys, I was deeply touched by every comment – you are amazing!!!!) and it was all clear to me. Nearly every one of you said how refreshing it was to see such a raw and relatable post and how my honesty is what keeps bringing you back (I think some beautiful food pictures help though – amiright? 😆 ). I am a real woman, with a real passion for food and a seemingly conflicting desire to be fit and thin. There are days when I stress eat (like so many of us do!). And there are days when something as simple as a whole grain mustard, fresh fig and prosciutto sandwich makes my heart flutter and I can appreciate the beauty in food… and I feel so far from the person that mindlessly shoves handfuls after handfuls of almonds while watching tv (and getting sick afterwords). It’s so complicated sometimes, isn’t it?
I started Healthy and Sane nearly two years ago to document my food as I tried to lose some weight. I believed in balancing healthy home-cooked meals (Healthy) with more indulgent treats out (Sane). Now I’m back to weight loss mode and I plan on taking the same approach. There will be no “dieting.” Food is so much more than just fuel. I love food. Food is my hobby, my passion, my pass-time. I love to plan meals, grocery shop, peruse the farmers markets, read cookbooks, magazines and food blogs, and then of course cook and EAT. I love thinking about food, tasting food, and getting inspired by food. Enjoying a fantastic meal out with my husband is our favorite “activity” together. I can’t let a restrictive diet take such a large part of my life away. That means that despite a few pesky pounds I’m currently sporting around my midriff, you will continue to see on this blog a lot of recipes, restaurant reviews and possibly even more videos. Some meals will be healthy, some will be a little more indulgent – my promise is that they will all be delicious and there really is room for both… even while trying to lose weight. It’s possible. I’ll show you! [And I will not pretend it’s all easy either. It’s not. Let’s get real!]
Now seriously, how gorgeous is this sandwich?
Thank you all for reading. I feel like more than ever, I have an amazing support system that will be key to my success.
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