|Look at me, acting like I know what I'm doing, I'm not fooling anyone!|
Over the past 8 or so months, I've cut out my fast food habit, explored an unknown world of veggies, whole grains, and packed lunches. I've also lost almost 75 pounds--yay for swapping hamburgers and french fries for zucchini and spinach! It has been a good year for me food wise, though my attempts to start running have trashed my knees.
|My first and last run, now I hobble around.|
So for this next year, my goals are not just to continue eating/cooking real meals and keep this weight off, but to learn to cook and to follow directions. The last is the hardest for me--one of the reasons I like to be in charge! But I think I need to know how to cook better before I experiment as much as I have been.
With this in mind, I've raided my library's book sale and bought 40-50 cookbooks, which is basically 500 times more cook books than I already had, but at around 50cents for most I couldn't control myself! So to fulfill my goal, I am challenging myself to cook at least one recipe from each cookbook, trying some new technique or ingredient or flavor combination I wouldn't ordinary have used. I want to follow the directions as much as possible, though with substitutions to make them as healthy as possible.
Here is hoping that 2014 will be as successful a food year as 2013 has been!