New Year Confessional

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I write this in haste.  Not because I have a particularly hectic day; in fact D’s car is in getting a set of winter tires and he has my van, so I cannot go anywhere, anyway.  I scramble to get text onto this page and press “publish” so that I will not change my mind.  I intend to start this new year differently and I require your help.  I need to be accountable to you, my loyal readers.  I believe that you come to this space because even if we have never met in person, you care about me and perhaps even love me.  With love, there is responsibility and I hope that you will encourage me in my journey ahead.

I am almost 59 years old (I know by the photos I post here and my youthful lifestyle, you thought I was much younger, correct? correct?).  I am just on the cusp of menopause which at my late age is something that has me and my doctor, quite mystified.  Her ongoing reassurance has always been that women who are pre-menopausal are healthier than those who have gone through the change.  I have never asked the chemical or biological reasons for this, just took this as a blessing and a reason for my continued good health.  But sure enough, just as one phase of my life is making way for another, health concerns that I have never had before, are now an issue.

I am now medicated for high blood pressure and my doctor is keeping close eye on my cholesterol.  I know what I need to do to get these things into check-it is pretty simple, really.  I need to be more active and make good decisions with my diet.  (So why just now, did I almost consume that thick piece of banana bread left over from the holidays instead of pouring out a small bowl of whole grain cereal?)  The only answers I can think of, is that I am careless and lazy; that I eat as a response but not based on rational thought.  I have wholesome food in my house.  I have the luxury of time to prepare it.  So, why can’t I make good choices?

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I have decided to focus on all that I love: my husband, our children and our gorgeous grandbaby.  I will soon be on Isla Mujeres where I wear a bathing suit and pareo from morning until sundown, I will spend the summer at our little cottage where I love to walk the beach from end to end, I need to chose a Mother-of-the-Bride dress for later this year, D and I want to take long hikes and stroll through Europe again in the next year or so.  These are my incentives, my motivation.

I have already made some positive steps: the salt shaker has come off our table, I have reduced the salt added to my recipes, I have eliminated coffee and drink only decafe. I have reduced my alcohol consumption in quantity and frequency.  I walk twice a day but I turn back when our old dog has done his business, instead of walking as far as I had intended.  The frigid temperatures are my excuse but this too is hogwash as I have the warmest clothes that money can by.  I love Zumba and have a set of cds that I should be working out to but I have been lazy with this too, and need to set aside time each day to really get my heart pumping.

I have pulled out my two favourite Bonnie Stern Cookbooks: “Heart Smart Cooking“,”Heart Smart Cooking for Family and Friends” and one new one: “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen“.  I intend to cook my way through the pages of these three (Julie & Julia style).  Tonight: Salmon Fillets in Rice Paper Wrappers with Peanut Dipping Sauce and a Carrot Salad with Moroccan Dressing.  High in vitamins A, B6 and B12, low in carbs, calories and fat.  I will report back on the taste.

I wanted to share all of this with you, just in case you happen to be in the same place as me.  Send me an email if you are: kathryne@mediachef.ca and we can hold hands and do this together.

Kath’s quote: “When you smiled you had my undivided attention.  When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you.  When you cried you had my urge to hold you.  When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever.” Brandi Snyder

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Love-that is all.


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6 Comments to

“New Year Confessional”

  1. Avatar January 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 pm Jenn Dyck Says:

    Wishing you much success on your food and health journey! Best quote I’ve read in a while…”the only diet worth the effort is the one you can be on for the rest of your life”.
    Cheers to “lasting lifestyle change”!
    Eat well…Jenn


  2. Avatar January 2nd, 2014 at 2:04 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Jenn, Not even considering this a diet but a mind-shift (for the rest of my long life).


  3. Avatar January 2nd, 2014 at 3:48 pm Victoria Says:

    I hope we didn’t throw you off your game with our lamb dinner last night. the brownie bread pudding might have been a bit too much…


  4. Avatar January 2nd, 2014 at 4:19 pm Kathryne Says:

    The lamb was fabulous. I had a very small portion and loaded up on your veggies. I sampled a small slice of the inventive and delicious brownie bread pudding and augmented with the fruit salad. You are a fabulous cook and we always know that we will be thoughtfully accommodated when we join you. Loved being with you again. Next time, our place.


  5. Avatar January 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 pm Ellen Says:

    what? You are almost 59, I don’t believe it! I wish you the best on your journey filled with love, healthy food and movement. Check out Mairlyn’s Healthy Starts Here Cookbook, she has great recipes & tips & nutrition info.


  6. Avatar January 3rd, 2014 at 8:11 am Kathryne Says:

    I love you Ellen.


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