Ok, I’m Going to (Almost) Embrace the D-Word

I work for Cooking Light. We’re all about healthy, fresh, delicious food. We talk quinoa, summer tomatoes, smart portions, whole grains, and lean protein. We don’t talk diets. We don’t talk diets in our offices or even whisper about them in the corners of meeting rooms, much less on our pages or digital posts. But did you see Editor Scott Mowbray’s post? He’s going there, in a very public way.

Now for me…I have an innate distrust of dieting. When Scott announced his plan to publically try to lose 20 pounds, it made my stomach sink. How brave of him. How potentially mortifying. And how can I stay away from this? But I also had a nagging voice telling me to jump in.

I’ve never really been on a diet, but after 2 children (very worth it), a job that glues my backside to chair 8 hours a day (again, worth it), and a passion for cooking for family and friends…the time has come.

I’m not as brave. I’m not going to tell you my weight, but I will tell you I’m not small. I’m 6 feet tall, and have always owned my place in the world as a big girl. I’ve always eaten healthy, I cook most meals at home for my family, and I’m always on the go.

It’s the on-the-go part that’s the problem. I’m not athletic, never have been, and it’s never bothered me. I’m much more comfortable as “the smart one,” “the artsy one,” and in some crowds “the loud one.” Not the sporty or skinny one.

For most of my life I’ve always tried to keep active. Aerobics classes, dancing, and walking the hills around my house are how I stay moving, but since having kids I think I’ve mistaken my on-the-go schedule with activity. Newsflash: Driving kids from point A to point B, chasing a toddler down to brush her hair, and getting up at least 15 times during dinner doesn’t equate to meaningful cardio activity. It’s more steps for sure, but not enough to keep the weight off.

So, my weight has crept up even though most mornings I feel like I’ve run a marathon by the time my first meeting starts. My priorities have shifted too heavily away from me. I focus on kids’ lunchboxes filled with cucumber and grapes, and healthy meals for the kids at night, blah, blah, blah…the broken record of excuses. Bottom line: it’s too easy to make the health of those we take care of more important than our own health.  I hate clichés. I can’t be that mom.

So, I’m in. I can’t promise I’ll lose tons of pounds, but my goals are this: Move more. Eat a little less. And still enjoy life.

Who’s in? Are you ready to set some goals? Or have you already has success reaching fitness or weight loss goals? We want to hear from you. Comment here, email letters@CookingLight.com and tweet @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.



    this is directed to editors of cooking light mag. i am 76 years old and have read your magazine and books for many years. i have a problem which you can solve very easily. many of your recipes call for things i am not familiar with such as posole, creme fraiche to name a few and hard to find items in grocery stores. could uou add a dictionary to your shopping list page? also a lot of us are alergic to sea food but your magazines now cater to many fish recipes and salt water sea food that are not only expensive but also unavailable to us who cant eat seafood. please put out a magazine for us old folks that can understand your ingredients, find them easily in grocery stores and dont contain fish.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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    July 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  3. Kathie Swanson

    Thank you for the motivation! It’s been 21 years since my son was born and I believe it’s my time to take care of myself, what was I thinking? I should have started a healthier lifestyle 22 years ago! Cheers to fruits, veggies and learning to move our bodies (ugh)…

    July 2, 2013 at 10:14 am
  4. Beth

    Diets dont solve the long term problem. Only a lifestyle life time change will drop excess weight and keep it off.

    June 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm
  5. meme4all

    Very good!!!! You can do it…..and you do not have to publish any numbers !!! Good luck to you all.

    June 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  6. seatatthetable

    Very brave and honest post! Good luck, I know how hard it can be!

    June 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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