Beginning Saturday Jon and I are going on a health kick. Yep, a good old fashioned diet and exercise program. I would like to get rid of the saggage that started around my mid-section when I hit 35 (I don't know what was so magical about that year, but the law of gravity took over then) and I have aspirations of being svelte like Jennifer Anison when my blogger pals and I make our appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show in August(I will probably turn down all offers to pose in a tie for GQ Magazine though.) Jon would like to lose some of the weight that he has gained since we got married. He blames in on the fact that I'm somewhat of a Julia Child in the kitchen. I told him I would stop cooking but he nixed that idea.
Now you have to understand that this is going to be tough, not because of the exercise (I already do that), but because it requires cutting out most carbs. AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGG! We love carbs. Seriously. Mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, roasted potatoes, tater tots, tortillas, chips with salsa, beer with chips and salsa, wine with pasta, Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits, bread... Since that is taboo food now, I've been working on a menu that has lots of meat (I'm not giving up steak!), vegetables, fruits, legumes (such a fun word to use), and whole grains. And, we are going to become teetotalers. For the most part. But probably with a few exceptions, like Saturday and Sunday.
We'll also be hitting the trails when the snow level allows or the stair stepper when I'm too much of a wuss to be out in the cold (at least I have a commanding view of the mountains from said stair stepper). We'll also be embarking on a 'flat-fest' as Jon calls it. A crunchless ab program that promises 'flatter abs in 30 days'. We'll see about that.
My wickedly funny and feisty blog buddy, Helen, is going to post some of her 'being good' recipes (they're fabulous, I'm sure) on our food blog, Paprika is Good, But Not in Coffee. I will be making these and then promptly telling you just how wonderful her recipes are. If you have a recipe that you think would be appropriately awesome for this little health kick of ours, please email it to me and if I make it and like it (key phrase 'like it'), I will post it on Paprika is Good, But Not in Coffee where it will garner the attention of possibly 10's of people from around the world. And who knows, Steph might mention you in her book just because she's cool that way.(I don't know what Steph writing a book has to do with all this...)
So, in honor of the great flat-fest that is about to commence, I decided to dish up something extremely carbolicious. Yep, my most tasty garlic mashed potatoes and hamburger gravy. I'm going to miss you...