In the depths of winter, I finally found within me an invincible summer.
---Albert Camus, author
Monday, June 21, 2010
Apple Pie and Learning to Cook!
In Kelly's blog yesterday she gave a yummy recipe for Peach Cobbler and a great picture. It reminded me of being 20-years old and newly wed (not all of my memories are bad) and learning to cook. My first project was to learn to bake an apple pie. Until then I only knew how to make toast and cook an egg. I practiced piano 3 hours a day when I was growing up, which left no time for cooking lessons. There was a little grocery store near campus, and the owner was the sweetest little lady. I always went to her with my cooking questions. As I had only seen my mother bake meringue pies where she baked the crust first, I didn't have a clue how to do a fruit pie. I went into the grocery and asked the little lady how I could bake a top crust and a bottom crust and then get the pie in between the crusts. The cookbook left out that part! Without missing a beat or cracking a smile she explained: roll out the crust, put the bottom crust in first, then put the fruit filling in, put the uncooked top crust on and bake it all at the same time. I asked, "You mean put the crust in RAW?" That memory has served me well in remembering that 20-year olds are very young and still have a lot to learn.
This blog is to chronicle my weight loss and my life in general. After breast cancer and chemo in 1996, my weight jumped from 125 to 195. I have lost and gained many times since then. Each time I've reached my goal weight, I have had a traumatic experience and gained the weight back. I am in a place that is more sane now. Or maybe just less crazy. If not normal, then approaching normalcy. I need a way for accountability, and a blog seems a good way to do it. I do better with goals if I have visuals, even though I dread seeing the numbers and the pictures. This time, when I start on my diet, I’m approaching it with care and caution….not just jumping in without much thought. I bought several great books that are true-life accounts of weight loss. I want to understand other people who have had my experiences and who have persevered and reached their goal weight. I've started learning how to write a blog, and found out that there are a lot of people like me, trying to be accountable on a blog, and losing weight for the umpteenth time. And I thought I was unique.