How About a Month of Daily Phase One Recipes to Start the New Year!
When the calendar flips to a new year, lots of us take stock of our lives and decide what needs to change. I don’t talk much about my personal goals on the blog, but pretty much every January I’m doing a return to Phase One of the South Beach Diet
for a few weeks. Every year I post only Phase One recipes during January to help with that.
This year I’m taking it a step farther by making a commitment to feature a tasty Phase One Recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen every day for the month of January. And I feel like I should talk about one of the reasons I decided to do that. I say “should talk about” because this post is not something I wanted to write. When you have a blog that helps other people lose weight, it’s hard write a post saying you have gained weight yourself.
I started Kalyn’s Kitchen in 2005 after I’d lost 42 pounds on the South Beach Diet and was excited to share the recipes that helped me do it. On my About Page
it claims that “I’ve managed to maintain my weight loss” and for many years that was completely true. Then in 2010 I started gaining/losing weight but never losing quite as much as I gained (sound familiar?) And although I’m certainly not fat, (and most people don’t seem to really notice I’ve gained weight), currently I am definitely heavier than I’d like to be. And when I realized I was starting to feel a little dishonest every time I saw that About Page
, I knew I had to talk about it on the blog.
I could blame the weight gain on two years of stressful events in my life, including a few health issues and the death of my father in January of 2011, but the truth is the reason I gained weight is because I made bad choices about what I ate too many times until I started to lose the good habits I had maintained for so long
. For several months now I’ve been planning how to get out of this slump and make 2012 be the year when I get back to the weight that makes me feel best.
I realized how it would help me stay motivated if I committed to post a Phase One recipe each day during January, and when I mentioned it on the Kalyn’s Kitchen Facebook Page there was overwhelming support for the idea. Some days there will be new recipes and some days I’ll feature one of my favorite Phase One recipes from the past. Of course, there’s a whole Index of Phase One Recipes and a South Beach Diet Phase One Photo Index Page on the blog, but I hope this month of Phase One recipes will be extra helpful for readers who are starting Phase One in January, which I know many people do every year.
There are a couple of ways to make sure you see all the Phase One Recipes:
~The easiest way is to become an e-mail subscriber to Kalyn’s Kitchen and you’ll get the photo and first paragraph of each new recipe once a day by e-mail. (You can click through when you want to read the rest.)
~You can also follow me on Twitter or Like Kalyn’s Kitchen on Facebook to see announcements of each recipe.
~If you’re currently subscribed to the blog by RSS you may want to back it up with one of these other methods during January, because past recipes that are updated often don’t show up in the RSS feed.
For anyone reading this who may be new to the South Beach Diet or new to my blog, you can see more posts that might be helpful under the tab South Beach at the top of the blog.
Now that I’ve written this I am going to take a big deep breath, regroup, and start my plans for a healthier year. Thanks in advance for the ongoing support for me and my blog. I know 2012 is the year when I’ll get back to the weight where I feel best, and that the support from readers will be one of the things that helps me to do it.