In January 2013, I hated the way that I looked and the way that I felt about myself. I joined Weight Watchers and saw positive results right away. Within 3 months I was the thinnest that I had been in almost a decade. I felt great about the choices and progress that I was making. I started this site (with my husband) as a fun way to catalog our favorite recipes and to share them with others. We decided to focus on making comfort foods healthy and thus crafted the idea of Made Over Meal. Our last post was in August 2013.
Around that time that I stopped monitoring what I ate and lost focus on living healthy lifestyle. Weighing myself weekly was annoying – tracking everything that I ate was annoying – being personally accountable was apparently worse. By December of 2013 I was back to hating the way that I looked.
It’s now May 2016 and I’m pretty much still at the same place that I was at in January of 2013. That’s the real talk. But I’m not alone, according to Slate 97% of dieters regain everything they lost and then some within three years. That’s pretty discouraging right?
I’m making some changes in my life around how I view food. But I’m not following a specific diet because I don’t believe in them anymore. My focus is maintaining a daily calorie intake that I’ve discussed with my doctor. I’m tracking both what I eat and what I weigh using MyFittnessPal on a daily basis. I don’t have a goal weight in mind – I want to find the place where I feel comfortable with me. Along the way, I want to use this space a place to share my journey and some of my favorite recipes – made over or not.
ps. Between 2013 and 2016 the site was hacked. I had to delete all of the content and restart the site from scratch. I tried to reproduce the top recipes from Google’s cache. However, some recipes and nutritional data was lost.