Ok, so there is nothing new under the sun.  I agree with that.  So, that means I can borrow ideas from others and adjust them to fit my needs.  Right? So here’s my not-so-new idea.

Dieting through a Cookbook

You’ve seen the Julie & Julia movie several times by now.  Well, don’t worry, I’m NOT going to cook my way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” like Julie Powell did; but I am attempting something similar for a possible life or death outcome.

As most of my friends know, I’ve put on a few extra pounds over the last several years that have clung to me like the hide on a cow.  No diet in 3 years has held my attention enough to stick to it longer than 3 weeks and I’m nearing a very unhealthy state of being, which unfortunately runs in my family.

Heaviest weight in years.

Heaviest weight in years.

My Not-so New Idea

So, in order to stay motivated, focused and encouraged, I am going to cook my way through two different diet-based cookbooks.  Why two?  Well, they are very similar in how they work, both have great recipes, are equally healthy and it gives me a change when I need it.  (I get bored so easily.) I have a lot of weight to lose, so my goal in finishing these two cookbooks is 8 months.  My thinking is that I never do well counting calories, but if I eat the servings these books suggest, I should be healthier and lose weight at the same time. It’s a challenging contest.  Cookbook #1…

The New Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen

The New Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen

I’ll Never Reveal my Weight

Instead of rewarding myself for small goals achieved, I will offer a prize to my readers who post comments about this journey.  Your comments will be my reward, so please don’t leave me hanging!  Once per month, there will be a drawing for one lucky winner who has commented on the blog each week during the month.  The prizes will be gift cards that can be easily mailed to the winner. I’m thinking iTunes, Pottery Barn,  Pier 1, Starbucks, Lowes, etc. Winners will be announced on the last day of each month.

My plan is to turn Monday into Menu Monday where I’ll share a few recipes for the week, my exercise plans, and an update on the progress of my weight loss and general health.  I will not bore you to tears with every morsel of food I put in my mouth, but will feature one or two menus.  And, I will under no circumstance or threat of death share what I weigh!  We women just don’t do that!

The second book that will be used for a change of pace is:

Not so New Idea

Quick and Easy Options

This should be lots of fun and easy, as 007 has also expressed an interest in losing a few pounds.

Here are the plans for two dinners this week, both taken from the Sonoma book.  I don’t get to pick and choose which ones I’ll eat. Eventually I have to try it all!  This should expose me to all sorts of new foods.

Grilled Fish, White Bean Ratatouille and a Salad

Roasted Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Toasted Quinoa Pilaf

There will be pictures next week of these two meals, and reviews of the recipes.  Oh, and one other reason I chose this cookbook over all the other millions like it… I can have a glass of wine with dinner!

This is my kind of diet. Wine with dinner.

This is my kind of diet. Wine with dinner.

Challenge:  To cook my weight down through the Sonoma Diet Cookbook and South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook.

Goal:  Lower my cholesterol, A1C numbers, weight and improve my overall health through diet and exercise.

Time Frame:  Eight months from today, on May 9, 2014 I’d like to have lost 25 pounds – at the very least.

As always, comments are welcome, compliments are loved.