Tuesday, October 20, 2009


"Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made."

Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

One of the readers left a comment asking me what my source of inspiration is. I've covered lots of different topics in the past year but I don't think I've gone into any detail on this one.

What is the source of inspiration to keep eating healthfully, to keep juicing every single day, to keep to my workout schedule even when exercise is the last thing that I want to be doing? In a word, freedom. 277 pounds slowed me down, put strain on my ankles, knees and lower back and overeating unhealthy food left me logy, bitchy and often times, depressed. I wanted to feel energetic, light and limber but fat was a prison that kept me from living the life I wanted.

Once I committed to taking back my health, I started to feel a freedom that is hard to describe. I do know that it's the best feeling that I have ever experienced and I don't ever want it end. I love the feeling of being free from the control of emotional overeating, free from the pull of junk food, free from the fat prison. I have never been keen on the phrase "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels," but I know for a fact that freedom feels and tastes incomparably better than the huge bowl of Halloween candy that was left at the nurses' station yesterday.


  1. Thanks, Andra-for another great post! I feel like you should have an "Ask Andra" series... :) I know I've got questions! For one, I was thinking about how in an earlier post you mentioned baking for the holidays. I too, usually give baked goods to my loved ones--but over the past year I've seriously cut sugars and sweets from my diet and now I feel conflicted about giving away something I myself wouldn't normally eat. What sorts of recipes will you be using, and will they be modified to be healthier versions? I'm struggling with this... and wonder how others deal with this problem.

  2. Thank you, Michele! Questions are always welcome. I'm going to be baking cookies to give as gifts as I do every year. I won't feel guilty about giving them away nor keeping a few for Rob and I to enjoy with a cuppa during the season. It's the only time of year that I bake and I really enjoy it. Homemade treats are already miles ahead of anything store bought. I stay away from pre-packaged mixes. I use best quality chocolate and vanilla, organic flour, sugar and butter and add nuts, dried fruit and spices, which are pretty healthy additions to baked goods. I'm also planning on trying out some whole grain flours, too. If you really wanted to go with a healthy trend, you could make batches of homemade granola and wrap them up in festive tins and offer those instead. Check out this recipe for Gingerbread Granola from One Frugal Foodie...

  3. Thanks for the response! I like the gingerbread granola idea! I think I'm leaning towards something more along those lines.

  4. "Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made." – What a great quote! I’ve never heard it before, and it is really true. Talking about inspiration is so interesting because I think it is where a lot of people struggle in weight loss. Just like you said. People don’t WANT to run everyday, and eat healthy, and have to say ‘no’ all the time to junk food. But they have to keep their goal in mind and think of the rewards they will reap from sticking to the plan. That is difficult, to say the least. It is interesting to hear you say that not only did you suffer physically from being obese, your moods and emotions were affected. Actually, I feel more cranky and irritable when I’m dieting!!! LOL But I can understand that rush of freedom that comes when you are eating clean and not giving in to the binge monster. I am so happy for you. May I say, I am also happy that you did not give up holiday baking…it’s good to let yourself enjoy some homemade sweets once in a while. Nothing is better than homemade cookies! I have never tried baking with whole grain flours (I’ve thought about it), so tell us how that turns out! That gingerbread granola sounds delicious!

  5. Everyone feels cranky and irritable while dieting, Kathleen. That's why diets don't work. Dieting is an antiquated concept that has succeeded in fattening up this country just as much as the fast food chains have.