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Where I’ve Been….

30 August 2012 1,933 views 8 Comments

I didn’t think anyone else really noticed that I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, and was tickled to see that one of my loyal readers did notice — thanks for the shout (er, call)-out, RL. Anyway, it’s true that I was out of blogging practice for over two months this summer. Not only that, but I haven’t been able to keep up with my own blog reader (there are currently 309 items in my unread food blogger feed), nor have I been very active on Twitter. I have been posting pretty regularly in my Facebook group — just to keep the flame alive.

So what have I been up to? Basically, a lot of sitting at work or at the house on the computer, like the photo below but generally with my back  more hunched, no makeup, and with my face two inches from the computer screen:

Photo Credit: Nathan Russell Photography

Photo Credit: Nathan Russell Photography

I’ve been working more hours than ever at SolarWinds, where I’m in corporate communications, including new international responsibilities that have me checking email and getting sucked into work at VERY odd hours.

In my spare time, I’ve been wedding planning for our second wedding in less than a year. Planning a wedding for over 200 people, most of whom are coming in from out of state and out of the country, is logistically pretty challenging, and the devil is really in the details. So I’ve been working on Google docs on endless spreadsheets to try to keep organized rather than organizing my photos from fabulous eating adventures like I used to do.

UPDATE (8/31): And how could I leave out the Austin Food Blogger Alliance Fundraiser for Bake A Wish! I was thrilled to play a part in an event that raised $4,500 for a wonderful organization. I spent a good part of July working on promoting the event to media with philanthropy chair Michelle Fandrich of The Kid Can Cook– she and her team did an amazing job!

My other excuse for not blogging is that I’ve been on a DIET. No, this is not a lifestyle (read: Weight Watchers), this is a full-fledged diet plan. It’s called Take Shape for Life, and it comes with the support of a personal coach as part of the purchase of Medifast meals, which make up the largest percentage of what I eat these days. I’ve been on Medifast for over five weeks and I’ve lost 16 pounds. It works for me because I haven’t been making the time to plan my meals or make smart choices when I eat out, so I like something that’s pretty prescriptive for this moment in my life. The only meal I usually plan is dinner and that includes a lean protein and lots of veggies and I think that’s the main reason (other than the quick weight loss) that I’ve been able to very happily stay on the plan.

UPDATE (8/31) from my health coach, Anne:

Just don’t ever want people to  think TSFL is a quick fix. It’s about the learning acquired as you go through the structured, but mindless, weight loss phase- food choices, portion control, staying with 5-6 smaller meals every day- then the 6 week Transition as you are equipped with the new healthy habits to live out for the rest of your life!

So I’ve now got five weeks until the wedding, some of which I’ll still be on the diet, and some of which I’ll be transitioning back to a more normal eating regimen. In the meantime, I’ve rediscovered my passion for blogging and I’m so happy to be back.

Over the next five weeks you can expect to see more blog posts about our adventures in wedding planning, posts about some local eating experiences that we’ve had (I even went out to eat at one of the nicest restaurants in Austin and pretty well stayed on plan), and also finish up posts about our trip to Europe last year. Yes, I”m still blogging about things that happened in 2011.

Thanks for sticking with me, friends. I hope all is well in your world!

-Jodi

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  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.goodstein Emily Pearl Goodstein

    Welcome back my love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.goodstein Emily Pearl Goodstein

    Welcome back my love.

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    In the battle between my love of food and my love of being thin(ner), the former has been soundly beating the latter. It makes me happy to learn that someone who shares my passion for food can be as successful as you have with dieting. 16 pounds! So inspiring. Congrats.

  • jodibart

    Michelle – I'm amazed at how well you keep your weight down with all the eating and blogging. I think you always look wonderful and so fit!

  • jodibart

    Michelle – I'm amazed at how well you keep your weight down with all the eating and blogging. I think you always look wonderful and so fit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735298655 Michele Schwartz

    Hi Jodi, It's Michele from the Modern Jewish Wedding. You let me re-print your blog about your first wedding. I'd love to re-print some of your planning along the way articles and then a post-wedding blog w/pictures? It would be a great follow up to the post from before. In the meantime, PLEASE, tell me where I can get a good bagel in Austin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735298655 Michele Schwartz

    Hi Jodi, It's Michele from the Modern Jewish Wedding. You let me re-print your blog about your first wedding. I'd love to re-print some of your planning along the way articles and then a post-wedding blog w/pictures? It would be a great follow up to the post from before. In the meantime, PLEASE, tell me where I can get a good bagel in Austin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735298655 Michele Schwartz

    Hi Jodi, It's Michele from the Modern Jewish Wedding. You let me re-print your blog about your first wedding. I'd love to re-print some of your planning along the way articles and then a post-wedding blog w/pictures? It would be a great follow up to the post from before. In the meantime, PLEASE, tell me where I can get a good bagel in Austin.