Friday, May 14, 2010

Chocolate Cake vs. the Gym

First of all, no explanations or excuses about my blogging habits, I've said it all before.

I have 2 great goals/desires for myself. I want to bake delicious food. I love to bake, and always have. I just got a book recently (Bakewise by Shirley Corriher) and I have been reading it more intently than any textbook I have ever read. It fascinates me to discover what each ingredient in baking does and how it effects your final result and then use that to fine tune a recipe to get just what I want. I don't want to be the best (home)baker. I used to think I did, then I realized that I don't want to be compared to anyone else and their baked goods, I just want for me and those I serve to thoroughly enjoy what I bake.
My other desire for myself is to get in shape. I have a few goals and numbers I am working on specifically, but mostly I just want to be more active and healthier.
There is a conflict of interest here. How can I spend my time trying out new recipes for pound cake, from-scratch brownies and lime cream tortes when I am trying to be healthier and even lose a few lbs in the process? I can't give it all away (the food, that is), I don't have enough self-control to do that. After all, part of the reason for wanting to bake is to eat it, right? Maybe I need to get up earlier and burn more calories to make up for it... I don't know. I am too passionate about these goals to to give up on either one yet. Any ideas?


Braydan and Jessica said...

Just give me all your baked goods and then you don't have to worry about eating them :)

Bug said...

There is a chocolate cake sitting in my kitchen at this very moment. Only a few days ago did I decide that I want to loose a couple pounds. But I can see into my future and today... the cake will win.

I try to think to myself, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

But what i really end up thinking when I'm staring down a lovely dessert and calculating it's calories, "Oh well, just another drop in the bucket."

I'm no help.

Amber said...

What!?! Two blogs in four days. Are you okay??? =)
Sorry I couldn't resist. You know I love to tease. Awesome posts! and I will take the baked goods off your hands any time. My family will be grateful since I hardly EVER bake.

Rah said...

I once read that it isn't what you eat as how MUCH you eat. So let yourself have a very small serving, and allow yourself only so many taste tests and yes, extra working out/walking etc. will help in that it will also speed up your metabolism during the day. Also eating more bulk foods like carrots and other fruits and veggies will keep you full so you aren't feeling deprived.
Hope this helps!