Long Time No Post

It’s been rather a long time since I have posted, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating (obviously) and certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on expanding my food experiences.

We took the family to the Blank Park Zoo’s around the world experience (don’t quote me on what the day is actually called) back in Fall of 2011. We got to taste some great foods from a variety of cultures. I especially liked the dessert tamale I tried right as we were leaving. I -still- hope to learn how to make these at some point. I thought this one, from the Food Network, sounded good (especially since I have had good luck with liking Guy Fieri recipes in the past).

In spring of 2012, I received a Fit Book for my birthday. It was awesome and I will probably do a more in depth review of it at some point, even though I am not currently using it (because my now three year old daughter has appropriated it as her own notebook). Suffice it to say that it provided motivation (through quotes), a method for setting (and tracking and achieving) goals, a location for tracking food, and a spot for tracking exercise.

The family has also moved (in late Spring 2012) to a new town and a new house (after initially moving into an apartment in the new town). We ate out a lot during the move (boo!), but have been working hard since then to cut back on the amount of food we have been eating.

In Fall of 2012 I was accepted to the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program, with a popular fiction specialty. It was a drive towards reclaiming myself and my health that inspired me to do this. Along with the renewed interest in writing, came a renewed interest in exercising. Pain from fibromyalgia made it difficult to accomplish. I finally bought a recumbent exercise bike and began watching Biggest Loser to motivate me. I started keeping track of my calories, got back to paying attention to vegetable in take, and began loosing weight.

Of course, the holiday’s rolled around, as they always do. My weight loss ground to a halt (as did my exercise). New Year’s was followed soon after by my very first graduate school residency. I got to spend 10 beautiful days in Freeport, Maine. I spent the whole time at The Harraseeket Inn, eating their gorgeous breakfast buffet every morning and eating their delicious pizza and cake at the Broad Arrow Tavern. I took pictures of a lot of the food I ate and plan on doing a post devoted to the food I had while at the residency.

2013-01-04 13.38.42Needless to say, this amazing experience caused me to gain back some of the weight I had lost. It also killed my body, making it incredibly difficult to exercise or even stretch–or, on some days, to have enough energy to care about eating, let alone what I was eating. But as I have jumped in to my graduate studies, gotten a new pain specialist, and felt the approaching warmth of spring in the air, I have felt a renewed burst of energy directed at my health endeavors.

So while I don’t know yet how frequent my posting will be, I have decided to return to chronicling my efforts. It made me more aware of what I was consuming when I began this site a couple years ago. It also made food more fine, despite the fact that I was trying to restrict and change what I took into my body. Hopefully it will do the same things for me this time around. I’m glad to be back and look forward to opening up discussions again.

Question for my readers: What helps motivate you in achieving your goals (food and non-food goals alike)?

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About Dallas Funk

I'm a stay-at-home mom with two children (a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter), 20+ years of writing experience, and a passion for food that has been developed over a lifetime of experimenting. Over the past 12 years of marriage, I have worked hard to learn all that I can to make my family all that it can be. My expertise has been primarily self-taught, allowing me to provide insights for the average person, whether they be an aspiring cook, a new mother, or a hopeful writer. I have studied and experimented with baking, cooking, budget meals, healthy and tasty alternatives to comfort foods, and even food photography. By combining my writing experience, my hard won cooking expertise, and my "everyman" outlook, I offer a special and unique slant to food and dining. In January of 2015, I will receive my MFA in Creative Writing, with a Popular Fiction specialty, from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing Program.
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