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October 13, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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When I first started blogging about food, I was unemployed and balanced my long days in the kitchen with routine workouts at the gym.  Even when I went back to work, I started training for a half marathon and all that running kept the scale from creeping up.

But now, I’m a stay at home mom to a toddler.  I’m cooking three meals a day for my family, in addition to developing recipes for BettyCupcakes.  The bulk of my time at home is spent in the kitchen- cooking or doing dishes.  I watch Food Network when I fold laundry and listen to The Splendid Table podcasts in the car.  I read food blogs on my iPhone and edit photos of food all day long.  I am surrounded by food and I love it.

Maybe a little too much.

Confession: I’ve gained 5 pounds since July.

Honestly, I’m happier in my own skin than I’ve ever been.  I’m strong and healthy.  I can keep up with the wee one, no problem.  My clothes still fit.  No one has said a negative thing about my figure in years.  My husband still thinks I’m hot.

So what’s the problem?

I don’t want my food blogger 5 to turn into the food blogger 15 or 50.  I want to get handle on how to balance healthy habits and food blogging so I don’t have to quit either.  Moderation in all things, right y’all?

How I Plan to Lose my 5 Food Blogger Pounds | BettyCupcakes.com #weightloss #foodblogger

Reel in the BLTs

No, I don’t mean make smaller bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches.  I’m talking about those pesky Bites, Licks, and Tastes.  I’m the queen of licking the spoon, spatula, and bowl.

Strategy: Chew gum while cooking or just toss dirty dishes in the sink.

Move It

Regular exercising has fallen to the wayside which is not cool.  I actually miss being sore from a hard workout.  Only fix to that is to get up and get moving!  Running, weightlifting, yoga, walking, dancing…anything that gets my heart pumping counts.

Strategy: 4 days a week of intentional exercise.

Eat More

Sounds weird, right?  Stay with me.  I need to eat three regular meals a day.  I often skip lunch because I’m busy with the wee one, writing, cleaning, or cooking.  This leads me to snack even more on whatever I’m making that day, which is likely less nutritious than a true lunch meal would be.

Strategy: Even though I’m a stay at home mom, I’m going to start “packing” my lunches the night ahead to encourage me to eat something healthy mid-day.

Eat Dessert Once

I’m not going to cut out dessert, however, I definitely don’t need something sweet after lunch and dinner.

Strategy: Replace one sweet treat a day with fruit or a smoothie.

How do you balance healthy eating with food blogging?

What are your favorite healthy habits?


  • Sarah says:

    I totally get the weight gain and the need to get into a healthy routine. I have been experimenting with everything fall and caramel that I find on Pinterest!
    There is a brand new track right by my school, so I have been trying at least three times a week, to walk a few miles at a brisk pace. I also start every day with a fruit and yogurt smoothie, with baked oatmeal as a snack a few hours later.
    Best of luck in your venture to stay healthy and fit!

  • What a great idea! It’s hard being a food blogger sometimes and “always” cooking new foods. I wish you success on losing your Food Blogger 5 :) and can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  • Danelle says:

    Those BLT’s are what get me every time!

  • Nancy W says:

    Being a food flogger is not easy! Appreciate you sharing your struggles and your plans! Good luck. Glad you shared your post over at Adventures in Mindful Living!

  • Heather says:

    That’s a great plan! And I totally get the eating more. Since I have been dieting and exercising hard, I have learned to eat more. I either don’t lose weight or gain when I don’t have enough calories.

  • Emily says:

    Great work! I think its so smart to tackle the 5 before it gets more!! FOod blogging would be SO hard for me… I am a licker and taster too!! Came over from the blog boost! Emily Sharing on FB ;o)

  • I am right there with you, had an injury before summer started and it has been all down hill from there. Just decided to get back to being diligent.

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