Adapt or Else…My 12 Week Challenge

One day, someone may inform you that you need to change how you eat or your health will deteriorate.  It’s happened to me.  Over the last five years I have battled being borderline diabetic, had episodes where I am diabetic,  then got it under control so I’m not diabetic anymore, to getting told this week that I am diabetic again.  Bummer 🙁

At first I reel with the news and, pretty much, think the joys of eating as I know it have just ended.  I go through the woe is me phase and whine about how healthy of an eater I am, so, “why is this happening to me?”  I eat tons of vegetables and exercise regularly.  I take the stairs and park my car further than necessary in parking lots so I can walk more, I garden weekly;  yet, I continue to struggle with high blood sugar.  I don’t want to go on medicines, as, for me,  it has been absolutely possible to control these episodes through diet.  Losing a few pounds seems to fix my problem, but I never go quite far enough…I lose five pounds, get my numbers looking pretty good, then go on vacation, put the five pounds back on and…oops, back to the danger range with my insulin resistance.

So…this is it, no more messing around, I need to lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks (before my next doctor’s visit).  Am thinking that, maybe, if I share this goal with you readers, I’ll be more apt to keep on track…so here goes.  I am taking you on  my 12 week challenge to lose 10 pounds while still enjoying exciting, interesting, flavorful, creative, and scrumptious food every single day at every single meal.  

A few years ago, I went through hours of classes about how to create a diet that works at keeping me healthy.   I am armed with the necessary tools to accomplish my goal.  It’s about balance…having proteins, fats, & carbs in every bite keeps me on a level plain with my blood sugars.  Months of not paying attention to my portion sizes is where I get off track and stray into the danger zone.  So this week, I am all about focusing on portion size, while keeping satisfied.

I love, love, love food, so will work to find the best bites for me.  I will not give up on flavor or interesting foods.  Today, this should be easier than ever to manage as the small plate, small bite movement using whole foods that are packed and punched with flavor exists all around me.  I really couldn’t be eating at a better time in history having to manage this issue.  I will share my finds and results with you over the next few months and hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.

Today we splurged on seafood.  Truly quality, fresh products from our favorite fish market, Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa.  We enjoyed smoked salmon and crab salads for lunch. Then purchased gorgeous fresh diver scallops, Mexican white shrimp (not farmed), and fish ceviche to make dinner for the family (it was on Halloween night.)  The scallops and shrimps were seared and cooked to perfection by my husband and served over a nice angel hair pasta (I found my one cup cooked portion size of pasta fully satisfying with this dish).   This along with a little gem lettuce, Point Reyes bleu cheese, crispy bacon and sweet cherry tomato salad made for the perfect dinner to go with a 2005 Fogdog Pinot Noir (one glass for me was plenty)…then off to trick or treating with the kids…day one of my challenge went great.

I can’t resist sharing the things I did NOT eat one crumb of today that were in front of my face…everyone else enjoyed them immensely…and I am o.k. with that as sweets aren’t my thing anyway.  I opted for wine instead of cookies, it’s all about choice 🙂

Skeleton cookies...made by a jazzercise classmate who decorates the most beautiful, interesting and clever petite sweets.

Skeleton cookies…made by a jazzercise classmate who decorates the most beautiful, interesting and clever petite sweets.


What is soooooo wonderful for me, is that my daily tea fits well into my consuming.  Some teas taste just like dessert.  I will share some with you over the next few weeks.  Today I opted for a quality, fragrant, Namring 1st Flush Darjeeling

Pecan sandies made my my good friend, A.

Pecan sandies made my my good friend, A.

for my afternoon pot of tea.  I hadn’t had Darjeeling tea in a while and was reminded how delicate, fragrant, and satisfying this high mountain grown champagne of teas can be from Harney & Sons.

Look forward to updating you on my progress next week.  It’s taken me three days to finish this post and so far, it’s going good.  You’re already inspiring me and didn’t even know it 🙂


  1. You can do it Linda!
    I hope you’ll be posting some of the recipes you’ll be making over the next 12 weeks!

    • Thanks for your support…will do

  2. You go girl. If anyone is up for this challenge it is you. You are an inspiration to me.

    • Thank u. I need all the positive reinforcement I can get. It’s so easy to slip into old habits. Will keep u posted

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  3. Well done Linda, I think it’s a great idea to blog about your progress, it does help when you have people rooting for you. It’s a great idea to package up and gift leftovers too, everybody wins that way. I’m looking forward to following your progress, I know you can do it! And, by the way, those skulls are amazing!

    • Thanks Lorna… I so appreciate your encouragement…and yes, those skulls were stunning! The woman who made them consistently stuns our exercise class with new and exciting petite sweets. Will keep you posted.

  4. I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award today at my site!

    • Thank you so much for honoring me with this Blogger award. You made my day!! You have certainly motivated me to keep improving and growing within my blog and the blog community. Thank you so much!!