Hi, I’m Nicole, AKA “Sweetie Pie,” and I’m less than half of my former self. I followed a fast track from chubby child to obese teen to morbidly obese twenty something with an all time high weight of 340 pounds. That might not be so bad if I happened to be 11 feet tall, but as I’m just shy of 5’4″, it wasn’t so great. I lost 110 pounds around age 26, regained 60 pounds by age 30 during three years of law school, and have now lost 130 pounds over the past three years for a total loss of 180 pounds. In February of 2009, I celebrated my 35th birthday, and I’m hoping that 2009 will be the year in which I celebrate ditching those last few pounds and reaching my goal weight as well.
I’ve always really loved to cook, and through the process of transforming the way that I eat, I’ve become passionate about delicious and healthy food. I actually think I enjoy food more now than I did while I was piling on the pounds. I hope that this will be a place for me to share lots of delicious recipes, food ideas and mouthwateringly tempting photos. Oh, and you should not just expect to see brown rice and broccoli on this blog– although I do love both of those things. The name, Just Sweet Enough, comes from my raging sweet tooth, and my newfound ability to satisfy it without going overboard. Dessert will be served!!
If you are interested in knowing more about the strategies I’ve used to lose the weight, I’ve explained that in my post, “What’s the Plan, Man?” “Weight Watchers” is the short answer, although, in March of 2009, I decided to switch to counting calories. After counting points for the last four years, I wanted to shake things up a bit with a new framework. So far, so good!
If you’d like to know about my newly developed relationship with exercise, please check out my post, “The Party Crasher.”
I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I’ve only just begun understanding my relationship with food. I decided that I’d like to have a place to talk about my challenges, celebrate my successes and share things that I’ve learned that might be helpful to others. I’m hoping that this blog will be that place. I also know that I have a lot yet to learn, and I’m excited about learning from you along the way. Welcome!
Lawyerly disclaimer and other things of that nature: I am not a nutritionist, health care professional, doctor, weight loss specialist or anything of the sort. Any viewpoints expressed in this blog are simply based on my own personal experience. Ok. I’m done now.