2007 Retrospective / A Look to 2008

Well, here it is the last day of the year, and I’m looking forward to a ton of changes in my life. The same time last year, I made a bunch of “foodie promises”. Let’s take a look at those promises, and see how I did in fulfilling them.

I’d like to have a healthier relationship with food in 2007. I’d like to gain enough control over it to lose 100 lbs. by this time next year. This will mean more moderation on my part, something which I severely lacked in 2006, and also increased activity, which means I’ll need to incorporate exercise into my life. Kalyn’s post about the South Beach Diet is almost enough to convince me to give it a try, especially considering my known insulin resistance problem

Okay, I did alright with this one. I lost 33 pounds, which is better than gaining weight. I’ve arranged surgery for next week that will allow me to lose more than 100 lbs. in 2008. For me, developing a healthy relationship with food meant not obsessing over it, or dieting, and letting my appetite and cravings guide me. I sucked at exercise, since the hernia and knee/back/ankle pain got worse, not better. The hernia is getting fixed next week, and the weight loss should help the other pain, so no excuses for 2008! And the surgery will pretty much force me into eating lower carb if I don’t want to have my body declare a mutiny on me. 🙂

I’d like to attend more food related functions this year – last year I attended the North Market Apron Gala and Taste the Future, which I hope to attend this year as well. I’d like to attend more industry functions and more festivals next summer.

I went to both of these, along with a couple of other food related events this year. I didn’t make it to any festivals at all this year, unfortunately. No industry functions either.

I’d like to learn how to take better photographs, which means learning how to use my new photo in a box for lighting, and acquiring and learning to use a DSLR by the end of the year.

I didn’t get a DSLR, because I figured that the need for a smaller camera that I could carry everywhere was more important than photo clarity or “wow” factor. I did set up the Photo in a Box, and improved the lighting of my pics this year.

I’d like to learn how to preserve food, either by canning or cold storage, so that I can enjoy nature’s bounty in the months of no local food.

I acheived this one, in spades! I learned how to can this summer, and my basement is currently chock full of jams, pickles, tomato products and more local bounty than I can dream to use by myself before summer. I hope to do a lot more canning this upcoming summer.

I’d like to expand the site to include links to more restaurant menus, more local resources for foodies, and more things that make this a Columbus-centric site rather than having the focus so much on myself and my family.

I nearly doubled the number of menus this year – in the next year, I plan on scanning in the menus of restaurants that don’t have a web presence, and adding a section that gives information about local food producers and how to acquire their goods.

I’d like to get to know more local artisans and food producers.

Again, this is something I’ve done a lot of this year, especially at Denise’s party on Saturday. I’ve spent more time talking to the people who grow my food.

I’d like to either establish or join a supper club this year.

I didn’t do that this year, but I did set up a Meetup group for local foodies. Maybe there are some in the Meetup Group who are also interested in something like this?

So, all in all, I didn’t do too badly. Here are my foodie resolutions for 2008!

– I’d like to learn how to bake bread from scratch, kneading by hand. This also includes learning how to make sourdough bread, either from my own starter or one someone gives me.

– I’d like to learn how to make my own cheese and butter using local dairy products.

– I’d like to try my hand at container and small scale gardening, using my deck and part of my back yard.

– I’d like to make at least one 100% local meal per week. In similar spirit, I’d like to try to find as many local sources for food as possible.

– When in town, I’d like to review at least one new restaurant per week.

– I’d like to uncover at least one new to me “hidden gem” in Columbus per month.

– I’d like to host at least one dinner party and/or one potluck this year.

– I’d like to take at least one cooking class this year.

– I’d like to have at least one romantic picnic lunch/dinner in the park with my husband this year.

– I’d like to hit ALL of the local farmers markets (not just North Market, Clintonville, Worthington) at least once this summer.

– I’d like to put together a cookbook including my recipes and pictures to give to family and friends.

And there you go, my wish list for 2008! What would you like to do next year?

5 thoughts on “2007 Retrospective / A Look to 2008

  1. Kalyn

    Congratulations on the 33 pounds! Good luck on your goals for next year too. My sister had weight loss surgery, and it completely changed her life, so I know it can be a good option. I am impressed with how many of your goals you achieved!

  2. Dolores

    Looks like quite a set of accomplishments to me… and some great things to focus on in 2008! Good luck, and God Bless! I’ll be wishing for nothing but the best in conjunction with your surgery and ALL of your goals for 2008.

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