Happy New Year, serious eaters. May your 2011 be filled with lots of seriously delicious food (eaten in moderation, of course—this is, after all, a Serious Diet post) with people whose company you enjoy. That's in fact what we strive to do every day on Serious Eats, and to the extent that we succeed, it's largely because of the warm embrace we receive from the ever-growing community of serious eaters all over the world.
We look forward to sharing our food enthusiasms in 2011 (and for many years to come), and we can't wait to hear about yours as well.
Serious diet-wise I would say that 2010 has been a mixed bag. I wish I had lost more weight (my guess is that I'll weigh the same as I did this time last year). On the other hand I am pleased that I have spent another year eating seriously and judiciously without my weight ballooning up again.
We even wrote a book that required flying around the country looking for seriously delicious food, and the fact that I did that without gaining weight is huge.
I am exercising more: squash two days a week and swimming or biking two or three times weekly. I am prone to fewer binges, and I don't consume as many silly, unnecessary calories. I do sometimes still indulge in mindless eating at SE World HQ, and I would like to put the kabosh on that. But all in all I feel good, my thinner clothes still fit, and my knees don't hurt as much in general (though the recent spate of cold weather hasn't been kind to them).
So how did I fare trying to curb my worst impulses this second week of the holiday season?
I think I did pretty well. We actually had Christmas Day dinner here with Vicky's family, and it was certainly a potential serious diet killer: country ham mini-biscuits from Yura (mindblowingly good), take-out Chinese from a most welcome addition to the neighborhood, a branch of Grand Sichuan, and an exceptional bittersweet chocolate buche de noel from Payard.
I over-indulged on the biscuits (they are just too good), but otherwise I exerted enough self-control to avoid serious diet disaster.
Interim weigh-ins have been reasonably promising. It would be great to start the new year off right. Here we go: 222. Down a pound from last week. Perhaps a harbinger of things to come, serious diet-wise in the new year. I certainly hope so.
Once again, happy new year, serious eaters. Thanks for indulging me in another year of serious diet posts, which do help me stay on the serious diet straight and narrow.
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