“Isn’t it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be.”
~Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy in Spite of Herself~
I’m ECSTATIC this week to blog about me and Jerry’s new food journal that he gave me as an early birthday present! For the longest time, Jerry and I have talked about keeping a journal regarding the adventures we take since we love going on road trips and trying out different foods that each city has to offer. Throughout the years, we’ve gone to some really cool places; however, we never wrote down where we went. As you know, as you get older, your memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be, so we were finding ourselves having those little “arguments” trying to recall the names of the restaurants we’ve been to along with where exactly it was located. After many of these wonderful “arguments”, I decided to be proactive and began to search for food journals but not one where a person keeps track of what he or she eats daily but rather a food journal of restaurants that me and Jerry have visited. Much to my dismay and frustration, I could not find a journal that had what we wanted. Finally after some time of searching, I went on Etsy and found a lady that made journals from vintage books. The really cool thing about her was that she customized journals from the type of book we wanted along with sections of areas we wanted to visit but the best thing about her was that all proceeds go to her teaching other people how to up-cycle and rebind old books After showing Jerry the work she did, he was pretty impressed with her especially since he was very skeptical about it at first especially the price of the journal. Since I told Jerry that this is what I wanted for my birthday, he decided to go ahead and work with the lady to come up with a design for our journal. After a couple of weeks, we got our journal and I can honestly say that I’m absolutely in love with it! The journal is made from The Travels of Marco Polo, and it contains five sections consisting of USA, Great Britain, Italy, Vietnam, and Food for Thought which will be used as a reference of future restaurants we want to visit. Each section is divided by maps of the countries we selected. Our dream and goal is to be able to visit these countries together since one of us has been to all of the places. We love to travel but have never been able to share that experience of going abroad together, so I think it’s really cool that we have a journal that can be a visual reminder of us to work hard towards that goal.
This week we will be going to Dallas, so we will be able to use our food journal for the first time! People may think of us as odd for keeping a food journal, but we are a couple that LOVES food and not just any type of foods. We love going to unique ones where people get the ingredients from the local farmers and small mom and pop restaurants where the food is an outpouring of their love. I definitely know Jerry is really excited about the trip because he has planned out all the eateries we will be going to and has not given me any hints on where we are going. I tell my family and friends that he’s like a kid in the candy store because every single day for the past couple of weeks, I constantly hear him say, “Ooooooh!! I’m so excited about our trip and I bet you just have NO idea where I’m taking you! You’re just going to absolutely love them all!” For some people, this maybe annoying but for me it brings a smile to my face because I can definitely say that we never have a dull day in our household. Even though this will be a fun trip full of surprises, I still have to keep track and not forget that I’m trying to lose weight especially since I’m 4 pounds away from losing 10% of my weight. That may not sound a lot, but it’s the first big milestone I will have hit for Weight Watchers. My plan of attack is to enjoy the foods I eat but not to go all ravenous on the foods. I plan on portioning things out and eating my 5 serving of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Will it be hard? Yes! I just have to keep in mind that making smarter food choices will outweigh the benefits of me stuffing my face and feeling like a comatose. The nice thing about not being on a diet is that I don’t have restrictions on food. I can eat whatever I want but I just have to plan it and portion it out. Needless to say, I’m really excited about the beginnings of writing in the journal and building memories that Jerry and I can look back on several years from now, and I want to make sure that those are good memories and not ones filled with looking back and regretting that I stuffed my face to the point of being a glutton for punishment.