A Baker’s Quest to Lose Her Belly

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in A Piece of Cake- Blog | 0 comments

People have always said – never trust a skinny chef. I’d like to turn that around and say “never trust a chubby chef.” Why? I’ll tell you- when you are working in the kitchen, either as a chef or a baker, you inadvertantly must taste your work. Both chefs will probably do the same amount of tasting – yet one stays fat, and the other skinny. This isn’t a gene factor. There is only one secret: the skinny chef actually cooks..wait for it…healthy! Either that or they have super active lifestyles, but I’d like to make the assumption that they just use healthier ingredients.

Now enter the baker. It is very difficult to use 100% healthy ingredients in any cake we bake, and any frosting we make. Why? We ultimately must use sugar and butter somewhere in the ingredients! Sure, we can substitute full butter with an oil-based alternative, but then you sacrifice some of the flavor. Substituting sugars changes the chemistry of your cake, which could lead to a lot of frustrating hours in the kitchen cleaning up after your mess. As for frosting, it unfortunately relies a lot on powdered sugar, as well as butter (for the most part).

Needless to say, I gained a solid 5 pounds since starting my business before I settled on my top flavors and no longer had to do any tastings. I still sample a toothpick size of my frosting to make sure it’s up to par, but the fat days were over…but my belly was not.

As many of you know, I work as an engineer during the day, and work on cakes in the evenings when I have orders. I recently admitted to myself that my gym days were over and I canceled my membership in an attempt to be more financially savvy. Prior to my baking days, I used to work out 3-4 days a week, lifting weights and running a mile or two each time I went. I was a fairly active person, and still am to a certain degree – I take the stairs instead of elevators, I park my car furthest from any entrance, I like to hike, ride my bike and I snack a LOT (snacking is an important part of being healthy 🙂 ). But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to lamenting about my canceled gym membership.

What the heck was I going to do now without the gym? (ok, I was still in denial that I hadn’t gone in months). Two weeks ago, I sat at my desk at work, chugging down a liter of water, and trying to come up with a way to incorporate exercise into my day-to-day event without making it a drag. As I got up to go use the restroom for the nth time that day, it hit me. JUMPING JACKS! Why the urge to urinate would lead to the concept of jumping jacks is beyond me as well as you! But in that moment, I remembered that in my kickboxing class, jumping jacks would always leave me a little breathless. So I decided this was to be my plan:

Every time I got up to go pee, I would do 50 jumping jacks after I washed my hands (please note that I do this AFTER I WASH MY HANDS. thanks 🙂 )

The first day I did about 450 (I drink about 1 gallon of water a day, don’t judge me), and I was pretty sore the next morning. But I continued on, and within 3 days the 50 jumping jacks were a piece of cake! I decided to increase to 60 jumping jacks, and since I did them so frequently, I did variations. Long jumps, wide jumps, short jumps, mini lunges, whatever creativity I came up with.

I started to wonder if my boss was going to start questioning me as to why I always came back from the bathroom with rosy cheeks…

In any case, here is proof that it’s working!! This morning I took a picture while getting dressed for work, and voila! My pants don’t fit!

My body has gotten used to the 60, so I am now going to start doing 70 jumping jacks each time. I decided to cap it at 100 because I can’t spent all day jumping…

Remember to snack smart (I snack every 3 hours). The three things I can’t live without are:

That tea you see is mate tea. Mate tea is a natural herbal tea that’s very popular in South America. It’s an acquired taste, but I grew up with it! I should also probably point out that I eat on the healthier side of the scale, and I always try to eat a large portion of protein (at least 25grams per meal)!

I’m going to start a jumping jack revolution 🙂 Read, set, go!!!!

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