March 10, 2010 at 10:52 am , by Sonia Harmon
Since it’s Fresh New You week at the Ladies’ Lounge, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite ladies—ones who reinvented themselves or decided to look at their lives in a whole new way. Read their stories and get inspired to try something new or go for that goal you’ve put on hold—the results may surprise you!
Julie Maloney is known for her blog, Momspective.com, where she shares her thoughts on everything from parenting to new products, and offers giveaways for her readers. But we love that Julie blogged about her weight loss experience after having kids—she lost 60 pounds playing games on the Wii Fit! While there has been some evidence that the Wii Fit isn’t as effective as a regular workout, Julie proves that you can get out what you put in!
In 2008, Heidi Krauel didn’t just go through a makeover in the sense of just her makeup or clothes—she underwent a complete lifestyle change. She left her job and home in San Francisco to live in New Delhi, India for ten months, where she worked to bring LED technology to people using kerosene lanterns at night. It was all filmed for a documentary called The New Recruits, which shows the impact that social change can make.
For many New Yorkers, eating out isn’t just something you do—it’s a way of life. So for Not Eating Out in New York blogger Cathy Erway to decide to cook her own meals in her Brooklyn apartment for two years is kind of a big deal. But she succeeded, and she has a new book, The Art of Eating In, to prove it. Cathy’s foodie makeover wasn’t always easy, but she came away with a greater appreciation for food and where it comes from.
February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm , by Sonia Harmon
How would you feel about not eating out for a month? Or six months? Brooklyn-based blogger and amateur cook Cathy Erway decided to do just that—for two years. She was tired of takeout and overpriced dinners, but it wouldn’t an easy feat in New York city, where eating out is the norm. She documented her venture on her blog, Not Eating Out in New York, and it quickly gained a following.
Her blog became the basis of her new book, The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, but it’s about more than avoiding restaurants. You follow along with her as she faces a social life without dining out, cooking successes (and some disasters) and realizing the importance of knowing where your food comes from. It also includes Cathy’s original recipes for you to try at home, so give it a look—it may inspire you to eat in tonight.
What makes me a lady: Listening to others and trying to do what I do best for them. (Usually, cooking something good!)
Favorite guilty pleasure: Eating a huge meal at midnight.
Three things on my life list: To grow more food or work on a farm, help efforts to improve school lunch food, and maybe, write a novel.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Perfect balance. Not in a literal sense, but to stay focused and keep centered while playing a lot of roles and juggling a lot of pieces.
Ladies I admire: Alice Waters, Michelle Obama, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, and heroes of my local food community like Annie Novak, Paula Crossfield, Kerry Trueman. All the ladies at Just Food, a nonprofit. And my mom.