Working in food generally means you eat well, and you eat well a lot. Never trust a skinny chef, right? Granted, I don’t consider myself a chef, but the past month my calendar has seen quite the juxtaposition of foodie events and healthy living events.
My eye has been turning toward a healthier lifestyle in general, and this recent trend was started by participating in the Fit Foodie 5k, which I wrote about already. It not only reinvigorated my enjoyment of running, but let me to seek out another race to run. That search led me to sign up as a Zooma race ambassador for the 2015 race. I’ll be running my first-ever half marathon. Yikes! You can join me at Zooma (don’t worry, they also have a 10k) and get a discount by using the code MEGAN15 at checkout.
I also attended a few special dinners, the healthy living bread to my Byte of Texas weekend sandwich. First up was the Prevention R3 Summit preview dinner at Eden East, celebrating the second R3 event that happened last weekend. The food was lovely, but the conversation was even more invigorating as I sat next to one of the PR representatives for Prevention and we chatted all about event planning.
A few days later I headed to a secret venue for a dinner created by chef Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca D’Oro. Wearing a lace dress and some fun boots, I felt very Austin as I walked into the unmarked door, and then had all my expectations demolished as I surveyed the rest of the crowd. For the most part, this was an Austin I had not experienced — the affluent, extremely stylish Austin. The California-import Austin.
I’m not sure what they were expecting either, because the dinner was in partnership with Weight Watchers. I actually knew about that twist, having been invited by the PR company, but I was keen to see how it would all play out. Weight Watchers’ current campaign is called “Bite into Life” and focuses on how enjoyable food can be, even when on a weight-loss plan. I’m an expert in failing at weight-loss plans, but the menu we experienced under the sparkling, romantic lights of Palazzo Lavaca was enough to enchant anyone.
While I felt out of place among the crowd, I had a great conversation with Stacy from Weight Watchers, and I went home with a renewed sense of how I wanted to be living my life.
My goal is not weight loss. It’s not to restrict my diet. My goal is to feel better within my skin, to be able to chase my sons around without needing a rest after a few minutes. To move more. To eat more veggies. To be more, and not worry about the less.
Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to the Prevention R3 Dinner and the Weight Watchers Bite Into Life dinner. I applied and was accepted as a Zooma race ambassador, which means I’ll be posting about the event and running the race free of charge.