I am a member of Foodbuzz’s Featured Publisher program and have decided to participate in Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog contest. The contest is a series of 10 challenges, with eliminations after each round.

The first challenge asks participants to define themselves a food blogger: What makes your blog unique?

Preparing our first Easter dinner, April 2010

Fashionably Fit is unique because I talk about cooking and baking  from the perspective of someone who lost 120 pounds — and gained a whole new perspective on food in the process. When I weighed 300 pounds, I really didn’t take much pleasure in food. I certainly didn’t appreciate good food the way I do now. I just ate a lot of processed foods — Doritos, bagels, snack cakes and boxed dinners. My food had to be cheap, easy to prepare and tasty!

I never would have guessed that healthy food could also be cheap, easy and delicious.

Homemade zucchini pizza

I think that a lot of obese people get hung up on the idea that healthy food is really expensive and takes a long time to prepare. I started my blog to show people who were struggling with their weight that they didn’t have to sacrifice taste to eat healthfully. Losing weight is not about eating bland, tasteless food substitutes stuffed with artificial ingredients; it’s about learning to enjoy proper portions of real, whole foods.

Where I once zapped my dinner in the microwave for two minutes, I now spend time with the food and ingredients, creating a meal that is more than nourishment for my fiance and me; it’s an enjoyable experience that we share — one that I look forward to every night.

Black bean enchiladas

Through sharing simple, healthy recipes, I hope to inspire others to take control of their eating habits and lifestyles. When I started to lose weight, I was completely helpless in the kitchen; now, I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Learning to cook is a big part of why I’ve succeeded at weight loss and maintenance, and I love showing others just how simple it is to eat healthfully.

Voting for Project Food Blog begins Monday, Sept. 20; to vote for me, visit my profile here.