I've been committed to this healthy-living thing for nearly six years now, and I think I need my batteries recharged. Not that I've thrown in the towel and have gone back to my old ways (did Taco Bell's stock price ever recover once I stopped going there?), but my energy and motivation for preparing meals has really dropped off. I've been in a bit of a rut when it comes to cooking for a long time now - honestly, it's not my passion, and I just can't seem to get inspired to go to the grocery store very often, much less meal-plan and prepare anything.
I make quick-fix meals for dinner, like a Boboli pizza, French toast, spaghetti (can you tell that I'm also still in distance-running mode?), or my favorite breakfast combo of Greek yogurt, berries and homemade granola (and yes, I will eat that twice a day). I do OK with getting enough fresh fruit in my diet, but salads and vegetables have been lacking, and I know this isn't good for my overall health, much less keeping my weight/size down.
I don't like frozen food, I don't like boxed meals or canned veggies -
my taste has changed quite a bit since I started my diet back in 2008,
and there's very little processed food that I can stand to eat anymore.
It's pretty much up to me to prepare my meals, unless we go out to eat, but our area of Texas is not known for salads and most veggies in restaurants are breaded and deep-fried...not what I'm looking for. I realize I sound lazy about cooking right now, but mostly, I've got a bad case of the food
I wish I could afford a week at a weight-loss resort, like the Biggest
Loser ranch or some equivalent. Not that I think a week would garner a
ton of weight lost, but I would love to immerse myself in an atmosphere
of being uber-healthy and get myself a little more motivated to prepare and eat quality meals more often. Of course, it would also be nice to have everything made for me, food-wise, for a week - plus the group exercise atmosphere would be fun as well.
After so many years of doing this, the bloom is off the rose, and I can't seem to get excited about feeding myself (or Jeff, but honestly, he travels so much that it's mostly me) a balanced dinner. I realize that this is not even in the top ten (or even top 100) list of real-world problems, but as someone who worked hard to lose a lot of weight, I also have to work to keep it off...and if I don't put in the effort, it's a real possibility that it could come back with a vengeance. I don't have a solution at the moment - I'm just putting this out there as a reminder that weight loss and maintenance is always, ALWAYS, something I need to be thinking about.