I love food. Always have, always will. The problem is that I love food too much. The problem is also that I have severe cravings for foods full of sugar, fat, oils...you know, the good stuff.
I of course have attempted weight loss numerous times in the past. I start out with good intentions and then I start justifying why I should give in to a certain food temptation and that cascades into a throw away day which snowballs into a throw away week and then month and then I'm back where I started.
Christmas week was spent indulging in various sweets and treats with reckless abandon. It was a glorious, fatty week. I knew I would regret the decision to eat all that I did within a week but in the moment, I enjoyed it immensely.
Before I made the decision to try once again to be healthier, I contemplated on whether it would make me a happier person to just give in and eat whatever I like and not worry about the weight. I have stayed within a certain weight range for the past 10 years and it isn't THAT big is it? But then I of course see a photo or video of myself and I realize just how big I am and how I don't like looking at photos and videos of myself because of it.
The trendy thing seems to be meal prep. I decided that this would be a good option for me since portion control and impulse eating decisions are a major weakness of mine. I looked online for inspiration and bought some meal prep containers on Amazon to get started.
My first meal prep session was using boneless, skinless chicken thighs, california blend frozen veggies, and rice. I'm still using white rice because I still have 40 lbs. of it to use and the frugal fanatic in me could never let it go to waste.
I found a recipe to cook the chicken thighs in the crockpot with a soy/ketchup/honey sauce. They smelled amazing and when I took them out of the crockpot, I threw in the freshly steamed veggies to toss around in the leftover sauce before adding to my containers. I used measuring cups to figure how much of each item to place in each container and I was set for 3 days.
Breakfast has been an aventure. I tried an omelet using 2 egg whites and one whole egg with peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I only allowed myself one piece of toast which was not enough to see me through the whole omelet. I can't stand eggs without bread so I only ate 2/3 of the eggs. Today, I toasted a piece of whole wheat bread, spread some chobani roasted red pepper spread on the toast, layered a small amount of deli sliced turkey and a boiled egg on top of that. I drizzled a tiny bit of candied jalapeno sauce/mix/whatever you want to call the liquid in that jar, and fresh black pepper. It was very tasty. I'll be repeating that one I believe.
Suppers are more difficult because I have to cook fresh for a family of picky eaters. Last night was 10 bean soup and it was good. Tonight will be venison cooked with mushrooms. I am working on a casserole thingy made with leftover beans from last night paired with long grain rice. I'm even interested to see how I pull this one off.