I love that I’m eating better. I love that I want to cook. I have always enjoyed cooking; I have just found it depressing to cook for only me lately. But I’m changing that. It’s not depressing, it’s good for me! Now, I’m enjoying it again. Today, for instance, I cooked some chia seed and cranberry muffins made with sweet potatoes and applesauce. Seriously, these are the best muffins I’ve ever eaten. I also made hummus and a chicken & broccoli casserole (which will be my lunch or dinner for the next 3 days).
I’m not sure what exactly what I will make next week, but it will be quite yummy and healthy. Probably another casserole. I’ve found a few great recipes on www.SparkRecipes.com for casseroles. Making casseroles is a great way to save money and eat for a few days at a time and avoid having to cook every day. Time is kind of a commodity on the days that I work because I work a 12 hour shift from 6am to 6pm. I get home at 7pm and go to bed between 8:30 and 9, and I like to get in a 30-45 minute workout and a shower before bed time. I simply don’t have time to cook on work days.
By choosing my casserole recipes from the Spark Recipes database, I get full nutrition information, so it makes it easier to work into my daily calorie range. And I can greatly vary what I eat by using Spark Recipes for my meal planning.
Most recently, I checked out a few recipes for dessert items like apple coffee cake and bread pudding and cookies that I plan to try out over the next few weeks. I have a little bit of a sweet tooth, like most women do, so I have to take care of that so I don’t binge on something less healthy.
Food is a large part of getting in shape and losing weight. It’s more important than working out, actually. They say that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. That’s pretty important. That’s why I have to be vigilant with what I put in my body, which is something that I haven’t been too good about over the past 2 years. Over the past year, I was a little better about it than the previous year, which is when I gained 60 pounds. I managed to struggle through losing about 35 pounds last year. I hope to repeat that feat this year, but within 6 months’ time instead of a whole year.
I’ve come up with some rewards for myself. I will reward myself every 2 months. The first 2 month mark, I will buy myself a pair of matching tattoos on the backs of my upper arms (wings). At the 4 month mark, I will have a spa day with a friend that is coming to visit me at the beginning of May. At the end of my 6 month journey, I will buy myself a $280 handmade crochet and tutu skirt. My progress will hopefully be at least 11 pounds every 2 months to reach my 33 pound goal within the 6 month timeframe.