Wednesday, February 23, 2011
While I was thinking about what to have for lunch today, I started thinking about how much easier it would be if someone else was planning my healthy meals (like celebrities do), and all I had to do was show up to eat. We've all watched Oprah (and others) espouse their latest healthy diet and wondered, "Why can't I do that?" Well, Oprah has a personal chef, dietician and fitness coach. Most of the rest of us don't.
One of my hurdles is the meal planning. I love to cook, and I love to experiment with new recipes. When my kids were growing up, they referred to the nights that I tried a new recipe as "new night," and they didn't always mean it in a good way. I don't think it was because the food wasn't good, but they were kids and could be a little picky. OK, the food wasn't always that good, but you don't know if something works until you try it, right?
The thing is, some days I just get tired of planning what to eat. Today is one of those days. I was going to make a new smoothie recipe for lunch but didn't have enough spinach for it, so I had a low-calorie whole wheat bread peanut butter sandwich and a banana - not very exciting. If I had a personal chef, I'm sure my lunch would have been better. Yes, I'm whining. Then I realized, Oprah really hasn't been successful in changing her eating habits. She has been on the same roller coaster as the rest of us for years. Maybe the fact that I have to plan my meals myself and change my habits myself, without the help of a chef or trainer, will make me more successful on my quest to change my lifestyle than Oprah. No one can do it for me. I have to do it for myself. Tomorrow I'm going to have that smoothie.