Sunday, May 19, 2013
I thought about my TV habit after reading Owl_20’s weight loss strategy – “no cooking shows”
I have always regarded cooking the way some people consider exercise. It’s just something that has to be done.
Then I started watching the food channel when I retired 6 years ago. My mother was living with us. I thought looking at food would perk up her appetite. It did! That meant I had to do more cooking. Fortunately, retirement meant the end of any “lack of time” excuses.
Restaurant Impossible and Restaurant Stakeout are also favorites of mine except they have a side effect the producers never intended. I keep thinking about all those places that never get “fixed” especially those with hidden health/sanitation problems. Eww, now there’s added incentive to cook at home.
I’m glad that my cooking skills have improved. I even enjoy it more now that DH helps me chop the veggies. However, baking is something else altogether.
I have a sweet tooth. Growing up there were all those ethnic bakeries. Now in the rural south I’m surrounded by women who bake very well. At picnics and potlucks I can limit myself to one or two of their luscious treats. If I were to make the same goodies at home, I would eat them until they were gone. After all, I did the work, I’m entitled. Does anyone remember the children’s book “The Little Red Hen?” That’s me. I made it and I’m eating it.
The only solution is no baking for me!
In addition to changing my TV viewing habits, my mother’s lack of appetite was also responsible for the location of my scale – right at the entrance to my kitchen. She had to weigh herself every day to be sure she was keeping her weight up as well as record her food during the day. She insisted that I join her in this. That made me face reality too only in the opposite direction. She was eating way too little and I was eating way too much.
Mom is gone now, but the scale is still there and there it will stay. My interest in baking may be virtual, but my interest in maintenance is real.