Cook for me!
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have been thinking about the past couple of momths, and how well I did with food choices and staying within my daily calorie limit some of the time but not at other times. What makes the difference, why is it easier for me at certain times and not at other times.
We went on a two week trip during this time and I was right on track nearly every day of that trip, which involved staying in hotels several nights, and with friends and famiy the rest of the time. Then we came home and back to our routine of my cooking for myself, my DH, plus my single 33 yr old son who is with us several nights a week as he works this side of town but lives 30 miles away. We love that he chooses to be with us 2-3 nights a week, and I like cooking for the three of us more than when it's just myself and DH. However, the days that I am cooking for the three of us are the days I most often have not stayed on track.
When traveling, I didn't cook at all except for a couple of meals which I helped a friend prepare, and it was a breeze choosing foods, making my food plan ahead of time, and sticking with it, even though I ate in the hotel room, in restaurants and in others' homes. When in my own home, I am cooking what I believe my DH and son enjoy and not planning for myself. I tell myself I will eat just a little of this or that, or have a big salad instead....but then we sit down to eat and too often my resolve melts away and my food plan, if there was one, is forgotten.
My son and DH both want me to be healthy and they each want to eat healthy too. They are willing to eat whatever I prepare, and the healthier it is, the better. They would prefer that I cook healthier foods more often and their favorites can be enjoyed out or when we have a special occasion but they do not complain. Last night when I made our Sunday dinner consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits and salad, I saw in my son's eyes a concern which I am sure was for me.
I don't usually cook that as a Sunday meal and why I did yesterday I cannot say. But if I had cooked something else, it probably would have been tacos or spaghetti or steak or roast beef or...you get the idea. Oh, there's always a salad and usually a side vegetable too, but I have to get real here....I am doing myself harm and also harming my family by cooking high fat meals which have meat and pasta as the main entree.
Today I recommit to making my food plans based on what I should be eating, and which will be for my family also. No more preparing meals based on what I think they would like, because in reality, they like whatever I fix, and they would prefer I eat healthy and them too. More vegetable dishes, fresh fruit with salads, more fish and chicken, beef less frequently and no frying. We rarely have dessert so that is at least one thing I have been doing right. Cooking for me (instead of cooking differently for others) will help me stay on track and the scales should start moving downward.