There's a saying, "When the Student is ready, the Teacher will come." Congratulations on realizing you're ready for a lifestyle change!
I'm a widow, of sorts: my husband has worked overseas since the job market fell out in our area. He's been gone for 2 years (this time!), with only 1 yearly visit home. I spent most of that 2 years eating whatever I pleased, whatever made me feel good. And then came my wake up call when I simply said, Enough! and found SparkPeople.
Baby steps are do-able ones. Make it a goal to eat one additional serving of vegetables or fruit, to drink those 8 cups of water, or to start tracking your food and your fitness. Then as you feel comfortable--as you get "sparked"--add to your goals.
Cooking for yourself does have its advantages, especially now that you're trying to reinvent your meals, your refrigerator, and your pantry, not to mention a consistent exercise program! I'm still "eating down" my unhealthy pantry, but enjoying the challenge of figuring out ways to make some of those cans or boxes more healthy. I only cook a couple times a week, but I cook 4 servings at a time--eat one, and portion out and freeze "tv dinners" with the rest. If you try this method, after a few weeks you'll have enough frozen dinners to rotate them around and never get bored.
Best of luck to you on your journey! --Nancy
Life is a Journey, not a Destination. Plan the trip wisely!
Central Floridian since 1989
| Pounds lost: 6.6