OK, just forget the DIY Jenny Craig. 😂 I’m still committed to tracking calories though and reducing my portions. I feel like I have done a 180 but it’s more like I went down a rabbit hole and came out on the other side. It’s all good tho. I know calories are king, I have changed my course to eating better and there’s no shame in that. So I’ll just keep on keepin’ on.
Well, one of my worries with not cooking was that my kids wouldn’t cook for themselves even though they assured me that they would. My oldest has been living on smoothies. 😛 My youngest has been with friends and I think he’d be better about cooking now that he’s home but I think I am just going to go ahead and cook dinner for them. But I am just going to cook what they said they want to eat, meat and vegetables. For counting calories, that is the next best thing after a pre-portioned packaged food. Very easy to calculate as opposed to a casserole or pasta dish.
Also, it’s better to be eating “real” food because of course, the intention is not to live on frozen shit for the rest of my life. In fact, I just bought a book called “Real Food” the other day. I have checked it out from the library before and never read it. But before I landed on this idea of frozen meals I had started thinking that way again, that I should work on cutting out a lot of junk. (I am a dual personality, I tell ya.) So I checked the library website to see if it was on the shelf and it was gone from their catalog and then when I went in a few days later I checked the old books for sale and grabbed it for a buck. To my credit, all of the old books for sale were diet and nutrition books and I resisted their allure. I only bought that one.
So, a bit of a change in plans, but it’s fine. I think I stated before that my main goal right now (secondary to weight loss) is to get used to eating less. If I didn’t, then to clarify, that’s what I am working on. Once I am used to eating less and actively eating less, the weight loss will come. And I am eating less by counting calories, in whatever way that occurs, the important thing is to stay within my calorie goal. I think sometimes when we focus too much on “I am going to eat/not eat X,Y, Z” then people think you’re not “doing it right” if you have to change course. The important thing is plotting the course.
Today I erased the few posts on this blog. It’s not like anyone reads it anyway. Maybe someday. I want a fresh start today because I am taking a new path. I checked out Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body. It’s a book that has intrigued me for years, I think I have maybe checked it out before but I haven’t read it. This time I did read some of it. I also read some of what other people had to say about it. It’s not a plan I want to follow but I was able to take away a few things. And here’s where I ended up. I could go into all the whys and wherefores of why I am doing what I am doing but the bottom line is: it’s easy. I am going to stop cooking for the summer at least. When I brought it up to the family I wasn’t sure how they’d react but everyone was actually really excited about it. I have a college age son and a teen and they both want to do their own meat and veg thing. My husband typically eats at least lunch out during the day, often breakfast too and is more than happy to skip dinner or just have a snack. They say my cooking is too good and causes them to overeat. 😊
Me? I am basically doing a DIY Jenny Craig, purchasing frozen meals and individually wrapped snacks at the grocery store. I am aware that frozen meals aren’t ideal. When you say you’re getting them from the store folks tend to become very concerned. Why aren’t they concerned then when people do Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem? Right? It’s not like I will be choosing Hot Pockets and mini pizzas. In fact, my favorite meals are the ones from Amy’s Kitchen and I think those are pretty good nutritionally. Someone has created an online version of this diet. 🤔 It’s like $50 for 6 months. I thought well really, I can do this myself. Then I read that they don’t even create a meal plan for you, you just choose things from a list. Haha, no. I did read an article by the creator in which she basically tells you exactly what to do. (Make Your Own Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem Using the Frozen Food Aisle of Your Supermarket) I did take away from that to choose meals that are under 650 mg sodium but really I think everything I looked at today was easily under that.
I just told my husband the other day, “You know, I bet when the boys are both out on their own, I drop the weight again because I won’t have to cook these big meals.” So we just sped up that process a little. My older son was off at a different college for 2 years but lived in a dorm. It had a kitchen so he did some cooking but ate in the “caf” or out a lot. This is probably good for them before they head out into life to get accustomed to cooking while I am around to guide them when they need it. And I also told them I would cook again once school starts back up if they want me to. We’ll assess then.
One thing I took from 4HB was to track data. He says tracking calories is better than nothing but I don’t really want to get into too much so I’m just going to start up with MyFitnessPal again. It tracks calories and macros. It will be super easy now with most things being packaged. I will be also eating fresh fruits and vegetables too but that’s pretty easy. No more doing a ton of weighing and measuring and complicated math on recipes.
So my main goal, of course, is weight loss. But secondary to that is reducing my portion sizes. When I weighed 136, I did not eat a lot. I ate kids meals at fast food places. I need to get back to that in order to get back to that weight and maintain it. I think I am also going to go pretty extreme and go straight to 1200 calories. I want this weight gone! And I am pretty excited about eating the food. Years of experience has taught me what’s good in the grocery store and I am going to get to eat fun, tasty stuff. I can allow myself to go up to 1500 on a particularly hungry days and know that I am still at a deficit.
First meal was lunch today. I slept in and skipped breakfast. I had a Lean Cuisine and 100g grape tomatoes. And I feel fine. Not stuffed, but satisfied. That’s a good sign!