I achieved another milestone this morning, when I weighed myself and discovered I had lost yet another eight (8) pounds. Bringing my total to a staggering 35 pounds.
I know, right, even I’m surprised by how much I’ve managed since February 20th. But of course, the last 8 stubborn to move pounds were courtesy of gastroenteritis. And, quite frankly, I don’t recommend using that as a weight loss move, believe me. I can think of better ways to shed pounds, and it ain’t through shedding the entire contents of your stomach and intestines! But hey, I’ll take the gift horse, and run with it, thanks.
This also means that now I’ve reached that magical number I was aiming for, do I continue? But, more to the point, I need to be vigil and maintain the good I’ve achieved and not slip. The big thanks goes to the lockdown walking within the confines of the apartment, and the strict diet I’ve been on since mid-Feb.
This has involved cutting out all added sugar, and being rigorous in checking labels and products to make sure they really are safe and healthy. You have no idea, and I mean, no idea just how much added extra sugar is put in Canadian sold and produced products. Never mind the salt/sodium levels that are way past being healthy.
Just look at a can of soup for instance, and you’ll be shocked at just how much salt they include, per portion.
I’ve always been a happy home cook, only now, more so. In that while I don’t always adhere to meal plans for the week, I like to have an idea of what I have on hand, to use, and try to vary the choice of meal through the week, and following week, so as to not repeat a menu too often.
Like, a pound of minced beef will do both a spaghetti bolognese for two and a shepherds pie for two. And the next time I have minced beef it will be turned into a chilli and maybe mince and tatties. I do the same with chicken breasts, which usually come in two packs. One breast will be a chicken fried rice, another will be a chicken cacciatore. Again with pork pieces, depending on the quality, I can throw together an Italian braised pork and pasta, or whip up a Chinese five spice pork and noodles.
The variety is endless, and only limited by your imagination. Google helps too when I hit a brick wall and am looking for new ideas. That’s how I found out about Dutch baby pancakes, which ain’t so little or baby. But boy are they fun, tasty, and versatile.
And you, are you a home cook, do you enjoy cooking and creating, or would you live off take out if you could?
Whether a home cook or not, stay safe out there and take care everyone. The world is opening up again and now, more than ever, we have to be ‘alert’ as Boris tells us. So, be alert.