As it so often happens, Bess and I are blogging about similar issues. She's all psyched for diving into the stash, and I'm all psyched about diving into the kitchen. I woke up this morning with a resolve to start a new adventure of my own, in my very own kitchen. My eating habits have gone to hell. I have gained weight. I am sluggish and cranky and find it hard to get through the work day. My eating habits are lousy and my exercise habits are worse. And it's been this way for some time, but the older I get, the less I can bounce back from backsliding, or get a response from a half-assed, temporary attempt at a "diet."
And the irony is that I spent a boatload of money on a glamorous gourmet kitchen, where I throw a frozen pizza in my convection oven and open a beer. It's particularly stupid because I LIKE to cook. I love to try new recipes, I love to create in the kitchen. So far this weekend I've made not only the sourdough pancakes, but organic fat-free yogurt, the Mexican chicken casserole (quite good) and fruit bars. I loved doing it. Why don't I do it all the time?
So I woke up this morning, got on the scale, nearly screamed at the number it showed me, and realized that this is just...crazy. I've screwed around with trying to lose weight on my own, with trying to do it without fixing real meals, with not cutting back on the pizza and beer, with half-assed spurts of exercise (which, of course, entitled me to eat whatever I wanted). I've hit rock bottom, er, Fat Bottom. I admit it, I can't pull myself out of this spiral into Flab City without radical changes. So here's my pledge: I do solemnly swear to use the kitchen, and become a Born Again Weight Watcher. I swear to explore new WW recipes, cook real meals, bring healthy snacks to work, and get off my ass and exercise again, and not so I can eat like a construction guy and drink beer, either. And it's going to be fun!
Dinner tonight: Vegetable-Peanut Stir-Fry. I have some shrimp in the freezer left over from another recipe, I'll throw those in. Leftovers will be lunch tomorrow.