I like a good salad, but…

Now that I’ve successfully closed my Apple Move ring 154 straight days, I thought maybe it’s time to talk to a professional about why I can’t seem to lose weight.

154 on the way to 180.

Yes, I enjoy wine.

I think carbs are my friend. 

And, I have yet to meet a cheese I don’t like.

But hey, I’ve been moving for 154 days – in a ROW. C’mon!

Talking to a professional

The company I work for recently opened a health clinic, which has a full-time nutritionist on staff.

As I’ve mentioned before, I know about meal-prepping and eating fruits and veggies.

But when I was 123 lbs, I was so malnourished, I was losing hair. Talking to a nutritionist is always something I thought would be beneficial.

When I walked into her calming office with blue walls and silver accents, I explained that I know how to eat well. 

The situation is: I don’t wanna. I like cheese. I make no apologies for that. However, a recent visit to my doctor showed me that cheese and I need a break from each other. All those bricks of cheddar could end up clogging my arteries.

It’s not you, it’s me.

I hate cooking

All the ingredients are there…

The real issue is that I hate cooking. That leads to snack-meals. Cheese and crackers seem to be an acceptable meal for me. Seeing as I need to avoid cheese these days, I would rather go to bed without eating than cook a meal.

Yes, I can say that with a clear conscience now. 

For years, my former manpanion tried to make me enjoy it. He would encourage me to cook with him. He would tirelessly try to teach me techniques. He even subscribed to a meal-delivery service so I would become familiar with different pots and pans in the kitchen. But, that turned into a job.

Now, I just really hate it.

… but it takes at least an hour to get to this.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE bon appetit. I even subscribe to the magazine now. But, it’s more for entertainment than actually practicing what’s on the pages (unless there’s a good cookie recipe!).

She seems like a nice lady

The nutritionist offered some ideas:

  • Do you have a crockpot?
    • No. I threw it away when I burned something so badly I couldn’t clean it off.
  • What about meal-delivery?
    • I tried that. Now I have PTSD when I think back to it.
  • What about an Instantpot?
    • I’m thinking about it. But I fear a repeat of the crockpot, so haven’t moved on it yet.
  • Meal-prepping, so you only have one day you have to cook?
    • Again, PTSD.
  • So… could you just eat apples with your cheese meals?
    • Yes.
  • What about adding some veggies as snacks with that?
    • Sure.
  • Let’s talk about cooking in a future meeting.
    • What? You can’t solve my weight issue right now?

Setting goals

We set a goal to incorporate a serving of fruit and vegetables with my evening snack-meal.

No cheese, but it has a little color.

As I have cut cheese out of my diet these days, I’ve adapted my dinners to include salads with a protein and nut of some sort. 

I’ve also found non-dairy cheese. Who knew that was a thing?! (Also – don’t buy it. It’s awful.)

My next appointment is coming up. We’ll see what the next goal will be… I have a feeling it will include something about cutting out wine (which would involve a mutiny) and a weight-lifting option (since I’m already moving my ass off – 154 days, remember?).

Moving on

In the meantime, one of my best friends talked me into taking a cooking class. She seems to think exchanging a good memory for a bad one may adjust my perspective of the practice. 

We shall see.

They do offer a cheese-based baking dish in it!

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