I really love food. A lot.
I like to joke that the reason I did an Ironman was so that I could eat like a man and not gain weight. Turns out that when you are no longer in the peak phase of training, you can’t eat like you are.
At least I can’t.
And really, to make the most gains for my efforts, I should really make an effort to eat better anyway.
But pizza is so darn GOOD!! I really could eat it every single day. But it isn’t the best thing for you, so I am trying to kick my pizza habit, at least make it something I eat a lot less of at any rate.
I wonder if my doctor could prescribe a patch for that?
Aside: Any of you who suggest that I use “light” (aka gross) cheese or less cheese or swear to me that it is “just as good” without the cheese are infidels and liars. If I craved sauce and veggies on whole wheat “bread” with a pinch of cheese I wouldn’t have this “pizza weight” problem.
The best way for me to avoid pizza (and other temptations) is to have healthy choices around. One of my favorite things (of many) that I have learned from Sharpie is to plan and prep meals on the weekend for the upcoming week.
It has been completely awesome for me. Espeshally with the new job, trying to fit in workouts, Porter time, John time, life, and sleep time.
What is funny is that I knew this was something I SHOULD be doing. It is so easy to eat crap if you don’t plan things out, but the thought of spending some of my precious weekend on food prep was kind of…well…blah.
That was until Carole kicked me in the butt and said it was time I started doing food prep. She was right. Again.
I am not going to lie. At first it was hard. It still is a little hard. But it is becoming something I rely on during the week.
Prepping things once a week makes it easy to fill my lunchbox with healthy choices in the morning and have quick, healthy dinner options ready at night.
Complete random aside: I used to have a Dukes of Hazard lunchbox when I was little. Where is that thing? I really wanted to hang out with Bo and Luke (mostly Bo) and ride in the General Lee. Now I have a boring ole blue lunchbox. Sigh.
I usually do my prep on Sunday, and today I made 3 freezer meals for my beloved crockpot.
I really love my crockpot. Throw crap in, go away, come home…yummyness.
What I don’t love is trying to do all of that food prep before work so I can throw the goodies into the pot.
Like I have time for that crap after getting up at 4am, running/biking, showering, dressing, eating, brushing teeth, throwing stuff into my boring blue lunchbox, and screaming out the door.
Then of course running back inside to get whatever it is that I forgot. Beacause there is always something.
OK, so back to food (dinner) prep. I do not always do the crockpot thing, but today that is what I went for after finding THIS blog post.
Regarding that picture, I ran out of freezer bags, so I used what I had. This one is for Monday night’s dinner.
I double everything up so that I ended up with 6 meals instead of 3 which means I get to be a little lazy on the prep sometime in the near future.
One more thing.
I need to admit something.
I haven’t been blogging much about my workouts lately because I feel like it would be pretty boring to say “I went for a trainer ride today and watched The Voice” or “I ran back and forth in town today and it was dark and the coyotes howled.”
I feel a little uninspired right now as far as writing goes, so that is part of the reason for my recent smattering of posts that are not swim-bike-run related, or just pictures without much to say. I have been super busy at work as well (it is a good thing!), and I haven’t had as much time as I would like to catch up on your blogs which often give me inspiration to write and motivation to not hit snooze at 4am (I still do sometimes).
I think I am going to re-load some old posts that I think are good and that some of you might not have had the chance to read yet.
If anyone wants to send me an idea for a blog post, I am open to that as well. Just click the email button at the top right of my blog under “I am social” or leave a comment.
I hope you all had a great weekend!