Hello! I’m almost over being sick which is fabulous. I’m going stir crazy from being cooped up in the house but at least I’ve slept more in the last three and a half days than I think I have in the last three and a half months. This will teach me to be overly ambitious again. I need to make sure to rest more.
I have recently come to realize that things in my relationship have been getting stale. It’s the same old routine day in and day out. Nothing new has been happening. Nothing exciting. And no, I don’t mean with my husband. I mean with my food.
About a month ago I realized I had basically given up on my food. I was eating the same things day after day after day. I had gone through so many bags of Caesar salad kits for lunch that it was coming out my ears. Food wasn’t glamorous anymore. Food had become routine. I was eating out of necessity, and because the food I was eating was boring, I was mindlessly eating a bunch of other things looking for some excitement. It was like I was constantly looking to fall in love with my food routine again. This, coupled with the holidays and piled on top of looking for a new job, has caused me to gain weight back. About 20 pounds in fact.
About a month ago I was at Target desperate to find foods that were easy and accessible for me to grab and go with my never ending long days. I bought a box of Uncrustables. You know, those PB&J SANDWICHES.
That’s not to say that I don’t love PB&J as much as the next guy but I really realized that my love of food was gone.
I hadn’t cooked a meal in probably six weeks.
I didn’t remember the last time I used my stove.
I realized this lack of affection for the foods I was eating (because they were boring, routine and usually something frozen or on the go) was making me miserable. And I needed to end the cycle.
In addition to subscribing to my weekly meals, of which I get three meals a week, I made myself go back to the kitchen. Even if it was just pasta with a jar of marinara, I needed to cook again.
Lately my cooking hasn’t been too exciting. I’ve even taken a few shortcuts when necessary and buying frozen rice/quinoa, pre-hardboiled eggs, etc. but I’m back to getting excited about my food. I can’t wait for my next meal because it’s something from the heart.
I’m finally clawing my way back out from my food rut and it makes me excited to eat again. I know this will help my weight loss because I will eat good things and be satisfied. It took a while to figure this out but I’m glad I did!
Have you ever been in a food rut? How did you get out of it?
Cheers to good food?