OK, first let me explain the absence of Meal Plan Monday this week. This is a heavy recipe testing week for the chef cookbook I’m working on. When that’s going on, I never really know what exactly I’ll be eating. I’m cooking multiple recipes every day and then eating some of what ever it is. This week’s chapter is almost entirely about grilled meats. Tons of meat. It’s true that I should be making salads to accompany the meat but unless it’s required by the recipe, forget it. I get too cooked out to cook extra stuff on top of the pounds and pounds of grilled meat jamming up my fridge. If you’ve ever worked on a cookbook, maybe you understand.
On the plus side, this is the second to last chapter. Next up: salads! Now, being restaurant-chef salads, these will be plenty fattening but at least they will be primarily plant food. I can’t wait. There may not be a Meal Plan Monday next week either because with any luck I will have moved right onto the last days of cookbook-dictated eating. And that will be a huge relief. I barely remember what I like to cook for myself at this point. I’ve been working on the book since January.
Back to Weigh in Wednesday. Today’s weigh-in is 163.8. That’s six-tenths of a pound up from last week and a full pound up from two weeks back. It’s still about 5 pounds down from my weight at the start of June. Things seem to be quieting down at least a little bit on the family front, and as I just mentioned, at this point, almost all the excess cookbook calories are behind me.
Even though it’s clearly very slow going here, I feel like I can chip away at this. My current goal weight is 159.9. That will be a good feeling to be back into the 150s and it’s not that far away. Over the weekend I was shopping for clothes and I picked up a size-4 pair of shorts and it was unreal to me I was ever that size, though I know I used to be. It looked like doll clothes. Getting back into tiny pants isn’t a goal of mine. Getting back to my normal just-a-bit-chubby self is more the idea. And even though it isn’t an ambitious goal, it’s still overwhelming. I think in order to find a lower weight, I need to make some changes in my life, especially in terms of what I do for fun.
Lately I’ve been thinking about activities or hobbies that don’t center on food or alcohol. Is it me, or does it seem like there are very few such things? I searched for walking meetups in my area and came up pretty empty. I’ve never kayaked, but I found a daylong kayaking class that I might go to in August.
I did come across a storytelling event at a coffee shop that’s happening tonight and I’m going to go. I love personal narratives and it sounds like fun. Maybe I’ll even discover new local writers I can recruit for Edible Philly. Next week, I’ll tell you what I thought.
If you have ideas for social activities that aren’t eating or drinking, leave them in the comments for me. I seriously can barely imagine what else people do for fun.