I can cook. Man, can I COOK! I’ve just made a Dutch oven full of red lentil soup. It is, if I don’t say so myself, wonderful! And it’s not the first time. I’ve done this before. Several times. It just gets better and better. If I were not my own sous chef, I could radically increase my output. But I am my own sous chef. So I have to chop vast quantities of onions and carrots and celery and garlic, and that takes time. But, with help, I could become a production machine!
I could make vats of red lentil soup…all sorts of soups, in fact. I could make vats of the stuff, filling dozens and dozens of 2-cup containers, and freeze enough of this stuff to make enough lunch portions for the two of us (the other of “us” is my favorite wife) to last for months and months.
I mention my proficiency in souperstition because I’ve taken to enjoying a cup of soup for lunch of late, along with a spinach and mushroom salad. It satisfies my hunger and is contributing nicely to my efforts to eliminate some unneeded and unwanted pounds, pounds I’ve allowed to return since I slipped into my old, slothful ways. Putting my cooking skills to proper use, coupled with a powerful dose of discipline and desire (see earlier post), I expect to return to something resembling decent physical condition within the foreseeable future.
Breakfast remains simple and reasonably healthy: a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal or a bit of scrambled egg-beaters with some turkey bacon or half a grapefruit, accompanied by a glass of tomato juice; nothing new here. Dinner is as dinner has been, but with smaller servings and considerably less starch. Snacks, if required: celery or cucumber or grape tomatoes. And tea. Lots and lots of tea. And no beer, no wine, no hard liquor. Of course, I cannot deny myself this stuff forever, so every couple of weeks, maybe more, I will allow myself a slight departure from the regimen, but only a very slight departure. I am in need of a return to my “salad days,” so discipline will be the order of the day.
Tonight, I will season and poach salmon filets, steam some broccoli and, perhaps, make some wilted spinach or steam some fresh green beans. Tomorrow’s dinner will be similarly “normal.” Aside from watching the portions, though, one other thing has changed; after eventually getting around to cooking the one remaining frozen pizza, I’ll not allow my sloth and laziness to extend to buying more of the same.
This new approach to eating has had good results so far; down more than six pounds this week. Would that I could continue the same pace; I could achieve slimness in short order! But, alas, that’s not the way the world works. I will begin adding more exercise and the weight loss will slow. But I will feel and look better at the right pace.
When I have achieved what I consider the “right” weight, I will replace the bitstrips image above with a real photo of myself; and I’ll edit this post to show the “before” and “after.” And, of course, I’ll post the news with a link to this one. I’m posting this publicly to add emphasis to my need for discipline…I trust there are disciplinarians in the broader world, right?