For most of my teen and adult life I have been on a weight loss journey. Prior to YBC I lost 100lbs by sticking to a work-out routine, cooking delicious and "lean" meals, and being mindful about my eating choices. This was one of the best times of my life because I felt great!
However, when I first started YBC, my commitment to exercising and cooking healthy foods, "for me", shifted and I gained the 100lbs back!
Recently, and as I've mentioned in previous posts, I've hired a life/weight-loss coach and she has helped me tremendously in getting my mind more focused on taking care of me and finding harmony (my personal word for 2019) among my life and business.
Throughout this journey, I have learned a lot about what it takes to lose weight and below I'm going to share with you some of the cooking tips I learned along the way.
1. Enjoy the process.
For me, being successful at weight-loss always included getting into a groove and enjoying the "work" it takes. As a chef, cooking comes easy to me and I'm quick, but let me be honest I do not always enjoy it.
For me to succeed at eating better I needed to cook at times that I enjoyed it. For instance, Sunday mornings before church is the best time for me to meal prep and do healthy baking. We go to church at noon and I'm an early riser so I have a good 5 hours to myself, with my green tea, music, and PJ's before I'm heading out the door.
If I have to cook for home post YBC, I make sure the time in the kitchen is quick and includes my favorite relaxing playlist or a scheduled phone call.
When it comes to working out I like to mix it up. Some seasons I'm training with a local trainer, other seasons I'm working on my own with videos or a circuit training program. This season I've committed myself to a 5k in July so my workout includes doing a couch to 5k app 3x a week, full body strength videos 2x a week, and I'm working to incorporate yoga 1x a week.
I like to change my workouts periodically for fun but not too often so that I'm not sticking to my routine. Again, mornings are my prime-time. I like to have pre-set workout playlists, coffee and lots of water prior to, and I make sure that I break a sweat each time.
Find out your prime-time for exercising and cooking and plan accordingly. Incorporate podcasts, music, your favorite drinks, or phone talking to help pass the time!
One of my cooking pet-peeves is running out of ingredients while I'm in my groove. I've learned that careful planning helps to lessen the mid-chopping grocery store runs.
I do not like shopping and cooking on the same day #toomuchwork so I will make sure my groceries are bought for the week at least one day prior to my meal prep day. This also means that my menu for the week is made prior to my grocery list, and I never go grocery shopping without my list.
I've been taking advantage of the grocery store pick-up services. Have you tried it yet? If not, and you are struggling to find the time to cook better, check it out. The service fees are well worth the cost to me when I have a lot to buy.
3. Make it taste GREAT!
I am so thankful that God has blessed us with taste buds. The first way that I'm sure to fail at my weight loss goals is by eating foods that I don't enjoy. This doesn't mean that I'm eating high-sugar and high-fat foods, it means that I'm seasoning foods with flavorful ingredients and spices, and using cooking techniques that add a lot flavor for zero to little additional calories.
Want to know what these are? I'll follow-up with some healthy cooking tips in the next blog post!
As always I'd love to hear from you? Are you in a weight loss journey too? Are you trying to eat healthier or not at all? Did you find this blog helpful, and what questions do you have?