Coming into my final days in quarantine, I’m so ready to get out of here. I’ve had an excellent experience, but I’m ready to start taking charge of my meals again. I’ve enjoyed having more time to focus on my studies since I haven’t had to cook these past ten days. I’m honestly surprised at how much I miss cooking. Part of why I don’t meal prep every week is because I find cooking so relaxing at the end of the day. My happy place is sipping a glass of wine while dinner simmers on the stove. When working from home, cooking dinner was a great way to separate the work day from personal time.
I have been experiencing an wonderful variety of cuisines in quarantine. One night we were served a delicious white fish with chimichurri sauce. For breakfast, we’ve had a creamy chia seed pudding with a passionfruit sauce on top. Today, we had a spiced lamb with tabbouleh and yogurt sauce for lunch and butter chicken with naan and basmati rice for dinner. I don’t normally eat much fish and it has been fun to experience foods and flavors I might not have chosen myself.
Unfortunately, not all the meals have been very healthy. I feel that the further along we got in quarantine the more unhealthy some of the meals have become. Over the past few days we’ve had Philly cheesesteaks, fried chicken, and giant croissant sandwiches—without a vegetable in sight. All the meals have been scrumptious, but definitely a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of calories and general nutrition. I’m used to eating half my plate with veggies and most meals don’t come with vegetables. I do miss a nice salad or roasted vegetables with my main dish.
With respects to exercise, I’ve been taking advantage of all three walking times we are permitted every day. The past two days I’ve only been able to do one walk due to time conflicts with my remote classes. Today I was able to take full advantage of all opportunities to exercise. I’m looking forward to being able to go on long hikes with my family again. Doing laps on a small track is quite a change from the 1 hour uphill hikes that we are used to doing every day. This time in quarantine has taught me that the only way to deal with situations outside of my control is to try and make the most of it until I can find my way again. In the grand scheme of things, two weeks is nothing. Sometimes life demands more from you and weight loss has to go on the back burner. Frankly, there’s a lot more to life than weight loss!
When you’re on a long weight loss journey like I am, you might not always be able to focus solely on your weight loss efforts. In these types of situations, all you can do is try your best to maintain your healthy habits and recommit yourself to your efforts once your situation has improved. Weight management should be a long term effort in order to maintain your health. A rough couple of weeks won’t spoil your efforts, as long as you get right back on track as soon as you can.
Please like, comment and share with people you care about.
Remember, always be kind to yourself and keep moving forward.