The whole process of cooking is rather daunting to me.
Cooking something everyone will enjoy, writing a grocery list, which I tend to forget and leave at home. Shopping, then unloading the groceries, preparing the meal and of course, cleaning up.
When I entered my first body building event, I remember thinking, "How am I going to cook clean meals often? Can I really do this?" I'm somewhat of a lazy, unpracticed chef. I had to search the internet for how-to videos on baking fish and steaming vegetables. Something as simple as grilling chicken wasn't my specialty either.
My first thought was I would cook the meals when I returned from my training sessions. That's not how it ended up. By then I was so hungry, I couldn't wait to cook a healthy meal. I found myself eating and grabbing anything and everything that was wrong for my diet. All the hard work at the gym wasted due to my laziness and lack of willpower. I quickly realized I wasn't going to see the results I wanted if I continued in this manner. Something had to be done immediately.
I sat down one day and worked out a plan; it included setting out early on Saturday morning with my shopping list in hand, determined to shop, prepare, and pack my meals all in one day. Although challenging, it needed to be done.
Returning home from the store, I began the process of cooking everything at once. The chicken was on the grill, fish and sweet potatoes were baking in the over, vegetables were steaming one after the other, while a pot of eggs was cooking on another burner.
I reached in my cupboard for my scale, turned my laptop on and signed into a popular calorie counting site and arranged 10 containers on my countertop. I then began weighing and measuring everything along with checking the site for a total calorie count. I packed five containers with meals of at least 200 calories and the remaining containers with 300. Before I knew it, 10 meals were prepared and packed.
These days, a few minutes after returning home from training, I'm eating a small healthy meal. All the hard work at the gym is no longer wasted on poor food decisions.