Since I don’t weigh myself regularly anymore — my scale has been in the storage room since posting this in October!
Sidebar: The Husband inquired where it went a few weeks ago and I told him he’d have to weigh himself in the basement if he wanted to know. He has yet to do it.
I’ve been torn with the idea of continuing these posts but have decided to keep them as my old Question of the Week style. If you want to weigh in with numbers and use this post as your virtual “meeting” feel free, but I’m going to be focusing more on thought-provoking and experience-based questions so we can all share and learn from each other.
Today’s question is inspired by what I had for lunch.
Yup, that’s the husband (with his new Surface) eating a burrito from Qdoba. He asked me AGAIN if I wanted to eat lunch out and I turned him down. I have too much good food in the fridge to go out. Plus I’d rather save my money and time. I only get about 5 hours a day to get all my work done without kids and to kill an hour of it to go out just wasn’t something I could do today.
Have I taken him up on his offer before? YES! I do all the time but his desire to eat out is a bit too overzealous for my taste. I’m good for 1-2 lunches a week MAX; he’d go every day if he could.
When I do go, I have a few “rules” for myself and I feel absolutely no guilt. Life is too short to worry about every meal.
But truth be told, I’d rather eat at home, and when I worked in an office I’d bring my own lunch as much as possible.
Normally my go-to is leftovers from dinner the night before, but today I had a bunch of wilting collard greens staring me in the face. They were in last week’s farm share and even though I used most of them in this soup, I still had a bunch leftover.
I decided to fry a slice of bacon and cook them up for lunch along with some leftover Apple Pumpkin Soup I made as an experiment this weekend — that’s what you see in the photo.
I loved it! ALL of it!
I know it looks weird to some, including my husband. He wouldn’t eat either of those two things if you paid him.
Ten years ago I wouldn’t have either.
I blogged about this before. My “diet” has changed slowly and consistently since starting this journey in 2005. Back then I relied a lot on convenience items and pre-packaged foods. I ate cereal every day for breakfast, lunches were TV dinners, and dinners also included some kind of packaged noodle or rice.
Then I started to push myself out of my comfort zone. I started a feature on the blog called “Produce Picks” where the “toddler” (now the 8-year-old) and I would try something new from the produce department. I started to cook more, weaning myself from convenience items. The TV dinners at lunch were soon replaced with Tupperware containing my own leftovers. Flavored rice and noodle side dishes were replaced with potatoes and my own brown rice creations. I even started having fun making my own salad dressings.
Now I regularly buy things I didn’t even know existed or could be eaten in 2005 (hello, winter squash and kale!), and I have no doubt my diet will continue to evolve.
I also have no doubt I’m not the only one who has experienced this and that’s why I wanted to make it the Question of the Week:
I’d love for you to share how your diet has changed over the years. If it hasn’t, maybe reading about how others’ have will nudge you to try something outside of your culinary comfort zone because as you know Life is an Experience!