The 7 Week Itch

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It’s been seven weeks since I began my going lo-co journey, and I’ve hit a wall. The first couple of weeks were a welcome challenge: searching for new recipes and learning about lowering cholesterol was interesting.  But that was sadly short-lived.

Fast forward to week seven and I’m sad to report that my desire to transform to a lo-co lifestyle desire has simply vanished.  Everything about trying to lower cholesterol without meds now feels like a chore, rather than a challenge.  Or punishment, if I’m being honest.

Not surprisingly, both my exercise and meal consumption have taken a turn for the worse.  I’ve had to do some hard thinking while sitting on the sofa, eating Phish Food after another so-not-low-cholesterol-dinner.   Here is what I decided.

… Changing habits is hard.
… Learning to cook differently and planning lo-co meals is exceedingly hard.
… Trying not to feel sorry for myself for having to do all this to lower my cholesterol?  Let’s just say it would be priceless if I could manage it.  (And this past week, not so much).

However, the March issue of Cooking Light just arrived – and with it a quote that really hit home for me:

“All I have to do is cook on the weekend…yet I still find excuses not to.”

Somehow, just seeing that others are facing the same struggle I am really helped.  So I sucked it up, hopped online and checked out the Cooking Light’s 12 Healthy Habits Program. After ignoring the feature about adding cardio (I just can’t deal with upping my exercise right now so am giving myself a ‘guilt-free-exit-pass’ for a bit), I immediately found several recipes I am inspired to try.

Well, inspired might be too strong a word.  But I’m going to do it.

Onward to a shopping list.  Check back for recipe results…

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