I started up teaching again last week after winter break. Over the winter break, I made a menu and shopped for the ingredients I would need to cook the first week’s meals. Once school started up, I would go to work looking forward to cooking dinner that evening. By the time I got home each day, I was exhausted and too hungry to think. All I wanted to do was eat right away. I didn’t want to deal with cooking chicken breast and then waiting for a casserole to cook.
I ended up going back to the grocery store for cooked rotisserie chicken. On a different evening, we got burgers, fries, and shakes from a local burger place. A different evening, we ate frozen pizzas. On the Thursday, I ate an entire box of Mac & Cheese for dinner. I must say that these were not nutritious choices.
I’ve found that I don’t get all of my exercise in during the morning, before work, if I get any at all. When I get home, if I have energy and am not so hungry that all I can think about is cooking, I have to focus everything on getting dinner ready. After I eat, I don’t want to exercise, because I’m full.
Thus, I have a kitchen full of ingredients and a menu on my desk, but no motivation or energy to cook once I get home.
I wondered how I would manage to handle things once I went back to grad school near the end of January.
I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel on the Friday morning. I quickly worked to get a meal into the slow cooker before I went to work. All day, I felt so happy that I would have dinner ready when I got home. When I arrived home after work, I was able to serve up a lovely bowl of soup. It was so nice to have food ready and not have to worry about cooking!