(Almost) One Year on the Cooking Light Diet: Flexibility, Features, and Filling Food
My last Cooking Light Dieter post centered around the beginnings of a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new community member's journey. So naturally, I thought it'd be fun this time around to put the spotlight on one of our longest tenured members.
Enter Steve Crozier. Steve is a web developer in the Dallas area who's been enrolled in the Diet since May of last year. I checked in with him this week to see how things are going nearing his one-year anniversary. Here's what he had to say.
Matthew: How would you say the Cooking Light Diet has evolved since last May?Steve: ...Well, I just think feature-wise, it's really improved. And I don't know if it's just me, but the recipe variety seems to be increasing as well. I especially like the ability to plan a week in advance and get everything done ahead of time.
M: How are you using the plan now that you're almost a year in?S: The main way I use it…you guys send out [on Thursdays] the weekly announcement that your meals are ready for the coming week. That's my trigger, because I probably wouldn't remember without that email… I'm not a schedule-oriented person, and so I appreciate that email… So what I do immediately is go to the site and…use that feature where I can walk through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and pick the meals. [Since we first talked] I used to work at home, and so I had more time to cook and also I was eating at home more. Now, I tend to eat breakfast or lunch at work. That's changed things a little bit… It's just my wife and I at home, so what I typically do is pick three meals from all the dinners and cook them. We shop on Saturday or Sunday, then I'll cook on Sunday. I may cook ahead if I have time… So those three meals last us the week, essentially. That's kind of our rhythm.
M: Do the two of you have a favorite recipe so far?S: Oh, gosh! Honestly, I've just been really pleased with the quality, both of the end product and recipes. They're straightforward and easy to make. But I guess my biggest surprise has been they're so delicious. And I don't know why that's a surprise, except I guess like many people, I equate dieting food with uninteresting food. That's certainly not the case!
M: Has the Diet helped you feel more in control of what you're eating?S: Yeah, I think it has. I think the big, big help for me [with the Diet] is just portion control. It just makes all the difference for me, because I tend to eat what's in front of me. If it's in front of me I eat it, so if I know that, "Okay, this dinner has to serve four portions, so this is how much I get," then it helps.
M: What success, if any, have you experienced?S: I lost about 15 pounds*, and I lost it very quickly. And then I've been stuck for quite a while. And honestly, the reason I'm stuck is because I haven't been faithful. If I follow the plan, I lose weight. There's just no doubt about it. I just get diverted too easily. I like food, I like to cook, and I see some recipe and I'll go, "Oh, man, that looks great." And then I'm off down the rabbit hole, you know? [Laughs] …I think I know what I need to do; I just need to muster the discipline to get back on it. Maybe this conversation will be my impetus to do that!
M: What advice would you share with people who are just starting the Cooking Light Diet?S: …Make it work for you. Be willing to experiment and customize, like what we did in adapting it to two people. I think there's plenty of ways to take the basics of the Diet and make it work for different lifestyles, different numbers of people, and different tastes.
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