On my mind tonight

Since I started this current weight loss plan I have significantly changed  my food intake considerably, and one of the biggest changes is the fact that I have practically eliminated the amount of food I eat from restaurants. Before starting this project I used to eat the majority of my meals from restaurants. While I did not , usually, go to fast food places, it would not have been unusual for me to eat at some kind of buffet place three or four times a week. Not healthy, because EVERYONE tends to overeat at buffet style restaurants, and bloody expensive as well. I particularly like Chinese Food buffets; the staff at Panda Buffet in Bartlett knew me by name, and new what table I prefered.

Now, in the last 76 days (yeah, I am counting) I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have eaten at restaurants. I have become quite proficient at preparing clean meals at home. My skill at packing lunches to take to work with me has grown significantly as well. In developing these skills I have learned quite a bit about myself, and I will discuss that in a different post. What I am concerned about tonight is my vacation.

You seen, one week from today I am leaving Memphvegas to spend a week with about 3000 of my closest friends at a week  long SCA event; yeah, it is time for Gulf Wars again.  In years past I would just march down to the food merchants for meals each day. Of course there will also be food at the Gleann Abhann social. Hell, a person would actually have to work hard to starve at Gulf Wars.

Unfortunately, the food at the vendors, and most of the food that would be available from the other people attending the war, will not be the type of food I have been eating as part of my project. So, I am trying to figure out what I can make ahead of time and pack in a cooler for the week.

I know I can make meals ahead of time and freeze them. That’s what I do for the majority of my meals now: make it, package in single serving containers, freeze , and when needed reheat in the microwave. No, the question is going to be how to keep the pre-prepared meals frozen for the week, and how to reheat them when necessary. I do not really have any answers at this point, but I am thinking about the subject.