Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!!! I really appreciate the encouragement you offer me!
I am also very glad that I can inspire you in your menu-planning and meals! That's the one thing that I couldn't find when looking through blogs and stuff: people who had REASONABLE meals that were budget-friendly...time-friendly...and relatively healthy. I try my very best to do that. I do also eat very healthy lunch. My dinners are heavier in calories in comparison because I'm also feeding my hubby for dinner and men naturally need more calories.
I'm so glad you loved the Chicken Cordon Bleu! Those are such time-savers! I'm doing two of those stuffed chicken meals this week from Barber Foods because I love them so much because they're pretty light (healthy) and they're so QUICK AND EASY!
I'll keep making sure I post my recipes weekly for ya! :-) 659 days ago
Thank you for your encouragement on my blog about being sick and back sliding. I am turning this around immediately. This community and people like you made the difference for me. 664 days ago
Thank you for your comment on my blog about what I have learned from past diet attempts. Yes, I track all my nutrition and fitness. I use the range of 1200-1800 calories / day. I try to eat at the lower range usually around 1300 most of the time. The upper end of the range is because that is my maintenance number. The day is a success if I stay in range. It really cuts down on the negativity for me. I am trying to widen my variety of food choices. Sometime I go out to eat and instead of only looking at the "safe food choices" I choose and eat foods that I like. When I get home, I track the meal and use the information to figure out "reasonable" portions for those foods. Example: if I want a hamburger and fries I can eat 1/2 hamburger and 10 fries and stay in range. If I am going to only have a half hamburger and 10 fries, I know I'll need a side salad to feel like I've eaten enough. Because I eat previously forbidden foods I feel more normal. Now, I am kinder to myself instead of handing out harsh judgments on myself. I really didn't realize how hard I was on myself. The negativity started as soon as I saw the forbidden food. It continued as I decided to eat that food, track that food and then came the remorse for eating too much or eating calorie dense foods. No wonder dieting is so hard on the psyche. Now I see the food simply as a choice. I eat it and track it and use the information as a guide for future choices. If I go over, it's still a learning experience. I started doing this because I knew when I reached goal I would want to eat some of those forbidden foods but I didn't know how to eat them and not gain weight. It also stopped a lot of the negativity in my head. My fitness is limited because I have exercise induced asthma. I do track my exercise but I choose not to add calories to my range for the exercise I do. My fitness minutes aren't predictable enough to make daily or weekly adjustments to my calories. Thanks for asking me this question. You clarified things in my mind by my answering your question. 673 days ago