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Planning meals really?

Friday, April 05, 2013

Being impulsive is what stops me from planning meals. Whenever I plan meals I don't want them anymore...but today's tip on SparkCoach was to start planning meals. I plan the weekend meals and make them so by Sunday night we are having leftovers.

Breakfast is cereal or oats for the teens and hubby. I tend to have oats/smoothies/fruit&nuts/slice of home made bread with almond/peanut butter
Lunch now that the weather is warmer is salad with quinoa/wild rice/beans..
Supper (my downfall) is usually some type of cooked veg, eggs/dairy, salad, nuts and fruits and maybe a grain or two..A drink of warmed up almond/oat milk or hot apple juice/cider

I also tend to binge in the evening before having supper.

I'm off dairy for now as I have a bad cold and when I get bad colds I come off dairy for a few weeks.

I just finished making the food for the weekend.

Family are having: Homemade Challa (bread)Chicken soup, chicken (in orange and lime freshly squeezed), couscous, roasted veg (no oil just spices and cherry tomatoes to ensure moisture) and for dessert rhubarb and mango stewed (no sugar added). I'm having the veg and fruit and a slice of challa with humous.

Sat Lunch: Family are having chicken, rice and brocolli, I will make salads to go with it. Dessert is berries and coconut milk scattered with nuts.

Sunday: Smoothie, Lunch is a salad, Supper roasted veg and maybe a slice of bread with almond butter or nuts
Monday: Too far away for me to plan...

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AUNTB63 4/5/2013 10:21AM

    I found planning meals too far in advance doesn't help me. I do plan for a day or two and always try to cook a meal with leftovers so we have a quick lunch or extra dinner. Hope your meal planning works our for you. It does get easier once you get used to it.

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Losing the rear view mirror

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Had a great time in NY and Washington with my Hubby and one of my kids but boy am I off track food wise. I think my hubby losing weight by doing nothing other than walking with us just felt so frustrating...but I only have myself to blame for overeating.

I was in a hotel with a gym for the first week and got my exercise in every morning for at least 50 minutes but then I overate breakfast and the rest of the day. Second week we were at friends and travelling but I still managed to exercise 4 days out of 7. We did a lot of walking as well but again I just ate too much junk.

Came home almost a week ago but still eating junk and feeling it!

Passover starts in 2 days time and after that I plan to get back on track I'm fed up of not fitting into any o my clothes.

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ALIHIKES 3/23/2013 6:38PM

    The key is to just keep the healthy habits (exercise) and make small changes to eat more moderate portions, now that vacation is over emoticon

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Focusing on the Positive

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Every weekend for the past year I have not stuck to my plan to eat sensibly some weeks it is worse than others. As a result Sunday is a nightmare i suffer from IBS big time and mind fog and in general I'm not pleasant to be around.

I think because I focus on the fact that none of the strategies that help other people work for me I get more and more depressed about this situation so instead I am going to focus on what is going right.

I am committed to my fitness by ensuring I average an hour a day for 6 days. Notice average. I also sometimes get my exercise split up into two sessions if I have other commitments.

I have enrolled in a free Nutrition course. I'm afraid it is going to go the route of all fats are bad for you but there is a great international face book group that I can fead off. I love having assignments to do and getting my mind to work on something that interests me. It is hard to study with an almost full time job, a house to run and everyone being sick for the last week.

I am constantly finding more information and trying new strategies to deal with my emotional eating and one day I'm sure it will all click into place.

I went to the market and bought great fruit, spices, coffee beans and herbs to go with my CSA box and even the kids loved cauliflower mash and asked me to make it again.

I am grateful that I am learning to deal with the fact that this is a long journey and I am starting to enjoy the journey and not wait to cross a finish line and go back to bad habits.

I am also grateful for this site and have even mentioned it to my nutrition course mates as a very good and useful source.

Green smoothie anyone? (Today's had kale, home made granola cookie (oats, dried fruit, mashed bananas), 1 tbs pb, 1 tsp cocoa, 1 cup almond milk and 4 ice cubes. Yummy)

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LYNETTEMOM 1/27/2013 10:42AM

    tks for the recipe. I need to try more smoothies

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CAMAEL100 1/27/2013 10:14AM

    Focusing on the positives is great! We can't keep putting ourselves down all the time.

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SORTIZA99 1/27/2013 9:43AM

    Focusing on positive things is the best attitude, so let us stay positive always.
A prosperous 2013 to you.

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Yey my Mum found an exercise she can enjoy

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I am so excited that my Mum who used to walk for miles but since she had breast cancer (she's recovered for 2 years now) didn't walk that much or as fast as she used to.

She has had bad luck with exercise clubs and gyms closing down etc and it took all the energy from her.

I introduced her to Spark and we tried to find an easy workout. Unfortunately the exercise videos didn't run as they should and she got very frustrated. She's 70 and looks much younger.

I sent her a link to walk a mile exercise on YouTube and she loved it. She phoned to tell me she walked a mile. I'm so happy and hope she continues to enjoy her exercise.

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JUDI_CUTIE 1/9/2013 12:01AM

    Glad to hear this news!

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The Myth of Happiness - Opinions Please

Monday, January 07, 2013

Listened to the Author of the Myth of Happiness on blog talk radio. What she said really resonated. She said several things I can relate to:
1. What you think will make you happy does for a very short period and then you become unhappy again...
2. If you are scared something is going to make you unhappy for life. When you face the situation you find that it doesn't...
3. It's the little things that count.

Her suggestions:
Make your bed every morning. When I was a kid we had to put the unfitted sheet back on (it always came off in the night), then the sheet on top under the itchy blanket, then the bed spread. In my teens we had duvets and duvets covers and I used to struggle with my duvets cover. For years I did not make my bed during my twenties until about 2 years ago at the age of 44 when I discovered FlyLady. Making my bed which is just putting the duvet back to covering the bed (no bed spread) makes me smile when I come home from work and go in my room. If I want to treat my boys I make their beds too. They are supposed to do it themselves but often forget...If Hubby is still in bed after I'm up he makes his own. I never asked him to he just follows my example.

Get up to greet a family member when they come or go. Don't just sit there and say Hi. In my ADHD household that is one action I am going to adopt. I know that when I had more energy and was up before my teens I used to hug my then 15 year old every morning no matter how rude he was the night before and that would send him to school on the right foot.

My daughter who only comes home every fortnight gets greeted by a wave from wherever I am (usually kitchen fixing something to eat or midst exercising). When she leaves I'm usually mid-exercising.

I'm sure hubby would love that. My Mum who used to be a lousy morning person would always go to the door and say goodbye to my Dad in the morning. Hubby and I often go to work together so no worries there but when we don't I'm going to make sure I greet him.

Social time. Ensuring you leave time for your friends. You manage to spend time physically with your friends. This is why I love working 4 days a week. I try to meet up with my Mum (yes she's my friends), my best friend or other friends at least once a month. This gives me strength and feel good vibes.

Gratitude this is a biggie. I try to list in my head the things I am grateful for and change the list every day. ie one day I will think of only one thing (although there is much more). One day I will think about what I am grateful for in myself, my family, my life etc..

Would love to hear your opinions:
What are you going to do to make you happy? Or what makes you happy?

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OOLALA53 3/24/2013 3:12PM

    I don't know how I missed this before.

I'm so glad you take greeting as important. Take it from a single childless woman who has not been in anything but very short or intermittent romantic relationships since 1996. I would love to have people close to me to hug hello. I appreciate it about my sister and her grown kids that we do, but I see them only a few times a year or less. I have a few friends whom I hug, but it's not often.

I once read advice that said if you wanted a hotter relationship with your husband to always greet him with a 10-second kiss! Even if your mom is there. emoticon

That may be asking a lot, but maybe starting with 2 seconds?

Every time I read something of yours, I think I simply must get more regular with exercise, even if I start with 10 minutes a day. aargh!

And I'm going to make my bed. (And start reading Flylady more often, too. Less Spark, more Flylady for me. I get her newsletter and hardly ever read it!

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ROOSTER72 1/7/2013 11:25PM

    I agree completely that it is the little things that make us happy. And, in fact those little things aren't things at all. As per your blog, it is about connecting with loved ones & friends and being content with what we have.

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WEARINGTHIN 1/7/2013 2:31AM

    I enjoy reading other people's blog entries and making comments.
I enjoy reading and spending quiet time.
I enjoy reitement. I left my job 1.5 years ago, and couldn't be happier. (Except for the juggling of finances, which I would rather not do.)
I enjoy music, movies and my wife's company. She's also home.
And I enjoy talking to my 90 year old dad on the phone.
Not much. For me it's the simple things. Glenn

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