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Planning Meals For the Week? GREAT Idea!

Friday, May 18, 2012

The most exciting thing I'm learning about this journey with SP is that a little self-discipline makes big differences. My rebellious nature balked against any and all forms of structure as "stifling" and "uncreative" and whatever other b.s. you want to call it, because I realize that I was myself.

Last weekend I spent about half an hour looking up recipes (using Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Recharged and the Eat Clean Cookbook) making shopping lists and deciding what we would eat each night of the week - including a back up "quick" meal in case we got stuck for time.

I'm happy to report that not only have I stayed in my calorie range most days, but we haven't spent any money on take-out since last Saturday. This is a HUGE FIRST for my family. Our boys usually have at least one friend over all weekend, sometimes as many as four - we usually buy tons of pizza to feed everybody. This weekend I made a GIANT pot of spaghetti and heated up some frozen meatballs from the Big Y and everybody ate, there were even leftovers - and it was a fraction of the usual cost.

Now that I'm all fired up to eat as clean as possible because of the booster shot that the HBO "Weight of the Nation" gave me, I know I'm going to have to keep planning and making sure there's quick whole food solutions around the house for snacks and stuff. At least I'm shooting for 80/20 because I don't want a full scale mutiny on my hands - the boys do like their pretzels and tortilla chips - but as for me? I don't want to eat any processed crap, one day at a time.

I mentioned on one of my statuses that I want to vote with my wallet. I want to spend my money on things that are real food, not a box of chemicals. I am so angry about how the U.S. government subsidizes the crops that make up the bulk of processed foods but do not subsidize organic vegetable farmers, or ANY vegetable farmers for that matter!! I am just one person, but if I am making conscious choices that's one less "vote" for processed foodstuffs and one MORE vote for whole real food. That means I need to take a little more time preparing and cooking, and can't rely on convenience, which means if I WANT convenience, I have to plan ahead and be a "Fruit Ninja" like my Sparkfriend NATARSHAD and cut a bunch of stuff up as soon as I get it so it's ready for us to just take it and eat it, or toss it into something I'm cooking. I'm also going to try to make us go "meatless" one night a week - my whole family needs to get more freggies up in us and if I experiment with vegetarian entrees and sides we might find things we like as much as roasted brussels sprouts or sauteed spinach with goat cheese.

This weekend isn't going to be as crazy as the last few weekends - the boys have gigs tonight with their respective bands, we are going to try to sneak into the Teen Center so we can watch them play. Tomorrow night is Tyler's Senior Prom - after I take a million pictures of him and embarrass him by crying in front of his friends, Randy and I are going to the movies. I'm hoping to do a little puttering in the yard on Sunday - I need to transplant my lavender seedlings and I want to start a pallet herb garden.
like this.

I like the idea of having some neat rows like this and we have plenty of leftover dirt from when Randy had to fill in these deep tire tracks in our front yard that were left there after our big blizzard/hurricane one-two punch in October '11 and everyone had to drive over the lawn because there were wires/trees down in our driveway.

Looking forward to running outside for the first time this weekend, EEP! I'm running the course of the 5K as practice. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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  • SYZYGY922
    Planning meals has helped me so much, too! I know I can do better. That's great about the spaghetti. One good habit I finally have in place is to carry food with me when I go out to run errands or whatever. That way Starbucks and Jimmy Johns don't get my money, and I don't get the extra calories!
    2103 days ago
    Nice job on the meal planning! I've saved a ton of money myself doing that!
    2104 days ago
    Good for you! I can't imagine trying to make these changes if I were still managing meals for a whole family!
    2106 days ago
    I just started reading the book Eat Clean Diet Recharged. My hope is to make a plan this weekend for all our meals next week. I also would like to have one vegatarian night as well.
    2106 days ago
    I am constantly surprised and impressed with how on the ball you are with all of this.Your attitude is awesome, and if you carry on like this I have no doubt you will arrive at your goal.Great job emoticon emoticon
    2106 days ago
    When I started this journey 8 weeks ago, I stopped buying junk food, not that I bought a lot to begin with but the gram crackers, pretzels and tortilla chips were all missing. I replaced them with yogurt, apples and oranges. My son didn't miss them he just replaced them with apples with peanut butter and yogurt. I also started buying bagels for quick breakfast and he began eating those too for snacks. What I learned is teen age boys will eat anything! so as long as there is food, I don't think they much care what it is LOL!
    2106 days ago
    Sounds like an amazing plan to me!

    One thing that helps me stay on track in the summer for freggies is my CSA/Farmshare. Getting portions of veggies every week is hugely helpful in trying new things and getting enough of the fresh summer goodness!

    2106 days ago
    I was able to successfully plan and shop for 2 meals this week which is a big step up from no meals! Good for you finally getting the planning thing done! I think running the course is a FANTASTIC idea! I wish I had done that with my 5k and I will try to with the next one. You rock on with your awesome self!
    2106 days ago
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