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Meal planning nerdiness

Monday, July 23, 2012

My boyfriend called me a big nerd today. I told him how excited I get meal planning up to two weeks in advance and he called me a nerd... can you believe it?! lol Yea, it really is kinda nerdy, but I like to know what I'm eating, how many calories I'll be consuming and plan for my "cheat" days.

Part of the reason this life change has gone so well for me is because I don't restrict what I eat. If I'm hungry for pizza, I make flat out pizza's. (flat outs are flat bread/tortilla wrap type things in your deli section... it's like a thin crust) If I'm hungry for enchiladas, I eat one... not three or four like I used to. I eat what I want, just in much greater moderation.

However, I am human too. I have days where I want Ice Cream so bad and I eat a 900 calorie sundae from Culver's. Or, I go away on the weekend (like this last weekend) and eat fried fish and burritos and chips and dip and drink lots of alcohol... but one thing I've learned this whole journey is that LIFE HAPPENS. We can't be perfect the rest of our lives or its going to make us not want to do this at all. One day here and there, or, even three whole days here and there will make us gain weight, but if we get right back on the wagon and right back into our healthy routine the next day, we'll be ok.

So, this is why I plan my meals two weeks in advance, I know exactly how many calories I'll be consuming in a day, approximately, and I can plan ahead to avoid those bad days. I do have bad days though too. Nobody is perfect :-)

Being addicted to making lists and food planning is nerdy, but I'm ok with that! There are worse things to be addicted to!
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LOVEPASSIONLIFE 9/6/2012 9:18PM

    I've just recently (in the last 2 weeks) started planning my meals and snacks out--but just 1 week in advance. It's been SO helpful with being so busy with school and work! Although I haven't been planning out my dinners, which is where I end up making bad decisions. Perhaps I'll take a cue from you and plan out a bit more in advance :-)

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1DERLAND14 7/28/2012 10:45PM

    that "nerdiness" = success...when I do not plan I fail! SO GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/28/2012 3:56PM

    It's a great habit, even if it makes you a nerd-lol. It's one I need to cultivate and work on. Keep up the great habit!!

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FINDINGJENJEN 7/27/2012 9:54AM

    Thanks for the proof that you CAN mess up and still be successful! Sometimes I mess up and feel like I won't get there, and you and your amazing weight loss are proof that planning and keeping things in moderation WORK! Keep on keepin' on!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/24/2012 7:50PM

    I wish I was so disciplined!

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NIKKANOODLE 7/24/2012 2:02PM

    I feel very anxious if I don't plan out meals a week in advance. I type up my lists and hang them on the fridge. I will join your nerd club I guess :)

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WONDERBUG381 7/23/2012 9:26PM

    emoticon you are doing amazing & i admire your dedication.
I am a list maker and make a monthly meal list and shop monthly too, but i don't have it set to what day we will have what. We just pick the night before.
I try and base my breakfast & lunch on what i know i will be having for dinner.
Keep it up cuz all your hard work is paying off.
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TANYA602 7/23/2012 8:13PM

    You crack me up! I might plan my calendar of what I want to cook - but actually track and think about the calories?!?! We had a last minute flip tonite and had to have the salad I was going to make tomorrow nite because we got hungry and had a tuna sandwich at lunch vs our usual apple and granola with yogurt.

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/23/2012 7:46PM

    I admire your dedication!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 7/23/2012 4:58PM

    You're attitude is amazing, and I love the idea of planning for 2 weeks. I used to shoot for planning a week in advance, but after many epic fails I have decided to just focus on a day at a time. Anyway, sounds like you're in a great place and doing well, so keep it up!

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JESSICA2140 7/23/2012 4:35PM

    :) I'm a dedicated list maker also...and if it gets you through the day, do it!!



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PICKIE98 7/23/2012 3:57PM

    Nerds gotta eat too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good for you for staying nerdy!!

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