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!