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Planning a week's menus and shopping has been a problem for me

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Big, big change in my goal behaviors this week!
I have wanted to plan a week's menus and then shop accordingly. But I never could accomplish that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Problems! (excuses?)
I have a huge problem with daily fatigue. emoticon
The spark meals were too complicated. emoticon
Changing the spark menus for a whole week overwhelmed me. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Grocery shopping always overwhelms me emoticon --Once I finally get to the store,
I buy too much and have produce spoil. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
The food tracker menus were different each day- emoticon -way too overwhelming.

Solutions! emoticon

Since not doing the points on sparkpeople, my day is simpler to begin with. emoticon
I now can focus my energy and time on the planning*. emoticon
On the food tracker I made all the breakfasts for this week the same emoticon emoticon oatmeal plus stuff. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I started the menu planning a day before emoticon the week started and finished planning Sunday morning. SO PLANNING IS NOW DONE! emoticon
I have enough for today (Sunday) and can grocery shop emoticon Monday or even Tuesday.
The tracker menu did not have enough greens and fruits so those was the biggest additions. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

But the diabetic tracker menu set I use easily had a way to swap out each whole meal emoticon for another whole planed meal!
so I'd swap whole meals and then if there was something in that tracker meal I wanted to change, I just added it to the meal and then did not check the box for the item I did not want to use. It was not that hard. emoticon


Planning the whole week is more complicated! emoticon But now that I did it once, I think I can get used to it. But--only because I cut down on the time I spend earning sparkpoints. emoticon I really need to focus on the things that help me make progress. ****NOT THAT EARNING POINTS did not help me make progress. By earning the points up to Level 18 emoticon I WAS LEARNING THE SKILLS FROM YOU GREAT FRIENDS to now focus on other things. It was a time consuming process for me to learn these things! I never, ever regret any time I spend on sparkpeople! emoticon Also, often I was so fatigued emoticon that all I could manage was typing!

If my meals are planned and I have the foods here, the week should go much smoother. That is I won't be grabbing things I should not be filling up on --in between meals. Really, I was pretty much never emoticon having a real sit down meal and that meant eating all day long. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well, we'll see. I keep track in the ACCONTABILITY forum on our team emoticon EVENING EATING. And I also keep track once a week on the WUB. emoticon

Chris emoticon
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DS9KIE 1/16/2013 9:08AM

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ANNEBURNELL 1/15/2013 7:13AM

    I sure like that oatmeal idea! If you are still fatigued... are you drinking enough water? A short brisk walk will also recharge your batteries.

In good health,
Anne

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WALLAHALLA 1/14/2013 10:10PM

    I have to limit my time on the message boards. It is really better spent exercising than playing.

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/14/2013 7:47PM

    YAY!! You're improving things everyday! Chris, I hope you rub off on me--it's inspiring!
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SPARTANPHOTOG 1/14/2013 11:49AM

    You can do it! Menu planning is a huge plan as well as grocery shopping too but the benefits outweigh the pain. And it helps save money too. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/14/2013 4:15AM

  Way To Go. You are doing a Good Job. God Bless You and DH. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LINOVER 1/13/2013 8:51PM

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THOMS1 1/13/2013 7:23PM

    My life revolves around the same 7 dishes per week. So menu planning for me isn't too bad. Like she said you can copy meals from one day to the next. emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/13/2013 6:34PM

    Tips: You can copy meals to future days easily. So if you find that a meal works, you can copy it to future days. Don't forget the button that allows you to print out the grocery list. Set up your time to do your planning and do your best to stick to it. The more often you do it, the more you'll get used to doing it, and the quicker it will be. Also, if you print out the daily report for each day, you can but it in a visible spot in your kitchen so you never have to double-check what you're planning on eating.

Good job stepping back and refocusing on what's important. It'll still take a little time to get used to these changes, but it is worth it. If you stumble for a meal, jump right back into it with the next meal and keep trying. You can make these changes stick!

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STITCH4EVER 1/13/2013 5:43PM

    I HAVE PROBLEMS PLANNING MENUS FOR THE WEEK TOO. IT WOULD BE SO EASY FOR JUST ME. BUT WHEN I HAVE TO PLAN FOR TWO AND HE DECIDES HE DOESN'T WANT WHAT I PLAN TO MAKE, IT DISAPPOINTS ME. I HAVE HAD THE MAKINGS FOR SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS (HEALTHY) FOR THREE DAYS AND HE KEEPS FINDING OTHER THINGS THAT HE WANTS INSTEAD. I GET REALLY TIRED OF THIS. THEN I END UP THROWING OUT FOOD. IF I HAD MORE THAN JUST THE FREEZER ON THE FRIDGE, I WOULD STILL MAKE IT AND FREEZE WHAT I DIDN'T EAT. I HAVE TRIED RUNNING THE MENUS BY HIM BEFORE I GO SHOPPING AND HE IS ALWAYS APPROVING. THEN, AFTER I BUY ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US, HE DECIDES NOT TO EAT IT AND I EITHER EAT THE SAME FOOD FOR THREE DAYS OR THROW THE REST OUT. NO ROOM IN THE FREEZER WITH ALL HIS VARIOUS ICE CREAM TREATS IN THERE.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/13/2013 5:26PM

    I don't even use the Spark recipes. I just started cooking smarter and healthier - leaner meats, low fat this and that. That's before I started my 30-day Vegan challenge. I don't even like to cook but I have to if I want to eat emoticon

I don't bother to go to a grocery store unless I have a list of items in my hands - the store becomes too overwhelming and I forget things or buy things I didn't really need.

One day at a time!

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JANEDOE12345 1/13/2013 4:20PM

    Menu planning has always been an effective step in losing weight for me. It keeps the junk out of the house and gives me a structure.

PS Nice use of emoticons....

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THROOPER62 1/13/2013 4:19PM

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MOM2ACAT 1/13/2013 3:55PM

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RFJSJ50 1/13/2013 3:45PM

    Planning meals ahead is something I definitely need to work on! I do much better when I do.
Your words inspired me to take another stab at it!
Thanks.
Sheila (used to be JAKEANDNELLIE)

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IOEINC 1/13/2013 3:26PM

    Good for you!!! I used to plan menus for the family when the kids were younger and still home. It certainly cut down the impulse buying and saved money. I got away from doing that when the kids were out of the house and hubby starting traveling a lot for business. i should get back to it since son is back home now. I just hate the grocery store so much. I hate shopping of any kind but gorcery shopping the most!!

Keep up the great job!!


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KRYS210 1/13/2013 3:23PM

    Just wanted you to know that Spark has a Meal Planner program that might be of help to you?

(copy and paste into your Internet browser)

http://www.sparkpeo
ple.com/resource/mix-and-match-
meal-planner.asp

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 3:20PM

    Sounds like you are making some real progress! I'm impressed with your meal planning. I stick to such simple foods, with little cooking. Easy to track but can be boring at times. Good luck with the continued changes!

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BARBARASDIET 1/13/2013 2:51PM

    If you make a list before you go to the store, it prevents you from getting overwhelmed. And you don't buy a lot of bad stuff nor a lot of food that will go to waste. You just have to sit down for 5 minutes and write that list.

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ALIHIKES 1/13/2013 2:38PM

    Thanks Chris for sharing your experience. I am tracking separately and not on the Spark tracker -- no points but it is just easier for me to write everything down. I am impressed with your progress in menu planning. emoticon

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KATCHATTEAM 1/13/2013 2:20PM

    Chris
how ever you save time , I call it creating time . I have elimated some time on sparks
myself.

are you saying ??? that you dont get spark points ????

we all do what we have to do . I use the food tracker & i dont know why ??? I can see
my carbs & calories they run the same each day . My fitness I track also its about the same each day . but it doesnt take long to track ????
you can track your food all at once in the am . SEE how you stand ?? I do that
i data input what I want for the day not a week . love ya chris emoticon

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