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Sunday, February 03, 2013

I am observing something very different "this time" -- even though I'd lost 40 lbs. before going into an emotional spiral and gaining everything back, it hit me today:

When I'd lost that 40 lbs., I planned my meals with this mindset: How much food...and I mean "good stuff" can I get into my body today and not go over? That's how I planned my days...and I did lose weight, but I concentrated on the snacks as opposed to the healthy. I thought I had the choice of one or the other.

Strangely today I realized I have been planning my meals in advance, planning GOOD tasting food that stayed on target, not worrying about snacks...and found I always had some room for snacks.

I've buckled down to get some amazingly satisfying recipes (like the crispy parmesan-ranch baked chicken breasts...I'll take it over fried chicken now ANY day, and not only do I not suffer, I enjoy every morsel fully).

I am so satisfied with my meals...and I eat some of my favorite foods still. I like, for example, 2 slices of bacon, piece of fruit or yogurt, and coffee in the morning, when I just did not feel like eating breakfast before...ever. Sooooo good, and satisfying, and so many calories/fats, etc. remaining for the day.

I guess what I'm saying is that my mind is set to fix good, healthy, delicious and very satisfying foods, that I don't worry about planning snacks. I plan for the full day so that if I am way over or way under, I can adjust what I eat that day early surprises at the end of the day. (And it's always fun to have 2 cookies or a single brownie after a big salad for lunch).

I know a lot of people work full time and have families, so it's really hard to take the time for all the planning. So I'm blessed that my kids are grown and I can take my time. For the overly-busy moms, I'd check out the Spark recipes..."there's gold in them thar hills! Good luck!

This remains my favorite chicken...4 oz. spicy chicken breast, wrapped in bacon slice and dredged through Splenda brown sugar (1/3 cup works for all 4 pieces). Yummm.

I think this will take you to the recipe for this chicken:

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    I absolutely agree with you. In finding foods that we truly enjoy and would want to eat if they were "on plan" or not, that's how we create long-term and permanent habit change.

    I've been focussing on this a lot too, because I've learned that if I don't I'll start to feel deprived and I think we all know where that leads. I have to remind myself sometimes that food should still be enjoyable - not only should, but NEEDS to be.

    Yesterday I discovered an incredible snack - an ounce of feta cheese with a sprinkling of Trader Joe's dry-roasted pecan pieces. Heavenly.

    As far as integrating with work - I've never been much for planning meals ahead but I do cook up big pots of food on the weekend to eat for lunch or dinners during the week, and I save some of each batch in portion sizes in the freezer, so there's a big variety of quick meals in there.
    1476 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/4/2013 6:53:33 AM
    It sounds like you have come up with a good plan. That chicken looks great. I will try it. emoticon
    1477 days ago
    i also do better when i focus on preplaning my snacks and meals. especially when i make sure they are easy to grab/pack.
    1477 days ago
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