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Friday, March 01, 2013

My Healthy Lifestyle Forever team has laid out a great challenge this month. In addition to exercise, tracking, and freggie goals, it set "Give yourself 10 points for following a meal plan for ONE MEAL each day" and "Give yourself 10 more points for each day you followed a plan for breakfast, lunch AND dinner"! Plus BONUS POINTS: Give yourself 25 points each day for staying at or below your calorie goal.

And then I went to Weight Watchers. WW is setting a "routine" for each month. (Examples: pack healthy snacks; have a fruit or veggies with each meal & snack) This month it is going to be about meal planning. Our assignment this week: "notice the number of times you know exactly what your next meal or snack will be."

So I've got encouragement and challenge toward meal planning this month. I'm really excited about it because meal planning has been a weak part of my program. Several times I have said I will end up the month with 4 weeks of meal plans with grocery lists. I have yet to do it. Not sure what my resistence is. During the time I was concentrating on The Beck Diet Solution I did plan my meals and snacks the day before, but once I was done with the book, I dropped that practice. (I started to say "habit" but I think the truth is, it didn't become habit.) Part of my challenge is my hubby likes to do the grocery shopping and buys a lot of sales items. But, like with many other healthy practices, if I am committed enough, I can find a way.

March is going to be a great month! Another step forward!!
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  • -AMANDA79-
    Can you look at the sales ad before he goes so you will know what items he will buy and incorporate them into the plan? That's what I do, but I do the grocery shopping so I have a little more control.

    Hope your having a great weekend!
    1725 days ago
    Marsha, you're an inspiration. I'm doing what I can about meal planning, but it is difficult because my DH cooks dinner 5 nights a week, and he often offers up fried potatoes (which I love) and other things not conducive to a good diet. I work around things as best I can. I do plan healthier meals for the weekends. emoticon

    Since you planned things on the Beck Diet Solution, you know you can do it. emoticon
    1725 days ago
    Thanks for this discussion of meal planning and long term healthy habits. The plan ahead of time is going to be critical for me,to stay on track. Great blog!
    1725 days ago
    I'm proud of you. Go for it!
    1726 days ago
    I'm working on the meal planning too. I've got breakfast and lunch down but I need to improve on planning dinner. Another thing I've been doing is carrying snacks and water with me when I leave the house every day. This takes planning too but not quite as much. The idea is to eat a freggie with every snack. It helps to prevent hunger and really works!
    1726 days ago
    You'll do it: and inspire all of us!
    1726 days ago
    March is such a forward-sounding month, don't you think? Spark on!
    1726 days ago
    This will be a month of learning and insights for you. You are going to rock these challenges!
    1726 days ago
    Sounds like a lady with a plan and determination! That is something hubby does not want to mess with. :) You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1726 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! You have a double incentive to plan your meals! That is a rare one that a husband likes to do the grocery shopping! Guess this is one thing you will have to plan as a couple's activity!
    As you were able to do it before with Beck, I can see you doing it again!
    here is hoping it will stick for you this time around!

    1726 days ago
    Planning ahead is always good Marsha. Sounds like you have a lot of incentive this month!
    1726 days ago
  • GABY1948
    GOOD for you! You are that much closer to being the way you want to be with it just coming "naturally" to you! Happy Friday to you!
    1726 days ago
    Gosh well said....if it is important enough then we do somehow find a way.
    Here is wishing you much success on this planning challenge. I think it is so helpful to plan ahead. I fill in my sparks food tracker 1st thing in the morning. I sometimes do change a thing here or there but for the most part stick with what I have already logged. It helps keep me honest. And I love the "pull down" feature of the sparks tracker for your favorites as I have now created a big list of the foods I eat most and can just pull down the list and check off what I am going to have. It's nice too to share the tracker. I have had many people thank me for logging and sharing as they have gotten tips that way.
    Best of everything to you in this challenge, Marsha.
    1726 days ago
    Looks like it is fate for you to plan meals ;-)
    I need to get better at it myself...if you figure out how to get a whole month done, let me know.
    1726 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I say whatever works, do it!
    1726 days ago
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