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Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 2

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Eating "normal" (I think I need to add the quotation marks because normal means different things for different people) is the goal I will focus on most during this challenge.
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Previously I blogged that tracking was the way I was to stay accountable in this endeavor, however, tracking is not going make a big enough difference in my quest for a healthy lifestyle.
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What I need to work on until "normal" eating becomes routine is.....
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PLANNING
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I love to cook and I own, shamefully, at least 100 cookbooks. I like all different ethnic foods and my DH & I like to try a variety of cuisines. When you combine the recipes available here on SP and the Web my arsenal is quite impressive.
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My next step is to plan. But, sometimes it is somewhat overwhelming.
This week I want to spend the time to plan out some meals.
Breakfast is simple. I have WH toast w/ peanut butter. I read somewhere that it helps that if one of your meals is the same every day there is less temptation and easier to stay within the range that fits your plan.
That leaves lunch and dinner.
So, I will work on this.
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I also need to "plan" for the unexpected. I need to have some go-to foods that are already in my pantry or refrigerator to fall back on. Sorry, no carrots for me, though. Back in the old WW days I pretty much turned orange with that go-to food.
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So, plan, plan, plan until it becomes habit, habit, habit!
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  • v TANYA602
    Good luck with the planning! When I am doing the cooking I attack it by making my list for the week on Sunday and then shopping on Monday. I hope you have a great week and fun with your list!
    1211 days ago
  • v CATHEMARIE
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  • v DIET_FRIEND
    I have a lot of cookbooks too. I usually get recipes from the internet and don't look at them very much. You could send some to Salvation Army or put in a yard sale so you will have less clutter. It's fun to try recipes and no need to feel bad about creativity. When I want to try a new recipe, I make a shopping list and I don't like to do a recipe with very exotic ingredients I will end up stocking but not using. That's the extent of my planning.
    1211 days ago
  • v NINJA-NED
    looks like a good plan, plan, plan! i eat the same thing (oatmeal) for breakfast every day too. it just makes things simpler.

    1211 days ago
  • v LYNBRINT
    I know when I plan my weekly meals, my life just runs smoother the whole week! So why don't I do it every week? Life is just such a battle sometimes..between just doing it and lazing around for one more hour/day/week. I'm glad we're on a team together to inspire each other on! (I have about 50 cookbooks too!)

    1211 days ago
  • v PATTISTAMPS
    You are on the right track, for sure! BTW, I probably have more than 100 cookbooks too... and they are just good reading. Plus, sometimes I will find a recipe in one and find ways to lighten or improve it in another.

    We CAN do this!!!!! We WILL do this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1211 days ago
  • v SEAWAVE
    Looks like you're well on your way to success!
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  • v STEVIEBEE569
    You can do it! I know planning works for me. I go by the following quote: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail! So, I wish you much success with your planning! emoticon
    1211 days ago
  • v BARBANNA
    It would really be touch to loose weight when you love to cook. When I do cook I nibble on carrots. S emoticon tay away from cabbage, I munched on it and ate two bowls full, I became bloated and then extremely nauseas. I was so uncomfortable I finally took a nausea pill that put me out for the evening so I missed dinner and felt like crap the next day.

    I love apples, carrots and cauliflower. I saw your comment but different strokes for different folks.
    1211 days ago
  • v NEELIXNKES
    I collect cookbooks and recipes myself. I made it a goal last year to try one recipe a week. It has become pretty natural now that when I plan we have a new recipe to try one night. Enjoy all your options :-)
    1212 days ago
  • v HEALTHYGRAMMY49
    Good P.L.A.N.
    I can see you're right on track to succeed with your new habit!
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    1212 days ago
  • v HOPE4LOSS1
    I think you have some pretty good ideas here to help build your habit. I know you can do it.
    1212 days ago
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