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Running behind: Questions for Challenge

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop?
I honestly wish I could develop one in which I automatically think of things I need to to get dinner started. Like thawing what ever needs to be thawed and so forth.

2) How will you do that?
Frankly I'm hoping to do it with strategically placing sticky notes around my house.

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
I'm trying to take "take out" off the menu. My diet goals for this challenge were mainly to just eat at home. Which was a bit thwarted from me getting sick (still feeling a bit under the weather) but my husband rarely cooks so there's the snag we ran into right there.

4) How are you doing day by day?
It was actually going pretty successfully for a short bit there even as I was sick, but in the past week, not so much. Last night instead of going out to eat, we ran to walmart and grabbed a few items that were thrown together to make a dinner so that was nice. I'm hoping despite working the next 3 days, I'll have homemade meals ready.
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    emoticon emoticon What's for dinner tonight? OK, and what time should I be there? lol. Just kidding. You're do a great job.
    1816 days ago
    Good job, playing catch-up!

    Eating out is probably the biggest obsticle in my "journey"
    I can't "control" what ingredients are used, and they often affect not only my "budget", but my health...

    Food allergies and adversitites...

    I found a great tip to help with this struggle:
    - Buy a BIG bag of frozen chicken breasts
    - Place Bag in a LARGE bowl.
    - Merinate entire bag as the chicken "thaws" in the fridge
    - Use: Italian Dressing, or BBQ Sauce, or whatever seasonings you prefer
    - After chicken is thawed, cook on the grill or however you prefer to cook chicken.
    - Flash Freeze on a Cookie Sheet
    - Place all cooked, frozen chicken breasts in either zip-lock baggies or glass freezer-safe dishes and freeze.
    - Pull out one or as many cooked chicken breasts as needed.

    I have been doing this for several years.
    Helps to know that "Dinner's In the Freezer"
    1816 days ago
    I know about the eating out ritual. It is a hard one to break, but you can do it!! Day by day... one step at a time! Just being an active part of Spark People can really help you stay accountable to yourself!


    1816 days ago
    Like you, my husband doesn't know much about cooking and so cooking using falls to me. All I can say is that cooking is a chore but like all things, if you do it often enough it becomes very automatic. It's kind of a mental relief for me now in that I usually don't have to sit there debating what to do or what the different options are as much as I used to. One thing that really helps is taking the time to prep salad when you come home from groceries. I don't know about you but the thought of chopping romaine, washing it, and spinning it is very discouraging. If you do that and store it in a ziploc bag, it's a lot easier to convince yourself to throw together a salad during the week! It's bad but I also buy shredded carrots. I hate cutting carrots and they need to be cut quite small for these rice paper wrap things that we like.

    You will get to the point of cooking being automatic too and it will stop being such a pain in the butt!! Just keep it up and soon you'll find it getting quicker and easier to do.

    1817 days ago
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    1817 days ago
    Sounds like you have a plan. Taking take out off the menu would help us all!
    1817 days ago
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