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Anyone else have this frustration - not logging dinner.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I finally am in a solid groove of a healthy, balanced, filling and yummy breakfast and lunch - all within my calorie goals, that I track lickety-split.

AND, thanks to a recent spark break, I have kicked my evening snacking (or so it seems, it's just been a week or so, but it is going great!)

Yet as hard as I try to make sure that dinner is always in check, as well as tracked, I just have trouble getting there. Cooking dinner is down time for me. I love to cook; I find it relaxing; and I love the satisfaction of hearing my hubby say how great it is. I love trying new recipes, and for a while stuck to spark recipes only, but, then got comfortable and broke out on my own... and weight crept back on. A bit too much butter/oil/cheese, larger portions... you know the drill. And of course, NOTHING gets logged.

I think that I may just try planning a week of dinners from Spark and pre-add them to my tracker, and then have to stick to it. I know that if I could just get that bit of accountability in place, things will click 100% for me.

Part of it is that I love to make savory foods; I love variety. I love leftovers, too, those usually become lunch for hubby and/or me. I think that I need to get more simple, though, and just get back to basics and simply grill meat, or make beans and rice, always have a veggie as well as a side salad - that all worked before. But, I got bored. Hubby didn't complain, but I'm pretty sure he did, too.

Maybe I can make one night a week 'wild recipe' night, and everything else is super simple and easily trackable. It can be hard to find the 15+ minutes to get all the ingredients in the tracker, and get the recipe all typed up.

What are some favorite spark dinners you love?

I can't wait to get my new book and have two weeks or dinners planned!!!!
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    By the end of the day, my brain is usually mush. I do my best Sparking early in the day. Hmmm, I need to do my exercises early in the day, too, then! LOL Actually, I often track my exercise the next day, unless it's my strength training - I get that right from the Spark tracker. I'm really bad for tracking food, though. Some of my best attempts include following suggested meal plans, using Spark recipes, matching similar foods that are already listed or even as a last resort, using the suggested meals to hopefully offer some of what I'd eaten in a day. Example, I'll check it at the end of the day and yes, I've eaten some brown rice, some bread, ... worst case scenario (other than not tracking), if it says "whole wheat bread" and I've had some brown rice, yup, I ate a starchy food... click! LOL This is especially true on those days when I track some extreme physical activity and I notice the little warning below saying I need to consume more Calories but am trying not to spend too much time online. :-)
    1607 days ago
    See, I pre-plan meals for the week, but I tend to concoct around the ingredients I get on sale. For example, meals this week are:

    Homemade mushroom pizza & salad
    Schnitzel in a white wine mushroom sauce over egg noodles and asparagus
    Homemade split pea soup and a hard roll
    Peppers stuffed with chunky turkey chili and brown rice
    Grilled lemon pepper chicken and sauteed or roasted zucchini and tomatoes
    Dinner out at a friends house
    Leftovers or omelettes and salad

    I make most recipes up, which is why I say it is a pain to log. I just need to make myself do it.

    Thanks for fave recipe ideas. I have loved everyone I have tried. I just hate subing ingredients and not having exact totals. Gotta get over it. I guess I can build up a collection of recipes to try for when things are on sale.

    Thanks again for the suggestions!

    1608 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 1:07:40 AM
  • AWOLF24
    I either pre-plan dinner and log it in earlier in the day, or I track it the next day. After being on the computer all day at work, I rarely get on the laptop in the evening at home after dinner. But either way, pre-planning DEFINITELY is a huge key for me. Even if I deviate, my pre-planned weeks are way better than when I'm winging it.
    1609 days ago
    I usually decide on a few recipes to make for dinners during the week by meal planning over the weekend. I try to post them in a SP blog weekly. Whenever I have time, I enter the recipe into the SP recipe calculator (before I even make it). This helps me keep track of my nutrient ranges, since I see it before I eat it. Sparkrecipes are great because they're already in the tracker, but like you, I like to try new things too! Once you get used to entering recipes, it'll be a piece of cake. I only enter them so I can see them, so I post the link to the website, enter the ingredients and leave the rest blank. Hope this helps.
    1609 days ago
  • JGIRL5799
    hahaah I was aweful about tracking.... I had to do it on my phone because I hated writing..

    I did do the preplanned thing.. I found it worked really, really well.. I wish you well on that

    My hubby and I planned meals for dinner and for the week, I automatically put them in my food tracker ... I also started doing this for my breakfasts and lunches and then all i have to do is click on it after I ate it.. It works wonders!!

    I loveee spark foods.. our family favorite is the baked sesame chicken, Breaded chicken Parmesan, Beef and Broccoli (we used turkey and chicken) One thing about spark recipes, I have yet to find one we don't like.. they all turned out wonderful and my family calls it their favorite meals.. Only thing when I find more processed food, I will just substitute it out for what we use. Have fun and enjoy it... this has become a great fun process for all of us! What I love more, my family don't even realize how healthy it really is LOLOL emoticon
    1609 days ago
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