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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Little more patience needed. I was just sure I'd have that middle 2 on the scale today, but I was still 130.0. Oh, well. I'll get there. Stuck to my eating plan perfectly yesterday. Good today so far, too, and feeling very satisfied.

Did a 75 minute treadmill workout, run-walk 3 min:1 min for 55 minutes, with a 10 minute warm up and a 10 minute cool down. I actually lost track of time and went 10 minutes more than scheduled. Don't think it is a problem.

I like having my whole week's meal plan done and sitting in front of me. About the only thing that has bothered me is the fruit. Hubby bought some really ripe good-looking peaches that are sitting on the counter and there are no peaches in my plan this week. Gwen ate about 3/4 of one and usually I would have finished it, but since I'm really trying to follow my plan, I didn't. I could swap out another fruit for peaches, but there is no fruit in my meal plan today. Hubby also bought mangos that are not in my plan, but I think they will probably be okay next week. When they are ripe I'll put them in the refrig. I've been eating bananas almost every day for the past couple years and this week I'm only scheduled to eat half of one. I'm sure we have too many bananas, but I can freeze ripe ones for smoothies later. Also, my plan calls for one cup of watermelon, and I'll have way, way too much. Most of the veggies will come out right, I think. May the zucchini I'll need to cook and freeze as no one else around here likes it except me.

I have been threatening for years to get a one month menu plan with grocery lists. I'm really going to try to do it this time. If I use the same plan repeatedly I suspect I'll get better at estimating amounts of everything including fruit. Perhaps I should plan 6 days and leave one day for leftovers. Figure I could always skip a day here and there when we eat out or have guests.

Do you have menu plans or wing it? Any tips on making it all come out right, maximizing nutrition and minimizing waste? If you stick to menu plans do you have trouble with other household members eating what you had planned to eat? Any tips for avoiding that issue?? Thanks.

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  • _LINDA
    I don't follow any specific meal plans, but usually stick to the same basics regularly. I too, always have a banana every day and that's because it helps makes the smoothest fruit shake. I also always have blueberries every day in my shake. The other fruit depends on what is in season/and or what is freshest from the store, usually strawberries, mango or pineapple. I think some of my problem is eating too much freggies as well, as I was getting that 10-13 servings a day too. I am trying to dial it back, but its hard when everything is coming out so fresh right now. I need to cut back though to lessen the over the top fiber I am getting and maybe then that will help solve my GI issues.
    Sorry to say I have no solution for others of your household wanting your servings of fruit. Its not a problem in my Mom's place -her husband doesn't eat them. Its actually great your family will take an interest in them.
    Knowing how well you stick to your plans, I am sure you will find a solution.
    1574 days ago
    1578 days ago
    I've lived on islands for the past 26 years - you never know what you'll find at the market, so I learned not to plan. Salads have become a combination of greens and fruit, since tomatoes don't always look decent. (And I love a huge salad with greens, peach slices, a little bit of pine nuts or almonds, and a bit of crumbled goat cheese - just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and it's wonderful! If you want to turn that into a meal, add some grilled chicken. OH MY delish!)

    Anyway, so no, I wing it with what looks good at the market.
    1578 days ago
    I understand! Hate having fruit or food go bad and it's tough when you're sticking to a strict plan. I've followed a meal plan or recipes but its always difficult when it calls for a small portion of takes planning and using fruits/fresh foods for different things and then freezing the rest if possible.

    Sorry you didn't see a middle 2'll get there! emoticon emoticon
    1578 days ago
    I stay in my calorie range and try to make healthy choices for the most part although I do have some sweets every day. I would rather be doing intuitive eating but I find that I just have to track calories or I over do I sort of combine the two. I know my calorie range and I track it but I do little to no pre-planning and I try to ask myself what do I really want and practice intuitive eating within the framework of knowing I do have to stay in my calorie range. My breakfasts vary among a variety of things and my lunches are either left overs from dinner or a sandwich and some fruit and veggies. I usually have a few healthy snacks at my office to eat when I get really hungry between either breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. Again, these all need to stay in my calorie range. emoticon
    1578 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    I do plan ahead - to varying degrees with each meal.
    I don't plan breakfasts because I find that I wake up with strong opinions about what I can stomach first thing in the morning. But it's always a choice from the same options and ingredients that are always on hand.
    Lunch is usually something that I make or buy in a batch to have for multiple days in a row. So I may make a big batch of soup or chili. Or cook up some type of protein and chop veggies for salad. It's the same thing for a few days in a row but then I move on to something different so I don't get bored.
    Dinner is planned. Often in my plan will say: green veggie or orange veggie so that I know there is a vegetable but have flexibility to pick what looks best at the market.
    Same with fruit - I plan on having fruit, but leave it open to get the best of what's available. Most fruits & veggies have *about* the same amount of calories per serving - or you can adjust the serving size to make it fit your caloric needs.
    The other thing that I plan on (because there are 2 teenage athletes in the house) is a mid week trip back to the grocery store to restock on milk, bread, eggs, and fruit - I just don't have the capacity to hold enough food to last a week anymore! Once a week (usually the night before the midweek shopping) we have an open night to use up leftovers and odds and ends.
    Hope that helps!

    1578 days ago
    Part of the reason that I've never liked other people's meal plans is that they always seem to result in left overs/waste (when you have to buy a certain quantity of something) or shortfalls (when somebody else eats a food I was counting on) or temptation (better eat up the extra before it's wasted or someone else eats it!!).

    My Saturday supper soup-making routine is effective in using up the left over vegetables before I go to the grocery store.

    My lunch time salads are small quantities of many different fruits and veggies - whatever looked freshest and most seasonal. I wouldn't want to postpone eating excellent in season fresh peaches this week because they weren't in the "plan": the plan IS what's best right now . . .

    And I just don't mind eating the same thing day after day . . .

    Sorry I don't have any really good ideas to help -- but you will make your plan work for YOU!!
    1578 days ago
    Your pre planning is very impressive! You go girl!
    1578 days ago
    I am a bargain hunter and I want to be able to use the food I find on sale, and sometimes - though I have used menus occasionally - having menus preplanned messes with the sales.....
    but like you said, you can freeze a lot of fruit for smoothies and deserts.... Have you made up your own menu, or are you trying to follow SP?
    1578 days ago
    I do plan, and sometimes deviate / substitute. Putting the food on auto-pilot works well for me, and since I have no other household members (of the human variety) I no longer have to deal with others eating my planned serving of something. Back in the day when I did... sometimes I could just substitute, and sometimes I behaved badly!

    Good luck. I think you can make this work, Marsha.
    1578 days ago
    No, I don't use a plan and I'm preparing for one person so I'm really not any help. I try not to focus on food a lot and just stock my kitchen with healthy choices. I have to be flexible. Admittedly I eat too much fruit, it's just so handy. One thing that I did change that helped me lower my goal a couple of pounds is that I found maintaining easier when I upped my protein grams from 60+ to 100+. I find I'm more satisified with less food. Be well.
    1578 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I can't help much...I eat like my dad...have the same thing over and over and over until tired of it...always have and always is working for me...and dh is totally different so we usually eat together, but different things.... emoticon
    1578 days ago
  • MOM1014
    I pretty much plan for a week, but allow myself leeway to switch (sensibly) if something comes up. You are such an inspiration, so I would say allow yourself to be less rigid within reason. I can see you've done a great job of losing..a peach doesn't mean you will go off track. Just a switch.
    Thanks for the blog because where I am willing to switch it also reminds me that structure is important too. Good blog and food (peaches?) for thought.
    1578 days ago
    Right now, I'm like you... realizing how much easier it would be to have a plan for the week (month is too big for me) and not doing it. That funny thing about planning time to plan. It's more time up front but it saves all those "little" bits of time tracking and calculating that add up to a huge amount of time over a week... or month. Time I could have used for some easy, no-equipment 10 minute upper body strength training workouts that I found on Spark today.

    If you put out a Challenge for planning a week of menus (or whatever you had in mind specifically), I'll join you. 'Cause one thing is certain, as a team

    1578 days ago
    I try to plan when I go fod shopping. However, there seems to always be a day where things go wrong for my house. I do not worry too much about dh eating my food....he eat healthy would be a MIRACLE. As for the kids I would, and I have, let them eat my last fruit, one veggie, any thing healthy. It is more important to me for them to eat well. I will recover.

    Know we are in different stages of life is hard.If you have left over peaches or too many cut them and freeze them for smoothies. Watermelon I can not help you...,I would just eat, graze, on it all week. Watermelon is mostly water.

    Sorry I am not much help, but I do have eat out of fridge Wednesdays and we normally treat the kids to pizza Fridays.

    Good luck
    1578 days ago
    The only meal my husband and I eat together during the week is dinner so I ask him for feedback as to what he'd like to have. Breakfast and lunch we are on our own. We usually eat out for dinner on weekends.
    1578 days ago
    I have been winging it for 38 years and it doesn't
    seem to be a problem. I keep the basics in mind
    and a good mental image in how the day has
    progressed. It is totally beyond DH's scope of
    understanding but it works for me.
    1578 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    I don't have a plan, I just plan ahead of time what I want for the week and what I'm going to cook and buy it. I buy 3-4 fruits (always bananas and apples, usually a berry for my oatmeal/yogurt and then a "wildcard") I buy plenty of veggies.... Do I need a plan??? Maybe that's my problem. I freeze bananas when they start to turn because I dont like them with spots :-) What kind of plan? I'm curious. Do you write out what you are going to consume each day for the entire week? That takes alot of planning...
    1578 days ago
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