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My bumpy road. Actually Planning Ahead is now a possibility!


Monday, September 23, 2013

In response to my PLAN AHEAD blog, another sparker described her 4 months of planning menus. Her blogs were extremely helpful. emoticon

emoticon In the past, often I too have spent months at a time planning with charts and recipes and nice meals. I knew exactly what I should be eating ...But......at that time I could not get the actual DOING of the PLAN . emoticon I'd spend hours at the computer planning and printing--sitting--without the energy to get into the kitchen to cook or clean or get to the grocery store. emoticon

Thank God I did have at least a little energy to make friends here on Sparkpeople! Many of you have told me how you do this successfully. I have been listening and learning! emoticon

Before, I did not have the actual ingredients in the house, emoticon nor the energy emoticon or time emoticon to followup on the planning. I was still teaching full time and caregiving when I got home.

Things now (I hope!) are falling into place. emoticon I have spent at least a year gathering recipes and getting many of Fuhrman-type ingredients into the house. I am getting close to having all ingredients handy. emoticon

And my kitchen used to be always piled with dirty dishes. Now it is not. emoticon Not only did I retire emoticon but I have been adding a health aide emoticon or house cleaner emoticon here and there to help me. All that is making a big difference. I even started having my groceries delivered when I got ill or depressed and could not go out to the grocery store.

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I am putting this into a blog to remind myself how far I have come.
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CHERIJ16 9/29/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon Isn't retirement great? I find that I take better care of me now that I have more time.

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/25/2013 10:14PM

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PATIENTHAND 9/25/2013 5:53PM

    I tend to keep some core staples in the house all the time. I plan for the week around whats on sale for meat, or what I have an abundance of in the freezer. Its just 2 of us so I cook for at least 2 meals at a time.

Sounds like you are getting a handle on things. I am working my way through the house and organizing room by room, and trying to keep it that way. You may want to check out the fly lady system of organizing and keeping a home, it is helping me a lot, there is even a fly lady spark team

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ALIHIKES 9/24/2013 11:08AM

    Congratulations on making great progress! I don't even TRY to plan ahead for months at a time. But I do plan more or less for a week, when I go grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday, and usually cook something that will make three meals (healthy casserole or big pot of soup). It helps me get through the work week if I have the makings for healthy meals already.

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KALIGIRL 9/24/2013 8:52AM

    Sounds like 'You've come a long way baby'!
Here's to your continued success!

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ARTJAC 9/24/2013 12:12AM

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GRAMMACATHY 9/23/2013 11:42PM

    So happy the retirement is paying off big dividends to your health. Blessings to you.

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FROSTY99 9/23/2013 11:16PM

    emoticon Hope things finally come together for you

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NORASPAT 9/23/2013 10:41PM

    Very emoticon you have certainly educated yourself in getting it all together.
I found I needed a freezer and my microwave. I do batch cooing but the fresh items are a little more difficult to deal with.
You are very smart to get help, Remember to keep all of your receipts and your mileages too when you need to pick up medical necessities-- it all adds up.
You certainly have taught yourself a lot. Well done.

Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/23/2013 10:37PM

    Doing well Chris .. Congratulations .. You have come a long way my friend .. Hugs Susie . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/23/2013 10:20PM

  That is remarkable! I mean it is alot of work to plan, get all the stuff, and the rest you did.

Sounds like you've accomplished alot a bunch already. With your schedule, that is remarkable. emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 9/23/2013 9:00PM

    Congratulations for the progress you have made.

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KATSTEAM 9/23/2013 7:03PM

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i must look up this Fuhrman-type diet emoticon

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OOLALA53 9/23/2013 2:42PM

    I'm glad you feel you're gearing up but it doesn't take any time to eat reasonable amounts of food. No matter what, start RIGHT NOW to eat moderately at meals, getting moderately full, and skip snacks you are not legitimately hungry for. You will not hurt yourself doing that!

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PEZMOM1 9/23/2013 1:05PM

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COCK-ROBIN 9/23/2013 11:31AM

    Wonderful!

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KOLA619 9/23/2013 10:57AM

    That's great, Chris!! I am so happy for you!!!!

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LADYWYNDY 9/23/2013 10:52AM

    emoticon Great, good for you. I've been extremely fatigued and lethargic for the past several years. I too have a housecleaner that comes in once a week. It has been a god-send because otherwise the house would be so bad and then I would feel guilty but not be able to do anything about it and then get even more depressed. We have two stores that have delivery which is also fantastic. So glad that you were able to do the same. It really does make a difference in coping with every day life.

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2HAMSDIET 9/23/2013 10:33AM

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AUNTB63 9/23/2013 10:15AM

    Kudos coming your way for all that you have accomplished this past year. I know it hasn't been easy, but you have found ways of getting around the trials. We could all learn from your perserverance and determination to succeed. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 9/23/2013 9:25AM

    I go shop and buy the meat vegetables fruit milk bread etc then I plan my meals I make a formals for all my meals I follow a combinations for all meals makes it simpler and I use up all food I made the next few days No waist

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DONNABRIGHT 9/23/2013 9:18AM

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DSBRIDE 9/23/2013 8:49AM

    Congrats on the strides you have made. It takes a lot to admit that we can't do it all and to get help. Remember, all we used to do isn't really important, pick something, discard the rest and learn to live a less cluttered life!

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EMPRESSAMQ 9/23/2013 8:38AM

    Congratulations on the great strides you are making to do things to make a difference in your life. emoticon

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