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I think planning my next day's meals will work well for me. I am not sure about planning for a week though. I do travel a bit and DH does some of the cooking. I do work around if I know I will be having a special meal. For example, next week, I am having dinner out with my girlfriends on Wednesday, so I will plan to eat a bit lighter the evening before and after.

I have also noticed that sometimes on a Thursday or Friday, even if we have planned a healthy meal, both DH and I will be too tired to make it and have something unplanned. I have a go to meal for when this happens - Dr. Oetker's Ristorante Frozen Pizza - mushroom. 1/2 a pizza is about 400 calories and is sufficient. Better if I have some additional veggies with it. But it is thin crust and delicious so I am happy with it.

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Another tougher for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

WHEN YOU SIT TO EAT WITH A RULER, CONSIDER DILIGENTLY WHAT IS BEFORE YOU.

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THE LORD IS MY PORTION SAYS MY SOUL, THERE WILL I HOPE IN HIM.

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1/14/12 8:51 P

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I've been following a food plan for a little while now. Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so I'm ready to get the feedback.

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11/16/11 5:57 P

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Tomorrow I am officially starting my diet, but have been pracyicing these last to weeks lol!
Will plan, I am happy about the timing a few days before the holiday and all.

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3/30/11 12:19 P

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I could not find the Day 13 page, so I will add it to Day 14. I still am working on a couple of other days, but want to keep looking ahead some, too.
Day 13. Distractions work and so does figuring out what I am hungry for. If it is comfort, I can do comfort exercises; if it is salt, I'll plan to add a bit more to the next protein meal; if it is indistinct, I will drink water. If that does not do it, I get some fresh fruit, or dried, or distract myself with a Stress-Busting activity. And it helps me to eat within two hours after a big exercise workout.

The Stress-Busting Challenge SparkTeam really helped me a lot with this. I recommend it all the time!

Day 14: Planning my meals. The days when I take the time to go through the Nutrition Tracker in the morning, planning the whole day, are my most satisfying as far as food and energy go. I could start clicking the date ahead and do the next day's plans the night before.

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3/27/11 12:20 P

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I've decided to take two days to plan my food for my first diet day, just so I can get it into my conscious mind that this is truly important. Now that I'm focused on the task, I realize that the foods I usually eat are really uninspiring!

So I adjusted - I have planned better quality foods, and I just got back from the grocery with some fabulous Boars Head Oven Gold turkey (just enough for my lunches, so no waste), a few slices of Horseradish cheese, Arnold's Sandwich Thins, fresh leaf lettuce, a couple tomatoes, the best baby carrots I could find, a cantaloupe, and some kiwis. I have oatmeal and eggs to switch off for breakfasts, and some higher-quality frozen dinners for the nights that we don't have great northern beans for dinner.

I won't bore you with all the rest; you get the idea. I will buy only the amount I need to keep the cost down. I will eat smaller, better meals. Since I am now paying attention to the food as I eat it, I will be in heaven!

Is this weird? I am actually looking forward to beginning my diet tomorrow!
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For the most part, I've really tried to follow her exercises as exactly as possible, but other times I modify them in ways that suits my lifestyle and preferences - while trying not sacrifice the lessons I know she's trying to teach me.

I don't usually plan each and every meal EXACTLY. But I do have a general list of dishes for the week - most of which I prepare over the weekend before. And most of these meals average between 350 to 450 calories a serving. So during the week, I pick whatever meals I feel like eating for that day, maybe switching them up here and there, but always knowing that I'm going to be within my average calorie counts for each meal and ultimate the day.

For example, I'll prepare roasted chickens, homemade breads, soups or stews and assorted veggies and separate them into ready containers in the ref. As the week goes along, I'm either fishing out a homemade "TV dinner" or quickly prepping (ala minute) health sandwiches or salads or breakfasts. Sometimes I can the same things everyday for three days straight - and other days I like to change up every meal. It really depends on my mood. But I prefer to keep it flexible.

The only time I get really militant is when I know I'm going to eat out. Then I try to research nutritional values of the resto's dishes. Or if I'm eating a friend's house, I check on the menu they've got planned and see if I can supplement by bringing my own salads or side dishes, so that I can still keep to my diet, but enjoy these communal meals anyway.

But of course there are times when I have unexpected eating dilemmas (eg like the other night when I got stuck at the office longer than planned and didn't have dinner on me or I get offered unhealthy food by the big boss!). Because I've learned that I can tolerate hunger and it's really ok to say no, I just make it a point to NOT EAT, rather than break my streak. My determination to succeed and stay on plan is so strong now, I really don't have such a hard time making those kinds of decisions.

I think it helps that I'm not exactly starting from scratch, since I've been watching my food for over two months now. So I know that I already have established certain "good" habits and that Dr Beck is validating what I've already learned on my own.

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1/21/11 10:44 P

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So, on my way to days 14 and 15, I came face to face with my binge eating. I haven't binged since I restarted SparkPeople, but the weight gain I have every time I meet goal (3+ times in the past two years) has really all been from binge eating. So far, I've been planning and monitoring my eating since being on SparkPeople, but it feels triggering to me. So, taking the advice I was given on the Living Binge Free team, I am focusing on not bingeing first rather than weight loss. Therefore, I'm deciding not to keep tracking my eating on SparkPeople. I added being binge free and a few other non-triggering food and exercise related goals to my "Other Goals" and am tracking those every night instead. It feels positive and doesn't make me feel like I'm going down the same path I've always gone down before.

That feels really good to me. I'm also working on some other skills in tandem with the Beck skills. I have a new DBT skills workbook, which is already helping me diffuse some anxiety and take better care of myself. I'm also reading "Eating in the Light of the Moon", which is a fascinating book about women and eating from a different perspective.

Anyway, I'm going to keep working through Beck, but maybe more slowly, as I work on adding CBT and DBT skills to help me not have to binge and not constantly obsess about food.

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Since I don't cook dinner (my husband does), I can only plan so far. I try to get him to tell me in advance what he plans to cook, but that's a lost cause. It's not worth the aggravation, so I'm going to let that meal go. I plan breakfast, lunch and snacks. I leave room for extra calories at dinner, just in case he cooks something really fattening... and then I make sure to eat small portions. Sometimes I eat a small portion at dinner, then eat a cup of vegetable soup later in the evening if I feel hungry.

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I just finished this activity. I can plan away but I bore easily so I need options. My options must be hold my taste buds. I can not eat the same thing. But I must plan carefully. I have a feeling 14 thur 16 will go hand in hand. I will have to continue to plan for a while. It helps to see things on paper. sp has make it easier to count carbs etc. emoticon

Edited by: GODZDESIGN95 at: 7/7/2010 (22:11)
WHEN YOU SIT TO EAT WITH A RULER, CONSIDER DILIGENTLY WHAT IS BEFORE YOU.

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4/11/10 3:25 P

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Today I'm re-visiting Day 14: Plan for Tomorrow.

When I have a plan in place it takes the guess work out of what I can or cannot eat.


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I actually haven't been doing this. I eat a lot of the same things over and over. I keep all the ingredients on hand and select which one I want when mealtime comes. I am retired so I don't have the issues of packing lunches or eating out much so it is easier for me.

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Today I planned my meals and snacks for tomorrow. I don't mind this exercise and it may be very helpful because sometimes nothing sounds "good" and it takes a while to decide what to eat.

I am reserving the right to make changes tomorrow if I find that I really want to do that. However, I can see that having something planned could make things easier.

I am commiting to planning for a week.

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I've gotten to the point since I've been on SP a while that I automatically log in my food. Even if I tell myself, 'Oh, don't worry about logging food in today" I still do it even if I do it the next day. It's just a good habit that I've picked up.

Now, the planning for tomorrow. I'm going to commit to doing that for a week. I do this mostly already but not for every meal. It would certainly help for me to have all the meals planned out so that I can make sure I have all the items I need. And I like to make things that give me leftovers so that I can have them for lunch the next day.

The only real issue I have to this is my husband not wanting to eat the same thing twice in as many days. He may just have to get over that.

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Okay, so I'm working on this tonight. Any suggestions how to plan your meals when someone else does most of the cooking? Breakfast and lunch are easy enough on days that I work, but when hubby is home he cooks dinner like 95% of the time. Even if we discuss what to have for dinner, if he changes his mind later he fixes something else. I guess I'll just make sure to have salad fixings on hand and start with that, then focus on portion control.

I've done some skipping ahead, rather than focusing on one task one day at a time...but I keep reading the first couple of weeks and never actually doing them. I'm trying to actually jump right in. The worst that could happen is I just don't make any progress again. Then I'll just have to try something else. Eventually I've got to find something that works, right?

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11/18/09 5:19 P

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done!
I used to track my meals a while ago, this is the first time to plan and track my meals. I think this is not so bad, it didn't take that much time and I don't have to think much about what to eat. Also it saves me time because I can prepare some food the night before and I don't waste time thinking what to eat/what to cook.

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9/27/09 3:15 A

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I love to plan-its the sticking to it part I have trouble with!

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since I plan my meals weekly, this is an easy step for me.

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I'm re-visiting this step. I need to get back to planning for tomorrow. The fact is when I do I release weight... when I don't I maintain. I really need the structure of a plan when I choose to release weight.

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I've gotten a little sloppy with this so I'm going to try it for a few days. I do weekly meal plans but often make changes or switches. I'm going to be more detailed in my daily plan and keep track of what changes I make "on the ground"

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I used to be really good at planning for a week but for the past few months its not been easy. I am now trying to plan for the next day on the weight watchers website tools and then actually writing down the food in my journal after I eat it.

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I am horribly resistant to this step. Obviously - I haven't posted in a few days. It's all good, thought - my credit to myself for the little things is that I've been working on the past steps. I know it's very beneficial - my aunt wrote everything down and lost all her excess weight - she looks fantastic! I just need to get off my kiester and do it. I'm headed to the grocery store to stock up a bit on some detox food for the weekend and plan around that stuff.

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This seems so obvious - but it really works.
On Thursday I wrote down what I was going to eat today - and I've stuck to it. I've managed to resist hot cross buns and lots of biscuits.
So I've written down what I'm going to have tomorrow and I'm confident it'll work.
I must admit I've been jumping around the book a bit - but I will do all of the stages.
I'm really pleased with how much sense this makes.
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During the week I have a plan. I have to. But, weekends vary. I need to have a plan to deal with social situations like the pancake breakfast Saturday. Also, a plan for dealing with the availability of food on the weekend.
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I'm willing to plan and monitor what I eat because...

-Spontaneous eating does not work for me.
-Having a plan gives me structure and eliminates indecision about what to eat.

Soooo... I'm willing to JUST DO IT!

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I wrote out today's food plan. I'll write out tomorrow's after I go grocery shopping. I'm not much into list, but it wasn't as hard as I thought to write out what I planned to eat.

Maintenance range. 127 to 132.

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I've recommitted to doing this - I'm on about a 10-day streak now...

Personally, I *need* this one really bad! Hope I'm not getting nuerotic about it but I'm finding it really challenging right now keeping my weight where it is and the planning ahead always keeps me in calorie range.

I'd read a spark page where a gal in her 60s? 70s? had lost 80#s and was still journalling her food 10 years later - she said that she knew it was what she needed and wasn't willing to give up any of the ground she'd worked so hard to gain - it made me feel better about feeling like I'm dependent on this...

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Plan and monitor what I eat is something I'm willing to do and I will not give myself a choice about this.

Health problems have given me the incentive to eat smaller meals, and I'm willing to be extremely thoughtful about my choices.

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I planned meals and counted calories for 2 years. Now I can do it in my head.

I noticed, for me, it did not help me to not eat spontaneously. I think it is b/c I am so used to it.

For me, this is not helpful. I try to be mindful of my eating throughout the day and meditate on it. That helps me.

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Thank you :) I wish I could officially start this being in the state of mind I'm in, but I'll have to keep my reinforcements in place - have a great week Sandy!!

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Good Job, Renee! Have a Great Trip!

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I have to laugh at this chapter, as tomorrow I will be on the road to visit Calfironia. We are moving back at the end of the year & this marks a major change in my life in so many ways.

I've circled all of my assignments in today's workbook & will re-read them on the day we get back (Friday). This is a good day to do it as well, because I do my weigh-ins with my team on Saturdays and I will be in need of a trip to the grocery store.

I have been doing pretty well with using the Nutrition & Fitness tracker on Spark daily, so I intend to use it to pre-plan my schedule after we get back... I've been practicing for a few weeks now.

I am so proud of myself for making it through the first two weeks of the Beck program & getting excited about days 15-42. I went through all of my workbook posts and gave myself a gold star for all I've accomplished - it feels great!

So here's to doing it anyway, and I will be back at it on the 12th :) - see ya then! ~ Renee

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Good Job! It does feel good to be in control of your day! Keep Going!

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when a friend did Beck a year ago, I admired how she always had her food planned out so i've been doing this for about a week now - very cool! I'm more confident about my eating and i'm finding that in addition to planning my eating at night, i'm also making a written to-do- list of what i need to do before leaving for work in teh mornings. makes my days much less hectic - i think i like this :)

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This was easy for me and I finished the reading. I already planned my meals (diabetes caused me to) more or less but now I will have to be consistent. The recording was another thing....I will have to pinch myself into doing that. But I have been consist for the past few days. I like the idea of having several optional extra meal plans. I change my mind sometimes even if it is written down. I have got to work on all of this!!! DO IT ANYWAY THIS WILL AID ME IN MY WEIGH LOSS!!! emoticon

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Keep at it!! Fight the Rebellion!!

I've been sooo bad lately and I hate it! I told my dad that I had lost 50 pounds and didn't like to eat greasy or sweet foods anymore -- and he said "it'll come back". Way to support! The bad thing is I almost found myself going back into it yesterday. No more! It won't come back!! This weight will leave!!

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I think I get a gold star.

I planned today's meals. I logged my meals. And I only went off plan a tiny bit.

Is this a streak??????

Tomorrow I have to host a party for about 30 people and I don't think I can focus on anything else. See you on Saturday.

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Chiapower... I hear you... in fact I've been in and out of the state of denial too.

For today I'm taking action... I've pre-planned my menu, and my plan is to just follow it.

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I was once very serious about planning and then tracking my food. FitDay, like SP, has a nutrition tracker, and it's possible to work it so you have a few calories left over at the end of the day, so you can have a little treat.

However, I'm presently in this stupid state of denial, or should I call it "rebellion." In a way it's masochism! Eat what I like in order to hurt myself. Because I'm in a vicious cycle. Writing about it here is helpful.

But planning meals is key. I will go do that NOW!!

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This step is really key! I haven't tracked my eating for about a week and I can tell. Not eating terribly -- just not good. Don't feel in control.

Tomorrow -- tracking!

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I am revisiting this step as well. I have uploaded my favorite meals into food groups so it usually only takes about 5 minutes to plan my day. One would think that anyone could find 5 minutes, but I have had difficulty finding the motivation to do it. I have been trying new recipes and came across a cook book titles "The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great". All of the recipes I have tried have been really good. I still have a number of recipes I would like to test so it is well worth the investment.

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I'm re-visiting this step, and I'm reminding myself that spontaneous eating doesn't work for me. Having a plan gives me struture, and eliminates indecision about what to eat.

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hard for me because my time is spent an ice skating rink/gymn with my kids alot but i pack a cooler now

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Planning a weekly menu, but being flexible seems to work best for me. It seems to remove the indecision about what to eat.

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Staying within range is definitely easier if you know what types of things you're going to eat. I was doing pretty well at planning my meals on the fly and making it in range -- but then I started picking between meals. So I started planning my eating and printing it out so I know what I have to eat -- and I've been sticking to it. I think I need to structure for a while.

Good Job, Nus!

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(still catching up comments ~ i did this in mid-Feb but didn't get em posted here. A month+ later, i am still feeling the same way...)

to be able to eat well, i need to make the time to do the things I need to do so I can actually do it and be successful :)

This includes making the food available, shopping for the foods I need to eat and knowing what I need to eat.

Although I don't like to rigidly plan out each and every meal days or a week in advance or even the day b4, i have found that I do best when I have a range of choices available so I can choose what works for me at the time...

Beck suggested this as "mealtime options" ~ and for me this works really well! It is a lot like the Weight Watchers point system or Richard Simmons Deal a Meal system

Counting calories is the ultimate flexible system. What works best for me is spreading my total calories over regular meals and snacks and including snacks during the times i'm most tempted to binge...

making sure that i have the foods I need available to choose for the meals and snacks...

and then following the ranges set for meals and snacks...

sometimes we will cook what they call "batch style" here so that we eat left-overs for several days. Sometimes I will cut up and make up like salads in individual bowls for several days ahead ~ this makes things easier to grab and go when I'm pressed for time or feeling tired.

If i'm tired, I find it harder to make a decision and that I am more likely to revert to over-eating... so doing these things routinely really does help me to stay focused and doing well :)

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I plan day by day; I could never figure out a week at a time! Usually in the morning I check into SP to huddle with my teams and I plan my meals. It really doesn't take much time. I was resistant for quite some time and then it became necessary for me to buckle down -- so I plan!

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i make the time sunday evening to plan the week for food. it's like Dr. Beck Says--you need to make the time

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Ugh, I need to do this today and I already feel resistant. I've been trying to find "loopholes." My current favorite is that I shouldn't have any limits on unadorned vegetables, since I need to eat more vegetables and they have hardly any calories!

I'm determined to do this step to the full, though, and just include a lot of vegetables in my plan. It won't matter if I don't manage to eat them all.

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This is a tough one for me - I go to plug my food choices in the food tracker and get - well - distracted fairly quickly. My goal has to use Sunday nights for weekly planning in all areas, but I have found my Sunday slipping by. I just need to be disciplined enough to do this - I have all the right ingredients in place - nice planner, SP, E2L book handy, etc, but I "forget". It's Wednesday, and I haven't done this yet this week. I'm guessing that like my cards, I need to set up an alarm/email alert.

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you are right -- i need to figure out how to shake it up and still keep the cals down.

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Good Job Mo! It takes a little extra time in the beginning but it's worth it!

Gwyn - Just be careful you don't get tired of eating the same foods; and that your body doesn't get too used to you eating them. Variety is the Spice of Life! I've been checking out Spark Recipes lately and there's a lot of interesting recipes there.

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i am in a routine of my usual food eating. nothing venture nothing gained i guess

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I'm working on this chapter now. I'm trying to improve my nutrition tracking here on SP, loading up my favorites, so it doesn't take so much time.

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did all my planning for this coming week :)

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Good Job, Gwyn!

I've been planning my meals all week and I must say I like it! My microwave is broken so I can't defrost meat quickly -- planning ahead helps me to be ready. And I do think about what I have planned to eat during the day. Good Job, Sandy!!

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i am going to sit down in 2 minutes and start planning my weekly menu :)

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Old habits are hard to break! I know when my son is here I start to find myself sitting and eating with him!

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I'm still working through this step as well. I've had some difficulty planning ahead of time, but I am taking steps to improve this. Yesterday, I inventoried all the food we have so I can see what I can make meals and snacks out of. (Groceries have gotten so expensive, and I need to find ways to cut back.) I am also having difficulty with planning for weekends and time with friends and extended family. My in-laws are coming this weekend and we always have a big breakfast, big lunch, out to eat dinner and desserts. It isn't necessarily unhealthy, just too much food. And I'm never sure what I'm going to do until I get to the moment. I know what I need to do it, but sometimes the in-laws kind of drive me to eating, if you know what I mean. Practice, plan, and NO CHOICE! I'll be here for awhile while continuing to move forward.

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You can do it, Lisa!! If you feel you need to take a few days to get the hang of this one, take your time! I think sometimes it helps to go slowly!

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I've done well with this in the past when I'm focused and motivated. I definitely need to be consistent with it though. Also, I can plan for tomorrow but sticking with the plan requires effort as well. I can do it! No choice...I'll be practicing that until it becomes comfortable for sure.

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"Plan and monitor your eating in writing every day."

"Once I accept the fact that I have to write a food plan every evening for the next day, dieting will be easier."

My food plan gives me structure... monitoring my food plan gives me information.

I initially resisted coming up with a food plan, however, today I can say I appreciate it. It removes any indecision I may have about what to eat... the theory being... if it's not on my plan... I don't eat it... NO CHOICE... IT'S NOT OKAY.

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Planning meals in advance definitely helps!! I find I'm better at planning meals when I'm busy because I know I don't have time to mess around. I need to work on this one more!

It is hard when your schedule is unpredictable! Keep trying; you'll figure it out!

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I like planning my meals--my problem is that I don't always stick to my plan! Without preplanning I find that I'm at the grocery store all the time, plus I eat whatever I'm hungry for versus what I should be eating. I also save money when I plan out my meals for the week because I know exactly what I need (and don't need!) at the grocery store, and fresh food doesn't go to waste once I get it home. Also if I'm hungry and have not planned what I'm supposed to eat I often end up eating fast food because it sounds good and I don't want to go to the effort of planning/prepping a meal.

 
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Preplanning is very difficult for me because pharm reps usually bring lunches, but sometimes it's cafeteria food, plus I never know when I will be in the hospital to eat and when at home. Nonetheless that's all excuses! If I were a diabetic and had to do carb counting, I would figure out a way to plan it. And i don't cook, so dinner is a little hard to plan too. I think I will just plan point values per meal and definitely plan meals for call nights.

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LOL... thanks for your support Sandy. I really feel pleased with myself... I'M A WONDER! LOL.

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Wow!! Massive Applause!!! Good for You, Mazzy!!

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I'm a wonder... LOL... I have a weekly menu and am checking off each item as I eat it.

I've been on track since Sunday. If it's not on my meal plan... I don't eat it... LOL... finally I understand the NO CHOICE concept.

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Good Job, Jeanne!!

I used to write a week's menu out when I did my grocery list, too! That really helps!

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I plan out dinners for the week on Monday, grocery shop on Monday after work. After reviewing this step, I added additional detail to my plan. I added weekend meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) to my weekly schedule since I haven't been planning this in the past.

The weekend schedule helped me this weekend...I could refer to it rather than just be spontaneous and eat fast food.

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I think this step is a really good one, especially if you're having trouble controlling your eating.

Good Job telling yourself that you have to do it anyway! Take Control!! Nice Work!

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I'm giving in to the idea that I must follow a food plan. The spontaneous eating is getting me in trouble and following a food plan is what I must do.

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I did this step yesterday and my mind screamed and moaned the whole time. I am a very spontaneous person and I want to eat what I am in the mood for and that changes all the time, so I really hated having to plan my food out.

But I did it and I actually didn't mind. I just planned a day or two in advance and it really helped with shopping and actually made me feel very in control. My mind sort of hit this mode of thinking where everything planned was fair game but anything I hadn't planned basically didn't exist. I did add a little to the dinner I made that wasn't in the plan, but it was no big deal and I compensated later.

My brain still screams at the thought of having to plan everything I eat for a long, long time but I just remind myself to Do It Anyway! Eating whatever I feel like got me 80 pounds overweight!

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This step is also difficult for me, however, I must admit when I do plan for tomorrow it makes me more accountable and I feel less confused about what I may eat.

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This is the one step I didn't do either. I'm like you that I plan out my supper with what I've already eaten that day and make sure it fits. I think that's working fine for me. I have so many demands on my time that I didn't need this one more.

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This is the first step that I find myself saying NO to. I am really going to have to work at accepting the necessity for this.

I do think it is a great idea to track what I eat and I have been doing that daily for 6 weeks now. I am doing some planning in advance - I enter what I plan to make into the food tracker and see how it adds up if I am making something unusual. Then I adjust my recipe if necessary.

But I love to just go to the farmers market and then cook with whatever is fresh and good. Since we eat mostly vegetarian, it seems like it would be really hard to plan ahead because I don't know what veggies and fruits I am going to buy until I get there. Mainly I try to always have the ingredients for salads on hand. I always have multiple beans, both dried and canned.

I do have a small set of breakfasts that I usually eat. Lunches are pretty straightforward. But it is dinners that are hard. So much depends on what and when my husband wants to eat.

I don't know, I'm going to keep thinking about this step. I want to succeed. I don't want to sabotage myself.

I know I could commit to making a food plan for times that I am going to eat out. That's easy because we very very seldom do that unless we have guests from out of town.

So far my problem is not snacking, or eating 'bad' food, it's portion size.

 
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Day 14: Plan for Tomorrow

Each day, write a food plan that includes everything you are going to eat tomorrow. Then check off whatever you did eat that was on the plan and add whatever you ate that was not on the plan.

This helps you eliminate spontaneous eating, make decisions in advance about sticky eating situations that you know about in advance, and so on.



 
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LOL! No, not negative at all! :) I'm actually enjoying holding myself accountable to the 'plan' today. One day at a time, I guess! :) I don't really want to take the time to do it every day, either, but it may help in the rest of my accountablity, so we'll see.... :)

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I confess! I didn't actually get to planning my meals. I just didn't find the time. I usually eat my breakfast and lunch and then plan my supper out of what I have left, which is usually adequate. I just have too much going on to sit down and pre-plan.

Good luck! Sandy emoticon

Sorry if that sounded negative; I didn't mean it that way. I'm not sure if I can even tell anymore. :)

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I am trying this out today - I have big resistance to doing it, because every time I've tried in the past, I always find myself wanting to eat something I didn't plan for *instead of* what I wrote down. I stay on diet, but I always end up changing my meal plan.

I think that maybe if I can keep myself to what I planned on eating it will help to change my mindset a little bit. Maybe it will help make that 'no choice' commitment easier.

Here's to sticking with it!!!

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Ok, I've had a change of heart. I'm going to plan out my meals for at least during the week for a week or two and see what happens. I've been doing pretty good with my eating, but I want to make sure I don't accidentally start eating more than I mean to.

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This is one I actually don't do either. I keep track of what I'm eating and I plan my dinner so that I'm not going over my count, but I haven't started preplanning. Unless there is a special occassion or I'm going out to eat, then I try to research menus at restaurants or allow plenty of calories just to be sure.

Even if we don't have the type of schedules that allow us to plan ahead of time, I think it is important for us to plan our eating before we eat it. Like when you come to the table or find out what the menu is; plan before you pick up your plate what you're going to eat.

Mary, That's wonderful that your husband cooks! And that he tries to fix lighter foods!

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Hi,
For now I am preplanning my breakfast and lunch. I never know supper because my husband cooks dinner and he never knows ahead. I just eat what I can of it and make the best of it. Sometimes I have to add a salad and subtract the carbs he makes. Whenever it is possible I will try to preplan the dinner also. He knows I am trying to lose so I have asked him to cook carefully and not add calories. If I'm not sure of the ingredients, I ask.
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Plan your food for tomorrow. I know we use the food tracker to see what we've eaten -- but now we need to prepare ahead.

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