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11/7/11 9:15 A

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I am in the same boat as you, weekends are nuts! I have relied a lot on filling up on snacks so that I don't eat so much at lunch and dinner. I have a smoothie for my morning snack. I am also counting calories so I make mine with a banana, frozen blueberries (about .5 cups), spinach (if you don't like it - trust me you can't taste it) and water. I don't add dairy to mine b/c of the calories - water does just fine. Good Luck!

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DENISEINAUSTIN's Photo DENISEINAUSTIN Posts: 136
10/30/11 2:55 P

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Thanks for the tips. Yeah. I do plan meals and that works during the week. I feel like I lose control on the weekends. Hubby wants to go out, kids are on his "side," we have errands to run, games to go to and the meal plan gets thrown out the window despite my best efforts.

I don't do the Spark meal plans. I only eat 600 calories a day during the week, so those would have to be revised anyway. I decided I'll just have to give in and eat 1000 on Saturday and Sunday and hope I can still lose weight. Usually if I eat 1000 or more calories a day I gain weight.

I did manage to pass up the tacos yesterday morning and today. I can make them at home with not too many calories, but they aren't as good (read: greasy). I talked them into subway for lunch yesterday and took that along for my lunch today. Tonight I"m grilling fish, which should be OK calorie wise if I don't eat anything else.

I also hate cooking two separate meals. With us both working fulltime, having kids the ages of ours with tons of activities, there just isn't time to cook something for my diet and something for everyone else. And they don't need to diet.

In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer


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DAVIEGRRL's Photo DAVIEGRRL SparkPoints: (6,627)
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10/30/11 1:15 P

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I have had a lot of success with meal planning for my family. I lay out a menu for the week, make a grocery list, and then post it on the fridge. I include weekend meals. I make sure all meals will be "diet friendly" for me but have some extras for my kids and hubby. For example, yesterday I planned cereal & fruit for breakfast (kids got 1/2 sugar cereal and 1/2 bran flakes and I had just bran flakes, they had whole milk and I had Silk coconut milk, they had juice and I had herbal tea, we all had fruit). For lunch, it was soup and sandwiches (Everyone had the soup, kids had whole milk and I had tea, kids had grilled cheese sands and I had hummus on 1/2 a whole wheat pita, we all shared a veggie plate). I know it seems complicated, but once you do it a few times it gets easy. I feel good because we rarely eat out (saves money and calories) and I know we are all eating well. If I just rolled outta bed on Saturday and I had no plan, we would all end up eating sugar cereal or running to the store for donuts! If I don't plan, I will not stick to my meal plans.

Do you use the Spark meal plans? I think they are easy to modify to feed the family if you throw in a few extras. Good luck!

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10/29/11 11:06 P

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I wouldn't say I eat healthy on the weekend but I usually do OK calorie wise. I usually only eat two meals on the weekend, a brunch and dinner. That helps lower the calories since usually I'm a three square meals person. On Saturday it's usually a light brunch, afternoon snack, and dinner out. On Sunday we do a big egg breakfast but then a light supper. It also fees up time to do other stuff since I'm not cooking all day.

**Wouldn't it be boring if we knew where life would take us ahead of time?**


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CLWALDRO's Photo CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
10/29/11 3:04 P

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I am not very familiar with what is in egg taco's but my suggestion would be to try to limit it to 2 eggs and load up on veggies. Skip the tortilla unless you can get a whole grain or veggie one.
as for eating out many of the fast food restaurants have nutrition information on the website or at the store but you usually have to ask for them Choose something that keeps you in your calorie range. For restaurants that do not have nutritional information available I usually opt for a salad with dressing on the side or ask if they have some low fat low calorie options on the regular menu.
Another option if you know they are going to stop for junk food is to pack your own lunch or dinner and take it with you in a cooler bag. they can get fast food and you will still have something nutritious to eat. emoticon

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DENISEINAUSTIN's Photo DENISEINAUSTIN Posts: 136
10/29/11 9:24 A

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I seem to manage on the week. I have my plan and since my schedule is pretty set I stick to it. I eat a frozen diet meal (yuk, I know), or low calorie soup for lunch. I usually walk at lunch, then eat at my desk. Since I have the food there and it's easy, I'm not tempted to get something "better." My co workers may have something tastier, but they aren't offering it to me. lol

For dinner, I have a salad and hubby has been fixing fattening junk for he and the boys. I'm busy and tired so it's easy to just eat my salad and get the kids on to bed.

But, weekends are killer. Got up this morning to hubby telling me he was going out for breakfast tacos, what do I want. They'll probably want to get burgers for lunch, then for dinner the kids both have parties, so hubby and I were going on a "date" to a restaurant. I can't seem to find any menus or nutritional info for restaurants on the side of town we'll be on (have to drop oldest at a party across town, then go back to pick him up, so were were going to eat down there and I'm not used to their restaurant offerings.) Then, Sunday - special event, so egg tacos at church, then we'll be in a rush for lunch so hubby will talk me into Wendys for lunch, then dinner, I might be able to skip or keep the calories down.

What do YOU do to stay on plan on the weekends? Any tips?

In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer


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