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PINEY01 Posts: 91
2/6/14 7:04 P

Good Gosh Lady C - 99 lbs. for you ! Awesome ! I have a 1200 and 1500 calorie book. I guess my motivation needs a jumpstart, too. You inspire me !

PINEY01 Posts: 91
2/6/14 7:03 P

emoticon I just got back from the treadmill and took it slow. After my cardiac cath came back fine, I needed to allow some healing time so I took it easy. But hey, I did this for ME. Thanks for all of your suggestions on planning my own meals, even if just for a few days. I did manage to keep copies of successful planned meals to fall back on when I get bored or antsy about planning.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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2/5/14 8:47 P

I just received a new Betty Crocker 1500 cal a day cookbook. It's pretty cool. The recipes use normal ingredients and sound pretty tasty.
It might be a useful tool for you.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
2/5/14 9:45 A

Glad you find the suggested meal ideas helpful when planning time is limited. You might also find another option to create healthful, tasty and portion-controlled meals that fit your calorie range by using our Mix and Match recipe ideas.

Coach Tanya

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
2/5/14 8:43 A

if you do a little more work on your on/planning times, you can have a ready to use menu for when you don't want to be bothered. when you're actually planning out meals and portions, take the time to write down each meal on an index card [some people like putting the ingredients on one side so they have a ready to use grocery list] and file it according to breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. then when you don't want to plan all you have to do is grab a card and all the thinking is already done, you just grab and make. another option is to just make a list. so let's say we're talking about breakfast. your list might look like
breakfast: about 200 cals
- 1/4 cup dry oatmeal, 1 egg, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 oz cheddar cheese, 1/2 whole wheat bagel
- 2 eggs, 1 cup frozen broccoli, a teaspoon olive oil
- 1 medium apple, 1 Tablespoon nut butter
- 1 6 oz container yogurt, 1 Tablespoon granola, 1 cup frozen mixed berries
with as many options as you happen to plan out. this way you can just randomly pick an option or pick an option that has an ingredient you need to use up.

PINEY01 Posts: 91
2/5/14 7:56 A

Hi, I am not lazy and can certainly figure out my own meal plan. What I didn't like about WW online is that they didn't give you planned daily meals, like you can find on Spark. Some days I have it all together; other days I would like to follow something. I live alone, so the extra help would be appreciated. I am stressed enough as it is, without planning - not all the time - just now and then, if I choose. Anybody with me ?

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