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Friday, March 22, 2013

I don't consider myself a procrastinator, ordinarily. Sure, I do like a lot of people and push off stuff until a later date, but I am pretty good about not waiting until the last minute.

Unless it deals with food.

Before Weight Loss (BWL), this wasn't the case. I had no idea what I would be eating on any given day nor when I would be eating. I typically didn't eat breakfast because I felt too sick to my stomach in the morning to eat anything. But lunch and dinners were like a card game - I never knew what I was going to pick. Would I bother to pack a lunch the day before? Would I bother to spend 5 minutes packing a lunch the morning of? Probably not - oh well, Panera Bread is open and they are "healthy" (nevermind that I never got the apple and always went for the chips; nevermind that I often added a sweet treat for 99 cents).

Crap, it's dinner time! I don't have anything that I really want to make into dinner in the fridge (and often - oh, well, Dairy Queen is on the way home. They have a super cheap $5 meal. And it's not the worst I could have because I do small fries!

One small choice doesn't mean much; so I forget to pack a lunch one day. Big deal. The problem is when it is not a single incidence - forgetting to pack a lunch, going out with coworkers/friends for lunch, etc. - but a constant, daily activity.

Now during weight loss (DWL), I plan out my meals days in advance. I have Ziplock baggies with the meals I will eat for the day, and I eat every 2 - 3 hours. I constantly have veggies in the fridge, ready for eating. I make sure to have chicken or tuna or turkey patties ready for cooking as well. I never have to wonder what I'll be eating and when; I *KNOW*. I don't have to complain about not having food available; I *DO*,.

The best thing for me was when I stopped procrastinating - stopped waiting until I had no choice but to eat out and choose whatever suited my fancy. Planning ahead has made me successful and kept me away from temptation.
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    Great ideas... I will plan my meals ahead and have them ready... THANK YOU!
    1766 days ago
    You sound right on track! I am by no means a planner or culinary queen, so I usually try to stock my kitchen with fool-proof, quick, healthy choices, such as frozen veggies, eggs, canned tuna, amond milk, and fresh fruit.

    I used to buy a lot of frozen meals in the past, and I know it works for some, but since I went paleo I try to eat as many whole foods as possible (have you seen the extensive ingredient list on some frozen meals? yikes!).

    Good luck emoticon
    1857 days ago
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