Okay, fellow chicks....I am officially having a temper tantrum from having to do all this menu planning. UGH!!
I HATE it! But I know without it I am doomed to fail. It's so time consuming! Will it ever get easier???? Ever????
I think my problem is that I am planning only one day in advance. This weekend I will have to lock myself in the den and plan out a week at a time.
I am doing the Wendie plan and it is so strange to me. Some days you eat more, some days less. All while trying to keep a family happy at the same time.
I'm bending over, please feel free to kick me in the pants
It does get easier as you go along. Absolutely. You establish yourself some meals that you enjoy and can repeat those and mix and match. You will also just get more used to it. It's new right now - and foreign. You're not used to it. It's uncomfortable. You must work past the initial discomfort, allowing it to become natural and normal. And it will. It will become second nature. Hard to believe, but that's what happens. Luckily we are pretty adaptable.
Failing to plan IS planning to fail, IMO. Things that are important, things that really MATTER, DO take some time and advanced thought. So be it. Eating healthy won't happen on it's own, no way, no how. It needs and deserves our full attention.
But is it really THAT much of a pain? If you ask me nothing, but nothing was more painFUL than being super morbidly obese. THAT was downright miserable. Each and every day and all day at that. I never had a moments peace. Any time spent towards getting healthy and then remaining healthy is time very well spent!!!
I plan out dinners when I'm being good, but I do so more from an economic and convenience stand point. It's not my favorite thing to do either, but I think it becomes sort of second nature. Yeah, I skip it sometimes, just like sometimes I skip dusting. But eventually it drives me crazy enough to get me going again.
Here's how I do it:
I just jot down the side of a piece of paper the days of the week between grocery trips with enough space to fill in food items. Then I grab a cook book or a recipe site from online. I fill in the name of the dish and a memory jogger for where the recipe can be found. (like family recipes pg 162). I take note right then and there of what ingredients I need to purchase and jot them down on a second piece of paper.
And that's it! It never takes as long as I think it's going to.
Long term goal: To still be calorie counting 11/9/2010
mini goals: ~211-10% lost;12/24/09 ~203 class I obesity 1/28/10; ~199 Onederland/15% 2/19/10; ~188-20%; ~185 half way 5/14/10; 179-bye 180's 6/12/10; ~174 overweight 7/3/2010;169-bye 170's 8/13/10;~164-30% 10/23/2010159-bye 160's~11/1/10; 153-35%~12/23/10; 149-bye 150's~2/11/11; 145 normal~2/14/2011; ~141-40%; 139-bye 140's ~135 GOAL! (129-45%; 117.5-50%)
I also hate planning every morsel ahead. I find it tedious, and usually don't want what I was planning by meal time. That could lead to bad choices, but there is a way around that .
I buy only the foods that I like, that are low in calories and high in nutrition...a nice selection of fruits and veggies , salad stuff and proteins.
Proteins get frozen in individual portions ...so if I think I might want chicken for dinner, it is easy to defrost.Veggies are quick & easy to steam, braise w/ a bit of olive oil and garlic, or roast. If I get too busy to cook, there is always something easy like humus, yogurt cheese, salad. already made soup, beans etc....
I keep a note pad handy and just jot down the number of calories as I go along...and make sure I leave enough for a late night snack.
I used to hate it but at the beginning I relied heavily on WW cookbooks because I didn't want us to eat the same baked chicken every night......it does get a lot easier the more you do it though. Sitting down and making the time to do a few days or even a week at a time might be a good route for you to try so you don't frustrate yourself every day with it.
"The most exciting, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself."
It gets easier. I used to stop by the store on the way home from work and I hadn't done that in a while since I started planning ahead. So, I've had a bad week and had to stop by yesterday afternoon and whoa! what are all these people doing here and I didn't get home until 6:30 to start cooking. And I used to do that several times a week!! No wonder I didn't have time to exercise, clean house, keep up with laundry...............
It gets easier. I couldn't live without it now. At first I would stress every day over what to make that would work for me and keep DH happy. Now we sit and plan 3 weeks at a time together and then grocery shop. Sooooooo nice to have it all planned.
Yes!!! It makes life so much simpler. Having thought about it ahead of time, takes away the decision making process when it's time to eat. Sets one self up to make better choices. If you're hungry and don't have it planned out, there's a good chance you'll make a poor choice. It's great knowing where your next meal is coming from. One less thing to think about.
I do leave a little flexibility in there. I have lots of healthy ingredients on hand. If I'm in the mood for this salad instead of that salad, no big deal. My meals are basically interchangeable calorie wise. I can easily switch out one lunch for another. One dinner for another, etc.. This is where the gets easier part comes into play. It takes a bit to get to this stage.
I plan my meals - sorta! in that, i can't say for certain that i'll want chicken stir fry on Wed, but I know i will at some point this week, so i'm sure to have stuff on hand for it if that makes sense?? I freeze a lot of meals so I have "go to" food readily available, and sides like veg and salad are always around so it's easy-peasy!
And something Dr. Oz said was like a lightbulb going on for me - i was stressed out thinking of variety and trying new things ( i still like to try new stuff) but he said "have a handful of healthy meals that you love and eat them all the time!" he said to "automate your breakfast and lunch" so you don't even have to think about it -- lucky for me, the same old doesn't bother me much (just like i NEVER got tired of double cheeseburger/fries/diet coke as my menu choice multiple times in a week). Same with dinners, I have a dozen or so favourites that are healthy and i rotate them, make extra and freeze them so it's always ready and EASY to grab.
Stressing over something, or hating something makes me think I'd stop doing it, right?? You have to make it an automated process that doesn't bug you ~ you just gotta figure out what that is
Now: 171 - nope, 165 now!
NOPE -- 162 now! Holy crap i've lost a PERSON!
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar
Yeah, like everyone said, it gets much easier. Once you have a few solid base meals in your back pocket, if you're stressed about what to plan, you can always throw those in. And on weeks when you're feeling more adventurous and like you have more time, you can try new stuff.
Also, I think that your plan to do one week at a time is much better than one day at time. It's better for grocery shopping, and allows for more variety if you need to pick something up for a new recipe.
No binge since 5/10/10
Mini-goal #1: 1st 10 lbs: 10/07/09
Mini-goal #2: 10% of body weight: 4/28/10 (Finally!)
Mini-goal #3: 211 lbs (my all-time adult low): 1/26/11
Mini-goal #4: 20% of SW (202lbs):
Mini-goal #5: Onederland!: