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Getting the hang of meal planning

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's the habit I've resisted. Every time meal planning has come up in a Biggest Loser team challenge, I've done my best to find a way around it. Because it takes time I'd rather spend doing something else. Because I want to eat what I feel like eating. Because inevitably something comes up that causes me to deviate from my plan, and then I've failed, right?

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I have discovered that these are not legitimate excuses. It does not take long to write down a plan for the day's meals. In fact, I can get it all entered into my SP tracker in under 5 minutes.

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When a mealtime comes and I'm not in the mood for what I have planned, I can choose to eat it anyway, or I can opt to change it for another healthy option. Like today when I planned to eat some leftover tortellini for lunch and then realized I had a spaghetti squash that needed to be cooked off and enjoyed...and some deliciously healthy salmon...and some leftover broccoli... all of these combined to make an even healthier meal than the one I had planned. In the past, I would have thought not sticking to the plan a failure, but now I realize that substituting a different healthy meal is a win!

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I have planned 4 days of meals this week, and I have not stuck to the plan exactly a single day. For several meals I had planned, my sweetie wanted to take me out to eat. No problem! I just chose a healthy option from the menu and swapped it out on my SP tracker. In the past such a last-minute alteration would have really frustrated me. But I'm learning to be flexible, to let go of my perfectionism, to honor others' desires while eating as healthy as I can.

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Maybe I'll go ahead and plan tomorrow's meals even though I've already completed that portion of this week's challenge.
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  • STARLITNIGHT
    Focus and flexibility are key to staying in the fat burning zone while losing weight, Proud of you! I like using it because it is like finding the best hand in cards, and you get to cheat, if you don't like the fit of your micros, you can change them out, till you get the right balance for the day ahead of time. Instead of just eating what you want all day, and wondering why you gained weight and feel bloaty. Ha!
    1139 days ago
  • TIFFY30
    Great job🙌🙌
    1139 days ago
  • AJB121299
    nice
    1139 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Stick with your plan one day.
    1139 days ago
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