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?
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.
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!
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.
Maybe I'll go ahead and plan tomorrow's meals even though I've already completed that portion of this week's challenge.