The Challenge has me back in the habit of planning out my (and sometimes Mr. Man’s) meals for the week.
Planning all of your meals and snacks ahead of time is essential if you really want to stick to a new meal plan.
Allow for some flexibility but not so much that you’ll stray. For example, my snacks have to be either a fruit or a vegetable (dips are a must in my book), and my treat is wine. I can give up chocolate, I can give up cookies and I can give up cake, but I cannot give up alcohol. So I’m keeping wine in my diet because it has some health benefits, especially red wine.
I only plan Monday through Friday because those are the most hectic days. Saturdays and Sundays are usually low-key enough that I have more time to pick and make whatever looks good from the website. (My meal plan pulls some of the meals designed for the challenge as well as some other recipes from the website.) Here’s my blueprint meal plan for this week:
|Breakfast||zucchini spice bran muffin, apple slices, and milk||waffle with peanut butter, light syrup, pomegranate, milk||zucchini spice bran muffin, apple slices, and milk||yogurt parfait, toast and orange juice||waffle with peanut butter, light syrup, pomegranate, milk|
|Lunch||turkey and cheese sandwich with an orange||omelet with toast and berries||salad and pomegranate and boiled potatoes||turkey and cheese sandwich and an orange||freebie lunch|
|Dinner||baked tilapia, boiled baby potatoes and cheesy broccoli||chicken parmigiana with broccoli over pasta||chickpea pasta||flank steak with black beans and brown rice||pizza and salad|
|Treat or Snack||fruit, veggie or wine||fruit, veggie or wine||fruit, veggie or wine||fruit, veggie or wine||fruit, veggie or wine|
(I know my table is pretty weak, but it’s pathetic how long it took me just to make this. Besides, you get what’s important. Feel free to let me know how to improve it.)
So, today, I am proud to say that I stuck to my meal plan, except instead of having wine as my treat, I had a Ghirardelli chocolate square. I also had a second helping of the tilapia, but I went to the weightlifting class tonight and upped my weight, so I like to hope it all evens out.
I accomplished two of my three most important things for today:
- I made the meal plan.
- I went to the weightlifting class.
- I did not work on my Cat Fancy freelance article. So that will now be my No. 1 most important thing for tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s 3 Most Important Things
- Work on my Cat Fancy freelance article.
- Call the a contact about wedding ceremony musicians.
- Go on a short run.
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