I totally agree with the old adage,
I am a big planner & list-maker, always at my side is my Crackberry chock-full of every minute detail of my life. Shopping lists, book and cd inventories, family clothing sizes, recipes, etc. etc., it's all in there. If Heaven forbid I ever lose the thing, it's all backed up on my hard drive, no worries there!
Regular readers of my other blog know that I also plan my weekly dinner menu which saves me a ton of time and money. However, what I am not so good at is planning, and allowing for, the rest of my daily meals. I have always been the kind of weight watcher who logs her food after she eats it and hopes she has enough POINTS! Since I am a creature of habit and eat a lot of the same things every day, this usually works out ok for me. However, some days, especially lately when I was on vacation and had additional peeps in my house, it didn't turn out so well. I got lazy about cooking, I wanted to just hang out in the pool and eat whatever everyone else was eating, said Yes when I should have said No to that second (or third) glass of vino..you get the picture. Out of control, that's what I was.
So, I'm going to try something new: planning and logging before consumption. Obviously this isn't possible every single day, I'm not going to be a slave to my food journal, but for the most part I can do it. I think it will give me a bit more control (which the Leo me loves) and also remove some opportunity for overindulgence. No more willy-nilly gorging, grabbing whatever is on hand without knowing if I can afford it or not!
Another part of planning is having the good stuff on hand, available and accounted for. I practiced this last night, took some time to grill myself shrimp while the family had their usual take-out pizza. I tossed a couple of ounces into a big green salad, delish!
I then cut up a huge vat of strawberries so that when the nightly cravings started I wouldn't be tempted to share the cheese & crackers or salty snacks that Beren often goes for and could instead have a sweet treat of my own, guilt-free.
I also purchased a little plastic bin for the refrigerator, loaded it with "my" foods for the next day - measured all of my breakfast, lunch & snack ingredients out and put it into individual containers, am all set for tomorrow!
Here's my Plan to Succeed for today:
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
1 serving(s) Bare Naked Fit Granola 2
1 serving(s) Chobani Greek Yogurt 3
1 item(s) vegetarian breakfast patty 1
1 oz Veggie Low Fat Pepper Jack cheese (alternative) 1
1 serving(s) Thomas' Light English Muffins multi-grain 1
1 cup(s) strawberries 0.5
1 item(s) Original Vegan Burger 1
1 cup(s) romaine lettuce 0
1 serving(s) Arnold Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins 1
1 cup(s) mixed baby greens 0
White Bean Turkey Chili - 4
1 serving(s) wine 2
1 cup(s) pineapple 1
1 cup(s) mixed greens 0
1 tsp olive oil 1
1 tbsp Original Better 'n Peanut Butter 1
1 medium apple(s) 1
1 cup(s) cucumber 0
Food POINTS values total used 20.5
Food POINTS values remaining 0
Wish me luck!
Have a Beauty-Full Day,