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9/1/10 1:13 P

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Thanks everyone for all the great advice! I do love tuna melts, I usually make them for lunch but now I can make them for a quick and easy dinner. I also started carrying a bag of almonds and fruit leather in my purse and backpack and 2 water bottles in my backpack. I also love the idea of breakfast for dinner and the rice and beans with tomatoes and cheese sounds so delicious. (Its what I order at Chipotle anyway so might as well save some calories and money by making it at home myself, plus its a great way to get in more fiber) I also like the idea of leaving my money at home that why I can't stop to purchase anything that might throw me off. Thanks for all the tips, I super appreciate it. Done girls rock!!

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9/1/10 11:17 A

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OOO, progresso light sante fe style chicken....YUM!

Ok, anyway. I am a stay at home mom, so it's a lot easier for me to plan, and to stay on it. My husband's a trucker, and there's no way I want to brave a grocery store with 2 under 3yo on my own, so I make out meal plans for 2 weeks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, and since the kids eat heartier food than me, I have to make 2 meal plans! UG!

Anyway, on days that I forget to take meat out of the freezer, or they kids are just driving me insane (round about 5:30-6 pm, they start fussing, and don't stop till they get in the bath, around 7!) I make them some fish sticks or chicken nuggets and frozen mixed veggies, and have myself a lean pocket and a salad, or a progesso soup, or a open-faced tuna melt with low fat cheese. I always make sure there are at least 3 quick, easy and healthy meals in the kitchen at all times.

And when all else fails, there's left-overs!

Peace, Rachel

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."- James Allen (the quote I get my screen name from!)


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9/1/10 10:24 A

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Plan, plan, plan!
I go to the grocery store once a week and buy all my fruits, veggies, lean meat, Progresso soup, yogurt etc...
I take my lunch to work everyday! If I don't I WILL eat fast food..I NEVER forget that lunch.

**LINDA**

Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.


A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?






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9/1/10 6:36 A

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omg I actually just posted a blog yesterday about this. Normally I plan out what I'm going to eat for the week on Sunday's when I go to the store. I never take money to work, so I don't make an impulse purchase on food when I had a stressful day. I also ALWAYS have my gym bad in my trunk ready to go (no excuses). I think when you have everything planned out it is easier to stay on track. If I personally tried doing it on a daily basis it would be easier to fail.

Do you take healthy snacks with you to school? That might help where your not so hungry when you get home.

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8/31/10 9:08 P

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I try to always keep quick, and easy meals on hand. Usually ones that are cheap, and don't expire quickly. So when I'm tired I know I can have a healthy meal in a few minutes. Here are some ideas for you...

-Chili you can make a big batch in advance and heat it up during the week, and don't be afraid to try other slow cooker recipes.
-Tuna melts with whole wheat bread, and low fat cheese.
-Pulled bbq chicken sandwiches with canned chicken because the bbq masks the taste.
-Tuna noodle with low sodium soup, and whole wheat noodles.
-Breakfast for dinner is quick and easy. You can make waffles, muffins, breads, french toast, and pancakes in advance. You can use whole wheat flour, bread, and low cal syrup for them.
-Pizzas are fun to make, and you can have them done in under 10 minutes. If you don't want to heat up the house, you can microwave them, or put them on the grill. Just keep the cheese in check.
-Rice, beans, tomatoes, and Cheese is really filling. Use instant brown rice, low fat cheese, canned diced tomatoes, and canned pinto beans. I always add sodium free taco seasoning to mine.

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8/31/10 12:57 P

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Thanks for the advice! I shop the same way by planning meals around what is on sale, I just need to set a time where I can cook it all. I like the idea of just reheating leftovers. My schedule has changed so I am working and taking classes at night so I will just have to cook dinners for the week on Sunday mornings or for lunch on the day of and just have the boys reheat it when they want their dinner (we are home at opposite times at my household too) But I think I'll try the Sunday cooking day idea...that would make my life and healthy eating a lot easier! Thanks!

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8/31/10 5:52 A

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Planning can be so hard! For working out I make it a routine that way i just do it without thinking.

Food planning is harder. I watch our costs so "what's on sale" is usually what is for dinner.

So what i do is sit with the sale ads the day before shopping and start to make my list around meals. It really only takes about 10 minutes. I get input from DH on what he wants and can cook/reheat him self (he is working and in school so we don't usually eat together). Shopping is usually Fri night.

When I have time, usually Sunday, I chop, cook, and prepare the meals for the week. This is a good time to cut up the watermelon for the whole week. I try to eat leftovers for lunch so I make a lot of foods. Sometimes this is 3 big meals that I make so we don't get too bored. Things that freeze ROCK! Meatballs frozen in sauce come out tasting AWESOME!

This way all I have to do come Monday AM is grab my plastic-ware with the foods I want in it. This should also work for 9PM hungry. If the food just has to be stuck in the microwave it will be faster than the drive through.

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

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8/31/10 3:46 A

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A few days ago I saw an episode of Dr.Oz and he said with regards to weight loss "we don't plan to fail, but we do fail to plan" and when we fail to plan (our healthy meals and exercise) it hinders our success. Today I failed to plan enough time for healthy meals and by the time I got home from school at 9pm I was starving and without a plan for dinner and I ended up going to Chipotle since it was the only thing open other than the drive-thru. Planning has never been easy for me, after all, I am a bona-fide procrastinator! But I don't want to have that as an excuse because excuses are why I am overweight in the first place.

I want to know two things:

1) How do you plan for success? Is it daily? Weekly? What works for you?
2) If life gets in the way of your plan, what do you do? Do you have any quick and easy standbys?

I would love any advice/tips that can help me conquer my "failure to plan" for healthy eating

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