Pre-planning meals for the week is an important part of maintaining control. And it’s something I have not been very good at lately. I have identified this as one of the reasons I have struggled with my weight loss. In the beginning, I was extremely focused on this aspect. As time went on though I became more relaxed. The fact that I had become pretty lax in this area was already causing problems for me but I don’t think I actually realized it until the other day.
Recently I’ve been looking for new things to try and this led to a lot of grocery trips during the week and last minute cooking experiments. But this in and of itself has created a problem for me. You see, I have been giving myself permission to not really put things in stone with my meal plans but instead to allow myself to leave it open ended. Just in case, I saw a recipe I wanted to try on the fly.
For many people this might work but for ME….it leads to bad things. You see, it seems totally acceptable and permissible that I would decide to suddenly run out to the grocery on a Tuesday evening to pick up ingredients for a new healthy recipe I just found an hour ago. But really this is a dangerous and slippery slope for me. What happened is this— I made it “ok” to do things last minute because they were “healthy“. I made it permissible for me to substitute something else for dinner other than the pre-planned meal because what I was substituting was healthy. The problem is that once I allowed myself to break my previously planned meals for something else, it easily led to other things. Like Wendy’s and McDonald’s. After all, there are no rules anymore. I can break my plans if I want to right? It doesn’t make sense no doubt to normal people. But this is me. ME and my weird food brain. It was a slippery slope and I SLIPPED. Once I allow myself to substitute one thing and become too lenient with myself, I find it easy to compromise in other areas as well. Before you know it, I think it’s ok to eat completely off plan altogether!! Healthy or not.
So this week I am going to carefully preplan all my meals. And even if I happen to find an interesting recipe I want to try—I will NOT try it this week no matter what. I will be extremely strict with the planning of my meals. If I am going to try something new it will be planned and not substituted for something I had already planned to eat. In my mind once I start making exceptions, I end up making them anywhere and everywhere. So I will carefully pre-plan ALL meals. I will buy ALL ingredients before Monday (which I did already) and I will NOT make another trip to the grocery store this week barring a natural disaster. I will not allow myself to substitute meals (Even in the event that my newsfeed pops up a really healthy meal that I would like to try on the fly). To keep myself accountable I’m including my 5 day dinner meals for the week. I am recognizing that failing to preplan meals for the week has been my downfall in the past. I hope by recognizing this I will help myself to get a grip!
5 Day Dinner Meal Plan
Monday—Baked Chicken Drumsticks
This is an easy way to cook chicken drumsticks in the oven that I learned over the past month. I had never made this before and the kids loved it. So I will be happy to have something new added to our weekly rotation. I am not going to be including the potatoes though this time because I cannot handle them. They trigger me towards french fries and this is another area in which I cannot compromise unless I want to slip down the slippery slope some more!
Tuesday— Slow Cooker Taco Meat
This is very easy. I WILL be making my Pico De Gallo and Salsa that I learned to make recently. We will be using the lettuce ‘boats’ or wraps instead of tortillas. Lately I have been eating tortillas and tostadas again. Another thing I should NOT be eating. But once I start compromising all kinds of things happen! So I am going to be using lettuce wraps again which will be MUCH better for me!
Chicken breasts or tenderloins in the crockpot plus a jar of salsa (or homemade salsa) on top. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Thursday–Pork Shoulder with One Jar of Green Salsa
I throw this in the crockpot and I will use it with the lettuce leaves like I did with tacos
To the crockpot, I add the pot roast along with 1 clove chopped garlic, 1 jar pepperoncini peppers and 1 cup beef broth
My grocery list for this 5 Day Dinner Plan includes:
1 package of chicken drumsticks
1 lb of ground turkey or ground beef
1 package of chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts
1 Pork Shoulder
1 Pot Roast
1 Jar of Green Salsa and 1 Jar of Red Salsa (unless making homemade)
Shredded Cheese and Sour Cream
To this list I will add 2-3 cases of Atkins shakes (vanilla and milk chocolate) as I intend to drink these during the day for breakfast and lunch along with coffee and water in an effort to get back on the Sugar Detox Wagon!
So….this is my PRE-PLANNED food plan for the week. And I will not be looking at new recipes this week either! I do believe that the new recipes I have added have helped us with variety but I will take a break from adding anything new as I’m starting to struggle a lot and I need to take a break from fixating too much on food.
Here’s to a planned week!!