*UPDATE* Meal Planning for the Week

It has been a little over a week from when I started my meal planning. I want to share what I learned from this first week, problems I encountered and what I will do differently.

It started out very well. I didn’t stop to buy food or run down to the convenience store. It was nice to know that I already had these premade meals waiting for me. However, my biggest problem was that I didn’t allot enough food for myself. I thought the salmon with avocado salsa would be enough for lunch but when I brought it to work for lunch and felt hungry afterwards, I counted the calories and realized it was less than 200 calories. My breakfast had also been only 200 calories. So then I was way too starved to workout when I got home from work and instead ate dinner and then ate a bunch of peanut butter. Like a bunchhh of peanut butter {peanut butter is a total addiction for me}.

I also made a tomato salad recipe that had 4 or 5 servings. I made it on Friday or Saturday I think, but I set my meals up so that I didn’t end up eating the last serving of it until the following Wednesday or Thursday. It was gross by then and I threw it away.  But counting calories-wise, it really didn’t matter because the tomato salad hardly had any and on the days where I ate that as a side, I again was very very hungry. Needless to say, I ate a LOT of peanut butter at night last week. Luckily, I had a peanut butter surplus. But I am out now.

I am going home to MI in 3 days for Christmas {yay yay yay yay yayyyyyyy}, so I only planned about 4 days of food this week. But this time, I focused more on food that I know I like and I know fills me up. It is kind of boring, but easy stuff like eggs, almonds, apples, spaghetti, soup and oatmeal are staples this week. Two hard-boiled eggs, almonds, and an apple with cheese fills me up a lot more than salmon with avocado salsa or 1/5 of a chicken with brown rice recipe. I think meal planning can be fun, but a beginner like me needs to shy away from the recipes I’m unfamiliar with because bad things happen when I am starved. I don’t work out, I pig out at night, … well those are the only two I can think of.

But anyway, the lesson is: make sure you know how many calories you are Actually allotting for each meal and each day – make sure it’s enough so that you don’t want to pig out later!  Make sure you have enough to make everything you want to make {I thought I had more ground turkey than I actually had and ended up not being able to make one of the meals I planned on making}. Try to avoid making food with raw fruit or veggies that will sit in the fridge for more than 3 days or so.

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