I know y’all have heard of meal planning. I thought I would give it a try in a effort to lose weight and get my eating under control. I figured it would make things flow a little easier around the house as well. I mean we would know what we were eating on which day. Sounds fabulous right?
Wrong! I sat down and wrote out meals for a full month. they sounded delicious and I was all set. That first week was a little tough but I figured we all needed to get used to the idea. By the second week I knew this was just not working for us.
The meals I was eating was leaving me so hungry that I was binge snacking. The rest of the family didn’t always want what we were having that particular night. I thought I had to be rigid in plan. We had to stick to the plan and it would work. By the end of the month I had actually gained weight rather than lost any and the family was not happy with me.
What’s a Gal to Do?
The next month I sat down and began writing and I swear I could see the family want to cry. So what did I do? I wrote out my list, sat down and had a good cry myself and then reevaluated. I mean the plan I tried was such an epic failure that it brought me to tears.
The first hurdle was that the family didn’t always want what I had planned for dinner. So, I figured why stick with the plan. I could use it as a guide for shopping. Which what I do now. I let the family decide from that plan what we will eat each week. they decide on Sundays and I mark those meals off the list.
Now the Bigger Hurdle
The biggest hurdle was me gaining weight when I was attempting to lose it. I knew that was hungry after each meal. So maybe it meant I was getting enough food. I also knew I needed to figure in snacks not to mention watching what the rest of the family eating all the foods I wanted left me bitter and angry.
I stopped meal planning for myself. I began to eat from the same menu as the rest of the family. I simply ate smaller portions and added in more snacks. I have a mid-morning snack now as well as two afternoon snacks. They both include a little protein and I always ask myself when I feel hungry if I want an apple. If the answer is no then maybe I’m bored more than hungry.
It’s a hit or miss some weeks. Most weeks it’s pretty good though. I’m not hungry and snacking all day long. I feel full so when dinner rolls around I can sit down and have a meal knowing I won’t over eat. It’s still a work in progress as I am still figuring out the snacks. I never planned snacks before. It used to be that I would just get a snack when I wanted one. Of course that is part of my weight problem.
I try to plan out snacks for the rest of the family as well. With the kids it’s important since we will be doing online learning this year and I want to be sure they have the brain power to study during the day as they need to. For the senior citizens I think it is important so I can be sure they are eating properly and getting all the nutrients they need.
What I Learned
I learned that meal planning for us isn’t a good idea. What we need is a lose plan to go by. One that we give us structure but allow us the freedom to make a different decision. Having the option makes me feel so much better about how I eat.