Planning, planning and more planning

One of the things that has helped me be successful so far has been planning.  Gone are the days of being able to spontaneously decide when, where and what I’m going to eat… and when, where and how I’m going to exercise.  I have learned when I don’t plan ahead, I get into trouble.

As you know, I’m a Weight Watcher, which means I have to track all my food anyway.  I found very quickly that I needed to change that up a bit and actually PRE-track all of my food.  So before I go to bed every night I go into my Points Plus Tracker and track tomorrow’s food.  It helps so much to wake up and know the exact plan for the day. In the morning I can pack my breakfast and lunch (I eat both at work), and I can make sure everything’s in order for dinner. Then I don’t get caught scrambling for something last-minute, which usually results in bad choices.

But even before that, every Sunday night I plan out all my dinners for the whole week.  I use the Evernote app on my phone to jot them down, and then when I do my grocery shopping on Monday, I know what I need to be shopping for (I have a separate shopping list in Evernote also).  Here’s what my menu looks like this week:

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I also cook up a big thing of veggies on Monday, to have on hand for the rest of the week.  My favs are zucchini, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers and asparagus.  I cook up a giant batch, then put them into serving-size plastic containers and stack them up in my fridge.  Then when I want to add them to my breakfasts and lunches, they are all ready to go.  That helps so much.

I took some pics this week while I made my big batch of zucchini and squash.  I thought I’d share my “recipe.”

First I turned my oven on to 375 degrees.  Then I cut 3 medium zucchini and 3 yellow squash into bite-size pieces.  Then I sprayed a cookie sheet with olive oil and spread them out on the pan.  Next I drizzled a couple teaspoons of EVOO over the top and sprinkled liberally with powdered ranch dressing and cracked black pepper.ImageThen I took a big ol’ spoon and gave the squash a good mix to spread the EVOO and spices evenly over them.  You can kinda tell they’re coated in this picture:Image

Then I stuck them in the hot oven and let them bake for about 20 minutes.  They come out of the oven slightly browned on one side, which gives them that yummy roasted flavor.   This picture isn’t so great (I really need to stop being lazy and use my actual camera instead of my phone), but trust me …. they’re yummy!  Roasted veggies are the best.Image

Anyway, like I said…. I pack them up in serving-size containers and now I’m good to go for the week.  I’ll add them to Lean Cuisines or leftovers or sandwiches at lunch time, or egg scrambles and omelets at breakfast time.  Works great!

I have tons more ‘planning’ tricks I’ve picked up along the way, but I need to run for now…  They’ll have to come in a later post.  Meanwhile, I’d love to hear how other people “plan for success.”  Let me know!  I’m all ears!

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3 thoughts on “Planning, planning and more planning

  1. Great blog! I’ve read through a few if your articles and really enjoyed them. I’m also a weight watcher and do many of the things you do. I plan dinners every week and make shopping lists. I find that it saves so much time!

  2. I am going to have to try Evernote for my meal planning. My friend made a menu board and it was getting to the point where it was too expensive to buy all the materials needed to make it. I like how you showed a picture of your meal plan. I’m going to download the app this weekend and give it a try. I found a recipe on a website for roasted veggies and it calls for yellow squash and zucchini which i don’t ever eat so I’m excited to try it and see how it tastes.

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