Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with great support.
I helped a friend move some furniture today. It was a nice little workout, for sure!
For whatever reason, I'm not feeling well this evening. I decided to stay in instead of visiting mom. I also postponed a grocery trip. I still have what I need for in the morning--but a grocery trip must happen tomorrow!
A couple of readers recently asked about my food planning. I did a search of the archives and found this entry from last year..
Question from May 2016:
Speaking of planning, Mary asked a good question on my Facebook page:
"Sean, I love that you keep it simple and smart!! Question...how far out in advance do you plan/prepare your meals, snacks, etc.?"
Great question, Mary. To me, simple is sustainable. If I make it too complicated, I might not enjoy it as much! I'll evolve naturally at a nice measured pace!
Planning and preparing--very important topic, and it's different for each person. For me--I don't like pre-cooking--preparing meals "for the week." For some, that works very very well. I'm more of an in the moment person. It doesn't mean I don't plan. I do!
But my planning is this: I make sure I have several available options at home and at work. As long as I'm stocked with the foods I need and enjoy--I can make my decisions, even last minute, and be perfectly okay. Same planning with snacks-- I know what's available and I choose what I feel like having in the moment.
For example-- I honestly haven't a clue what I'm having for dinner tonight. I do know a few things-- I know I'll keep it in a nice dinner range of calories, whatever it is-- and I know I have some options-- Salmon, sirloin, asparagus--maybe I'll grab some other kind of veggie at the store...a sweet potato--oh, and I have some chicken breasts that need cooked--and frozen shrimp... Hmmm... Options! They're all waiting for me to decide--and I might make the decision right before cooking! If the day gets crazy--I might decide to skip cooking and grab something out-- I have another set of go-to options in that direction.
So--planning and preparing means different things for different people. The way I do it wouldn't work well for some. Now--I will add this: If I know I'm going to be out--and busy--and not near a kitchen to prepare something--I'll make sure to plan, prepare and pack (The three P's!) something for my man bag-- Usually it's what I call an "on-the-go meal" consisting of almonds, fruit, and cheese...In fact, I'll likely be doing that very thing tomorrow midday. The central idea is to have what you need when and where you need it-- and then you can decide. Make sense? Thanks for the great question!
In my opinion, it all starts with defining what is "my food." From there, I make certain my supply is "my food." That makes the planning, even last minute decisions, easier.
3 tbs half & half in the first cup, 3 tbs half & half in the to-go cup refill, soon. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/dZ8CjgDEp1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 5.8oz apple & 7.4oz orange slices. pic.twitter.com/bA4QDImWCr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 slice provolone & 1 slice gouda on Ezekiel. 5.8oz Pink Lady apple & 7.4oz orange slices. 580 cal. pic.twitter.com/jzVM3AMB2j— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this midmorning cup of coffee. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/U0WnCOKTVr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
Lunch in MyFitnessPal. 378g cantaloupe & 75g red grapes. pic.twitter.com/vmyOoZmAMW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
Revised lunch in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 378g cantaloupe, 75g red grapes, and 2 slices provolone. pic.twitter.com/ha2zbqEPRN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
Tostadas w/171g fat free beans, 2 tbs salsa, 2 slices provolone, 38g olives, 30g lettuce & 30g sr.crm. 378g cantaloupe & 75g grapes. 692 cal pic.twitter.com/2wJWkDaZwG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this afternoon cup of coffee. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/jBDd0H9N0C— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this late afternoon "finally home," cup of coffee. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/cotjFS6xck— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 23, 2017
Appetizer: 12 tortilla chips, salsa mixed w/15g sour cream. 190 cal. pic.twitter.com/R3707B4frl— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 24, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/B1XBDzkILn— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 24, 2017
Three Sour Cream & Chicken Tacos prepared w/6oz chicken w/3 tbs sour cream, lettuce & 14g shredded white cheddar. 511 cal. pic.twitter.com/NYsRc1Sxyr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 24, 2017
2 cups water meets today's #watergoal 4.8oz orange & 35g red grapes #lastfoodofday 86 cal. pic.twitter.com/MP8aMpwZjr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 24, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,