In previous posts, I've talked about how food tracking helps me stay focused with my goals. Meal planning now goes hand in hand with that.
If I don't at least have an idea of what's for dinner then I go into panic mode, get flustered and typically say "let's go out to eat."
Eating out is fine once in a while. I love it! But, I have no reason to make it multiple nights a week. So, I try to dedicate once a week to thinking about what I want to make in the upcoming 7 days.
Just so you know, this is NOT meal prepping in advance. It's simply sitting down and planing a menu for the week. I also find that meal planning really helps me keep my grocery budget in check because I don't have to do many impulse buys (usually junk food, let's be honest!)
Also, a plan should be flexible. If you can't stomach the idea of designating certain nights for certain foods, no problem! You can switch meal ideas around once you have your plan in place!
Sound intimidating? I get it. For a long time, it was for me, too. I have a few ways to simplify it for you this week. And it all starts with making one Master Meal Plan!
Angel Food Cake is perfect if you're looking for a light and yummy dessert. I usually buy a cake at the grocery store, but decided to try making it at home. I've heard it's a little tricky because of the egg whites in the recipe, but I went in (mostly) fearless.
It paid off!
My recipe is adapted from Taste of Home's, which uses cake flour and almond extract. I didn't have cake flour and I'm allergic to almonds. So, I made a few substitutions (see below.)
I also found the original recipe a little confusing as far as when to mix certain ingredients and when. So, I'll provide some helpful hints to make this easier.
You'll find the basic recipe below, because I didn't want to bury it in the post. The tips are below that.
We often can't see what's right in front of us.
If you've ever searched frantically for those missing car keys that sit on the counter in plain sight (as if mocking you) or "lost" your glasses that were sitting on your head the whole time, then you have an idea of this weird phenomenon.
And, if you've ever worked toward a long-term goal, you probably know this feeling all too well. Here's a few examples. Have you ever:
I thought taking some progress photos would help get my head on straight.
It didn't work exactly the way I planned.
I'm writing this not to look for validation. I want you (and myself, really) to see how my brain processes this disconnect.
All the pictures on the left (in red) are from July 2017--close to 400 pounds. Pics on the right are today, July 29, 2021, at somewhere around down 100 pounds.
What I found most interesting is how I see the most progress in my headshot. Oh, the irony.
Why? Because when I look at these photos, I don't see a lot of physical change. Yes, I know there is a difference from the first photos to the current ones. I'm not totally in denial.
In my MIND I feel like a completely different person. I see that difference in each newer photos--my face has always been a mirror to my thoughts. I can certainly see the change in expression and life in my eyes that wasn't there before.
But, I look at the body and...well, there's no running away from the fact that I'm still morbidly obese.
Over the past four years, I've found ways to change my diet, my activity, and my habits. Yet, I continue to struggle with changing how I react to seeing myself.
I don't think this is a unique experience. That's another reason why I'm writing this all down. It's all part of the process I've never really encountered before in my many attempts at making last changes and losing weight consistently.
The sadness and frustration I've been feeling lately comes from wanting my body to be where I FEEL I am. I'm someone who feels enough energy to run 6 days a week. I'm a person who is eating healthier than I ever have in my life. I'm now a person who looks for ways to push myself out of my comfort zone in numerous ways. The changes I've made are extraordinary and even saying that is uncomfortable for me at times.
I am learning more about the person I'm becoming each day--and it's not easy to see constant reminders of the person I was when it comes to my body. I don't look like a person who is living a healthy life.
I also know that the old me never got far enough to experience these feelings and the conflict they create. I'm guessing if she did, she'd quit.
I have no plans on doing that. I just have to honor the feelings, face them and then move forward.
If you're feeling stuck, like you're not making progress in your goals and it feels like you'll never get there, I'm here to tell you that you're not alone.
I'm right by your side.
I'm grateful you're here to walk the road with me.
Let's face these feelings together!
Happy Friday everyone! It's been an amazing week away, but I'm glad to be home!
You saw photos of the trip, which was fantastic, but let's chat about how I did with my habits while I was gone. Here's the dirt:
1. I stopped tracking my meals after the first day and a half.
2. I didn't drink enough water the first couple of days, but got better as the trip went on.
3. I ate past full a few times.
4. I ate lots of treats and not enough protein.
But, you know what? It's all going to be ok. Want to know how I know? It's a new concept for me and I just had to share...
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.