Meal Planning… This Is How I Do It…

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I don’t know how people eat the same thing for days in a row (if you are one of those people, I would love to hear from you about your experience doing things this way). I love food, I enjoy eating food, I love cooking food, I like trying new things, I like going out to eat, I come from a foodie family – My nana helped teach me how to cook, my mum could probably win MasterChef if she wanted too, a couple of my uncles are trained chefs, and one of them is a food critic for the local newspaper… You get the picture…

Losing weight is a lot about food. How you are eating/fuelling your body. This of it like this – You have a brand spankin’ new car, the recommended fuel for this car is PREMIUM – If you put shit fuel in, the car will run shit. This is the same for your body. If you want your body to work the way it should, then eating the right foods will make you feel better.

Finding out what works for you is all about trial and error. Not one way of eating is going to suit every single person on this earth. Now that I am ‘sort of’ in maintenance I am not as strict on myself, but for majority of my meals I eat 100% Paleo. The thing is why brand it Paleo, lets call it ‘my way of eating’ because thats what works for me! For a long time I fuelled my body with highly processed food, lots of pasta, lots of bread, sugar, some more sugar, junk food, and maybe a little more sugar. 

Making the decision to get healthy and fit I knew that I would have to cut things out, try different ways of eating, try eating different things, but I also knew that I was going to be prepared – If you aren’t prepared, be prepared to fail.

Every fortnight my husband and I sit down and plan our fortnight of meals. Yes, I do this with my husband, because quite frankly its good to bounce new ideas for food off him, and well that way he knows exactly what I am cooking, so if he doesn’t like it, he knows what nights he has to fend for himself!

Each meal I cook I make sure that there is enough not only for dinner for myself, my husband and my daughter, but I also make sure that there is enough for lunch for both of us the next day (this saves money – If you have a husband or wife buying lunch every day, add it up over a year… You are looking at roughly $2500 a year) 

Cooking enough at dinner so that there is enough for lunch the next day mean that I am prepared for the next day. Of course there are some nights where dinner isn’t quite enough BUT in this case I always have salad stuff, and usually a chicken breast in the freezer that can easily be thawed, or a can of tuna that I can have. 

So here is my fortnight of DINNERS:

MONDAY Bunless Hamburgers
TUESDAY Paleo Chicken Schnitzel with salad
WEDNESDAY Bangers and Sweet Potato Mash/Steamed Vegetables
THURSDAY Santa Fe Chicken with Cauliflower Rice and Salad
FRIDAY Steak with Salad
SATURDAY OUT – Family BBQ
SUNDAY Chicken Caccitore with Steamed Vegetables
MONDAY Paleo Beef Strogganoff
TUESDAY Bolongnese with Zoodles
WEDNESDAY Stuffed Chicken Breast with Steamed Vegetables
THURSDAY Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice
FRIDAY Lettuce Wrap Burritos
SATURDAY TAKE AWAY
SUNDAY Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables

Most fortnights there isn’t much of a double up. So in 1 month, we rarely eat the same thing. Why? Well because I believe a good variety of different meals mean that you never get bored, and because eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

Tips for making sure you are prepared:

– Have whiteboard or notebook that you can use to write your meal plan on.
– Write a shopping list, and stick to it (this will also help you save money)
– Cook enough at dinner for lunch the next day.
– Where you can, buy in bulk. Meal can be frozen on your grocery day, and then thawed the day that you need it for cooking.
– Have options that you can use for fresh lunches – cans of tuna, salad stuff, hams and chicken breasts.

 

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Day 3 – The Gold’s Experiment

I HATE RUNNING! 

The word RUN is a dirty word to me. I despise running, it is my least favourite thing to do exercise wise. Why? I honestly don’t see the point. My husband on the other hand would run for kilometres – he gets some kind of enjoyment out of it.

It seems though, that Gold’s is having this impression on me. This morning I did a 5km run/walk. I can already see the shocked responses from my CrossFit friends – I am the ultimate whinger when it comes to running!

I made the decision last night that I would run this morning. I need to learn to love it, and be good at it. When my alarm went off this morning I turned it off – good thing I set that second alarm otherwise I would have been sleeping til my husband got up. Second alarm went off – dressed and off to the gym.

I walked in and looked at the line of treadmills – my worst enemy. The best thing about Gold’s is there is so much equipment you don’t have to work out next to someone, and I never thought I would say this, but I am loving working out on my own, listening to my own music. 

I started slow this morning, making sure I got my heart rate going before I hit my stride. 5kms later, I was feeling amazing. Listening to good music definitely helps. I couldn’t believe that I had managed to run/walk that entire time. 

Mollie 1 – Running 0

 

 

The Gold’s Experiment… Day 1

Becoming a great personal trainer is my ultimate goal at the moment. To do that, I need to be versatile, I need to be able to do lots of different things so that I can relate to different clients, and peoples need. 

Cue experiment time. 

I get emailed LivingSocial deals everyday, most of them I just delete and get on with it. About a week ago I got an email with a deal to do a months trial at the local Gold’s Gym. While I LOVE CrossFit, I was feeling very out of love with it at the time. I don’t know weather it was the box I was training at, or my mood, or the coaching or what.. I just wasn’t in love, paired with some really gruelling WOD’s I felt like I was always tired, that I wasn’t making any progress. 

So I bought a trial. It was safe to say I was excited to try something new, apart from my tafe gym shifts, I have never been into a ‘normal’ gym (I guess you can’t really count the brief membership at Fernwood, because I didn’t really go). I went into Gold’s on Saturday – Fixed up my membership, met a few of the trainers and the owners, did a class and had a look around. I was really impressed. Everyone was lovely. 

This morning I did my own thing, listening to my own music, and getting shit done. I came home in a completely different mood. I’m just a beginner in this gym space, and it doesn’t even matter. It took my longer then I thought, because I didn’t know where all the equipment was, but I got there eventually. 

Tomorrow morning I am going to be doing a boxing class – Stay tuned 🙂