Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A typical day.

i was asked the question about what my typical day's menu looks like... i thought it would be best to share in a blog post then in the comment section of a post... :)

tim and i go shopping every other week. we make our grocery list the day before we go based on dinner ideas from our dinner planning notebook. we have decided on a few staple meals that we both agree and pick about five from the 10-12 we have chosen as "favorites" or "quick and easy" for the week. we usually eat leftovers throughout the week too which explains why we only need to go shopping every other week...
dinner can vary from being healthy to not so much. i've had to compromise with tim since he can't eat salads every night like i can. but on nights when dinners are not the healthiest... i just eat a smaller portion size.

Daily Menu
Breakfast: (250-300 calories)- 8:00 am

  • Coffee with cream and sugar w/ grapefruit
  • Coffee with cream and sugar w/ waffle and peanut butter
  • Coffee with cream and sugar w/ bowl of favorite healthy cereal
  • Coffee with cream and sugar w/ cereal bar
Snack: (80-150 calories)- 10:30 am
  • Fiber One Cereal Bar
  • Nutrigrain Cereal Bar
  • Cheese stick
  • Banana
  • Popcorn
Lunch: (300-400 calories)- 12:00 pm
  • pb and j waffle sandwich with side of carrots
  • tuna fish sandwich on a bagel thin with wheat thin crackers
  • turkey sandwich on an engish muffin with popcorn and fruit
  • veggie wrap with baked chips
  • peanut butter on wheat toast with a cheese stick or glass of milk
Snack: (80-140 calories)-3:00pm
  • coffee with cream and sugar
  • popcorn
  • wheat thins with cheese
  • cereal bar
  • carrots with hummus
  • small latte with skim milk
Dinner: (350-500 calories)
  • shellless fajitas
  • wheat pasta with red sauce and salad with homemade dressing
  • pork tenderloin with baked sweet potato fries
  • grilled chicken salad with tomato and avocados
  • chicken and veggie stirfry
Dessert: 100-200 calories
  • 2 oreos and a half a cup of milk
  • 2 cookies of any type with milk
  • hot chocolate made with milk (not water)
  • canned fruit
  • apple sauce

This menu varies especially when i find something new i like and want to shake up my meals a little bit. these are just a few of my favorites to go to during the day.  i find it easier to have meals that i know exactly how many calories i am eating so as to not overeat. and when new foods are introduced, i just take the extra time to figure out exactly how many calories are in the meal.

counting calories has always been the easiest way for me to lose weight. it is basic science to me. but i am sure these menu items can be easily translated to the point system on weight watchers.

Marci, great question and thank you for asking!!

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