It's all about having a plan

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yesterday evening the (Pre)-Wednesday mini challenge in the Biggest Loser Challenge #12 popped up. The challenge asks to write down the meals to eat for the next week. No big deal, I said to myself. Me and my bf have a routine of planning the meals together a week ahead. But normally because of shopping reasons. Still at college it took us about 45 min one way with the train and a short walk to reach a "bigger" grocery store. So we planed and went grocery shopping just once a week, and this one had to be planned carefully. Now living in a big city its much easier but still we kept our routine. So I was all confident about the challenge.

But wrong thoughts!!!

It may sound funny, but I had a real problem to change my normal routine. Normally I plan my menu on Thursday in the lunch break and will do grocery shopping later that day with my bf.

It took me maybe 10 minutes to decide what to do and to put my mind to it. And than I just did it. Took out my favorite cookbooks and looked in my timer what ideas I had written down.

Once I started all went smooth. I flipped through the books, magazine and searched the web for recipes. Looked how I may trim down the calories or even substitute ingredients. And write down what I will need to buy or have to check the pantry for. Once this was done I took my unsorted list and sorted it in the order of the grocery store and where to buy what, this makes life so much easier in the store.

But still I'm stunned how much mind problems I had to change my routine and how much self talk it needed to start the menu. This made it once again clear to me, how many (not known) routines I have. And that some (maybe a lot) of them are the reasons why I'm overweight.

The next week I will try to figure out the bad habits and will find solutions to change them. How was it, how often I have to do something that it will come common? I have to dick through my psychology class materials to find the scientific report about habits...
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  • no profile photo ACAMARA76
    One of my biggest hurdles each week is menu planning. I just had twins this summer, so any routine I may have had before then has definitely gone out the window. Hoping to get that routine back soon! Thanks for sharing!
    3434 days ago
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