Hi Pheonix! How are things going so far?
It's really great that you have put together a meal plan! I have found them to be really helpful and its easier to make the calorie goal because I already know what I am eating. The only thing I have to be careful of is not planning enough to eat = I get hungry . I don't know if you have this issue, but I have found that giving myself a little wiggle room (~100cal) is helpful. I just keep one of those 100cal packs (usually something involving chocolate ) on hand to eat "in case of emergency" and hold me off until my next meal. This way, I don't eat something bad because I was (a) hungry and (b) didn't have a better alternative. AND, I don't fell guilty because I had already planned for it. I have also found it helpful to pre-package everything (or nearly everything) into the appropriate portions on Sunday so in the morning I can just grab and go.
Breakfast is tough for me too! I have every intention of making breakfast in the morning, but I am usally in a hurry so breakfast doesn't get made = I just grab something. I usually keep Jimmy Dean (or D-light) breakfast sandwiches on hand. I actually started writing my meal plans with them as breakfast 'cause that was what I ate anyway. This week I am trying out a new breakfast idea: fruit and greek yogurt. I pre-portioned out the watermelon so it is a grab n' go breakfast!
Something you might want to research is calorie equivalents. I realized one day that 1 can of Coke (150 cal) is the roughly the same calories as a snack bag of Doritos (140) or a whole bag of frozen broccoli (~140). As silly as it sounds, I had this moment of "so....how hungry am I???" It also helps with the meal plans each week - you can swap out things (veggie A for fruit B, etc) pretty quickly, if needed. Saved my tail when I got to the store and they didn't have the fruit I had planned on for the week!
I don't think I said it earlier, but Welcome to CK! I just came back to CK myself after a 2-yr hiatus. I, too, can use all the advice and support I can get!!! My support group is pretty much nil!
We can and are going to do this! One day, one step, one pound at a time.
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