Good morning and Happy Easter! I woke up early this morning to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather we are having in Richmond and to get my meal planning done for the week.
Around February the 1500 calories/day diet I’ve been on since June seemed to become extremely insuficient. I felt ravenous on a regular basis which did not make for a good look come meal times. I had another InBody evaluation done and whatdoyouknow, my basal metabolic rate (BMR) had increased quite a bit to 1477 kcal. Your BMR is the number of calories you burn per day at rest. Just living and breathing. Only getting 23 more calories than that a day with 3-5 days of exercise per week equaled one hungry girl. I’m definitely still in weight loss mode (I need to remind myself of this constantly right now) so I’ve up my daily calorie intake to 1600 calories/day. This is the first week so we shall see how it goes.
I don’t what will be on which day yet, but here is what I’m planning to cook this week:
Lasagna Rolls with fresh spinach
Salmon cakes, sautéed string beans, brown rice
Turkey (cutlets or tenderloin), kale, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes
Chicken, buttered carrots
Tilapia, couscous, Brussels sprouts
Hoppin’ John, cornbread
Orange-Cranberry Wheatgerm muffins
Whew, that’s a bit of food! But, I’m a fan of the freezer and no eating out this week for either of us. What are you cooking this week?
This week I finally got a meal plan done early enough that I could get my grocery shopping done on Saturday. I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to grocery shopping. There are usually multiple stores involved, color coded lists and the like. On more then one occasion I’ve been complimented on my cart organization. But I digress.
8x10 Plan Your Work Work Your Plan Print from bellabyte on Etsy.com
I’ve been fighting a loosing battle with meal planning lately. I will get it accomplished sometime on Sunday afternoon, but then the day is gone so very little to no cooking/prepping gets done. Then I’m cobbling together meals which usually equals eating out. Well, I’m tightening the belt on planning and eating out before I have to loosen my belt. I’m loving my almost-size-14 waist a bit too much for that! This week’s plan is pretty okay I think – there are 3 vegetarian-esque days but I’m thinking I could always squeeze more vegetables into the plan. My ambition burned out today before I could plan all 5 meals for all 7 days but I will get to that tomorrow morning so I can be ready for the week. Here’s whats on tap for dinner and subsequently lunch for the next day:
Dinner plan for the week of March 18, 2012
Sunday – Honey Orange Chicken, sauteed spinach & garlic, apricot couscous
Monday – Garlic shrimp, whole wheat pasta, garden salad with balsamic dressing
Tuesday – Actually delicious turkey burgers, whole wheat buns, roasted sweet potatoes
Wednesday – Lasagna, garden salad with blue cheese dressing
Thursday – Vegetarian taco salad
Friday – Maple salmon, wild rice, sauteed string beans
Saturday – Veggie pizza
What are you cooking/eating this week to help you maintain a healthy or healthier lifestyle?