I had every intention of putting up a kick-ass Meal Plan Monday post, including actual pictures of deliciousness (or deliciousness in progress). I had gathered all my links from Skinnytaste and Budget Bytes by last Thursday, ready to take on this week like a boss.
Flash forward to the weekend: I came, I saw, I conquered the Rock & Roll 10K, as well as a post race brunch, a cupcake from Cake Life (just like Beyonce would do
), some pizza and wings. I laid on the couch like a log, watching episode after episode of Crossing Jordan and to be honest, I regret nothing. Sunday was a full day with an early morning Spin & Sculpt session at The Wall
, a wonderful baby shower with friends from high school, and more pizza and wings for dinner with the BF’s brother, sister-in-law and kids. All in all, a truly wonderful weekend.
Notice what didn’t get done: a grocery list.
We headed to Wegman’s after our second pizza and wings binge of the weekend, totally unprepared to grocery shop but 100% committed to getting back on our healthy-eating wagon. And you know what? We did wonderfully.
1. Get in the right mindset before you go inside. Just because you overindulged for a few days and probably feel bloated, don’t think “Oh, it’s time for a juice cleanse.” It’s not. It’s just time to recommit to your goals.
2. Shop realistically. Yes, I’d like to plan to eat only veggies for 3 meals a day until you feel normal again, but that has never really worked for me. I like a well-rounded meal of vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Plan accordingly so you won’t feel deprived, which could lead to more indulgences that you don’t actually enjoy.
3. Keep a list of stand-by recipes in your head. It makes shopping without a true list much more manageable. We picked up salmon and broccoli to make our favorite Maple Soy Glazed Salmon
and roasted veggies, as well as pre-marinated steaks and a new pack of chicken to grill for salads and lunches. Nothing fancy, complicated, or new but all very satisfying and delicious!
4. Avoid trigger aisles. I am the WORST with buying snacks for the car ride home from the store, especially when a bulk candy section appears in front of me. WHO DOES THAT?! It’s like a 20 minute drive and we’re not going to starve. I get into this mentality that tomorrow is a new day, so I might as well enjoy one more treat before I refocus. Not cool. I successfully avoided the gummi bears and jelly beans and we were both better off for it.
While it’s easy to look on Instagram or Facebook and see all of these wonderful bloggers with their pre-portioned week of meals, it’s not always feasible or necessary to work that hard at meal planning. Knowing that life will get in the way sometimes and having a plan B will ensure that everyone starts their week off on a high and healthy note!