Menu Plan Monday

by Elizabeth on September 12, 2011 · 9 comments

in Menu Plan Monday

As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m getting a little…well pudgy. 🙁  My clothes are definitely not fitting the way they used to and I’ve noticed my energy levels are starting to drop.  That’s always been an indicator to me that I need to drop some weight.  I could probably stand to lose about 20 pounds, but I’m going to aim for 10 right now.  I gave serious thought to joining Weight Watchers again (I lost close to 40 pounds in 2009), but have decided against for several reasons (the cost, the closest meeting is difficult to get to, I don’t like the leader at the meeting at work), but I’ve heard decent things about My Fitness Pal, so I’m going to give that a shot.  I start today so wish me luck!

I realize my menu plan isn’t 100% healthy, but I’m a firm believer in a) eating what’s on hand and b) not depriving yourself.  My biggest problem has always been portion control so that’s really what I’m going to be focusing on.  I’m also aiming to either walk or do pilates three times this week.

Sunday: Horseradish meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas (dinner with my parents)

Monday: Pasta with pesto (recipe coming tomorrow!)

Tuesday: Balsamic chicken with mushrooms, broccoli

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Baked orzo with fontina and peas (bumped from last week)

Friday: My friend Lydia is coming into town, so maybe we’ll probably go out

Saturday: Gameday fare! Sliders, bacon cheddar dip, chips, apples and dulche de leche

Breakfasts will be brown butter banana muffins (okay not healthy, but I’ll just eat one 🙂 ), bagelfuls (also with surprising low stats), and fruit.  Lunches are leftovers and sandwiches as needed.  Snacks will be apples with homemade dulce de leche, yogurt, and carrots with hummus.

What’s on your menu this week?  Anyone else trying to eat a little healthier this fall?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

I agree. It’s less about eating low-cal/low-fat as it is about portion control and putting nutritious food in your body. I can’t say I’ve been really trying to lose weight, but I have been trying to get healthier. I use MyFitnessPal too but have fallen off the wagon a little lately. It probably had something to do with the Culver’s binge last week.


2 Elizabeth September 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

I’m going to try to stick with it. And get some exercise. As long as I’m focused, I tend to to okay.


3 Julie September 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’ve been having the same problem as far as my weight creeping up. I admire you for setting a goal. Another great (free!) website for tracking your exercise/food is I use it (off and on – I’m pretty bad) and it works well.


4 Elizabeth September 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’ll have to look into that site too. Thanks!


5 Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare September 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Your menu looks great! The balsamic chicken with mushrooms sounds really yummy! Have you tried it before?

I agree…I always struggle with portion control. Especially right now, while I’m nursing. Good job setting a goal and working towards it. Maybe I’ll follow your example!! 🙂


6 Elizabeth September 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Yes, I have tried it before and it is very good. Simple and filling which is great for me!

Why does portion control have to be so hard? My stomach and brain always tell me two different things and of course, I listen to the one that tells me to eat more cookies! 🙂


7 Molly September 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Good luck!
My brother loves myfitnesspal. I tried it, and Sparkpeople, and they’re just not working for me. So today I signed up for WW again.

We can do it! (And I have to … my, um, work clothes aren’t quite appropriate anymore.)


8 Elizabeth September 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Good luck to you too! I look forward to hearing about your progress. 🙂


9 Amy September 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I ADORE my fitness pal. Sketchers also has a free “track my walk” app and I use it to see how far I’ve walked and challenge myself to do it faster next time. Good luck, we are in the same boat.


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