Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Plan your Meals

Lately, I've found myself wanting to eat a little bit healthier, but in order to get a jump start on things I need to organize my ideas on paper.

I don't know how many times I have read that ones of the things you can do to aid yourself in the road to lose weight, get fit, and lead a healthier life is to plan your meals ahead of time.

Last week I picked up a weekly meal organizer over at Target.  I had already eyed it on a previous visit, but decided not to get it at that particular moment. When I saw it once again last week I knew I had to get it.  It cost me between $8.00 -$9.00 (I cleared out my wallet yesterday and threw out the receipt because I knew I was not going to return anything).


Weekly Menu Planner Organizer Wipe Off Set.  The Wipe-Off Board is divided in 3 columns: lunch, dinner, notes &it has 7 rows for each day of the week.  The best thing is that it has a magnet so you can set it on your fridge.  I love that I don't have to waste as much paper in doing a chart for our weekly meals. The board is very sturdy and does not slide around the fridge as you write on it, although it is easier if you just lay it flat on a table surface.

Sample lunch plans and menu that came written on the plastic that was on top off the planning board.

The set also includes a shopping list note pad.  It could also be used as a to-do list.  I love making lists, so this note pad has come in extremely handy.

It comes with a black erase off marker so you can write down your weekly menu.  The next week you just take your marker and use the integrated cap sponge eraser to clean off the board.  You can also use a soft tissue and erase the board clean.


Planning your meals ahead of time gives you an idea of what items you really need to pick up at the supermarket as opposed to just grabbing whatever you feel like in the moment. Writing down your meals or what you have planned to do for lunch &  dinner also helps you visualize how much you are eating and how nutritious or not your food is.  I've also found that writing down the menu of the week can make others look forward to eating your food-sort of like at a restaurant.


What are your thoughts on planning meals ahead of time?


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23 comments:

  1. i love that planner! stopping by from ww. newest follower here! malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  2. Now isn't that neat! I so need one of those. I'm going to look for one next time I shop. Planning meals ahead are a great way to save some ka-ching. Sometimes for me choosing what meals we will have becomes a challenge. Btw I'm a new follower via WW, hope you will stop by:

    http://www.slipstitches.com

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  3. I'm your latest follower from Momsreview4You

    Hope a visit from you

    Citra @ innocentia
    http://childhood-obsessions.blogspot.com

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  4. I need that wipe off board! I'm stopping by from the MomsReviews4You blog hop and I'm now following.

    Susan
    www.cravingthesavings.com

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  5. thanks for following my workout blog! I am now following you back too! Your blog is super FUN! I like meal planning, however I really don't do the weekly thing yet, but that planner from target is so cute! I like to have LOTS of healthy food on hand, that way the possibilities are endless and we keep NO junk food in the house, so there's no temptation!!

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  6. Cute board! I plan my meals around what is on sale to save some more $! Found you through WW Blog Hop!

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  7. You have a totally cute blog! We are your newest follower, and we hope you come and participate in our Halloween Event. We have tons of cute giveaways ;) Hope to see you next Wednesday for Welcome Wednesday.

    Jaime & Kristin
    Take It From Me

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  8. The Soul Mom is blog hopping and following you! www.thesoulmom.com

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  9. Hi! I'm your newest follower on WW!

    Kristin :)
    Keenly Kristin

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  10. I try to plan my meals ahead but it just never works out. I will just decide I'm not hungry for it or just not in the mood to cook what I was going to.

    Great post -- Found your blog through the hop and is now following

    http://www.mommyshauncoco.blogspot.com/

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  11. following from the WW hop!

    love the blog

    http://mommysmoneysavingobsession.blogspot.com/2010/09/welcome-wednesday-blog-hop.html

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  12. Thanks so much for the follow through Moms Review 4 You!

    Love: www.simplystatedcreative.blogspot.com

    Jeni

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  13. Love it! Following you from Moms Review 4 You Wednesday Blog Hop!

    Follow us back, and enter into our Coupon Giveaway: http://showcasesisters.blogspot.com/2010/09/showcase-coupon-giveaway.html

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  14. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I'm following you as well now. :)

    Sarah
    http://thelittlehedgehog.blogspot.com/

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  15. I am not organized enough to plan meals more then a day ahead. Although it I had a cute little planner I might change my mind.

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  16. We have gone to the Melting Pot a few times and I love it. We only go once a year, for our Anniversary, since it is so expensive but the food is delicious. We usually do their big night out package with the 4 course meal, its about $100.

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  17. Malia==> Thanks for visiting! I'm already following your blog :-D

    Slipstiches==> Thanks for commenting And yes, it can be difficult to plan exactly what to eat ahead of time because of sudden cravings :-D I'm already following your blog :-D

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  18. Carmen==> Believe me, it will look cute on your fridge! :-)

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  19. That's pretty cool- I've been planning meals (a month at a time) for about 2 years now. It is such a load off my shoulders not too stand at the pantry and ponder my ingredients. It is honestly a GREAT time save. I'm following you (through a blogger that was following me). Follow back at
    http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

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  20. Yeah, I need to start planning meals to. Hubby is great at coming up with meals on the fly. My talentless cooking self is not very good at that, LOL!
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

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  21. Kimberlee==> You're so lucky! I wish my husband could help out more in the kitchen, but he works a lot :-D

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  22. I started doing a meal planner a few weeks ago. I find I just get too busy in the day and sometimes get to 4pm and I have no idea what to cook. So this way I am more relaxed about what to cook for dinner and it also means I save money because when I do my grocery shopping ( I do it every 2 weeks), I can buy the things I need for those meals.

    www.modelmumma.blogspot.com

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  23. I find when I plan meals that I never feel like what I planned to eat on the day that I plan it (typical me! I am just no good at routine). I tend to just shop for a list of meals and select something off the list to cook on the night. I like your little meal planner though.

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