Friday, November 14, 2008

Not So Fit Friday

I am sad to say I don't have anything positive to report. It started out with a weekend getaway in Austin that included overindulging in bad foods. One weekend wouldn't have been a big deal, but it ended up turning into a full week. My husband had a huge fundraising event yesterday for the ministry he works in, which meant he wasn't home for the dinner hour this week. I'm not sure why, because I still have 3 mouths to feed at 6PM whether he is here or not, but I am really bad about cooking healthy or cooking at all when he is not going to be eating with us.

Plus, I had an unfortunate incident at McDonald's this week. I generally make my own coffee at home and sweeten it with Coffee Mate's Sugar Free Vanilla Caramel that stuff. But Wednesday morning I was rushing out the door to make it to the cleaners in time for their early morning drop-off. Of course I had waited til the last day to get my husband's suit cleaned for his event and needed it back the same day. My morning coffee didn't get made, so I decided to grab some at McDonalds while we were out. McDonalds seriously has some good least in the $1.29 a cup range. You know these days they'll put the creamer and Splenda in for you? Such service. So I ordered mine with 4 creamers and 2 Splendas. I know...heavy on the cream. My mom always used to ask me if I wanted some coffee with my creamer. Anyways, it tasted unusually good as I sipped it on our way to the cleaners. The closer we got and the further to the bottom of the cup I reached, it was getting sweeter. Alert! Alert! That does not happen with Splenda. The bottom of the cup was lined with syrupy sugar. No!

Anyone who does low-carb dieting knows how awful it is to line your veins with sugar...but especially how bad it is first thing in the morning. As I am waiting in the incredibly long drive-thru drop off line at the cleaners, wondering how the rest of the town still hasn't discovered wrinkle-free men's dress shirts, I decide to call the McDonalds.

I wasn't really expecting anything to be offered, but I just wanted to kindly let them know of their mistake. They took my name and told me to come back any time for a free combo meal. Great. The only thing that I would need to eat there post breakfast is a salad. But as lunch loomed nearer suddenly a two-cheeseburger meal sounded like an excellent choice. I shared it with the girls but still felt sick the rest of the day.

So as I contemplated getting on the scale this morning, feeling heavy from eating poorly and too much this week, I've decided against having the digital numbers glare up at me. I know what they will say...a gain for sure...possibly two or three pounds.

Eating at home is definitely the answer for me. Even if I totally have willpower avoiding the chip or bread basket when we eat out, I still end up eating too much at restaurants. Does anyone else struggle with this? We all know that portion size in America is out of control, but why can't I just leave some on the plate?

Meal planning is such a drag though...or maybe I just wasn't doing it right. Sitting down with 2 or 3 cookbooks, picking out recipes that sounded good, making a long list of ingredients, going to my cabinet to see what I could cross took forever.

I can't remember which one of you it was, but one of the Hot for the Holidays girls mentioned E-Mealz. I have been using their site for 3 weeks now and it is excellent. Basically you can pick whatever type of meal plan you want...low fat, low carb, regular type, ww points, vegetarian, whatever...then choose what store you shop at and how many people you are feeding and it plans 7 dinners for you each week...including side dishes.

The best part is that it prints out an aisle by aisle, detailed shopping list for you, complete with prices so you know exactly what you'll be spending. The meals also follow the weekly store ads/coupons so it is definitely budget friendly. The list is broken down by meal #, so if a particular meal doesn't appeal to you, it is easy to cross those items off the list.

Anyway, we have found the meals to be great so here is their link if you want to try it out. Dave Ramsey is an advocate of it, so if you sign up use the coupon code "dave" to save $2.50...that will make it $2.50/month.
I can't even begin to tell you the time and money it has saved us. I am headed to the grocery store now with my list in hand that took my printer longer to spit out than it did for me to plan it.

I'm looking forward to checking in on the rest of you guys and getting my rear in gear for a better coming week. We leave for Disney in three weeks and I have a feeling we'll be bringing the camera with us.


One More Equals Four said...

Wow, thanks for the E-mealz tip, I'll have to check that out! I had a rough week ,too. I think it was a little rough across the board! Maybe we'll all just work extra hard this week! Good luck!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Hi there! I've visited your blog a few times, but don't think I've ever said hello...
I had a hard week, too, especially with keeping up with my usual workouts. Hoping for a better week for us next week!

Wilson Family said...

I am the same way about making dinner when Darin is gone. I really don't know why... But it seems kind of pointless to make a whole meal... That i will probably eat most of, since there isn't anyone else, besides my two little mouths that will probably only eat a little.
Anyway, I bet you could weigh in and be surprised. Its probably next week that you'll see it on the scale. At least thats how it works for me.
Good luck next week!

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

Something must be in the Fit Friday air...we have all had a bad week. I think we all need to push through this crazy week and know that we can do much better next week. We only have next week before the big turkey day. Next week WILL be better...come on say it with me....

Jennifer Rutherford said...

Wow, I will have to check out that site. I too am TOTALLY beat down making a menu for the week and then making a shopping list. It's so easy to get into a rut! Thanks for the tip!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I too have never understood how just being minus the husband makes me cook poorly or not at all. I made corndogs and grilled cheese sandwiches because my husband was gone last night during supper. Pathetic.

Growin' with it! said...

daggone that mcdonald's...always trying to make us fat. ;o)

and disney? ohhh i'm jealous.

Katelin said...

i. love. my. emealz. i swear its saving me money, and some on the waistline..and in the end, maybe even some grey hairs! the low fat plan is absolutely delicious. i've enjoyed not having to consult the internet or my cookbooks unless i'm feeling a little extra "martha stewart"-ey. :) we will both have better weeks next week!! (p.s. the only reason i havent had burger king (my mcdonalds) is because there arent any around here..instead chic fil a is my sore spot..and they have THE BEST coffee...AND delight french vanilla or hazlenut!!

Emily said...

E-mealz is great...I subscribed for about 6 months and then stopped because I had a zillion recipes! My problem is that I am so darn tired when I get home, and I don't feel like cooking!

On the fast food front--have you ever had McyD's fruit and yogurt parfait? Its pretty delish and its only 3 WW points (which is not too bad for fastfood breakfast).

And as for seeing my (husbands) namesake on the side of a truck?!? What a small world...I mean, I've never met another Strittmatter that I wasn't somehow related to! And if you are anywhere West of Dallas then I am mostly likely related. Apparently there is a Strittmatter "waste removal" company in the NE...and you know what that means? We are SO related to the mob.

Aspiemom said...

I don't like making this public knowledge, but I have to tell husband is away 5-6 days/nights each week. Can you understand why I eat?????? It's really hard when they aren't home. Hard to be disciplines with healthy meals and no snacking.

Bummer about the McDonalds coffee. Just what you need, huh?

Well, you have a new week now to meet your goals and I'll be checking back in on you.

Mom: Fitness Junkie said...

Don't get discouraged! A little slip here and there is to be expected...That's the way life is.

Love the e-mealz thing. I might have to give that a try.

The Smiths said...

Austin was a killer for me last weekend as well - went to the Oasis.

Thanks for the ezmeals tip. I haven't heard of that and it sounds great. I keep a binder of our favorite recipes so that I don't have to constantly flip through cookbooks. I despise meal planning so I feel your pain.

Here's to a good week next week! :)

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Having my menu planned out is key for me...but it can be so time consuming. I'm going to check out the E-mealz. Thanks for the tip.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Okay, something is definitely in the air...sounds like a lot of us had a bad week. I was soooo mad that I didn't lose a single pound this week. Oh week is brand new, right? Still glad I'm doing this with you and all of the other fabulous ladies!

It would have been VERY hard for me to turn down a free cheeseburger meal, too. :)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Okay, something is definitely in the air...sounds like a lot of us had a bad week. I was soooo mad that I didn't lose a single pound this week. Oh week is brand new, right? Still glad I'm doing this with you and all of the other fabulous ladies!

It would have been VERY hard for me to turn down a free cheeseburger meal, too. :)

JMom said...

Kerry- Hope you see's the link!

I am also glad you are enjoying e-mealz. I joined but haven't tried it yet. I need to do it this week!

Posh Mama said...

This was a rough week for me too. Lets all do better next week! That sounds like an interesting website, I should check it out.

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