I don’t really plan my meals much in advance. While I know there is a lot to be said for planning them in advance, I usually don’t plan them all that carefully, mostly because I never quite know what I am going to be doing. I often have a general idea, though. So, Friday evening, my basic idea for Saturday was that my husband and I would go out to lunch, most probably to Panera or Chili’s. Then, we would probably come home and go for a long walk. We often take Friday off from walking, but had walked this Friday. Still, I had intended to walk on Saturday.
Well, I woke up Saturday and that plan was all shot. My allergies that had gone away with medication were back with a vengeance. This time, it wasn’t sneezing so much as my eyes watering and itching. I went to put in my allergy drops in my eyes and found that I was out of medication with no refills remaining. Sigh. So, I just felt wretched the entire day and didn’t want to do anything. I looked up pollen counts and found that the tree pollen counts have been unseasonably high so that long walk on Friday probably hadn’t helped me.
About mid-day, my husband asked if I wanted to go out to eat. I told that I really didn’t, but I also didn’t really want to cook anything either. He had to run an errand and I suggested he pick something up. We decided he would stop at Subway. Now, in the past this is the type of situation where I would get in trouble. I would feel bad and order a too high calorie sandwich, plus a cookie and chips. I would then end up eating it, but would still want something to eat in the evening and so would end up with a day where I had no calorie deficit. This was particularly a risk on Saturday since it was going to be a low activity day.
But, this was a time when planning came in handy. I figured out how many calories I was willing to eat for the day (a little more than normal but not a lot more than normal). I figured out what I would want to eat for the rest of the day. I planned to have soup for dinner (120 calories) and then planned for a couple of snacks. I then deducted that from the calories I had available for the day and came up with what I could afford to eat at Subway. I decided that I would have some jalapeno chips (yes, junk, I know), but no cookie. Then, I used the Subway nutritional calculator to figure out what sandwich I could have. I swiftly decided that the Chipotle sauce would have to go and that plain mustard would be fine. But eventually, I came up a sandwich that met my criteria.
I ended up enjoying the sandwich and chips. The soup for dinner was very good. I switched around the snacks a bit, but I ended the day with 40 calories left over and had a small calorie deficit for the day.
Granted I didn’t plan on Friday what I would eat on Saturday. But, I do think it helped a lot to plan out the rest of the day once I realized it would be a low activity day and I knew that I wanted to have something from Subway.
Does planning help you with staying on track with your food?