Monday 25 June 2012

Meal Planning Monday

Today a truly heinous thing occurred. The lovely Jackie from Bolton Market sent me some pictures that had been taken on Saturday for Love Your Local Market. Now, I'm not totally daft as a brush, and I knew I had put a few pounds on with all my cake testing (all in the interest of the general public...). However, today's pictures prompted:
a - a quivery lip
b - a good whinge to my friend Emma
c - rage at my own gluttony
d - new jogging pants
e - a visit to the gym. That's right, I did not say tea shop and I didn't mention restaurant. The gym. Place of horror and misery. 

Do you see the progression I have made this afternoon? Having not set foot in a gym for over two years I decided it was prudent to do 'Legs, Bums and Tums' and then (in my infinite wisdom) I announced I was staying for 'Body Combat'. 

Two hours later I have arrived home looking like I have just been on the receiving end of a badly executed chemical face peel, a perm and with legs that are made of something of a similar structure to tagliatelle. If you follow me on Twitter, please expect much whiney behaviour tomorrow, as I'm sure my calf muscles are already half an inch shorter than they should be, and my face is stinging. 

However, this level of pain makes me more determined to eat well this week. I'm not wasting this effort by scoffing contraband. I'll allow myself little treats at weekends, but for the foreseeable future, I'm behaving. So here goes:

Monday: Vegetable cous cous with chargrilled chicken and a dollop of low fat coleslaw (it's from M&S so doesn't taste like wallpaper paste)
Tuesday: Chicken breast with vegetables and gravy
Wednesday: Low fat sausage butties on wholemeal rolls with brown sauce (husband - sans brown sauce...)
Thursday: Simon Rimmer's turkey burgers with sweet potato fries. I learned how to make these when I went to his cookery demo on Saturday!
Friday: Hehehehehe!!! Much excitement followed by a helping of eating out. We are Manchester bound!
Saturday: I have no idea whatsoever. I'm being honest! Not sure what plans we have yet.
Sunday: I'm thinking some sort of healthy roast with some nice vegetables. Might even do a couple of roasties. Crazy mother...

Here's to a week of saint-like behaviour... If any of you have any healthy suggestions, please share... you might have gathered, it's not my forte... 


  1. Oh the joy of going back to the gym :(

  2. Poor thing - being a foodie fighting a perpetual battle with my waistline I do feel your pain. But much, much kudos for two gym classes in one go!!

    The two key things I have learned since starting to blog are:
    1) I never need as much food as I think I do. I have trained myself into smaller portions and do, in fact, now find a 60g portion of pasta to be enough. Smaller plates help.

    2) you can pretty much always half the amount of butter or oil specified in a recipe to nondetrimental effect. If it's a Jamie Oliver recipe you can quarter it and they'll still be plenty. A good non stick frying pan is your friend.

    Enjoy your week - food still sounds yummy!


    1. Thanks folks! Sat on the sofa craving a Milkybar. I'm a lost cause...

  3. I'm in the same boat! I lost 1 and a half stone on slimming world and was a real skinny Minnie for a year - kept it off the whole time! But now I've put on half a stone again and had the same quivery lip feeling the other day, need to be good now, luckily I've got no money for meals out at the mo :(

  4. This is a great meal plan. I think you are sensible to have treats at weekends, the 80/20 rule works well for me too. You can do it!

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