August 2, 2011

August Organization

I decided that since I am moving this month, it was time to re-organize some things. Even though I am not in school or on the school schedule, I love that August feels as though it's the beginning of a new year. It's a chance to start fresh (thankful that really every day is a chance to start fresh!)

One thing that I am really terrible about is my eating habits. Not only health wise, but I also tend to eat out way more than I should. It's been a really busy couple of months at work and so I find that I am "rewarding" myself for getting through it by eating out more. It's ridiculous really and it has got to stop.
So I decided to do some meal planning. I have meal planned in the past and never really stuck with it. Recently I saw the idea of meal planning for an entire month and I really loved that idea. Because I am cooking for myself, 1 meal will last for several lunches and dinners so planning for a month helps me plan out more variety.

So here is a glimpse of my meal planning "supplies"
Most of my meals are from recipe cards I have, my crockpot cookbook or the internet. For the next 2 weeks I have planned meals that can be easily frozen--so I eat half now and am freezing the other half so the week after I move I will have those meals available instead of eating out.

This months menu include: Pasta Bake, Chicken Spaghetti, Slow Cooked Sirloin Steaks, Chicken Enchiladas, and Turkey Burgers.

After I planned out my menus, I figured out what all groceries I needed and I went last week and bought everything that would stay throughout the month. Here is everything I got minus the meat, cheeses and milk:

So hopefully by putting this out there it will make me feel a little more accountable to all 2 of my readers to stick with it ;) I changed it around a little already because I made stuffed shells when Erin came over Saturday, so I decided to wait until next week to make the pasta bake and moved the slow-cooked sirloins to today. That has been another benefit for me of planning out the month because I have everything on hand for all of these meals so if I'm in the mood for something different I can move them around.

I even have a few breakfasts planned out to get me through this month so I'm not as tempted to take a detour to my Morning Drink Stop. More to come on those.

I'm excited to see how this goes!


Nicki said...

Get it girl!

Anonymous said...

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