Monday, 11 February 2013

Meal Planning Monday (11th February 2013)

Hi Mealplanners! How was your week?

Mine was okay but if I had to pick a word to sum it up it would be HUNGRY. The first full week back on the diet is always tough but I've made it through with only one small tantrum mid-week. The problem being a food-lover and someone who likes to cook is that it makes dieting especially miserable.  Anyway, I survived and managed a 4lb weight loss so seemingly it was all worth it and it does spur me on and make me less likely to sabotage my hard work.  The toughest part I think has been my no-wine vow. Last time I dieted I restricted myself to weekends, this time I'm having a whole month off and can't take a sip until 1st March - special occasion wine drinking only.  I really think I was starting to drink too much so I am nipping it in the bud as it had become quite a habit.

Last week we managed 43 submissions, a bit down on the previous week but still pretty-darned impressive so well done you guys. I'm about halfway through commenting but got sidetracked last night when I started writing this blog post. Sorry. I'll get back to it today whilst I am waiting for Samsung to come fix my fridge.

So anyway, I'm sticking to the diet for another week and going in with the ready meals again. Not from Aldi and no they're not Findus.  The discovery of M&S Fuller Longer, like I mentioned last week, has been a great one - whilst I'm not sure they keep me fuller for longer, they are delicious and make diet dinners less of a chore.  The rest of the family are having...

Hot dogs and onions
Chilli beef and broccoli stir-fry
Fishcake and mixed veggies 
Roast chicken dinner and the all trimmings
Vegetable lasagne
Chicken korma

Lucky them huh? I'll probably join them with the fishcakes and the veggie lasagne as I can make them lower-calorie.

Right, time for you to share your meal plans for this week. If you're new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this - write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you've not got a blog but want to join in, that's fine - just leave a comment below telling us what you're planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.  I like messages so don't worry about bothering me!

As mentioned before the monthly recipe Link Party for February is now active and will run until the end of February, so remember to share any recipes you blog this month on that page which you can find HERE

Look forward to catching up with you through the week.


  1. Lovely new badge by the way :-) mmmm chilli beef and broccoli stir fry sounds might fine. Is it wrong I feel like some now this early...

  2. I am doing well on the 5:2 diet and find the recipes I am creating are keeping me full too! Sorry I missed last week, I was away and not able to log in to my blog! Karen

  3. Good luck with the diet. You can make most of those recipes low calorie, not just the lasagne - I made a low fat chicken korma last week from a Slimming World recipe for instance. Though if there is a healthy version of hotdogs, someone please tell me! (Quorn sausages perhaps)

  4. Well done on the 4lb, thats fantastic. I can sympathise with the cooking not eating thing. I'm a diabetic that loves baking cakes!! I've yet to find a suitably nice tasting sugar free recipe xx

  5. hey, congrats on the weight loss, that's a brill start. It is so hard to cook and then not share in the rewards. Hope this week goes well too!

  6. Well done on the weight loss! I love the M&S Fuller Longer range - I had a lovely Thai curry recently that was delicious. Good luck this week!

  7. Thank you for hosting - glad I am not the only one who gets side tracked ;-) Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  8. Wow! Well done on the 4lb weight loss! Being hungry is worth it for that result! I miss Marks and spencer food!

  9. Love the sound of the menu this week and very well done on the weight loss.

    Thank you as always for hosting

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