Monday, 7 January 2013

Meal Planning Monday (7th January 2013)

Morning Mealplanners!

I had very much intended to get my meal planning done last night however after hosting a party for seven year olds in the afternoon, all I could do was eat Chinese food and drink wine so meal planning kind of went out of the window! Never mind, I'm doing it now...

It's the first proper #mealplanningmonday of 2013 and for me it signals the start of the diet again. Boo. I managed to only put on about 2lbs, which isn't bad as I hadn't been dieting since beginning of December leaving my total weight loss at 11lb. I'm back to counting calories with My Fitness Pal and fasting two days a week - today is my first fast day which means I am going to starve all day and think about food non-stop. It's going to be hard, today is my daughters birthday and there's a big chocolate cake for when she gets home, but I shall resist! I'm trying to not be too harsh on myself though as I want to get back into cooking more again and am to take part in a bit of a 52 in 52 challenge - 52 new recipes from 52 different cookbooks in 2013. Ambitious huh? So I'm going to cook some ordinary meals but just have smaller portions or veg them up.

So this is what this week looks like...

Baked potatoes with a variety of toppings 
Chilli with chorizo
Ginger beef
Spaghetti bolognese
Mushroom tacos

On nights when I am fasting, I will have soup so I'll forego with baked potatoes and the pizza. The ginger beef and mushroom tacos are new recipes for my 52 in 52 challenge and I'll blog them when I've made them!

So, over to you guys! 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've tried to drum up some interest on Twitter and have some good RT's and lots of people talking about #mealplanningmonday and showing interest so hopefully we'll see some new people joining in during 2013.   I've also re-started my monthly recipe Link Party so if you've make something in January that you want to share, add it to the Linky on that page which you can find HERE. Would really love to get more people involved with that one.

Look forward to hearing all about your plans for January - I bet there's a lot of healthy planning going on!


  1. Ooh ginger beef sounds good. Happy New Year! :)

  2. Yummy to your menu, hope you have recovered after the party now :-)

    Happy 2013 x

  3. Fasting! Gosh, I wish I had your willpower, I couldn't do that.

    Good luck this week, your plan sounds yummy x

  4. Ginger Beef sounds good :)
    Have linked a recipe too x

  5. Really don't like the idea of fasting. You blood sugar must plummet. Doesn't it give you a headache? The rest of the meals sound nice, though.

  6. Those tacos sounds scrummy! Lovely to see more people planning and linking here!
    Meal planning this week saved me about £50, as I was about to place an online grocery order and stopped, looked in my cupboards/freezer and planned weekly schedule around what I already have! Go me!

  7. Finally got back to doing this again and hopefully I'll keep it up. Another one on the post-Christmas diet. I've tried the 5/2 fasting option but couldn't keep it up for long so I'm just calorie counting using the Food Focus website.

  8. You have inspired me to do a meal plan. I never do one and normally have a major panic about 4pm, thinking about dinner!

  9. I wish the mister& kids liked chilli, I really like it but they don't so I just don't have it :(

  10. Good luck with the diet and it's good to see lots of people joining in with #mealplanningmonday

  11. I do not like the fasting idea, but good luck!

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