As you read through this meal plan, keep in mind that Mom was on vacation last week. Even though she was technically at home, she was rarely at home; she was out and about all day, every day, doing her favorite things. While I’m completely happy that Mom got some time for herself, you’ll just have to imagine my crazy frustration when trying to pin her down for a balanced meal. The wild swings in calorie intakes reveal our very real day-to-day struggle.
Breakfast: 1/2 cup dry old fashioned Quaker oats (150) made with 1 cup water, topped with 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (14 grams = 80) + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (70) = 300
*Andie note: Mom was out all day and told me later that evening that she simply “lost track of time,” so she never ate. For the record, this has almost never happened to me.
Dinner: Grilled cheeseburger (5 ounces cooked 85% lean ground beef (60 calories per ounce = 300 total) + ½ ounce American cheese (50)= 350) + 1 Parker House roll (120) + 1 1/2 cups zucchini, summer squash, and cherry tomatoes (~30) sauteed with garlic in 1 teaspoon olive oil (30) + 1 ear corn on the cob (~100) = 630
*Andie note: We must do better than 1060.
Brunch: Ham and Cheese Wrap
1 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Lavash (100) + 3 ounces all-natural baked ham, thinly sliced (100) + 1 Laughing Cow Light French Onion Cheese Wedge (35) + 2 teaspoons mustard (10) + 1 cup baby spinach leaves (<5) = 250
+ 2 cups cherries (140) = 390
Dinner: 2 all-natural all-beef hot dogs (160 per hot dog = 320) + 2 teaspoons mustard (10) + 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish (15) + 1/2 cup Bush’s baked beans (150) + 2 cups mixed green salad (30) + 2 tablespoons Ken’s Light Caesar dressing (80) + 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese (35) = 640
*Andie note: Hot dogs make Mom’s day. For real.
Dessert: Small slice of chocolate cake (200)
Breakfast: 1 1/2 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O’s (150) + 1/2 medium banana (~50) + 3/4 cup 1% milk (75) = 275
Lunch: same wrap as Tuesday(250) + 2 cups red grapes (120) = 370
Big-time Andie note: This day upsets me. Mom took a solo day trip to Cape Cod to do some decorating at her sister’s house. I made sure to pack her a lunch in a cooler because I know how she is when she’s in creative mode: go-go-go. I knew she’d be so wrapped up in decorating that she wouldn’t take time out for a meal unless it was prepped and ready to be eaten immediately. That worked well. What didn’t work so well was Mom’s decision to not stop for dinner. I called her and said, “Stop and get something.” She told me she wasn’t hungry at the time, but that she might just have a bite to eat when she got home. “You can have leftovers or even a bowl of cereal if you want something really quick. Just eat something.” She rushed off the phone in a decorating fluster. The next morning I asked, “Well?” And no, nothing. “I didn’t want anything,” she told me, “and it was so late by the time I got home…”
If she wasn’t hungry, that’s one thing (and to be honest, I’m not sure how that could be true), but time of day is not a good enough reason to eat so few calories.
Breakfast: 2 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O’s (200) + 1 cup 1% milk (110) = 310
Lunch: Corned beef sandwich
2 slices Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Bread (220) + 2 ounces Dietz & Watson Corned Beef deli meat, sliced paper thin (60) + 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedge (35) + 1 teaspoon mustard (5) + 2 large leaves romaine lettuce and 2 thick slices of tomato (10) = 330
+ 1 1/2 cups cantaloupe (~75) = 405
Dinner: 8 ounces of Butter-Crumb Baked Haddock (use this recipe and substitute haddock = 300), 1 cup sauteed peppers and onions (40 for raw vegetables + 30 for 1 teaspoon olive oil = 70) + 1 1/2 cups Parmesan roasted cauliflower (get the recipe in this post = 120) = 490
Breakfast: 1 3/4 cups Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch (~200) + 1 cup 1% milk (110) = 310
*Andie note: OMG, this is the organic and better-for-you version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Mom bought it for herself at the supermarket and, well, the rest is sweet, sweet history.
Out to lunch: Turkey sandwich (2 thick-cut slices turkey breast with lettuce, tomato, and mustard on a bulkie roll) = 400
Snack: Small vanilla soft serve cone at Dairy Queen (230)
Dinner: 1 cup cooked pasta (200) + ~1 1/4 cups super-duper quick & easy meat sauce (260) + 2 cups mixed salad (30) + 1 tablespoon Ken’s Light Caesar dressing (40) = 530
Make the super-quick & easy meat sauce: In a large skillet, brown 1 pound of 93% lean ground beef with 2 minced garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, add one 24-ounce jar of your favorite marinara sauce (I highly recommend Rao’s brand, which is pricey, but worth every penny). Add 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil and stir to combine. Serve immediately over the cooked pasta of your choice.
Dessert: 1 Edy’s Outshine Blueberry Fruit Bar (70)
Breakfast: 1 egg (70) cooked in 1 teaspoon olive oil (30) + 1 slice Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Bread (110) + 1 teaspoon butter (~30) + 1 teaspoon Bonne Maman raspberry preserves (~20) + 2/3 cup strawberries (~30) + 1/2 cup blueberries (40) = 320
No lunch [Andie sigh]
Snack: 1 1/2 cups cherries (100) + 1 cup cantaloupe (50) = 150
Dinner: 5 ounces marinated and grilled barbecue chicken (150 for chicken alone + 60 for marinade/sauce= 210) + 1 1/2 cups cinnamon-dusted sweet potatoes (get the recipe in this post = 200) + 1 1/2 cups steamed Italian green beans (50) = 460
Much to my dismay, Mom skipped breakfast. She slept later than expected and was then rushing to get ready to go downtown to a friend’s daughter’s baby shower.
Lunch at the baby shower: dressed salad (100), sauteed green beans (75), small piece of baked haddock (200), 2 thin slices grilled steak (150), slice of cake (350) = 875
Dinner: 5 ounces marinated and grilled steak tips (300 for steak alone since beef sirloin is 60 calories per ounce + 40 calories for marinade = 340) + 1 medium baked potato (150) + 1/2 tablespoon butter (50) + 1 1/2 cups steamed green beans (50) = 590
Week 5 Weigh-In:
Starting Weight: 210
Week 1 Weight: 201.4 (down 8.6)
Week 2 Weight: 199.4 (down 2.0)
Week 3 Weight: 199 (down 0.4)
Week 4 Weight: 196 (down 3)
Week 5 Weight: 194.4 (down 1.6)
Total Pounds Lost: 15.6
Mom’s Week 5 Thoughts:
“Hi to all my friends,
I am happy to say that I am still dieting, which for me is pretty good since I never stick with any diets. In the past I have tried many and made it through the daytime only to come home and have Yodels or half moons from Roche Brothers grocery store (I would stop on the way home from work and pick up two–one was never enough). Believe me when I tell you that I have not done that for the past five weeks! I have been loving the variety that Andrea has made for me, and enjoyed the fact that now I can have some Edy’s Fruit bars or another light treat. I really do appreciate a sweet here and there and these fit the bill and keep me from straying.
I would still have to say that grocery shopping is still rather unbearable for me as I notice that all the junk food I love is always on sale ( I am amazed at the sales they have for all my snacks). These past two days have been trying and difficult to not want to eat up, and yet I do notice that my clothes are becoming looser and that makes me stop and re-evaluate my weaknesses. I have such a love for red meat and Andrea thinks I eat too much of it, but I don’t really like to eat too much chicken or fish (I will only eat haddock.) I told Andrea the other day that I can’t believe how bad I look when I walk into a dressing room and see myself as I’m approaching the mirror down the end of the dressing room. You feel good when you weigh yourself and see the numbers dropping and you sort of get this false sense of “I’m not that big!” Until you see yourself in a mirror from far away, and then that tune changes to, “Oh my God, why bother? I am way too far gone.” I don’t know where Andrea got her motivation or will power, but it was not from me. Please don’t hate me for being so frank, but I can’t believe what I see sometimes looking back at me.
With that said, there are a lot of horrible things happening in the world and my diet is so much easier than the tragedies that people are living with, so please excuse my whining! I am a very lucky person to have Andrea’s help, fabulous meals and your friendship!!!
Thank you all, wishing you all much happiness.
P.S. I call Andrea “Francie” because her dad’s middle name was Francis and I always loved that name, so Andrea is my little Francie.”