Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Now how many calories are there in katsup ???

I don't know if I am getting older or if menu planning according to calories is just plain hard, but yesterday wound up kind of a disaster. I decided to get a jump on this dreaded job before school while my son was occupied in the wonders of NASA , and I started to plan the menu. It involved a lot of stops to figure out how many calories are in a tablespoon of crasins, find the jar of spaghetti sauce to get it's nutritional information and so forth. Repeat that a billion times. Then go back to change the plan because what was planned is not going to be portable for hubby or remembering this is a food that son really gags on or it provokes an autistic behavior. Then realizing we had the same main ingredient for lunch or that this is something tht would be impossible to make because of comittments on that day and......suddenly it was 2 pm, we had not done school and I was questioning why calorie count information in real life use is so hard to find. I started having fantasies about a grocery flyer that listed not only the price of the sale item, but its calorie count and other NI as well. Good news is I got it done and we salvaged the school day. Bad news is today I have to start laying out the lesson plan for next week- or I should say the hunting down of materials for the week , AND catch up on the things we missed yesterday.

Breakfast was a Thomases lite english muffin, 2 T almond butter and a carton of probiotic yogert with coffee-400 calories. Looking at it I thought this will never last, but it did.

When we had lunch I was starving and annoyed ! I had a Bocca burger on an Arnolds Thin, cup of homemade minestrone soup, salad with romaine, tomatoes and cucumbers and a bag of smart food. Crunchy appeals when I am annoyed. Calorie count-425

Afternoon snack was an apple, 17 almonds and a snack pack pudding for 290 calories

Dinner was late as hubby was in another software meeting till late. This factor really saved the day , as we were able to get in what school we did because of the delay. Dinner was turkey meat loaf in the crock pot ( I added too much liquid to the mix and it was the consistency of meat pudding) steamed green beans, roast turnip and carrots with sliced cucumbers for 420 calories. Roasting any veggie brings out a new depth of flavor to it.

Evening snack at 310 calories, bringing my total count for the day to 1845. Hubby had a rough day as well, and we were just happy to have the day over and be together. We watched Dancing with the Stars and 18 Kids and Counting as we took cake of evening details and joked with each other. Nice evening.

Today is another day, and I am not going to let The Detail Monster make me crazy !


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

The devil is in the details, or so they say! What's so impressive to me is that even though you were frustrated with the planning, you still did it, and you still made great choices.

Sometimes my day gets away from me too, and we end up doing school in the afternoon rather than the morning. In my house, that doesn't make anybody happy!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I have been homeschooling for 12 years now, and it has never felt "right" doing school later in the day . There are families that do it and do it well, but for me it always feels like a failure if it is not done early in the day. Perhaps it is because that fits the model of school we all did as part of mainstream schooling. Menu planning has been 0one of those things that I have learned has to be done no matter how I feel about it. Biggest reason was for economy at first, then when we started losing weight it became necessary to insure we had enough healthy choices in the house. Weeks when I have decided to "just shop and wing it" always prove to be a disaster, with me panicking at about 4 pm wondering what to make for dinner and what to pack for hubby's breakfast and lunch the next day . As unpleasant as it is, it just has to be done, and now with the discovery of the calorie problem , that becomes as importaint of a factor as cost and so forth. It will get easier, but those first couple weeks are a killer !

TimCote7 said...

If you're cooking then meat pudding actually sounds pretty good.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

LOL Tim ! How could it be's meat and pudding rolled into one. Sort of like fudge covered bacon. Drooooooooool.....

Alana said...

My aspie son LOVES it on the weeks that I plan all our meals and post them on the fridge.

I homeschool, too. And I've just started working on changing my lifestyle and (hopefully) losing weight.

I think, therefore, I like your blog.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Hi Alana !

With my son the menu has to be posted on the fridge as well. For the longest time we had to post the menu, school lesson plans and daily event schedule on a white board. He has progressed, and now we keep a whiteboard calender where is also includes things he deems important. For school this year we are doing something called workboxes, and it really helps to keep him on task and avoids this perception that the day is unending. Makes for a fair amount of planning time for mom, but I definitely see the benefits with him.

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