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What’s For Dinner? Menu Planning

Welcome to What’s For Dinner? Menu Planning

29 days ago we started creating and sharing our weekly menu plans. I read Somewhere that it takes 21[ish] days to create a habit.

According to Life Hack, with a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick:

  1. Commit to Thirty Days – Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.
  2. Make it Daily – Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick. Activities you do once every few days [or weeks] are trickier to lock in as habits.
  3. Start Simple – Don’t try to completely change your life in one day. It is easy to get over-motivated and take on too much.
  4. Remind Yourself – Around two weeks into your commitment it can be easy to forget. Place reminders to execute your habit each week.
  5. Stay Consistent – The more consistent your habit the easier it will be to stick. When cues like time of day, place and day of the week are the same in each case it is easier to stick.
  6. Get a Buddy [Or a weekly blog link-up 😉 ]– Find someone [or a group] who will go along with you and keep you motivated if you feel like quitting.
  7. Be Imperfect – Don’t expect all your attempts to change habits to be successful immediately. Try your best, but expect a few bumps along the way.
  8. Know the Benefits – Familiarize yourself with and recognize the benefits of making a change.

Does menu planning feel like a habit to you now? Does it feel like more of a weekly routine task?

This is our last week of the “official” menu planning challenge, but Laura and I agreed that we want to continue the weekly What’s For Dinner link-up for the encouragement, accountability, support and, don’t forget, recipe ideas. We will have giveaways sporadically along the way. Keep menu planning and visit FItness, Health and Happiness and/or Mommy Run Fast to link up and share.

This week I’m trying a few new recipes that have been on my to-try list forever. Like the Orange “Beef” Broccoli, Protein Muffin Tops and a new vegan soup recipe.

On the menu for this week…

(Template shared with me by Lisa at Smart Food and Fit)

Last week’s Flavor Doctor winner is Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land.

What new recipes have you tried lately? 



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  1. I have had fun joining you guys in this, although this week I had a huge blogging fail. I still made my weekly meals though! My new recipe for this week was a dessert though! 🙂 It is the holidays after all! I think the next challenge needs to be a workout one!

  2. I can finally say that yes, I am back in the habit of menu planning, and it is so great! Not only has it been a huge time saver, I think we are saving money on our grocery bill because of it too.
    Thanks for the giveaway! I am so excited–I love Flavor Doctor!

    1. Hi Candy! I definitely spend more money when I go to the store without a plan.

  3. I really should menu plan. I did last year and things went a lot smoother. Maybe next week you’ll see me linking up.

    I made potato soup and really liked it. I didn’t think I would but fresh is very different than the canned soup I grew up on.

    1. Hi Carli! Yes. Join us! I would love to see your meal plan. Is it weird that I think it’s fun to see what everyone is eating 🙂

  4. Sure wish we could get into meal planning but we are totally fly by the seat of your pants kind of people and never really know what we’ll have. Except last week I made one crock pot dinner (so good, from The Lean Green Bean, a lentil vegetable lasagna). So this week, I have 2 crock pot meals planned but that’s about as far as we go with planning lol

    I don’t cook so this crock pot cooking is really a test but hubby can whip something together in 20-30 min. so I let him do it.

    Great tips though and something I have been following lately to keep a food journal.

    1. Hi Angie. Your crock pot planning is a start! Maybe that’s all you need to make life a little easier and what works for your family. I have friends that train by the seat of their pants and that just baffles me haha!

  5. I love the tips you shared this weeK!! I really need to do better at menu plans!! Have a great Sunday! Spa <3

    1. Thanks Jenna! Once you get into the habit the planning gets so much easier.

  6. I definitely feel like I’ve gotten back into the habit of menu planning, after this month. I’m excited to keep it going, too!

  7. I love reading your meal plan ideas! Thanks for sharing Jill!

    1. Thank you Jenelle! Is it weird that I like to see what everyone is eating. A meal voyeur 🙂

  8. It is certainly becoming a habit…like I feel out of sorts if I head out to the store without planning the week ahead!!

  9. I love menu planning! It takes a lot of stress out of a busy schedule when you have a lot going on each week. As for new recipe…that would have to be a cajun chicken recipe I found on pinterest loaded with peppers.

  10. I was so sad to have missed that RW trip! Next year! Cool to see you tackling your 12 in2012 goal! I am doing 6 in 6 months starting those November! Which will also be my first half race…I’ve run it just not in race form 😉

    1. The anticipation of your first [any distance] race is so exciting! Good luck with the 6 in 6! The running is the easy part. It’s the logistics that make these challenges tough.

  11. It looks like this has gone so well! It’s such a great initiative, and as I said before, I am totally jumping on this bandwagon as soon as I properly move into my new life. Menu planners beware – I currently live off subway, oats, carrots and diet coke. Ick.

    1. Interesting diet Kate haha! Moving makes all of the day to day stuff difficult. I’m looking forward to seeing your menus 🙂

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