I’ve lost my meal planning motivation. I used to enjoy sitting down and surrounding myself with recipes to plan out our meals, but the past several years that train has lost its steam and has unfortunately, come to a grinding halt. I simply do not enjoy planning and cooking anymore.
Perhaps its due to my husband losing a lot of weight and working hard to maintain that weight loss. Perhaps it is my own weight loss journey that has made meal planning no fun. Maybe it’s being a homeschool mom or mom of many that has me exhausted. Or maybe, just maybe, its a season…one I must ride out.
I’ve already simplified my lunch routine to make it super easy – you can read about our Easy Lunch Plan here. But, I still found myself dreading meal planning and meal making decisions. If I could eat out every single meal every single day, I would. Totally unrealistic…totally honest. I’ve just been muddling along, until this past weekend…
This past weekend, I finally finished the Make Over Your Mornings course.
I am so glad it’s a lifetime membership! It about took me that long to finish it! In one of the sessions, she talks about coming up with simple solutions to lessen how many decisions I needed to make in the course of a day. Then, she mentioned breakfast…and the light bulb went off!
Breakfast is not my thing. It’s probably due to the fact that my husband has never required me to make breakfast for him. For years, he didn’t even eat it, and since his weight loss, he has specific things he eats – none of which require me to cook. However, every morning, I have a multitude of children asking me what there is to eat for this first meal of the day, and I sort of just stare at them with this un-caffeinated blank look as I wait for the Keurig to warm up my brain. So, when Crystal Paine asked the question – what can you do to lessen the decision load – a simple breakfast solution was definitely first on the list!
That’s when it occurred to me that I already had a solution at my fingertips – an ebook I had purchased several months back and never even opened – Kim Sorgious’ DIY Breakfast Station!
Now that we are doing DIY Breakfast Station, the boxes of food are there waiting for the children every morning. Once they got the hang of it, no one needed to ask me what they could have for breakfast. It was truly one less decision I had to make – and that, my friends, is priceless! Get your copy of DIY Breakfast Station HERE!
So, we now have our Breakfast plan in place, our Lunch plan in place, and the only thing left is the Dinner plan. This is where I chose to be semi-creative. I chose 5 meals that didn’t require much energy to put together, and I purchased those ingredients. I chose to go with only 5 because when you are struggling, it’s good to keep things as simple as possible and not go overboard with plans. I went shopping right after I made the above video and I purchased everything on the DIY Breakfast Station list, as well as the soup, salad, and sandwich fixin’s for lunch, and the items needed to make the 5 dinner meals.
Then, I solved one last problem…
I set a timer on my phone to tell me to start dinner:
Every day this alarm goes off. It tells me to stop what I’m doing, no matter how important I think it is, and turn my attention toward feeding the family. It might seem like a silly little thing, but this reminder has been a lifesaver! It’s helped me stay focused, and not find myself scrambling last minute to get dinner on the table.
This is just one more way I am simplifying the path so I can enjoy the journey more!