Make-ahead Meal Plan, Exercise Schedule, & Weekly Weigh In {July 6th, 2015}

Organize Yourself Skinny Make-ahead Meal Plan, Exercise Schedule, and Weigh In July 6th 2015

I love the 4th of July. Honestly, I think it might be my favorite holiday. I love how it is a time for everyone to get together and just relax. There’s no worrying about big dinners, presents, or anything of the sort. Nope. All ya gotta do it throw some meat on the grill, grab stuff for s’mores, hang out around the campfire with friends and family, and of course enjoy fireworks. It is a great holiday.

Now that summertime is in full swing I am finding I need to protect my schedule. It is very easy to let days go by and getting nothing accomplished. I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy the lazy days of summer but I tend to go crazy if there is work to be done and we are just sitting around staring at each other. Plus, I don’t know about your kids, but if mine sit too long my days will be spent reffering fight after fight. That is NOT how I want to spend my summer so I make it a point to plan out our days. Not just activies for the kids but also what my work, cleaning, and exercise schedule is going to be. I quickly learned that if those things are not planned out then none of it would happen. And if I don’t get the things done that I want and need to then I am not a very pleasant person. Just saying. Mama gots stuff to do! I know you a lot of you understand. So anyway, I do my best to plan. It always comes back to planning doesn’t it? Planning = my sanity.

Okay, lets talk about my weekly weigh in. Despite hanging out at our cabin and eating way too much junk I was still able to lose 1.5 lbs. ** I should note that I did my weigh in on Friday before leaving for the cabin to celebrate the 4th. Soooo it could be higher now but I don’t have a scale here so we will just go with a loss this week 🙂



Here are my stats then I will get to my thoughts.

SW: 177

GW: 130

LWW: 149.5

CW: 148.0

PL: -1.5

As I said I could have done way better with my eating last week. It’s so hard when I am hanging out with my family. Not that they force me to eat or there is a ton of “bad” food lying around I just tend to eat without thinking and drink too much wine. Just saying. But…I tried my hardest to stay active. I was able to get in 3 solid runs on my treadmill and do all my strength training exercises. In addition to that I went on a hike 1-2 times a day while at our cabin. So fortunately all the extra exercise worked in my favor this week. Phew! Because honestly if I had to see another weight gain this week I would have committed myself to romaine hearts and grapes all week. Just kidding I wouldn’t torture myself like that but I do know when I need to get it together.

My exercise schedule this week is going to be similar to last week. I am still at my cabin for a couple days so I don’t have access to my treadmill. This means my cardio will continue to be hiking around the land. I think tomorrow I am going to try and run it. Hopefully, I don’t break anything. I also brought my exercise bands with me to do some strength training. When I get back into town my exercise schedule will look like this.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday


  • 45 minutes on the treadmill (10 minute warm up, 20 minute run, 10 powerwalk on an incline, 5 minute cool down)



  • 30 -50 squats
  • 20 – 30 lounges


  • bicep curls and tricep extensions using my exercise bands.
  • 25 modified pushups

If you are looking for more exercise then click here. OYS writer Melissa put together a ton of exercises and routines for us to follow.

Now on to my weekly meal plan. Spending a lot of time at our cabin is fun and relaxing but it also makes planning my weekly meal plan a little difficult. I try my best to stick to it but admittedly I have struggle over the last couple weeks.

I am not home today to do any food prep so I am putting recipes on my meal plan that are easier to prepare the day I make them.

As always my meal plan is on Plan to Eat. If you are a subscriber then make sure to friend me (username organizeyourselfskinny). Once we are friends you will have access to my meal plans, adjust them as needed, and print out grocery lists. Also, please keep in mind; I have to manually approve all requests so if I don’t respond within a couple days then just shoot me an email. I try my best to get to all of them but sometimes a couple might fall through the cracks.

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Here is what I am eating this week.


Detox smoothie

Broccoli and cheddar egg bake

Make ahead tips

  • Smoothies will be made the morning I drinking them. If you have questions about green smoothies check out my tutorial.
  • Egg bake will be made Tuesday.


Cucumber sandwiches – recipe will go up this week

Tuna salad (no mayo)

Make- ahead tips

  • Cucumber sandwiches will be made the day I eat them.
  • Tuna salad will be made Wednesday.

Here is pic of the cucumber sandwiches I made over the weekend.



Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo Mac n Cheese

Balsamic Beef

Steakhouse Pizza

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Make-ahead tips

  • Buffalo chicken will be made tomorrow. I will save a cup or so for the mac and cheese later in the week.
  • Balsamic beef will be made on Wedneday. I will save a cup or so for the pizza later in the week.
  • Slow cooker meal will be prepped the night before I make it.

Meal planning has made a huge difference in helping me lose weight. It keeps me focused, intentional, and organize with the foods I eat. You can read all about this weight loss strategy and the others I use in my new ebook, Organize Yourself Skinny: 5 Strategies to Help Busy People Lose Weight and Create a Healthier Lifestyle. I also include a free bonus 4 week make ahead meal plan with purchase! If you are a blogger check out my affiliate program.

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  1. Sometimes I skim over your post because I do not want to feel convicted about my own weigh problem. But I keep following you because I know I need too, you inspire me. Keep up the good work.

  2. melissa says:

    Well said Connie.
    I do the same thing. My eating/exercising has gone off the rails these past four months but I keep reading her posts. Eventually I will pull myself out of this slump and I will have all these great ideas and recipes stored up and ready to be lived.

  3. Hi Tammy,
    Have been trying to friend you via Plan to Eat. Invitation sent, but no response. I sent it again. Hope you will see it and respond. I am so looking forward to incorporating your ideas. Thanks, Mandy.

  4. I just found your blog and I have to say, it is very informative, thank you for sharing!! I immediately related to this post because I follow this famous saying: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin

  5. Kim Smith says:

    Hi Tammy! I signed up for Plan to Eat and I have sent a friend request two or three times to you. I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. Any suggestions? Thank you for all you do. This is just what I have been looking for!

  6. Monique Lathrop says:

    I’m having a hard time getting started and staying on task. It seems so overwhelming to change my entire way of being. But, I know that I must because if I dont I will just get more and more discouragd. You have really made it hard not to do anything. Thank you for laying it out so that anybody can follow your lead. Also, I appreciate you taking us along on your journey. Peace and Blessings!!

  7. Hi Tammy,

    I love your blog and recipes. Just rejoined weight watchers and would love to try your plans. I just resent my plan to eat friend request, if you don’t get it can you find me username “migdalah”



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