Make-ahead Meal Plan, Weigh In, and Goals For The Week (August 7th, 2017)

Make-ahead Meal Plan, Weigh In, and Goals For The Week

Hey there! Can you believe we’re into the second week of August? Where did the summer go? In just one month school starts back up for us. I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m looking forward to getting back into routine – it’s very difficult to work from home with kids running around. On the other hand, I like having them home – it’s been fun swimming, going on day trips, and simply hanging out with friends. Regardless, I can’t stop time so I’m going to make the most out of the next few weeks by making more memories and also preparing for the start of the school year.

One way I’ll get ready for the year is to stock my freezer with meals. I plan to make:

breakfast burritos


taco, pizza, and quesadilla kits

Slow cooker freezer kits (meatball, chipotle turkey taco,)

Along with some other meals. I’ll post a freezer post in a week or so.

Alrighty, let’s get to my weigh-in. The last time I shared a weigh in was on June 12th! Ugh, I’m sorry I let that much time go by. My goal moving forward is to make weekly weigh ins a priority. I know you like to see them and quite honestly it keeps me honest with my weight loss goals. It’s so easy to let the “busy” of summer get in the way. However, if I wait for life to slow down I’ll be waiting forever. If it’s important we make it a priority…if it’s not we make excuses. My weigh-in is important and I need to prove that by making it a priority EVERY SINGLE WEEK!

Can I get real?

The issue is my weight has been stuck in the 150s for almost 2 years now. UGH….it’s so discouraging. Often, I hate getting on the scale and sometimes will avoid it. But I don’t want to go down that road again because while the scale is not the end all be all it has kept me intentional and accountable on my weight loss journey. It’s easy for me to go into denial, and make excuses, without the scale. This is why I keep the scale around even if I want to throw it against the wall at times.

On a positive note, even though the scale doesn’t budge I do find that my clothes fit good and overall I feel good. Here are a few pictures in clothes I received from Stitch Fix. By the way, I’m going to write more about this in the future. I felt great in these clothes and loved the way the pieces fit and look.


But here’s the thing – I can do better. Yes I eat healthy most of the time but there are times I don’t or I eat too much. Some days I’m spot on with tracking and others I let too many bites go unaccounted for. I exercise 3-4 times a week but I know I can challenge myself more. So I know I can do better. Plus, I think my body is changing. In the last year or so my hormones have started to flare up. I can feel it in different ways. One way is how my body responds to food and exercise…or doesn’t respond. I’m not going to blame my hormones on everything because I know I haven’t been perfect with my habits. But it’s definitely important to note that I need to do things differently during this stage in my life.

With that said here’s my weigh in.

Starting weight (10/2010) – 177lbs

First goal weight: 145lbs

Final goal weight: 135lbs

Last weigh in (6/12/17): 153lbs

Current weigh in: 156.8…so basically 157 🙁

pounds loss: +4

Like I said I can do better…and I will do better!

Before I get to my meal plan I want to go over my exercise goals for the week.

I plan to run/power walk 5 miles on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Everyday this week I plan to do 15 minutes of toning exercises:

1 minute planks

100 Russian twists

50 squats

50 plie squats

25 lounges on each leg

25 bicep curls with 8lb weights or resistant bands

25 tricep extensions with 8lb weight

50 modified pushups

Here’s my food for the week. As usual, my plan is to keep white carbs and refind sugar to a minimum.


Breakfast sandwich

or detox smoothie

Make-ahead tips

  • I made detox smoothie kits last week and still have a bunch in the freezer.
  • If I choose to eat a breakfast sandwich I’ll make that the morning I eat it.


Turkey, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad

Make-ahead tips

  • I made these salads yesterday.


Strawberries and yogurt

Hard-boiled egg

Cheese stick


Make-ahead tips

  • strawberries were cut up and stored in mason jar containers.
  • hard-boiled eggs were made yesterday.
  • I organized snacks yesterday into a bin and place into the refrigerator.


  • I’m making new recipes this week, or creating recipes videos, so I wasn’t able to prep dinner recipes yesterday. Look for the new recipes to be shared this week on the blog.

Low-carb Pizza Turkey Meatloaf – new

Low-carb Thai Shrimp Bowls – new

Baked Chicken Parmesan 

Cheeseburger Wrap

Other goals for this week include:

  • Purge and organize closets.
  • Organize and clean out pantry.
  • Stock freezer with meals.
  • Finish up school supply shopping.

Have a great start to the week!

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  1. Can I just tell you that I couldn’t get through a day without you or Melissa and your posts ….and your current struggle is my struggle too…3 years ago I lost 22 lbs..I kept it off for 2 years and then I just started gaining out of the blue …I had some medical issues which made me have to stop running…so I paid for small group trainings at the gym and increased my workouts…nothing helped ! I have tried many others things but the sad reality is I have gained 13 lbs back and for over 6 months I can’t budge it…after lots of bloodwork and seeing many doctors to figure out why this is happening , the end result is pre menapause…I am 47 and at war with my hormones …I have never had a belly and I can’t get rid of it now…it’s so frustrating and very discouraging! My current weight is 150.5 but I loved being 138…it was beautiful and made feel awesome everyday …it has been a sad year and not one person understands how unhappy this makes me…but I keep trying new things and new ideas…I won’t give up but to be honest I am just tired of always having to work so hard…anyway, thank you for always motivating me and reminding me that other people out there have the same struggles, and if you aren’t giving up then neither can I !

    • Thanks so much for this comment! I really appreciate it and it was encouraging to read. I’m 42 and my mom started “the change” around this time so since I’ve mirrored her in every single way I can only assume this is where I’m at too. It is a struggle. But without a doubt I find that low carb, vitamins, and lots of exercise keep me sane. But I totally agree with you about the “tired of always working so hard”. Some days I wish I could just eat pizza, lay on the couch, and call it a day. But I know in the end that won’t make me feel good or happy. Thanks again for your comment.

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