Make-ahead Meal Plan, Weigh In, and Weekly Goals {August 14th, 2017}

Make-ahead meal plan, weigh in, and weekly goals

Hey there! Sorry I’m a couple days late with this post. I had all my food ready Monday but  had a million blogging things to do and by the time I got around to this post I was spent. Anyway, better late than never.

Last week I did great with food in the beginning of the week. I was the low carb, lots of veggies, lean protein queen. I also got in a few 5-mile walks and a couple days of toning. Buuuttt…..

Friday night my kids begged for a pizza…and I caved. Ugh! Pizza will be the death of me, especially scrumptious Buffalo pizza. The problem isn’t necessarily the night we ordered pizza (well maybe) but leftovers for the next couple days. I did enjoy a couple slices 2 days later but then snapped back into keeping my food under control. So it could’ve been much worse.

MY OTHER RECIPES

The two things I did to keep my mind in the game is step on the scale and pay attention to the way my body felt. I feel gross after eating a couple slices of pizza. My stomach hurts and I’m lethargic. The next morning I’m all swelled up from the salt and feel like a rock is sitting in my gut. When I eat low carb and include lots of veggies I feel the complete opposite.

Let me talk a little bit more about stepping on the scale. Typically, I have a weigh-in day. I’ve tried a few different days but settled on Friday because it’s helpful for me to step on the scale before starting the weekend. However, something I did last week was get on the scale every morning. Now I’m not trying to be obsessive nor do I expect to see a weight loss every time. I did this to keep me intentional. To remind me that food portions and quality make a difference. To give me that added push of motivation to exercise. It’s easy for me to get busy and forget about the habits I need to focus on to meet my goals. Not that I get way off track but, as you know, even a little off track can cause issues. Anyway, stepping on the scale each more kept my brain in the right mindset.

Stepping on the scale, along with tracking my food, allowed me to reflect on my food and daily habits. One thing I discovered is if I want to lose weight I need to keep take-out pizza and restaurants to special occasions. I can’t expect to lose weight (or maintain) if I’m tempted with delicious greasy pizza and fries. It’s so hard for me to stick to 1 slice or choose the “healthier option”. I’m better off not having it around me at all.

With all that said let’s get to my weigh-in.

Starting weight: 177 (october 2010)

First goal weight: 145

Final goal weight: 135

Last weeks weight: 156

Current weight: 156

Of course, I wish there was more of a weight loss but I’m happy there wasn’t a gain. My goal, at this point, is to get under 150 – that’s only 7 lbs! I know I can do it because I’ve done it before.

Oh let me mention a quick non-scale victory. This has to do with pizza too 🙂 Yesterday, I still had pizza leftover in the fridge. It was calling me. Tammy come and eat me…I know you want it! Every part of my body wanted to eat that pizza. But…I had food prepped in the refrigerator so instead of wolfing down an old slice of pizza I threw out the rest of it and enjoy a tuna wrap made with my a low carb wrap and “no mayo” tuna. I also drank a huge glass of water. That did the trick! I woke up this morning and felt amazing. I was proud that I stayed disciplined and focused.

Now my exercise goals for the week. I’m helping out a couple friends this week so I’m going to have a house full of kiddos. They get here early so it’s tough for me to get to the gym. If I don’t make it to the gym I’ll still do some toning exercises with resistant bands and weights.

3-5 mile power walk Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

Toning – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Toning includes:

  • 3 (8-rep) bicep curls with 8lb weights
  • 3 (8-rep) tricep extensions with 8lb weights
  • 30 squats
  • 30 plie squats
  • 75 – 100 russian twists
  • 2 (1 minute) planks
  • 25 modified pushups

Here’s my meal plan.

Breakfast

Chicken sausage and peppers egg bake – new recipe going up Saturday.

Make-ahead tips

  • I prepared this egg bake on Sunday and stored it in the refrigerator for the week. I used glass pyrex containers.

Lunch

Mason Jar Salad – I made a random one with turkey, cheddar, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, and greens. You can see all my mason jar salad recipes here.

Make-ahead tips

  • I prepared all my mason jar salads for the week on Monday.

Dinner

Leftover pizza meatloaf

Cheeseburger wraps 

Baked eggplant parm – new recipe

Tuna zucchini boats – new recipe

Make-ahead tips

  • meatloaf was made last week, portioned out, and stored in the freezer.
  • cheeseburger wraps are being made today.
  • eggplant is being made today.
  • tuna salad (for the boats) was made yesterday.

Snacks

This week I’m trying Graze snacks. Graze is a snack delivery service that sends 8 package of snacks every week to your doorstep. I’m signed up for the protein box. This is a great option for those that need variety and help with portion control. So far I think the snacks are tasty and I like the grab and go packaging they’re in. You can check out the Graze Protein Box here if you’re interested.

I also have green apples (my fav) and cheese sticks available for snacks.

Other goals for the week include:

Staying on top of laundry – yes I know big dreamer! But I need to get a better laundry system.

Finish school shopping.

Do a freezer cooking stock up on Sunday.

What about you? What did your week look like? 

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