Make-ahead Meal Plan, Weigh In, and Weekly Goals {August 21st, 2017}

Make-ahead Meal Plan, Weigh In, and Weekly Goals

Hey there and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and ready to start this week strong. This past weekend I celebrated my 42nd birthday! I can’t believe I’m 2 years into my 40s! Crazy! Honestly, I feel better now than I did in my 20s and 30s. It’s kinda funny because when I was a teenager, and into my 20s, I thought 40 was old – like ancient. I thought life was over pretty much. However, as I enter my 42nd year on this planet I realize life has just begun. I look around at my life now and feel so incredibly grateful for everything I have. Sometimes I want to pinch myself because I can’t believe this is my life. I’ve worked hard to become the woman I am today and to also create the life I’m living – I feel so grateful I get to enjoy all of it.

Also, I feel healthier and look better than I did twenty years ago. I’m not saying that my 40s didn’t come with any struggles because they certainly did. But over the years I’ve learned to make the best out of tough situations. I always stay on the sunny-side and no matter what negativity gets thrown my way I ALWAYS take the high road. Life is good and I’m grateful for everything.

For my birthday, my daughter got me this fitspiration journal. She bought it from Target, but I also found it on Amazon too.


I absolutely LOVE this journal. It’s a 16-week guided fitness journal. Each day there’s a space to write out the things you’re grateful for, your daily “live fit” goal, something that inspires you, and other thoughts to help guide your thoughts throughout the day. I started using the journal today. I think this will be a great way to keep me intentional with goals and focused on the positive. I also like that there’s a daily quote and “fit tip” on each day. Anyway, I wanted to share it with you because I thought it was a neat little journal.

Let’s get to my weigh in.

Starting weight: 177

First goal weight: 145

Final goal weight: 135

Last weeks weight: 156

Current weight: 155

Okay, I’m not going to celebrate a 1 lb loss because truthfully I’ve lost the same 2 – 3lbs for over a year now. I will just be grateful that I didn’t gain. When I get below 150 is when we’ll party! Of course with zero alcohol and low-carb pizza. Haha…but seriously.

Last week I got in 3 days of exercise and did great for most of the week. I fell off track on Friday and Saturday with food. I wouldn’t say I went hog wild but I could’ve done better. It was a busy week and all those extra bites, licks, and drinks (I had 2 starbucks this weekend) weren’t very forgiving on the scale. However, it wasn’t a total wash because I did lose a pound. So for right now I’ll take it. But this week is going to be better. I have all my meals prepared, exercised schedule, and feel focused.

Let’s go over my exercise schedule. This week my schedule allows me to exercise Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Here’s my routine:

Power walk or run 3-5 miles

25 bicep curls with 5lb weights

25 tricep extensions with 5lb weights

50 modified push-ups

1-2 minute planks

50 – 75 russian twists

50 squats

50 plie squats

Now for my meal plan. I’ve very excited about the food I’m eating this week. Lots of yummy recipes!


Detox smoothie

Make-ahead tips

  • I prepared detox smoothie kits a few weeks ago and still have a couple left. Also, after I blended up the smoothie I keep the second one in the refrigerator stored in a mason jar.

Mid-morning snack

2 hard-boiled eggs

or 1 over medium egg on ezekiel bread.

Make-ahead tips

  • hard-boiled eggs will be prepared tonight.


Turkey and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad

Greek Shrimp Bowls – new recipe

Make- ahead instructions

  • mason jar salads were made last week and I have a few left over.
  • Shrimp bowls were made yesterday. Ps. I can’t WAIT to eat these! Yum!

Mid-afternoon snack

Apple and peanut butter

Tuna Salad Zucchini Boat Melts – new recipe

Make-ahead tips

  • I made a few zucchini boats yesterday.


Baked Eggplant Parm – new recipe

Taco Zucchini Boats – new recipe


Make-ahead tips

  • I made the eggplant parmesan yesterday and it’s amazing! I might just eat this all week for dinner.
  • I had leftover over taco meat from the weekend so I’ll use that in the zucchini boats.

Other goals for the week.

  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
  • Get fall clothes organized for back to school.
  • Continue to work on a laundry system until I get it right.
  • Get ahead of the game with work cause fall is going to be busy!
  • Stock the freezer with pizza kits, taco kits, and meatball sub kits.

Have a great week!

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  1. Where do we get the “new recipe” for the above menu meals?

  2. Joy Darragh says:


    Where can we find the new recipes you created for this week’s meal prep – August 21?
    They look so yummy!!

  3. Kim Dillon says:

    Tammy – I’m in the middle of your e-course and loving it. I’ve been a meal planner for years, but still learned several new things about meal planning alone. It’s awesome.

    On the laundry front – here’ s a tip that has worked great for me. I started this years ago when my kids were still at home. I bought 3 plastic tubs (the kind with rope handles, I think I got them as Lowe’s), 1 for each color type (whites – darks – lights), they hold 1 load worth of clothes. I check them daily as part of my evening routine (yes, I’m a fly lady fan) and if one is full it gets washed that evening. it’s an easy way to stay on top of it.

    Thanks for all the advise you provide.

  4. Happy Birthday, Tammy. Love your blog. I laughed at you once thinking 42 was old. How the years change our view of what is and isn’t “old.” I am 63 and surprised to be at this age; it seemed to happen so suddenly. I still am concerned about staying trim though, and meal planning is a big tool I use. I write about being a Baby Boomer and working at weight loss on my own blog, Thanks for your great site and helpful posts

  5. Most of all, I love the make ahead inclusions in the meal plans… Loving this altogether!

  6. I just discovered your site and was wondering what size mason jars you use for your salads?

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