Weekly Meal Prep and Weigh-in {April 16th, 2018}

Weekly Meal prep and Weigh-in

It’s weekly meal prep and weigh in time! I CAN NOT believe that it’s April 16th. Do you know what else I can’t believe? That I’m looking out my window right now seeing SNOW and sleet. The weather in Buffalo, NY has been horrible. It truly feels like spring or summer will never get here. I’m usually not one to complain about the weather, cause it’s not like I can control it, but seriously Mother Nature is not a happy lady right now.

Looking on the bright side, at least I have more time to get in shape for bathing suit season. Although, I’ll be honest, this weather makes me want to lay on the couch and watch Bravo marathons. Well, we’re only about 6-8 weeks away from warmer weather (hopefully) so this isn’t the time to get comfortable and lazy. I need to stay disciplined and focused so I can enjoy the first hot day of sunbathing.

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Alrighty, let’s move on to my weigh-in.

Here are my stats:

Starting weight: 177lbs (October 2010)

First goal weight: 145lbs

Final goal weight: 135lbs

Last week’s weight: 154lbs

Current weight: 154lbs

Pounds lost: 0 lbs

The last couple weeks I’ve stayed the same. As much as I long to get below 150 (and stay there) I’m happy I didn’t gain any weight.

I’m not going to lie, it’s really frustrating to be stuck in the 150s. I’ve been at this plateau for a year or so and it’s starting to get to me. I need to dig deep and find the self discipline to get into the 140s by summer – that’s my goal.

My struggle over the last few months has been staying consistent with tracking my calories. I have a regular exercise routine that I feel really good about. I can feel myself getting stronger and leaner. However, I know I can do better with food.  I don’t think I have a bad diet but I do feel the little extra calories here and there are sabotaging my weight loss efforts. You know…a few extra crackers or a piece of cheese, an extra piece of bread, an extra handful of nuts, or whatever it is. These little extras can easily add up if I’m not paying attention.

In the beginning of my weight loss journey I was a calorie tracking ninja. Seriously, I tracked every bite and was successful with getting my calories and portions under control. Over time I got lazy and started to eyeball things instead of measuring out and tracking. This caused a little weight to creep back on along with struggling to get back on track. I’m not saying we need to be tracking ninjas forever but I do think it’s easy to overlook, or not pay attention too, extra bites if you’re not tracking them.

My goal, is to get back to basics and start tracking every bite, lick, sip, and taste. As I’ve said, many times over, food is 80% and exercise is 20%. If my food isn’t on point then no amount of exercise is going to help. To meet my weight loss goals I need to remove mindless eating and get back to tracking the extras.

Before I get to my meal plan let’s go over my weekly exercise plan.

Tuesday through Saturday

Treadmill 45 minutes

24 bicep curls with resistant bands

24 tricep extensions with 5lb weight

24 lateral raises with 5lb weight

50 squats

25 plie squats

24 lounges on each leg

75 crunches

50 -side crunches on each side

2-minute bicycle kcks

1-minute planks

Okay, let’s get to my weekly meal plan.

Can I just say how much easier my weekly meal prep has become thanks to Instacart the online grocery delivery service? I’m not kidding. I order groceries from my local grocery stores Wegmans and/or Tops through Instacart. Within a couple hours the groceries are at my door. If you don’t want them delivered then most stores offer curbside pickup – this saves money on delivery.

Honestly, if it’s a struggle to get to the grocery store on the weekend (or anytime), and this gets in the way of your meal prep habit, then I highly reccomend trying out Instacart. Online grocery delivery services just came to our area last year so you might not have it yet but you can check the Instacart website and see. If it’s in your area then give it a try, at least once. You can read my full Instacart review for more information.

Here’s what I’m eating this week.

Breakfast

Detox Smoothies

Meal prep tips

  • I’m all out of smoothie freezer kits so I need to make more very soon. For this week I’ll just make 2 every couple days.

Mid morning snack

Hard-boiled egg

or Apple and Almond Butter

Meal prep tips

  • Hard-boiled eggs were made yesterday.

Lunch

Greek Mason Jar Salad – I used smoked deli turkey instead of chicken.

Meal prep tips

  • I made the salads yesterday. I also made 5 additional salads in rectangle containers for Mike.

Afternoon Snack

Siggi yogurt

Dinner

Chicken Piccatta

Crockpot Pot Roast

Chicken Sausage Flat Bread Pizzas – Hello Fresh Recipe

Pasta with Shrimp – Hello Fresh Recipe

Cajun Pulled Pork and Rice Skillet – Hello Fresh Recipe

Meal prep tips

  • I made the chicken piccatta for dinner last night and prepped the roast. Roast I have cooking in the crockpot today and I anticipate lots of leftovers.
  • I made the Hello Fresh Pasta and pork recipe yesterday and stored in the refrigerator. To lighten those recipes up I used half the pasta and rice.
  • Pizzas are easy and will be made the night we eat them.

** If you’re interested in learning more about meal delivery services then check out my reviews.

Hello Fresh Review

Sun Basket Review

Green Chef Review

Home Chef Review

That’s my week!

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Comments

  1. I know the frustration of not getting any place with your weight loss. I too have been staying in the 157-160 range for over a year now. I think I’m starting to go down and then I’m suddenly up again. As I start your ecourse I will be working to get back to figuring all my calories. I have used My Fitness Pal previously so I have a foundation established there. I am determined to get below 155 by June. It sounds do-able, however, I know how stubborn my body can be. I’m trusting that following your course and being a part of the FB group will provide the accountability to help keep me going. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    • So glad to have you with us! Weight loss is definitely a life long journey. Staying consistent with tracking, food prep, and exercise is key.

    • Elaine McCarty says:

      You should verify this with your doc, I’m sure, but my doctor (who lost over 100 lbs a few years ago!) gave me advice for dealing with a plateau. He told me to eat more calories for two days only – like a lot more – and then return to your meal plan. When you hit a plateau, your body may be confused and think you are starving – yeah, really! So, when you return to your meal plan you should begin to lose again.
      Hope this idea helps. I know this is a little vague, but he explained it over a year ago when I was stuck with my 40lb weight loss for weeks. I followed his advice and reached my first goal of a 50lb loss. Good luck!

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