Okay, am I driving you nuts yet with my weekly meal plans? Or should I say bi-weekly meal plans? It’s not that I don’t have a meal plan put together it’s just by the time I prep food, take and edit pictures, run my kids around, clean my house, run errands, and do everything else us moms do I barely have any energy left to put my pi’s on and watched Food Network. Plus, these last couple weekends have been filled with recipe development for a few different companies I am working with. Don’t get me wrong I am loving all the extra work – this is definitely a good problem to have – there just isn’t enough hours in the day. But I am trying very hard to get my blogging schedule organized because I do not like missing a meal plan post.
Okay let’s get right to it. First up my weigh in.
I don’t even know where to start with this because it seems I have been in maintenance mode for a very long time now. My goal is to get down to 130 lbs and it seems my body just wants to stay at 145, give or take a couple pounds. I am going to call this my comfort weight. It’s the weight I stay at when I am exercising less than 3 days a week and eating good but know I can eat better. Basically, this means I snack a little too much or I am not paying attention to food like I need too. Am I happy with this weight? I am not sure. I do love to enjoy a piece of chocolate or a handful of cheez its when opportunity strikes but at the end of the day I am not 100% comfortable with the way I feel. Clothes that use to fit nicely are a touch snug and I am not convinced I would be comfortable in a bathing suit yet. Now I know I look and feel much better than I did 4 years ago – when I was 177 lbs – but I am still not where I want to be. I want to get down to 130 lbs and stay there. I got down to 135 for my 20th high school reunion and I felt great. So I know 130 lbs is a weight I will feel very comfortable with. I know I can do it I just need to keep moving forward. I think my biggest issue at this point is self-control. Yes I love chocolate. Yes I love salty cheesy snacks but at some point I need to say no. Or be more intentional with eating these foods. I need to think about how I am going to do this. Let me know if you have thoughts.
Next up is my exercise schedule.
I did okay with exercise this past week. I got in 3 days of treadmill and strength training then went for a couple walks outside. So…I guess I could say I am satisfied with that. However, my goal is 5 days a week of intentional exercise. Meaning I want to exercise during a certain block of time every day and then check it off my list. I don’t want to depend on walks or when I have time. Exercise needs to be a #1 priority because at this stage in my weight loss journey it will make all the difference.
Here is my schedule.
Monday – Friday
Treadmill 30 – 45 minutes (warm up, run, power walk on incline, and cool down)
50 crunches using my exercise ball. I love this exercise ball and wish I would have bought it much sooner. You have not felt ab exercises until you did them on an exercise ball. Trust me, I use muscles I didn’t even know I had.
2 (30-second) planks.
2-3 reps (8 each) bicep curls using my resistant bands.
2-3 reps (8 each) tricep extensions using 5 lb hand weights.
Weekly Meal Plan
As always here is my meal plan on Plan to Eat. If you are subscriber and friend me over there (username organizeyourselfskinny) you can access my recipes and meal plans. This mean you can adapt them to fit your needs and print out grocery lists. Plan to Eat is an amazing meal planning service and very reasonably priced. But if you are still not sure you can test out their 30-day free trial.
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Also, after we become friends on Plan to Eat you can access my meal plans in the planner section. Click on the menus tab (to the left) and then scroll down where it says “your friend’s menus”. Click on organizeyourselfskinny and my saved meal plans will come up. Just drag the ones you want to view into your planner. Hope that helps.
Here’s what I am eating this week.
Steel cut oats
Food prep tips
- I made a large batch of steel cut oats last week. They are still in the refrigerator and good to eat.
- Smoothies will be made the morning of. I might make a few to freeze sometime this week.
Food prep tips
- Almonds were portioned out into snack bags a few weeks ago. I put them in the freezer and take out a few bags each week.
Greek mason jar salad – I used deli turkey instead of chicken this week. Oh and I used balsamic dressing.
BLT Lettuce wraps – new recipe
Food prep tips
- mason jar salads were made today. If you have “how to” questions please see my tutorial.
- bacon was made for the lettuce wraps. These are easy to prepare once the bacon is made. Here is a sneak peak.
apples & pb
food prep tips
- eggs will be made later today.
Turkey Club Salad – new recipe
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef tacos – new recipe
Food prep tips
- turkey club salad was made yesterday. It is a huge salad so we might eat this a couple times.
- I made the broccoli alfredo and cajun chicken quinoa bake a couple weeks ago and froze them into into individual freezer meals. As you can see I have quite a few left.
- beef will be prepped in the slow cooker the night before I cook it. I plan to make this on Friday.
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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