I know I say this every week…but I’m going to say it again. I truly can’t believe how quickly the weeks go by. It’s insane. Between the kid’s activities, work, and keeping up with my house I can honestly say I’ve entered one of the busiest seasons of my life. Some days I love being busy while other days I wish I could crawl into my couch and stay there for a week. I’m not gonna lie, life has been a touch on the overwhelming side lately. I do my absolute best to keep up with everything but sometimes I just need a break.
One thing that fell to the back burner this month is my latest 4-week make-ahead meal plan, exercise challenge, and habit challenge package. I was on schedule to get it done in time but then a million other things took priority and I had to let go of it for this month. Actually, I came to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to create a brand new 4-week meal plan every month. However, instead of just throwing in the towel I decided to trouble shoot. My plan is to finish the meal plan and then combine it with package 1 and 2 to offer one large 12-week “getting started” package. The goal is to have this done by the middle of December. I will keep you posted.
Now my weigh in.
I love when I see the results of my hard work reflected on the scale. It’s not always easy to stick with healthy eating habits or exercise but I never regret when I do. It’s funny because when I give in to cravings I’m always disappointment the next morning. Often times those feelings don’t wait till the morning. However, when I’m disciplined and push through those cravings I feel accomplished and good about myself. Not one time did I regret turning down an extra handful of pretzels or cheez its. As much as I love them I ‘m happy when I can wake up knowing I stayed on track. This is something I need to keep in my head. In my experience, weight loss is 90% mental. If I can keep my mind focused on the goal everything else will fall into place.
Let’s move on to exercise. My plan was to do another 30 day running challenge. Well…I didn’t run everyday but I did get in 3 solid workouts. Not ideal but it’s better than nothing. This week I am going to do better.
Here’s my schedule.
Monday – Sunday
3 mile run/power walk on my treadmill.
2 (30-second) planks
50 crunches using my exercise ball
3 sets (8 reps each) combination squats and bicep curls using 5 lb weights
3 sets (8 reps each) tricep extensions using 5 lbs weights
My meal plan
As always you can find my meal plan over at Plan to Eat. This is a great time of year to test out their free trial. If you decide to subscribe then you can get in on their amazing 50% Black Friday sale. It is a total steal!
Another website I want to mention before I get to my meal plan is Thrive Market. I plan to talk more about this website in a future post but let me quickly give you a little info. Thrive Market is an online store that sells best-selling organic and natural products at wholesale prices. I never thought to purchase groceries online before but after giving it a try this week I may never go back to traditional grocery shopping.
Let me tell you I was totally pumped when my first box of groceries showed up at my door.
There is a yearly membership fee of $59.95. I found their prices to be lower than what I find in stores and shipping is free with purchases over $49. Personally, I think the yearly membership is more than worth it. But just in case you are not convinced Thrive Market is giving all OYS readers 2 months free and 15% of your first purchase. Yay! Go check it out here. Like I said, I will talk more about online grocery shopping in the future – I think it’s a game changer for us busy parents.
Back to my meal plan.
- I made a couple batches of smoothies yesterday and stored them in 32 ounce mason jar containers in the refrigerator. I plan to make more on Tuesday.
Or cheese stick
- I made the soup last week and froze in 32 ounce mason jar containers. That should be enough for 2-3 days worth of lunches for me.
- Rollups will be made the day I eat them.
Apple and peanut butter
Lasagna Rolls – new recipe
Mexican Meatloaf – new recipe
Stuffed Chicken Parm – new recipe I am still trying to perfect
- Meatloaf was made last week and frozen into portions.
- Cheeseburger filling and lasagna rolls will be made tomorrow.
- Stuffed chicken parm will be made on Tuesday.
- Salad will be made the day I eat it.
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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