Hey hey! Yes I know my meal plan is a day late. Yesterday I put together my “back to school” freezer cooking stock up post and that took me longer than expected. By the time I was done my eye balls were ready to pop out of my head and it was time to pick up the girls from school. The days go by way too fast. I could use about 3-5 more hours in my day. I am sure we all can.
Okay let’s get to my weigh in.
PL: + .5
I am not happy with a weight gain this week. When I got on the scale yesterday I was expecting at least a 1-2 pound lost. Since September 4th I’ve been running 3 miles a day! That’s 11 days of serious running. So I thought I would see some difference in the scale. Nope. I guess I don’t feel completely defeated because running provides me with a lot more than toned legs and a tight tushy. Ha! I emotional feel better too. My brain is focused and I feel overall less stressed. Running, for me, is therapeutic so even though my weight stays the same the other benefits I get outweigh a number on the scale.
With that said I still would like to work towards my goal weight of 130 lbs. I know I can get there because I got down to 135 lbs 2 years ago. My plan is continue my running challenge, increase my toning exercises, and implement more structure to my eating.
My eating habits are good. However, I’m obviously eating too much. I blame all the little bites. As I make dinner, test new recipes, prepare lunches, or just roaming the kitchen I grab little bites. Often times I don’t even realize I am doing it. Moving forward, I need to stay intentional and focused with my food. Because really what’s the point to prioritizing exercise if I am just going to ruin all my hard work with too much food?
Speaking of exercise.
Like I said, I am going to continue with my 3-mile a day running challenge. Mostly this is done on my treadmill but I am going to try and get outside a couple times. Might as well enjoy the nice weather before the blizzards start to roam into Buffalo. Something I already knew, but recently learned again, is I absolutely must exercise in the morning before everyone gets up. If I don’t then it won’t happen. Or if I choose to exercise after I drop the kids off I lose like 2 hours towards work time and then I’m stressed out. So, exercising in the morning is a must!
Here are the toning exercises I will add to my 3-mile a day running challenges. I am going to keep these simple to make sure I actually do them everyday.
50 -75 crunches using my exercise ball
2 (30-second) planks
25 modified pushups
16 bicep curls using resistance bands
16 tricep extensions using 5lb weights
Now onto my meal plan.
As always my meal plan is on Plan to Eat. If you subscribe to their service and friend me (username organizeyourselfskinny) then you can access my menus and print out grocery lists. There are actually tons of features to Plan to Eat so if you haven’t already I highly recommend taking some time to check them out. Right now I am a little behind on accepting friend requests but hang in there I should get to yours soon.
This is what I am eating…
Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats – new recipe
Apple Spice & raisins Steel Cut Oats – new recipe
Make ahead tips
- Smoothies will be made every morning. You can also freeze smoothies ahead of time. See my instructions here.
- Both steel cut oat recipes were made on Sunday. I was an oatmeal-making queen this weekend because I was testing new recipes. Both turned out fantastic and will be up on my blog sometime this month. I froze the leftovers using this muffin tin method.
- Salads will be made today. I am a little late with getting salads done. If you have questions about mason jar salads then check out my tutorial.
Here is fantastic video from Cooking Light that shows you how to make a mason jar salad. They give some great recipe ideas.
All of our snacks for the week are organized into a refrigerator snack bin.
- Because I have some beef left from a cow I bought earlier this year, and a lot of potatoes from my farm share, I am making the slow cooker rustic short ribs and vegetables again. I will put it into the slow cooker shortly.
- Cheeseburger meatloaf, quesadillas, and pizza are all in the freezer. You can see the way I froze them here.
- Turkey melts will be made the night of.
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