This past week was a productive one as I successfully managed to catch up on projects at work and home. Also, I celebrated the 1 year blogoversary of Skinny Mom’s Kitchen (check out the giveaway) which gave me a much needed shot of writing motivation.
The beautiful weather topped off the week and allowed me to enjoy a couple power walks outside. Yep, last week was a good week.
On the flip-side, it is amazing how quickly time flies during the week. Before we know it Friday is here and then the weekend has evaporated into Monday morning. Eating healthy and working out many times are put to the back burner when schedules get hectic – only coming to the forefront again when it is time for our weekly weigh in.
I only say this because this past week was busy for me and I understand the challenges of life getting the way. However, because I stayed focused by printing out my menu plan, updating my food journal, and planning for exercise I was able to meet my weekly weight loss goals. You might remember that was not the case the week before.
Lessons leaned here my friends are simply to go into your week with a plan, print it out, and read it daily. Trust me it will do wonders to keep you focused.
Let’s get onto my weight loss goal and action plan for this week.
Weight Loss Goals for 2012
- Get down to 125 by June 1st. Well, I went back and read through my weight loss journey series to remind myself of the struggles and triumphs I experience over the last 1 ½ years. It definitely helped re-energize me.
Weight Loss Action Plan
- Wake up at 5:00am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to run on treadmill for 45 minutes. I know this is early but I think it will serve me good to create an early morning exercise habit. I used to do this a long time ago and it was very helpful.
- Power walk 1 -2 days with my mom, sister, and my girls. This is not very strenuous but I just like walking and talking with my family. Lots of good blog post ideas always come from this 🙂
- Keep focusing on my water intake using my water bottle.
- Keep daily calories to 1500 or less.
Menu and Make Ahead Action Plan
I still have a lot of food and ingredients left over from last week so my menu plan is going to look somewhat similar. I actually enjoy putting together a menu plan with food already available in the pantry and freezer because that means I don’t have to spend a lot of time grocery shopping.
All of the nutritional information and freezer cooking instructions can be found by clicking the links to the recipes. If there are no links then I have not posted the recipes yet – but hope to shortly. If the links go to another blogger’s recipe, and it does not have nutritional information, you can calculate it via the recipe builder at My Fitness Pal.
Kashi Cereal ~ I always like to have at least 1 or 2 boxes of cereal available. It makes those mornings when I don’t even feel like starting the microwave much easier – you know those days.
Breakfast Sandwiches ~ still have 5 left in the freezer.
Baked Oatmeal ~ We ate some of this for breakfast today and froze leftovers for throughout the week.
Pumpkin Bread ~ I have one loaf left that I made last weekend. The recipe for this pumpkin bread is adapted from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook.
Turkey and Artichoke Stromboli ~ I still have a few in the freezer leftover from last week. Recipe will be posted this week.
Ham and Swiss Stromboli ~ I have leftover ham and swiss from last week that I want to use up before it spoils. This will be made Monday or Tuesday.
Balsamic Vegetable Hummus Wraps ~ I grilled up a ton of vegetables in the middle of the week and still have some to get me through a couple lunches this week.
PB & J’s ~ I like having a bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the freezer for a super quick grab and go lunch. I will be making these on Monday or Tuesday of this week.
Black bean and bulgur chili ~ I have 3 lunch portions, that I made last week, available in the freezer.
Yogurt and homemade granola ~ I need to go purchase the yogurt but the granola is made.
Apples or Bananas
Chicken Tortellini and Baby Spinach Soup ~ I will use 2 cups of basic shredded chicken that I already have in the freezer. With the chicken already made this soup will easily take under 30 minutes to prepare.
Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps ~ The ground beef is already prepared and in the freezer. The night we are ready to eat it I will take out the beef, warm it up, then prepare the wraps as directed.
Grilled Vegetables ~ Again, I made a huge batch in the middle of the week. I am either going to make a sandwich, wrap, put them on pizza, or all of the above. I am trying to eat a lot more vegetables so you are going to be seeing a lot more vegetarian or veggie heavy meals here at Skinny Mom’s Kitchen.
Pizza ~ I have a large frozen pizza I put together last week still in the freezer.
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak Wraps ~ We were suppose to eat these last week but something came up so they are back on the menu. Steak is frozen in marinade and will take out to thaw in refrigerator two nights before we will eat it.
Chicken Quesadillas ~ I have basic shredded chicken and peppers in the freezer I will use to prepare this meal.
As you can see, because everything is already prepared, my menu plan is quite easy this week.
What is on your menu plan this week? Were you able to prepare anything ahead of time?
Menu Planning Resource
Recently I read Plan It, Don’t Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan by Stephanie Langford. This 84 page e-book (on kindle) is very comprehensive and easy to read with lots of helpful menu planning printables. If you are looking for help in creating your own menu plans I think you will find this very useful. Even as a seasoned menu planner I found many of the tips helpful.
Skinny Mom’s Kitchen participates in Menu Plan Monday hosted by The Organizing Junkie.
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