If there’s one thing that writing this weekly update post shows me is that time flies! How is it already the second week of June? I don’t know about you, but I wish time could stand still for about six months so I can get caught up on work and life.
Anyway, this is my daughters’ last week of school! I’m so excited to start the somewhat lazy days of summer. Well, maybe not too lazy because we still like to be out and about, but it’s nice to take a step back from the craziness of the school year. We all need that break.
Okay, let’s jump right into my weigh-in, and then I’ll share my thoughts.
- Starting weight: 161
- Last week’s weight: 160
- Current weight: 158
- Goal weight is 145
This week I lost 2lbs. I’m super happy with that because not only did I make a conscious effort to stick with being healthy, I felt that many habits were starting to become second nature. Meaning they were getting more manageable, and I wanted to do them.
For example, I wanted to drink a smoothie every day. Drinking smoothies is a habit I’ve had for a long time, but most weeks, I have a couple of days where I want eggs or don’t feel like breaking out the Vitamix.
This week I drank a smoothie even if I didn’t feel like it. And you know what? I didn’t regret it. I felt so focused, energized, and healthy when I made smoothies a priority.
Also, healthy smoothie recipes help with digestion; I wasn’t bloated at all. Last week, I talked about being 47 and perimenopause. Fun times. Well, smoothies work wonders in keeping my symptoms at bay, and that reason alone is good enough for me.
Another note about smoothies. I love adding chia seeds to smoothies which provide fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids to the smoothie.
I also started to add a scoop of collagen in the last two weeks. Collagen is great for a woman over 40; it helps with hair, skin, nails, healthy joints, increasing bone mass, and digestion. So far, I feel amazing taking collagen, but I’ll continue with it and then report back in a couple of weeks.
In case you’re wondering, I use Thrive Market collagen peptides. They offer a super high-quality product at a great price. If you’re already a Thrive Market customer, add a bag with your next order. There are other brands, but the Thrive Market brand is the only one I have experience with.
I had the Greek Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads I made last Sunday for lunch. I’ve said this a hundred times on Organize Yourself Skinny, but when I have a smoothie and mason jar salad every day, I feel like I can take on the world.
I stuck with my planned dinners, for the most part, but I find that when it comes to dinner time, sometimes things need to get switched around.
I also crushed my exercise goals last week and then some. Not only did I get in a good sweat on the treadmill and do my toning exercising, but I took my dog for four additional 2-mile walks during the week. My legs were jello, but I felt great!
The theme for this week is to keep it going!
✅ Continue to track all of my meals and snacks. Okay, I’m going to admit something. Even though I know tracking is super helpful and works to keep me on track with my goals, sometimes it is hard for me to stick to it.
In the beginning, I was a tracking ninja. But ten years later, it’s a struggle for me to keep up with it. But, something that does help me stay within my calorie/nutrition goals is planning my meals and meal prep.
For example, if I know that I’m going to drink a smoothie and eat a mason jar salad every day, then those meals are already planned and portioned out – so it’s easy to stay on track. Or if I make energy balls or eat a cheese stick for a snack, then I know the number of calories I’m consuming.
My issue is taking a “serving” of dinner. If I’m not careful, which often I’m not, I eat way more than one serving. I need to get better at this, so this is something I’ll work on this week.
✅ Stop eating at 6:00 pm. This is my version of intermittent fasting. And, honestly, it helps me so much with staying on track. Most days (if not all), my calories are done for the day after dinner. So, if I eat after dinner, then I’m overeating.
And if I’m eating healthy all day, why ruin all of my hard work before bed. It’s like I made it to the finish line, so I need to cross over and finish strong.
✅ Drink a smoothie and eat a mason jar salad every day. This is my favorite healthy habit and so easy for me to stick to. My meals are already portioned-controlled, and I get in all my fruits and veggies by 1:00 pm.
✅ Exercise 5 days a week. I love when I can feel my habits becoming routine, and that’s what I’m starting to feel again with exercise. In addition to my regular exercise routine, I’m going to make it a priority to get in an extra walk every day.
✅ Drink 64 ounces of water. Just like last week, I’m going to keep a water bottle with me at all times.
✅ Continue to work on my summer work schedule. This is always a work in progress.
“The best project you’ll ever work on is you” I immediately saw this quote over the weekend and resonated with it. Often we put ourselves on the back burner. Eating healthier, exercising, and resting is an afterthought, especially when caring for a family, house, work, and everything in between. But, something that I rediscovered about myself these last few weeks is that when I prioritize my health and happiness, I am a better wife, mother, friend, business owner, and person in general. So, I’m keeping that in mind, especially when I don’t feel like sticking with a healthier lifestyle. If I’m not feeling my best, I can’t be my best.
Weekly Meal Plan
As always, smoothies and mason jar salads are on the menu this week. You’ll also find recipes from my new sister site, Gluten-Free Italian Eats. I like to have one cheat meal a week, and it’s always Italian!
Here’s my meal plan.
- Triple Berry Smoothie
- California Salad in a Jar
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- Chicken Broccoli Bake using brown rice and leftover shredded chicken
- Baked Eggplant Parmesan using this delicious homemade marinara sauce.
- Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Crock pot Shredded Chicken
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies with brown rice.
- Tagliatelle Carbonara (Gluten Free)
Meal Prep Tips
My goal is to wake up early Sunday morning to get recipes prepped.
- Crockpot chicken and brown rice will be made on Saturday.
- I will make the chicken bake on Sunday (to warm up during the week) and store the rest of the shredded chicken in the fridge for the buffalo wraps later in the week.
- Preparing the eggplant slices takes the longest when making an eggplant parm. On Sunday, I will prepare the eggplant slices and put the entire recipe together the night I cook it.
- Smoothie kits, mason jar salads, and energy bites will be made on Sunday.
- I will slice the sausage and veggies and store them in an airtight container in the fridge, and I will cook the recipe the night we eat it. Sausage and veggies reheat well, so I might make it entirely if I have time.
- Carbonara will be made over the weekend for a deliciously easy, comfort food dinner.
My pantry is still stocked from the Thrive Market order I placed a couple of weeks ago, and I have an order ready to go in this week. It’s challenging to find gluten-free items in the stores – and I live near many major grocery stores. I also get great prices on smoothie superfoods and clean makeup brands. New subscribers can get 30% off their first order.
I’ve been shopping at Thrive Market since 2015, but now that I need to eat gluten-free, I find shopping there essential. They offer a vast selection of gluten-free items at great prices, and you can find everything in their exclusive gluten-free category. I find it very helpful to shop there. If you want more information, read my Thrive Market Review.
I purchased all of our fresh ingredients and other items on Saturday afternoon.
Other Grocery Services I use
Daily Harvest delivers individual frozen organic gluten free vegan meals. I love the flatbreads, energy bites, and harvest bowls. You can see my Daily Harvest Review for more info.
Butcher Box is my go-to online company for organic meats and seafood. I’ve been using them since 2018 and order a box after other month. They have the best tasting chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. You can see my Butcher Box Review for more info.
Okay, that’s my weekly update. I hope you found this helpful, and let me know if you have any questions or want to see anything else discussed in these posts. Thank you for continuing to be a reader and letting me share.