Sunday, July 26, 2015

Meal Planning - It Is All About the Prep

So I have been having difficulty losing weight, even on a diet.  I am getting some tests done just to see if it is hormonal or something, but I also am looking to refocus my diet and cut out even more sugars and carbs and work on portion control.

To help with this I will be starting the 21 Day Fix in a week!!  Am I suppose to be excited about that?!?!  So I decided to prepare for that this week by getting back into the more strict lunches and meal prep (the last few weeks I haven't planned as much).  I haven't received my 21 Day Fix yet, so not sure what my portions will be, but either way I planned a healthy and lower carb meals for *most* of the week, at least during the day!

Meal prep in full force for breakfast and lunches for the week!!  I need a bigger kitchen for sure...

Breakfast will be spinach and feta Egg Muffins for the week.  Approximately 105 calories each.

Spray large muffin tin with Pam.  Crack one egg in each and stir to break the yolk.  Add 1/8-1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach and 1 tbsp feta to each egg.  Add pepper to taste.  Stir to combine.  Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes or until set.  I will probably eat with a piece of toast, Lovi'n fresh aldi bread, that is 70 calories a slice!!  And of course coffee.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!! Breakfast DONE!

On to lunches.  This week I have two different sets of lunches.

Three days I am having salad, hard boiled egg, 2 oz rotisserie chicken, cucumbers and yogurt ranch. Calories approximately 245 calories.

The other two days lunch will be buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. 4oz rotisserie chicken with franks red hot and celery mixed in.  Four romaine leafs, cucumber and carrots with yogurt ranch dressing.  Calories approximately 250 calories.

Snacks will be a heaping cup of strawberries and 1/4 cup almonds.  (50 and 170 calories respectively)

 (Henry loves helping to put together my lunches!!)

So when it is all said and done I have lunches and breakfasts done for the week with extras leftover to eat during the week.

Bottom shelf is ALL mine!!

What I bought for breakfast & lunches:
1 rotisserie chicken
1 large container strawberries 
1 english cucumber
1-3 pack romaine lettuce 
1 small bag of spinach 
Bolthouse Yogurt ranch dressing (already had)
Baby carrots 
Celery (already had)
Small container of feta

We have a bunch of stuff going on this week in the evenings.  We have stuff with friends a couple evenings and family in town Friday - Sunday and a cookout with friends Saturday!!  Meals in the evening will be a little heavier, but I feel I have balanced them well with my low carb, high protein and low calorie days!!


Sunday - Pasta casserole
Monday - Pizza and Salad
Tuesday - Fajitas
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Breakfast
Friday - OUT - Family
Saturday - Cookout
Sunday - Grilled Chicken and Grilled Veggies

I also have 100 calorie fudge bars from aldi's fit & active line for some of those evenings I need a chocolate fix. YUM!!!

I forgot to track just my food expenses because we needed so many non-food items at the store.  But I estimate about $100 was spent on food for the week (excluding the cookout food).

What are YOU eating this week?!?!


  1. Buffalo lettuce wraps?!?! OMG...that sounds amazing. I love Franks Red Hot sauce. LOVE it.

    Are you doing the 21 Day Fix workout too? I do it and love it and my kids think it's fun to do to. (I don't do the meal plan). The workouts are easy, yet tough...if you do it, don't be discouraged...modify, modify, modify and just keep moving. You'll be amazed how much stronger you'll get over the 21 days. If I would have known you were doing it, I would have mailed you my containers (never opened) and the meal plan guides. :( I hope you love it!

    1. Just ate the lettuce wraps for lunch...YUM!! I didn't want a salad every day so was like, hmmmmm, Franks hot sauce and celery is like a chicken wing!! Might add some Gorgonzola next time too ;-)

      I am doing the workouts. That is the thing I am most nervous about. I can handle the meal planning and food, but I hardly find time to workout 2 days a week, let alone SEVEN. (Oh, and finding a creamer that I like that is better for me as I will NOT give up my coffee!!)

      And of course we have someone from out of town coming to stay with us 3 days next week when I start, so I am not sure the exercise. But I am going to try!!

      And thanks for the advice on modifying. UGH. I wish I enjoyed working out more than I do. After I feel great, just feels like torture during, HAHA! But Henry is slowly getting better, especially if he is eating dinner while I am working out ;-) I am excited to see results....I haven't seen any the past few months.

      (I am writing your email! This was terry's busy week, worked 5 out of 7 days and all weekend so he is home tonight and hopefully I can have some ME time while he puts henry to bed!!)