Has anyone ever heard that obnoxious fact that your weight is 70% diet and 30% exercise? Until I turned 26 that was not totally true for me. My metabolism was such that so long as I was putting serious time into the gym, I could eat pretty much whatever without serious weight gain. Sure my WWs points made me hotter, but I could exercise the booze, pizza, deliciousness away and be in my mediums and 6s.
But then at 26, that just turned off. The weight gain was slow but steady. I was working at firms, eating crap and eating it late. I wasn’t exercising enough regularly either. But when I did, it didn’t have the same effect. When I was 23, I could tell after a day or two of exercise that I was making progress in the right direction. Not anymore. When I was training for my half marathon last year, I just kept getting heavier. Even when I could see some positive change in my fitness level, the scale went up and up. It got so frustrating, it ultimately hurt my motivation to train, and I ended up “running” the half super slowly. I finally hit the dreaded 40 lbs overweight and decided to start actually eating right.
So a healthy diet is the answer. Weight Watchers and Insanity got me down the first 1o lbs, but I need help to keep going and keep on plan to get rid of the extra 30 lbs still hanging around. I’ve learned pretty quickly the best way to make the healthy diet choices is to plan ahead. When I get too hungry and don’t have a plan, I go straight to the quickest option which tends to be the unhealthiest option. “I’m staaaarving…oooh DONUTS!” (I basically become Homer Simpson.)
The thing about meal planning is for me it is very daunting. 1) I don’t always have time to cook elaborate healthy meals, but I also hate prepping ahead. And sometimes, I am le tired. 2) I don’t have a ton of go to recipes. So I sit on the internet looking for things to cook and become increasingly overwhelmed until I quit and start reading Warming Glow. 3) I am often torn between different philosophies on eating. Whole wheat? Skip carbs? Should I go real butter or the spray? Fat free or sugar free? Should I cut out meat? (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA yeah right.)
Today, I buckled down and planned for the week with the help of Pinterest, which made it significantly easier to just browse recipes I already thought looked yummy.
Here is my meal plan for the week:
Porterhouses & Dad’s Pan Potatoes
Tonight, the man is grilling up some porterhouses because the weather is actually not freezing. I will also be making my Dad’s famous potatoes. Canned potatoes, green bell peppers, and onions sauteed in some olive oil with garlic powder, pepper and salt. DELISH
Breakfast Smoothie for the Week
Seems like everyone is praising green smoothies so I used the Ultimate Green Smoothie Formula to buy all the good stuff for my breakfasts/lunches.
w/ a side of red potatoes tossed in olive oil, garlic and rosemary baked until crispy and some sauteed spinach
Clearly, I love Gina.
Crockpot Beer Chicken from Laa Loosh which I am doubling which means we may still have some for the weekend.
No meat on Lenten Fridays means Shrimp with Avocado Mango Salsa from Self
The man has promised to make me a Texas brunch of MIGAS!
I bought lean ground beef, whole wheat rolls, and part skim mozzarella to sub in for a slightly healthier version.
I generally don’t plan on leftovers unless I am doubling up a recipe, but more often than not, we have leftovers or we got out so my week plan actually stretches around a week and a half to two weeks. I plan dinners and a couple of breakfasts, but usually not lunch. I will leftovers for lunch most of the time.
So what are some tips out there from veteran meal planners? As a busy working lady, should I be pre-making and freezing everything? Anyone have any great weeknight recipes? How bout non-boring lunches? Thoughts on when fake food is okay? Share with the group. (When I say “group” I basically mean Major and me.)