|Left picture taken around 2013 and Right picture taken around 2015.|
As you can see from the above picture, I have been on this weight loss journey before and was able to come out ahead a handful of years ago. But then life happened; kidney stones, broken tailbone, death in the family, broke up with my boyfriend, work, kiddo and that small little pandemic that shut down the World! Things started getting back to somewhat a normal life last month and I realized as I was trying to fit back into my work clothes that I had somehow reversed all the work I had done and am now back to the first picture without even realizing! Darn those stretchy pants! So now my journey starts over to work my way back to picture number 2!
I started posting my weekly meal plan picture on Facebook and a few friends have reached out to ask for more information, since the meal planning is the hardest part. I decided to use this post to help anyone that wants to start their own weight loss journey but is a little overwhelmed. I admit that I am NO weight loss expert, just someone who has been in your shoes and knows how hard it is. Fad diets DO NOT work long term. Who in their right mind wants to give up carbs for the rest of your life anyway?!?!?
My basic plan normally sticks to the 21 Day Fix meals but I don't overly obsess about the containers. However, I do like that this plan allows for all food groups, just in the right portion amounts. No need to go buy the program. The idea is for a basic 1200 calorie a day diet, you should eat the following amounts: 4 (3/4 cup) Protein, 3 (1 cup) Veggies, 2 (1 cup) Fruit, 2 (1/2 cup) Carbs, 1 (1/3 cup) Healthy Fats, 2 (tablespoons) Seeds/Dressings and 2 (teaspoons) Oils/Nut Butters. I try to stick to this idea but not always so no need to point that out later on!
Below is my meal plans for the month (Monday - Friday). I normally just wing it on the weekends. I have linked the basic recipes to some of the dishes if you want to know how to make it. I try and follow the recipes BUT sometimes I make a few changes depending on my needs or taste.
Breakfast: Egg Cups x2, Spicy Hummus, Pineapple and Iced Protein Coffee
Lunch: Tuna Salad
Dinner: Turkey Burger (no bun) with Lettuce and Cajun Fries
Snack: Banana pudding, Bananas and sunflower seeds
For the first week, I was trying to make stuff that I already had in the panty (hence the banana pudding). To make my Iced Protein Coffee, I fill a 32oz cup with ice and pour in 6oz of strong black caramel vanilla coffee and then add in 1/3 of the chocolate protein shake. One protein shake should last you three days or more. It gives you that Starbucks coffee without the calories!
The Egg Cups, I changed the recipe and used egg whites that you can find in the egg section of your store. Less calories and easy to just pour over the top of your veggies/meats. I HIGHLY recommend you purchase rubber baking cups for this recipe. I've tried oil, paper cups and wax paper but the eggs stuck to everything. I finally wised up and tried the rubber baking cups and the eggs came out without any mess. For my egg cups, I add precooked bacon, peppers, onions, spinach and jalapeno with a little pepper and garlic salt. Once my cups are filled, I pour the egg whites almost to the top. Mine takes about 20 minutes to bake.
For the Tuna Salad, there is a local restaurant close to me that makes the BEST pasta salad so I checked their website and copied down all the ingredients. Then I went to work on making a healthier version with homemade dressing and added tuna for the protein.
Turkey burger is frozen (I had a coupon) and turned my normal fries into Cajun for a little kick. My lettuce came from the little garden I planted this year.
Breakfast: Egg Cups x2, Oranges x2 and Iced Coffee
Lunch: Stuffed Pepper Soup
Dinner: Pepper Steak
Snack: Banana and sunflower seeds
Breakfast: French Toast Cups, Hard Boiled Egg, Bacon, Maple Syrup and Iced Coffee
Lunch: Chicken Burrito Bowl (no rice)
Dinner: Salmon and Asparagus
Snack: Banana, cherries, peppers, watermelon and sunflower seeds
Breakfast: Boiled Egg, Bacon, Peppers and Iced Protein CoffeeLunch: Big Mac SaladDinner: Chicken EnchiladasSnacks: Banana and Sunflower Seeds