I meant to write this post earlier, but life feels so busy lately especially with hour daily workouts and lots of meal prep. I do have to admit that I love our family routine lately. However, this past January, I was blessed enough to turn 30. I never grew up with extravagance at birthdays or birthday weeks as some of my friends do. I remember when growing up we got to pick dinner the night of birthday, we woke up to a few presents from our siblings most of them handmade and a gift from our parents. When we got older and had birthday parties, we mostly had them at home with cake, a bag or M&Ms scattered on the table as my dad’s version of decorating, and also a dinner my parents would make for my friends. I almost always picked Homemade Spaghetti and either a Black Forest Cake made by my mother or pies. We played lots of different German games, or had sleep overs with just a few friends when we were older.
So here we are at week 4. After this week, I think phase 2 starts which means my meals might be more tailored for a different eating plan, but since we haven’t gotten there, I’m not sure how it will all look at that point. Below is our eating plan for the week. Also, I mainly plan so I know what groceries to buy. Then as we get toward the end of the week, I start using up other random odds and ends we have in the freezer or pantry, or change up the plan a tad if we have a craving for something different. For instance, Friday of last week, we all wanted pizza. So we tried a cauliflower crust pizza recipe with sweet potato fries and fried eggs. The pizza tasted pretty good, but not even close in consistency to pizza, and pretty much just counted as a veggie. It was also a lot of work, so I don’t plan on making it again. I also tend to not count in an orange container in a lot of my plans since I don’t eat a ton of seeds, and I use some coconut oil with cooking so I count it as that.
So here we are at Week 3. I think I am getting the hang of this meal planning thing. In general, I have very little issues with food cravings unless I skipped a meal accidentally. Then I want all of the unhealthy food, but since I have most of the food prepped and portioned, it makes it easier to make the right food choices. Will I eat this strict the rest of my life? Probably not, but I do feel like I am getting into certain habits that I really like. Below is my meal plan for the week, however, I do make changes occasionally. Everyone once in a while the meat I wrote down doesn’t sound good, so I fry up some eggs. Or the veggies isn’t the one I want, etc. I have also found that Saturday and Sunday dinners tend to be left overs. I will find I have a little of certain foods I prepped earlier in the week left over, so to not have any waste we eat left overs. If you meal prep just for yourself you shouldn’t have too much left over, but since I always need some extra for the kids, and I am never sure how much they will eat. It means we will always have some left overs. However, since starting the meal planning and prepping, the food we normally throw out is significantly less which makes me very happy.
Here is a new recipe that I came up with while doing the 80 Day Obsession Workouts and eating plan. I wanted something that was quick, easy, and full of veggies, eggs, and a few carbs.
Week one of 80 Day Obsession was a big success. This is my first time using the containers for any of my workouts with beach body on demand. Before this, I would just eat healthy and counted calories. So far I haven’t really felt restricted because it is a lot of food to eat, and it is eaten on a regular basis which helps a lot too. I also tried to place a fruit in the evening so when my sweet tooth hits, I can go ahead and eat something sweet without compromising my goals. I also made a few mistakes on last week’s meal plan. For instance, I thought refried beans were considered a protein where they are really a carb. So a few mistakes, but hoping this week is a lot smoother. I also LOVE doing the meal prep on Sundays. It is so nice having most of the sides ready and assembled where it is literally grab and go. Since my whole family is eating all of this with me, it means I can’t do a whole week in advance. So, I have been doing certain things to help most meals go smoother for us. Also, these plans are a guide for me so I know what to prep, but certain days, I might switch out a veggie or a carb or who knows what while sticking to the containers assigned to that meal. Also the meals can be somewhat flexible in where they are moved to.
So I have been doing Beach Body workouts that I can stream at home for about the last 5-6 months. I like being able to workout at home. Starting today, I am doing their 80 day obsession workout. The workouts are longer than the ones I was previously doing as well as timed nutrition which was a little bit intimidating to me. In a nut shell, you eat lots of smaller meals throughout the day.