Well, heeey there! It’s meal plan monday around here. I have been killing the meal planning game lately, if I do say so myself. Why, you may ask? Well, I was finally cleared to exercise again (shh…I started about 10 days before my official appointment) but only because my appointment was at 7.5 weeks postpartum due to the holidays. So, back to exercising and a good clean meal plan (NOT DIET). I’ve got some good goals and a plan for how to get there. Well, really, just 1 goal…fit in to my pre-pregnancy pants. So, how am I going to do this?
First, I’m back on the workout train. I use Beachbody, and I love that there are so many different options for different levels. If you are interested or curious about it let me know. It
Second, I’m eating and fueling my body right. I’ve never really followed the “meal plans” that come along with the workout programs. I eat a pretty clean diet, but I decided to jump in full force to help me reach my goal So, I used the little formula to figure out where I needed to be calorie wise, and then added 500 more calories to that since I am breastfeeding. Now, the meal plan isn’t a diet at all, more like a guideline for proper portions, I’ve been at it for 2 weeks and I feel great.
Last, I’ve got some big motivation! I’ve got my challenge group that I am a part of, but I also signed up for DietBet. I’m not dieting, by any means. Just eating right and exercising. This is just extra motivation, and I’m going to be running one of my own in about a month with my challengers in my challenge group. You guys, I have 4 weeks to lose 4% of my body weight, and if I meet that goal I get $$$. I like that motivation.
Now that I’ve bored you with my plan, let’s get to what I’m eating this week:
Breakfasts: Overnight oats. Easy to prepare, and oatmeal is good for my milk supply. So is dark beer, by the way, but I hear it’s frowned upon to have beer on your breath first thing in the morning. Especially if you’re a mom of littles. These can be prepped in advance for the week, and that’s what I’ll be doing today.
Lunches: Lentil and Feta Salad. This recipe is from the recipe guide that goes along with one of the workout programs that I have access to, being a coach and Beachbody on Demand member. It’s so good. One recipe of this makes 5 days of lunches for me. Easy to prep ahead and the flavors get better as it sits.
Snacks: Shakeology made with spinach (a great way to sneak in a serving a veggies and doesn’t affect the flavor at all), fruit, yogurt and multi-grain crackers. I use plain yogurt and stir in a teaspoon or so of a nut butter. If I’m feeling like I need a little something sweet, I throw some cocoa nibs in there. It’s so good!
Dinners: Sloppy Joes with salad and fruit (I’m pulling this from my freezer prepped meals I did when I was pregnant), Roasted Vegetables with Chicken Sausage (a perfect one pan meal), shrimp tacos, Chicken Schwarma Bowls, and Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup. How amazing does this soup look?
(picture and recipe via peasandcrayons.com)
What’s on your menu for the week?