This weekend was amazing between the weather and getting a this-never-happens nap on both days. I could have slept for days, but even just a half hour gave me some much needed recovery. I am so tired lately.
As you know, I finished P90X2 and before we went on our honeymoon. Since returning, I am in a rut. I guess I just am not sure what I should be doing next. Many things are not challenging enough or don’t fit my workout style right now. I want to maintain the muscle building progress I have made, but not lose my mobility, power, endurance, and balance. I am most interested in functional workouts that incorporate a healthy mix of strength and cardio.
What I don’t want: CrossFit, extreme workouts, machines at the gym, or anything similar due to risk of injury and muscle strain.
Enter 21 Day Fix
If you haven’t heard about it, you are missing out. It’s pretty simple: MEAL PLAN + WORKOUT + PORTION CONTROL CONTAINERS. So, yesterday, I spent about an hour getting food prepped for my week. I am starting the 21 Day Fix with a group of 23 other girls so I wanted to be all set and have my week mapped out for success!
I wanted to share with you how meal planning looks for me while I follow this program. Normally, I would just make separate meals for myself because Rob and Quinn wouldn’t be excited about my food. I’m too tired to do that. It was my goal to make my meal plan as family friendly as possible!
How I Meal Plan
Follow these steps and cross/tally off each container as you plan so you can see what you have left.
1) Fill in dinner – hardest meal to make work for everyone
2) Fill in breakfast and lunch
3) Fill in snacks – easiest to fill in the missing pieces.
Here is how mine looks finished and you can download it here. (I also have full 21 Day Fix Meal Planning eBooks available with meal plans, grocery lists, and recipes to match. Subscribers get them 50% off!)
In some places, it looks like I have too many of one color, but I plan on using only half of each item to make one whole container.
I shop at a local market for all my produce and get the rest at Meijer. Here is how it was broken down for week 1. This is only including what we needed for the meal plan (above). It does not include other groceries like toilet paper, baby snacks, Rob’s cereal, etc. I used this grocery list printable (this is cute, too) to keep myself organized while at the store.
Don’t forget to clip your coupons! You will see how this adds up for me.
Ciolino = 21.75
- 1.5 lb banana
- 4 lb apples
- 6 avocado
- 3 lb brussel sprouts
- 2 cucumber
- grape tomatoes
- 3 green pepper
- 3.5 lb sweet potato
- 3 kiwi
- 4.5 lb squash
- 1 lb vine tomatoes
Meijer = 28.78 (was 44.78 but had $16.00 reward off my order)
- 8 oz cabbage shreds
- 16 oz cottage cheese
- 1 lb asparagus
- 2- 8 oz tempeh
- 5 oz organic greens
- 5 oz feta
- 17.6 oz Fage greek yogurt
- 8 oz lean turkey slices
- garlic stuffed green olives
- diced tomatoes
- 2 lb strawberries
- 10 oz shredded carrot
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella
- 16 oz cashews
Make seasonings. I will share the recipes this week, but it took me a total of 5 minutes to make up ranch, all purpose and smokey southwest seasonings. NO MSG!
Wash and cut up anything you can and store in air tight containers. I snagged 12 pint size wide mouth mason jars at Meijer for less than $9. I only prepped for about half the week and will do this again on Wednesday/Thursday.
So that’s a start! I will update you on so much more as the 21 days progress. Did I miss something? Any information I can give you will help you out so don’t be shy! Let me know if there is something else you want to know to make this work for you.
What do you use to store your prepped foods?
How many nights a week do you cook?
Favorite place to score deals on groceries?
Favorite app for couponing?