Meal Plan Monday

Hey dudes! I hope you had a nice Monday. 🙂

I know I did. I got a great workout in this AM, picked up my groceries, and spent some time meal planning.  I’ll get to that in a second, though, fiiiiiiiirst of all I’d like to mention how I think it’s quite amusing how in my last post, I shared with you what a typical day looks like for me. Well, that’s all going to be changing, because I’ve officially accepted a full-time position and I go back to work full-time for the first time since Em has been born a week from today! It’s safe to say that I am a pleasant combination of totally excited and terrified!

Excited by the new opportunity, the fabulous company I’m going to be working for, the work that I will be doing, and wearing more than just yoga pants all week. 😉

The terror is really just that someone who is NOT me will be taking care of my baby cakes. *YIKES*

I’ve met the daycare staff and they are lovely, wonderful women. I’m totally confident in their abilities. I just think the whole nursing-on-demand for 10 months and rarely taking a bottle will be a little rough for the first week. But I know she’s a tough little cookie and we’ll both power through it. Ultimately, I know that this is the right time and opportunity and that it’s what is best for me and my family. I plan to spend the next week snuggling my little munchkin butt as much as she can stand and trying to get into some semblance of a routine to try and make out transition easier. I’d love some tips from any working momma’s out there!

Anywho, as for my meal planning, the PiYo meal plan is fairly straight forward and makes a whole lot of sense to me. Although based on my weight I technically fall into the “Plan A,” because I’m still nursing I get to bump up the the second tier and follow the eating plan for “Plan B” which constitutes 1500-1799 calories a day and is broken down into 5 categories. Thank goodness for that. I am seriously an eating machine. Planning it out really helps to keep in check though. Knowing exactly what I’m going to eat in a day before I eat it is also particularly helpful what with having a baby and all. It means if she’s down for a nap I know precisely what I need to do for my lunch of snack and don’t need to dilly dally thinking about it.  I know that some people find meal planning boring and tedious, but I quite enjoy it. I, personally, have been using a spreadsheet in Google Docs to keep track of everything.  Below is my meal plan for the upcoming week.

  5 Primary Veg  2 Secondary Veg & Grains 2 Fresh Fruit 4 Healthy Fats 5 Lean Protein
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast Shakeology, skim milk Shakeology, skim milk Shakeology, skim milk chocolate protein,
skim milk,

greek yogurt
2 eggs 2 eggs, 2 chicken sausages
blueberries blueberries banana banana cheddar cheese, avocado cheddar cheese
almond butter almond butter almond butter oatmeal Ezekiel toast (2x) potatoes
spinach spinach peanut butter spinach peppers, onions, spinach
Snack string cheese Ezekiel toast (1x) hard boiled egg (2x) grapes grapes grapes
hard boiled egg, chicken sausage avocado
hard boiled egg
Lunch turkey meatballs chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken
broccoli broccoli broccoli avocado black beans avocado
ww pasta sweet potato sweet potato spinach, peppers, tomatoes romaine, peppers, onions, tomatoes spinach, peppers, tomatoes
Snack chicken peas, carrots hummus hummus chocolate protein,
skim milk
chocolate protein,
skim milk
peas, carrots peas, carrots banana banana
peanut butter peanut butter
spinach spinach
Dinner bbq chicken turkey taco meat chicken asian turkey pepperoni grilled chicken
baked potato romaine, tomatoes, carrots,
peppers, onions, salsa
peppers lettucce, peppers, scallion, snow peas cauliflower, tomatoes grilled peppers and zucchini
cheddar cheese cheddar cheese quinoa edamame, brown rice mozzarella mozzarella
romaine, tomatoes, carrots,
peppers, onions
pesto, mozzarella
Snack banana greek yogurt grapes greek yogurt
peanut butter banana peanut butter
Workout Sweat Hardcore to the Floor Buns Drench Strength Intervals Sweat
TOTALS 5 5 5 5 5 5
  2 2 2 2 2 2
  2 2 2 2 2 2
  4 4 4 4 4 4
  5 5 5 5 5 5

It may seem daunting, but it’s really not. Especially since I eat so many of the same things on different days, I can just copy and paste and calculate.

I plan to go more into detail about PiYo and my experience with it when I finish the program. The week will finish up the first month – I’m down 3 pounds since I started and I definitely notice that I feel stronger doing certain things – particularly triceps push-ups!

That about wraps it up for me tonight, though, with all of the thunder outside it’s about time I shut it down.

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