One of the key takeaways from BLS was that we are all members first, then employees. No matter how far we’ve come or how far we have to go, it will always take hard work and dedication to stay on track. It does get a bit easier over time, but it also gets easier to think that I know what I’m doing and don’t have to pay attention to what I’m eating.
That is not the case.
After getting back from BLS, I took a cab to my apartment, threw on a dress, and immediately went out to catch the end of one of my best friends’ engagement parties. I stayed out too late celebrating, then slept too late on Sunday and had to unpack upon waking up and head out the door for another Weight Watchers commitment where we met as a whole territory. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breathe lately!
While I was sitting in the meeting listening to the exciting things we’ve done in the area over the last year and what we have to look forward to for the next year – it dawned on me. I’ve been so caught up in being a Weight Watchers employee and haven’t been focusing on myself as a member. I had stepped on the scale before the meeting and after the whirlwind of the last few weeks and saw a number I was not happy with, and quite frankly isn’t acceptable since I now work for Weight Watchers.
It’s time to stop that.
I decided to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home from the meeting, invest some time menu planning and cook for the week for the first time in a while. It felt really good to refocus and spend an hour getting some food ready for the week so I can stay on track/get back to my goal weight even though I do have another busy week ahead.
In terms of prep, I cooked a huge spaghetti squash (1 hr at 400 degrees), made 3 servings of steel cut oats, and defrosted half a batch of those amazing black beans that was leftover from the last time I made them. Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:
|Monday||Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese and sliced banana||Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Feta, Poached Egg (Recipe coming!)||Greek Yogurt w/Apple||Brown Rice bowl w/black beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips|
|Tuesday||English Muffin w/Sunbutter + banana||Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese)||Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries||Reader Get Together at Sweet Green|
|Wednesday||Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana||Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese)||Greek yogurt, defrosted berries, vanilla||Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan|
|Thursday||Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana||Leftover Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan||Greek yogurt,||Veggie Fried Rice w/tofu|
|Friday||Toasted Waffles w/Sunbutter + banana||Leftover veggie fried rice w/tofu||Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries||Dinner at Jaleo with Jen and Alexa|
It feels so good to have a meal plan for the first time in AGES. I used to post them every Monday along with groceries, and while I don’t want to get back into the habit of doing that every week, I think I need to start doing it semi-regularly for my sake!
And while I was at it, I’ve also been slacking a bit in the workout department. Here’s my plan on that front for this week:
- Monday: 45 min Total Body Conditioning class, 15 min stairmaster
- Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
- Wednesday: rest
- Thursday: Outdoor Run (~ 4 miles)
- Friday: Weights + Cardio – tbd
Mini goals for this week include:
- Drink at least 64 oz of water at work every day this week (check for yesterday!)
- Bring breakfast/lunch to work every day
- Stick to 29 pts+/day all week
- Workout 4x
- Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
What is one thing you want to or need to focus on this week?
PS: Tonight is the reader get together at 6pm at Sweet Green in Dupont. I hope to see you there if you’re local!!