5.19.2015

Tips for losing weight with food.


 No matter what type of diet you follow or if you work, work at home, stay home with your kids, food prepping is so important! It's a mental gear up for the week, like a good pep talk with yourself about what your goals are for the next 7 days. No matter what happened Saturday, and yes it does count, you have a chance to start over and get yourself on track and for whatever reason Sunday is the day to prepare yourself for the fight. 

Do I have the same drive and motivation Monday through Friday, absolutely not! Mondays usually suck, Tuesdays are crazy busy which makes me want to grab something easy on the way home, Wednesdays are usually pretty good, Thursdays are crazy busy, and Friday's are the day I realize I did well all week and want to have a 'cheat' meal.

By making my breakfast and lunches ahead of time I can stay on track despite life happening, waking up late, hitting traffic, early meetings, sick kids, whatever life throws my way. Heck even when I don't feel like eating what I already have I usually do because otherwise I'm just wasting money. 


I have to share a fridge at work, a small one at that, which means I have to condense my Tupperware. I like my breakfast to be separate because it's really hard to weigh out eggs after they are cooked, lunch is usually a meat and a side so I can do two for those and just weigh out what I eat at work each day. 

A few tips that I've learned along the way, these are specific to me, but they may work for some of you too!


1. Don't force yourself to eat stuff you hate.
This may sound like common sense, but I can't tell you how many time I've fallen off track because I was forcing myself to eat 'clean and healthy' foods that never left me satisfied. For example, carrots and dip - gah. I really just do not like carrots as a snack, but I love cucumber with hummus, topped with some turkey for protein. Also, Quest Bars, no. I tried I really did, but no. I'll take the higher macros for a bar I actually enjoy! Like Detour Bars. I'm not a huge salad fan, if I'm going to eat a salad I'm going to just go buy an amazing one at Panera. They don't keep me full and I can't make them ahead of time, they get gross.



2. Make it easy.
I meal prep every Sunday around 4pm and I like to keep it to under 45 minutes at the very most. I've found items I can prep fast and that I really enjoy eating. Tuna Salad for one.


Cooking up a bag of frozen veggies and adding it to my turkey bacon and eggs. I honestly am terrible at cutting veggies, Oliver makes fun of me all the time, so I just buy frozen. Not all frozen is made the same, I prefer the 'higher' end ones if that makes sense. The one above is from Trader Joe's and is seriously good with eggs, plus it's cheaper.


Have two, three, four pans going at the same time and before you begin have all the food you are going to prep out and ready. I get distracted by the Bald One at any given moment and after 20 kisses on the head I can completely forget where I was or what I was doing. I lay everything out on the counter in order of how I'm going to prep.

3. Bring lots of food.


Here's a listing of staples I keep at work and replenish each week:
1. bread {for tuna sandwiches or with my egg white chives salad}
2. Yogurts and Boom Chicka Bites. This is perfect to cure a sweet tooth and get in protein!
3. 100 Calories popcorn
4. Creamer - no Starbucks for me. I have one cup a day with one serving of creamer.
5. Crackers - I prefer wheat saltines, but depends on what I can find at the store. I eat with my tuna.
6. Strawberries. Either for yogurt or for the cookie butter drizzled on.
7. Jello
8. 5 tupperwares full of breakfast.
9. Lunches. This week is turkey breast {like real not lunch meat type} with Spelt Risotto.
10. Gum, gum, gum. 
11. hummus with cucumbers


Does this seem like a lot of work for a week of being on track with your foods? It used to for me, but in the end I had to get right with my food. I had to find a way to get a body I could live with AND not suffer daily by starving or beating myself up by falling off the wagon. Ask yourself, what do you want to look like in a year?


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28 comments :

  1. Will you share your tuna recipe? Thanks! :)

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    1. 3 cans of TJ tuna {or albacore tuna in water} light mayo {very little, maybe 3 servings} lots of celery and spicy pickles. a splash of lemon juice. onion, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.

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  2. I needed this post so bad today! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Can you share the recipes for the pictures you posted? They look so delicious!

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  4. how do you keep your prepped meals fresh?
    I prep on Sunday but need to prep again on Wednesday.
    If not, my prepped meals get a little gross by Thurs & Fridays

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    1. I don't have any qualms about eating turkey or tuna until friday. Chicken, yes, by day 3ish I'm iffy LOL eggs and bacon have held up well too in the fridge, but some people freeze items and thaw mid week you could try that!

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  5. Food is a 100% the way that I have lost weight. I'm not able to workout on a regular basis other than walking during my lunch break at work. With that being said eating right helped me to lose 25lbs in about 1 year and kept it off for 2 years so far :0)

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    1. Yay Jackie!! Yes, food is the magic pill that everyone is searching for, too bad it's also the hardest part of losing weight!

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  6. YES! I couldn't agree more with tip #1. I can't tell you how many weeks I've prepped "clean" lunches, only for my food to go to waste, and my diet to go to heck, because I didn't like the food I prepped. I can't stand salads, so I know never to prep them for my lunches again. Loved this post - thank you!!

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  7. 100% When I meal prep is the only time I can stick to it!

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  8. I don't meal prep every week because I just can't seem to get it together every Sunday but I will say the weeks that I do prep seem so smooth. Not just foodwise, everything seems to go smoothly if I just have my food planned. I've also started cooking double batches of dinner when it's a meal that freezes well or parts freeze well. Then I have a little extra built up in the fridge for a night when I just don't have time and want to dive into a bag of chips or pizza rolls my husband "lovely" picks up, haha

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  9. Thanks for posting! I love the tips, some of which make me mad that I hadn't just did that in the first place. I can't tell you how many times I've prepped things I've hated and then just thrown them out. I will be using your tips and motivational Instagram posts to get my butt back in gear for sure!

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  10. OK dumb question, but do you meal prep for weekend days too? I do good M-F but the rest I get off track. And now with Saturdays and Sundays full of baby showers, wedding showers, birthdays, and so on. How do you keep it on track then?

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    1. No, weekends are always on the go and I'm just not willing to pack a cooler and eat out of my car LOL it's not that serious for me. I DO eat as much protein as i can at home so when I'm out I can fill in with fat/carbs aka the good stuff. there are tons of places you can eat and stay on track!

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  11. I need advice with my macros! I am over on fats every day but can't seem to make my protein and carb goals! Am I the only one with this problem?

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    1. you have to be willing to change what you are eating, you can expect to eat the same things and have them fit :) Protein takes effort, I make eggs, egg white, tuna, chicken, and yogurt daily to meet my goals. Most of which are lower fat. experiment with new foods, you will get the hang of it and learn what foods have fats/carbs/proteins

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  12. Your first step one should really be: Have a cute baby in the background of all photos, haha.

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  13. Do you have a favorite brand of pre cooked meats?

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  14. Do you have a scale at work to measure out your snacks or do you guess?

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  16. I love this post, and appreciate you sharing how you food prep. I feel like everyone I'm following on IG right now is either into fitness or food, and every night I seriously scroll through my feed staring at all the food porn. Hahaha. Anyway, your post was kind of awesome like that - I love food ideas. And you look freaking amazing, by the way. I love seeing before/after photos and you have completely transformed yourself and continue to inspire me ALWAYS.

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  17. I don't think my comment posted. What is in the pan with the lid? Cheese, rice? Looks yummy thank you

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  18. Check out the mason jar technique for prepped salads !

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  19. Check out the mason jar technique for prepped salads !

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  20. Check out the mason jar technique for prepped salads !

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  21. Check out the mason jar technique for prepped salads !

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  22. Where in the world do you find boom chicka bites I've looked all over the targets where I am and even made my sister look at hers in Garland!!!????

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