Meal Plan: 9/5 – 9/9

This post was updated with price information on 9/6/16.

So, last week was a weird week.  I wasn’t able to stay on plan the whole week, but I did have three days where I went really strong and stuck to it.  The last two, I went rogue and took myself out to dinner.  The lesson I’ve learned is that there needs to be balance.  You can’t eat like a champ three days out of the week and then go completely off the rails the other two.

For me, finding balance has been the hardest part.  I’m an all or nothing type of person.  If I slip-up in the middle of the day, my thinking is, “Well I’ve already messed up so I might as well just eat whatever I want and start over tomorrow.”

This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Every second of every day is an opportunity to start over, and be better than you were the second before.  It’s about being brave and seizing that opportunity instead of giving up.

So my goals for this week are:

  1. Be as consistent as possible – Not allowing myself to get bacon, egg whites, and cheese on a roll from the deli because I feel tired.
  2. Rebound fast – Not throwing the whole day away for one mistake.
  3. Forgiveness – Making mistakes without beating myself up about it.  This is a learning experience.

Let’s check out the meal plan:

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1. VARIETY

Once again, not a whole lot of variety here.  Like I’ve said before, I only cook for myself and am on a budget.  I don’t like to waste food so having repeat recipes throughout the week makes sure that I stay within my price range, am not throwing too much away, and don’t take up a ton of space in the kitchen.

2. BREAKFAST

I really need to get on point with making a healthy breakfast.  I’m someone who doesn’t wake up until I absolutely HAVE TO.  I snooze until it’s not possible to snooze any longer.  So, cracking some eggs, making the perfect omelette, and then washing the dishes that come with that omelette is not the way I like to start my mornings.  This is why I usually end up at the deli.  But a good friend of mine recommended overnight oats (I’d fallen in and out of love with them) so I’m going to give them a second chance.

3. MORNING ROUTINE

I’ve definitely made some progress on My SoulJourney.  While I still haven’t found the beat, and don’t have proper form down, I am standing up more often and my feet hurt less.  But I want to be stronger, better, and faster.  That’s why I’ve decided to get to the gym at 6am and do some light cardio and weights before heading to work.  And with the addition of overnight oats into the meal plan, breakfast on the go shouldn’t be an issue.

4. RECIPES

This week’s recipes come from the following:

5. COST – Prices to be updated on Saturday/Sunday

This week’s shopping list can all be found at Trader Joe’s (I think):

  • (1) bag spinach: $1.99
  • (1) orange: $0.79
  • (6) bananas: $1.14
  • (1) bag of raw almonds: $6.99
  • Zucchini fries: $2.69
  • Chicken fingers: $7.99
  • Apple slices: $4.99

Things I have in the house but you may need to purchase: peanut butter, honey, almond milk, coconut water, frozen fruit, turkey meatballs, mixed veggies, yogurt.

Banner image credit: Simple Green Smoothies, LeelaLicious, Simple Green Smoothies.

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