Weekly Meal Prep Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to me! February 15th, 2011 was the date I officially started my weekly meal prep. That is one FULL year of cooking all of my meals in batches twice per week. It is the easiest and the BEST thing I've done to help push me closer to my weight loss goals! To date I've lost a total of 17 pounds!  

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I vividly remember that week, it was Valentines week, Chris was getting ready to go snowboarding in Colorado for a week and I was feeling a little down about my slow weight loss progress. At that point I still wasn't very consistent with my clean eating and my workouts. I was doing my best to eat breakfast in the mornings before work, I would eat snacks like Greek yogurt with banana, and for lunch I'd grab a grilled chicken wrap or sandwich from a deli. But I still wasn't making time to prepare my meals and that was really holding me back. So that week while I was on the subway riding to work, I listened to a very motivating podcast about weight loss. They stressed that you have to find the reason you to want to lose the weight, then you have to really get mad at the fat! I sat there for a minute to think about my reason, of course my reason was to have the body of my dreams and do it for me, but I needed a better motivator besides my own vanity. Because let's face it, if I haven't been able to lose the weight for me after this long, then I think it is time I tried a different approach. I decided that the my reason was going to be Chris! I wanted to be his eye candy, I wanted him to look at my body and think WOW, because that is what I think every time I look at him!

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein"

After finding my reason, I had to decide what my next step was going to be. I knew that I had to do something different with my diet, because clearly I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. So I went to the store, bought a ton of food, and went home and prepared everything at once. I cooked meats, veggies, boiled eggs, rice, and protein pancakes. I measured everything and packaged it in containers. So that week while Chris was in Colorado, I ate all of my prepared foods and hit the gym hard. About a week and a half passed. When we finally saw each other, Chris commented that he could already see small changes in my body and my scale weight had dropped too!

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Seeing those little changes in my body in that very short amount of time made me believe that I was doing something right. I realized how easy it was to take a little time out of my week and prepare my food. It has gotten easier and easier over the last year and I've decided this is something that I'm never going to quit.

I urge everyone who wants to get serious about weight loss, to take a minute and really think about your reason for wanting to lose the the weight. Once you find YOUR reason, whatever that may be, then I want you to get MAD at the fat! Now, take one step in the right direction and make a positive change. Whether it is preparing your foods weekly, cutting one food out of your diet that might be having a negative effect on your body, or setting a goal to make exercise a priority. We all have need to find that motivation to get started and sometimes that requires us to step out of our box and try something new.

"Every journey begins with a single step."
If you would like to share your reason, I would love to hear it in the comments below!