Meal planning has never been my strong suit. I always tried, but I’d get frustrated, overwhelmed and never actually get around to completing one. Actually, I didn’t even come close.
I made every excuse in the book and for a while did okay just winging it. Then, baseball season came. We were crazy busy, and I feel off the wagon. I kept trying to jump back on. I’d have one good day followed by a few bad – and at first, I really didn’t notice any problems, but then over the last few weeks, ALL of the problems I’d been experiencing before I got serious about my health + fitness came back with a vengeance – anxiety, not sleeping well, female problems, even my umbilical hernia started bothering me again.
I knew it was time to stop making excuses. I had to be more responsible with my health + fitness, so I got off my couch for the first time in days and created this meal plan using the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.
I’m sure it sounds absolutely crazy, but finishing this was a HUGE victory. It took me 8 or 9 hours, quite a bit of arguing back and forth with myself about why I would never finish and should just give up. I might have cried a few times – keep in mind, I was going through probably the worst struggle with anxiety I ever had in my life at the time, but I FINISHED it!
Once I did, I had such an overwhelming sense of relief, and now that I look at it and am sitting down to make a new one to share with my Challenge Group for next week, I realize – it’s so simple.
Why did I put it off for so long?
I think a lot of times we let ourselves believe things are going to be a lot harder than they really are, and then when we run into the slightest bit of trouble, we say “I knew it! It’s too hard. I won’t be able to do it.” And we just give up.
So let’s make a deal.
Let’s stop giving up at the slightest hint of hard. Let’s stop giving up when it doesn’t LOOK like their’s a way. Let’s push through. Let’s be okay with hard. Let’s be okay with uncomfortable. Let’s say it’s okay to cry, but let’s NOT say it’s okay to give up.
So now that that is all squared away, here’s where you can find some of the recipes from the meal plan:
Beef + Veggie Stir Fry – Our kids LOVE the Cauliflower Rice btw! Don’t even tell them it’s cauliflower. They’ll never know the difference…probably.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes – You can ignore the “flax egg” and just use an egg. You can also sub nuts, berries or fruit for chocolate chips, but they are fine for the Fix if you like sweet for breakfast. You can also use a blender to chop up the oatmeal if you prefer. It’s better for you than flour, but my kids aren’t crazy about the texture if I leave it whole, so I just blend it up a bit… not totally smooth, but at least smaller bits and they eat them up.
Veggies + Wild Rice w/cheddar – For this recipe, I use wild rice instead of pasta and add additional veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper…pretty much whatever you like…never be afraid to reinvent a recipe you love! It may take some time to get it right, but totally worth it! This recipe is a perfect example of how you can take something that you wouldn’t think you could eat and make it healthy!
Turkey Wrap w/Apples and Brie – If you are low on yellows, you can use a boneless skinless turkey breast, cook it then pile everything on top of the turkey top with the cheese and stick it under the broiler. If you do meal prep, that would be perfect because you can just grab it out the fridge pile every thing on top and warm it in the oven. Would also be a good snack in the afternoons. If y’all are busy, put it on a pan and put it in the oven right when you turn it on. Once it’s preheated you can set the timer for probably 5 maybe 10 minutes. I’ve never done this particular dish this way, but I use this method a lot…also great way to heat already made pancakes in the morning, by the time the oven is heated they are done…just cover with foil so they don’t dry out.
Avocado Tuna Melt – This is another one where it’s easy to skip the bread. Just use a frozen filet…always get wild caught. They have them in the freezer section at my local Walmart for about $5 individually wrapped and you get a good bit. I do them with blackened seasoning and skip the avacado if I have blues in another meal. If not don’t worry about it…I learned the hard way (dumping out and entire blue container on my salad) that HALF a blue is too much cheese in one sitting! lol So you wouldn’t be going over too much if you want the avacado plus they have some awesome health benefits.