I feel like I have been on a blogging hiatus the last couple of months. It’s amazing how you can go from being completely inspired to write 3x/week for months or even years, and then suddenly hit a wall. But that’s life, isn’t it? Not just in the blogging world, but real life. Whether it’s your work life, your relationship with food and exercise, your church life, your friendships… sometimes there is just a wall you hit. The last few months have been my wall. I went through a job transition (not by choice, but by the grace of God, I’m in a new position that fits me just as perfectly as my last one), I have been upset with myself for being complacent, I feel uninspired to pursue any more fertility treatment, and I’ve lost a lot of hope in growing our family. But during this time, God has also taught me a lot about myself… it’s been a ride for sure.
But I’m back (or trying to be) and I wanted to share what my meal plan has been for the week to hopefully inspire you, whether in your 21-Day Fix journey, or PCOS journey. After taking several weeks off from heavy exercise (I still ran periodically and did a 21-DF video here and there), I decided to jump back in before life catches up with me via weight gain. Those of you who have followed me this year know that I have lost roughly 25 lbs since January, and while that number fluctuates here and there (sometimes I bloat up to 5 lbs before my period and then it falls off as soon as it’s over – completely out of my control), I’m wanting to make it an even 30 lost before the holidays sneak up on me. Now is the time! I also recently went clothes shopping and everything fits me like a glove! Everything fits in such a way that allows me room to lose just a little more poundage so that I have flexibility to fluctuate, so that is my goal. I want to make sure nothing becomes tight, which it will if I don’t do something now… because once I feel discouraged in tight clothes, it’s a downward spiral of self-destruction.
Weekly Menu for PCOS and 21-Day Fix
Find other 21-Day Fix inspired meal plans here.
I didn’t get pictures of everything I ate, so bear with me… I’m trying to do better about that.
On Sunday night, I whipped up 18 egg cups and they are so easy!
Each cup is one egg, a little bit of frozen spinach (eyeballed, not measured), diced orange bell pepper, pepper jack cheese, garlic sea salt blend and pepper. All I did was added the ingredients to 2 sprayed muffin tins, took a fork and mixed each cup so the egg would break up, and baked them on 375 for 20 minutes. I popped them all out easily after they cooled and stored them in the fridge in an airtight container. A serving is 2 egg cups! Just remove what you need (top with hot sauce! Yum!) and microwave for 30-60 seconds. Enjoy with a side of fruit. I like bananas in the morning even though they are higher on the glycemic index. I’d rather process those earlier in the day than later.
I did a lot of dinner leftovers this week, but that is my favorite thing to do. I am a leftovers queen! On days I don’t have leftovers, I do a turkey sandwich on a whole grain super seedy bread, with mustard and provolone, and usually a side of baby bell peppers with hummus or guacamole, and some kind of fruit.
This has varied, depending on what I have had for lunches, but I often have fruit for a snack if I don’t for lunch, and some kind of nuts. I also like to have peppers and hummus or guacamole as a snack. Sometimes a protein bar is nice to have on hand for a snack as well. I have found if I don’t get enough protein during the day, I am HANGRY. I become such a grouch! So I have to get protein in somehow, and sometimes snack time is when that happens.
- Sunday:Acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and veggies, and a side of apple chicken (my sister-in-law whipped this up and it was delicious! We ate it for lunch the next day)
- Monday: Autumn Salad w/ dark leafy greens, grilled chicken, thin sliced apples, feta, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, mushrooms and sugar snap peas. I made a homemade dressing with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, a splash of 100% apple juice, honey, honey mustard, and a pinch of salt. For the dressing, I just put everything in a mason jar, shook it up, and it was ready! I didn’t measure, I just added to taste and was cautious of how much honey and juice I used.
This dinner was so incredibly delicious and refreshing. While dried cranberries can have added sugars, you can try to find unsweetened, or just know that you really don’t eat a ton of them, so a pinch won’t hurt you. Just don’t make that pinch half the bag… I’m talking to myself here. As for the dressing, I used very little and tossed the salad in it to lightly coat it. Also, I should note that the apples did NOT turn brown in the fridge! We had leftovers for a few days and the apples were perfectly fine. I fully expected them to turn on me…
- Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas! We always have a “Taco Tuesday” of some sort in our house…
- Wednesday: Baked salmon with quinoa and roasted asparagus. I really should have taken a picture of this meal because it was glorious…
- Thursday: Soccer practice! We always get dinner out on soccer nights and I just do my best to make a good choice. It’s just easier to eat out on Thursday nights and not cook. We pick up Zoey at 5:30 and practice is at 7, and it’s really not convenient to drive home just to turn around and drive back into town from where we live. It’s major back tracking and a waste of gas if we do that. Since Glenn, Zoey and I all already pack lunches for the day, it’s not conducive to also pack dinner to take with us.
- Friday: Spaghetti squash with pesto, mushrooms and onions, and a baked parmesan+nut crusted chicken (this is another meal my sister-in-law is whipping up that is loaded with veggies, and the chicken isn’t coated with additives that are unhealthy. It’s SO delicious!)
- Saturday: to be determined – we have a family photo session on this night so it’ll be something in the crockpot to go home to, I’m sure!
I have felt pretty good this week, other than nearly killing myself doing PLYO on Monday night. Food-wise, I’m doing well. It’s amazing how different you feel when you make an effort to eat better verses when you’re completely uninspired and just sit on the couch with Netflix and a bowl full of Halloween candy.
Not judging… just confessing. I may or may not have sold my soul to a bowl of miniature Heath bars…