prepping food ahead of time {Works for Me Wednesday}

Weight loss update (three weeks down):

This past week was not super spectacular.  It was the first week of Phase 2 and I added in some strawberries as a snack each day – I was really happy to have some fruit!  However I didn’t see a significant loss this week – in fact, my weight went up towards the weekend and then back down.  I’m sure that is a combination of my body plateauing after two good weight loss weeks, hormones, the fact that I really don’t have all that much weight to lose so I’m not going to see huge numbers very often, and the fact that I wasn’t eating super unhealthy before so I don’t have tons of water weight to lose

.  It was really discouraging though because I ate and exercised just like I was supposed to – no cheats – and yet the scale did not reflect that.  It would have been easy to give up but I know that even if the weight isn’t coming off, I’m still eating better and living a healthier lifestyle – no need to go running back to the junk food.  Anyway, my weight loss for this week was 0.4 pounds for a total of 7.4 pounds lost since I started on January 2.

Now for my Works for Me Wednesday tip:

For me, the key to success on a diet is being prepared.  If I don’t have a game plan in mind then I’m less likely to make healthy choices.  Things like checking a restaurant’s menu and nutrition facts online before we go out so I can make a good choice before I’m really hungry and the tempting bread basket has been set in front of me.  Or packing lots of healthy snacks when I’m traveling, out shopping, at work, or basically anytime I won’t be home or have access to good choices.  Taking workout clothes and an exercise video or exercise equipment with me when I travel.  Making sure to bring some healthy dishes to potluck meals or family dinners so I know there will be at least a few things that are good options.  These are just a few things you can do to keep your healthy lifestyle on track.

Another thing that I do to be prepared (actually, I don’t do this as much as I should and I really need to take my own advice) is to do any snack/food prep that I can as soon as I get home from the grocery.  If I wait until I’m hungry before peeling and chopping a cucumber or cooking up a batch of chick peas then it’s very likely that I won’t want to take the time and will grab something less healthy instead.  However, if I have snacks already made and in the fridge/pantry then I can quickly grab them when I get hungry.

For example, I’ve been having big salads pretty much every day for lunch since I started back on South Beach consistently.  It was taking me a while each day to fix each thing that I put on my salads so I finally spent a few minutes prepping a bunch at once so I could just grab stuff out of each container and throw it on my salad.  Some of those things include:

washing and tearing up lettuce (I usually buy baby spinach already pre-bagged but I like to buy the big leaves of Romaine or other crunchy lettuce because it’s cheaper that way plus sometimes I like to have the big leaves to wrap tuna or lunch meat inside)

rinsing chick peas (I love just plain chick peas on my salad)

boiling and removing the shells from eggs

washing and chopping tomatoes, radishes, snap peas, carrots, etc.

Then since I have all the salad fixings all ready in the fridge I can quickly build a nutrient packed salad!

Just in case you wondered what I like on my salad…I change it up all the time and put all kinds of random things on there, but what I’ve been having recently is: a mix of baby spinach and Romaine lettuce, chick peas, cucumber, radishes, snap peas, tomato, a boiled egg, and some O’Charley’s honey mustard dressing.  Divine.  I don’t really care for cheese on my salad because I don’t feel like I can really taste it so I have a cheese stick on the side instead.  Other things that I like (but haven’t necessarily had recently) are poppyseed dressing, ranch dressing, grilled chicken, shredded chicken, some chopped up lunch meat, tuna, almond slivers, and pecan pieces.

Also, this trick is wonderful for things like fruit (wash grapes, wash strawberries, cut melons) and nuts (divide into portioned-sized baggies).

Linking up to Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family.



  1. I just found you from We Are That Family…so if you already know this trick, please forgive the repeat. Another trick to consuming less calories when trying to lose weight and eating salads is…ALWAYS put your dressing on the side. Then, dip your fork into the dressing before stabbing your vegetables and eat. You will get the flavor of salad dressing in every bite, but you will be amazed at how much dressing is left when you are finished. Good luck! :)

    • I have heard that trick and you’re right – it’s amazing how much less dressing I use! I did this a few weeks ago when I ate a salad at Cracker Barrel; usually I would pour a bunch of the dressing on the salad but instead I dipped my food in the dressing and when I finished it looked like I hadn’t even eaten any dressing because there was so much left! Great tip.

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