Operation 25.5 Update: Me and My Knife

Operation 25.5 is in its official fourth week and it is going very well. I am tired and I would really love to have a brownie, but I have lost almost 10 lbs and I am physically feeling better. Best of all, my clothes are fitting better!  I am so happy that I reached out to my trainer at the start of this journey. She has been a God-send and encourages me every single day to keep going.

There is one thing she has taught me that you think I would have understood earlier on due to my love of cooking: prepare and plan your food every single day, absolutely every day of the week. Now this is hard, very hard, and sometimes frustrating.  Really, the last thing I want to do after putting munchkin to bed is to get out my knife to cut up peppers and pack a lunch.  But this is really the only reason I am actually losing weight. The workouts 5 days a week help too, but as my lovely trainer told me from Day One “what you eat is 85% of the weight loss equation.”

So for now, here is how my food prep goes:

Step 1: On the weekend I outline everything I plan to eat for the next week.

Yes, this is a total pain in the tush … but it saves me every single day. I just simply look at my plan the night before, pack my food for lunch and snacks throughout the day, and know exactly what I need to do for dinner before I even get home. This keeps me from buying bad food and giving into the urge to order pizza at 8 pm after a long, tiring day. It also keeps me from grabbing candy at 3 pm because I already have my snack ready to go.

Prepping dinner in advance, tough but worth it.

Step 2: Grocery shop to the plan.
I simply take my plan (yes my husband, Mr. Man, eats much of the plan also since I am the cook and he really has no choice) and build my grocery list around it for the week. Then in one grocery trip I buy everything, absolutely everything, I need for the week. This is not cheap, but I figure dealing with health problems later in life is much more expensive.

Step 3: Cut, Chop, Prep
Usually during the munchkin’s nap time or right after dinner, I prep, cut and chop absolutely everything I need for the next few days. Eventually I hope to prep everything for the entire week during munchkin’s nap time on Sunday. But so far I can only get through a few days in a few hours. The salads are all prepped for lunch, the snack veggies are cut up and bagged and all main dishes for the week’s dinners are put in their marinades, prepped and placed in the freezer. This makes weekday cooking so much quicker and easier, and, most of all, weakness-proof.

In the end, this is a whole lot of planning … a whole heck of a lot of planning. But if a few hours each week help me reach my goal, it will be so worth it. And, so far, it totally is.

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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  2. Mary Beth — February 18, 2011 @ 9:56 am (#

    Julia, I love reading this b/c it seems that we’re doing the same diet. It really takes a LOT of dedication to prep and cook all of the meals, but it is totally worth it. Losing 7 pounds in less than a month is AWESOME!


    • Julia replied: — February 22nd, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

      Thank you. It is soooo hard … we should so compare notes each week and maybe catch up for a skinny organic latte 🙂

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