Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy November!

Happy November!!!

Wow my last post was in August which totally matches how my tracking has been! Ever since my half marathon I have been out of the habit of tracking and meal prep and most of all activity. I would track maybe one meal a day and then forget the second and then just go eh.. I'll start again tomorrow and that kept repeating. Thankfully the weight watchers principles have been so engrained that I have been able to pretty much maintain my weight at hovering around the -20lbs mark! But I gave myself the swift kick in the butt I needed and my feet have healed and I am ready to kick butt and hopefully get to the -35lbs mark by the end of the year!

So here is my weigh ins:

                       starting weight              ending weight        start at 164.2lbs 8/8/13
January            161.4lbs                               160.6lbs                              -3.6lbs
February          161.2lbs                               158.2lbs                              -6.0lbs
March              158.0lbs                               154.2lbs                              -10.0lbs
April                152.8lbs                               153.2lbs                              -11.0lbs
May                 150.6lbs                               148.6lbs                              -15.6lbs
June                 147.6lbs                               145.6lbs                              -18.6lbs
July                  145.2lbs                               144.2lbs                              -20.0lbs
August             140.4lbs                               144.2lbs                              -20.0lbs
September       142.4lbs                               144.0lbs                              -20.2lbs
October           144.0lbs                                145.0lbs                             -19.2lbs
November       146.4lbs                                                                STARTING -17.8lbs

Ok so Why did I post that? For me to see how far I have come and how totally do-able it is! I lost 9lbs in the 2 and a half months I was in licensing last time! And Im ready to do it again!

Here is my meal plan for this next week!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hot August Meal Prep Edition

Ok so I LOVE my chicken and green beans and rice lunches but lately with this heat I have not felt like eating it for lunch... So I'm trying something totally new this week! 

Main course for lunch... SANDWICH!
The hubby gets salami and pastrami and I made myself some turkey! 
Each lunch box has the bread and meat for the hubby as he likes it plain... Lol

For mine it's 7pts of deliciousness! 2 PTS of turkey slices, 2 PTS of cheese, 3 PTS of sandwich thins bread and 0 PTS side of balsamic dressing as the sauce! 😋

Then for snacks we have baggies of grapes, apples, tangerines, and bananas 

For breakfasts I am making the frittatas again using up the veggies I have in the fridge including squash, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms and spinach! Sorry no picture as I'm cooking it now! 

Hoping to stick to my meal prep and track every day!! 

Have a good week!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly meal prep

Ok so I am always posting my meal prep on Instagram and Facebook  and people always ask what exactly I make and how it is prepared... I am hoping this post can answer all of that and more! I personally only prep 3-4 days at a time as I feel the food does not last much longer than that...

I try and prep breakfast for myself and lunches and snacks for both the hubby and myself .

Breakfast : this week I made a vegetable and cheddar frittata that makes 4 servings. I eat this with a side of salsa and a banana.  Each container is one serving and is 3 PTS, salsa and banana are both 0 PTS.

Vegetable and cheddar frittata
1 zucchini chopped
1 yellow bell pepper chopped 
1 red bell pepper chopped 
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 large eggs
2 large egg whites 

Set the oven to 395'. First I sauté all of the vegetables using the spray olive oil in a 12 inch skillet that is oven safe. As that's cooking I whisk my eggs, egg whites salt and pepper together. As soon as vegetables are done I pour my egg mixture into the skillet over medium heat and let it set for about 5 minutes. Once it's set I sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and put the skillet in the oven for another 5 minutes. And tada all done!! 

Lunch: I normally always default to baked chicken, brown rice, and some sort of vegetables. I also pack it with a side container of ketchup or bbq sauce. Each container is 6pts.

Baked chicken, brown rice, and veg
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts 5oz each
Emril chicken seasoning
Lawrys seasoned pepper
Lawrys seasoned salt
Olive oil sprayer

Preheat oven to 380' 
Lay out all chicken breasts. Spray with olive oil. Season as desired and pop in oven using a Meat thermometer. I cook until chicken reaches internal temp of 155' as the minute or two of microwaving when reheating for lunch will fully cook while keeping the chicken juicy.

As far as brown rice and vegetables go, I cheat. I just microwave frozen veggies and the rice cups and then season to taste and portion out into lunch containers. 

Lastly for snacks I just make sure to have fruits on hand and cleaned and portioned ready to eat. This includes those little cuties oranges, baggies of grapes, bananas, apples, and side salads. I also always have a 2-3 PTS sweet snack packed whether it be a fiber one brownie (2pts) or a snack pack pudding cup (3pts). 

That is what makes up my weekly meal prep! 

Any questions feel free to comment below and I'll do my best to answer!!


Happy Almost August!!!

Wow, I don't know about any of you but July FLEW by for me!!! I am very excited to share that I have officially hit -21lbs mark this month as well as fit into a size 8!!! I did not do any races this month but I have run over 110miles MTD. :)

I was thinking of the August challenge and I thought of taking a different approach. Last months challenge was too much for me. I aimed a little too high on that one and needed to listen to my body and not do as much. So that taught me that everyone is different. Just because one challenge works for one person doesn't mean it will work for everyone else. So thats why I made my August Challenge a self-reporting tracking Challenge. Whether you walk/run/do pushups/ sleep all day its up to you. You just put what you do and for an entire month TRACK! Track everything! Food, Fitness, Everything!

Man the stickers look intense! Whats BLDS? Ok ok... here is the break down....

* Miles and Push Ups - just write in how many you did... (I write down my total fitbit daily miles)

* Track: B L D S - I am planning on just marking off or X'ing the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks as I put them in my tracker. And whether you do weight watchers or not tracking your food can really be beneficial!

* Homemade BLD - This is where I will circle if I ate a packed breakfast lunch or dinner as opposed to eating out. For me, my biggest area of opportunity with both my fitness journey but also my financial journey is I spend way too much eating out! So this will help me keep my eating out limited or at the very least more aware!

* Saturday Try New - Once a week try something new! A new food item, a new recipe, a new trail to run, a new hobby, a dinner with no phones, anything!! Just incorporate something new once a week and mark it off!

* Sunday / Wednesday Meal Prep - I do my meal preps 2x a week to keep the food in the best fresh way possible with having less waste. This works for me and my husband. If thats not ideal for you then no worries but that is my schedule!

* Thursday Weigh In - I just wanted to see a once a week weigh in! It doesnt have to be thursdays but once a week weigh yourself and put your weight and pounds lost! :) Again all about awareness!

Hope everyone likes this challenge and can find it useful!!! If you want to see me blog about anything in particular just leave a comment below telling me!

Thanks and happy last week of July!!

Meghan Tarry AugustTrackingChallenge.pdf

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Blog!

Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out my blog!! Fitness, Food and Finance is pretty much what defines my world lately. I have had many people direct message me asking for me to email them copies of my recipes or templates so I figured this would be a much easier way to share all that and more with everyone!

Just to give everyone some background on me....

My name is Meghan and I am married to my best friend, Matt! We are middle school sweethearts and we have two dogters that we rescued named Pebbles and Brulee. I have always been relatively petite my entire life and due to a very hard year of losing 5 people in 6 months that were very close to me, I gained about 50lbs in 2008 and am currently on a journey to lose that 50lbs, get healthy, and enjoy this new lifestyle. I work full time as a banker currently in the process of getting my investment licenses, am a full time student getting my MBA and just trying to learn the healthy balance between work and home life. Thanks for all the instagram and facebook love and support! It has truly helped me in my journey so far! IG @meghanpaigetarry

What am I doing/using for my journey?

I love it! It really does work and I use the etools and go to the meetings! I love the accountability of tracking and the ideas that get shared at the meetings is soo valuable!

I find it much easier to drink all my water from a cup with a straw! I can't explain why but it makes it easier! And these tumblers have the measurements along the side so you can easily track how much you are drinking to stay on track!

I got my treadclimber and the first time I used it i barely did 5 minutes at a speed of 1.0 at barely any incline and I was huffing and puffing! I am proud to say I have done multiple miles at max incline at varying speeds! It is an amazing machine with low impact to my knees which helps me, personally, a lot!

Being that most of my day is spent sitting at work, sitting during class, or sitting doing homework I got the fitbit to help me stay aware of how much or how little I am moving! It totally has kept me motivated!! There are different types of fitbit but I bought the ONE because it is hidden and a little more professional to not have it showing at all than the wrist band version plus I talk with my hands a lot and I feel the wrist band would be a little inaccurate.

Both Matt and I have the 3 meal isolator fitness ISOBAG. I am able to do meal prep each week for both of us and it holds our breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and more! It has helped me so much especially when I have it full of healthy snacks and I think I am just doing one errand that turns into me being out of the house the whole day! Highly recommend it!

I normally make my own day planners but I came across Erin Condren Life Planner and fell in love! It helps me plan ahead and as we all know, a goal without a plan is just a dream!

What I don't do...
Its about a lifestyle change.. not a quick fix!

I hope this blog makes it easier to share things with everyone and I hope someone out there finds it helpful!! Thanks for reading!

To get started here is my July Fitness Challenge tracker! I created this challenge by combining a ton of different pinterest challenges I found combined with water intake and miles! It is also made small enough to get printed and cut out to fit inside the Erin Condren Life Planner. I printed it on Avery sticker paper so I can just cut it out and stick it in there!

Meghan Tarry July Challenge.pdf