Getting it together :: My Meal Planning

February 3, 2014

Hi friends, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and ‘exciting’ Superbowl (ha!). As you know I rarely ever post about food, fitness, and all that jazz..but today is different, I’m getting real with you. Although I workout everyday and understand it’s especially good for someone who sits on their ass all day working..I hate it. I thought after doing it for over 2 years I would get used to it and enjoy it, but I don’t and try to change it up (aka, body pump, p90x, p90x2, etc) to keep me motivated. I do think part of the reason is because I work and workout from home, making it difficult to keep myself motivated. Well, I just purchased the new p90x3 and being that it’s the new year I thought I would also attempt an actual ‘meal plan‘ and try to stick to it.

MealPlanningDownload-SaffronAvenue

Now, I don’t have some super exciting fitness story, I just never worked out and was so frugal/broke that I would only eat ramen, PB & J, frozen chicken breasts, tuna sandwiches, and bananas. So, no I was never  overweight, I was just not healthy or in shape at all!  I’ve always lacked a curvy feminine figure (aka breasts + booty). My only real trouble area (like almost every woman I know) is the waist/hips, and considering I’m small on top and bottom, my ‘box-like’ figure isn’t helping much (blaming my dad and his genes for that one)!  Long story short, the main reason why I really wanted to start working out was to get a better butt, bigger legs, and a flat stomach/sides. Not just so I can feel better about my body and have a healthy lifestyle..but really because I just want to fit into some jeans! I tend to make fun of my ‘boyish figure’…and ladies, that makes jeans shopping a chore!

Oatmeal ApplePie Muffins Quinoa
rice veggies texmex chili
yogurt spinach smoothie icecream

With all that beings said, those programs really have helped. I’m squatting/lifting/curling more than I ever thought I could, which is really helping out butt/legs and even if others don’t see a difference I actually do. I mean, I’m no beyonce or JLo, but that’s just motivation. As for that flat stomach and abs, doing 4 days a week of ab ripper is probably working..but as we all know “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym” or whatever is says. So, to FINALLY conclude, I made a free downloadable Meal Planning PDF for you to have, as well as some ideas of meals that may work for you that I like, you can follow my pinterest board too!. Because, dammit I want those abs and butt by my wedding and I have over a year to do it! (As for the upper region..I’ll just stick with my Vicky Secrets)

I’m not sure yet if I’m okay with posting any photos of my progress, I’m beyond camera shy so I’ll just have to keep you posted!

  • Liz

    Ooh. Your weekly calendar printables are just what I need!

    Ps; I make those grilled chicken bowls too; aren’t they amazing?!

    • I know, I’m hoping the planning helps so I can get some consistency!!

  • Laura Rieckmann

    Hi Angela! I love the meal planning guides! I’m a health coach just starting out and am always looking for new clients to practice coaching on…if you ever are interested let me know :) I’m also working toward getting in shape for my June wedding. Sounds like you are off to a great start and actually are pretty motivated! :)

    • Hi Laura,
      I’m glad you like them! And yes, I’d love to learn more info actually, you can email me at hello@saffronavenue.com

      Thanks again!

  • This is by far my favorite looking meal planner! Saving this onto my desktop. I’m big on planning. :)

    • Glad to hear…that is why I had to make my own ;)

  • I hope to get into meal planning some day. I’m usually really good with eating well, but it’s the consistent workouts on a busy schedule and frequent injuries that gets me off the wagon. I feel like I’ve been sick/injured for most of the year. I haven’t tried P90X3 yet but I’m glad to hear such great reviews! Maybe as soon as my ankle feels better, I can get back into lifting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yeah, I’ll try to keep everyone updated with my progress!

  • I need to join you n the meal plan. I have been doing Insanity and have seen results. But if I change my diet, I’m sure the progress would be that much better.

  • This is such good timing! I started meal planning this week and need a lovely template! I also need to change my diet so thank you for the meal tips! I loved reading about your progress :) Downloading now.

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