My weightloss update + meal plan

September 22, 2016

weightloss

The one question I’m asked all the time is how have you lost the baby weight?!  I’ve been meaning to share my weightloss journey with you guys – I have some before and after bikini shots that you would DIE over!!!  I’ve had a hard time sitting down though and just writing it all out… because truthfully it hasn’t just been one thing.  It’s been a culmination of things and it’s something that I’m constantly working on, something that I’m sure I’ll be working on for the rest of my life.  Losing weight is hard — so. dang. hard!  But being healthy day in and day out isn’t a walk in the park either, it requires a lot of work and effort, it requires patience with yourself, sacrifice and self-control — UGH.  Just give me all the donuts mmmk?  

So a quick recap on how I lost the weight.  I’ll hopefully revisit this soon, maybe hop on periscope and answer your questions?  For now though, here is the condensed version and then we’ll get onto what I’m doing now.

I lost the initial 15 pounds doing Take Shape For Life — which I LOVE.  I’m so obsessed with that diet for so many reasons.  The changes are fast, you don’t have to meal prep or workout and it’s just the best when you have a million kids to take of care and no time to spend on yourself.  Its drawbacks are that it’s not real life.  And if you don’t know how to eat healthy after you finish it, you’ll gain all the weight back.  There are no quick fixes.  You can read my super embarrassing post about it here, keep in mind it was published in 2013 ha ha but the results and story are basically the same.

After the 15 pounds I went straight into Beach Body programs.  With four small kids at home and 2 new babies, going to a gym just wasn’t an option.  The twins had started taking longer morning naps though so I forced myself to workout at home.  I started with the 21 day fix (you can buy the challenge pack here) and used the containers religiously –  that’s when I started meal prepping.  Honestly the meals I’m eating now aren’t too different from what I was doing then.  Having the containers kept me honest – it was really the first time in my life I had understood portion control.  After finishing the program I moved onto Hammer And Chisel (you can buy the challenge pack here) which is my FAVORITE!!!!  I love love hammer and chis!  I was so in love with the program that I became a Beach Body Coach and a few of us did a little challenge together.  I’m still a coach but just for discounts on products – it was too hard for me to follow up with all of you but it was something I enjoyed so much and hope to revisit again in the future!  Beach body gets a bad rap but don’t let that deter you because the programs work if you’re consistent and I love shakeology.  K moving on.

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So what are you doing now?  I finally got to a point in my fitness journey where I needed some help.  I was down to a good weight that I’d been managing, I was in shape and eating healthy but just needing and wanting a little something more.  The babies were starting to grow out of their morning nap and I frankly just wanted to get out of the house!  So I found a trainer who came up with a meal plan + exercise routine for me and for the past three weeks I’ve been following it to a T.  It’s pretty hard core at the gym, like so hard core I want to die every day ha ha!  I do 30 minutes of resistance training, he has me working out certain muscle groups every day and then I finish it off with 45 minutes of the elliptical or stair master.  3 minutes of sprint, as hard as I can go and then I slow down and get my heart rate to 150 and go back up again for 3 minutes.  It’s basically 3 minutes sprinting, 1 minute slow.

And this is what I eat in a day.  Keep in mind the calories I’m burning at the gym and the size of my body (120lbs 5’2″).  I’m not sure these amounts will be what you need — but it’s always helpful for me to see how someone else is eating so hopefully this gives you a good idea of little changes you can make in your own life.  And when all else fails, the containers from beach body are a favorite!

Breakfast: 1 omelet + oatmeal

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How I make my omelets:

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I put a little bit of water in the bottom of a pan, turn the stove on medium high, grab a handful of mushrooms and bell peppers (already pre-chopped so it’s super easy and fast) and throw them in.  Then I cover the veggies with a lid and start cracking my eggs.

17For the meal plan I’m following now, I’ve scaled back a ton and leave out the cheese, bacon/sausage and I use mostly egg whites.  So it’s not as delish but it’s still something I look forward to.  So I do 1 whole egg and then 3-4 egg whites depending on how much protein I need for the day.  I spray some pam on the pan, turn the stove on medium low and then while the pan is warming up I mix up the eggs in a bowl and then add them to the pan.  Flip it when it looks safe – usually the eggs are bubbling and you can easily slide your spatula under the eggs.  And sometimes you ruin it and eat scrambled omelet instead ha ha!

Drain the veggies, add them on top of the egg with 1/2 cup spinach and then plate it.

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These are the pots and pans I have — I’m freaking obsessed with them.  They’re amazing.

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I eat 1/4 cup of oatmeal with 1 tbs agave OR 1 piece of ezekiel bread with honey.

LUNCH: 4 oz chicken breast + 1 1/2 cup broccoli and 6 oz potato + 2 tsp simply butter

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You guys have seen me eating this on snapchat.  IT’S SO MUCH FOOD!!!!!  It’s actually not that much food, but it’s food I’m not thrilled to be eating to it takes everything in me to finish it.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACK: Chicken Pita

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This is the most delicious thing EVER!  I pull out my pre-chopped veggies (we’ll chat about this further down) warm up 3oz of chicken + chop up 1/4 of an avocado and then assemble the rest after I get Boston his after school snack and it takes me two minutes to snarf down cause I love it so much.  Ugh avocado — so good!

Dinner: I don’t have a good picture of this one cause I always eat dinner so late but I eat 4 oz of steak + 3oz starch so sometimes it’s potato and other times it’s rice + 1 1/2 green vegetables.  

MEAL PREP!

The key to eating healthy is meal prep.  I feel like I’ve been fairly consistent this entire year eating healthy so this wasn’t anything new for me.  It’s the ONLY way for me to be successful at eating healthy.  If I don’t have food ready to go I put off eating and then I’m starving and then I binge on 17 bowls of cereal.  Anyone else!?  So this is what I’ve been doing and it takes me 30 minutes to do and I usually do it Saturday afternoon after our Costco run.

So I pull out all of my ingredients, I left out a few things from the photo but it looks something similar to this.

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This is the chicken that I buy at Costco and YOU GUYS!  It’s saved my life.  It’s a little bit more expensive than grilling your own but I love it because it doesn’t get dry.  And there’s nothing worse than having to gag down dry chicken!  

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So it comes like this and you pop one in the microwave for 1.5 minutes and then it’s done.  And it’s moist and delicious and I’ve never dreaded eating my chicken ha!  

Okay so onto the prep.

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I get out 10 bakers potatoes, wrap them up in foil + stick them in the oven at 350 for… a couple hours.  I just check in on them every now and then and when a fork goes in easily I pull them out, let them cool off and shove them in the door of my fridge or wherever they’ll fit.

Then onto the broccoli.  I don’t make all I need for an entire week because I HATE soft smushy nasty ole’ broccoli.  So I put in about half the bag from Costco and I make sure to cook it … al dente?  Yes.  Al dente.  Because I warm it up in the microwave during the week, it cooks a little longer when I reheat it so just make sure it’s not too soft or you’ve over cooked it and it’ll be nasty when you go to have it for leftovers.  While the broccoli is cooking I start on the oatmeal, but let’s just stay here for a second.  When the broccoli is done, I measure out 1.5 cups worth and baggy them.  I know this isn’t the “green” way to go but it’s what’s working for me right now and it’s how I save room in the fridge.  I can shove a little baggy in all the cracks and crevices of our loaded fridge, tupperware is harder.   

8I make… oh how many servings is it… I don’t know.  Just a bunch of oatmeal ha!  I eat 1/4 cup every morning so it’s honestly not THAT much but I also give some to the kids so we just make a nice bath of it.  When it’s done cooking I measure 1/4 cup into baggies + 1 tsp of agave and throw them in the fridge.  Again anywhere I can find room.

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Once the potatoes, the broccoli and the oatmeal is out of the way there’s just a few things left.  The chopping!

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I chop up three bell peppers + an entire thing of mushrooms.  I use the mushrooms in my salads, my pita chicken salad and omelets so it looks like a ton of mushrooms but I always go through it.

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Then I chop up a bunch of tomatoes, some lettuce and spinach. I have two big containers and it looks like I’m totally ghetto but instead of using one container per vegetable, I’ve used some press and seal and turned my big container basically into two.  I do this for a few reasons 1) it’s less things I have to get out of the fridge, less lids I have to take off + less dishes.  I put the peppers and spinach in one because I use this container for my omelets and I put the mushrooms and tomatoes in the other one because I use that one only for my pita chicken salad.  So I pull two containers out in the morning to make my omelets, and then one in the afternoon out to make my pita salad.

This is the ipad case we use for the kids — love it and this is the one I have on my mini (in the dark green color).

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And that’s it! I buy the spring mix for my salads at night and I just add whatever vegetables I feel like. If I have fats left for the day I’ll add some cheese and then I’ll eat it with either steak Brian grills up or I have leftover roast from Sunday.  Things that I also eat but that don’t require prep – 6oz of grapes or 1 large apple and 2 protein shakes spread throughout the day.  I’m taking a few supplements that my trainer has recommended, a pre-workout drink, a post-workout drink + vitamins and lots of water.  Based off my pictures I send him each week and my goals, he tweaks my diet and gives me things to change in my workout routine.  I’m super excited to see what happens and I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated.  I’ve been taking pictures throughout this entire process and when I get a little closer to my goal, I’ll share them.

One final thought before I let you guys go – you’re good enough.  We are so hard on ourselves.  Whether you have five kids or no kids, a full time job or a trust fund — be kind to yourself!  As a mom it’s been really tricky for me to find that balance.  I felt so guilty for sitting down to a meal for 10 minutes when there were so many other things that needed to be taken care of.  But I just learned that when I feel fulfilled, when I spend a few minutes exercising, getting ready and taking care of my body, I have that much more to offer my kids.  If you’re looking to make some changes in your life, now’s the time!  You’re worth it.  The people around you are worth it.  

Have you ever meal prepped?  I’d love to hear your weight loss story if you have one, things that worked for you and how you’ve stayed the course.

Love you guys!

And a couple links to things you guys have been asking about!  xo

-These are those cups we have hanging on the fridge you guys have been asking about!
-These are the pots and pans I have — I’m freaking obsessed with them.  They’re amazing.
-This is that weird thing on my phone case that I’m obsessed with — it’s called a pop socket and you need one
-This is the ipad case we use for the kids — love it and this is the one I have on my mini (in the dark green color).

 

  • Amber Victoria

    Wow this is awesome! I’m in the process of losing weight and I’m facing one of those slumps where I feel like giving up but I hope to keep following your journey for more inspiration as well as hair inspo of course!
    Also, I don’t have a dog but my cat’s name is Katie (snapchat fam!)

  • Nicole Latini

    Hi Abby! I love you and my dog’s name is Scruffy!

  • Taylor

    I love you!!!! My dogs name is Gemini πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Pereira Yaccarino

    Great tips! I can never find that chicken at Costco btw. :o/ love you! You always make me laugh. And my Goldens name is Hanna! Haha

    • Abby Smith

      Okay, so it’s buried in the middle of isles typically where you’d find like… the bbq chicken, veggie burgers sometimes the bacon. You gotta search for it – I even know where it is and every time I’m like WHERE IS IT!!! It’s a hidden gem for sure.

  • Mandi Wilson

    I’m a mom of 4, trying to finish loosing the baby weight from my 7 month old (45 lbs ⬇️ 45 to go ?) but a huge struggle for me is having more than one meal to make. For example making 2 dinners, one for me and one for everyone else. How do you handle dinners and multiple meals? (No dog, 4 kids is enough chaos!)

    • Abby Smith

      Yeah that’s really hard for us too — so annoying. Wish the kids would just eat normal food already! I eat that pita around 5 and then we get the kids fed, so they eat something totally different because they refuse to eat grown up food ha ha! Then after they’re in bed usually around 8 I make the dinner. But it’s easy, leftover steak plus the salad so it doesn’t feel like I’m cooking much if that makes sense?

  • Kaitlyn Heaney

    This is great! I love you. And my dog’s name is Perry Penelope! ??

  • Lydia Kleyn

    your an inspiration. I once lost 155lbs through running and weight lifting and eating healthy. Sadly lifr happened and I gained it back. Back on the bandwagon to lose 120lbs so we can start a family πŸ™‚

    • Abby Smith

      That is an amazing accomplishment. And I totally get it, it’s SOO easy to gain weight back. I feel like too it’s something I just wanna cross off my list, but it’s seriously like the laundry. Everyday I have to make those small choices to do a load here and there or else I’m in trouble at the end of the week! Keep at it girl, you’ve done it once, you can totally do it again!

  • Lydia Kleyn
  • Allyson Duplantis

    Ahh this post makes me want to get back into the swing of things!! Also.. My pup’s name is Momma. ☺️

  • Amanda Routt

    First off, thanks SO much for taking the time to make this post. It’s so helpful and I can’t wait to try these! My hubby and I have been going to the gym since May and I’ve lost weight and feel good in my skin, but I know I can push myself a little harder. I just can’t give up all the delicious food!! Hahaha! Love your meal prep ideas, they sound so delicious. I love you and I’m so glad I know you! I don’t have a dog… ??

  • Amanda Routt

    First off, thanks SO much for taking the time to make this post. It’s so helpful and I can’t wait to try these! My hubby and I have been going to the gym since May and I’ve lost weight and feel good in my skin, but I know I can push myself a little harder. I just can’t give up all the delicious food!! Hahaha! Love your meal prep ideas, they sound so delicious. I love you and I’m so glad I know you! I don’t have a dog.. ??

  • Maggie

    Hiiiii Abby I just love you and my dogs name is Wrigley πŸ™‚ hehe I know you miss home so much and aren’t a huge fan of Ohio but I live in Columbus and would love it SO much if you did a meet up at Easton or Polaris mall πŸ™‚ I just had my first baby in July, so I feel like I relate to you even more now! You are a ROCKSTAR for being such a wonderful mama to your four kids! You go girl! Thank you for always being so inspiring and having such a positive attitude.. You encourage me to be a better person and mother! Oh and you’ve also taught me how to be a braid boss ?? What more do I need in life?! Hehe please be sure to update your snap if you ever visit Columbus! xoxo

  • Ally

    Im so so so so glad that you somehow found the time to write this post! You look better than I ever have and the only babies I have are my furry ones (Molly & Ruger…#snapchatfamforlife). I have been wanting to try 21 day fix and shakeology and once I get a new job I plan to now. I just graduated nursing school and definitely gained about 10lbs throughout that–whoops! So now its time to get back on track and you have inspired me to do just that! Thanks again!!

  • I love this post! I’m obsessed with Beach Body and the 21 day fix and lost my baby (twin) weight that way too. I didn’t enjoy H&C though, I like doing work outs with more cardio. You’ve def give me more motivation to meal prep. I plan all of my dinners for the week, but never my snacks, so I end up making bad decisions when it comes to snacking! Now I won’t!

  • Andrea Chantal

    Thanks so much for posting this!! I have spent the last 2 years lifting weights and eating pretty healthy but I had to get surgery back in March and the recovery process resulted in gaining weight/ losing progress and I haven’t really been motivated in the kitchen. I recently got the “all clear” medically and I really need to dig deep for the motivation. Haha! This post is perfect and I am PUMPED about this Costco chicken… Like I’m going to tomorrow to buy it. Thanks again!! ???

  • Anne

    I was at my highest weight at the beginning of the year when I tried isagenix. I saw some results but stopped tolerating the shakes, so I stopped. I recently joined a new gym and met with a personal trainer who also happens to be a nutritionist, who introduced me to the ketogenic diet. It’s a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet in which, in the absence of carbs, your body produces ketones that burn fat for fuel. I’ve lost 15 pounds so far, and I love it. I am eating delicious food (cheese! Bacon! Ranch dressing!) and I don’t feel deprived. Beforehand, I was pretty much addicted to carbs and sugar (I even binged gummy candies the night before I started), but this diet keeps me so satisfied and full that I don’t have those cravings anymore. I still have 40 or so pounds to lose, but I’m confident I can do it with the keto diet.

  • Jami Manscill Jackson

    Seriously love this post! This is just what I needed. I am wanting to lose about 10 pounds in the next couple months and I know I can do it if I just change up my food choices. Meal prepping will be the key for me. Is the Costco chicken in the frozen isles or the refrigerated isles? I’m looking for it next time I’m there! Thanks Abby! Also, I just have to say that my daughter loves your braid book. She has learned so much and now does her own hair!! Yay!

  • Sylvia Harrington

    Great post! I’m definitely going to use some of your tips. Have you tried doing your potatoes in the crock pot? They turn out perfect and don’t use up so much of your oven time. ?

  • Amanda Hill

    Thank you for taking the time to share your tips and journey! I only wish everything wasn’t so expensive. I feel like almost every weight loss journey a blogger writes involves hundreds and hundreds of dollars on programs and trainers… not doable for the average middle class Joe here . πŸ™ But I can go to Costco and I will be searching for that chicken!

  • Lorena

    My dogs’ name are Bee and Bailey. πŸ™‚

  • Megan Nicole Barrott

    Abby,
    What are you using to weigh your food? And now that you’ve been through this diet twice, do you feel like the weight stays off or comes back easily? Do you think it’s worth the $$$ to lose it all quickly? I have always wanted to do it since your first time with it, and now that we’re done having children I wanted that to be my treat to myself ?? I never lost the baby weight from my first 2 little’s and now with my 3rd its just compunded and I keep platauing at the same weight. Does it curb cravings?
    Thanks!