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Healthy Mama Challenge {Week 15}

I’m BA-ACK!  I guess I should have said that in yesterday’s post about my 2015 goals.  But I feel like today is really the day that I’m back.  Yesterday’s post was just me putting pen to page (finger to keys?) the culmination of reflections on last year and the stirring of my heart moving forward.  Today it’s back to the grind.  This year I’ve decided to move my Healthy Mama posts to Mondays.  I think this will help me behave a bit better diet-wise over the weekend.

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So how have I been behaving?  Well, I’ve been on vacation so I’ve behaved like most of us do on holidays and vacations… I eat without thinking.  Weight-wise I have gained 4.4 pounds since I last weighed in November 19th. Since beginning 15 weeks ago I have lost 3.6 pounds (2.08%) overall. I have a few weight loss goals-

  • Get to a healthy BMI (7.2pounds to go)
  • Get to my pre-pregnancy weight (9.2 pounds to go)
  • Get to my pre-marriage weight (14.2 pounds to go)
  • Total Weight Loss Goal {Get back to my ideal weight} (24.2 pounds to go)


Speaking of diets, I’m sure a whole lot of us are working on losing weight and being healthier this time of year.  Each Monday I’m hoping to share a bit about my journey to make healthy choices for myself and my family and I hope that it helps encourage and inspire you in your fitness journey too!

Today I’m going to talk about what our plan of attack is this year.  We’re changing things up a bit.  My husband is going to be eating low carb and I’m going to be following The Daniel Plan again.  I’ve shared about the basics of the Daniel plan before so I won’t share them again here.  But this is what my meals will look like-


What we will be eating will be similar with the exception that I will be having some grains and starchy veggies fruit, though for the first 10 days of the plan I won’t because they recommend you go gluten and dairy free in order to detox.

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

Breakfasts: egg muffins, smoothies (just me and the kids)

Lunches: salads with protein, chicken breast with veggies, or leftovers from dinners


For some of the meals I’ll be adjusting the meals so that we are each having slightly different meals in order to meat our dietary restrictions.  For example, my husband can have cheese and I will not be having cheese the first 10 days so his salad might have cheese and mine will not.  Some dinners we will have the same protein but different veggies.  All in all though I think we will have an excellent week this week.  It’s always hard to get into the groove but we’re excited and looking forward to it.

One major key to success for us will be planning and preparation.  I meal planned at the end of last week and shopped on Saturday (without the kids!) when I could take my time and focus.  Last night (as I was typing this) I started some prep for the meals so that we will stick to the plan.  Having easy meals ready to go is a must for me.

As for exercise we are working on increasing our activity and I’ll be sharing more about that in next Monday’s Healthy Mama Challenge post.  I’ll also share which recipes are winners too.

How about you all?  How are you doing?  Anyone else doing Daniel plan or low carb?  I’d love to hear your secrets and tips!

Mary Martha Mama