I’ve talked at length before on how handy, cost-saving, and sanity preserving meal plans are. This quadruples when you’re dieting or trying to lose weight for any length of time. That’s why during this 5-week weight loss challenge it will be so important that I spend a little time thinking about my meals, planning them, and sticking to the plan.

Like always, on Sunday I sat down with James and we decided on our meals for the week. Now I should own up to two things here; 1. This past Sunday I was only thinking of doing this challenge. I wasn’t wholly committed yet. So I actually had the meal plan written and the Tesco order placed before I said, yes, I’m going to lose 19.5lbs in 5 weeks. Meaning I didn’t include as many of the SP days and meals as I plan to in other weeks. 2. James and I use a meal delivery service that ‘sends’ us 3 meals a week. These are often anomalies in my diet plan, as in, I don’t know until they arrive how many, if any, syns are included. Generally its somewhere between 1-3 syns per meal so very doable and we love the variety this offers our diet and menu.

So with that knowledge here is my meal plan for the week.

Day of the WeekBreakfastLunchDinnerSnacks
Tuesday Eggs, Bacon & Mango Tuna Melt, chopped pears, Glass of Water.Toulouse Leak Sausages with Egg Hash TimeOut & Tea
WednesdayA medley of mango & pears, 1/2 slice of Wholemeal Toast, Glass of Water and CoffeeTuna Melt, chopped pears, Glass of Water.Lamb TabboulehTimeOut & Tea
ThursdayA medley of mango & strawberries, 1/2 slice of Wholemeal Toast, Glass of Water and CoffeeGrilled Cheese and Chopped Pears, Glass of WaterPrawn Linguine TimeOut & Tea
Friday Scrambled Eggs, Mushrooms & Strawberries Crustless Quiche & SaladReduced Fat Burgers w. fake Whopper Sauce, Salad and seasoned wedges.TimeOut & Tea
Saturday Eggs, Bacon, Strawberries & Mango Grilled Cheese and Chopped Pears, Glass of WaterPork & Nice Noodle Stir Fry TimeOut & Tea
SundaySlimming World Fry: Bacon Medallions, Sausages, Baked Beans, Spring Onions, MushroomsCrackers, Cheese, Cucumber Slices and FruitFillet Steak, Mushrooms and Asparagus and SaladTimeOut & Tea
MondayScrambled Eggs, Bacon & Mushrooms Tuna Melt, chopped pears, Glass of Water.Beef Strogonoff, Cauliflower Rice and Green Beans TimeOut & Tea

This meal plan coupled alongside my overall weight loss plan, will hopefully see me get a 4lbs weight loss this first week. If I’m totally honest with you, I’m secretly hoping for a 5lbs loss… mostly because this would mean that I would hit the 3st weight loss if I do… how cool would that would be? Then I’d only have 14lbs left to go and a weekly weight loss of 3.5lbs to achieve. But ultimately, as long as that scales shows me less than I saw last week I will be happy!

I’m realistic and knowledgeable to know that by introducing exercise to my daily schedule could play havoc with me losses for a week or two. Because I don’t exercise my body will react to this new introduction and muscles I’ve never used will awaken and protest and retain water which could give me a skewed figure. I know this. I’m writing this down so that if it happens I will try not to be too disappointed. I also know that within a week or two this will balance out and one week I’ll have a ‘bumper’ loss to reflect the work I’m doing. Just; body be kind… don’t derail me.

Next week I’ll share with you what I actually ate during week 1, how I fared and most importantly how much I lost! I’ll also share with you the meal plan for week 2. If any of you have any lovely Slimming World Friendly meals to share please do so in the comments below! If you’re on your own weight loss journey say hi! tell me how you’re doing!

If you’d like to stay up-to-date throughout the week on what I’m eating, what the above meals look like and how I’m doing you can follow me progress over on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatbladidnext/

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