Getting Back on Track and Back to the Basics

Quarterly check up on weight loss/weigh maintenance goals collage with before and after pic, food prep containers and measuring cups, spoons and food scale from Gourmet Done Skinny

It’s now almost the end of March. For those of you who started a new weight loss plan in January or made New Year’s resolutions, how are you doing? Still on track? Hopefully you’re doing great! If not, it’s not too late! Don’t worry, you can do this! This is the time to get re-centered, reorganized, read up on the basics and get back on track with weight loss and maintenance.

Here are 5 tips to get you back on track with weight loss and maintenance if you aren’t where you want to be:

  1. Are you weighing and measuring your portions? If not, check out my recent post on the importance of weighing and measuring. Using a kitchen food scale (paid link) and measuring spoons and cups are really key to weight loss success.
  2. What’s inside your refrigerator, freezer and pantry? Clean out the junk! Throw it away! You can “waste” it in the trash, or “waste” it on your waist. Which is better and gets you to your goals?
  3. Reread my post on 6 Healthy Tips for Starting out the New Year
  4. Find a new healthy snack that keeps you full and satisfied. Usually my go to snack is Spicy Roasted Vegetables or Roasted Indian Cauliflower Vegetable Medley but recently my latest go to snack is Brussels sprouts. I previously hated them. Be sure and check out my Crispy Sesame Air Fried Brussels Sprouts.

5. My last big tip: Food Prep

– It can really help you!

refrigerator with black boxes of food labeled veggies, pork, chicken cordon bleu, yogurt, cauliflower, sour cream from Gourmet Done Skinny

If you’re not doing any food prep, start! Having something you like to eat in the fridge and freezer on hand is key to success!

Here’s how:

One weekend, maybe set aside a morning or Sunday afternoon, make a meal and freeze them into portions. Keep doing this for a month or two and you’ll have a freezer full of goodies. Another easy way to load up your freezer is to make double when you make a recipe. One for dinner, one for the freezer. Your freezer gets stocked in no time! You’ll be so glad you did!

Here are some great recipes to have on hand in your freezer:

Meatloaf with ketchup and bacon crumbles in mini loaf pans

Even Better Than Granny’s Meatloaf – Use mini loaf pans, pull out as many portions as you need for dinner.

Easy Instant Pot Gourmet Chicken Cordon Bleu over butternut squash noodles

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu – Freeze in 1 cup portions, makes a quick comfort food lunch or quick dinner.

Instant Pot Shredded and Brined Chicken on a plate with Instant Pot and tomatoes and onions in background

Grilled or cooked chicken – Having it already cooked and ready to go in the freezer, allows for quick salads or for a quick main dish like my Healthy Enchilada Chicken Casserole

Chipotle Egg Cups packaged in bags

Chipotle Egg Cups – Breakfast on the Go! Pull these out of the freezer and you have breakfast ready in about a minute!

Scrumptious Turkey Slider from Gourmet Done Skinny with Jalapeno cream sliding off slider

Scrumptious Turkey Sliders or Healthy Jalapeño Adobo Turkey Sliders – These are great especially when you can’t figure out what to eat.

You can do this!!! I know you can!

If you’re not where you want to be, all you have to do is start committing to doing better. I’d love to hear from you! Email me through the contact at the top of the page with any questions, comments or concerns.

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Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence is passionate about good food, losing and maintaining weight. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce delicious healthy recipes to help her followers stay on track. A military brat who has lived all over the U.S and Germany is an example for women who have had many successful careers in life, including special ed teacher, tea room owner, cookbook author, and publisher.

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