#Mamavation Monday – time to Knock Out The Fat!

HHHHEEEEELLLLOOOO Monday! I’m super glad to see you 🙂 Why? Because Mondays are like spring – they bring around another opportunity to try new things, to push myself harder, to take on new challenges… and SPEAKING of challenges 🙂

I’m SUPER STOKED to be part of the

George Foreman
Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge!

For those of you playing along at home, I thought I’d include my meal plan – If you are about my height, weight, measurements, activity level, age, etc. feel free to follow it to a tea… if not, use your best judgement. The trick is (shhhh… don’t tell anyone…) Eat the right foods in the right portions and get enough exercise. and the truth of the matter is that I know all that… but I thrive on a challenge and I’m gonna kick some SERIOUS tail on this one.

1600 Calorie Week 1 Menu
50% Carbohydrate
20% Protein
30% Fat
Fat-Free Milk
Lean Meats
2 snacks


Breakfast: 1 fruit, 1 FF Milk, 2 Starch, 1 Fat
Snack: 1 Fruit, 2 Fat
Lunch: 2 Vegetable, 1 Fruit, 1 FF Milk, 2 Starch, 2 Lean Meat, 1 Fat
Snack: 1 Fruit, 2 Fat
Dinner: 2 Vegetable, 1 FF Milk, 2 Starch, 3 Lean Meat, 1 Fat

Breakfast: 300 calorie smoothie
Snack: 1 small apple (size of fist or smaller), 12 almonds
Lunch: 1 whole wheat pita, lettuce, tomato, cucumber (any raw veggie you like), 2 slices low-sodium nitrate-free deli meat, 1 slice low-fat mozzarella cheese, 1 tsp. mayo OR 2 slices avocado. 1 small pear.
Snack: 2 Tbsp. dried fruit with 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
Dinner: Foreman – Grilled marinated flank steak fajitas. Your serving = 3 oz. steak, 2 small tortillas, 1 cup cooked veggies or 2 cups raw veggies, ¼ cup salsa, 2 slices avocado, 1 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese.

Breakfast: 300 calorie smoothie
Snack: 1 small pear, 12 unsalted cashews
Lunch: Steak Salad: Salad greens, 2 cups chopped raw veggies, 1 oz. leftover steak, 1 oz. shredded mozzarella, ½ cup corn, 2 slices avocado, ¼ cup salsa. 2 crispbread crackers. ½ cup fruit salad. 8 oz. skim milk
Snack: ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, 12 almonds
Dinner: Foreman – Grilled turkey burger. 3 oz. patty. Serve on bed of lettuce, tomato, onion, 2 slices avocado. Side of roasted sweet potato fries (½ medium potato worth). Side of spicy greek yogurt sauce.

Breakfast: 300 calorie smoothie
Snack: 1 nectarine, 2 Tbsp. raw sunflower seeds
Lunch: 1 whole wheat pita stuffed with raw veggies, 2 oz. grilled chicken, 2 Tbsp. avocado, ¼ cup salsa. 17 small grapes. 8 oz. skim milk.
Snack: 1 cup raspberries, 12 unsalted cashews
Dinner: Foreman – Lemon grilled salmon with corn salad: 3 oz. salmon with 1 cup corn salad. Side salad with 2 cups chopped veggies and 1 Tbsp. dressing. 8 oz. skim milk.

Breakfast: 300 calorie smoothie
Snack: 2 clementines, 12 almonds
Lunch: Chef Salad: Salad greens with 2 cups chopped veggies, 2 oz. low-sodium nitrate-free deli meat diced, 1 oz. mozzarella cheese diced, ½ cup garbanzo beans, 1 Tbsp. dressing OR 2 Tbsp. avocado. 2 crispbread crackers. 1 small apple. 8 oz. skim milk.
Snack: 1 small banana, 1 Tbsp. almond butter
Dinner: Foreman – Grilled honey-soy chicken. 3 oz. chicken served with 2/3 cup quinoa. Side of roasted asparagus. 8 oz. skim milk.

Breakfast: 300 calories
Snack: 1 kiwi, 20 unsalted peanuts
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad: Salad greens with 2 cups chopped veggies, 2 oz. leftover grilled chicken, ½ cup garbanzo beans, ¾ cup mandarin oranges, 1 Tbsp. sesame dressing, 2 crispbread crackers. 8 oz. skim milk.
Snack: 1 small pear, 8 pecan halves
Dinner: Foreman – Penne with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini: 2/3 cup penne, 3 oz. chicken, 1 cup veggies, 1 oz. feta.

Breakfast: 300 calorie smoothie
Snack: 12 cherries, 8 pecan halves
Lunch: Leftover penne: 2/3 cup penne, 2 oz. chicken, 1 cup veggies, 1 oz. feta. Side of Chobani plain 0% greek yogurt with ¾ cup blueberries.
Snack: 2 clementines, 20 unsalted peanuts
Dinner: Yogurt chicken. 3 oz. chicken. 2/3 cup brown rice. Salad with tons of veggies. 1 Tbsp. dressing.

Breakfast: Parfait: 6 oz. Chobani 0% plain yogurt, 1 cup raspberries, ½ cup granola (or whatever amount of granola that equals 200 calories)
Snack: 17 small grapes, 8 walnut halves
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad: Salad greens with 2 cups chopped veggies, 2 oz. leftover yogurt chicken, ½ cup black beans, ¼ cup salsa, 2 slices avocado. 2 crispbread crackers. 1 small banana. 8 oz. skim milk.
Snack: 1 small apple, 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
Dinner: Make your own pizza night. 2 slices piled with veggies, 1 oz. mozzarella cheese, 3 oz. lean meat (or go meatless and add more cheese). Side salad with 1 Tbsp. dressing.

So there’s the “eat the right amounts of the right foods” portion of this journey. For Fitness, I’m still training for the half marathon that Lori & I are running in Novemeber, PLUS the circuits that Steph is assigning – that’s right folks 2x a day there will be circuits posted on twitter and if you want, you can join in on the fun! If you miss them, don’t worry, they will be posted on Bookieboo as well 🙂

And any good journey needs a good starting point, right?


What does that mean? That means I’m still at a BMI of 36.18… and that saddens me… for a minute. Until I remember where I started from – a BMI of 40+ and have come a long way baby.

And still have a long way to go 🙂 First stop, get that BMI under 35. Then under 30… then under 25. By the time I get to that point I’ll be at my goal 🙂 More importantly, I have to believe that running will be easier on my joints when I’m making those forward movements.

I hope you’ll stay tuned as I join 9 other REMARKABLE women on the George Foreman Knock out the Fat challenge. You can follow us on twitter using the hashtag #knockoutthefat as well as facebook and our own respective blogs.

**Disclaimer: George Foreman sponsored The Knock out the Fat Weight Loss Challenge by providing me with a George Foreman Grill and compensation at the end of the 90 day challenge

My review is an honest opinion based on my own experience, and is not reviewed or edited by George Foreman.




  1. I could go on and on about how awesome you are. I’m so excited to go through this challenge with you. Best of luck to you this week.

  2. Wow. yes. you’ve come a long way!! Glad you are celebrating your victories! THere will be many more to come!

    The meals you get to eat sound pretty yummy and not starvation rations. Can’t wait to see your progress!!

    I’m going to be doing the circuits that Steph posts too! Good luck!

  3. DOOOOD! Rockstar!

    We are gonna kick ass in that half marathon baby! Stopping traffic cause we are gonna be SMOKIN!!!!!

  4. Thank you for being so detailed in your posting. I know this will help many people who are actively following along with what are you doing. I know there are some mimics out there. Have a great challenge.

  5. You’re going to do great! I’m excited to watch all of you with this challenge.

  6. So excited about this challenge and being part of an amazing group of women!! Rock on, girl!

  7. Hee-hee… isn’t it funny that the formula is so simple? But, of course it is more difficult than it looks. Food in, calories out = weight loss or gain. So simple really.
    I love telling people that I have the secret to weight loss…

    Can’t wait to follow you on this journey, and yes… I will be doing those circuits with you gals, too. Can’t believe my journey as a current Mamavation Mom is almost over and now I start a new chapter entitled, “Still kicking butt and taking MORE names.”

    Have a great week! Love ya.

  8. Thank you for sharing your meal plan. I am so super jealous of the George Foreman deal, but they could not have picked a better person to do it. I will definitely be sharing in this experience with you as I plan on doing the circuits too.

  9. I’m so excited to be doing this with you! You are awesome, and I know you’ll be reaching your goals sooner than you think.

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