Jumpstart to Skinny – Week One (with a grocery shopping list…BOOM!)

The road to health is paved with good intentions. It’s also littered with quinoa & chicken breasts.

– me (erin) just now


(picture from @trainerbob’s instagram and he totally does)

In the blogging off season some stuff happened, not the least of which was my baby brother Mike got engaged. And, there’s nothing like an impending wedding of epic eternal family pictures to light a fire under one’s post-anniversary-trip-with-10-bonus-lbs behind. So, I made a new goal: 40 pounds down by the wedding in October.

(Now, while it may flatter me, do not say I don’t have 40 lbs to lose. Believe me, come the fall I will still be 20 pounds heavier than my 18 year old self.)

So, we have ramped up our efforts. JR posted about our commitment to Tone it Up’s spring Bikini Series (which is bomb btw, check out their workouts here here here). But, in order to get extra serious I have added another trainer to the mix: Bob Harper from tv’s Biggest Loser (his Instagram @trainerbob is worth checking out).

All the lovely Paleo bloggers we have enjoyed in the past continue to serve us well. And, the ladies over at Tone It Up are righteous to be sure. It’s just that Bob came out with a new book recently, Jumpstart to Skinny, that’s all kinds of fabu and, frankly, is exactly what Karena & Katrina  suggest in their plan (except K&K say yes to greek yogurt. golly gee, do we love greek yogurt).

Then, BONUS, my little sister Rocket decided to join us. She comes over every week to hang with my kids while I work on becoming a novelist (yeah, i know, newsflash. more on that later. promise.) and we are partnering for success.

Health Protip: Get a partner. It is next to impossible to get healthy inside a vacuum  (have you ever seen what’s inside your vacuum? Gross. SO, Game. Set. Match. Get a friend to support and join you!)

Bob articulates a 3-week plan to reprogram your metabolism and “jumpstart” the weight loss. Similar to his persona on tv’s Biggest Loser, TB’s book is charismatically on point. He is humorous, empathetic and no-nonsense.

The problem came after I read the first week’s plan and was all set to get going. I realized there wasn’t a grocery list. Whaaaaaa? So I utilized our Weekly Plan sheet, filling in all Bob’s meals (reframing a few meals that are not Paleo – he has a meal with Oats and two with Ezekial bread, thankfully dairy has been left out, besides a few sprinklings of Parmesan I will skip.).


And, like the gracious host that I am, I will share my list with y’all. You will have to get the book to find the recipes and meal plan (don’t want to infringe on Bob’s copyright. You’ve just been Lawyer-ed.)

Bob Harper’s Jumpstart to Skinny Week 1 Grocery List 

(for one person)

Fresh Produce



Yellow Squash

2 Bell Peppers

Red Onion

Yellow Onion


Green Onion

Basil Leaves

4 Plum Tomatoes





Spaghetti Squash







Swiss Chard


Baby Bok Choy

Shredded Cabbage (Trader Joe’s)

Power to the Green x3 (Trader Joe’s)



Fennel Bulb

Persian Cucumbers


Dry/Canned Goods


Olive Oil Spray

Sesame Oil

Low Sodium Vegtable Broth

32oz crushed low sodium canned tomatoes

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Ground Flax Seeds

Liquid Aminos

* Ezekial Bread


Fridge/Frozen Goods

35 Egg Whites (4 TJ’s containers)

Frozen Berries

8 4oz chicken breasts

4 oz cod fish

4 oz salmon fillet

ground turkey breast

*Parmesan Cheese

*Rolled Oats


Weekly Meal Plan-Free Printable

In college one of our roommates babysat for a cute-as-a-button eccentric 4 year old boy.  He liked to sit next to his bestie (also 4) on the top bunk discussing being a good brother, boogers and/or the afterlife. Rommate Holly was moving to Germany for a semester, therefore downsizing when she gave him her stuffed moose. Later, news came that he had named him Plans. This was way before Death Cab made an album by the same name. And, this wasn’t the first concept driven toy naming incident. I believe he had a bunny named Time or Inertia too. Kids are the best, especially creative ones.

Today we have a Moose named Plans on our hands.

While not an administrator or executer naturally I too LOVE love LUV plans. Mostly the making of them. Or the making of them for me. That’s my favorite. A whole day planned out just for me makes me swoon. Husband has gotten the memo and has planned some pretty epic days for me over the years.

Why then did it take me 30 years to realize that planning my food choices for the week would tickle my fancy? The answer is, I have no freaking idea, but it’s awesome.


I have done the dinner meal plan before, but sometimes fell flat for lunches and subsequently, snacks. So, I consulted JR (the epic meal planner) and we designed this little weekly plan. Along with ALL 5 meals we eat a day we wanted it to include space to chart H2O consumption (more on that soon) and work outs (WO). We also wanted a space to write down our shopping lists ON THE SAME PAGE that could be torn away or folded under for a seamless fridge look.

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And, we wanted to offer this lovely and useful tool for eating success to y’all. I have used it for 2 weeks and find it perfection. But, please let us know if we should do any tweaking.

Weekly Plan Download

IMPORTANT: for it to print right make sure to turn on “borderless” printing.

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