Hello, friends! How are you? I hope you had a great weekend. Since we last caught up on Friday morning, I’ve been on a little road-trip, which was awesome. Dave and I drove down to Monterey in the afternoon on Friday, checked into our hotel and kicked off a fun couple of days with friends, which included a wedding. Because there’s so much to share, I’m going to give you the full report tomorrow, but here’s just a preview …
Switching gears, today we’re going to keep it short and talk about food and fitness.
Oftentimes, I get asked whether I “meal plan” or “meal prep.” And the answer is “Yes and No.” You see, gone are the days when I would make a big batch of quinoa, chicken and hard-boiled eggs to take with me for lunch and snacks each day at work. Nowadays, I’m lucky enough to be able to prepare most of my meals at home, so I don’t really rely on food prep any longer. However, I do have a general idea of what I will be eating for every single meal during the week.
My very loose meal-planning plan each week
For instance, after Dave and I got back from Monterey yesterday, we unpacked and knew we needed some groceries. I pulled out a notepad, checked our inventory in the pantry and fridge, then talked to Dave about the week before heading out to shop. This week, he will be home for dinner three nights and out for a work function one night. That being said, we planned for each night, and I wrote it out. And because we tend to eat the same meals over-and-over again, it’s pretty easy to create the shopping list based off these meals.
Just a few staple meals, which you frequently see reported in my weekly “What I Ate Wednesday” posts.
Here’s what’s in store for dinner …
- Sunday: Oven-pizza with a mixed kale salad (our usual pizza night, of course)
- Monday: Grilled turkey burgers on whole-wheat buns with mixed kale salad
- Tuesday: Eggs and veggie burgers for me (Dave will be out)
- Wednesday: Grilled chicken with roasted broccoli and freekah
- Thursday: Whole-wheat pasta and marinara sauce (turkey meatballs and spinach for me and garlic bread for Dave)
- Friday: Out
- Saturday: Out
As far as breakfast and lunch goes, Dave brings oatmeal or yogurt and granola for breakfast at work and typically buys his lunch. I’m planning to have a combination of cottage-cheese parfaits and overnight oats for breakfast and hearty smoothie bowls for lunch, so I picked up the ingredients for those as well.
And that’s our plan for food this week. It’s not exactly rocket science, and we keep it simple in the kitchen, but we always at least have a general idea of what’s on the menu to make meal times much easier.
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My weekly fitness and workouts recap
Every single Monday, I like to go over my most recent week of workouts. So here we go …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Took a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
- Wednesday: Did a 30-minute CXWORX workout and 20 minutes of yoga at home
- Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and a 30-minute core class, foam rolling
- Friday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week, I completed three sessions of cardio, two sessions of resistance training, two core-focused workouts, as well as a short yoga session, which is decent balance overall. Perhaps the highlight of my week of fitness was hitting a personal best for a sprint on the treadmill in Orangetheory, as well as running eight-miles-an-hour at a 12 percent incline. I love that feeling of accomplishment when you walk out of class knowing you worked hard, and I certainly felt it loud and clear after that session.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
I must sound like a broken record, because I continue to fall a bit short on my weight-training. This past week had an extra rest day (I usually take one, but due to the weekend trip, I took two), which didn’t help. Ultimately my goal is to lift weights of some sort three times-a-week, and I’m planning to make sure that I achieve that this upcoming week.
That’s it for now! I’ll be sharing all of the fun pictures and stories from our weekend in Monterey tomorrow. Until then, I’m teaching at Orangetheory in the morning and then teaching BODYATTACK later tonight. I hope your week starts out great!
Questions of the day
Do you plan your meals for the week?
How was your weekend?
What was your toughest workout lately?