Meal Plan Monday

 

Happy Monday!

I learned some things from my first week of trying to do meal plans.

  1.  Prep is a necessity. Food needs to be chopped, cooked, basically in a state of ready to eat or ready to be heated up in a pan.
  2. Variations in my schedule cause me to throw all my meal plans out the window.  I need to have back up plans, a meal ready to travel with me in case work requires me to be out late.

I did great the first night.  Wednesday night I was at work until almost 11PM so dinner was the handful of almonds from my bag and half a cube steak I ate when I got home.  Thursday I worked an hour late and had to swing by Costco so I grabbed a slice of pizza and a salad (even though I had food at home).

I’m also working on my awareness of when I’m hungry and when I’m full, which always sounds simple but it’s tough.  I struggle with the “clean your plate” mentality and also if something is good I want to eat more.  Eating every couple hours (meal, snack, meal, snack, snack, meal, snack) is good for me so I’m trying to keep healthy portions of healthy snacks available at work.

To summarize the week:  I didn’t do terrible and I didn’t do great.  I’d say a C-  I am starting to feel better, definitely less bloaty…although I did drink way too much Saturday night at a friend’s bbq so I’m still recovering. I am proud that I didn’t binge eat too much while drinking or the next morning in an effort to combat my hangover…little victories.

Quick note to any newcomer, my meal plans typically do not include recipes, cute containers, or shopping lists.  I’m not a big fan of cooking.  I’m not very good at cooking.  So my meal plans are for me and my skill set in the kitchen.  They’re simple but hopefully healthy.  They can also be very similar from week to week.

Without further ado…the Meal Plans

Monday-I’ve basically eaten chips with hummus, eggs with bacon and spinach, and raviolis today.  Might have a little snack before bed then I’m done for the day.

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Eggs with bacon and spinach

Lunch:  Tuna sandwich with snap peas and hummus

Dinner:  Stir fry veggies with noodles and sesame oil

Snacks:  Snap peas with hummus; almonds

Wednesday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal with blueberries

Lunch:  Chicken with broccoli

Dinner: Chickpeas with spinach and lemon

Snacks:  Broccoli with hummus; almonds

Thursday

Breakfast:  Boiled eggs with bacon and toast

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Pasta with chicken and broccoli

Snacks:  Crackers with gouda cheese; almonds

Friday

Breakfast:  Eggs with bacon and spinach

Lunch:  Dinner leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken, noodles, and stir fry veggies

Snacks:  Broccoli with hummus

I’m nearing the last part of my 3 day weekend so I think I’ll enjoy it with a snack and some Netflix.  I decided to try “The Rain” and it hasn’t totally caught my attention yet so I might have to move on to my next choice.  It’s tough when there’s so many great shows and movies.  Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week! 🙂

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Meal Plan Monday

I’m back 🙂 Hopefully I’ve still got some readers out there and welcome to any new readers.  It’s been a long time and I did an update in my post, The Last Year.  It’ll give you a brief rundown of what’s been going on for the last year since I quit writing.

One big change is my work and my work schedule.  I’m still working in community corrections but working in a new office. One of my favorite parts about working in my new office is everyone is more active and more health conscious.  My least favorite part about it is several people are on diets.

I’m still trying to avoid the word “diet” and prefer lifestyle change because I want to change how I eat.  People talk like they’re starving and dreaming of certain foods.  Two liquid meals and one real meal a day will help you drop weight quickly but hopefully it’s being followed up by a sustainable plan.  I don’t want to be starving and sad.

I’m not perfect but every time I decide to focus on my eating it gets a little easier.  It’s like I fall off the wagon for a bit but I don’t fall quite as far each time….if that makes sense.  For example, this time I didn’t have to go through and throw out piles of potato chips or frozen pizzas.  Some of the foods I tried from the last time I focused have become staples, hummus, stir fry veggies, and avocados for example.

My foundation is still there just needs some tweaking so that’s where the meal plans come into play.  I’ve been eating decent but starting to see some old habits, like fast food binges, creeping back into my life.  As old habits creep into my life my weight also creeps up and my energy goes down so I’m hoping tweaking my diet will help plus a multi-vitamin.

Quick note to any newcomer, my meal plans typically do not include recipes, cute containers, or shopping lists.  I’m not a big fan of cooking.  I’m not very good at cooking.  So my meal plans are for me and my skill set in the kitchen.  They’re simple but hopefully healthy.

Without further ado…the Meal Plans

Monday-I’ll do Monday next week…maybe.  Mostly trying to focus on the work week

 

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Eggs with zuchinni and spinach

Lunch:  Cube steak with broccoli

Dinner:  Stir fry veggies with noodles and sesame oil

Snacks:  Snap peas with hummus; almonds

Wednesday

Breakfast:  2 boiled eggs; bacon and spinach

Lunch:  Cube steak with broccoli

Dinner: Chickpeas with spinach and lemon

Snacks:  Broccoli with hummus; almonds

Thursday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/banana

Lunch:  Pasta with spinach and cube steak

Dinner:  Leftovers

Snacks:  Crackers with gouda cheese; almonds

Friday

Breakfast:  Eggs with zucchini and spinach

Lunch:  Salad with chicken, bacon, and vinaigrette

Dinner:  Chicken, noodles, and stir fry veggies

Snacks:  Chips with hummus

I’m off to make lunch for today then boil some eggs and package up some of my snacks for the week.  I work 10 hour days, sometimes longer, so if I’m going to eat better I need to use Monday for prep.

Happy Monday!  Have a great week!

The Last Year

Hello again 🙂

I’m going to summarize last year.  I completed 19 races, 3-10K’s, 1-8K, and 15-5K’s and was on my way to 20 when a mild disaster struck me over Thanksgiving weekend.

Two weekends earlier I had done a 5 mile hike and was feeling pretty sore but figured it was just because of all the stairs to climb up.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I planned a hike with a friend and picked something I thought was easy but unfortunately ended up being a 10 mile hike up and down the side of a mountain.  We literally climbed a mountain that day….

Coming down the mountain I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the car.  I’ve never exhausted my legs to the point where they were ready to quit.  I was in tears.  It was miserable but we finished.

Going into the week I was sore but I knew I had a 10K coming up so I rested on Sunday, 3 miles on Monday, rested Tuesday, couple miles on Wednesday then the big day arrived.

Getting up that morning I knew my knee was abnormally sore but I decided to push through because that’s what people do, right? The 10K was a 5K loop twice and when I finished the 5K I almost quit…..but I hobbled past the finish line determined to complete it.  Did I mention it was also pouring down rain?

As I crossed the finish line drenched and limping I could feel something was not right with my knee but I had my medal.

By the time I got home and went to step out of the car I could barely put weight on my right leg.   Determined not to cancel on my best friend I hobbled over to her place for a very painful dinner.  I was able to get into the doctor on Friday who suggested I sprained my MCL, told me to ice and rest.  That’s what I did but it wasn’t getting better.  Tuesday I went back to a different doctor….and I’ll summarize December to now.

X-rays, sports doctor, MRI, surgeon, surgery, and here I am recovering from a torn medial meniscus. They weren’t able to repair so basically it was cleaned up, cartilage removed, and I’m left with a knee that will never be the same.

Prior to going into surgery I read articles that claimed 4-6 weeks recovery time so I assumed I would be back walking 3-6 miles again within a month after surgery.  I ignored all the articles stating “recovery times vary” “may be 6 months or more for full recovery”  I decided to err on the side of the least amount of time…and I was wrong.

Here I am 3 months out and cancelling plans because of my dumb, stupid, sore knee.

The reason I’ve started writing again is because I’m making plans to try to help the dumb knee with more exercise and a new diet.  I’m not doing any specific diet but taking inspiration from different diets and getting back to basics.  Less processed foods, less sugar, more meat, more fruit, more veggies, more healthy fats.

I received an offer this morning from a gym I’ve been thinking about joining so I’m taking that as a sign and signing up.

I’ve managed to convince myself that I’m doing okay with my weight and overall health.  facebook-556c26

My jeans are getting snug and my knee gets worse.  There may not be a correlation and I’m no doctor but I know taking some weight off the joint will help so that’s the plan.

It feels good to be back to writing and I’m hoping to have time to write at least a few times during the week but I’ll definitely be posting the meal plans on Monday.  Look for a meal plan later today and have a happy Monday!