Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday

Happy Monday!

Today kicks off the Biggest Loser Challenge at work.  A 1 month challenge designed to help us all kick off healthier habits.  Downside was weighing in but I’ll have a post about that experience.  My motivation was already high then I heard there are 12 people involved with each person putting in $10……Yeah, I could use $120.

And I could also use some healthier habits.  This is just some extra incentive😉

I went to the gym yesterday morning and again today.  Toward the end of the work day I was actually starting to look forward to going to the gym.  Once I got there things seemed to be going against me.  I grabbed the wrong shirt so I was wearing a shorter shirt than I like to wear with leggings but I said F* it.  I forgot the lock for my locker so I brought all my stuff with me and piled it by the treadmill.

Little things but I could’ve used them as an excuse to not work out but I wasn’t about to let a few little things deter me.

I’m setting my expectations high but I want to make it for at least 30 minutes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday then take Friday and Saturday off.

I know all that working out won’t make much of a difference if I continue to eat terribly so meal plans are needed.  I slept in then didn’t have time to make lunch today so I was planning to eat out.  I scavenged through my desk to find a fruit cup, a pack of tuna, and some crackers.  Was it the healthiest, most well rounded meal?  No but it saved me from fast food.

It reminded me why I keep my desk stocked with a handful of things just in case.

Now for the meal plan with just dinners this week.

Tonight was amazing!  This was not only one of the most delicious dinners I’ve ever made but it was so easy!  This is a 20 minute or less dinner.

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I’ll proceed this by saying I’m no chef and tend to just make things up as I go along but I love an easy, healthy, relatively inexpensive meal.  This one will definitely be showing up in the rotation every other week or so.

Wrap the salmon in foil with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, a little oregano.

Wrap the pita bread in foil.  Bake both on a baking sheet for 10-12 minutes @ 425

While that’s cooking slice up some purple onion, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, add some red wine vinegar, olive oil, a little oregano and feta cheese.  Toss and serve.

Take the salmon and pita bread out of the oven.  Serve with some Tzatziki sauce.

Extra good news is I will have salad for lunch tomorrow😀

Tuesday:  Out for dinner at trivia.

For meals for the rest of the week I will use chicken because I have chicken breasts in the freezer and cooking them on Wednesday will last me a few days.

Wednesday:  Chicken lima bean soup….Not sure of the recipe yet but I just googled a couple ingredients I knew I would have on hand to see what popped up and this seems like a good option.  Plus it’ll give me leftovers for lunch.

Thursday:  Baked chicken with brussel sprouts

Friday:  Pasta with chicken and broccoli

As always, I’m going to do my best to keep writing during the week.  I’ve started some posts but just need to dive in and finish them up.

Hope all is well with everyone!

What’s your favorite quick and healthy meal?  I’d love some more ideas.

 

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My Weeekend in Pictures 

Thursday was the game. Go Mariners! Friday was a day of shopping, pedicure, and chilling at home….no pics available

Until Saturday when we began our adventures up North starting with a hike…Followed by a show…don’t judge me too much, it was super fun Now it’s back to reality…..and enjoying one lazy day before I’m back to work :) 

Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday

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Hello Monday!

I’ll have a post up about the weekend a little later today but thought I would write up my meal plan while I’m sitting at the computer.  I’m not feeling super great today but I had a busy weekend.  My friend was questioning why I took Monday off and I was even questioning if I shouldn’t just go into work but now I’m glad I did.  I always like to take an extra day after a few days off.

One of my accomplishments this weekend was a good Costco trip so I’m stocked up for the next few weeks for meal plans.

One of my struggles has been with proteins because I balk at the up front cost and forget how long it will last.  What I’ve been doing is just buying something when I need it, a couple chicken breasts, a piece of fish, etc. with each costing typically $4-5.  I spent $20 on a huge salmon fillet that I was able to cut up into 7 portions, similar situation with the chicken.  I spent over $50 on chicken, salmon, and sausage but it will save me so much in the long run and will last me for the next month or more.

Shopping with a friend we split up a few items like mushrooms and brussell sprouts.

As a single person making meals for one this really is a good way to save on fruits and veggies, as well as cut down on food waste.  I can buy the giant container of mushrooms but there’s a chance I won’t get through all of them before they go bad.

My fridge and freezer are stocked so I think I’m ready for another week of delicious meals! Today I’m going to do some prep to make the week a little easier.  I’m going to wing it for today’s meals because I’m home but I have plans for the rest of the week…….

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Monday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner:

Tuesday
Breakfast:  Yogurt with blueberries
Lunch:  Turkey sandwich with bacon and avocado hummus; cucumber slices in vinagrette
Dinner:  Trivia

Wednesday
Breakfast:  Yogurt with blueberries
Lunch:  Apple slices with cinnamon; Turkey wrap with cucumber
Dinner:  Chicken breast with roasted brussell sprouts and pasta

Thursday
Breakfast:  Egg, mushroom, and sausage burrito
Lunch:  Leftover pasta and chicken; banana
Dinner:  Chicken tacos

Friday
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch:  Chicken sandwich with avocado hummus; cucumber slices in vinaigrette
Dinner:  Salmon with rice and green beans

This gif sums up how I’m feeling today but I’m sure tomorrow will be much better!

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