Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday

I was really beating myself up for taking time off last week but when I looked at the week on my FitBit app I didn’t feel too bad.  I had a kick-ass Sunday with over 20,000 steps.  I went to the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday then took Tuesday and Thursday off.  I walked 5+ miles each of my gym days, so not too shabby.

I think I was close to 80,000 steps for the week.


The challenges really push me to do more.  I know I wouldn’t have made it to the gym  consistently if I wasn’t in a challenge.   I’m in 2 Work Week Hustle Challenges this week on FitBit.


I love and hate the challenges because they push me and make me crazy, so………one of my goals this week is to not make myself super crazy trying to beat everyone, recognize my own accomplishments, and push myself to do just a little bit better every week.

Onto the food….

I’ve been good and bad.  For some reason my junk food cravings are off the chart. I want to go to the drive thru and order enough food for 2 meals.  I’ve been wanting to binge eat, just eat everything in sight.

My theory right now is stress.

Last week a friend revealed on Facebook she had been raped a few weeks ago.  A friend shared information about her marriage that was very sad.  My own personal family worries.  On top of that I deal with dark, heavy topics at work all day.  I can’t lie.  I think everything got to me last week and I wanted to turn to food for comfort.


Thankfully I didn’t go that route, except for that small bag of cheetos and an oversized bowl of pasta one afternoon.  I tried to hide myself from the world


but after dinner with a friend last night and a phone conversation with another today I feel so much better.  I have to remind myself constantly to not internalize everything.  The weight of the world doesn’t have to be on my shoulders because I’m lucky enough to have some amazing people to help me out.

Meal Plan Monday post went a bit deeper than I planned for it to go but it is what it is🙂

Some of the prep I’ve done this week:

I cooked 2 chicken breasts tonight that will last me dinners and lunches until Thursday.  I cut up 2 cucumbers for snacks and lunches, also finishing off the giant container of cherry tomatoes I bought.  Cutting up a head of cauliflower and broccoli tomorrow night for snacking and for dinner later in the week.

Throwing away some strawberries…I rarely eat them, why do I buy them so consistently? . Also, some eggs.  If I’m going to buy the big pack at Costco I need to boil some and make some ahead of time for workweek breakfasts.

I’m once again taking a closer look at my budget and reigning in the expenses but that’s something for another post.  Have a great week!!

Chicken-I ended up on the phone for over an hour with a friend while snacking on pieces cut off a chicken breast, now it’s after 8:00 so I don’t want to eat a whole meal.  I’m going to have a snack then head to bed.  Monday’s meal moves to Wednesday.

Out for Dinner

Chicken stir fry-I bought a big bag of stir fry veggies from Costco and I’m thinking this will last me for many, many meals.

Baked potato and sausage

Cauliflower pizza


Tired. Exhausted. Resting.

I’ve been busy.


Adulting is hard!  Work long hours, go to gym, run errands, get home, eat dinner, go to bed, sleep, wake up.  Repeat.

Good news is I’ve been eating decently and going to the gym.

Bad news is I hit a wall today.


I was so tired by end of the day I chose to skip the gym tonight.  I didn’t have candy for dinner and I did resist the fast food temptations along the way but I did have some frozen pizza.

Now I feel guilty for skipping the gym so I’ll probably do some jogging in place to make up some steps but maybe not because I am really tired.  I struggle to find the balance between pushing myself to do more and pushing myself to exhaustion.

I did an 8 mile hike on Sunday.  Worked Monday, plus went to the gym.  Worked on Tuesday then went to trivia.  Worked on Wednesday then went to the gym.  Today I decided I needed a night at home.

The nights I’m working and going to the gym I’m sometimes not getting home until almost 7 then by the time I make dinner it’s bed time.  I needed some time to do some chores and relax.  I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow…as long as the power is on.  We’re expected to get hit with some serious storms over the next few days so I’m preparing myself for some time without power over the weekend.

If I do have power I plan to upload some pics from the hike this weekend but if that doesn’t happen I will have meal plans!  I know I said that last week but this week I’ve already started the post so it’ll be ready on Monday.

I can see the wind starting to pick up so I’m off to batton down the hatches, which mostly just means making sure my phone is charged😄

Have a great Friday!!




Gym, Future Posts, & the End of the Week

Hello Readers🙂

I was out of town Thursday to Monday night so I decided to take a break.  I thought Tuesday would be my down day to catch up and do up my meal plans but….errands got in the way.  I hadn’t been to the gym in a week so I was starting to miss it and knew I needed to get back.

If there’s anything I’ve learned on my healthy journey it’s how easy it is to fall back into bad habits.  It’s easy to start saying, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”, and a few days of that excuse go by then before you know it you haven’t been to the gym in a week!

You begin to realize that Biggest Loser prize is slipping away….I’ve heard people talking and don’t think I’ll win because I’ve only lost a few pounds but progress is progress.  The contest wasn’t only about winning but about kick starting healthier habits and I think I’m back on track.

Today after work I realized I didn’t have my headphones.  No headphones = no workout.

Not true!  I made myself turn around, go back to work, and grab my spare headphones.

Then came my next excuse.  No way to pull my hair back = no workout.

My hair is short, tuck behind ears and it’s out of my face.  Problem solved.

I was proud of myself because I really, really, really, really, really, really, really didn’t feel like working out today.  I was glad I overcame my excuses and put in 45 minutes at the gym.  The days I don’t feel like working out are the days I need it the most.  For some reason listening to loud music and watching TV while power walking clears my head.

I used to hear people talk about going to the gym or even just stopping for a walk after work to clear their mind of work.  My regular schedule allows me to do this and it helps.  Work was stressful today but once I was home I didn’t feel all that stress.  I found myself thinking less of the worries of the day and focusing more on matters of the home.  Dinner, plans for the weekend, cleaning, writing, etc.

I’m back to 4 days a week at the gym.  I also have a hike planned for the rainy weekend, which is exciting because it’s been several weeks since I’ve been out hiking.

I’ll be back with meal plans next week.  My goal is to start doing more prep at the beginning of the week, pre-cutting veggies, cooking meats, packaging servings of snacks for grab and go, so I’ll be including what prep I’m doing for each meal.

Today was a Monday for me and it was a crazy day but the bright side of Wednesday being Monday is Friday is right around the corner😀

Hope everyone is having a great week!  I’ll be posting some hiking pics this weekend plus writing about my other weekend adventure😉