Meal Plan Monday-The Early Edition

I skipped meal plans this last week and if you’ve followed this blog for awhile you know when I don’t do meal plans things go awry.  I either don’t eat or eat everything in sight.

This week was a combination of the two, don’t eat most of the day then eat whatever I want including fast food.  I ate Wendys one day for lunch then all I wanted was junk food, and unfortunately I allowed myself to eat pretty poorly this last week.

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I was still working out but eating terrible.  I walked almost 7 miles on Friday in an attempt to beat someone in a Work Week Hustle Challenge then ordered pizza that night 😦  I knew it was a poor choice but I let my cravings win.

The good news is I went shopping today.  The rest of my afternoon will be prepping for lunches because part of my problem was no prep.  I sleep in late then don’t have anything to grab so I just decide I don’t really need lunch then I don’t eat lunch and by the time I get home I’m starving.  I’m not doing that this week!

It’s useless for me to push myself to work out more and go harder if I’m not eating well.  A couple days I even cut my workout short because I was too hungry and started feeling sick.  You can’t push your body without giving it some fuel.  Lesson learned…again 😉

I really want to win a Work Week Hustle Challenge and I think this is the week.  I’ve already packed my gym bag for tomorrow.  Luckily, I’ve found more Fitbit people at work so that’s really helping with my motivation.

Most of my weekends this month have been pretty busy and I would find myself longing for a weekend with nothing to do.  This weekend I had no plans and felt bored.

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Thankfully I was able to fill my days with projects and errands so I wasn’t laying on the couch the whole weekend.

Below are my meal plans.  I included lunches.  Breakfasts are:  oatmeal, boiled eggs, toast with avocado, and I’m going to try to make those muffin tin eggs I keep seeing online.

Hope everyone has a great week!  🙂

Monday
Lunch:  Turkey sandwich; Grapes;
Dinner:  Noodles with stir fry veggies

Tuesday
Lunch:  Turkey sandwich; Chips with hummus
Dinner:  Out

Wednesday
Lunch:  Tuna sandwich; Veggies with hummus
Dinner:  Pasta with chicken and veggies

Thursday
Lunch:  Turkey wrap; Grapes
Dinner:  Stir fry veggies with rice and chicken

Friday
Lunch:  Turkey sandwich:  Chips with hummus
Dinner:  Leftovers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!!

Monday
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.

Tuesday
Out for Dinner

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
Baked potato and sausage

Friday
Cauliflower pizza

Tired. Exhausted. Resting.

I’ve been busy.

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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.

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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 XD

Have a great Friday!!

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