Meal Plan Monday 

I didn’t even get the chance to eat lunch today leaving me hungry, tired, and a bit cranky by the end of the day.  I also got up late so I had no time to make breakfast and for some reason didn’t think it was necessary to eat the yogurt I had in the fridge…. Today was a reminder that I need to eat more than an English muffin, 2 tangerines, and a granola bar over the course of a 9 hour day.

I really can’t imagine the days when I would work all day without eating anything but as a workaholic it’s very easy for me to slip back into old habits.  Thankfully I have to eat at least a little bit of something and I try not to let myself skip meals very often.  I’m starting to realize that food is fuel and if I want to keep going I need to eat.

My job is mentally and sometimes physically exhausting plus I’m trying to do more running.  I tend to be very one or the other.

Eating Healthy or Working Out

It’s a continuous struggle for me to get the 2 to coexist and I’m not sure why…if anyone has ideas please let me know.  I would think one healthy habit would lead to another but so far that hasn’t been the case.  Right now though I’m really trying.

I realized the other day when I was writing out my meal plan that I actually like veggies and fruit.  When I buy spinach I eat it with almost everything.  I love broccoli and cauliflower, carrots are great, zucchini is awesome, asparagus, brussell sprouts, peppers, basically I really enjoy a ton of healthy foods.

The problem comes with options.

Do I want broccoli or potato chips?

Do I want carrots or french fries?

If the two are presented in front of me I’m almost always going to choose the unhealthy option, which is why I’m continuously working on changing my mindset. 

One of the ways I’ve decided to help myself out is to eliminate French fries when I’m eating out.  Two months with no fries. No fries until May. 

It might seem like a silly thing but fries with ranch is one of my weaknesses. There’s almost always other options instead of fries so I’m going to start exploring those alternatives. 

 Here’s the meal plan! 

I’ll have a few posts coming up this week about some fun times I had other the weekend as well as some future goals. 

Happy Monday! 

Monday
Lunch: Leftovers 
Dinner:  Spaghetti with spinach

Tuesday
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Out for trivia

Wednesday
Lunch:  Soup
Dinner:  Rice and veggies

Thursday
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Chicken with tikka masala veggies

Friday
Lunch:  Chicken, rice, and broccoli
Dinner:  Homemade chicken strips and sweet potato fries

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No Regrets

Some days I don’t want to go to the gym but I’ve never regretted making myself go. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of the gym saying, “Oh, I completely regret that workout” instead I usually feel amazing. 

I think my only issues sometimes with going to the gym is the time restraint. For example, tonight I worked over an hour late then spent over an hour at the gym so now it is 730 at night and I have yet to eat dinner. I basically end up coming home feeling like I have just enough time to get everything ready for tomorrow, eat dinner, and then it’s bedtime. 

Now it’s time for dinner, maybe a bit of reading then bedtime. I’ve got one more gym day tomorrow then a mostly relaxing weekend. This week has flown by…Hooray for Friday!!! 

My First 10K

Leading up to the event this weekend I was questioning my sanity.  I was thinking I wasn’t prepared, that I wouldn’t be able to finish, that I would be the last person to finish, basically I was talking myself out of it.

A couple days before I was even thinking of switching to the 5K because I know I can do a 5K with no problems.  Let’s just say I’m glad I pushed myself and went through with the 10K.  For those who don’t know, a 5K is 3.1 miles, 10K is 6.2 miles, half marathon is 13.1.

I’m doing another 10K in April but I don’t think I’m to the point where I’m ready for a half marathon yet…my brother might have been right that it requires some training.  I’ve been trying to increase my walking distances and speed but haven’t been doing any official training.

I finished in under 2 hours, 1:46:07, which was one of my primary goals.  Below is my friend Denise and I rocking our racing tutus (I made that tutu), hoodies, and light up medals after the race.

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My pace right now seems to be sitting around 17:00 per mile so my next goal is to shave 30 seconds off that time.

I think I’m getting close because my walking speed on the treadmill at the gym is going up as the feeling like I’m going to die from walking so fast goes down.  When I first started a 3.0 mph was my fast pace, now it’s around 3.7 mph, inching closer to that 4.0 mph goal.

I’m exceedingly proud of myself for completing it and can’t wait for the next one.  I love knowing the times because it gives me a goal for the next time, working on my next PR (now that I’m in the game I know that means personal record).  My next 10K I would like to be around 90 minutes but anything faster than my last time is improvement.

I’m completely hooked!

Actually, I knew I was hooked from my first medal and now I have races planned for almost every month this year, just looking for ones for July, September, November, and December.  Coming up are the fun ones, Bubble Run, Color Run, Margarita Madness, Comicon 5K….and I just realized December might be taking me back to my first race for the second year 🙂

That’s all I have for now.  I skipped meal plans this week so I’m eating horribly but I’m back on track tomorrow morning and will be making meal plans over the weekend for the next couple weeks.  I have a long holiday weekend so I’m hoping to catch up on stuff at home, which includes writing.

I wanted to say real quick I took on a One Change Challenge from Angela over at Keen Peach.  I love her idea of taking on one change for one week every month rather than trying to overhaul your entire life in one go.

My change was to start stretching every day and I’ve been pretty consistent with it, definitely a good change for me to add into my life right now.  The stretching seems to be helping reduce any soreness with all the miles I’m walking every week.  It’s more of a nightly habit but going into next week I’m going to be setting the alarm a few minutes earlier so I can stretch in the morning.

Have a great Wednesday night!  I’ll be back writing again soon!