Meal Plan Monday

The start of a new week means another week of meal plans.  I did well sticking to the plan last week so I’m hoping I can keep it up moving forward.  A friend needed to talk on Friday night so we went to Chinese food, not the best option, not the worst.

I’m going to be upping my workouts this week but also really focusing on keeping a schedule at night.  I want to incorporate more writing, more reading, and less cell phone time into my evenings.  I try this every so often but for this coming week I’ll be incorporating a no cell phone in bed policy.  07188e5acd48bc83c10b3735fd0fde1f

It seems easy but I’m consistently guilty of going to bed early then laying in bed checking Facebook, Pinterest, or playing games on my phone.  I’m starting with this week and see how it goes.  My hope is it will help me sleep better and feel more rested plus with more reading time I’ll be able to make a dent in my giant “to-read” list.

This week will involve a trip to Costco and a regular grocery store.  The list is relatively small but will help keep me stocked for upcoming meal plans.  Rice, lemons, spinach, chicken, tortilla chips, hummus, pretzels, and stir fry veggies.

Last week I sprinkled some seasoning on store bought pretzels and baked them on low in the oven for an inexpensive snack option.

I continue to hone in on what foods and/or meals work best for me.  This week string cheese and yogurts were my top two go-to snacks.  I’m going to be working on finding or creating my own versions of these Chobani yogurts because they’re my favorite but the sugar content is super high.

My imaginary happy place is fully stocked with this key lime crumble flavor.   Unfortunately in reality, 19 grams of sugar is WAY too high for a snack or a breakfast.


Bagels with cream cheese and shredded chicken were perfect for on the go breakfast.  I thought the chicken was good for a little protein in the morning but this week I’m going to incorporate more eggs.

Writing this reminded me I need to boil some eggs for this next week.  Boiled eggs are great for breakfast or for snacks.

Last thing, I have 3 cans of chickpeas in the cupboard so I wanted to make some this week. If anyone has any good ideas for inexpensive, easy chickpea recipes let me know.

I’ll be back with a running post this week because I have a 10K coming up 2 weeks from today!  I feel moderately prepared but still nervous.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday evening and here’s hoping for a smooth start to the week!  😀




Lunch:  Chicken noodle soup

Dinner: Tikka Masala veggies with chicken and pasta


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner:  Out


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner:  Breakfast for dinner


Lunch:  Chicken wrap with a side of fruit

Dinner: Something with chickpeas


Lunch:  Out

Dinner: Pork loin roast w/stir fry veggies and rice


Meal Plan Monday


After a week long vacation plus a couple days I’m getting myself back on track.  By the time I got back into town late Wednesday night I had no motivation to cook or get back to the gym.  Then it was the weekend so…..I decided let’s enjoy a couple more days before jumping back into the routine 😉

This weekend I enjoyed giant burgers called Katsu burgersIMG_7768.JPGSometimes there’s food you just want to enjoy without thinking about the calories and this was one of those foods.

Also, popcorn.  Side note: Beauty and the Beast was amazing!  I might have to go see it again while it’s still in theaters.

The end of that story is I ate quite a bit of food over the last week so I knew starting Monday it was back to meal plans.  My motivation kicked into gear yesterday.

I marinated a couple chicken breasts with soy sauce and honey (new for me and it came out great), baked those in the oven, cooked some rice, and stir fry veggies.  I divided all this deliciousness up into 3 separate containers and felt like a real meal planner.


I loved knowing lunch for the next few days was handled.  I was worried it wouldn’t be enough food but after eating one today I was reminded once again I need to work on my portions.

We’re doing a 3 month Biggest Loser challenge at work and I’d like to end at the top of the pack this time.

I didn’t want to go to the gym today and I came up with an excuse.  I had a little headache so I thought I would skip but I popped some ibuprofen and went in for a 45 minute workout.  As usual, I was so glad 🙂

Breakfast this week is an assortment of yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, bagels, eggs, english muffins.  Basically my breakfast selection is like a continental breakfast at a hotel 🙂  Stuff I can grab on my way out the door.

I’m really focused on my eating right now, especially portion control.  I need to eat less and quit eating when I’m full.  It seems like common sense but it’s something I need to work on.  Also, times like right now when I feel like eating everything because I had a good workout I need to drink more water.

That’s all I have for now.  I’m happy to be back.  I should have a post up this week about getting back into the gym and my upcoming 10K.

Happy first day of Spring!


Lunch:  Chicken Stir fry-Rice, stir fry veggies, chicken

Dinner: Pasta with chicken, mushrooms, and corn


Lunch: Chicken Stir fry-Rice, stir fry veggies, chicken

Dinner:  Out


Lunch: Chicken Stir fry-Rice, stir fry veggies, chicken

Dinner:  Tikka Masala veggies with chicken


Lunch:  Spring Mix salad with apples

Dinner:  Spaghetti


Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner: Tuna noodle casserole


I’m Back!

It’d been awhile since I’d taken a real vacation.  I love the occasional long weekend but it was nice to have a week away from work and get to go someplace more than a day’s drive away.  I also had never been to DC or Virginia before.

Most of my first day of vacation was spent on a plane

IMG_7508.JPGthen I arrived and met this guy….


My first official day of vacation was wonderful.  The temperature was around 70 and it was a beautiful day so my brother and I set out on a walk in a nearby park.

We explored the Civil War site along the Potomac River.  It was a good walk and I was glad we got out that day because the rest of the time the weather was not quite as nice.

That was okay with me because most of my days were dedicated to enjoying time with my brother, his wife, and baby Martin.  He’s such a good baby, and I miss spending time just holding him…or watching him sleep.  Watching people sleep sounds creepy but I think with babies it’s okay.


Sunday my brother took me into DC.  I went back and forth on if I wanted to go do the tourist thing because the trip was really about the baby but I’d never been to DC so I really wanted to check it out.  It was cold.  Real cold.  Waiting for the metro in 30 degree temperature had me questioning if I really wanted to play tourist that day.  I toughed it out and thankfully the weather warmed up a bit as the day progressed.

DC has so many attractions and is so big I had to narrow down my list of “Attractions I want to see in D.C.”

Final list:  Arlington Cemetery, Washington Monument, The White House, The Museum of Natural History

Arlington Cemetery is difficult to describe.  It’s sobering, moving, emotional, and everyone should visit at least once.  DC 2017 076

We were fortunate enough to arrive just in time to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier but I had one complaint.

Cell phones.  I was very moved by the experience but struggled to see some of it because people had to hold up their cell phones to record it.  I love to record memories and take pictures but I’m starting to realize sometimes I just want to enjoy the experience and be present in the moment.  Also, cell phones are just not appropriate in some situations.  Put it away for a minute.  Enjoy the experience.

Rant over.  After Arlington we walked to the National Mall to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and WWII Memorial.IMG_7626.JPGYes, I know it looks photo shopped but I can assure you I was there 🙂

Next was the Museum of Natural History.  It was tough to choose one museum but I love dinosaurs .
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We only explored most of one floor so I can’t wait to go back to see the rest.

We wandered to the White House.  IMG_7690.JPG

I got 30,000 steps that day 😀

The last few days were back to holding baby.  I feel like I probably didn’t help out as much with the baby as the grandparents probably did on their visits but hopefully the times I watched him allowed the parents a little bit of sleep and some relaxing time.

It was tough to leave, and riding in the back with the baby on the way to the airport I found myself tearing up.  I know he’s going to grow up so fast and I worry about missing out because I’m so far away.  Plus I miss spending time with my brother and his wife.  We only see each other once every 3-5 years or so but hopefully we’ll start shortening that time frame.

I don’t think I’m ready to migrate to the East Coast because I genuinely love the PNW and my job (most of the time) but I am going to make the effort to visit more often (but not too often.  Don’t panic guys but maybe keep working on finishing the basement 😉  ).

My brother sent me a text saying he didn’t know how I enjoyed vacation because I hadn’t written a blog post so I hope this works for an official review of my time in Virginia/D.C.

I would give the vacation 9.5/10 stars just because it snowed….and nobody’s perfect 😀

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I have several posts in the works…budgets, meal plans, and I’ve got a race in a few weeks that I’m not prepared for at all, plenty to write about, so stay tuned….