Meal Plan Monday

 

This image summarizes how I felt by the end of the day….1367e7

I almost cried on the way home because I was so frustrated with the day.  At the end of the day a coworker brought up a mistake that I’d made, and even though it’s fixable I was so frustrated with myself.

My original plan was to workout today but instead I grabbed a drink, a book, and headed for my balcony.  It’s over 80 degrees today, which for Seattle is damn near tropical so it felt a little warm for a workout but just right for sitting on a balcony…..okay, maybe I was just feeling a smidge lazy 😉

The decompression time on the balcony did help it because I do feel less like Bill Murray throwing a golf and more relax1

I feel a little more ready to enjoy the rest of the evening and tackle tomorrow, tomorrow.

Weekend was amazing and productive.  I went for a walk early Saturday morning then went wine tasting for a friend’s birthday.  Saturday night I was tempted to indulge in a few drinks but knew I wanted to get stuff done on Sunday so I opted for one drink and a slightly later bed time (10:30PM instead of my usual 9:30).

Yay for responsible adulting!  56319145This makes me believe there truly is a meme for everything.

Anyways, Sunday was Winco, Costco, walk, and Farmers Market then cleaning intermixed with binge watching The Handmaids Tale (it’s sooooo good!).  Then back to work today, which also means it’s time for meal plans, which is probably why you’re reading since that’s the title of the post…..

My latest obsession is zucchini!  My favorite is to add it to my eggs in the morning to make a delicious breakfast scramble, or even eat it on it’s own just frying it up with a little bit of olive oil and pepper.  If anyone has a favorite recipe with zucchini let me know because it’s pretty inexpensive right now.

Here’s the meal plan!  I’m going to get a few things done around the house then it’s off to bed.  It’s getting to that weird time of the year where it’s tough to go to bed early because it’s still light outside.

Hope everyone has a great week!  🙂

Monday

Breakfast:  Banana (My stomach was angry this morning and did not want too much food)

Lunch:  Prison chicken sandwich and baby carrots-Sometimes I work in a prison and if I forget my lunch or end up working out there later than anticipated I might get to eat prison lunch.  It’s not as bad as it sounds.

Second Lunch:  Worked late so I ate the sandwich I packed for lunch: Turkey, hummus, lettuce, simple and delicious

Dinner:  Various snacks, blueberries, chips with salsa (Amazing spicy blueberry mango salsa from the farmers market),

Snacks:  None

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Eggs with zuchinni and spinach

Lunch:  Turkey sandwich, pretzels with hummus

Dinner:  Out for trivia.  If not, Stir fry veggies with tofu

Snacks:  Yogurt with blueberries, Smart Pop popcorn, cucumbers

Wednesday

Breakfast:  English muffin with egg, zuchinni, and bacon

Lunch:  Wrap with chicken, cucumbers, lettuce, hummus

Dinner: Out for friend’s bday

Snacks:  Yogurt, string cheese

Thursday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/banana

Lunch:  Sandwich, cucumbers with hummus

Dinner:  Chickpeas, spinach, rice

Snacks:  String cheese, pretzels with hummus, popcorn

Friday

Breakfast:  Breakfast burrito

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Rice with stirfry veggies

Snacks:  Pretzels w/dip, string cheese

Meal Plan Monday

 

I’m not deviating very much from last week.  Chicken is the main protein plus fruits and veggies for snacks.

I’m still tracking all my meals with My Fitness Pal…even when I know it’ll put me over my calorie intake.  It’s tempting to just “neglect” putting in certain foods because sometimes it’s easier to ignore the truth.

My glaring truth for today was the cookie I ate for a “snack” was 440 calories….so basically my “snack” ate up most of the calories meant for dinner.

The friend I was enjoying snack time with noticed me putting my cookie into the app and said, “Don’t tell me how bad my brownie is”  I get it.  I didn’t want to know I was eating a 440 calorie cookie.  I also didn’t want to tell her that her delicious chocolate brownie was over 500 calories.  We don’t want to know.

314849_397417116986439_1317863400_n

We want to be unaware of the unsavory truth in our savory treats.  If we ignore it, it’s not there.

It’s easier to think “This is delicious” rather than “What’s in this?”

It’s easier to say, “I’ll eat a light dinner” or “I earned this” or “It’s not that many calories or that much fat or sugar”

I’m not saying treats aren’t needed and I’m definitely never going to be one to obsess over every calorie (Sometimes a girl just needs a cookie or some ice cream) but I think it is important to be aware.

That’s what tracking meals is all about for me.

Awareness.

Awareness of what I’m eating.
Awareness of how much I’m eating.
Awareness of my eating habits.

The days I do the best are the days I eat a good breakfast, bigger lunch, lots of snacks, and a simple dinner plus getting in a work out during the day.

I know what I NEED to do but just have to keep working on how to continuously stay on track because I’m very easily derailed.   Hopefully my meal plans will help keep me on track.  Some days it seems simple and other days more challenging.  I do my best to stick with it because I know the more I do this, the easier it gets because eventually it won’t be “trying to eat healthier” it will simply be how I eat.

I didn’t realize this would be such a long post but guess that’s what happens when I don’t write for a week 🙂  It’s dinner time for me but I wanted to make sure to post my meal plans for the week.  Happy Monday!

Monday

Breakfast:  Starbucks-Bacon and gouda breakfast sandwich

Lunch:  Panera-Steak and cheese pannini, vegetable soup

Dinner:  Pasta with tikka masala veggies plus spinach

Snacks:  None

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Omelet

Lunch:  Leftover pasta with added chicken

Dinner:  Out for trivia.  If not, Stir fry veggies with rice and chicken.

Snacks:  Yogurt, pretzels with peanut butter

Wednesday

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs with spinach

Lunch:  Chicken wrap with cucumbers and dip

Dinner:  Chicken w/rice and stir fry veggies

Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt

Thursday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/apples

Lunch:  Leftovers.

Dinner:  Chicken w/chickpeas, spinach, rice

Snacks:  String cheese, clementines, pretzels w/dip

Friday

Breakfast:  Breakfast burrito

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken quesadilla w/rice

Snacks:  Pretzels w/dip, string cheese

Meal Plan Monday

If I don’t write a meal plan it really does throw me off for the week.  Last night I went out for dinner and got back too late to prep my lunch.  I was proud of myself because I looked at what I had planned and took the time this morning to make it.

I was proud of this because I thought “Well, this could be my one day to eat out” or “I can just eat something from my desk”….most likely, I would have been eating out and that’s not happening this week!

If I’m getting serious about running then I need to get serious about healthy eating.  Also, I need to buckle down with my finances but that will be a topic for another post.

Today I went out for a run but I set a time limit of one hour.  I was hoping to get 3 miles but if I did, great, if not, oh well.  I keep going out to walk after work for 2 hours then by the time I get home it’s 7:30 or later, which throws off my whole bedtime routine.  I have to set limits, plus if I want to get more miles I need to push myself to move a little faster.

I’m not talking about setting off on sprints.  Today I was barely shuffling above a fast paced walk but I was getting my feet off the ground and pushing myself a little more, a little bit further.

I feel equal parts discouraged and confident.

I’m frustrated because I can’t go very far, very fast without my legs aching and me getting out of breath but I know I’m doing better than I was last week.

My only grocery purchase this week will be a few veggies: zucchini, red pepper, cucumbers, onion, sweet potatoes.

Hopefully I’ll have a budget post up Wednesday or Thursday unless I don’t go to trivia then it might be up tomorrow.

Happy Monday!  🙂

Monday

Breakfast:  Eggs w/spinach and ground turkey

Lunch:  Pasta w/spinach and ground turkey

Dinner:  Breakfast for dinner: potatoes, eggs w/spinach, bacon
Snacks:  None

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/blueberries

Lunch:  Turkey wrap w/spinach and greek yogurt cream cheese x 2 and pretzels

Dinner:  Out for trivia.  If not, Stir fry veggies with rice.

Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt

Wednesday

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs with spinach

Lunch:  Turkey wrap w/spinach and greek yogurt cream cheese x 2 and pretzels

Dinner:  Chicken w/rice and stir fry veggies

Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt

Thursday

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/blueberries

Lunch:  Leftovers.

Dinner:  Chicken w/chickpeas, spinach, rice

Snacks:  String cheese, clementines, pretzels w/dip

Friday

Breakfast:  Breakfast burrito

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken quesadilla w/rice

Snacks:  Pretzels w/dip, string cheese