Menu Plan

The Week of Half Marathon: Menu Plan

This weekend, I went to the movies for the first time in ages and it was so fun! On Friday night, I went and saw Wanderlust and was pleasantly surprised. I had heard mixed reviews, but I really liked it and found myself laughing a lot throughout the entire movie. The one thing I will warn you about is there is a lot of full frontal nudity – especially male – so prepare yourself if you do decide to go see it so you’re not caught as off guard as I was! Unfortunately, the male nudity didn’t include Paul Rudd, who I find absolutely hysterical and really made the movie for me. Maybe next time!

The whole point of going to the movies on Friday (besides the fact that, you know, I like to go) was so I could get up Saturday morning and do my 11-12 mile run. When I woke up though, even after getting a great nights sleep and not drinking a sip of alcohol the night before, the last thing on earth I wanted to do was go run that far. I battled in my head for a little while, but decided to instead run (a half a mile) to the gym, do 30 minutes of intervals on the stairmaster, and then do a full body strength training routine plus lots of stretching afterwards.

I was really proud of myself for not skipping the gym all together even though I didn’t feel up for what was on my schedule, because I tend to be very all or nothing about many things in life. That said, I feel extremely undertrained for the half marathon that is somehow already this coming Saturday (!!!), but more on that later this week.

I am trying to use this week to eat really clean and abstain from drinking any alcohol until after the half. I want to really focus on drinking a lot of water, getting a lot of sleep, and eating a very whole food/unprocessed diet so that I get myself in as good of condition as I can be for the half. Here’s what’s on my menu for this week:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Savory Oats, banana Smashed Kidney Bean Wrap w/salad + greek yogurt cottage cheese w/pineapple Eggs + Toast (post WW meeting)
Tuesday English Muffin w/PB + Banana Turkey Wrap w/salad Greek yogurt + grapefruit Curried Tofu Burgers w/steamed veggies
Wednesday Oatmeal w/cottage cheese Curried Tofu Burger + veggies over greens Banana mashed w/greek yogurt + stevia Chicken Sausage w/pasta + sauce
Thursday Whole Wheat Waffles w/pb + banana Leftover chicken sausage w/pasta Popcorn + grapefruit Spicy Lentil Tacos
Friday Savory Oats w/Spinach + Cheese Spicy Lentil Taco Salad Greek yogurt + grapefruit TBD – carbs and no alcohol

 

What actor do you find funniest? And, have you seen any good movies in the theater recently?

Six Weekend Takeways

1.) Sometimes dressing up like you’re in the 80’s can be SO fun, even if it is 2012.

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  • Neon purple spandex
  • Neon yellow legwarmers
  • Blue pumps
  • Hot pink tanktop
  • Oversized white sweatshirt
  • Fingerless hot pink fishnet gloves

And don’t worry, I went to a show called Legwarmers, which is an 80s cover band, so I didn’t stand out one bit. Can’t say the same for wearing the neon purple spandex around town yesterday though…

2.) Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism is a killer workout. I finally did it yesterday for the first time and seriously almost stopped after the 5th circuit because I was dying. I ended up making it through all 7 circuits barely, but MAN it’s no joke. It’s mostly cardio circuits with a few bodyweight strength training moves built in, but it requires no equipment except for a mat and yourself! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an intense indoor cardio workout.

3.) Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka mixed with club soda tastes JUST LIKE cream soda.

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4.) If you go to WeightWatchers.com and look for meetings in DC, Beth K. shows up as a leader! So weird to see my name on the site even though I’ve been leading for a couple months now. I actually start my second meeting tonight – so I’ll be leading two meetings per week going forward. One Monday night and one Tuesday morning, then done for the week!

5.) The thrill from saving money at the grocery store will never get old for me. My favorite thing to do is to not scan my store-discount code thing until after everything is rung up so I can see just how much I saved. It’s especially thrilling when it goes from this:

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$81.12

to this:

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$46.01

6.) Creating a menu plan over the weekend makes me feel better about the week ahead, no matter how much whipped cream vodka I drank (See Takeaway #3).

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Savory Oats w/spinach, eggwhites, garlic + cheese Mexican Salad w/black beans, salsa, cheese, plus fruit salad Popcorn + grapefruit Egg scramble with cheese + veggies, toast
Tuesday Greek yogurt, toasted blueberry bagel thin w/PB
Whole Wheat Waffles toasted w/pb + banana
Mexican Salad w/black beans, salsa, cheese, plus grapefruit Cottage Cheese + fruit salad Baked chicken w/homemade tzatziki and brown rice
Wednesday Savory Oats w/spinach, eggwhites, garlic + cottage cheese Salad w/chicken and tzatziki, fruit salad greek yogurt + fruit salad Black Bean + Brown Rice burrito
Thursday Whole Wheat Waffles toasted w/pb + banana Black Bean Burrito w/salad, strawberries Grapefruit + greek yogurt Baked tofu w/roasted sweet potatoes
Friday Oats w/pb + banana Leftover tofu + sweet potatoes over greens Cottage Cheese w/grapes TBD – possibly Chop’t

What’s one thing you took away from the weekend, besides wishing it was longer?

Starting The Week Off Right

Happy Monday! I had a really awesome weekend because two of my best friends from Connecticut came to visit me that I hadn’t seen in a loooong time! Even though I grew up in CT, my parents moved away when I graduated from college, so I never go back there during holidays or anything and it was SO great to see them. My other best friend from Connecticut, Erika, lives here in the area, but lives out in Arlington, so we ended up doing Friday night in Arlington and Saturday night in DC.

Here’s me and Allison on Friday night:

beth and allison

And Jaci and Erika on Saturday night:

Jaci and Erika We had two awesome dinners – one at Boulevard Woodgrill on Friday night, and one at Zatinya on Saturday evening. Both dinners evolved into nights out on the town, but you have to go big when friends are visiting, right?

After they get on the road yesterday morning, I had the most productive day Sunday ever. I did laundry, cleaned my entire apartment top to bottom, went through my closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes, did a new-to-me workout DVD, and cooked up a storm. I went grocery shopping on Friday night before they got here to pick up a few things, and decided to try to make it through the week without another trip. I need to work through everything in my fridge before I leave Friday morning for San Antonio and I think I can make it through the week with what I have, so I’m going to try!

Yesterday’s cooking involved whipping up a batch of veggie soup, brown rice, and un-pictured steel cut oats:

Sunday Prep

I made the simple soup by cooking onion, garlic, celery, and carrots over low heat for 10-15 minutes, then adding spices and water and letting it simmer for 45 minutes. When it was done, I stirred in a few handfuls of fresh spinach and that was it. I had a bowl last night and ended up adding some brown rice to bulk it up a bit and it was delicious! I plan to use the brown rice throughout the week for the taco salads, to add to the soup, and to make veggie fried brown rice later in the week.

Here’s what I came up with for a menu plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Savory Oats, banana Sardines w/Wasa Crackers, 1 cup veggie soup, plus Veggies w/ Black Bean Dip Greek Yogurt w/leftover fruit salad Tempeh Taco Salad
Tuesday English Muffin w/canadian bacon + cheese, banana Leftover Tempeh Taco Salad, veggie soup Veggies w/ Black Bean Dip Veggie Fried Brown Rice
Wednesday Savory Oats Leftover veggie fried rice Greek Yogurt w/mashed banana + brown sugar Out to Dinner – TBD
Thursday WW Waffles w/PB+Banana Leftover Tempeh Taco Salad, veggie soup Greek Yogurt w/frozen pineapple Omelet w/veggies + cheese plus toast

 

And here’s the plan for workouts, aiming for 5 days of working out and 2 days of rest:

    • Sunday: No More Trouble Zones (check!)
    • Monday: 4 miles
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Speed Work – 7x400s
    • Thursday: Cross-Training
    • Friday: 8 miles in San Antonio
    • Saturday: Rest

This week, I want to really focus on sticking with the plan so I can work my way through everything in my fridge and make some progress on the scale. I have a lot to do before I leave for San Antonio on Friday, so I’m aiming to get most of my workouts done in the morning before work, which is my main goal for the week – get to the gym first thing!

Do you ever do workout DVDs at home? What is your favorite one?

I “love” Jillian Michael’s workout DVDs – they are built on a circuit system and really make me sweat! I have The Shred which is 3 20-minute workouts, and just got No More Trouble Zones on Friday, which is a 40 minute circuit plus warm-up and cool down, and it is INTENSE. It’s a total body workout and the equivalent of doing two levels of the Shred at once in my opinion, but I’m looking for more suggestions!

Back on Track Tuesday

I really, really, really need to get back on track. Having my best friends in town this past weekend for an engagement party was VERY fun…

Lindsay, Me, Lianne (Bride-to-Be), Rachel, and Leah

It also made for several days full of heavy drinking and eating crap. I did manage to get to the gym before anyone else woke up on Saturday and bust out a 5k on the treadmill in 27:43 (8:55 pace!!!!) plus some push ups and ab work, but other than that the weekend was not so good in the healthy living department. I feel bloated, lethargic, and gross… and am ready to get back to it.

I had to work yesterday unfortunately (boo!), and though I really tried to get myself out of bed to run in the morning, that just didn’t happen. Rather than skipping my run all together, I brought everything with me to run home from work and did a 3.5 mile loop that ended with me at Whole Foods. I  finished the 3.5 miles in 32:19 or a 9:14 pace, which is FAST for me! Woohoo. Ending at Whole Foods meant that not only was I able to get my run in, but I also got myself some groceries so that I could actually start cooking again and get some fruit and veggies back into my life.

I also have quite a busy week outside of my day job, involving the following:

    • Tuesday: Lead Weight Watchers meeting AM (!!!)/Weight Watchers Training PM
    • Wednesday: Blogger Get Together after work
    • Thursday: Work Weight Watchers meeting after work
    • Friday: Friends coming in from Connecticut

Because of all that, I wanted to cook just a little and have it go a long way, so I’m basically only cooking twice and it should last me through the week. Here’s what I came up with for a menu plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Cottage Cheese w/frozen mango Turkey Sandwich on Wheat, Pretzels, Banana, HUGE Brownie (…) Apple Tempeh Chili Verde (made 4 servings)
Tuesday Savory oats w/spinach + cheese Leftover Tempeh Chili Verde Greek Yogurt w/raspberries Egg Scramble in a Pita with Goat Cheese
Wednesday English Muffin w/PB + Banana Tempeh Chili Verde Babybel w/apple + carrots w/salsa Homemade Veggie Burgers
Thursday Savory oats w/spinach + cheese Leftover Veggie Burger over greens Cottage Cheese w/orange Tempeh Chili Verde
Friday Waffle Sandwich w/PB + Banana Leftover Veggie Burger over greens Babybel w/apple + carrots w/salsa TBD – Dinner with friends from CT!

And here is what I want to do workout wise so I can stay on track with half marathon training:

    • Monday: 3.5 mile run (check!)
    • Tuesday: rest (no time!)
    • Wednesday: Speedwork – 35 minute tempo run + strength training
    • Thursday: Rest or Cross Training
    • Friday: 7 mile run

Since I have friends coming into town again this coming weekend, my goal is to get my long run out of the way before work on Friday so that I don’t have to do it while they are visiting. We’ll see how that goes!

Because I really need to focus this week, here are my mini goals to get back on track:

    1. No drinking during the week. I had enough this weekend to last me at least through the week so this should not be a problem. At all.
    2. Drink 64 oz. of water each day at work (2 large bottles).
    3. Workout 2-3 times this week before work.
    4. Get in bed by 11pm every night this week.
    5. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day through Friday.

What’s one mini goal you have for this week?

What’s In The Bag?

Yesterday morning as I was packing all my food for the day into my lunch bag, I was struck by how much I was able to fit in there.

I have one of those mini reusable shopping bags that I bring my breakfast/lunch to work in each day, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s seen better days.

Lunch Bag

I’ve been using this current bag for about 5-6 months, and while it’s definitely a bit crinkled and getting worn out, it still does the trick. I got it at Pier One Imports for 99 cents… the best dollar I’ve ever spent!

I’ve experimented with several other types of lunch bags, but none of them are big enough to hold everything that this one holds!

Inside the Bag

Check out what I was able to squeeze in:

Lunch

So what’s in there?

Starting from the back bottom left…

    • 3/4 cup cooked steel cut oats with pumpkin, cottage cheese, and vanilla stevia (4 pts+)
    • 2 cups Tempeh Chili Verde (5 pts+)
    • 2/3 oz. Lite Shredded Cheese (1 pt+)
    • 2 cups Hazelnut Creme Coffee w/Coconut Creamer (1 pt+)
    • 1 bell pepper
    • 1 banana
    • 1 cup grape tomatoes
    • 1 small honeycrisp apple
    • 2 small tangerines
    • 1 babybel light (1 pt+)

I had the banana with the oatmeal for breakfast around 9am at my desk along with the coffee.

Around 12:30, I had the tempeh chili verde with cheese, plus the grape tomatoes and tangerines.

Around 2pm, I ran out and got a tall americano with skim milk from Starbucks (1 pt+).

Around 3:30 I had the Babybel Light and Apple for a snack.

And then, at 5:20ish, I ate the bell pepper because I felt like it before heading out the door.

Do you bring food to work with you, are you able to go home for lunch, or do you mostly buy it out?

I bring my breakfast/lunch to work pretty much every day except maybe 1-2 times a month. It took a while to get used to, but now it’s second nature and I almost always pack it the night before so I’m ready to go in the am.

The Plan: Meals, Workouts, and Goals

Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend like I did… I ended up going out on the town Friday night and overdid it with both food and alcohol, so I opted to stay in on Saturday night and that was the best decision ever. I finally finished Lost, got to bed super early, and woke up before 9am yesterday without an alarm! I got all my grocery shopping done at Whole Foods and then went on an 4.5 mile super hilly run (the same route as last weekend), and was back in my apartment around 11am. It felt so good to get so much accomplished so early in the day! That left the rest of the day for hanging out with friends and ordering sushi for dinner as a reward for being so productive.

I also made a batch of Tempeh Chili Verde yesterday, which was my first time making or eating chili verde ever. It’s quite different from regular chili since it has no beans in it, but it is very tangy and flavorful and I really loved it! I followed the exact recipe on the Weight Watchers site (a win in itself for me since I never follow recipes!), and it made four generous 2 cup portions with just 7pts+ each, including sour cream and cheese for a garnish.

tempehchiliWith three servings left to get me through the week plus the rest of my groceries, here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Egg Whites, Cheese + Salsa on Sandwich Thin, Banana Tempeh Chili Verde (Sunday leftovers) Cottage Cheese w/Tangerines Savory Oats w/Spinach, Cheese, and Egg (new fav!)
Tuesday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Veggie Wrap w/Hummus + Cheese, Popchips Fage 0% Blueberry Acai Amber’s Holiday Party
Wednesday English Muffin w/PB + Banana Tempeh Chili Verde Cottage Cheese w/Apple Eggs and Toast w/ Fruit
Thursday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Veggie Wrap w/Hummus + Cheese, Popchips Apple w/Babybel Cheese Light Tempeh Chili Verde post WW
Friday Toasted Waffles w/PB + Banana Work Holiday Party Luncheon Fage 0% Mango Guanabana Work Holiday Happy Hour

Workout Plan:

    • Sunday: 4.5 mile outdoor run (check!)
    • Monday: 5:45 Club Strength Class/30 mins cardio
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Body Pump/Cardio
    • Thursday: Spin Class
    • Friday: Rest
    • Saturday: Body Pump/Cardio

Weekly Goals

Setting those goals last week REALLY helped me to stay on track. I ended up getting five workouts in (!!!) for the first time in weeks, and also made a conscious effort to get in my bed before 11pm each night. Last Wednesday, I even got in my bed and was asleep by 10pm! That is very unlike me, but my body really liked it. I also didn’t have a single drink Sunday through Thursday, and this was a big factor in staying on track with eating and exercising since I tend to not make the best decisions under the influence.

Since last week’s goals were so successful, I’m going to keep a very similar list for this week:

    1. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day Monday through Friday.
    2. Limit drinking to 2 glasses of wine at Tuesday night’s party, and no drinking the other nights.
    3. Workout 3 times during the week Monday-Friday.
    4. Get at least one morning workout in this week.
    5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water while at my desk each day this week.
    6. Be in bed by 11pm the latest each night Monday through Thursday.

How many holiday parties/lunches/events do you have this coming up in the next week? Are they for work, friends, or family?

Thanksgiving Break Recap + A Meal Plan

Happy Post-Thanksgiving! It’s crazy how quickly holidays come and go, isn’t it!?

Thanksgiving Break Recap

Last Tuesday night, I drove up to Philly after work to stay the night at my sister Wendy’s. I spend all morning and early afternoon on Wednesday hanging with her and Harper (and going for a 4ish mile run), and then left for my parents house in the afternoon, which is just about an hour away. My other sister Heather came with her kids, Claire and Ben, so I got to hang out with them for the rest of the day Wednesday which was really nice.

Thursday was spent cooking all day making some incredible things for the feast! I was in charge of making an appetizer so I made spankopita in mini phyllo shells that turned out great, and I’ll be remaking those hopefully this weekend and posting the recipe next week.  While I started the day with the best of intentions food-wise, the day ended with me feeling uncomfortably stuffed and lethargic. Same story, different day.

I woke up Friday morning and went for a run (and posted about how it was a new day), and rather than head up to Woodstock to my Heather’s new house like I originally planned, I decided to come back to DC early and just lay low for the weekend, which proved to be an excellent decision. I felt like I got the best of both worlds – I got to spend quality time with family, but also got to relax and home and really enjoy the time off. The main reason I decided not to go was because I was DREADING the drive home on Sunday (~6 hours with no traffic, God knows how long WITH traffic), and it was so nice to make the drive with no pressure and be home by Friday evening.

I spent a lot of time with friends over the weekend who were in town, and then most of the day Sunday getting ready for the week, going grocery shopping, cleaning, and doing laundry. I feel like such an adult, so to combat that I also watched way too many episodes of Lost. It’s all about balance.

Weekly Plan

I also managed to do a little cooking on Sunday to get my meals on track for the week. I whipped up a huge batch of black beans and froze half of them, and also prepped several servings of oatmeal to use for breakfasts throughout the week.

Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/Cottage Cheese Spinach salad with black beans, cheese, salsa + corn tortilla 100 calorie popcorn Chickpea + Date Tagine w/quinoa (Vegetarian Times recipe)
Tuesday English muffin w/pb + banana Leftover chickpea + date tagine w/salad Cottage cheese + blackberries Black Bean Quesadilla
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/Cottage Cheese Sweet potato w/ black beans + goat cheese + spinach salad Greek yogurt w/banana + berries Leftover chickpea + date tagine over quinoa
Thursday Waffle Sandwich w/sunbutter + banana Leftover chickpea + date tagine w/salad Cottage Cheese + apple Quickie Dinner – omelet w/black beans, toast + fruit
Friday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/Cottage Cheese Spinach salad with black beans, cheese, salsa + corn tortilla 100 calorie popcorn TBD

I’m really leveraging that batch of black beans – they are SO delicious and so easy to use for quick meals throughout the week, even though they do take a bit of time to prepare.

As far as exercise goes, here’s my plan for the week:

  • Monday – Club Strength Class/Cardio Kickboxing (check x2!!)
  • Tuesday – Rest
  • Wednesday – Outdoor Run
  • Thursday – Spin Class
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – Running + The Shred
  • Sunday – Bike Ride

I’m sad that I won’t be able to attend a Body Pump Class before the end of the month because of scheduling, but the Club Strength class I’ve been taking seems like it’s really similar. It’s a 45 minute whole body strength training class using weighted barbells and hand weights, and I’ve done it the last three Mondays in a row! That’s the most consistent I’ve been with strength training in ages, so I’ll take it. Last night I also decided to stay for the cardio kickboxing class right after the strength one with the same instructor, and it was INTENSE. I’m also so uncoordinated/clumsy that it borders on embarrassing, but it was fun none the less – and a great workout!

And this morning, I’m delivering my second Weight Watchers meeting ever. Let’s hope it goes a lot better than the last one where I was super awkward. Fingers crossed! Full report back on that tomorrow. =)

Did you travel or stay local for Thanksgiving?

Perfect Sunday

Yesterday was honestly one of the best weekend days I’ve had in a long, long time. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and productiveness, which started with me sleeping in until 10am, waking up without an alarm and feeling well rested.

I can’t even remember the last time I’d been to a Farmer’s Market, and the Dupont Circle one is just a few blocks from my apartment and is open year-round. I headed out almost immediately upon waking and loved walking around and seeing all the seasonal produce.

Happy Thanksgiving

One of the coolest things I saw was purple cauliflower!

Purple Cauliflower

There are some orange ones thrown in there too. Beautiful right?

I always love the bright colors (and free tastes) available at the Farmer’s Market. So much different than the regular grocery store!

Carrots, Beets, Turnips, and Kohlrabi

Farmer's Market Veggies

Turnips and radishes:

FM Veggies

Another thing I saw was white sweet potatoes, which I’ve never tried (or really noticed) before.

white sweet potatoes

Since I am leaving for Thanksgiving tomorrow night, I really didn’t need too much but did want to grab a few things.

For $16 total, here’s what I walked away with:

Farmer's Market Loot

    • 2 white sweet potatoes
    • 2 regular sweet potatoes
    • 1 delicata squash (my first one ever!)
    • 1 bunch kale
    • 3 mini cucumbers
    • 3 honeycrisp apples
    • 1 bell pepper

I think if they sold bananas at the farmer’s market, I would have done all my shopping there, but instead I made one more pit stop – Whole Foods – for just a few things.

Whole Foods Goods

For $7.47, I ended up with:

    • 3 bananas
    • 1 bag mixed greens
    • Blackberries
    • New-to-me Tofu

Tofu Twin Oaks

I’ve seen Twin Oaks Tofu several times at Whole Foods but always thought it was too expensive. I saw it again today and noticed it was just $2.99 for the block, so I decided to give it a go. I’ll let you know how it is, since I’m having it for dinner tonight! Here’s the plan:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunday Fried egg, refried black beans, corn tortilla, salsa Huge massaged kale salad with almond butter tempeh  Out for dinner
Monday Pumpkin oatmeal with cottage cheese + banana Salad with mixed greens, cucumber, pepper, sunflower seeds, feta, tuna, and balsamic (SO good) Twin Oaks Tofu with roasted sweet potatoes and kale
Tuesday English muffin w/sunbutter and banana Leftover tofu w/veggies over a salad Leftover almond butter tempeh with leftover veggies

After my grocery adventures, I went for a 40 minute run outside (about 4 miles) and the weather was GORGEOUS. I spent the rest of the afternoon planning my Weight Watchers meeting (today I am delivering my first meeting and being critiqued by my Leader Coach + Territory Manager – wish me luck!!!) while doing laundry and watching Lost, before meeting a friend for dinner.

It was really the perfect Sunday.

What’s your ideal weekend day? Do you prefer to relax more or be more productive?

I Warned You

I gave you fair warning that this post was likely coming… time to get back on track post work/vacation travels!

San Francisco was SOOOO fun and I am still working on posts about the Foodbuzz Festival and my trip in general, but I’m still a little delirious from the cross country trip so those will come another day.

I will share one major highlight – I got to meet Tyler Florence!!

He was SO nice and charming in person, and even gave me a copy of his new cookbook.

And signed it!

Don’t worry Tyler. I will!

Anyway, I ended up taking a redeye back on Monday night, which was a lot less painful than I was expecting. I have mentioned it before, but I am an excellent plane sleeper, so I fell asleep no problem for almost the entire flight and liked that I didn’t have to give up a whole day to get back to DC. That said, it was a really strange experience to have dinner in San Francisco Monday evening and then be at my desk Tuesday morning. You can probably guess which one I preferred! =)

After working all day yesterday, I made one stop right after work before going home – Whole Foods! My fridge was so bare – I didn’t even have one fruit or veggie in the house. I had to get on that stat.

I ended up spending $44, and got everything I need for some good meals for the week. First up, the produce.

    • Mixed Greens
    • Kale
    • Cucumber
    • Bananas
    • Tomatoes
    • Honeycrisp Apples
    • Vidalia Onion
    • Scallions
    • Holiday Grapes

The most delicious grapes ever.

Everything else:

    • SO Delicious Coffee Creamer
    • Whole Wheat Pasta
    • Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
    • New-to-Me Greek Yogurt
    • Skim Milk
    • Nasoya Lite Tofu (free with coupon)
    • Babybel Light
    • Laughing Cow Light Garlic Herb
    • Corn Tortillas
    • Swiss Cheese

Not too shabby for $44! Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Tuesday Egg + Cheese on Ezekiel Toast Subway Veggie Delite w/Baked Chips Starbucks Americano w/skim milk Cheese Quesadilla w/scallions + salad
Wednesday Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal w/Cottage Cheese Big salad w/sardines, wasa crackers, + babybel cheese, grapes Banana + Greek Yogurt Cheesy Butternut Squash Bake
Thursday English Muffin w/sunbutter + banana Leftover Cheesy Butternut Squash Bake w/salad Cottage cheese w/frozen berries Loaded Baked Potato
Friday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/Cottage Cheese Leftover Cheesy Butternut Squash Bake w/salad Greek Yogurt w/banana Out with friends

Feels good to be back with a plan! Now I just need to get back on Eastern Time and convince myself not to move to San Francisco. We’ll see how that goes.

If you could meet one celebrity chef, who would it be?

Time to Regroup

One of the key takeaways from BLS was that we are all members first, then employees. No matter how far we’ve come or how far we have to go, it will always take hard work and dedication to stay on track. It does get a bit easier over time, but it also gets easier to think that I know what I’m doing and don’t have to pay attention to what I’m eating.

That is not the case.

After getting back from BLS, I took a cab to my apartment, threw on a dress, and immediately went out to catch the end of one of my best friends’ engagement parties. I stayed out too late celebrating, then slept too late on Sunday and had to unpack upon waking up and head out the door for another Weight Watchers commitment where we met as a whole territory. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breathe lately!

While I was sitting in the meeting listening to the exciting things we’ve done in the area over the last year and what we have to look forward to for the next year – it dawned on me. I’ve been so caught up in being a Weight Watchers employee and haven’t been focusing on myself as a member. I had stepped on the scale before the meeting and after the whirlwind of the last few weeks and saw a number I was not happy with, and quite frankly isn’t acceptable since I now work for Weight Watchers.

It’s time to stop that.

I decided to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home from the meeting, invest some time menu planning and cook for the week for the first time in a while. It felt really good to refocus and spend an hour getting some food ready for the week so I can stay on track/get back to my goal weight even though I do have another busy week ahead.

In terms of prep, I cooked a huge spaghetti squash (1 hr at 400 degrees), made 3 servings of steel cut oats, and defrosted half a batch of those amazing black beans that was leftover from the last time I made them. Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese and sliced banana Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Feta, Poached Egg (Recipe coming!) Greek Yogurt w/Apple Brown Rice bowl w/black beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips
Tuesday English Muffin w/Sunbutter + banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Reader Get Together at Sweet Green
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Greek yogurt, defrosted berries, vanilla Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan
Thursday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Leftover Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan Greek yogurt, Veggie Fried Rice w/tofu
Friday Toasted Waffles w/Sunbutter + banana Leftover veggie fried rice w/tofu Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Dinner at Jaleo with Jen and Alexa

It feels so good to have a meal plan for the first time in AGES. I used to post them every Monday along with groceries, and while I don’t want to get back into the habit of doing that every week, I think I need to start doing it semi-regularly for my sake!

And while I was at it, I’ve also been slacking a bit in the workout department. Here’s my plan on that front for this week:

    • Monday: 45 min Total Body Conditioning class, 15 min stairmaster
    • Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
    • Wednesday: rest
    • Thursday: Outdoor Run (~ 4 miles)
    • Friday: Weights + Cardio – tbd

Mini goals for this week include:

    • Drink at least 64 oz of water at work every day this week (check for yesterday!)
    • Bring breakfast/lunch to work every day
    • Stick to 29 pts+/day all week
    • Workout 4x
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

What is one thing you want to or need to focus on this week?

PS: Tonight is the reader get together at 6pm at Sweet Green in Dupont. I hope to see you there if you’re local!!

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