Menu/Workout Plan and Weekly Goals

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend… I know I did! It was pretty low key, but was just what I needed. I managed to make it out both Saturday and Sunday for a super hilly 4.5 mile run outside (the same route both days) and I was really proud of myself for being active both days. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done that!

Yesterday I spent a little time doing meal planning for the week and then headed to Trader Joe’s for shopping. I made this incredible Chickpea + Date Tagine last week from Vegetarian Times Magazine and it was SO delicious that I was dying to make it again. Since Trader Joe’s didn’t have dates, I ended up swinging by Whole Foods to get some – that’s how good it is! I’ll be posting the recipe later this week, so stay tuned.

I also broke out the slow cooker this morning for the first time in ages and currently have Sweet Potato and Red Bean Stew cooking in there and I cannot WAIT for dinner. I can’t tell if it’s funny or sad how excited food makes me… but assuming it turns out as great as I hope it does, I’ll be sharing that recipe as well.

Here’s the meal plan for the week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover Chickpea + Date Tagine (recipe coming) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Red Bean Stew
Tuesday Greek Yogurt w/Berries + Cereal Sweet Potato + Red Bean Stew Tofu w/Delicata Squash and Zucchini
Wednesday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover tofu + veggies over greens Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach
Thursday English muffin w/pb + banana Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach Sweet potato stew
Friday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Sweet Potato Stew w/salad TBD


As you can see above, I basically made it so that I am only cooking one night this week (tofu tomorrow night), and will be working off the slow cooker stew and leftovers from last night’s Chickpea + Date Tagine all week. Hopefully I won’t get sick of any of it, but judging by how good the stew was smelling this morning and how delicious I know last night’s dinner was, I don’t think I will! This will also free up my evenings so I can take it easy this week, which is important because this will be the last week for a while that I don’t have a lot going on during the week nights.

Workout Plans:

    • Sunday: 4.5 mile outdoor run (Check!)
    • Monday: Club Strength + Cardio Kickboxing
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Body Pump?
    • Thursday: Spinning
    • Friday: Outdoor run

This will be my fourth week in a row going to tonight’s Club Strength class and I am really proud of myself for being so consistent with it! I normally really struggle with strength training but now that I’ve found a class and instructor I really like, it makes it a LOT easier to stick with. Ideally I’d like to be strength training at least twice a week, but once is way better than zero. AND, I am hoping to make it to my first ever Body Pump class Wednesday morning – let’s hope I can get in/wake up in time to go!

Weekly Goals:

I mentioned during December’s Goal Post that I’m going to be setting weekly goals this month because I really need to make progress on my weight and know that setting smaller goals will help feed into the larger one of getting back to my goal weight. Monthly goals are usually good enough for me, but since I’ve been struggling lately I need to set weekly ones as well. My plan is to check back in on the goals on Friday to make sure that I’m sticking with it!

Here goes:

    1. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day Monday through Friday. PointsPlus 2012 launches this week, and the new daily minimum is 26 pts+/day. I still get 29, but would be comfortable with 26 if I feel satisfied.
    2. Limit drinking to 1-2 glasses of wine per night (at most) Monday through Friday. This one shouldn’t be too difficult since I don’t have any happy hours/holiday parties going on this week! Can’t say the same about the rest of the month…
    3. Take only 2 days off from working out Monday-Friday. Last week, I only worked out Monday and then not again until the weekend, and 4 days off in a row is too many for me.
    4. Get at least one morning workout in this week. It’s been far too long since I’ve done that…
    5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water while at my desk each day this week. Need to get back on that, especially now that my skin is so dry from the winter/cold!
    6. Be in bed by 11pm the latest each night Monday through Thursday. All bets are off for Friday. =)

So that’s it for today!

What’s one goal you want to focus on for this week?

PS: Happiest of Birthdays to my sister Wendy!!!

8 Comments on Menu/Workout Plan and Weekly Goals

  1. Laura
    December 5, 2011 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

    Hey Beth!

    Did you take out snacks in your plan b/c of pointsplus 2012? I am down to 26 each day and was struggling with 29. Good thing I’m running more/farther these days too.

    Have a great week!


    • Beth
      December 5, 2011 at 10:10 am (9 years ago)

      Hey Laura! I still have an afternoon snack, but they’re always the same/really boring so I just didn’t put them on there. Today greek yogurt w/berries, or else 100 calorie packs of popcorn, or else cottage cheese w/fruit.

      If you were losing with 29 pts+/day, I’d recommend switching it back up to 29! You can always switch it back down, but if you were having success with 29 there’s no reason to change it.

      When I do 26 pts+, I do 6ish for breakfast, 6-8 for lunch, 2-3 for a snack, and that leaves me with 9-11 for dinner, and that works out well for me!

  2. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    December 5, 2011 at 10:54 am (9 years ago)

    My points dropped down to 26, and I know that’s definitely not enough for me. Even at 29, I was still averaging around 31-33, because my leader told me I wasn’t eating enough (because of all of the activity points). I might try to eat 26 on a non-workout day, just to see if it’s enough. I’ve been barely losing with 29… but that’s due to a lot of other factors.
    And YES!! Do Bodypump!! I am so excited for you to try it (and to read a re-cap in a post!)!! You’ll love it!!

  3. Rebecca W.
    December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm (9 years ago)

    That chickpea + date tagine sounds good! I made something similar from the new Weight Watchers PP Complete Cookbook called North African Chickpea Tagine. It has chickpeas (duh!), zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, spices…I served it over brown rice and it was delicious!

    I also noticed that my points switched from 29 to 28 last Friday (my weigh-in day). How do they calculate that? I wonder that 28 vs. 29 will make much of a difference, but then again I’m no health professional.

    • Beth
      December 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Rebecca! I’m not sure EXACTLY how they calculate it, I just know the new minimum is 26 pts+ and its based on the same information as before – weight, height, age, and activity level. I think some people were struggling to lose weight, so that is why they lowered it because they realized people could still get in all the daily nutrition they needed with 26… But, it’s flexible. So, if you were losing with 29, keep it there! But for people who were struggling to lose, it’s an option to change it lower.

      That was a whole lotta words and didn’t say much! ha.

  4. Rebecca W.
    December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Gotcha! Maybe I’ll go even one lower, if possible, because I’ve been struggling up and down up and down for the past couple of months — though part of it, I’m sure, is from being about 10 lbs. from goal. I just want to hit 90 lbs already (I’m at 88.8 gone!)!

  5. Roz
    December 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm (9 years ago)

    HI Beth. I’ll be getting the new points plus orientation at our meeting tomorrow. I’m excited, because my losses slowed significantly when points plus was introduced. Seems many in our group are the same, so by dropping the daily points a bit, that may shift us all into losing mode again! Have a great week.

  6. Heather
    December 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm (9 years ago)

    I really want to cook tonight, that is one goal I want to stick to!


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