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.
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:
|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. =)