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?

15 Comments on Thanksgiving Break Recap + A Meal Plan

  1. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    November 29, 2011 at 8:52 am (9 years ago)

    Sometimes a chill weekend is COMPLETELY necessary. Thanksgiving was just me and Colin and we ate in our pajamas. So perfect.

  2. Liz
    November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am (9 years ago)

    I just stayed home with the man and doggy. I don’t really get along with my family, so we don’t do the huge family thing.

    Good luck on your meeting!

    P.S. I’ve lost 10 pounds since starting WW on November 4. 😀

    • Beth
      November 29, 2011 at 9:36 am (9 years ago)

      Wow Liz – 10 lbs in less than a month! That’s amazing!!! Congratulations!

  3. Liz
    November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am (9 years ago)

    Thanks! Granted, I have over 100 pounds to lose, but at least I am heading in the right direction! You have inspired me. 🙂

  4. Amber
    November 29, 2011 at 9:53 am (9 years ago)

    Good Luck at your meeting! You’ll do great!

  5. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 29, 2011 at 10:23 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck this morning- now that you’ve got that first meeting under your belt, I’m sure the second will be a lot less nerve-wracking!
    My family only lives 30 minutes away, and we were heading away from traffic, so traveling for Thanksgiving was nothin’.
    I am still feeling the effects from too much Thanksgiving sugar- and totally dreading my weigh-in tomorrow. I know that it’s all relative, but it will be very defeating to see a gain on the scale (I cheated and weighed myself yesterday), since it has taken me 3 weeks to lose 2.2 lbs!

  6. Mary Beth
    November 29, 2011 at 10:23 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve noticed you mention cottage cheese in oatmeal a few times – that sounds like a great idea to get some added dairy/protein in, but I have this aversion to cottage cheese (mostly texture-related), so I was wondering – can you taste or detect it at all? Or does it just blend in completely?

  7. Sarah
    November 29, 2011 at 10:27 am (9 years ago)

    We drove back Saturday night just to avoid traffic and relax Sunday. This was probably the best move we could have made!!

    Good luck at your meeting, you’ll do great!!

  8. Lisa
    November 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I used to go up to Seattle for Thanksgiving. Never again. It doesn’t matter when I leave, the traffic is atrocious. The last time I went up there the normally 2.5 hour drive took 5 hours.

  9. Dani
    November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm (9 years ago)

    I traveled home to PA for thanksgiving. it was so nice to see family again!

    Good luck with your meeting today! I’m sure it will go well!

  10. Tori
    November 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I love that you post your eats for the week! 🙂 It really gives me some great ideas, so thank you!

    Don’t be nervous about your 2nd meeting! Trust me, when my very first WW leader “retired”, the lady that took over for her was…AWKward with a capital A! She depended no me during meetings and always looked for me to talk, which was super awkward, b/c I don’t ALWAYS feel like talking at meetings! She always went on and on and on about her kids and stuff and it was just…AWKWARD lol. I have switched to At Work meetings now since it’s more convenient(and cheaper!), and she was the sub. last week… WOw! Didn’t even recognize her. Everything about her meeting flowed smoothly and she didn’t babble on and on about her kids. Phew! SO, what I’m trying to say is, even if you are “awkward” and super nervous now, just think how awesome you’ll be shortly! The more you get out there, the more confident and less nervous you’ll be. You got this! 🙂

  11. Sophia @ Raven Waves
    November 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm (9 years ago)

    I give you so so much credit for planning out your meals like that! I feel like whenever I plan a meal, time rolls around and then I’m craving something totally different! Good luck at your meeting! You’ll do awesome! 🙂

  12. Hilary
    November 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm (9 years ago)

    My Thanksgiving was well over a month ago, but I was mostly local…I travelled a bit, but not much (family all live within one hour’s drive). I totally hear you about having the best intentions but then feeling stuffed…done that WAY too many times!

  13. Barb
    November 30, 2011 at 9:23 am (9 years ago)

    I have no doubt that you will do wonderful for your meeting! I’m sure it’ll get easier and easier as time goes on.

    Do you have a recipe posted for the pumpkin oatmeal because that sounds fantastic!

    I’ve been diagnosed with tendonitis in my left ankle and have been told by my doc that I am not allowed to do any cardio at all and I have to wear an arizona boot for six weeks. Needless to say, I canceled my membership at LA Fitness because I could not get someone to show me how to use the machines properly or recommend a regime for me to follow without paying an arm and a leg (in addition to the weekly membership fee). I think I’m going to go to Planet Fitness where the personal training is free. I took a tour over the weekend and really liked the facility.

    Our Thanksgiving was good. Went to my mother-in-law’s house. She lives literally around the corner and up two blocks from my house. It was good and I did indulge a little but I don’t feel like I went overboard.


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