Planning as detailed of a plan for eating last week made so much difference in my eating last week. I didn’t feel overwhelmed, I didn’t feel anxious about what I was going to eat. I felt calm and decisive. It helped for dinners because I knew what we were going to have and didn’t have to stress while standing in front of the fridge. And, it helped for grocery shopping because I knew exactly what to buy and how much to buy of everything.
Here is my plan for the week:
Each day comes out to about 1,650 calories except for Friday, when Carlos and I will go out to eat. The white bean chili is a recipe I got from Cooking Light (found HERE) but I changed it up slightly based on the comments, I cut the broth in half, added a can of chickpeas, used boneless chicken instead of bone-in, and also added a can of white corn. It works out to be about 400 calories for a cup, which isn’t a lot but I’m hoping because it’s packed with so much fiber and protein, that it’ll hold me over. If not, I’ll bring some extra fruit with me just in case.
I also got the saucy beef recipe (I’ll use beef tips instead of chicken) and Mediterranean Chicken recipe from cooking light. I did find out the smoothies I made every morning made it until the afternoon fairly well. They weren’t frozen smoothies but I kept them in the fridge and so they were still pretty good. I plan on drinking them for morning snacks this week but I will switch to afternoon snacks when I feel like it. I think I have lunch plans with a friend on Wednesday but need to double check my work calendar; if I do, I’ll just substitute at the restaurant for something equivalent, if possible. As far as my workouts, here is my plan for the week:
Sunday: 45 min cardio
Monday: day off
Tuesday: 30 min weights, 30 min cardio
Wednesday: day off
Thursday: 30 min weights, 30 min cardio
Friday: 30 min weights, 30 min cardio
Saturday: 45 min cardio
Carlos is going to the MN Wild Game with a friend tonight so that’ll be perfect time for me to prep for food this week. My favorite thing to do on Wednesdays is turn the music up for a few hours and get lost in the kitchen.
Last week, I noticed in a online newspaper, an ad for volunteers needed. As I read the ad, my heart started racing because I knew it was exactly what tie together my love for learning about other cultures, my desire to help others learn. I signed up right away and now on Tuesday evening, Thursday evening, and all day Saturday, I will go through training to be an English as a Second Language for immigrants and refugees coming to Minnesota through the MN Literacy Council. The training will be a struggle for me because it goes from 6:00pm – 9:30pm on both Tuesday and Thursday. While that probably doesn’t sound horrible to you, because I wake up at 5:00am, I’m normally in BED by 9:30 so we’ll see how I do this week I cannot wait and am so excited. Once I get through the training this week, it’ll be about 1-3 hours of volunteering a week.
Busy week – but at least I’ve already planned out my eating & workouts!
Now, I better get going. The gym awaits!