I know it’s been awhile since I have checked in. TBH I haven’t done anything fitness related in a long ass time probably since the time I last checked in. I haven’t been to the gym at all this month, drinking pop, not weighing in, and not really doing a solid meal prep either. I mean I did a quick prep last week of an easy recipe (a chicken pasta salad which I will share the recipe here at some point) but I haven’t really been eating too well so I need to get back on track.
I did have the Miss World of Wheels pageant Saturday and my sleep was really thrown off so by Sunday afternoon I slept hard. Also I have been dealing with itchy hives not sure if it’s an allergy may have to go see the doctor which I hate especially it’s still flu season and plus having to stepping on the scale there.
Monday morning I did an actual meal prep for the week:
My calves hurt SO BAD from my heels Saturday so I know I am due for a good leg day workout. Overall, I still don’t feel like myself the weather has still sucked even though tomorrow the first day of spring (and it’s supposed to snow) and I have been just so tired as well which hasn’t helped.
I re established my goals and I am going to make an honest attempt at going to the gym this week. I am not putting how many days I should/need to go just to go and do something. Start out slow and work my way back to where I used to be, The weather will be warmer and I can start walking too.
I will recap my week on Sunday and I will weigh in regardless of what it is and we’ll get back on track!
I was surprised to have lost 2 pounds. I think a major contributor is that I am one week free of pop. I only made it to the gym once last week I had major headaches both Thursday and Friday due to weening off pop also I had started my cycle on Wednesday (headaches usually are one of my symptoms). I was really proud of myself for not over indulging which is a major downfall for me when that time of the month is present.
However it is a new week, and I got up early Monday to meal prep then I made it to the gym by 6am (as I was off work Sunday night) and worked my upper body which was something I neglected last week (even though I really wanted to do leg day) plus I worked on my lower abs. I don’t have a set plan when I workout though I probably should, I am using the stair stepper as a warmup for 5 minutes (my goal is to get up to 10 minutes) then lift. Although I don’t do very many of the machines since I am try to familiarize myself with other equipment.
I was really pleased at getting back into meal prep last week and this week.
As for goals I will be sharing that in a separate post.
Well the week is almost over and ending my 2nd attempt at the menu planning! If you remember I kind of fell off the wagon after the first week. I am pleased to report that I did a lot better this time around!!
I did make some alterations but for the most part I stayed on task. By the time Thursday rolled around, I had gotten home late from class which I am usually home by 1pm but I didn’t since class/training ran late. Plus my sinuses reared it’s ugly head and by the time I got home I didn’t want to put together my leftovers, I was hot, stuffy, and tired so I settled for a Lean Cuisine meal but I had some unsweetened apple sauce with it then prepped hard-boiled to have for a light supper along with a bowl of cereal (I know an odd combination).
This weekend is when I will grocery shop so I will do a tentative menu plan. I think going week by week is way better than two weeks out. So look for pictures of everything soon.
I am excited I found some more mushroom recipes that I am going to try! (Post on that soon!!)
I start my 3rd week of school this week and last week was our first week of training the new PT students. I keep thinking how INSANE it is that I was in their position a year ago!!! Also at a different gym. And now I am creating and writing workouts. What a difference a year makes! Still a work in process!
I have looked back at last year and I struggled so much. If I could go back and tell my last year self “Hey girl (yes I did say that!) you’re struggling right now but guess what? You get through it and you come out the other side!”
Last week, I mentioned I didn’t do well with the whole menu plan so I am trying it again this week. I made it loose so I not fully committed and have done some minor changes. Monday was a full on meal prep day, I made my food for work for the week with my crock which I have been using a lot more lately (it’s getting to be that time of year!), I made taco meat and I finally tried a new recipe (remember when I wanted to a while back??):
Veggie Pizza!! Here’s the recipe. I did make round as opposed to square and used 1 tube of crescent rolls (low fat), only 1 block of cream cheese (low fat), half the dry ranch packet, (low fat) miracle whip. Oh and I used a little bit of (low fat) Mozzarella shredded cheese. I made the crust ahead of time then I topped the pizza later in the morning. Turned out really good! I have been this whole pizza kick lately because I have been craving Domino’s so I have been trying to find somewhat healthier options. Last week, I did portabella stuffed mushroom pizzas (mushrooms are my jam!) too.
Last but not least I finally went back to the gym Monday! As you know I have been struggling emotionally and my motivation has been low but finally I went in and did a simple workout.
I have weigh-in this week which I might wait till Saturday.
Goal for the week: Is to stay on track with my menu plan and at least attend 2 classes of Jazzercise since I haven’t been in almost a month!!
I will be back later to report my 2nd round of menu planning!
I thought what would help me maybe to make better decisions in my eating habits is to menu/meal plan. I have never really done it before so I thought as they say “Give it the old college try” and it’s fitting since I am a college student!
As I’ve mentioned before, I go with the flow on my meals mainly because:
I work overnights
I go to school part time
My schedule is way different
I grocery shop every two weeks
Whatever I have on hand is what I prepare
Plus it’s just me, myself and I
So why plan? For starters it will help me eat out less, not eat junk, stop relying on processed food as much and maybe help drop the weight I gained. Also to try new recipes too. Plus also to use leftovers more too so I don’t waste food.
I typically eat your three meals a day plus I suppose an extra since I work overnights where most would consider that lunch? I’m not sure but working 8 hours does make you hungry and you have to fuel your body.
I do eat breakfast depending on the day if I have class I will eat a bigger breakfast to help curb my appetite until I get home, I also take a small snack if need be, I have lunch then I sleep and then in the evening, on those days I will have a light meal mainly because I sleep later those days and I want something quick and easy to eat. Then I take something that I prep ahead. On non school days, if I go workout I eat a lighter breakfast, followed by lunch, sleep and then a filling supper.
Well, I had a great menu all planned out and I didn’t follow it. Basically it feel through after a week!! #EpicFail.
The original plan was to cook Sunday supper then meal prep for the week…. I ended up falling asleep at 4pm and I got once had a snack then went back to bed and I got up later in the morning. I did throw stuff in the crock pot for the week on Monday plus I did put together tuna salad as well, but it wasn’t I had planned originally and I tried to alter my menu as I went along but I gave up too quickly I might add. Although, I may start over and try it again for next week. It is definitely trial and error!
I am back on campus the semester after being on-line during the winter months so I would not have to commute in the snow. It’s an adjustment like everything else!
Once of the things I started doing since starting school this fall is a snack prep. I am at school for about four hours twice a week, so I’m not getting home until late afternoon. That’s a long time between breakfast and lunch!
As always meal prep is important so is snack prep. Because it keeps me going until I get home, and also I don’t have to run to the vending machine for unhealthy snacks. Yes the machine does provide some healthy snacks, but you’re saving money by prepping your own snacks (with items you already have at home) and it’s better for you too!
I try to bring simple yet filling items with me here is an example of what I took Monday to class:
Baked Goldfish crackers only 150 calories. It says a serving is 55 but I just poured to fill my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles container so approximately about a 1/4 of a cup.
Colby jack cheese pieces. I LOVE cheese and it is my snack go to (I love string cheese too)
Of course a cutie
I carry them in my thermal from Thirty-One, and I use ice packs that I got with another container:
My backpack also contains a thermal part too which is awesome so if stuff doesn’t fit in my mini sized one I can just throw my food in, the ice packs and I’m good to go.
School does have a fridge too, since I have a long drive in the mornings I want to keep my food nice and cold!
Finally! I am now getting around to talking about meal prep!
As you know, I work graveyard (11pm-7am) so that makes my eating schedule uber hard. I am in the process of changing my diet a little too (going Keto), so prep is super important! Since doing prep it has made my life 100% easier.
Mainly, I prep for my meals at work. That way I am not deciding (at last minute) what to eat at work. It’s been an adjustment of trail and error (there’s another post for that). I prep the mornings I don’t work. I am sharing what I prepped for this week. (sort of I didn’t get a chance to photograph my food. Prepping with a cat is fun said no person ever).
Usually, I have a main course of some kind, fruit or veggie, and yogurt. This week I am using Tyson Grilled frozen chicken by itself, fruit this week is blueberries and raspberries, I also had some babybel cheese wedges left over, so I used them and string cheese. Then of course yogurt. I use My Fitness Pal as I’ve mentioned before to keep track of everything for my daily intake. In the past, I have paired the chicken with seasoned rice but I am cutting back on that (carbs).
Of course when you prep you’re going to use a lot of containers:
Then finding lids is a challenge too but it is worth it!
If you don’t have to meal prep, I recommend these awesome sites: