Every Sunday I try to make time to relax, re-charge, and also prepare for the week ahead! I am planner and a control freak, so I feel a lot calmer if I am heading into Monday with a game plan for meals and workouts to keep me on track throughout the craziness of the work week.
I typically only plan out our dinners in advance, since I prefer to be more flexible with my breakfast and lunch choices based on what I feel like the day-of. I choose about four or five dinners to make each week, assuming we'll eat leftovers at least once and go out at least once. Where do I find my meal inspiration? Pinterest, my massive cookbook collection, food blogs, polling Ben, and anything I'm craving!
Since breakfast is my favorite meal, I make sure we are always stocked with the essentials (oats, eggs, yogurt, fresh and frozen fruit, etc.) Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day and I usually just pack leftovers or a salad with some pre-cooked chicken or tuna. After doing the 21 Day Fix though, I've started planning my breakfasts and lunches more often because it really makes grocery shopping a lot easier and cheaper when you are only purchasing the food you know you're going to eat! I tend to get a little overly excited at the grocery store, but sticking to a meal plan and grocery list helps me resist the temptation to impulse buy.
Sirloin steak cooked on the cast-iron grill pan
Mashed cauliflower and potatoes with mushroom gravy (recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook)
Green beans (frozen and microwaved)
Quick and easy chickpea chana masala (also from the Oh She Glows cookbook...obsessed)
Plain Greek yogurt mixed with stevia, chocolate PB2, and cacao nibs.
This is one of my favorite healthy "desserts" if I'm hungry after dinner. I also like mixing Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and stevia. It tastes like pudding and it's packed with protein to keep me full all night!
Chipotle salad (carnitas, black beans, fajita veg, mild salsa, corn salsa, extra lettuce, drizzle of vinaigrette)
Girls' night out (cocktails, salad with chicken, fro-yo....)
Sunday (on the plan for tonight):
Tofu and veggie stir-fry
And here's my workout schedule from this week:
Monday: 55 minute Les Mills Pump workout (at home)
Tuesday: 2.5 mile treadmill interval workout + abs (at the gym)
Wednesday: 60 minute spin class (at the gym)
Friday: 1 mile run around the 'hood plus two YouTube leg routines from Tone It Up and Fitness Blender (at home)
Saturday: 45 minutes of barre and abs from the Tone It Up Beachbabe 2 DVD (at home)
Sunday: 60 minutes of yoga from Eoin Finn's Pursuit of Happy Hips (at home--LOVE this yoga dvd)
And there you have it! I love seeing the weekly food and fitness schedules of other people, so I hope you liked getting a glimpse at my week too! Maintaining a healthy balance takes a bit of time and effort, but once I'm in a routine it's fairly easy for me to stick with it and I love knowing that I'm treating my body the best I can.
Have a fabulous Sunday!