Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan {11/23}

Good morning and Happy Sunday everyone! Hopefully, you're all having a great weekend. It's a dreary day here with lots of rain in the forecast, but I'm actually happy about that since it will give us a reason to stay in and try to make some sense of this house. We still have towers of boxes everywhere and are no where near being done with everything. I'm hoping that we will be a heck of a lot closer after today.

Yesterday, we went to my sister's house to celebrate my nephew's birthday. My BIL made a scavenger hunt for us and was SHOCKED when I got excited about it.
Lol! I'm the one that always loves to play games at showers. Yesterday was a lot of fun and we won, too! Even better!

I just put my chicken in the crockpot and thought I would do a run-down on this week's meal plan:

Sunday - Chicken Pilou/Bog (Traditional Southern Dish)
Monday - Sausage Muffins (Breakfast for Dinner)
Tuesday - Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Wednesday - Dinner at my parents'
Thursday - Thanksgiving Dinner!!!
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - One Pot Chili Mac 'n Cheese

I'm looking forward to a great week and I hope you are, too! Have a safe week!
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan {11/16}

Haaaaapy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all staying warm and having a great weekend. We have been busy, busy. We are finally moved into our new house! Yay!! We still have a few misc things that need to be packed and moved from the old house, but we plan to have everything out of the house by the end if today. Now I just have to find a a place to put everything. I realized that it's a blessing to have a lot of stuff...until it's time to move it all! Ha! Seriously though, everything is coming together very well. It's not going as quickly as I would like, but my dream would be to snap my fingers and it would all be done.

So let's talk about my menu for the week. We ended up eating out or getting take-out the last 3 nights, so I'm going to have what look like repeats.

Sunday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Grilled Hamburgers
Wednesday - Crockpot Balsamic Chicken 
Thursday - Grilled Kielbasa
Friday - Pan-Fried Swai
Saturday - Birthday Party

Hopefully, now that we are moved in, we will be able to stick to the menu plan for the week. I'm actually tired of eating out!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday friends! I’m so happy that this week is over! I thought that I would do a quick Friday Five for you all.

1. This was my first week back to my regular job. My co-workers had a breakfast for me on Monday to celebrate my return. My department always loves to find a reason to celebrate and eat! I ate way too much delicious food, but it was such a great surprise. It was so nice to be back to work this week. It really made me appreciate my job and the great people that I work with.

2. So starting on Tuesday, I was back OP. I’ve done pretty well these last 3ish days. We went out for Mexican last night for dinner and I didn’t do too bad. I’ve found a new meal that I can eat that is relatively WW-friendly. The Chicken & Vegetables is like Chicken fajitas without the tortillas and with some extra veggies thrown in. I just ask for black beans instead of the rice. Winner, winner!

3. With my eating OP, I’ve also been exercising this week. I’ve worked out 3 days in a row and my muscles are definitely complaining, but in a good way! I was pretty slack for way too long and I’m glad that I’m getting back into my routine. Some nights, it’s all I can do to make myself workout, but I do and I have yet to regret a workout.

4. We are finally moving into our new house this weekend. We haven’t sold our old house, but we think we have everything ready for us to move in and we’re pretty anxious to get everything moved and settled in. It’ll be a big adjustment for all of us, but I think it’s going to be a great move for us.

5. Is it weird that I’m looking forward to this cold front that is coming through? It’s the middle of November and we had a couple of days this past week that we had highs in the upper 70’s. When the holidays are coming, I need my cooler weather. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away now! It’s time to get cool!

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m going to try my best to stay OP. It’s time to finally get these last few pounds off!

So long for today…

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Happy Hump Day everyone!! I won't bore you with another picture of a camel, but that image is definitely going through my head right now! I am trying my hardest to buckle down again and get back OP. My co-workers had a welcome back breakfast for me on Monday, so I started yesterday with eating better. I actually did pretty well, too. AND I got in a workout before bed. I feel so much better when my eating and exercise is under control. I've gained some weight these last 10 weeks and I would really like to get it off before the 1st of the year. I don't want to start another New Year with needing to lose weight. So, this is me trying to get back on track. Here's how my day went yesterday...

My day always starts with a homemade Chai latte. So yummy and necessary on a lot of mornings!

Breakfast was one egg and one egg white with 3 slices of turkey bacon.

I also had a banana with some PB2 for a snack, but didn't take a picture of it.

Lunch was a chicken, pear and almond salad.

And a pomegranate.

I also had some popcorn followed by some string cheese and an apple.

Dinner was grilled london broil with sauteed potatoes and green beans.

Dessert was a WW ice cream cone and some Sleepytime tea later.

My workout was the first video of the 21 Day Fix. I realized that I already moved my JM workout videos :-( but was glad that I still had these at the house.

Overall, I think I did pretty well. What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

So long for today...

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan {11/9}

Well, hey there! I'm writing this a bit early since I'm assuming we will be having another busy day tomorrow.  Hopefully, you're all having a fantastic weekend and are keeping cool. Fall has returned to the area and I'm actually glad. I have gotten to where I enjoy the cold weather. Maybe is because we have so much hot/warm weather or maybe it's because we are getting into the Holiday season. To me, the Holidays just aren't the same without a little bit of chill in the air.

Our weekend has been great. Earlier today (Saturday), we started moving some of the big furniture to the new house. We still aren't exactly sure when we will be completely moved in, but we are hoping we can get everything moved within the next few weeks.

I'm excited that I will be back at my regular job starting on Monday, so that means I will be local and dinners will be easier, especially if I'm using the crockpot for any meals.

Here is this week's plan:

Sunday - Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Monday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Tuesday - Grilled London Broil
Wednesday - Mexican Chili
Thursday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Friday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
Saturday - Crockpot Balsamic Chicken

I'm also hoping that with the return of structure to my life, will also come the return of my workouts. Here's hoping!

So long for today...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! We started our weekend by going trick or treating with the kiddos. Addison went as Elsa (if course) so we tried to dress Camden up as Olaf.

He wasn't feeling the hat though, so he just had on a white onesie with black dots down the front. #olaffailure in his defense, he is still trying to get over this funk that he has going on.

We still had a good time and ended up with lots of candy and lots of steps as well!

Yesterday was spent working on the house. TC just about has the kids' bathroom done. I love the progress we are making on the house. It should definitely be ready when we move in...whenever that will be. It keeps getting postponed further and further.

It's another chilly day here. I just pulled some English Muffin Bread out of the oven. I'm all about making the house cozy and warm on cold days. TC is going to hang out with his cousin today, so it will just be me and the kids around the house today. But I really enjoy these days. It's nice to have some time alone with the kids sometimes.

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Sunday - Crescent Dog Chili Casserole
Monday - Sweet & Tangy Chicken
Tuesday - Skillet Beefaroni
Wednesday - Breakfast for dinner
Thursday - Chicken Lazone
Friday - Celebration Dinner Out!!
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

I hope you all have a great week. It's my last week working for United Way so Friday will be a celebration evening for all of us!

So long for today...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday Food Prep

So, in this week's Food & Fitness Plan, I mentioned that I am participating in a 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge. I will be doing a post on that later in the week for you, but I wanted to go over the meal prep that I did for this week on Sunday. I am coming to the end of my time working for the local United Way and honestly, I'm glad that it's coming to an end! My life has been pretty busy since I've been working there. As I've told you before, I am a very structured person, and whenever I get thrown a curveball, I'm not happy. The last 8.5 weeks have been a huge curveball for me. When I am at my usual job, I only live about 3 or 4 miles from where I work. So it's pretty easy for me to swing by the house during lunch time to do some food prep for dinner or to even turn on the slow cooker so dinner is ready for us when we come in the door in the evenings. But with United Way, I am working about 40 minutes away from home, so that definitely isn't an option right now. What I've been doing is to do a lot of my food prep on the weekend. This Sunday, I was definitely in the zone. I got a lot done in just a little bit of time. I was trying to get as much done as possible while Camden napped. Thankfully, it wasn't a short nap! Here is the food prep that I did on Sunday:

• Prepped and roasted a butternut squash to eat with my lunches this week.

• Since, Camden was sleeping, I decided to take my chopper outside to chop the onion and pepper.

• Made the meat sauce we're having for dinner later this week.

• Mixed up and grilled the turkey patties that I'm going to be eating for lunch this week.

• Boiled some eggs for snacks this week.

• Prepped and roasted some chickpeas for snacks this week.

I also browned some ground turkey and soaked the pinto and black beans that I'm using in the Mexican Chili we are having later this week.

Doing all of this on the weekend helps to make things go a little smoother during the week. Since I've done all this, I'm hoping that I might be able to squeeze in some of the workouts I have planned for the week.

Do you food prep?

So long for today...

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