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Menu Monday (week of 2/18/13)

Hey y’all! It’s been a minute since I posted last. I’m still working on getting into a regular blogging habit again so bare with me. My GI/IBS issues have recently flared again as well as symptoms of CFS so lately it’s been taking everything I have just to get off the sofa and get through most days. I’m making due and trying to change my rest habits to accommodate.

Even though I haven’t been able to fully follow my meal plans for the past few weeks, I’ve still been getting them done. I’m glad to say that I’m on the road to making it a habit. I do like having a plan in place and using it as a road map for the week. I’m still using my handy paper planner but here are my dinner plans with some links:

    • Sunday: dinner at Parents #1
    • Monday: mustard glaze salmon, string beans with onions, toast
    • Tuesday: stuffed shells, salad
    • Wednesday: leftovers (late gym day so no cooking for me)
    • Thursday: sietan cheese-steaks, oven fries, roasted brussels sprouts
    • Friday: collard greens, sweet potato mash, Chili maple glazed tempeh (mac & cheese and BBQ chicken for the hubs)
    • Saturday: Engagement tofu (turkey cutlets), asparagus, mashed cauliflower (baguette)

Can you tell I went to an awesome class on how to fix vegetarian proteins last week? I did! It was taught by the very witty Lauren of veg:ology fame. I’m going gung-ho with trying out the recipes! What’s on your meal plan for the week?

Better habits for the new year

Can you believe its almost 1/2 way through the month already?! It’s true what they say – time does fly by!

Like most, I’m trying to start off 2013 with some better habits. Really just getting back to habits I had adopted in 2011-2012: meal planning and tracking & regular exercise. My hope is for these things to translate into me loosing the last 11 lbs of my initial weight loss goal.

This is the first week that I’ve done a complete meal plan. I actually got it done by Sunday morning, got about 90% of the shopping done AND prepped food! The refrigerator is packed, but the week is looking good! (other than the fact that I left my nicely packed cooler at home this morning! Heading home at lunch to retrieve it. The joys of working semi-close to home)

My goal is to just get a plan done for the rest of January, then in February really start taking a close look at the nutrition of that plan. Baby steps to change, right?!

Meal Plan

Meal Plan

And for all you other list junkies out there, all of my scribbles including the grocery list on the back:

Grocery list

Grocery list

If you have any desire to plan either on a monthly or weekly basis feel free to utilize either of these calendars:


I’m working hard to do a minimum of 3 hours of cardio and 3 strength training sessions per week. I think I’ve found a schedule that works for me:

Monday – cardio kickboxing class; 1 hour strength
Wednesday – 1 hour strength; spinning class
Saturday – 1 hour strength; 1 hour cardio (elliptical or walking/running)

I’m still debating on the Saturday morning workout (vs. Friday evening) but I’m going to try and stick to it. Mainly as a ploy to get the hubs to get to the gym on the weekend! 😉

Do you do a monthly or weekly meal plan? Does it help you stick to your nutrition or weight management goals?

Meal plan (week of 11/11/12)

It seems odd to say “happy” Veteran’s Day. There are not enough words to express my thanks to all Veteran’s, retired & active duty military for what you have done and continue to do. Thank you!

I was able to cobble together a meal plan for this week. I’m back to an evening workout schedule at the gym this week, so I needed ‘make ahead’ or quick items. I’m past the honeymoon phase with my plant-based diet and its becoming a bit of a challenge to eat a variety of items that aren’t processed. I won’t say I’m in a rut, but I’m heading that way fast. If you post your own meal plans or know of some good sites that do, please share links in the comments. I need some ideas!

    Sunday: teriyaki chicken/tofu, brown rice, steamed broccoli

    Monday: spaghetti, marinara, roasted asparagus, garlic bread

    Tuesday: chicken noodle soup/pumpkin chili, grilled cheese/Daiya sammies

    Wednesday: OYO (on your own)

    Thursday: pasta with Field Roast sausage & mixed greens

    Friday: salmon/veggie burgers, string beans, roasted potatoes

    Saturday: pizza, salad

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog space! I’m slowly pulling the look together and will be sharing all of my food, nutrition and health related crazy here. I’ll be adding and linking old blog post, adding new posts and sprucing up the pages and side bars over the next month. Stick around and say hi!