Monday’s Meal Plan

Saturday night, my brother and his fiancé came over for dinner bringing delicious beer and soft and creamy cheese.  They also brought the ingredients to make cilantro lime rice to go with our shrimp tacos and Mango and Pineapple Salsa.  We definitely had a laugh that her rice recipe comes from the same blog as my salsa recipe!

 

After dinner, we sat out back listening to music and chatting about their upcoming wedding.  Sunday morning, everyone had places to be and I had a bike to ride and tour to watch.  This week is one of those odd ones where I am working on Monday and off Friday because Saturday is my little bro’s wedding.  We also have a lot of family descending into Chicago for the event, some of which will be staying with us.  For this reason, I tried to keep eating super simple this week.

 

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Sunday night, I made my favorite simple crockpot recipe figuring that we could make tacos or rice bowls with our leftovers from Saturday night’s dinner.

 

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They were fantastic and also made a yummy lunch this week!

On the exercise front, I turned off my alarm and slept in this morning for the first time in weeks!  After 5 straight days of tough workouts, I hit snooze, reset my alarm, and never looked back.  I was even happier when I did finally step outside into the thick heat and humidity that I hadn’t gotten up early for a run.  I’m considering throwing in an early morning 30 minute jog tomorrow morning, but we shall see.  I may snooze again : )

 

 

Do you ever snooze or sleep in?

What are your favorite quick and easy recipes?

 

 

Meal Planning 7/06/14

Sunday: 2 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos or Rice Bowls

 

Monday: Turkey Burgers with Veggies

 

Tuesday: Salmon with Veggies

 

Wednesday: Meeting Family for Dinner

 

Thursday: TBD

5:30 is the New 6:00

Our Wednesday night conversation went something like this…

 

BOY: So nice that you got to sleep in this morning

ME: I didn’t sleep in this morning.

BOY: Where did you go?

ME: To workout with my trainer to make up for Monday’s session

BOY: Huh!? What time did you wake up?

ME: 5:30am

BOY: 5:30? That’s so early!

ME: Yea…5:30 is kinda the new 6

BOY: Laughing…that sucks!

 

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So I used to be a 6am girl.  That was the earliest I would ever wake up on a week day.  However, lately, things have changed.  I joined a gym with some awesome 6am classes and got committed to early morning strength sessions (including making up my missed Monday session).  Which makes…5:30 my new 6!  Ugghh!  Don’t get me wrong, I still hit snooze (and on Tuesday decided to sleep in all together after adjusting back to the time change), but overall my wake up time has been much earlier.

 

The benefits of this are endless.  Beautiful sunrises, stronger arms, and an energetic start to the day are just a few.  The negatives are also numerous…the biggest being 8pm fatigue.  I have a really active job so after my sweat session, I am on my feet, using my muscles, and moving around throughout the entire day. And…even though I have been waking up about an hour earlier, I’m not going to bed an hour an hour earlier.  I have been working on this, but 9:30 is about as early as I can get into bed and then I do like to read a bit before crashing.  The biggest negative (besides being tired and cranky) is that when I am exhausted at the end of the week, it is tougher for me to continue to wake up early and make good food decisions.  Common knowledge, I know as there is plenty of new research coming out that links fatigue, sleep time, and appetite hormones. 

 

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Which as always brings us back to BALANCE.  Last week, I did two 5:30am days in a row but only because I knew on the third day, I was flying down to Florida and could nap on the plane.  What I didn’t consider was that I had to be up at 4am to get on aforementioned plane : )  Luckily, I had plenty of rest time to catch up on sleep over the weekend and returned home recharged for at least one early wake up this week. 

 

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I’ve talked a wee bit about sleep on the blog, but in case you don’t know, I am a really good sleeper.  I read article after article about how the average person sleeps 6 hours a night and I am in shock.  I am an 8 hour a night girl (usually 10pm to 6am) and even a few nights of 7 hours can throw me off my game.  Which is why these early mornings have been a BIG deal around here!  But it seems that one to two 5:30 wake ups are doing my body some good and so I am working out the balance part.  BTW, the weekends are an entirely different beast with some involving more (or less) sleep than others but we can save that conversation for another day because let’s be honest, it’s rare that I am awake before 6am on Saturday morning.

 

Although I did set an alarm today in order to get to an 8 am yoga class.  Which was totally necessary in order to spend the rest of the day with my mom, her BFF, and my aunt (all in town for my future sister in law’s shower) eating and shopping, gossiping, and shopping some more.  The morning class was exhilarating and exhausting and the same could be said for my afternoon of shopping!

 

 

What time do you wake up?

How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

 

 

Although it doesn’t feel like May (40 degrees?  What the…?), it is time to check in with goals…

 

April Goals

Strength Train 2xweek

-I’ve been doing this inconsistently, but definitely more interested and motivated to lift weights with my trainer and on my own.

Do Yoga 1xweek (and do a workshop)

-This aerial yoga class was a BLAST!

Unplug and Unwind

-I’ve been blogging and commenting a bit less and reading a bit more.  I think that this has kept my stress levels down and really helped me fall asleep at night.  Or that could be exhaustion after waking up so early…either way, I am a huge fan of the unwind!

Drink More Water and Eat More Greens

-DONE!

Cook from your Cookbooks!

I failed at this one…keeping it going for next month.

But this month, I did share some tasty recipes for Grilled Romaine and Crockpot Green Chicken Curry

 

 

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May Goals

1. Cook from cookbooks one recipe a week

2. Go for a bike ride

3. Register for a fall race

4. Stay present and enjoy the little moments*

 

*The next two months are SO busy that it would be easy to put my head down and plow through.  But that’s missing out on all of the fun showers, graduations, celebrations, and races.