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the plans, week of 4.29

on the menu

Sunday: Beef Stew

Monday: Ginger chicken with snow peas & baby bok choy over rice ( Basically, I am going to combine this recipe with this  one) *

Tuesday:  Smoked Ribs & Bird (husband will be breaking in his new smoker, so we are purposely making extra – chicken will be for lunches & salads rest of the week) with Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, and a regular salad (lettuce, cukes & tomatoes) **

Wednesday:  Chicken Bruschetta Bake  and a big old salad (and leftover salads)

Thursday: Venison Sausage & Spaghetti and a big old salad

Friday:  Steak, baked potatoes and a salad


applesauce cake, bean & avocado salsa, bacon & green onion potato-crusted quich

*after dinner Monday night, I will make Tuesday’s pasta salad (it definitely tastes better when it sits and flavors all meld for a day)

**after dinner Tuesday night, I will make the Chicken Bruschetta Bake  for Wednesday. I will make it, wrap it in foil and put it in the fridge – whoever gets home first on Wednesday will take it out & bring it to room temp. Mama, has a walking date with a few friends.

at the gym

Monday: NROLFW, S2, WO B1 +15 mins of elliptical intervals

Tuesday: elliptical 45-60 mins (or zumba)

Wednesday: NROLFW, S2, WO A2  – walking date with WW friends.

Thursday: elliptical 45-60 mins (and/or yoga)

Friday: NROLFW, S2, WO B2 + 15 mins of elliptical intervals

Saturday or Sunday: 45-60 mins elliptical

elliptical note: I am working on consistency. I want to workout 5-6 days…not to kill myself, but for the consistency. I am also working on my heart rate training. My heart rate tends to jump HIGH when I lift weights, and my polar training computer is always telling me I train way too much in zone 3 (the high zone) so I need to pay attention and train in zone 2 & 3….enter the elliptical training. Not to be confused with elliptical intervals where I will purposely try to hit zone 3 for 1 minute intervals.

full disclosure: I am a Polar ambassador, Polar has provided me with my heart rate monitor but as always, all thoughts & opinions are mine for free.


the plans, week of april 23rd

Sunday: Gumbo over rice

Monday:  Crockpot Pork, mashed potatoes & asparagus

Tuesday: Raviolis & Salad

Wednesday: Chinese-style Chicken Stirfry

Thursday: Sirloin, baked potatoes (sweets for me) & salad

Friday: Veal Paprika


asian-inspired vegetable soup

roasted red-pepper hummus

chop veggies for lunches

grill chicken breasts for lunches)

veggie quiches


Monday: NROLFW, S2, WO A#1

Tuesday: Zumba

Wednesday: NROLFW, s2, WO B#1

Thursday: yoga & elliptical

Friday: NROLFW, S2, WO A#2

Saturday: elliptical

my weekend, its not over yet!

My weekend was not all that exciting but it was perfect!!

Saturday morning started with a big cup of coffee and lounging with Q while we both woke up. She is finally at that age where she enjoys lounging and slowly coming to life on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Then I went to my Weight Watchers meeting.  I lost 3.6 pounds for my first week on plan.  I am making a 5-pound-at-a-time goal for this go-around with WW BUT I have a bigger goal of learning how to eat to live, feel, and BE happy.

Truth: I know it has only been a week, but I moved more and ate more fruits and vegetables this week than I have in a while AND that has me feeling so GOOD!!!

After my meeting, I attempted to have a yoga meetup with my girlfriend, Kerry.  Our plans were fumbled but we bounced back and wound up at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and girl talk! We totally needed it – we haven’t seen each other since before my surgery and it has been even longer since we last hung out! Aaah, there is something to be said of the restorative powers of coffee and chatting to make a girl feel allllllright!!

The kid decided to go hang out with my mom for the night, so we had a kid-free evening. We watched The Hangover 2! And I rounded out the evening by chasing my stupid cat all over the yard because he escaped around midnight when I let Lucy out.

Sunday has been a mellow, relaxing and productive day. I did some food prep for the week, did many loads of laundry, and ordered a new phone. I still have grocery shopping, more food prep, and lesson plans to write before I can call it quits on my day. I have made spinach cakes and omelet muffins. I roasted, peeled and cut up beets for salads and side veggies. I baked sweet potatoes to make sweet-potato skins but the skins fell apart so I am working on turning it around (maybe just the inside part of recipe).  I still l have black-bean burgers to make.

I have made a tentative meal plan:

Monday: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore over pasta with salad

Tuesday: Venison Steaks and pasta salad

Wednesday: Crockpot Honey Chicken over rice with a green veg on the side

Thursday: Chicken Bruschetta Bake & salad

Friday: Beef Quesadillas and (WW)Mexican-Inspired Vegetable soup


Truth: I am hoping to get some Tilapia or Shrimp at the grocery store to switch out Thursday night’s dinner. For no other reason then I am wanting seafood.

working hard & need to recharge

It has been a busy week!

My husband has been out of work for most of the last 3 years. Occasionally he does some painting work with a friend and this was one of those occasions. In fact, he has worked the last three days and will be working tomorrow and saturday as well. This is the first stretch like this is quite awhile. We lucked out, because I really needed him to help me with the ankle and knee surgery and recovery.

Anywhoo. He has worked the last few days and that means I have been handing all the house stuffs. Painting is hard work and my poor husband is exhausted after a long day on the job. I don’t mind picking up some slack (we are good like that to each other) but it is exhausting. It makes me realize just how quickly one forgets what it was like when she was a single mom, working and going to college…aaah, the energy of a 20-something.

Work has been long and tiring. We are starting a new marking period at school and grades are due. The week a new marking period starts is always a loooong week. Lots of extra grading and extra paperwork!! The days drag.  aaahhh but it is Friday!

I have already had two physical therapy appointments and I have one more today! They have added new exercises each appointment. On Wednesday, they added in lunges! OMG!! I have such dread of the lunge. I can only drop my knee a small bit before it hurts and I am to stop when it hurts. I want to be upset about my lunge-ability but I am not. In fact, I am seeing this as a starting point. I never liked lunges, but I could do them, and now I am determined to do right by my body and slowly gain back my lunge-ability. I also started standing on one foot (the bad ankle/knee leg) on the bosu (I stood on the flat side).  I can only wait to see what torture…err…exercises they add on me today! ; )

I have made dinner every night this week, plus household chores, plus running errands (like going to the bread store, or corner market for milk, or the bank)…seriously, I just have become spoiled with my husband at home taking care of all those things.

I managed to get in an actual non-physical therapy workout. I recently received a yoga dvd and on Tuesday Q and I tested it out. {I will have an actual review of this dvd later when I test it out a few more times.} I had sore shoulder and arm muscles the day after yoga! I also rode the stationary bike at school for 15 minutes on yoga day.  Sore muscles and working up a sweat (during PT and non-PT) made me feel alive! I feel like I am back in action and it feels marvelous!!

I really am back in action.

I am working.

I am taking care of my family.

I am taking care of me (physically and mentally).

I am watching what I eat, adding in extra fruits and veggies.

I am feeling good!

It is amazing how I feel so tired and so good at the same time. I credit that with eating better, sleeping/resting when I need it, and moving my body again. I am growing stronger with each PT session and each day I tackle the steps at school. I even feel stronger for having tackled yoga…and truth be told, I have a new appreciation for yoga. My body was sore after one little 30-minute beginner’s dvd.

I am tired but excited.

I am also very proud of myself.

Yesterday, I was tired. And sore. I took a rest day. I was planning on another 15-minutes on the stationary bike and more yoga but I decided my body was trying to tell me something. So, I rested!

And yaknow what?!? I feel refreshed this morning. Now, nothing crazy…I still rather dislike mornings…but I am ready to face the day!


I have been very whiny the last few days.

But I have also been very smiley, so its not all bad!!

Bring it, Friday!!

I am gonna get through school and physical therapy today and then I hope to recharge my batteries this weekend. I’d like to say it won’t be a busy weekend but it is gearing up to be busy.

My agenda:

  • #weightwatchers meeting
  • super bowl party
  • yoga
  • walk outside
  • lesson plans
  • menu plan
  • food prep
  • clean something
  • maybe blog, it’d be nice to blog more than once a week…I have so much in my head, I need to blog.

Ok, do it will be busy but I will do plenty of recharging!!


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