Weekly planning, early Christmas and SHOPPING

I am trying diligently to make sure I plan out my workouts and meals for each week.  I’m usually pretty good about planning my dinners, but not so much with lunch (I usually try to make enough dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day).

This week’s planned (completed) workouts look like this:


This week’s dinners are (were) as follows:

Monday – My husband made some chicken stew, not sure how he made it, but it was so yum

Tuesday – I made this awesome sausage & leek casserole but I used a lot of lower calorie options as substitutes (turkey sausage, wheat bread, egg whites, low fat cheese, etc.).  Even with the substitutes, it was DELICIOUS.

Wednesday – Steak with Brussels sprouts, salad and black beans

Thursday – Stuffed peppers (I’m just going to throw together whatever we have lying around but there are tons of healthy options out there).

Friday – Pizza + salad (we have friends coming over to do a secret Santa gift exchange so we opted to make it easy and order pizza but I’ll likely have mostly salad)

Saturday – Out to dinner

Sunday –TBD


Christmas came early this year!  And do you know why?…Because my husband is so NOT smooth.  He ordered my gift using MY Amazon account so OF COURSE, I get an email right away saying that my order is confirmed.  I knew instantly what happened.  It’s cool, I LOVED it (he also got me a Kindle, woo hoo!!)!!!  I can’t wait to run some long distances outdoors!


If you live in the Chicago area, you probably know a thing or two about TBOX (Twelve Bars of Xmas).  It’s a pub crawl where people dress up and everyone usually ends up quite drunk.  My friend Leslie’s husband was planning on going with my husband but she and I decided that binge drinking all day was not in the cards for us so we went shopping at this special event in Merchandise Mart instead.  Some cool things we saw along the way (magnet board for the office, wine rack & a chalkboard placemat for kids).


[thanks for the pictures Leslie!]

After shopping, this happened:


Then after our little champagne extravaganza, we met up with our husbands for some delicious Mexican fare.  Here is my hubby sporting his ugly sweater and santa hat, so festive!


Hope you guys are having a productive week!

Grumpy Cat, daily meals and injury

Am I the only one who thinks Grumpy Cat is hysterical?!?!?!?


So today, I did pretty good with my eating plan.


If you read health/fitness blogs regularly, you will know about this delicious breakfast scramble.  If not, prepare to be wowed.  Mash up one banana, 2 egg whites and a dab of vanilla extract.  Cook like eggs.  Then I usually put almond butter and fresh berries on top.



Lunch was an awesome tuna sammie.  I made the tuna with a dab of light mayo and 1/4 of smashed avocado.  I put it on a Flatout (90 calories!) and topped it with spinach, tomato and shredded carrots.  Man, that thing filled me up!


My afternoon snack was greek yogurt with some granola


Dinner was this awesome stuffed sweet potato that I found on one of the blogs that I read…Can I just say: AMAZE-BALLS.  You MUST MAKE THIS!

I worked until about 9:15 last night so I was sure to squeeze in a workout this evening.  I’m still battling knee pain so I’ve decided to (more or less) stay completely off of it for a couple more weeks.  If it’s still hurting, I’ll see a doctor soon.  My workout looked a little something like this:

30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 3 sets of the following (all with 10 lbs weights where applicable):

Reverse fly x 10, 30 second plank, bicep curls x 15, crunches on the ball x 40, front rows x 15, arm pull/straight leg crunch x 15, push-ups (on knees), 30 second plank.

I capped off my night by snuggling with these little guys.