Monday, January 14, 2013
My goals for this week are the same as last week with one more exercise goal:
1. Do the basic prep for dinner the night before. By "basic prep" I mean that dinner should be no more than 15 minutes from the table.
2. Pack healthy lunches/snacks for myself and the kids the night before.
3. No binging
4. Eat salad or soup before dinner at least 4 nights
5. Go for at least a 30 minute walk at least 4 nights
6. Do the Gorilla app workout every day
Goal for the month:
Plan each week's dinner menu on Sunday and make sure I have the ingredients ready
I made a huge pot of minestrone soup last night that will help me with goal 4. I get one night off dinner prep by eating leftovers that night and one night of lunch prep because my office orders in. I get a salmon caesar salad with dressing on the side, so I don't feel back about that day's lunch. In terms of lunches, my kids are not allowed to have meat or nut products at school, so their mainstay is a whole wheat cream cheese sandwich or tuna/salmon salad with crackers. They also get a fruit (clementine, apple slices, berries, pineapple, raisins, etc.), a veggie (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, peppers), and a protein (usually a hard boiled egg; sometimes a cheese stick or yogurt). And sometimes a treat -- 3 M&Ms. 20 mini chocolate chips. 1 chocolate coin. One day a week they get pizza at school. My lunch is less regular, but for today I have 1.5 cups of mujadara, 1.5 cups of beet salad, and some string beans and red peppers. (I know the measurements offhand because I tend to use the same lunch container.) For tomorrow, same mujadara but no beets -- just more string beans and red peppers. If there's leftover salmon Tuesday, that will go in my Wednesday lunch; otherwise I tend to open a couple of cans, one protein and one veggie (say beets and chickpeas, or string beans and black beans) and cut some fresh veggies. Thursday I get lunch at work and Friday I work from home and will polish off the minestrone soup.
Sunday: Mujadara (packed the leftovers for myself for today's and tomorrow's lunches)
Monday: Weekend leftovers -- in this case, pot roast and turkey soup
Tuesday: Honey and mustard baked salmon with brown rice and string beans
Wednesday: Chicken and rice with veggies cooked in.
Thursday: Chickpea stew
Friday: vegetarian sushi and fish loaf
Saturday: beef stew over mashed potatoes
Are you noticing a pattern? We tend not to do meat two days in a row (though my husband wouldn't mind having it every day of the week), we almost always have some kind of beef on Saturday. Mujadara was on last week's menu but the menu got shifted off one day because my husband accidentally fed the kids macaroni and ketchup instead of leftovers Monday night and that's the meal that fell off the menu. So we did it this week instead. Though it may well become a staple for early in the week since it makes such great lunch leftovers. We have a couple of lentil/brown rice or black bean casserole dishes that make great lunch leftovers and I tend to make them Sunday for that reason.
The Christmas chocolate is still at my desk and no, it hasn't been touched. I had more frosting than I should have while decorating my son's cake and again at his birthday party, but it was probably no more than a few tablespoons all told -- far from a binge by my standards.