January So Far

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A couple weeks ago the husband and I were both sick. This past week we were still really fatigued. This completely threw me off my routine and I've done a terrible job at tracking both food and fitness.

This week I'm trying to get 'back into the groove,' especially since I had been doing so well previously.

We did a free trial at a 24-hour gym here the first two weeks of the month. I liked the convenience, but right now with my lack of a decent paying job it really isn't in the budget. We are trying to find a gym we both like since the base gym doesn't work very well with TJ's schedule even though it is free. We also are looking for a gym with a lap swimming pool that isn't a 45 minute (or more) drive from our house with a ridiculous membership fee. No luck so far.

The one thing I've been good about in the past couple weeks though has been meal planning. I'm hoping to do more of it this year. Not only does it help us eat healthier, it motivates me to cook more. I love cooking but when I get home at 10PM and TJ leaves at 10:30 for work, it's a little hard to coordinate dinners. So I don't bother cooking those nights. Sometimes I'll make us a big lunch instead. Since I'm only part time it ends up with us eating about 4 big home-cooked meals a week and I usually cook enough for 4-6 people so the rest is leftovers.

The other thing I love about meal planning is that we save a lot of money since we aren't buying a bunch of boxed meals and snacks.

Over the past couple of weeks I've cooked quite a few new things including a delicious Tortilla Casserole, Spicy Chicken Stew, Chicken Fajitas, Beef Daube Provencal (got to use my new Dutch Oven), sweet & sour pork (I fell in love with the recipe for it last year), and a couple other meals I can't remember :)

I'm about to work on my meal plan for the next week or two, but just wanted to post an update and explain why I've been MIA on the site.
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