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Meal Planning Ahead Even When Working From Home

Saturday, January 09, 2021

This week went pretty well. I completed 3 HIIT workouts, and ate healthy food. Made a big pot of healthy soup using leftover veggies, and ate that for my lunches with a side salad.

This was also my first full week back at work. While I am working from home, I realized that I still need to prepare my meals or by dinner time and there's nothing to eat, we reach for what's available. This week, that was pizza.

I don't want to say pizza is a 'bad' food. I love a good flatbread pizza with a thin layer of tomato sauce, cheese, and basil. emoticon Yum!

However, there are other choices that I would have preferred to eat instead. On the day we had pizza, I had intended to start a roast chicken in the oven, but I got really busy and missed the window to put it in. I worked until 5pm, then was left with, "What's to eat?"

So the following day I threw a chili in the instapot to slowcook during the day.

Working from home should be easier to keep meals under control, but it hasn't been. Since I'm trying to get my diet and exercise back on track, I've been more mindful about my habits.

One of the mornings, I didn't feel like doing my exercise. I thought to myself, "I made a commitment! I must do it!" Then I took a step back. It seems like the kind of thought that should be motivating. I made a 'new years resolution', so I must stick to it. No matter what!

But is that really the right attitude? What if I don't? What if I can't? Is that then a failure?

I decided then that I wasn't in the right frame of mind. I didn't feel like doing the workout at that moment, but later I did. Much better than being a self drill sergeant.

I also decided that I have a new year goal to use up what I have and declutter. With all the hand washing, I've been using a ton of lotion. I wanted to buy new lotion, but I realized that I have a big basket of lotions that we've collected from hotels during our travels. I really wanted to buy a new luxurious bottle, but I decided to use up the collection of hotel lotions, or throw them away. I'm not quite Marie Kondo ready, but I am trying.

Overall, I'm feeling pretty successful at the end of the week. Hope you all did well too.
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    I had plans last weekend to make a pot roast, and around 3:30 realized I had not given myself the time to get it in a ready for dinner....Whoops! I ended up making it later in the week.

    I hear you about using what you have, I have a large collection of cards that I have started using instead of buying new, we ended up using up all the Christmas cards I had this year! I still have a drawer full of other though...it's a project!
    91 days ago
    92 days ago
    I totally agree. Sometimes we have to listen to that inner voice and allow ourselves to change the plan a bit. I have been trying to exercise every day, in addition to my walks with Daisy. But I've also been experiencing a good amount of upper back pain and neck pain. I decided to not push myself on Friday and today and I am already feeling less pain.

    I also agree that it's important to meal plan. I had been doing such a great job of it and then the lockdown happened and it was hard to plan because you never knew what you'd be able to get at the grocery store. I am back to planning ahead of time and it works so much better. I also find that it's best if I prepare my meal earlier in the day. That way I will actually make what I've planned!

    Good job getting back on track.
    92 days ago
    Moisturizer lotion is assisting me fight wrinkles and dry skin
    92 days ago
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