trying to stick to a meal plan…day 1

Hi everyone!

So last Friday I decided to make myself a meal plan and see if I could stick to it for an entire week!!! I am usually one to buy a bunch of groceries and then make stuff according to what I have, but this week I actually made a grocery list based off of preplanned meals!

I want to see how closely I can stick to it..so that will be my challenge for the week! I will let you know each day how I do….and sort of see what meals I like/ don’t like and what meals keep me full and that sort of thing, so that I can make sure that each day I am really getting the most out of my meals and snacks!

So, grocery store list for the week looked like this:

Produce: apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, edamame, carrots, celery, cucumber, salad mix, mango, bok choy

Dairy: string cheese, feta cheese,  laughing cow wedges, vanilla almond milk, 0% plain greek yogurt, chocolate milk, precooked & peeled hard boiled eggs

Meat: lean ground beef, chicken breasts (i ended up getting these frozen strips that you just have to microwave to cook)

Snacks: sunbutter, banana chips, kale chips, trail mix, dark chocolate, roasted coconut chips

Extras: shredded coconut, sparkling water, sparkling limeade, couscous/quinoa mixture, 2 premade salads

I got everything on my list and created this wonderful stir-fry dinner on Friday night…

friday dinner

I prechopped all my veggies (mushrooms, edamame, celery, carrots, broccoli, boy choy) and marinated them in TJs soyaki sauce.

I then microwaved about 6 small pieces of chicken and then added some soy sauce on top.

Fianlly, I sauteed my veggies up and added the chicken at the very end..letting it all simmer for about 5 minutes. When it was done, I poured it all in a bowl and topped with some sesame seeds..super yummy, filling, and healthy! I will most likely be making this dish one night this week! Great way to clean out veggies at the end of the week as well!!

Friday night I headed out to a country western bar with my friend and we had tons of fun shooting pool, dancing, and even riding the mechanical bull!

friday night
Us posing in front of this huge monster truck that was parked out front of the bar…we like to keep things super classy as I am sure you can tell!

 

Saturday morning started with some toast spread with sunbutter and topped with banana, then I headed out towards the marina in order to embark on my long run of the week! I was able to run 6 miles in 54 minutes, putting my pace at about a 9 min. mile, which I was super happy about!

Lunch was had with my momma while we were out running errands and we stopped at Souplantation in order to take advantage of the salad bar and huge soup selection!

saturday lunch 2

My salad was topped with cucumber, peas, corn, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, raisins, sunflower seeds, onion, carrots, and some oil/vinegar combo…

Soup was a bowl of the fire roasted veggie and another bowl of chicken noodle..yum!

saturday lunch

After lunch I went to a friends rugby game and then came home and lounged around for the rest of the evening!

My sister and I ended up getting huge frozen yogurts for dinner and it was quite satisfying to be a little unhealthy and have dessert for dinner!!!

Finally, Sunday I actually slept in! Which never happens!!! So, it felt awesome to be able to lie in bed and relax! I woke up and made myself some whipped banana oatmeal…then it was off to church and the grocery store with the familia!

Once we got home I did some meal prep..chopping up fruit and veggies for the week in order to make things easier on myself when cooking this week!

Then, it was off to LA where I was meeting some friends from UCLA for an early dinner!

It was so great catching up with them and we went to this super cute restaurant called Blue Plate where I got the worlds best salad!!!

It was arugula, goat cheese, butternut squash, roasted red peppers, and sunflower seeds..it was the perfect light salad full of delicious flavors!

For dessert we split the blueberry bread pudding and that was delicious as well! Dinner was awesome..great food, great people, and just a great way to spend my Sunday evening!

Alright, finally to end my post I am going to share some of my fave pics from the week! Enjoy everyone 🙂

berries

lemon loaf

summer pic

outdoor party

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i have the BEST MOM ever!

Do you ever have those days where you realized how truly blessed you are?! Today was definitely one of those days for me because I shared some quality time with my madre!

My mom has always been a superb mom…from the time I was little I have always loved spending time with her and our one-on-one time (though rare) is seriously always the best! We have a pretty open relationship, especially after going through all my issues these past few years and so our convos are generally open, honest, and heartfelt.

We also love to joke around, so we always are laughing when we are together! And today was no exception!

Momma had the week off because she is a teacher and the school is on spring break, hence my entire family got to sleep in, go on bike rides, eat yummy food, watch crap tv, lay out, and RELAX while I was stuck slaving away at work! Can you tell I’m a tad bitter haha Anyways, my mom came to my work to pick me up and we got  lunch at a cute little place called Beachwood BBQ. They have the most delicious foods and we ended up splitting a ginormous salad that had goat cheese, dried blueberries, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and a vanilla infused vinaigrette that was to die for!

We also got 3 side dishes to split as well..you can do this thing where you pick 3 of their sides and you get little mini versions of them! SO BOMB! We got the smoked asparagus, maple glazed carrots, and vanilla walnut yams and they were all delicioso!

I should have taken pics, but I didn’t! Boo, I need to get better at whippin’ out the cam!

Anywho, on to my recent eats and workouts…

Last night I was in charge of the troops (aka my little brother and sister), so I whipped up some of my homemade mac n’cheese!

thursday dinner 1 

thursday dinner 2

thursday dinner 3

Mac N’ Cheese Recipe:

  1. Boil water, then add noodles (i used 1/2 box of shell pasta)
  2. Once noodles are cooked (about 10-15 min.), drain and pour into a baking dish
  3. Next add 2 scoops sour cream, 2 large scoops cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese and stir everything up (these measurments are versatile, so just make sure you use enough of each ingredient to get all the pasta coated in the cheesy mixture)
  4. Finally, top with bread crumbs & more shredded cheese
  5. Pop in the oven and bake until everything is melty (about 15 min.)

Yum! This dish is good when you need to feed a lot of people quickly! Also, is very versatile…so other seasonings and maybe some veggies could be added to mix things up a little 🙂

On the side I roasted some veggies (precut mix from Trader Joes) that I topped with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika….and cut up a fresh pineapple to enjoy as well!

Such a kid friendly and delicious meal..plus plenty of leftovers for tonight!

This morning I did my now “usual” spin class and we did some hill work that seriously kicked my butt! I finished up with some light dumbbell work and am thinking of taking a nice easy walk this afternoon after work since it is SO nice out!

Breakfast was overnight oats..my classic mix with dried cherries, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, and honey on top!

friday breakfast

Ah and I forgot to post yesterday’s lunch…so here it is!

thursday lunch 2

Pre made salad from Trader Joes..I am loving the premade stuff…makes packing a lunch that much easier!

And also a side of veggies…

thursday lunch

I am trying to up my vegetable intake because all I currently eat is fruit, fruit, and more fruit! So trying to swap some snacks with veggies to get more servings in!

Anyways, hope everyone has a nice weekend and I will catch up with you Monday 🙂

vacation recap..plus how to stay healthy when on vacation!

scenery 1

Easter weekend meant my family was road tripping it up the California coast! Our destination was a little above Santa Barbara, we planned on looking at some colleges for my seester and then visiting my aunt/uncle/& cousins on Easter Sunday!

Friday morning started out with an early morning spin sesh before we hit the road!

friday spin

It felt good to get a nice workout in and then my family ended up hitting the road at about 11. The views up were soooo pretty and traffic wasn’t too shabby either!

Let me preface our vacay by telling you that we ended up eating lots of McDonald’s this weekend! The trip up we stopped to use the bathroom, but then everyone ended up eating! Most of the fam got fish sandwiches, but i opted for a yogurt parfait and some french fries…the same meal I had on our trip home on Monday! haha My dad and brother also stopped again on the way home to get shakes…so we had a total of 3 McDonalds stops in 4 days..keepin’ it classy folks!

mcflurry

Anyways, on Saturday we headed to Morro Bay, which is about 15 minutes north of San Luis Obispo…it was a gorgeous days and the views were amazing!

morro rock 2

 

morro stacks

While in Morro Bay we decided to get lunch at a nice restaurant called Dorns..the views from our booth were awesome and I enjoyed a delicious bowl of corn chowder and some warm sourdough bread! Here is a pic of the aftermath of our meal…

lunch morro bay

Our family of 6 can do some serious damage at meals!

Then, we continued to drive up the coast towards San Simeon and turned around a little past Heart Castle…nice long drives our my favorite! So relaxing!!!

 

scenery 2

school house

All the scenery was lush and green because of spring..and we were blown away by how nice the weather was as well!

We also looked at the campus of Cal Poly SLO and my siblings and I managed to take some super serious pics while waiting for mom and dad to pay for parking…

vic, will, and me

vic and me 2

vic and me

Aren’t we just the cutest things! haha Anyways, my sister is a senior so we wanted her to look at both Cal Poly SLO and UC Santa Barbara, because she got into both schools and is trying to make a decision! I got the feeling she liked SLO better because it is a smaller school and she doesn’t want to be overwhelmed at a huge college, but we will see!

Anyways, next day was Sunday and my family went to Easter mass at the San Luis Obispo Mission, which was so nice! Then, we had a nice Easter brunch at a restaurant that sits over the creek right next to the Mission!

funny easter

easter appetizer

Mediterranean appetizer platter w/ olives, hummus, pitas, etc.

easter lunch

I got a “taco salad”, which has a grilled white fish served over white rice and fresh kimchi…it was so fresh and delicious! The perfect meal for sure…lots of flavor and one of the best things I have eaten, hands down!

easter drinks

Ice tea, mimosas, water…our drink selections!

Then, we walked around downtown SLO and got ourselves some ice cream for dessert..I got cookie dough and it was delicious!!

easter ice cream

That night we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for a nice Easter dinner.

cath and vic

We had ham, fruit salad, regular salad, cheese/crackers, and the best cheesy potato casserole I have ever eaten in my life!!!!

Dessert was strawberry shortcake, which really hit the spot as well!

strawberry shortcake

We spent the night catching up with family and my parents told some of the funniest stories of when they were younger! Such a great family Easter for sure!

The next day we were heading home, so we packed up and headed to Santa Barbara to take a look at that campus!

cath and i mirror shot

Mirror pic to distract us from packing!

Anyways, we finally made it home Monday evening and I was exhausted so i watched some hockey, hit the grocery store, had dinner, and hit the sack!

Family vacations are seriously the best!!! And this one was no exception!

While on vacation I made use of the hotel gym 2 mornings (Saturday & Monday..doing only 40 min. of cardio, but still worth it!) I usually try to get in a quick workout early in the morning when we are vacation, that way I don’t feel as bad when I indulge in the treats that usually accompany being on vacation!

Also, for breakfast we would usually hit up the free breakfast at the hotel and though I was tempted to indulge in things like french toast, pancakes, muffins, bacon, and hash browns..I tried to stick to oatmeal w/ pb, toast & eggs, yogurt w/granola, and always a side of fruit & and a banana! My trick for hotel breakfasts is to eat something that will fill me up, but not weigh me down! Oatmeal is always a great option and I also love that eggs are already cooked and easy to grab as well! Try to eat something substantial, but don’t go overboard just because it is buffet style!

Alright on to my eats and workouts yesterday and today…

juice shot

Green juice yesterday morning…

tuesday breakfast

yogurt/fruit/granola parfait

tuesday lunch

lemon chicken/arugula/quinoa/couscous salad via Trader Joes

 

tuesday dinner

Soyaki marinated salmon w/ green beans and zucchini (parents had the bbq on already, so I threw on my own salmon filet and the zucchini!)

Workout yesterday was an hour long spin class and some stretching after!

Workout today was 50 minutes of spin (instructor didn’t show up, so I did my own workout and managed to sweat a lot!!!) followed by 15 minutes of abs on the stability ball…

Breakfast isn’t pictured, but was cottage cheese & fruit parfait, banana, Starbucks misto, and some grapes….

I will be back later with lunch and my fun plans for this evening! Keep it classy my friends 🙂

funny me

I know I sure do 😉

my problems drinking water…

ok let me get this minor rant out…

water bottle

So, I have been trying to drink more agua lately because I hear it’s good for you and I know I don’t drink enough and ya…so I go out and buy myself a nice water bottle and have been hitting that thing like nobody’s business! I’m slurpin’ all day long, but then…problems occur!

I have to pee like every 10 minutes! It’s insane! I don’t know if I have some type of small blatter or something, but it’s getting ridiculous! Maybe it’s a mind thing now haha but I need advice…how do all you water drinkers manage not to spend the whole day peeing?! Or do you just adjust to have to use the restroom frequently? Fill me in because I am in such a dilemma…to drink and pee or not to drink and to be dehydrated?! What’s a girl to do! haha

 

Anyways, on to lunch today…to start I had an unpictured salad (I ate that thing in like 2 minutes flat), it was leftover from the other night at dinner and had apple, dried cherries, sharp white cheddar cheese, and pistachio meat..I topped it with a squeeze of lemon as my dressing.

Then, I also had a sandwich with a spread of Brie Cheese (comes in prepackaged wedges courtesy of Trader Joes), cut up apple slices, cinnamon, and honey..it was super yummy and kept me full all afternoon!

tuesday lunch

Now, on to my workout…..SPIN CLASS! I am going with my sis..a little nervous because it kicks my butt! But should be a good workout and nice to switch it up!

I will see you all tomorrow, have a nice evening everyone 🙂

5 things you didn’t know about me…

Before I get to the good stuff…aka 5 odd/quirky yet lovable things about me haha I will share lunch and my workout plan for this evening!!!

Ok, so after breakfast I had a handful of chocolate covered raisins- courtesy of my office kitchen and also a bag of Angie’s Classic Sweet & Salty Popcorn (tastes like kettle corn, but is made with all natural ingredients like popcorn/sunflower oil/ evaporated cane juice/& sea salt..yum!).

Then for lunch I had a salad with butter lettuce/dried cherries/brie cheese/pistachio meat (the inside sans shell)/& Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing….

monday lunch salad

On the side I also had a piece of multigrain french bread with orange marmalade spread on top!

monday lunch bread

Yum, nothing better than a piece of fresh bread!! And, orange marmalade is my ultimate favorite jam, so that was an added bonus!

On to my workout plan that I made..I will be doing a run similar to last Monday, which was where I do a 4 min. incline walk, 4 min. jog/run, 2 min. hard incline walk, and then repeat this with added intensity! This treadmill workout is definitely one of my favorites, as it incorporates enough recovery time to be doable and also mixes things up so I never get bored while I do it!

Then, I plan on doing some arms & abs to round out my workout, so we will see how this goes!

PicMonkey Collage

Ok, now on to 5 things about me time! Woo!

  1. I am kind of a low key nerd in that I love school, was valedictorian in high school, and went to UCLA for my undergrad
  2. I have known that I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in 8th grade and have never changed my mind, despite people telling me how hard law school is/ how boring being a lawyer can be haha apparently i am just a boring nerd who is looking forward to law school..what can i do?!
  3. I am the oldest of 4 kids and have a bizarrely close knit family! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much we all support each other, make each other laugh, and are there for each other! We also are hugely sarcastic and so most of the time we are just making jokes that only we think are funny haha it’s weird, but whatever..i love my fam!
  4. I make BOMB cd’s/playlists! In high school I was always designated to make people cd’s like monthly and I loved it! Some of my friends even tell me that they still listen to mixes I made like over 4 years ago! haha I just have a gift of picking the right placement of songs, so that the playlist always seems to have variety and a nice flow from song to song…I seriously shoulda been a DJ! Screw law school, new life plan! haha just kidding, if only I could support myself on a DJ salary I’d probably be in!
  5. I can’t sleep in! It’s like I am kind of a grandma…I like to be in bed by 10 and I can wake up easily at the crack of dawn! Morning workouts are no prob for me because I honestly don’t mind getting up at 5 am! There is something about the calmness early in the morning that I just love and though sleeping in is nice on the weekends and every once of a while, I am definitely an early bird!

 

Ok everyone! Hopefully you now know a little more about me! If you have any more questions or anything you want to know about me just leave a comment and I will answer your questions!

Hope you all enjoy your evenings and I will see you tomorrow! Adios mis amigos 🙂

my struggles with healthy eating

Before I dive into this topic I thought I would start by sharing my lunch from today…

lunch day 3

Yum, lots of colors and freggies galor!!!

First off was a kale salad with shredded chicken breast, pepitas, dried cranberries, and a poppyseed dressing….time for a close up of this beauty!

lunch day 3 close up salad

Then, on the side i enjoyed a fresh fruit salad courtesy of the cafe downstairs at work…

lunch day 3 close up fruit

Nom, Nom, Nom! These pictures make me want to eat this meal again…the colors just pop!!! YUMMMMM!

Anyways, I also wanted to post my elliptical workout from this morning, which was this…

Time

Resistance

0-3

8.0

3-5

9.0

5-10

10.0

10-13

12.0

13-15

15.0

15-20

10.0

20-22

11.0

22-24

12.0

24-26

13.0

26-28

14.0

28-30

15.0

30-35

11.0

35-38

12.0

38-40

13.0

40-41

10.0

41-42

11.0

42-43

12.0

43-44

13.0

44-45

14.0

It was a good workout that challenged me, but also allowed my sore legs a little rest from running!

Now, on to healthy eating and the daily struggles I face after my eating disorder. One of the main things that pops out in my head is labeling foods as good or bad. For so long I wouldn’t eat something (mainly bread/rice/potatoes..aka carbs) because in my head thin people did NOT eat those types of foods! I stuck mainly to fruits & veggies, sometimes adding fish or chicken, but my carb intake was super low!!!

However, these days I have been trying to incorporate more carbs..easy ways are having a bagel or sandwich for lunch, adding granola to my yogurt, having oats in the morning, a dinner roll at night, crackers/pretzels as a snack, and I am also a huge fan of quinoa and brown rice as dinner sides! In fact, I have even put quinoa on top of salads in order to get in that carb at lunch! It really does make a difference when I add more carbs to my diet and I found myself sustained for longer amounts of time after eating them!

Another thing I am dealing with currently is mindless snacking before dinner. Typically what happens a lot with me is I will get home from the gym and I usually go pack my lunch for the next day right away! However, when i am doing this I tend to pick at things as I am preparing it and end up consuming lots of peanut butter, yogurt, granola, nuts, etc. I know that this is mindless snacking and unnecessary since I am going to be eating dinner relatively soon, yet for some reason I just can’t seem to help myself!

I am thinking maybe I should try and chew gum or eat dinner before packing my lunch…but I am just not sure what is going to work!! Hopefully I will be able to reign this in because some nights it does end up feeling like when I used to go into binge eating and I would really like to work on ending this and cutting out the picking at things all together! I have gotten better at work, but my goal for the next week is to try and think about if I am really hungry when I eat little bits here and there and if I am then to actually get a serving of whatever it is I want instead of just doing the whole munching thing!! Wish me luck 🙂