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 🙂

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lemon loaf

summer pic

outdoor party

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things i am loving right now!

Good morning slash afternoon everybody! First let me start off with a quick recap of my workout and dinner last night, which was super delish!

Workout went well! I pushed my self a little harder on my planned run where instead of running for 4 minute intervals I made those 6 minute intevals and then broke up the next 4 min. incline walk into 2 min. hard incline and then 2 min. recovery incline!

My final run breakdown looked like this…

monday workout

When I got home I packed my breakfast/lunch/snacks for today and then got to work on an easy dinner!

Since I am trying to use up groceries/leftovers before they go bad I recycled my quinoa caprese meal idea, but added in a chicken sausage for some added protein & staying power! The added meat component gave the dish a lot more sustenance and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

monday dinner main

Again all you do for this dish is take about 1/2 c. cooked quinoa (mine was leftover from din on Sunday), cut up a handful of grape tomatoes, some basil, & mozzarella cheese, then I cooked the sausage on the stovetop in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and added everything together in a bowl!

Super quick, easy, fresh, and delicious meal!

For “dessert” I had an orange..I am not usually one for having fruit for dessert, but we didn’t have anything sweet in our house really..so an orange had to make do 😦

monday dinner orange

Healthy, but certainly not chocolate that’s for sure!

Anyways, after dinner my family watched the Duck’s hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, we are big Ducks fans haha and well they got their butts kicked to the Sharks and it was a sad night for all in the Kennedy clan 😦

PS my fam is super big on hockey so we watch it all the time! I am pretty much up on all the stats and it is one of the only professional sports I watch on the reg! It’s just so good…fast paced….fights…cute hockey players…what’s not to like!

Next up…breakfast this morning! I finished my jar of cookie butter yesterday, and that only meant one things…overnight oats in a jar!!!

tuesday breakfast outside

Outside it looks like a normal jar of cookie butter…BUT inside it’s my most favorite breakfast in the world!!!

tuesday breakfast close up

I added 1/2 c. rolled oats, 1 6 oz. container of Trader Joe’s Honey Greek Yogurt, 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, dash of vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and apple slices…in the morning I mixed it up and added a bit more milk/a dash of sunbutter and was thoroughly happy with my little concoction and the return of this breakfast beauty!

Ok, now on to things that are making me happy right now…let’s do it list style because that makes thing super easy to read 🙂

  1. Daylight Savings Time- I mean nothing is better than getting off work, going to the gym, and still having a tad bit of daylight left once my whole day is over! Seriously..makes me so happy!
  2. Spring Weather- There is something about Spring time that is just so wonderful! Right now it is starting to warm up, baseball season has begun, the smell of fresh grass and blooming flowers delights your nostrils, afternoon walks get more appealing by the day…it’s the down right best time of year!
  3. Easter!!!- I LOVE EASTER! There is something about wearing a nice sundress, going to mass with my family, eating a yummy brunch, and enjoying season candy like Peeps and Jelly Beans that is absolutely wonderful!
  4. 30 Rock- My obsession with this show is getting a little out of hand! I didn’t watch it really when it was on air, but recently discovered it on netflix and decided to give it a whirl! Wow is all I can say…it’s so freaking hilarious! It’s kind of a very particular type of humor, but it makes me crack up every time I watch it..gotta love Tina Fey!
  5. Interval Workouts- My latest obsession has been doing intervals on the treadmill…they have been the best way for me to increase my running mileage and I seriously sweat like no other when I finish them! Also, adding an inclined walk in my intervals seriously has given me great endurance…on my hike this weekend I barely struggled at all on all the major hill climbs! I was super proud of myself 🙂
  6. Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6Pack Abs- I am going to really push myself to do it for 6 weeks and see if I notice a difference! It kicked my butt Sunday, so hopefully with consistency and repetition I will see some results…because let me be honest, I’d love to have a more toned stomach once summer time bathing suit season roles around!
  7. Last, but not least…my new camelback waterbottle! It seriously keeps me sippin’ water ALL DAY LONG! Without it I never wanted to drink water, but now I refill it multiple times a day and keep it with me pretty much at all times! Yay for getting my h20 in on the reg…I gotta say it makes me pee a lot, but I have noticed clearer skin and less frequent headaches..gotta be good signs right 😉

 

Ok, later my peeps! I will be back with lunch and a workout for this afternoon…just a hint that I plan on mixin’ things up today!!! Catch ya on the flip side 🙂

my 4 essentials to a healthy life.

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I seriously think these are the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle! I am on this new kick where I try to drink 8 full glasses of water a day! Do I have to pee a lot…yes! Is it worth it…yes!! I feel more energize, skin seems to be more clear, and helps me stay fuller longer..making me think that a lot of times I was confusing thirst for hunger!

Working out also gives me tons of energy! Working out and being active helps wake me up and allows me to set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them. It helps keep me positive and allows me to get out any pent up anger or aggression as well.

Healthy eating varies person to person…I think it is key to include a variety of different foods in your diet, including as much fresh and unprocessed foods as you can! What helps me is eating lots of fruits, veggies, grains, lean meats, healthy fats, and also allowing myself indulgences like chocolate and ice cream, but within moderation.

Last, sleeping well is key to performing your best. Without adequate sleep I feel groggy and off. Sleep allows us to recharge and maintain focused the following day, so make sure to get your zzz’s!

Alright, on to my lunch today…

week 3 tuesday lunch

Smoked salmon/spinach/& cream cheese on an everything bagelwich.

week 3 tuesday lunch side

Snap peas on the side for a little extra something to keep me full! Fruits and veggies are my go to sides because they sit heavy in my stomach and make my fullness last longer!

On to my workout plan for this evening, which is…

march 19 workout plan

Well, I am off to make myself an afternoon snack..large apple/ large spoonfull of nut butter..check and check! Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

“Me sleepy”..my thoughts every Friday afternoon…

Hello people! I am exhausted and this final hour of work on Friday afternoons may be the death of me!!! It literally goes by so slowly every single week!! At least I got my workout in this morning so that I can go home, put on my sweats, and chillax before I decide what I am going to do tonight!

My workout this morning consisted of 30 min. on the elliptical…nothing too special, just increased the resistance every 3 min. and then I actually worked up the nerve to get some dumbbells and did some free weight exercises for about 15 minutes! I overslept so my workout wasn’t crazy long, but I felt good after and definitely mixed things up 🙂

Breakfast was…..drumroll pleaseeeee…OVERNIGHT OATS!! I know, you are probably thinking homegirl needs to get some new breakfast ideas, but the truth is that overnight oats is so versatile and keeps me full until it is time for my midmorning snack! So, today I did a peanut butter/blueberry variation that looked like this….

breakfast day 6

and the close up shot….

breakfast day 6 close up

seriously guys this stuff is my jam!!!

The day was crazy busy at work and when lunch rolled around I wasn’t quite sure what I was in the mood for. I had packed a lunch, but wasn’t really feelin’ it so I opted  to try the salad bar in the cafe downstairs and made this little concoction…

lunch day 4

It has some tuna salad, raisins, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans, carrots, zucchini, artichoke hearts, broccoli, and was topped with some olive oil and vinegar! I also had a serving of pretzels on the side and it ended up being a nice little lunch!

Like I said before, work was super busy, as I was working on a big project and the coworker I was helping bought some peanut butter fudge to thank me for my hard work!!! Let me say that stuff was absolutely what I needed to make it through this Friday afternoon and I also had some hot chocolate/cashews/& blueberries as another little snack to tide me over!

Anyways…it is now on to the weekend! I will check in soon..adios mis amigos!!

push it real good.

My motto for tonight’s workout is “push it real good”.” And yes, I do plan on repeating that to myself plenty of times tonight. Emotionally it has been a rough few days and I have been trying to ride the wave of tons of mixed emotions…I feel stress, sadness, loneliness, heartache, fatigue, and all of these are emotions that used to trigger emotional based eating disorder behaviors…BUT today I will use my workout to get out some of my emotions in a healthy way and hopefully will be able to push myself and leave the gym feeling rejuvenated!

Here is the workout I have planned for tonight…

Time

Incline

Speed

0-3

7.0

4.0

3-5

8.0

4.0

5-8

1.0

5.3

8-10

1.5

5.5

10-12

2.0

5.7

12-14

2.5

5.9

14-16

3.0

6.1

16-18

3.5

6.3

18-20

4.0

6.5

20-23

8.0

4.0

23-25

10.0

4.0

25-27

11.0

4.0

27-29

12.0

4.0

29-30

7.0

4.0

30-35

1.0

5.5

35-40

1.0

6.0/7.0 (switch every min.)

40-43

1.0

5.5

43-48

1.0

6.0/7.0 (switch every min.)

48-50

7.0

4.0

Plus, I am going to try and do some dumbbell work and maybe some arm machines, so I will post tomorrow on how all that went! Enjoy your evenings everyone 🙂

running shoes

Those are the very legs that will soon by getting their workout on at the gym…#blacksockstheynevergetdirty #imadork #sowat #pushitrealhard

come on 5 o’clock!!

bored

oh hey it’s me…just wishing the work day was over!!! nothing says i’m cool like a little selfie action at your desk! haha i thought i might as well post today’s snack which was some greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds, dried cherries, and honey mixed together and enjoyed with some hot chocolate…yummmy in my tummy and hopefully gives me fuel for my workout this evening!

 

snack day 2