Menu Plan, week of 5/13

Menu Plan, week of 5/13

Andrew and I did menu planning for next week. The rest of this week is going to be hoisin tacos, sushi/sake, Blazing Bagels and mac n cheese. And breakfast :). Next weekend will be leftovers.

I’m also going to have cottage cheese for a snack, but I forgot to write it down. I’ve finally gotten tired of having cereal and yogurt, so I’ll be having toast with various spreads. My favorite is ricotta cheese topped with fruit. Who knew ricotta could be a spread for toast??

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Together again

This week, Andrew got back from Australia. Yay! We got back from our Cancun vacation on a Friday night and he left on Saturday afternoon for Australia. He was there for two weeks. I just felt like I hadn’t seen him in such a looooong time, even though we spent a week together in Cancun. I guess I have very specific activities that mentally go towards “quality time” or “spending time together.” Possibly the most important of those activities is snuggling. Because of our room set up (we were upgraded to an ocean view room, but downgraded to two double beds), we didn’t snuggle very much in Cancun. Also it was hot and hot snuggling isn’t all that enjoyable. I’m so happy to have Andrew back so we can snuggle. And take Whiskey for walks together.

Anyway, I posted a menu plan last week and I’m happy to say that I mostly stuck to the plan. I felt really good with what I was eating and the portions during the week. I was spending time in the office and then coming home for lunch and to take out the dog. Then the weekend happened and on Sunday things started to go downhill. I ate way too much Indian with FitzFace and Shlea. On Monday, Andrew and I had froyo and we ordered pizza from Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut just released their Xbox app and we got 15% off. On Tuesday I had Indian again at the cafeteria and it was definitely more than one serving. Sigh. For lunch I’ve been having leftover pizza because I don’t want it to go to waste, but I just don’t feel good about what I’ve been eating.

Andrew and I started menu planning last night, but I was too tired to continue, so hopefully we’ll get to finish it today. I made hoisin tacos last night for him and they were delicious. I highly recommend checking out this recipe. It’s super easy and incredibly delicious! Plus, if you’re careful with what kind of tortillas you get, the calorie count is pretty low.

Last week, I discovered I had what could be an overuse injury on my quad. I haven’t been able to spin and I’ve been pretty sad about that. However, on the bright side I have gotten back into swimming. I’m seriously excited about this because I wasn’t able to swim for awhile due to a shoulder injury. It seems that the injury is mostly healed and I can make it through 1500. I’m so glad to be back in the water and I’ll definitely be incorporating swimming into my workout plans.

One last thing, if you need to replace the soap in your bathroom (or kitchen, utility room) you should think about trying Lysol Touch of Foam. I was sent a container to try because I’m a BzzAgent. I’m not a soap geek, so to me soap is soap. I’ve been using the vanilla orchid scent which is a very sugary smell. My general guidelines for soap are “does it lather?”,  “does it get my hands clean?” and “does it smell nice?”. Touch of Foam provides an affirmative answer to these things. However, the scent is getting a bit too sweet for me. The foam is really thick, which is nice. I always hate the foam soaps that are so thin it all disappears immediately and you’re left wondering where your soap went. So if you need soap (and we all do at some point), try Touch of Foam.

Menu Planning!

I’m so super excited because I menu planned this week. I had some leftovers from last week and some stuff in the freezer. That will actually last me most of the week. However, so I don’t get too bored, I’m going to make some shredded beef this week. Tonight I’ll be grocery shopping for some much needed snacks. Last week was pretty much a bust as far as healthy eating goes and the fridge is look kind of bare.

In other news, I’ve started watching Alias (again). Ashley and I watched the whole series when we lived together one summer in college. We would watch a couple episodes at night and then marathon it on the weekends since we both had internships. Since we’re both in the Seattle area, we’ll get to watch bits of it together again. I do feel a weekend Alias-watching-marathon coming on. Yay!

Watching Alias has helped re-new the fitness/healthy resolve in me. I mean seriously, have you seen Jennifer Garner in this show? Other than that, all of the shows I’ve watched recently (Alias, Nikita, Revolution, Burn Notice, Arrow) seem to be telling me one thing: get combat training, you will need it someday. So, now I’m in training for combat training. Yeah. That one.  😀

Today I also reset the password on my LivingSocial account since they were hacked last week. That might have been a bad idea since I managed to buy 4 deals. Ahhhh!! I’m so addicted! Anyway, I’m signed up for a box of organic produce to be delivered to my door with Full Circle. I also got two tickets to a Sushi-making and Sake-tasting class for myself and Andrew. It’ll be a fun date for us. If you’re in the Seattle area and either of these sound interesting, you should totally buy them through my referral link because then I might get mine for free, which would be exciting!

Here’s what my menu plan looks like this week. I didn’t plan snacks, but I made a list and I’ll probably have two each day. Thankfully, I don’t need much variation for breakfast. When I lived by myself I would cook two dishes each week and use them for lunch and dinner all week. As long as the two dishes changed every week, I didn’t get bored. Plus there’s FroYo to look forward to on Saturday!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt Cereal and yogurt
Lunch Mac n cheese Shepherds pie Mac n cheese Mac n cheese Beef ragout Beef tacos Panera & froyo
Dinner Shepherds pie Beef tacos Beef ragout Shepherds pie Mac n cheese Beef ragout

Snacks

  • Cottage cheese & fruit
  • String cheese
  • Apple & peanut butter
  • Grapes & turkey lunch meat

I <3 Gyros

Friday night Ashley came over for dinner and we had a nice time making gyros with lamb. They came out super delicious. I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with the gyro recipe from Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide. We also putzed around on our laptops and overall had a nice low key evening. Bonus: I have leftover lamb for more gyros!

Later that night I was waffling over whether to go to a spin class or step class Saturday morning. I knew I wanted to do a strength workout, but I wasn’t sure what kind of cardio I wanted with it. I decided not to set my alarm and see when I woke up. I would figure out cardio later. At 8 am on Saturday, this little bundle of joy woke me up.

Whiskey

“I am not nearly as cute when I’m waking my human up really early”

Both classes started at 9, so I could have made either of them, but I was really slow getting going in the morning. I decided I would do either elliptical or the treadmill at the gym for cardio (I debated running outside, but decided against it). This may not seem like a big decision to some people, but for me this is pretty huge. I don’t like running. I don’t like running outside. I don’t like running inside. I don’t like simulated running that’s better for your joints.

Even so, I did a warm up on the elliptical and I voluntarily did 15 minutes of running/walking on the treadmill. I’m fairly impressed with myself. I’m very excited that I’ve been being active so that I can say “I want to run on the treadmill today” and then go do it. A few months ago, I definitely would have laughed at you if you told me to do that.

Today I also ran some errands (I had some items to return at Nordstrom and Gap) and unpacked some boxes. I finished unpacking three boxes and I’m already starting on my second box of things to give away. Woo hoo! Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get through some more boxes and do some furniture re-arranging. 🙂

So much going on!

I’ve pretty much been MIA with blogging. There’s a ton of stuff going on at home right now and work is pretty crazy too. Andrew and I are trying to get more boxes unpacked because my dad is coming to visit for a few days in April. Last night I unpacked two boxes in the office. Not a huge dent, but enough to be happy about! I need to work on making the guest room and bathroom liveable, so those boxes will be next. I’m going to try to be really ruthless about what stays and what goes. I have so much stuff and I really want to cut down. Of course, most of the stuff is clothes that I want to keep to wear again.

Andrew is currently on a work trip and that took a lot to get ready for. Plus, his flight left at 9 am, which meant he had to be at the airport at 7 am and we had to leave at 6:30 am which mean I had to get up at 5:45 am! It was awful…so early! The other night I also found out that Andrew hasn’t seen Zombieland. This is shocking. I love Zombieland. And Andrew has to see it. I just don’t know when. We’re headed to Cancun for vacation in a couple of weeks, so maybe we can watch it then. And we could play a drinking game. “Every time you see a zombie, drink!” It’s possible that game may not end well though…

Food

In March I tracked my food in MyFitnessPal. When I work out with Erika, I print off my week and have her look it over. I feel that I can usually make healthy choices, but it helps to have a professional look over things to give me pointers or areas to work on. Most of the time, I need to focus on drinking more water. Speaking of water, I’ve been searching for a new water bottle and I think I may have found one. I used to use Camelbak, but every one I’ve had has started leaking. And not a leak that’s fixable by getting a new mouth sippy thing either. It’s leaking from the lid/bottle connection. I’ve had this happen to three Camelbaks. Needless to say, I’m done with Camelbak because they’re pieces of crap. For awhile I tried using a Tervis tumbler for water, but I didn’t like trying to have big drinks of water from it. Also, it wasn’t very good as a spinning water bottle. I’ll be keeping my Tervis for tea and hot chocolate, no big deal. The next thing I tried was a plastic cup with a straw with it. I have a couple of those because I bought on in Vegas and I have a Windows Phone one. They’re basically like the cups and lids you’d get at a fast food place, but in plastic. It turns out, these are great! The past couple days, I’ve been drinking a bunch of water! It even works pretty well for spin class. I’ve been keeping one in my gym bag and taking the other one with me everywhere. The Vegas one is my everyday one because it’s glittery. 🙂

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As far as food is going, I think it’s going really well. Andrew and I aren’t doing Paleo anymore, but we are focusing on eating a lot of protein and making sure to eat healthy fats, like nuts and avocado. I’m really loving having yogurt and cereal for breakfast and cottage cheese & fruit or string cheese for snacks. I also read Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide and it definitely changed some of the things I eat. I highly recommended it. I thought some of the items I was buying were pretty healthy…not! I picked out what was useful for me as in, I don’t eat junk cereal so, there’s no need to start eating the healthiest of the junk cereals. The book also has some recipes in it and I’ve made two with great success. One of them is a Greek chicken pita recipe and it is sooooo good. Seriously. I can’t believe that I can make something taste so good since I have pretty limited kitchen skills.

WWMagMarAnother big win on food is a new mac n cheese recipe. I picked up the March/April Weight Watchers magazine and they had a really good mac n cheese recipe. I made it on Tuesday with Andrew and Ashley and we all decided it was a huge win. It uses skim milk, cream cheese, pureed squash and pecorino cheese to keep the calories down. When I put the recipe into MyFitnessPal, it was 327 calories per serving. How great is that?!? Plus, it serves 8 so there are leftovers,whee! (In other news, the pants Jennifer Hudson is wearing are absolutely heinous and crazy unflattering. Ulgh.)

Mac n cheese with mix-ins: spinach, sweet corn, turkey bacon and tuna.

Mac n cheese with mix-ins: spinach, sweet corn, turkey bacon and tuna.

Workouts

I’ve bee doing pretty well with working out consistently. I do spin classes during the week and I have a session with Erika. I usually do a strength routine after one of the spin classes. Andrew and I go to the gym together on the weekend and do strength and cardio. I think that’s pretty good!

Last weekend Andrew and I tried biking to the office. Wow. I will not be doing that on any weekday. There is a massive hill on the way to the office and I’m surprised I made it up on my bike. I’m not even joking, a runner passed me. It was slightly  super embarrassing  but at the top of the hill I felt really strong and pretty awesome.

3/7: Food Recap

Lately, I feel like I need to get back to the basics of weight loss: eating right and working out. I’ve decided to go back to seriously tracking my food. My new trainer asked me if I track my food and I said sort of. She then asked me if there was something I remember doing that was really successful for me. For me, that’s tracking my food. It reminds me to not eat an entire bags of Cheetos which is good. Yesterday I downloaded MyFitnessPal on my phone and I love it! On the website, you can pull a daily report of what you’ve eaten. I can copy and paste it and TA DA, ready to blog! I’m not sure if the calories burned are accurate, but that’s ok. I’m working out which is what counts. Putting in food is really easy on the Windows Phone app. I actually prefer it to the website. I’ve been looking for a good way to track on my phone and I think I found it! Now I just need a dailymile Windows Phone app. I just got my OAuth problem fixed for Buffer, so maybe dailymile is next! I’ll be geeking out this weekend, what will you be doing?

FOODS Calories
Breakfast
Danon – Oikos Greek Organic Yogurt – Vanilla – Fat Free, 150 g 120
Kellogg’s – Special K Vanilla Almond Cereal (Net Carbs), 3/4 cup 110
Lunch
Caveman Cookie – Alpine, 1 cookies 75
Fresh Express – * Lettuce – 5 Mix (Green, Red, Butter, Romaine, Radiccho), 85 g 15
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons 192
Banquet – Original Brown ‘n Serve Fully Cooked Sausage Patties, 2 patties 150
Bob – Bibimbob, 0.3 bowl 176
Dinner
Safeway Signature Cafe – Stompin’ Steakhouse Chili With Beans, 1 cup 240
Fresh Express – Baby Spinach Raw, 32.5 g 10
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, 1 tablespoons 96
Snacks
Lucerne – Light String Cheese, 1 stick 50
Generic – Banana, 1 Banana 118g 106
TOTAL: 1,340
EXERCISES Calories Minutes
Cardiovascular
Spinning® 574 49
TOTALS: 574 49

3/1: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Special K Protein Meal Bar, strawberry

Lunch

  • Salsa-marinated chicken breast
  • Peppers & onions
  • Special K cereal bar, vanilla crisp

Dinner

  • Panera You Pick Two: broccoli cheddar soup & spinach power salad
  • Yogurtland frozen yogurt: chocolate cake batter, cinnamon graham cracker (total 8 Oz.)

Snacks

  • 1/2 maple doughnut
  • 1/2 chocolate cake doughnut
  • 2 turtles

My snacking is obviously a little out of control. I don’t know if you’re getting tired of hearing, “I’m going to plan! For reals this time!”, but I’m getting tired of saying it too. Yesterday I wrote down a list of things that I want for snacks and I can take that list to the grocery store to start with. From there, hopefully Andrew and I will get some planning time in this weekend.

We’re going to the Emerald City Comicon, so that will take up the bulk of our weekend. We’ve also made the big decision that we want a dog. Well, it wasn’t that big. Both of us love dogs and we’ve been wanting to get one for a long time, but with our travel schedules and that small detail that we didn’t live together, it couldn’t happen. Now that we live together and I travel less and work from home, we have a much better environment for a pet. Tomorrow we’re going to go to a meet and greet with one of the dogs we’re interested in. In the afternoon we’re going to stop by an adoption event as well. I can’t wait to have an adorable puppy running around and being cute (and hopefully not peeing everywhere, lol)! Andrew feels the same and we’re so excited!!!!

Today I did a spin class at noon. I really liked this spin class; I’m planning on putting it in as a standing appointment in my calendar and scheduling around it. The instructor was motivating but not in a crazy, are-you-effing-kidding-me-I-can’t-go-any-faster kind of way. The most exciting part is that she sets her workouts to music! Huge win! FINALLY! I’m so glad there is at least one spin instructor at Pro Club who understands the positive effects music can have on a workout. It turns out she also does personal training, so I’m hoping to set up a session with her next week. Whee!

2/28: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Leftover Cheetos :\
  • Orange juice

Lunch

  • Salsa chicken over peppers & onions

Dinner

  • Korean restaurant, Stone
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Chicken Bi-bim-bob
  • Wine

Snacks

  • Doughnuts that Andrew brought home from a local bakery. *rolls eyes* Stop bringing home delicious things!

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Andrew and I went to see Amaluna tonight. It’s the new Cirque du Soleil touring show. The acts were amazing, but I didn’t read about it beforehand so I felt the story was very shakily put together. Apparently it’s based on The Tempest. Once I heard that, it all made sense.

My favorite thing about the Cirque show is that it featured all kinds of women. These are women who are obviously in great shape; the things they do require high amounts of strength and concentration. Looking at the different performers, there were different body shapes. I really loved that. If you look at tumblr, you start to think that all women who are in shape have crazy amazing abs or a thigh gap. Some of these women did have those things, but a lot of them didn’t have super well-defined muscles (when not flexing) or a thigh gap. It was so nice to see real women doing amazing things. After seeing Amaluna, Andrew and I both felt like we needed to hit the gym 24/7, haha!

Schick Hydro Silk Review

I don’t usually do product reviews, in fact I think this is my first one! This one will be for the Schick Hydro Silk razor.

Schick Hydro Silk

I had used this razor before and I was super surprised by the moisturizing strips (and not necessarily in a good way). I wasn’t prepared for the layer of moisturizer at first. I actually didn’t like it (it felt kind of slimy) and tried to wash it off as fast as possible.

Knowing that somethings are better a second time, I put on my big girl pants and I tried the razor again. This time I was prepared for the layer of moisture with the razor. Since I knew it was coming, this experience was totally different. The five blades were great for a close shave. I didn’t have to go over areas twice. Even after rinsing my legs, they felt really smooth. I always put on lotion after shaving my legs and I felt like moisture was really locked in. Also, I had a huge scratch on my leg that I was worried about shaving over, but the Silk was super gentle! It didn’t dry out the scratch or damage it. I’ll definitely be using this razor again!

I’m actually really bad at shaving, especially during the winter. Wearing pants? Yes. Shaving? No. However, I love to wear capris when I work out. Shaving more often with the Hydro Silk has been great because it’s not drying out my skin. Since there are 5 blades shaving goes so fast! Moisture? Check. Super quick? Check. 🙂

Technical notes: The body is plastic, more like a Venus, so it might be an adjustment if you’re used to the Schick Quattro for women. It’s a very curvy body with a wide bottom and thinner middle. The head does swivel, so knees, ankles and bikini line are all very doable. The razor itself is larger than I was used to since it has 5 blades and a top & bottom row of moisturizer. It’s so moisturizing that you don’t have to use shaving cream, but it feels really nice with shaving cream.

Is there anything else you want to know about the Hydro Silk? Let me know in the comments and I’ll reply!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free because I’m a BzzAgent. I was not required to blog about this product. I chose to blog about it because I like the product. All the opinions are my own.

2/27: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Special K Protein Meal Bar: Chocolate Caramel

Lunch

  • Indian lunch buffet with Andrew: naan, veggie samosa, paneer, rice, veggie korma, lamb & basil meatballs, chicken vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, kheer.

Dinner

  • Zeeks Pizza, Cherry Bomb & Thai One On
  • Cheetos
  • Salt & Vinegar chips
  • Root beer with rum 🙂

Snacks

  • Late night: orange juice

Lunch was super delicious today. Did I eat too much? Yes. Did I come home and lay on the couch so the carb coma could take over for 10 minutes? Yes. Was it super-duper yummy? Most definitely. While I probably ate too much for lunch and I could have done with less carbs, I love Indian. I’m ok with indulging in an Indian lunch buffet every now and then. As long as it stays a treat and indulgence, I think it’s fine.

Now that I’ve said “every once in awhile,” today wasn’t planned very well. Tonight was a gaming night at our place. Andrew had some guys over to play Halo 4 and they brought snacks. While I loved having people over, in the future, if we know we’re going to be splurging for dinner, lunch shouldn’t be a splurge as well. Sigh. Lessons learned.

I went to spin class tonight as well. Except I showed up 30 minutes late! I got in a 30 minute work out. At Pro Club, the Monday/Wednesday spin class is at 6 and the Tuesday/Thursday spin class is at 6:30. I got my days mixed up. I really enjoyed the 30 minute spin I did get to do. I’ll definitely be trying this class again. The instructor did the ride which was good. I really like her drills. Each drill was repeated a few times which I liked. Apparently she also repeated the set of drills. I think that’s really cool. Then you already have some idea of what’s coming up.