Happy Tuesday! How was your Labor Day yesterday?
I thankfully had the day off, so I had a great and relaxing weekend! I did all my meal prep yesterday and my blogging for the week last night – so these pics are coming to y’all a day late.
Last week I had my usual meal plan, but I (again) missed eating a few of the meals. Sigh. Now that I’m actually in rotations – it’s becoming more and more difficult for me to get on a routine with working out and eating dinner every night.
I’m finding that I’m exhausted when I get home and I truthfully don’t even want to eat dinner, especially after working out. It’s like I come home after working out and just need to start homework and I just am too dang tired to eat, even though the food is already made for me.
The other problem is I’ve been experiencing a lot of exercise-induced nausea with working out at night after such a long day of work and being on my feet all day. Coming home and digging into a veggie rich meal is the last thing on my mind. With my effort to continue lifting weights, I definitely feel the need to drink my protein shake after I finish lifting but drinking a protein shake AND eating a big dinner is way too much food. So I’m kind of getting hit on all ends I feel.
So – these things have really been frustrating me, but I know it’s just a matter of continuing to work on finding the right balance/routine. I’ve been trying a few different things the last few weeks and it’s really just a matter of trial and error right now. Thankfully Matt is on board with helping me figure this all out, so we are trying different things this week (which I’ll share with y’all next week).
So I’ve been taking Matt to the grocery store with me lately, which is definitely a new thing for us. The last two years, I was in charge of grocery shopping because he was in school full time + working full time and that wasn’t something he had time to do. However now that he’s finished with school, he knows it really helps me when he comes shopping – so he’s been making an effort to join me when he can.
What this really means though, is that we are spending more money at the store. Matt is NOT a planner at heart, like I am. I ask him every week what he wants at the store and he gives me like 4 things – that are always the same. I’ve gotten very good at making my list and sticking to it each week. But with him, he’s more impulsive and he definitely grabs things he sees and throws them into the cart.
I am okay with this though – because I truly believe he doesn’t eat out/snack on junk food at work as much when he’s able to pick more things that he really wants. Plus, I definitely want him to be eating the things he WANTS to eat – and he just really sucks at telling me what those things are unless he’s at the store with me and able to see them.
I tell y’all of this, because you might notice random and unusual things for us in our shopping pictures now – so just know those are the weeks that Matt joined me at the store
Also this week Matt made pork tacos for a taco day at work – so those ingredients are in here too.
Fruits/Veggies: Bananas, spinach, broccoli, carrots, garlic, zucchini, bell peppers, avocado, onions, corn, apples, snap peas, celery, lemons, nectarines, hatch chiles, poblano peppers and habanero peppers
Pantry(ish): Tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, chicken stock, beef stock, coconut water (I’m pretty sure this was spoiled, because it tasted like feet), chopped onions, garlic powder, onion powder, mojo bars, bay leaves, multi-grain tortillas
Meat/Dairy: rotisserie chicken, chocolate milk, skin milk, greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, ground turkey, sliced turkey, eggs, string cheese, pork (for the tacos)
Weekend Meal Prep
Again, I didn’t get to eat all of this – which was sad. However, Matt ate almost all of it – except all the veggies, so I was happy about that!
L: Cut zucchini and bell peppers + minced bell peppers and onion.
R: Onion and sweet pepper turkey meatballs (which I never got to eat.. UGH) and cut snap peas for Matt
L: Hard boiled eggs for breakfasts and leftover white and dark meat chicken for Matt from the rotisserie chicken
R: My Savory brown rice casserole (square containers were double portions for M, round were single portions for me)
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – I used the rotisserie chicken for this soup. I had planned on dividing up the large round container into bags to freeze, but completely forgot and it sat in the back of my fridge all week. UGH so frustrating.
I love soup because when I’m too lazy to chew, it’s right there and easy to eat. Plus it’s warm and comforting – so this was an attempt for the week for food that I would want to eat when I was tired. And it definitely worked!
Matt thankfully finished everything except for the bell peppers/zucchini (supposed to go under my meatballs instead of pasta) and my soup.
I really don’t have much to show here unfortunately. I forgot to take pictures of everything I ate!
L: I am obsessed with this yogurt and eat it as often as I can
R: Chicken, green pepper and onion quesadilla with guacamole and refried beans
I ate the soup one night with an applesauce, and another night with a grilled cheese on the side.
And for stuff eaten at work – I found a make your own salad station with a special salad each day! This is definitely going to be a station I visit often. Also, I love these mojo bars. I usually eat half of it in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. This flavor tastes just like an almond joy!
Sadly, those are all the pictures I snapped this week. I did eat the rice casserole for breakfast on Saturday (sigh, don’t ask).
This week I’m going to definitely work on eating what I made and taking more pictures for y’all!