Planning for my week

I work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s a choice I have to face every single day.

And part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is planning. Planning is a big part of my success with clean living. (I plan out meals and my exercise.)

Sunday mornings are my normal day to hit the grocery. And I did yesterday. I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies and other items to keep me going for the week.

If I have time and motivation on Sundays I will cook up a few things for the week.

Sometimes during the week I will make a meal with two servings so I have a lunch later in the week as well. Which is what I did tonight.

Many times I make Sunday mornings my chopping day–where I chop up veggies for the week, whether for snacks or a stir fry or a meal.

My friend Monica recently mentioned to me that on Sundays she bags up her snack carrots for the week. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before. (I usually bag my carrots and get my lunch ready the night before.)

So yesterday I bagged up my carrots for … Continue reading

What kind of muscular development do you want?

It’s a good thing I pre-wrote some posts over the weekend in anticipation of a busy week.

Between work, working on the shuttle bus on the way home, coming home and working, getting exercise in, visiting friend’s cat while she is away, being dressed suitably for work each day and still eating healthy I really had to do some planning over the weekend.

And it helps that I stole this directly from a Facebook post from In-Shape City (my gym):

 The amount of weight you lift should be dependent on your desired muscular development goal. What does this mean?

If you want to build muscle size and strength–heavy weights, which you can properly lift approximately 6-10 times is the most effective, resting at least one minute between each exercise set.

If you want to tone your muscles–lighter weights, which you can properly lift approximately 12-20 times is the most effective, resting less than 1 minute between each exercise set.

Remember! Mix things up to prevent plateaus: light weights, heavy weights, super-sets, stability balls, boss ball, kettle-bells, etc.

I feel like attending classes really helps me mix things up. Sometimes I work … Continue reading

And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Nicole!

Thanks to Nicole and Alicia for their great comments. I loved what you both wrote and am thankful for you both taking the time to comment. Especially Nicole!  I mean, wowza.

I love the idea of setting the timer for 5 minutes and getting the whole family to do a quick pick up. It makes it a little fun and gets everyone to participate, not just mom and/or wife.

This is probably my favorite thing Nicole mentioned: The house doesn’t have to be showroom quality – it just has to be clean and safe and comfortable.

Alicia, I am with you on the planning with the grocery shopping. For some reason I absolutely hate grocery shopping. If I could do what Alicia does: one thing I found that works for me is to grocery shop in the mornings on the way to work … I would do it.

I used to shop on Saturdays after the gym. But it is nuts then. So I go Sunday mornings before yoga. It is calm and quiet and I get it out of the way early.

There is a class at the gym that starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights (or … Continue reading

Staying on track … or not

This past week I was in Tucson for a family matter: My 90-year-old grandpa had a tumor removed from his colon on Tuesday. Surgery is serious for everyone.

But for a 90-year old, well, that’s another story. I decided it was important for me to be home to visit with my grandpa and be there before, during and after the surgery for my grandpa, me, my dad and my family.

The week before I went out to Tucson I had started back on Weight Watchers Online. My first week on plan went well.

I debated on whether to try to continue on plan or to make it OK for myself to be off plan for the week. I decided to not worry about what I was eating and whether or not I was exercising (which I didn’t do once, unless you count taking the stairs at the hospital).

A great friend and avid reader and supporter, Jen, tried to post a comment on my post I love my family via her iPhone. She had difficulty. So instead she posted it on Go Fit Girl’s Facebook page.

Jen wrote: There’s always one food/fitness thing near and dear to my heart: stress … Continue reading

Planning keeps me on track

This week has been a successful week for me in terms of exercise and healthy eating. And a lot of it has to do with planning.

Since I just came off a two-week cold I have been doing less intense yoga this week and no spin until the weekend. I checked out the yoga studio schedule and planned the classes I would take Monday through Wednesday.

(Normally I have a pretty regular exercise schedule during the week: between yoga at the studio; working out with friends one night a week; spin at the gym; abs and weight classes at the gym; spin and abs and weights at the work gym on my own.)

Because I cooked a few things over the weekend I have had many planned healthy dinners and lunches. They are filling, delicious and good for me. Even my snacks are planned.

I find that planning helps me from straying. I haven’t been tempted by any treats or candy at work this week.

I also haven’t been tempted by the numerous food trucks that come to work. Yesterday the e-mail about the food truck mentioned that there would be extra food (since they ran out last week) and cupcakes … Continue reading

BYOB

Today at work we had an early Fourth of July barbecue. As I have been trying to limit my caloric intake and bringing my own breakfast and lunch to work this week I didn’t want to fall off the wagon on Day 4.

I brought my own bread. (I have been known to go to barbecues with my own bread and portobello mushroom.) I brought a Sandwich Thin with me.

I was careful with my choices at the barbecue buffet. I had a little helping of coleslaw and potato salad. I grabbed a huge portobello mushroom, a slice of cheese, onions and a little barbecue sauce. I did grab a cornbread muffin. For dessert I skipped the pie, ice cream and bread pudding and went with a piece of watermelon.

I planned to take a photo of my not so unhealthy barbecue plate. I didn’t remember until my plate was empty. Woopsie!

I was a little late to my 6:30 p.m. spin class at the gym tonight. But I still made it. I needed a good workout as my points were pretty much depleted throughout the day, despite my careful efforts at the barbecue.

Tonight for dinner … Continue reading