Well March certainly went by fast, am I right? Hard to believe that I am five weeks out till the half marathon! After enduring long runs on the treadmill, this was my FIRST outdoor run on the trails! I met Kim for a nice 10 miler at the local forest preserve. The first loop was great and the ground was still a little hard, but by the second loop- everything was super mushy from the sun. Needless to say, my feet were soaked afterwards!
Photo courtesy of Kim
This week’s training plan includes:
Monday- 3-4 mile run
Tuesday- Muscle Sculpt class
Wednesday- 5-6 mile run
Thursday- Pure Barre class
Saturday- Ringing in Spring 10k
Sunday- Barre class (at studio in IN with my Mom and cousin!)
And in somewhat related news, I had pre-ordered the Hungry Girl Diet book and it came last week. I read through it quickly and really want to try this plan over the next four weeks. The food is clean, healthy and the portions are quite large!
The hubs and I started off by doing a big shopping trip over this weekend to get stocked up! I was slicing and dicing and chopping away, doing prep work for the week.
It’s a little tough to get the menu planning done because mix and match fruits, veggies and proteins in the meals. While I want to mix it up for variety, I also don’t want any food to go to waste and my menu for the week has to be pretty detailed to make sure I’m using the right combos of things in the right recipes. Luckily, the hubs is an Excel whiz, and it working on some fancy spreadsheet that will “computerize” it all for us. Something about pivot tables, magic formulas, coding, blah, blah blah!
We’ve made some good stuff so far…the oatmeal portion is HUGE! (It’s a little bland, so I plan to use a LOT more cinnamon next time, or use almond or soy milk instead of skim for some extra flavor.)
Dinner was pretty tasty too! I was surprised that I actually liked the steamed broccoli slaw/cabbage with a small drizzle of olive oil and a drizzle of marinade or dressing (we used Lawry’s Garlic & Herb).
What’s on your menu for the week? What’s your workout plan look like?
Have a great week!
PS- Have you entered to win a pair of statement earrings from Majestical? You totally should. Enter here.
And don’t forget to link up with me on Tuesday for a loungewear link up! It’ll be fun, I promise.
Katie @ Live Half Full says
One thing I used to love about the HG recipes were the portions- they are definitely big!
They DEFINITELY are! I find that even the act of chewing makes me feel like I’m eating more food, and with her portions, I feel like they are so big and take me so long to eat (and chew), that I get mentally full and physically full if that makes sense! (Hoping you can link up with your favorite loungewear tomorrow too!!)
Ooo! I have one of her recipe books and it’s awesome! It’s hard enough to menu plan for 5 dinners during the week, I can’t imagine every meal! Good luck to you and your training and eating! :)
She has such good recipes! I LOVE her chocolate chip frappe McD’s, among other things. It’s a lot of planning, but it’s the same type of formula- fruits, veggies, protein. Lots of prep work on Sundays for the rest of the week but then it’s kinda on auto-pilot, just referring to the menu!
It was so fab to run with you! I hope there are more outdoor runs in the sun in your future! :)
Ha ha ha. Steven would be making a spreadsheet too. That is funny!!! So, you are supposed to eat certain fruits/veggies/proteins/etc. together at each meal? Is it just whatever that meal is, or are they putting certain things together… for a certain reason? (I am just thinking in my head how they used to think vegetarians needed to match proteins with other foods then figured out if you eat them in a certain time frame, you are fine)
Me tooooo! Can’t wait for the 11th! (although I might do my run outside after work if I have time!)
So there’s lots of options in terms of what you what kinds you eat and can swap in and out…I’m just trying to a-be economical so no food goes to waste each week and b- not get sick of eating the same fruit/veggie/protein, etc. and c- have good tasting food combos. Tough life, right?!
Erin @ Loop Looks says
This sounds interesting! Maybe I should see if the library has the book. I’m great at meal planning but the worst at figuring out correct portion sizes. Especially since all recipes seem to be tailored for at least 4 people!
It JUST came out last week so not sure how fast the library gets ahold of their own copies! Yeah I struggle with portions too…but all of the HG recipes are written as individual servings which is nice!
Erin @ Loop Looks says
That’s what I need! Recipes that are written as individual servings!! It’s much easier to double a recipe than to cut one in half, I’ve found.
I agree! The math just seems easier or more intuitive I guess?!
Erin @ Loop Looks says
That and sometimes I think cutting a recipe in half changes things. Like, if there’s a sauce with it if you cut the sauce in half sometimes it doesn’t seem like enough.