I was only going to be making lunches for two days this week so I decided to skip it since I was already feeling pretty tired Sunday. Then, woke up this morning with a fever. Which means, if I had made my meals this week, there’s a good chance today’s would’ve gone to waste. Soooo, I guess my laziness worked out for the best.
Instead of my regular meal prep post today I’m here to tell you it’s okay to fall from routine sometimes. Life happens. Family happens. Sickness happens. Things happen to mess with routine. The key is to GET BACK TO IT as soon as you can! Mostly I’m writing this as a reminder to myself, but some of you may also want to hear it. Especially now. At least in Ohio it’s finally getting cold and feeling winter like so I’m trying to remind myself that the routine will be there when I’m ready to get back to it, and, until then, I need to be kind to myself. Especially while I’m sick.
Keep it up friends! I know you can all do the things you want to do this year.
For this week’s prep I went with a tried and true recipe. Chicken burgers with sweet potatoes and green beans. Last week I did a follow up post since it was a new recipe, but going forward I will only do Friday follow ups if it’s a new recipe. This one doesn’t need a follow up because I’ve used this particular recipe quite a few times. Just know that, as long as the chicken burgers aren’t over cooked, they last (and continue to be delicious) through the whole week!
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The below is my follow up for this week’s meal prep which was posted Monday.
Day 1 – Monday
The recipe book says you can eat cold or re-heat. I decided to re-heat for the first day. The chicken was still nice and juice, not tough at all. The cauliflower rice was on point, but the broccoli was too soft (which I feared after cooking). Next time I’ll steam or roast the broccoli. The recipe had me boil it.
Also, the yogurt sauce was pretty great. Had a nice little kick and offset the sweetness from the lemon on the chicken really well. However, I only used about half of what I made, so next time I’ll probably halve the recipe. Continue reading “Meal Prep Follow-Up – Lemon Garlic Chicken”
The first official meal prep of 2020 has been completed! I picked up this book, and I’m working through a few of the recipes while mixing in some of my staples to keep things entertaining. So this week is Lemon Garlic Chicken with a yogurt sauce.
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My first (and most recent) meal prep post was nearly a year ago. With two of my goals for 2020 being get healthier and write more I figured I could combine them. My plan is to post each week I actually do the prep. I’m hoping this will provide some added motivation to do the food prep. I think now that all the holiday craziness is over I should have more time on Sundays to do the thing.
I only meal prep my lunch and snacks for work days because the weekends tend to be too chaotic for planned foods. I would typically meal prep breakfasts too, but I’m getting back to intermittent fasting (eating only between 12 and 8) to help with the initial weight loss push of the year. I don’t meal prep dinners because my partner can’t seem to bring himself to eat the same meal multiple days in a row. So, look forward to seeing a lot of lunch meal preps coming this way!
For funsies I’m posting my “meal prep” for the next two days at work before the weekend. It’s in quotes because it’s one of my lazier meal preps, but it’s still better than nothing so here you go!
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As we prepare for the final holiday push of the year I have some time to reflect. It’s been a year of ups and downs, but that’s every year right?
2019 started with a New Years Eve party in our new house (moved mid-December 2018). It also started with a contract on the old house we had been trying to sell since November. All things off to a good start! Through the year the toddler toddled and turned into a three and a half year old with a willful personality. I hated a job, left that job, found a new job, and became CRISC certified.
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I struggle basically all the time with self image and weight control. Not weight loss. That I’ve proven time and time again I can do. Weight control feels unattainable. I get to a point where I’m pretty happy with my weight. Then I just stop paying as close attention to what I’m shoveling into my gaping maw. I slowly watch the weight climb back up telling myself “it’s only 5 pounds, I can knock that off easy.” until I get to the day where I’m saying “fuck! 40 pounds!?? How did I let this happen?” Which is where we are right now.
I want to tell myself that this time is finally it. I’m finally done with yoyo dieting and fluctuating weight. I want to tell myself I’ll go to the gym every week forever and ever until it’s just part of the routine, but I know I won’t. I know I’m not that person. People keep telling me “one day at the gym is better than no days”, and while that logically makes sense one day at the gym doesn’t fix what I’ve done to myself over the last several months. One day at the gym doesn’t keep me from over eating.
There used to be a time when I would wake up and do yoga every morning before work. That time was before I got pregnant, before I had my kid, before I had so many excuses not to get up early. Now, I do okay with gym/workout routines for a few weeks or months, but as soon as something messes with that routine (holidays, special events, sickness, anything that throws it off course) I don’t bounce back. I just let the routine fall away until I get here again.
Here, 40 pounds heavier. Afraid to get on the scale. Afraid to look in the mirror naked. Afraid I’ll be fighting this, myself, weight forever.