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Another week has flown by.  My eats were much more colorful last week than they have been in a long while thanks to my Eat the Healthy Rainbow challenge.  I tried some new to me fruits and vegetables.  I found a new love for dark purple grapes.  To me they taste what I imagine Gummi Beary Juice to taste like.  Did you watch that show?  It was one of my favorites.  I wish I could say that I was hugely successful in eating every color of the rainbow every day but I was not.  I did eat a lot more fresh food though.  So I am going to say it was a semi-success and keep at it.  My newest focus is on replacing my nightly habit of devouring chocolate with eating fruit instead.  My long term goal is to completely cut out snacking after dinner.  Baby steps people.

grilled fish tacos

Meal Plan

Monday~ Baked Chicken with Mixed Vegetables

Tuesday~Mac and Cheese with Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash

Wednesday~ Slow cooker Pork Tenderloin with pears and apples

Thursday~Chicken stuffed with Spinach, Ricotta and Tomatoes

Friday~ Salsa Chicken

Saturday~ Going Out (going to lots of wedding appointments)

Sunday~Chilli and Cornbread

Last week’s fitness was pretty decent.  I was so happy that I took the time to plan out some quick at home workouts.  I woke up every morning feeling sore in all the right places but still able to walk up and down the stairs comfortably.  Love that feeling!  This week is a crazy one.  It seems like I have less and less time every week with more to do.  It’s so easy to skip a workout to free up some time but I always regret it.  Plus my workouts are usually the only time of the day that is for me.

Fitness Plan

Monday~ Zumba or HIIT workout on the Treadmill

Tuesday~ Kickboxing

Wednesday~ Zumba

Thursday~Kickboxing or Treadmill Run

Friday~ Circuit Training at Home

Saturday~ REST

Sunday~REST

I’ve given myself a few options most days because I’m not sure what classes I’ll be able to make it too.  I also have the two circuits I made up last week that I can do if none of my class options work out and if I miss a workout I can “make it up” on the week-end.  I’ve basically made my plan excuse proof.  Fingers crossed that I make it to at least one kickboxing class because I absolutely LOVE it!

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This week was a breeze to meal plan.  I was sipping my coffee one morning brainstorming ideas of what to make when I thought to myself, “What have I been meaning to make that I haven’t yet?”  And then meal after meal popped into my head.  If only every thing in life was that easy!

Monday: Left over Corn Chowder and Whole Wheat Bread

Tuesday: Quinoa Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Sauce

Wednesday:Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta

Thursday: Habanero and Strawberry Jam Chicken with Baked Sweet Potatoes

Friday: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Pear

Saturday: Date Night Out with My Man

Sunday: Beef Barley Soup

I am so excited for this menu!  I’ve got the corn chowder simmering away right now and I just took the bread out of the oven.  It smells divine in my house.

So last week I included my fitness plans for the week.  I didn’t stick to the plan 100% but I liked the idea of creating an exercise schedule.  I think I was a little over zealous in the beginning of the week and didn’t take into account how much physical work I would be doing.  I had the week off from week so I de-cluttered every single room in the house.  It was hard work and I’m so happy that I did it but I was exhausted by Thursday night.  So I’m learning from my mistake and really thinking out how I’m spending my time the entire week and how to best fit my exercise in so I’m left energized instead of exhausted.

Monday:  Zumba and Toning

Tuesday: Windsor Pilates (so sad I can’t make it to kickboxing due to my work schedule)

Wednesday: Zumba double dose and Toning

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: Kickboxing

Saturday: Gym time!  Whole Body circuit and HIIT on the treadmill.

I also came across this great core workout in the latest issue (Nov. 2012) of Oxygen that I want to do a few times this week as well.  Fingers crossed that I stick to my plan!



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