Thursday, April 21, 2011

Getting Back Into A Healthy Routine

The toddler and I got back late on Tuesday. I hadn’t slept on the 11-hour flight, and I couldn’t sleep at night. I was off on Wednesday, and it was spent doing very little… I did manage to go to the store to pick up a few things for the next few days. Together with what is still in the fridge, pantry, and freezer, I’ll be able to put together quick, veggie and protein filled meals. Here is what I picked up:
  • Basil plant – In my opinion, basil makes (almost) everything taste better. I keep the plant on the table instead of flowers. To make it even prettier, I’ll plant into a pretty pot today.
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choy
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruits
  • Oranges
  • Cheese
  • Eggs – I already boiled some of them for lunches and to add to salads.
  • Canned wild salmon

Next week, I will get back to meal planning, something I haven’t done in quite some time. Taking the time to plan meals on the weekend really pays off to keep the week stress-free and to eat lots of healthy, well-balanced meals. Plus, meal planning saves money as I take a good look at what I already have in my pantry, fridge and freezer and build my meals around those items. Plus, shopping with a list leads to fewer impulse buys.

I had planned on doing a quick yoga workout yesterday, but I was just too tired. Instead of pushing myself, I listened to my body. Today, I did a short yoga routine, some additional abdominal work, and some weights. It felt good and was just the right amount to slowly get back into an exercise routine. Over the weekend, I also plan on putting together a more structured exercise plan, something I haven’t done in a while either.

Questions: Are you a meal planner? Do you plan your workouts? What are your strategies when things get in the way of your plan? My life is smoothest when I plan our meals as well as my workouts. When it comes to planning meals, I have learned that planning five, flexible meals works best for us. That means that I don’t usually plan a specific meal for a specific night. Also, the veggies and proteins are usually interchangeable, so there is enough flexibility to eat what we feel like on any given night. My workouts are also better when I plan them as I can make sure I mix things up enough, and I do enough strength workouts. For the most part, my workouts are nonnegotiable, and I put them into my calendar like any other appointment. If something comes up, which does happen from time to time, I make sure to reschedule them like I would any other appointment.

Be well,


  1. i'm not a meal planner but i do like having my standards at home. it is is going to be hard for me living out of a hotel for 3 weeks!

  2. Oh I am such a planner! I plan our meals and mostly plan my workouts, although not always. It helps me stay on track and makes me less likely to just make something less nutritious!

  3. Hi Andrea, welcome back!!!! Seems that your hubby did just fine while you and Toddler were away, but I'm sure you are ALL glad to be together again. Hope everything went well with your Dad!!!

  4. Yay, you're back! I'm sure Andy was happy to have you both at home again. Don't need to push yourself right away though; it seems like a long journey and it'll take a while to get back to normal routine. But I guess it's not easy for you as a mother and a've got a family to take care of! For now I'm single and young, so I just do what I want, and go with the flow...

  5. Anonymous4/22/2011

    That basil plant is beautiful!

    I wish I was better at meal planning, I will be interested to read some of your strategies, I usually only last a week or so then I fall back into my impulse buying ways and end up with a bunch or random stuff that sounded good while I was at the store haha

  6. I'm definitely a planner!

    I plan my workouts and try to plan social events around them. I usually plan my workouts 4 hours in advance.

    I also plan my meals for the same reasons as you do.

  7. Im not a planner at all.
    I did think this would change when we had our daughter (HUSBAND PLANS. a lot) but now I simply plan for her and still not myself :)

    Welcome home!

  8. I'm glad you and the toddler made a safe return! I probably wouldn't be able to sleep on that long plane ride either, unless I had some type of sleep drug. I can never sleep on planes!!

    I am a meal planner, but like you I don't necessarily plan them for specific days. I always have meal components ready in the fridge, but then what I do with them is always completely random! Last night, for example, I had refried beans, some grass-fed beef (cooked) tortilla chips that needed consumed, and spinach. I made nachos!

  9. Anonymous4/22/2011

    i agree with you! basil makes it all better and so glad you are back in action :)

  10. I wish I could be a better meal planner. I have a bad habit of buying whatever looks good at the market and then trying to figure out what I am going to do it. It would save so much time to plan meals. I love the basil plant!

  11. You know I love meal-planning (:) ) and I try to plan my workouts for the month then adjust the times as things come up!

  12. After such a long flight, traveling, time change, etc. it will take a few days to get back to normal. Like you said, it's good to listen to your body.
    I try to plan out my meals. I always eat such yummy stuff the weeks I do. I really should do it every week.

  13. Yay for canned wild salmon :) I'm still so pumped about that new find of mine! Of course you know I'm a meal planner...even on weeks when hubby is gone.

    And welcome home! It's hard to adjust with the time change and travel - hope the transition isn't too bad and that you had a good trip!

  14. Glad to hear you're back safely! It sounds like you've got the meal planning down pat, and the idea of being flexible so that you can switch your grains, proteins, veggies in and out of meals is a great one, and one that I always recommend for people I try to help meal plan. I'm actually not much of a meal planner myself (haha, I know, silly :P ), because I prefer a looser approach to my meals where I build meals around making them balanced and come up with more flavors that way. Sadly, I haven't had much time to cook lately :(

    Workouts, however, are non-negotiable. I plan those into my schedule so that they always get done :)

    Have a great Easter weekend, Andrea!

  15. Glad you had a safe trip back. I hope you had a nice time with the toddler. Glad to hear you are getting settled back in. It can be tough to readjust and get things back in order.

  16. Meal planning is something I have to get back into! Things will be hectic again next week and I really need to go into it with a plan. Although we ate out more than I would've liked last week, we kept things relatively healthy, but I don't like to spend the $$ when there's food at home. I go to the gym at lunch and always mark it in my planner at work. I feel better when I leave for the day with everything on my list checked off. But sometimes that has to be sacrificed if something comes up or I'm truly too tired....

  17. Hope you had a good trip. My workouts are planned very well, menu planning I have to say I'm 50/50. Sometimes the week starts and I feel I'm scrambling at the store to get something each day and relying on old standby recipes.