Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to Planning

My schedule frequently changes, and often things get quite hectic. Now is one of those times. And when things get busy, planning is what keeps things going smoothly. If you have read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I used to plan our meals and my exercise on a weekly basis. In the summer, when I had more time, I managed without it. But now is certainly time to get back to it. So here are our meals for this week and my exercise plans. I have found that I do best if I do not plan meals for a particular day.

We are still enjoying daily homegrown tomatoes, and most of our meals include tomatoes as an ingredient or on the side. Interestingly, one tomato plant hardly produces any tomatoes, but the other more than makes up for it.

Tomato love

Weekly meals:

Meal 1: Kimchi stew
Meal 2: Tomato soup, bread, & cheese
Meal 3: Salmon & a salad
Meal 4: Healthy ramen with lots of veggies & eggs
Meal 5: Homemade pizza – I’ll “cheat” a bit and use Trader Joe’s pizza dough

Weekly exercise: After quite a break from exercise, it’s been tough getting back into a regular routine. I had to remind myself several times that I can’t expect to just continue where I was before I got injured. It’s been frustrating that I can’t lift very much weight, have trouble with intense cardio sessions, and have lost some flexibility. But I know that it’ll all come back. I just have to be patient. So here is what I have planned for this week:

Monday: Barre class – this will be my first barre class in a loooong time – I am sure it’ll be “interesting”…
Tuesday: Cardio – I’ll do a modified HIIT workout
Wednesday: Weights
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Barre class

Questions: Are you a planner? Why or why not? If you are a planner, what meals and exercise do you have planned for this week? Any meal planning tips? 

Be well,
Andrea

41 comments:

  1. Healthy ramen sounds great! We had a version of that tonight that my sister made.

    I am sure you'll do great at the barre class. Good luck with your busy week! Remember, if you need a break, you can always take off to Seattle for a change of scenery ;)

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    1. Not so sure about the barre class... And how I would love to hang out with your handsome little man!!!

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  2. Hi Andrea! I like the idea of planning so much, but, in the end, I don't do much of it, except around everyone's schedules and for work. I do think it would make me feel a little more control in my life, though.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, planning does help me feel more in control and therefore less stressed... :)

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  3. I ALWAYS plan! I am a huge planner! I have a planner next to me, three on my phone and two on my computer! Overkill? LOL! In terms of meals, I typically plan them the morning of (well dinner at least because I always eat the same breakfast and lunch isn't all that important to me, so something small is fine). I love being a planner though because life is so much less stressful that way!

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    1. Yes, life is definitely less stressful with a plan! :)

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  4. Howdy Andrea! Hoep you're all well. Yes, life has been kleeping us busy.
    Hope you're going to have a fabulous week ahead, dear.
    Blessings
    Kristy

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    1. Hi Kristy,
      Yes, things have been busy! Hope you are well!

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  5. Oh yes, I am a planner. Slightly OCD- yes, I have a list of everything I need to do for the day and I won't stop until everything gets done, the list includes everything, including daily goals for homework and grading my students papers. It can get a little crazy. My days are well planned and probably overly organized, although I only plan 2 meals a week in advance. But I never procrastinate and everything is always done just the way I like it. I am sure that drives some people crazy, but at least my husband understands this is the way I operate. He even bought me a nice new daytimer to help me keep track of everything. Oh, and I love to plan trips. It's an adrenalin rush for me. So it is good that the trip I have worked so hard to plan is finally right around the corner.

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    1. I just got a new day planner, and it feels good to have a better overview... :)

      I think when you are a student and instructor at the same time it is absolutely essential to plan. There is just so much to do, and if you don't, you'll end up totally overwhelmed...

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  6. Using trader joe's pizza crust is not cheating, in my opinion, it's SMART!
    Your weekly menu sounds lovely. Like you, I'm a planner (you know this..) and I'm so happy I found a better way to plan meals this year, with magnets I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond. So far they are working like a charm!

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    1. The magnets sound intriguing! I may have to check them out!

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  7. I'm not a planner specially when it comes to food. I like surprises and like to feel what I want everyday, it keeps more fun this way. I guess when you have a family to feed, things could be different.
    But I do plan somehow for everyday, for example if I have a protein/carb dense lunch, I'll have more veggies at night. things like that. But what meals exactly, I don't plan ahead.
    When it comes to groceries, I also buy what's fresh or in season at the moment, and try to buy different varieties every week. When i buy them I'll think ways to prepare them.

    Kimchi stew sounds great! I love love korean stews, especially the one with seafood and tofu.

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    1. Your meals always look and sound great! I definitely have to plan more because of everyone's schedule. I do try to be somewhat flexible however by deciding that day what meal to make that night. Otherwise it feels too "restrictive."

      Yes, there are many amazing Korean stews. I hope to make more of them this fall... :)

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  8. Oh, I love the idea of planning so much but can't seem to make myself do it, I'm so lame! That is the cutest pic ever of your son, I'm dying of all the cuteness!

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  9. Your menu for the week looks tasty!

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  10. The desire to get back to planning seems to be a common theme for many of us as summer winds down. I usually am a planner but since we have just become empty nesters I have to figure out what our new "normal" is first and then I will be able to make a plan. Right now it's kind of fun to just "wing" it!

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    1. I'm actually looking forward to just "winging" things one day... :)

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  11. I wish I were a planner.
    Im too type...B.
    Im intuitive with food and exercise.

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    1. What you are doing is clearly working!!! :)

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  12. Yes, I can see that you are sure back to the routine...like your week menu :)
    Hope you are enjoying your week Andrea!

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Things are busy, but it feels good to have a routine again!

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  13. Sounds like one delicious menu!
    I love to be a planner but some weeks I slack off. Those are definitely the weeks with super boring meals. I love when I am on it with meal planning and exercise. I just feel so much better too!

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    1. Yes, when things are planned and get done I feel a lot better!

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  14. I meal plan based on our grocery store flyer - my husband still doesn't get it after nearly 12 years of marriage - he's always like "how the hell do I know if I want pork chops on Thursday?"

    I have since learned to give him options based on my meal plan and that works great.

    My exercise is at a halt because of my bronchitis - boo!

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    1. Options are always good, and it's what makes our meal plan work. Your meals are always amazing!

      Hope you'll be better soon!

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  15. Absolutely a planner here, although my plans do not always come to fruition! We have a few tomato plants that are still producing but most are done for the year.

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    1. Planning is good, even if not everything always works out as planned! :)

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  16. I can't say now but you'll soon find out just how impt planning is to me. Stopping by to thank you for the camping advice, used your fantastic quote and thought of it often while away. Had the best time!

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    1. Glad you had a great time camping!

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  17. Love the picture of your little guy holding the tomatoes :-). I'm just catching up on blog reading after a week of being sick, so today was the first meal ai planned and cooked in over a week. I definitely find meal,planning to be very helpful, especially with school back in session today and kids full swing in to sports. Sorry to hear your frustrations working out, but I'm sure you'll be back to 100% in no time!

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    1. Glad you are better! And, yes, meal planning is essential with school and activities... :)

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    2. Love the tomato pic! I hope your easing back into exercise has been going well, and I think you're right to take it slow. As for planning ... well, I'm not much of a planner ;) In fact, I'm more of the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal.

      I hope the kid is enjoying kindergarten!

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    1. Barre classes are a great workout.

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  19. Our friends were out of town and gave us their CSA box. I made a whole week's worth of meals in 1.5 days. Now, all we need to do is take and re-heat, making morning "rush" so much easier!

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    1. CSA boxes are fun. And pre-cooking meals makes life sooo much easier...

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  20. Hi Andrea, I'm ridiculously late to your post. LOVE the pic of the (former) toddler and the tomatoes. Hope all is well in your world!!!

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    1. Thanks, Roz! :) Things have been very busy but good!

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