Well I survived clinicals!
And I did not look this good by the end: 20 hours in 2 days plus 4 hours of driving will wreck even the best of us.
It wasn’t easy, but I did enjoy it. Definitely dealing with a lot of gross stuff but it doesn’t really bother me at all. Even though I had cooked a bunch of stuff last Sunday, I failed big time and ended up eating sugar all day long to keep me going for my second shift and I felt like shit by the end. So I’m not going to do that again this week.
The weekend was nice and way too short (I work on Sundays so I only really have one day a week off from work/school). We ran errands, hung out with the animals and I dyed my hair dark!
He’s a goober!
Just hanging out with my Sampson parrot – he was a super needy boy today!
I did more batch cooking today – learning from my mistakes last week:
- Cook less. This means less time in the kitchen + less dishes to clean. Win, win.
- Make food that travels better. My food I brought up to clinicals (1.5 hours away) didn’t keep too well and I didn’t eat much of it.
- Though pancakes are a great make-ahead item, you really can’t eat them without syrup. So this time around I made something that wouldn’t require a sugar bath every morning!
This week I made:
- Chocolate Zucchini muffins from Happy Herbivore Cookbook (whole wheat, low fat and made with a fruit and veggie!) to eat with my lunch
- Cinnamon-Raisin-Pumpkin seed granola bars from Everyday Happy Herbivore for breakfast along with a shake
- Texas white chili from Happy Herbivore Abroad for lunches to be served with green onions and a corn tortilla
- Quick bean burgers from Everyday Happy Herbivore to go with sweet potato and salad for dinners
- Cacao-Coconut powerballs (not pictured)
- Spicy Peanut Tofu Noodles for dinner (not pictured)
- Chia pudding with raspberries for snacks (not pictured)
- And for the husband: chicken, rice, sweet potatoes and banana walnut bread (definitely NOT whole wheat or low fat!)
It still sounds like a lot but only took me a fraction of the time as last week.
Well that’s it for now…I may be back soon or you may not hear from me until this week’s clinicals (and 2 projects plus 1 exam) are over. Regardless – have a great week!
I’ve had a hard time finding the best way to plan and track my workouts.
I would love to sit down on Sunday and say “this is what I will do every single day this week” and actually stick to it…but I know myself better. It seems that the more structure I try to give myself in regards to food/workouts, the more I rebel.
I would also love to just go with the flow all the time, but I do need a little bit of a guideline or that “flow” will end up being TV on the couch.
A while back I was experiencing this same feeling with my meal plans. Instead of giving myself a weekly plan of “On Monday I will eat X for breakfast, X for lunch and X for dinner” I switched to a “meal guide.” Basically, now I say “these are the breakfast options for the week based on what I have in the fridge/what’s cooked” and I pick whatever I feel that day. It works soooo much better. I can’t predict what I’ll be in the mood to eat for lunch on Friday. Just like I can’t predict what kind of WO I will want to do or have the time for.
Enter, the Workout Guide.
If you find it hard to read, click this link: WO Chart
I’ve just created a new one to last me throughout the rest of the year. Basically, I put a column with all of the workouts I’d like to do each week and then I let myself fill in the days as I go. Here is a close-up of this week, filled in to-date.
Tonight I’m doing Body Pump with a friend but probably won’t get in 3 miles so I will fill in “body pump, x miles Tuesday” under the Sunday box.
Does this even make sense? This way I have some structure but also a little bit of freedom. I’m sure I’ll modify the workouts along the way with what I can do or feel like doing. I don’t actually think I’ll get in all of these workouts every week, but I’d like to! As for the “miles” these can be done any way, although running is preferable. But hey – a mile walked is just as good as a mile run in my book. They are both better options than nothing at all!
How do you plan & track your workouts? Lemme know!
Hello there lovelies! Are you as shocked as I am every time I actually manage to post something?
I feel like I spent the entire day in the kitchen. Probably because I did. I’m trying something new this week with my meals.
Things are about to get a little hectic around here with clinicals staring this week (!!). Considering class, work and clinicals I’ll be going for over 52 hours a week!! And this doesn’t even include studying (lots of that), HW (lots of this) and tests (yup, you guessed it). Or driving which in and of itself takes up 90 minutes of my day – more with my clinicals because it’s over an hour and a half away and I am terrified of having to get up and drive at 4:00am.
Anywhoo the point is that I’m fixin’ to be busy. So I decided to take some of the guesswork and day-to-day time out of my meals. Because time is something I won’t have a lot of for the next few weeks.
Today…I did some batch cooking! Basically I cooked/prepped everything I will need for the week. That way it’s all grab, go and reheat. Done and done. Sure it was time consuming (although I spread it out throughout the day since I was working too) and of course it was messy but this means that I don’t have to worry for a second about food this week. Or doing dishes for that matter. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious options just waiting for me. This makes me so happy!
Can’t read my greasy little card? Today I made:
and because I’m a fabulous wife I cooked my husband:
- 4 baked sweet potatoes
- 3 cups of rice
- 1 lb of ground beef
- A few pieces of chicken
Ya. My kitchen was a disaster zone. But it’s worth it.
- I used white whole wheat flour for the pancakes and they are super dense. It’s all I could find at the store but I think whole wheat pastry flour or a gluten free blend may be a better choice (though I thought white whole wheat and whole wheat pastry were interchangeable but no, everything I make with white whole wheat is a dense little fiber bomb).
- I’m scared to take a bite of the tofu frittatas because they just seem weird. Ain’t nothing a little hot sauce won’t fix though.
- I hope the veggie quinoa medleys last and don’t get gross by Wednesday/Thursday. I plan to take those to clinicals with me.
- The black bean soup looks nasty but it’s sooooo good and easy. You should buy Happy Herbivore Abroad
- I love Brussels sprouts so much.
- The picture quality ain’t what it used to be but I seriously just can’t care right now. Sorry.
- I’ve also got stuff for salads and some vegan sausage to serve with miso-mustard sauce and steamed broccoli. Also I have oatmeal and protein shakes as back up breakfasts
I hope it all works out and is so good and I keep doing this. Much more economical both with time and money.
Do you batch cook? What are your favorite make ahead meals?