September 25-October 1
Our temps have swarmed back up into the 90s this week, so of course (OF COURSE!) I came down with a head cold. However, I still managed to put together a meal plan I’m pretty happy with, and I will hopefully be back in tip top shape in time for Saturday’s race.
Monday: Orecchiette with tomatoes and arugula. (Needed to use up produce from our CSA.) I only used the 3 tablespoons of oil, and could have cut down on that too.
Tuesday: Tofu and green beans.
Wednesday: Skinnytaste copycat Bang Bang Shrimp
Thursday: Chicken taco bowls & instantpot rice
Friday: TBD – either pasta dinner or beer & burgers depending on how I feel. Early morning on Saturday.
Saturday: TBD – Race day
Sunday: Taco truck tour!!!
Monday: DOR – slept most of the day
Tuesday: Planning 4 miles after work with run buddies. This might turn in to a walk, I’m still feeling crummy.
Wednesday: Shape Up
Thursday: 5 morning miles.
Friday: Shape Up
Saturday: 25k with the “Yo Momma’s” crew
September 18-24 PEAK WEEK!
Managed to run some miles, skip some time at the gym, and survive as a single dogmom for the week. Here’s how it went down.
Monday: Ended up taking a half day at work. 😦 Felt so very rundown and headache-y that I came home and slept on the couch for 3 hours in the middle of the day. Dinner was green curry tofu with snap peas and mushrooms from America’s Test Kitchen’s Complete Cooking for Two. . Had the ingredients for a few days and finally decided to make it.
Tuesday: “Plum chicken” in the InstantPot. It was basically chicken breasts with jam (raspberry because I didn’t have plum), soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Tasty, would make again, but I may have over cooked the chicken a bit.
Wednesday: Frittata based off the Winter Potato, Kale and Sausage Fritatta from the Skinnytaste cookbook. Decided not to use the sausage to make it meatless, two full meatless days this week!
Thursday: Spaghetti squash and meat sauce from Skinnytaste. Such a convenient meal. I used the slow cooker, but would love to try it in the pressure cooker soon too!
Friday: Leftovers – I had a pita pizza with ingredients from the week before. Yay for a full week of eating at home!
Saturday: Went to friends’ for dinner and had the most delicious homemade paella! It was such a treat!
Sunday: OktoberFest after work. YES I am getting a creampuff!
Tuesday: 4 miles post work
Thursday: 20 miles
Sunday: 11 miles
I was really run down this week and had a hard time even getting in my 2 weekly runs. I am happy I made up 11 miles today, and am hoping to hit my smaller runs this week as well as 3 trips to the gym.
Weigh-in results: -1.0 Total: -6.0
Cut back week! I think my body needs it, last week I had an impossible time waking up and skipped two gym classes. This week I have some busy evenings, including a trail 10k which I am really looking forward to!
Monday: Fresh vegetable and chicken soup from One Pan & Done.
Tuesday: Leftovers from last week.
Wednesday: Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Banh Mi Bowls – I put this in the crockpot before work today, can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow! It always turns out SO good.
Thursday: Baked eggplant Parmesan (again from One Pan & Done.) I am in love with this book.
Friday: Green curry tofu with snap peas and mushrooms from America’s Test Kitchen’s Complete Cooking for Two. (This book is GREAT)
Saturday: TBD – Working a festival all day, may end up having food truck dinner!
Sunday: TBD – Beer tasting and movie screening, so probably pizza
Tuesday: 3 miles w/some hills before work – it’s getting dark in the morning and I need way more light up gear. I tried to run in my favorite ravine but was way too spooked to be there alone in the dark.
Wednesday: Shape Up
Thursday: Summer Squatch 10k after work (!!!!)
Friday: Shape Up + 4 miles speed work on TM. (DARK after the gym too)
Saturday: Yoga DVD
Sunday: 12 mile cutback with my running group.
Week’s almost done, and it’s been a BUSY one. Here is the week that was:
Monday: BBQ with my family for Labor Day – hot dogs, hamburgers, and a massive amount of Mexican Macaroni Salad from the Pioneer Woman
Tuesday: Crockpot Lasagna Soup from the 2nd Skinnytaste cookbook. I had spinach and Italian sausage that needed to be used up and this fit the bill.
Wednesday: Finally ordered my own copy of One Pan & Done from Amazon because the library copy was getting so much use. Had green beans, prosciutto and eggs tonight!
Thursday: Used up a Pies and Pints gift card – pizza and salad after a long run? Don’t mind if I do!
Friday: Went to Gordon Biersch. Don’t usually go there, but it was close to a concert we were seeing. Veggie burger, a couple fries, salad and a beer.
Saturday: TBD – Possibly tailgating, but all I really want to do is get Chipotle and put on pajamas to watch football…
Sunday: BF is grilling out after work!
Tuesday: 5 miles post work
Wednesday: Walked 2 miles
Thursday: 20 miles
Sunday: Plan – 10 miles with my running group
August 28-September 3
Last week I got an 18 mile run in, and at least 15 of those miles were solo! I finished out at around a 13mm pace, which is slower than I want on race day, but I was not feeling sore or tired at the end, so I know I have a little more “oomph” in me. I was able to make it through a 5 hour work day after the run, so I’m hoping that bodes well for squeezing in at least one 20 miler before work in the coming weeks. Of course this means that Sunday is a long day that starts early, but I also like getting those long ones out of the way and being able to relax on my rest days!
Monday: “Faux-tisserie Chicken” from the Instant Pot. I wish the skin was crispier (this came out a little flabby) but the meat was so tender and it took about an hour and a half to get the whole chicken good. Will do again!
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! I opted to just go for plain old American hard shell, ground beef tacos. Sometimes, it just can’t be beat.
Wednesday: Emily Bites’ Sausage Ricotta Pasta. So tasty, and lots of good leftovers with this one.
Thursday: Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili – This is such a great recipe to throw together in the crockpot to enjoy during the return of football season!
Saturday: TBD – But we have baseball tickets in the evening
Tuesday: 5 miles post work
Wednesday: Shape Up + 4 ‘maybe miles’
Thursday: 5 miles after work/before football
Friday: Shape Up + Wednesday’s miles if they didn’t happen
Saturday: EITHER I’m going to pony up and run a trail half marathon (the only thing keeping me back is the 2 hour drive to get to a 7:30 start time) OR I’m taking a DOR
Sunday: If Saturday’s race doesn’t happen, 10 fall back miles with my training group. If Saturday’s race does happen, possibly still some miles with the group.
August 21-August 27 Recap
This week has been a good one all the way around. BF’s birthday was on Wednesday, and I took the week off for some RnR. We did some travelling, some cooking, some dining out, and a lot of housework. Things are really coming together. Here is what the week looked like from a food and fitness point of view –
Monday: Impromptu beer fundraiser in support of one of our favorite bars. They had a fire a few weeks back, but hopefully will be able to open again soon. After beers, we got sushi at a new place. It was underwhelming, but I was happy to stick with veggie sushi and edamame for my meal.
Tuesday: Skinnytaste Taco Stuffed Zucchini and Instant Pot Mexican Rice. We got sidetracked by the start of vacation, and ended up eating dinner at 10pm. But it was all worth it. The rice turned out better than any rice I’ve ever made!
Wednesday: Tried a new pop up restaurant and had a fantastic burger and fries.
Thursday: Pizza. This was vacation week, after all.
Friday: Dinner at a steak house for BF’s bday. Holy cow does it feel good to be spoiled!
Saturday: Hopefully something with vegetables in it, after a week of indulgence!
Monday: 15.5 miles (was supposed to be 16 but I had to get the dog to her annual vet apt!)
Thursday: 4 miles with hills
Friday: Shape up & 2 miles on TM
Sunday: 18 miles
August 14-August 20
After five weeks of gaining, I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday and saw a nearly 5lb loss. Bodies are weird, guys. This week, lots of meals planned and when work is over on Friday, I’m on vacation! We are taking our doggie to a cabin to relax for the weekend, then the following week is BF’s birthday!
Monday: Chicken green chili from our new pressure cooker (SO GOOD)
Tuesday: Charred green beans and tofu (another One Pan & Done winner) and soba noodle salad from Katie Lee’s Endless Summer cookbook.
Wednesday: Creole Shrimp Bake plus prepping for camping with 2 crockpot meals
Thursday: Leftovers – I am attending a fundraiser after work, so we are fending for ourselves at dinner! (personally I’m hoping for a food truck dinner!)
Friday: Dinner at the cabin – Shredded pepperoncini beef sandwiches
Saturday: Dinner at the cabin – Chili
Sunday: TBD – home from ye olde cabin
Tuesday: Was going to do some speed work, but TOM is dictating that I need some easy miles today.
Wednesday: Shape Up
Thursday: 5 miles with speed in the a.m.
Friday: Shape up & 3 mile hills
Sunday: Long Run post cabin – 16 miles