Monday, August 1, 2011

This Week's Menu with my first exercise plan


Had a great conversation with my nutritionist, Cheryl on Sunday morning. I shared that it can really be a challenge for me to fit in menu planning (and following it) ALONG with exercise into my daily routine and to do them both WELL. Cheryl suggested that maybe I should come up with an exercise plan along with my meal plan. That made a lot of sense to me. So my goals this week are to follow both plans as well as I can.

Our meals this week, like always, are simple. I don't have time to be a "chef" and fuss over fancy meals. I think that is why using the slow cooker really appeals to me. I love the idea you can toss ingredients into a pot, turn it on and 4-8 hours later there's a meal ready! No mess, no hassle, no fuss.

I'm hoping to make a "baked oatmeal" casserole in the slow cooker when I get home this afternoon so that I can have a ready made breakfast the rest of the week. I haven't had much success in making oatmeal dishes over night in the slow cooker (they always become a soggy, gooey, burned mess!) -- but I can throw something in to cook for two hours without any problems! :-)  Lunches this week (as always) are leftovers, sandwiches & fruit, or soup made in the slow cooker.

This Week's Snacks & Breakfast:
  • chocolate hemp shakes
  • baked oatmeal
  • boiled eggs
  • steamed veggies with rice
  • celery with peanut butter or almond butter
  • rice cakes with peanut butter or almond butter
  • mixed nuts
This Week's Menu:
  • Sunday - slow cooker rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • Monday - Heather's Chili (leftover from freezer)
  • Tuesday - GF sandwiches (GF support group meeting tonight!)
  • Wednesday - Salads with grilled chicken -OR- out to eat with our nephew
  • Thursday - Breakfast for dinner (gluten free pancakes or toast, scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, fruit)
  • Friday - Red & Ready Spaghetti with steamed broccoli or green beans
  • Saturday - Slow cooker beef stew

This Week's Workout Schedule: 
GOAL this week -- work out at LEAST 3 times, and if all goes well, 5 times. 
  • Monday - 45 minutes cardio = 15 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes ARC trainer, 10 minutes recumbent bike, 5 minutes row machine
  • Tuesday - 45 minutes -- 3 mile walk with Leslie Sansone video
  • Wednesday - 45 minute water aerobics class
  • Thursday - 60 minute workout with trainer
  • Saturday - 1-2 hour outdoor walk and/or 45 minute Leslie Sansone video

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8 comments:

  1. I've started a workout plan (Called Supreme 90 Day - it's 10 different videos), and since I've done that, I've enjoyed that my workouts are planned for me. I know what's in store, good or bad! (mostly good though - I look forward to them) Glad to see you planning both meals and workouts. It certainly helps relax your mind!

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  2. I LOVE breakfast for dinner!

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  3. Good luck! I love the Leslie Sansone videos too. Today I'm doing a 20 minute pilates workout, and then tomorrow I'll do either the 3 or 4 mile Leslie Sansone video. I'm working my way up to the 5 mile. I still think it would be fun to get a Wii Fit and to work out with a group of ladies or something like I saw in Southern Living magazine. It would also be a a nice way to track my fitness changes.

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  4. Wishing you all the luck with you first exercise plan!

    Brooke
    www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

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  5. I don't have an oven and love new slow-cooker recipes. Would love to try the oatmeal one. Do you just mix it up and put it in the slow-cooker? Timing? High-low? If you could give me some parameters it would help me out. I'm new to all this.

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  6. Johanna - great question gal!! I used my smallest slow cooker (I don't know the sizes, but I'm guessing it's a 4 qt??) I spritzed the inside with non-stick spray and I just poured the oatmeal batter in the bowl. I cooked it on high for about 3 hours I think, I didn't want to turn my oven on, so that's why I used the slow cooker! :-) It's done when it's firm to the touch and the outside edges along the crockpot should get crispy and golden brown! Made it last night!!

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  7. Carrie, I just made your baked oatmeal recipe this morning. Yummy! I don't used refined sugar so I substituted 1/2 c. agava nectar and 3 tbs less milk. Perfect sweetness but i think I'll used the full cup of milk next time. There WILL be a next time! In the crockpot. LOL! I've missed being able to eat the Quaker Oat Squares and these are even better than those were! Thanks for such a great recipe.

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  8. Carrie,
    Sounds like you've got a great line up for both! I have been craving chili but I can't imagine making it when it's so crazy/hot. That recipe looks great though!

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Sincerely,
Carrie

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