planning for the week ahead

This weekend brought on the return of menu planning and food prepping. Prepping and planning always opens my eyes to what is going on in my world!

pizap.com14270772555851Food Prep:

  • applesauce
  • roasted brussels, carrots, sweet potatoes and cauliflower
  • grilled chicken breast and irish sausages
  • hardboiled eggs
  • sage sausage patties
  • green bean salad

Menu Plan

  • Sunday ~ cross cut beef ribs (so freaking delicious, I am so glad the butcher talked me into these), baked potatoes, green beans
  • Monday ~ Beef & Chorizo Tacos, rice & beans
  • Tuesday ~ Pork Chops, fried cabbage & potatoes, applesauce
  • Wednesday ~ leftovers or breakfast (mom works)
  • Thursday ~ Chicken Thighs (I am not 100% sure what recipe to make just yet)
  • Friday ~ leftovers or breakfast (mom works)


It has been a while since I spent time planning and prepping and I have been feeling the effects. I have been forgetting to eat breakfast and then cramming all my nutrition in at lunch. Which of course, leads me to get full quickly and before I eat much. It is absolutely crazy but I have not been eating enough. I am sure my calorie deficiencies have been the biggest cause for my moodiness, headaches and general lack of energy. I let my busy schedule get in the way of taking care of myself properly.

As I was writing this post, I hopped over to facebook (because I cannot do only one thing at time) and came across this picture posted by the lovely, Pat Barone,


I keep seeing signs that tell me I need to slow down and take care of myself.

  • food – I need to eat enough and I need to eat on a regular schedule – waiting until 1:30 for my first meal is ridiculous and not good for my mental or physical well-being!
  • sleep – at least 7-8 hours makes me happy, 9 hours makes me happiest but it isn’t always possible!
  • meditation/yoga daily – if I don’t take 5-10 minutes for myself in this way, I am noticing I feel off my game.
  • walking – this past summer I was on a great walking streak and I felt great! I may not need to streak but I need to move more and walking makes me happy!
  • FUN – I have recently fell in with a great group of local women – we celebrated all of our Pisces birthdays. I am definitely going out with these women again. We had fun! Big Man and I need to get out of the house and have more fun! I have to balance all my work with some fun…it is super important and as I get older, I realize it more and more.
  • journal! I recently started a bullet journal and I am learning my way through it. I need to journal and/or blog to get out the gunk.

See – I told you, that picture/quote from Pat hit just the right nerve today!!


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