Sunday, April 8, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - Cooking Up a Plan

Last week I had a great plan.

I had it all. Exercise, Meal Plan and goals. Everything I needed to follow to have a great week. And you know, with some slight alternations and detours, I pretty much stuck with it. Yay!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Sunday. We decided to stay home so I could take charge of our food and include my children in the meals. So often food becomes a real challenge for holidays. Everyone has their own diet to follow and plans change at the last minute. I was hurt that my children would not be included with everyone else, so we celebrated as our little family of 4. Smoked tenderloin for the adults and roasted veggies, fruit salad and sides for all of us, to share. The best part was my kids ate and ate. They weren't distracted by well-meaning family members or overstimulated by the crowd, they just ate. It was beautiful.

Okay, so big news... I finally decided to jump head first and ordered P90x. Yes, done. It arrives this week and I can't wait to get started. I have always wanted to find out how strong I can become. I am hoping this is my chance. So, my goals for the week are still simple but exercise and food may change slightly as I modify for the new workout. I am planning on easing into things so I don't get burned out or injured.

My goal this week - walk everyday. Get outside every day weather allows.

This Week's Workouts:
Monday - Walk, Ellen Barret's Yogini DVD, push up challenge
Tuesday - Walk, Black Eyed Peas Kinect Game
Wednesday - P90x *exact workouts TBA
Thursday - P90x
Friday - P90x
Saturday - P90x
Sunday - P90x

Meal Plan:
Monday - "Must-goes" (everything in my fridge must-go!)
Tuesday - Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - Sante Fe Crock-pot Chicken over Brown Rice
Thursday - Taco night!
Friday - Tuna Casserole, roasted Brussel Sprouts
Saturday - Yogurt Chicken over Whole Wheat Couscous
Sunday - Pork Chops, Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend, Mixed Sauteed Greens

I am very excited about tomorrow's Mamavation TV guest. I was so pleased to have been a test cook for one of last year's vegetarian menu plans. I was able to cook and send in my comments and any typos with the menu. I really love cooking in a big batch and then having healthy, "fast food" available in my chest freezer. You might want to look around and give it a try if you haven't already. My favorite part is the month's menu is all laid out for a single day. It gives info on when to start one project, when to prep, etc. I just love how it frees up time for the rest of the month.

I often cook ahead. Even when I don't have time to create an entire month of meals, I always try to cook a larger than needed batch of pasta sauce, or gnocchi or falafel. I also love to make a huge batch of soup and freeze half of it right away. Some days are busy or I just don't want to cook and batch cooking allows me the option to just reheat and serve.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Handi-Foil.

*Disclaimer - This post is sponsored by Handi-Foil and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.
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