GAME Plan: Planning for success.

Hey, Dragons! I’m happy to report that meal prep has gone pretty well these past few weeks. I wish I could claim that I was responsible for this success, but the fact is, my husband and his parents have been incredibly supportive, and have done a good portion of the food prep for me. I had planned on prepping after I recorded my weekly podcast, but while I recorded, they surprised me with a week full of breakfast shakes and lunch salads. It was pretty awesome of them.
The morning oatmeal shakes have been substantial enough to keep me full until lunch. We’re still experimenting with the recipe, but it basically boils down to:
2 cups of fruit
1 cup of liquid (usually almond milk)
½ if yogurt
¼ cup of oatmeal
1 tbsp. of chia seeds
Occasionally, we’ll add a little honey, ginger or cinnamon as well as salt to enhance the flavor. We’ve tried mango, cherry, banana, honeydew, peach… and they’ve all been really good.
The salads have been just as successful. We’ve gone with very little leafy greens in the salads, sticking to hardier vegetables, quinoa, and proteins like hard boiled eggs, cheese, and nuts. Here’s a link to a great explanation on how to layer your salad in a jar. It’s easy to do and if you use beets and a white dressing like ranch, your salad turns neon pink. It’s really cool!
My biggest challenge has been snacking, especially on my way home. I was better about what I had during the day, though there were some cheat days. My evenings have also been pretty awful. I need to resist the temptation to have dessert every night. For the coming weeks, I’m going to try and go back to a nice soothing tea before bed and leave it at that.
Back to exercising.
My husband and I have been enjoying our training sessions with the personal trainer, but we aren’t doing much beyond that right now. Life has been very busy, so it’s been hard to find time to fit in extra workouts. I have spring break coming up, so I’m hoping to use some of that time to jump-start some more intense exercise. I’m going to try and attend some of the classes that my trainer runs and I may even try to do a daily run to see if that’s something I want to start working into my week.
Regardless of the big picture items, one thing my husband and I are very excited about is walking the puppy. He finally has had his last set of shots and so we can now start taking him beyond our back yard and introduce him to the neighborhood. I know my husband is looking forward to taking him on morning walks, and we plan on doing longer walks around dinner time. We’re both very excited because it will give us a chance to meet some new people in our neighborhood (dog people always stop and visit) and it will also get us moving more times each week which we both need to make time for.
For the first time in a while, I feel like I have some forward momentum going and I don’t want to lose that. The biggest challenge is going to be resisting the urge to collapse and do nothing over spring break. If I can get some activity done in the morning, then playing video games or writing at my computer won’t be so bad, and walking the puppy in the evening or doing a class will hold me to a schedule.
The other challenge will be staying healthy. I know any time I go from busy to vacation time, my body takes that as a cue to get sick. So, I need to boost my immune system this week so I can fight off the downtime bugs that seems to always rear their ugly head when I want to relax and recoup. If anyone has ideas on how to get that immune system firing, please let me know!
What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!

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