Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meal Planning & Prepping 101

Good Morning Friends!!


So last week I mentioned how I have been meal prepping every Sunday and I asked if anyone was interested, and I got a few of you who wanted to know what I do.

I am no professional, but this has helped me SO much and it's working for me.

So I follow a lot of fitness/health instagrams and I kept seeing people talking about meal prep. I was totally intimidated for a few reasons.


1. It would overtake my whole day
2. It would be expensive
3.I would get bored because I'd be making a larger batch of things to eat all week.


So far none of that has happened.

Yes it does take time, but not an entire Sunday (the day I do it). I think my max time from start to finish was 2 ish hours. I have done it quicker than that by far. The time it takes me to prep for the week it totally worth being on track and really it even out because I am not trying to pack my lunch every night.  I just throw my containers/baggies in my lunch bag,


It isn't too expensive, because I haven't really bought anything i wouldn't normally buy. I have added a few new things/ideas to my list, but nothing crazy.

I don't fix one thing for the entire week. I usually make two types of meals & then alternate. This way I don't get bored. Plus I add toppings to make it a little different.

The first thing I do it meal plan.



I plan out every meal/snack for the whole week. Weekends are usually left open because I'm not always sure what I will doing, BUT i pretty much have toast/eggs every weekend morning and I try to stay on track through the weekend, sometimes I slip. *still a work in progress*



I find meal ideas on pinterest. D & i are trying out new recipes because lately I felt like I was making the same thing all the time.

After I meal plan, I make my grocery list and ONLY GET the stuff for my meals/snack for throughout the week. No extras. This helps me from not grazing because if I have the bad stuff, I will eat it.

I usually grocery shop on Saturday or Sunday before I prep.

How I plan- I only prep for breakfasts/lunches. Dinners I wouldn't say I really prep for unless it's just defrosting meat. The meals I make for dinner are usually pretty quick/don't take tons of time so I don't feel like I need to prep. Plus it's just me & D eating, not an entire family. I could cut some time by cutting veggies ahead of time. But I enjoy doing that (I am weirdo) so I don't prep for dinners.--I still plan them obviously.

For lunches, I think about 2 things. What protein/veggie am I going to have and what can I make for  2-3 servings. I pretty much eat just chicken and turkey for my proteins throughout the week for lunch. Sometimes I throw tuna in there.

I also always prep my sides- so if I am having carrots 3 days that week, I get them in the baggies. Same with crackers. That way I can just grab them. Other veggies that needed to be cooked, get cooked.


Keep it simple, friends.

Many times I take chicken tenders/breasts- grill them on the george foreman or just in a skillet. I put different seasonings on them to switch up the taste for the week.

Then I add veggies. I do broccoli a lot (because I love it) but many times I will roast asparagus and chop up some bell peppers and throw it in a skillet. I also get the Uncle Ben's 90 second rice (which lasts me 2 meals) and heat that up.

Add a fruit/string cheese and you are good to go.

To mix it up with flavors, marinade your chicken. I have used light Italian dressing/made my own--Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Juice & pinch of Salt/Pepepr is a good one. Put the chicken in it in the morning, stick it in the fridge, and then cook it up when you prep later.

I just cook it all ahead of time, put it in containers so it's ready for me and I am not scrambling before bed or in the morning (HELLLO SLEEP, duh.)

Here are some pics from food preps I have done.

Main proteins I use

Love Mrs. Dash.

Made chicken meatballs, skinny version of course.

Broccoli, is a major staple
I usually lay out my Tupperware. (Chicken strips& Broccoli plus chicken meatballs and red sauce)
**two of those meatball containers were D's**
This was from a few weeks ago, (chicken breasts and broccoli) But I wanted to show you how I package my carrots ahead of time.

Things I cook/pack
chicken breasts/tenders with various seasonings/marinades
broccoli
carrots w/ 'ranch dip' (plain greek yoghurt & ranch seasoning packet)
green beans (sauteed in pan/boiled)
peppers/onions (sauteed in skillet)
apple sauce
string cheese
ground turkey/chicken--i make skinny sloppy joe/meatballs
steamer veggies (from freezer section)--HUGE TIME SAVER if you don't have time to cook up fresh.
any kind of fruit-apple/orange/strawberries/clementines/plums/peaches
crackers(I get brown rice crackers from the organic market) with laughing cow
Brown Rice (Uncle Ben's 90 second packets)



Those are just some ideas. I know chicken breasts can get BORRRRING. But adding different flavors to that chicken can change it up but keep it healthy. Look on Pinterest for ideas. I make stir frys with low sodium soy sauce while adding in tons of veggies

Hope this helps. I am still tying new things and figuring it out, but I feel like I have been very successful so if you need any help/questions/ideas for meals let me know! I'd love to help!





Monday, September 29, 2014

The Next Chapter

I hate Mondays.
I really do. Why must weekends be so short? Especially this last one.

I am officially, totally, 100 percent moved in with D. Not a single thing is left in my old place :)
it is a very bittersweet feeling because I had a lot of memories in that place. D & I's first holiday season, the place we said 'i love you' first and many other things.

BUT the new chapter we are embarking on is so exciting!!
eeeek :)

My parents came in Friday evening and helped us with the last little bit of stuff and the we spent the days out n about enjoying the gorgeous weather.

anyways here a is a few photos from the weekend


Blendicano for my friday professional development.

D surprised me friday night with my own special key instead of the plain old spare key.


OOTD for saturday

Farmer's Market bound!

After the Farmer's Market, we did a few last loads then headed to Gordmans where I picked up this cute sign :) Fall decorations are going up this week!! (Flowers & Pumpkins from the farmer's market.)

Saturday night D and I went to Texas Roadhouse with the parents.

Sunday we went to antique store/indoor flea market and wandered around for a  bit.

The first cocoa of the season :)
Sunday Night Blues... :/

Overall it was a great weekend and I am so excited to officially be living with D. I am ready for this week to accomplish goals and get more gym time in!

Let's kill this week!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Confessions

OMG.

tgifreakingf.
this has been the longest effing week.
im so tired.

Today I am a professional development seminar, so HOLLA for getting to sleep in :)
well okay, only until 7, BUT that is way better than getting up at 5:30, like i have been.


So since it's friday I have confessions, one biggin' and few minis


...we can start with the biggin'--- D & I ARE MOVING IN TOGETHER :))))
we have been moving stuff all week & finishing up this weekend. I am beyond excited :)



...I have been to the gym ONE damn day this week. My eating has been 80 percent good. We have been so busy with moving (which can i count that at workouts?) and been having late hours (as usual) at work & just haven't made it. #excuses


....I CANNOT wait to put out my fall decorations once we get all moved in. I have been burnin my candles like a cray woman, I am going to have to go back to B&BW and get more.

...I am not totally sad that I am not at school today. I am so tired and a break from teaching today is just what I needed. I know I am an awful person.

... I have not watched football at all this year. I think i have caught snippets of bronco games, but baseball is still on, The Cards are in the post-season....so yeah that is ruling the tv. Not sorry




have a great weekend loves:)
Happy Friday!!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 for Wednesday

happy friday :)

HALLELUJAH we are a mid week! I am so stinkin' exhausted! Ready for the weekend fasho.


so in case you were wondering, 10-12 hour days are no fun! The kiddos were actually pretty good, just lots and lots on my plate currently. BUT I am pushing through

BUT I am here today to share 5 thannngs.


{1} I know I have been a bag bloggy friend bc I haven't had time to read or comment your blogs. I plan on catching up this weekend/end I haven't forgotten about you guys & feel so behind :/ NO BUENO

{2} I hit 30lbs down a few weeks ago and I told myself once I hit 30lbs down I'd buy a pair of legit cowboy boots...and I finally got to PFI and got these beauties.



{3}Dark Chocolate Chips melted over apples with a bit of peanut butter (like a tsp ish) is my new ave dessert. #healthynom



{4} I have an exciting announcement that I hope i get to share next week :)

{5}And just a few funnies to get you through this hump day!






Happy Wednesday! Thanks for sticking around while I try to find a balance and get back in my blogging groove

XO


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summer Bucket List--What Happened?



Well since the first day of fall is a week from today i thought I'd share how my 'bucket list' for summer went down. What happened and what didn't.


You can find the original post here.

My summer bucket list included---



-Going on vacation (duh this shiz is already booked...I am looking for guest posters, if you are interested) --YUP! I went to Galveston, TX with my family and D. I posted all about it here.

-Read at least 5 books--- nope. didn't happen. I only read three.. #fail

-Reach my 30lb lost goal by my birthday (July 13, I am about 7lbs away)This did happen. Not by birthday, but early in August I finally hit the 30 lb mark!

-DIY a new table-scape, a new collage/something above couch---- yeah...This didn't happen either.

- Run 3.5 miles straight without any stops (only .40 to go) YES! I did beat this wayyyy early in the summer. Up until saturday my furthest was 4.0 straight. Then I hit 5.40 this past saturday. I am not running that far/long every time. When i do run, I am hitting about 3.0-3.5 miles. I want to start focusing on speed. I plan on doing 'longer runs' saturday mornings, but during the week I want to be focusing on speed for a while

-Organize my teaching files and get all the at-home things I can do, get done. done & done.

-Clean out & organize my closet YUP! It is actually a bit messy again, & i plan on going through it again at the end of the week!

- Go to a STL Cards game-- womp womp.We never did :(

-Get a professional massage-- Nope.

-Go on at least one float trip Yes we did go on one at the end of july.



While I didn't hit my entire bucket list, I did get a lot done :)


Did you guys have a summer bucket list? Did you get it all in??

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Puppies and Pinterest. The life of a teacher.

HAPPY TUESDAY!


I am so glad monday is out of the way. It was cold rainy..and well a Monday. Today should be a much better day.


So my weekend was wonderful. The weather was unbelievable and I had a nap and Chinese, I mean really what more could you want?


Chinese on a cold rainy friday with the manfriend? yep, that's how it goes.
Fridays are evidently for scanning pinterest for lesson ideas!


Saturdays are for being a mother truckin' boss on the treadmill. YEP you read that right!!! I ran 5.50 miles WITHOUT STOPPING AT ALL. I ran over a freakin hour!!!!!! How is that possible, i  do not know!!! Back in Janissary I couldnt' even run 5 minutes without be winded...and now look at that. BOOOOOOOM #beastmode.

Selfie saturday, le duh.


Sundays are for meal prepping. Is anyone interested in a post about how I meal prep. I am not professional but it has helped me out amazingly and I would love to share. ALSO, it doesn't take the much time, but is sooooo worth the time it does take.

lemme know.

ALSO fitting in goal jeans, yup. These bad boys didnt even go over my butt early spring, the not only go up but are totally zipped and comfortable :)))

Dave's brother's dog had puppies a few weeks ago and they are so dannnnng cute & fluffy :) We had dinner over there Sunday evening!



Oh and his niece was there & I am in love.
EEEEK, i cannot get over her and cute she is :)



How was your weekend?
Anyone else glad Monday is over??


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Wish List

So even though today is not very 'fall-like' outside today (high of 91, gag me) I am craving fall like crazy! I am wanting 60s and jeans with hoodies. We had gorgeous weather this weekend and I am totally ready for that to continue

now.

BUT since its in the 80s today I thought I'd share a few things that I am wishing and needed for fall.



{1} Moccasins


I have always loved moccasins. They are chic and comfortable. I have never seen tall ones like these & I am in love. But the short ones will do just fine :)

{2} Patterned Leggings.
I am late to the party as always, BUT i am loving patterned leggings lately. Are they still in? I have a pair of black and white ones from F21, but I can see some colored ones getting into my closet soon!

{3} Dark polishes

I have many bright and pinky polishes. I need to stock up on darker colors. Deep reds, navys & emeralds.

{4} Fall scented candles.



I mean duh. I am so ready for my apartment to have that apple/pumpkin/Cinnamon scent all over  :)

{5} Navy Bag
My brown one has seen better days. I do have a classic black and a deep red bag, but I have been eying navy bags lately and I am thinking this will be my next purchase!


What are you wanting for fall??


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Currently

HEYO!

Um it's already Wednesday, and I love it. Tomorrow I have a sub because I have meetings. I won't lie, it will be nice to have a day where I am not teaching and I can sit and learn about a few things. HOWEVER, i seriously cannot think of a job where there is more to do when you miss a day than when you are actually there doing your job.

UGH. prepping sub plans is exhausting (poppin in a movie is a thing of the past people).


BUTTTT just gotta make it through today & power through Friday and I get happy hour with teacher friends :) #drank


I need to stop hash-tagging in posts. I am so annoying.

So anyways since I was so MIA for over a week, I thought I'd fill ya in on a few things going on currently.


{Drinking} H2O, a lot of it. Also, LOVING those blendicanos that I posted about last week. Look it up on IG. Its a guilt free starbucks drink. If I get my workouts in during the week, I treat myself to one on Friday

{Watching} We finished the Following a little while ago, and i am OBSESSED. Once Upon a Time season 3 just got out on Netflix, so I will be watching that this weekend.

{Wanting} to sleep in. Things have been so crazy and so busy at work, I have been up at 5:30 every day and at school before 7. (I know that many of you get up then or earlier, but holy cow it's exhausting)

{Eating} A lot of peaches. They are SO dang good and walmart gas HUMONGO ones this week. I loaded up. Oh I also tried a Luna Bar for breakfast yesterday & it was yummy


{Reading} I literally have had zero time to read for pleasure, but the chapter book we are reading right now is "Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary

{Excited for} FALL! All things pumpkin, scarves, boots and leggings. Don't hate me kate :)

{Listening} a lot of disney music. I compiled a list on Spotify that I play for my kiddos




There ya have it!
What are you currently up to?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overalls & Chocolate Mask

Three-Day Weekends should be an every other week..every week thing.

I mean can i get an amen?


So this was a fabulous three day weekend and I can't complain  too much about starting on Tuesday & I have meetings on Thursday, so I'll have a substitute. So realllly this week should totally fly by.

it should.
Anyways here is a look at my weekend! Sorry if you follow me on IG, because a few are repeats.


Friday

Heading to school.  Jeans & a tshirt on Fridays, yep. I love it.

Jen & I got the boys tickets to see Turnpike Troubadours on Friday. We started at our favorite Mexican Restaurant which of course meant margs were needed :)
Jen & I waiting for the boys in the truck.
My Honey :)
Jen & I before the concert started.
Yeah they wore overalls..obviously we were thrilled. Good thing we kinda sorta like 'em.
They were awesome We were general admission and ended up getting right down front :)

Saturday

Dave & I were up and movin early & hit garage sales in the morning!
We also ran a few errands which included heading to the mall where D treated me to an Auntie Anne's pretzel.



There was lots of napping & we watched netflix all evening. I also have been watching Beauty Vloggers on youtube. #nerd

Sunday
We woke up & hit the gym early. I have been feeling sicky so I was hoping to sweat it out! I actually do feel a bit better.

I did a chocolate mask to refresh. I won't lie, i wanted to eat it, it smelled soooo good.

D's parents came over Sunday night for spaghetti. But i was too busy playing hostess to take any pictures. #fail.

Monday
We were big ole bums all day. Naps, grocery shopping & meal planning happened though. The weather was GORGEOUS so we had a BBQ at Jen & Codys!

There ya go! That is my weekend!
Phew, It went toooo fast. as always.

What did you guys do this weekend?