Meal Plan Aug 29-Sept 5

This week is a Busy Mom Clean Eating Group on Facebook, so all of my meals are from that group.  Let me know if you want to be added to the group to get access to the recipes!

Saturday: out with family

Sunday: Baked Chicken Tenders with Zucchini Chips

Monday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Tuesday: Fixate Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Wednesday: Jambalaya

Thursday: Sloppy Joes

Friday: BBQ Salmon

My workouts went really well last week!  Here is my plan for this week:

Sat: 4 mile run

Sun: Yoga

Mon: Cize cardio

Tues: Upper Fix

Wed: 3 mile run

Thurs: Dirty 30

Fri: Cize Cardio

Sat: 4.5 mile run

What are you meal and fitness plans for the week?

Derby City Date Night: Stoney River

After the purchase of our lovely new home, our mortgage broker and college friend sent us a gift card to Stoney River.  I was really excited because Stoney River is a restaurant that I’d heard of, but never actually been to.  Honestly, I’d always heard that it was really expensive, and homey don’t play that.  The Bread Man and I planned a date night and off we went!

My first impression was that my original assumptions were not exactly accurate.  Being from a small town, Stoney River was in the big city and was the place you took your prom date, so I assumed that it was super fancy.  It’s definitely a nicer restaurant, but the other patrons didn’t really follow that.  It surprised me, but made more comfortable because I’m not highbrow.

We started our meal with the Steak Roll appetizer, which was described to us by the waiter as a Philly cheesesteak in an eggroll.  That description is both completely accurate and a little misleading–the flavors are exactly what you would expect from a Philly cheesesteak in an eggroll, but it. was. amazing.  Much more gourmet than you would think, and it was perfect. The portion was a little big for an appetizer, but we ended up taking it home for lunch.  So yummy!

For my entree, I had the Hong Kong Style Sea Bass and the Baby Kale Salad.  The salad was really good and very simple–chopped nuts, dried cranberries, baby kale, and a light herb dressing.  It was tasty and satisfying but not at all filling, which was great because I was excited about the sea bass.  The fish was steamed and dressed with an Asian sweet and sour sauce on top of a bed of sauteed spinach.  It was so good!  A little too much spinach for me, but I’m not a big fan of cooked greens in general.  The fish was so good!  I’m not usually into steamed fish because it’s not enough flavor, but the sauce was the perfect complement. I actually forgot to take pictures of the entrees because we were so excited to eat them!

The Bread Man got the coffee rubbed steak and twice baked potatoes.  He loved it!  I had a bite of each, and the potatoes were seasoned very well, and the steak was amazing.  I don’t even like steak.  Seriously.  I’ve always thought it was too tough and dry (sorry, Dad).  This steak was the best steak I’ve ever had!  The Bread Man approved.

We were too stuffed for dessert, but there were some lovely options.

Stoney River certainly doesn’t need me to give them any plugs, but they were excellent. The price point is pretty high, so you need to expect to spend $100 easily for a full meal for 2, especially if you get drinks.  I would love to go back, but probably for apps and desserts instead of entrees.

It was a lovely dinner with a lovely guy!

Aug 22-28 Meal Plan and Workout Schedule

I’m so excited to back into my routine with school being back in session!  I love summer and the time I get to spend with my litte guy and husband, but it’s hard on my health goals!  I’m excited to try some new recipes this week!

Saturday: Date night at Stoney River

Sunday: Baked fish with pesto and pureed garlic cauliflower

Monday: Clean Eating Jambalaya

Tuesday: Baked BBQ Salmon (we were planning on this last week, but the fish was bad 😦 )

Wednesday: Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli from the Fixate cookbook

Thursday: Out–Open House at school

Friday: Sriracha burgers (minus the bacon, bun, and sauce)

One of our friends had surgery recently, and we are taking them this Baked Potato Soup this week.  It’s so good and so easy to make!

I also wanted to share my workout schedule for this week.  I’m all signed up for a 5k and a 10k in the next 6 weeks, and I’m so excited!  It’s been over 2 years since I ran in a race and I miss it badly.  I decided that I didn’t want to take all the time to train for a half, so a 10k is my limit right now.  I can’t wait!

Sat: Pilates Fix

Sun: Yoga or 3.5 mile run (as schedule allows)

Mon: Yoga or 2.5 mile run (as schedule allows)

Tues: Upper Fix

Wed: 3 mile run

Thursday: 10 min abs

Fri: Total Body Cardio

Sat: 4 mile run

I’d love for you to share your workout plans and meal plans for this week!

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me. My Shakeology is easy and delicious, but I need something with it to keep me fueled until lunch. I need something fast, easy, and portable; my morning schedule doesn’t allow for cooking more than 2 or 3 minutes. Keeping a batch of muffins in the freezer helps make my mornings go smoothly, and I’m constantly looking for delicious and healthy recipes for my whole family to enjoy, including Little Man.

This recipe was pretty good. The banana I used wasn’t quite ripe enough, so it really needed more sweetness. The next time I make them, in either going to add in some applesauce or an extra banana to give more moisture and more sweetness.

I used frozen strawberries and increased the cooking time per the recipe notes.

This isn’t something I would have regularly, but it is a nice treat and helps fill me up!


Amy’s Healthy Baking Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins–

Meal Plan Aug 15-21

I’m going to be a little bit of a tease this week–I’m testing out some recipes for my upcoming Eating Clean for Busy Moms Facebook group, so I’ve never had some of these recipes before.  I’m not going to link to recipe until 1) I’ve tried it and had it family-approved, and 2) I’ve been able to share it with my clean eating group.

Want to be a part of the clean eating group?  Message me today!  It’s completely free and 5 days from Aug 31-Sept 4.

Saturday: Chicken meatballs with pasta and zoodles (from last week)

Sunday: Fish tacos with broccoli slaw (from last week)

Monday: Enchilada Bake

Tuesday: BBQ Salmon

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Lemon Chicken Skillet

Friday: Out and about!

I will share a Oatmeal Banana Muffin recipe I found–it’s pretty tasty!  Check it out here. If you don’t have a blender to blend the oats, or you just don’t feel like it, you could use whole wheat flour instead, but that will change the flavor a bit.  I like using white whole wheat flour because it doesn’t have as intense a whole wheat flavor, but still has the nutrition.

Choose Joy

Well, the time has come.  As much as I’ve been in denial that school is really starting up again, my new students will be walking through my classroom doors in less than 12 hours.  Like many teachers, I like summer (duh).  But this year is different, and I’m having a hard time getting psyched to go back to school.

This summer was my second summer with my son.  Last year he was just starting to crawl, and it was a rough summer.  This year was so much fun!  We went to the pool, the zoo, the store, story time, and did all kinds of things together.  I know I’m so lucky to be able to do that with him, and I appreciate that.  But it makes me greedy for more!  Last year I was ready to go back to work, to get back to my routine, and to have some outside adult contact.  This year, I’m just sad.  It doesn’t help that my school is a more stressful environment, and it doesn’t seem like that is changing any time soon.

But my point is not to complain.  It’s actually the opposite.  I thought of the phrase “choose joy” yesterday during my “back to school” faculty meeting.  Administrations aren’t perfect, systems aren’t perfect, and things can get screwed up pretty badly.  A lot of things went wrong the past couple of days at work, and a lot of us faculty members, myself included, have been complaining about a lot.  And there’s a lot we could complain about.

But I don’t want to be miserable for a school year.  I want to be a good teacher. I want to have positive relationships with my students.  I want to enjoy my job.  I want to enjoy going to work most days.  And I realized that a lot of this is in my control.  It’s not about my situation, but my attitude.  If I decide that this will be a terrible year, it probably will be.  If I choose joy in all circumstances, and pray HARD, it could be totally different.

Today, and this year, I’m going to choose joy.

What circumstance are you in that you need to choose joy for?

Meal Plan August 8-14

It’s back to school and the regular grind this week (*sigh*), so all the dinners are quick, easy, and favorites.

Saturday: Wedding reception

Sunday: Wedding reception

Monday: Chicken Stuffed Peppers from the Fixate cookbook

Tuesday: Tacos with salsa, avocado, and fresh cilantro (no shell for me!) and roasted Brussels sprouts

Wednesday: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Thursday: Pasta (zoodles) with chicken pesto meatballs

Friday: White fish tacos with broccoli slaw

Since school is starting back up, I wanted to share my lunch for the work week. I’m making a batch of quinoa and dividing it up into 5 servings.  I will chop a red onion, cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, and roasted red pepper, mix them together, and divide them with the quinoa.  Each serving will be topped with a 5 oz can of tuna/sardines (use skinless/boneless!) and tossed with some balsamic vinegar.  It’s a one-dish meal that gives me my veggies, protein, and carbs, and I don’t have to heat it up!  One batch of cooking for all week of eating.

What are your favorite back-to-school meals?

My 3-Day Refresh Experience

I’ve been struggling to actually lose weight this summer.  Between putting our house on the market, showing the house/keeping it show-ready, selling our house, finding a new house, moving out of the old house, and moving into the new house, it’s been hard to stay tight on my nutrition.  I’ve been maintaining my weight all summer, which is fine, but I’ve been so close to my goal that I’ve been really frustrated.

I have seen a lot of ads for the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh and was curious.  The marketing promises that you will lose weight and inches without starving yourself in 3 days.  I started out pretty skeptical.  For the record, I don’t believe there is any need to “cleanse” your body.  If you have a functioning liver, you’re good.  I was interested in the 3-Day Refresh for 3 reasons–hit my goal/find out if you really lose a few pounds in 3 days, see if I would really not be starving, and to help me get my mindset changed from vacation mode to disciplined routine.

The program follows a pretty simple process: they send you shakes to make throughout your day and you supplement those shakes with some fruit, veggies, and healthy fats.  No bread/starches, no dairy, no meat.  The plan states that each day is around 900 calories, depending on what combination of foods you choose from their lists.  Obviously, that is not enough calories for a normal, healthy diet, so I decided to not work out for those 3 days.  I did move/unpack the last day, so that was the only “workout” I did.

I won’t bore you with the play-by-play of what I ate, but I wanted to share my general thoughts.  The plan calls for one Shakeology drink per day, with one piece of fruit.  I chose to blend my fruit into the shake since that’s what I normally do, but I think that it may have been better to chew that fruit to get more satisfaction from eating it.  I loved the Shakeology portion of my day, as usual.  Lots of energy, focus, and tons of nutrition to start the day!

My mid-morning snack was a Fiber Sweep drink each day.  Ya’ll, I was pretty afraid to drink it, for fear that I would be running for the bathroom at some point that day, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case for me.  The drink wasn’t delicious or anything, but it had a nice lemon flavor that was refreshing.  It kept me fuller than I expected, but I was still very ready for the next meal before it was time to eat.  I will say that the fiber drink had some noxious effects on me the first day/evening, but the second and third days were much more pleasant for those around me. 🙂

Lunch and dinner both consisted of the protein Vanilla Fresh shake and veggies.  Lunch had a healthy fat and fruit, and a mid-afternoon snack of a veggie and healthy fat helped keep my hunger at bay, too.  The Vanilla Fresh was pretty tasty.  Not the same vanilla flavor as the vanilla Shakeology, but good blended with ice.  Like the fiber drink, the Vanilla Fresh filled me up more than I had anticipated, but not enough to keep me from feeling really hungry snack time.

 For me, the second day was the worst.  I don’t know if it’s because my dinner wasn’t that filling that day, or because I knew I had another day left, or because I watched my husband eat delicious carbs all day, but that second day, I was very hungry and very irritable.  Overall, I was really hungry.  Dude.  SO. HUNGRY.  I tend to be a hangry person in general (Google it), so I was prepared to be hungrier than the ads called for.  I tend to be hungrier than most people, and this was no exception.

My energy levels were pretty good during the three days, even the day I moved.  The food and shakes all tasted good, and I never felt light-headed or sluggish at all. I slept well all three days and felt fine to move boxes and unpack our new home.  The day AFTER I finished the program, though, I felt terrible.  When I woke up that morning and walked the 10 feet from my bed to my bathroom, I got very dizzy and very lightheaded to the point that I had to hold myself up on my bathroom counter and realized that I had legit blacked out for a minute or two.  That freaked me out.  I had a normal breakfast and was fine after that, but it was scary for a minute!

As for my results, the program really delivered on their promise.  Unfortunately, my scale was packed when I started so I don’t know exactly what I weighed at the start, but it should have been around 138, meaning I lost around 4ish pounds in 3 days and at least a quarter of an inch from my waist, thighs, and arms.  In just 3 days!  Obviously, a lot of that (if not all) is water weight and it isn’t a way to lose weight for the long run–I was 1.5 pounds up the next morning after eating my normal diet for one day.

I have some mixed feelings about this program after finishing it.  I was super hungry and irritable from being hungry, so that wasn’t very enjoyable.  All the food tasted good, and I didn’t feel like I had to force myself to eat or drink any of it.  I was happy with my results–it made me feel like my hanger was “worth it”, so to speak.  But, I didn’t like how I felt that 4th day.

If a customer or friend asked me about the program, I would really only recommend it if they had a specific event they wanted to get ready for, like a wedding, a reunion, or something like that.  It is definitely not just for fun, and it is not a way to lose weight for the long run.  It was helpful in getting my mindset ready for a more disciplined eating plan, so it might be a good way to jumpstart a program for you because of it’s small food list to choose from and specific directions.  And it definitely worked, which is more than I can say for other “quick fix” programs out there.

Have you ever done the 3-Day Refresh?  I’d love to hear your experience with it!

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How I Deal With Having No Meal Plan

We are still in the process of moving and are technically homeless right now.  We closed on and moved out of our house on Thursday, and aren’t able to close on and move into the new house until Tuesday.  So, we needed to find somewhere to stay for 4 days.  Luckily, my parents were gracious enough to let us stay at their house.

As far as a meal plan goes, I didn’t see much point in making one.  We ate as much food as we could before we moved out of our previous house, and with only 4 days between moves, it didn’t make a lot of sense to us to try and make meals in someone else’s kitchen when we are living out of suitcases.

When you’re in a situation like this, where you know you’re going to be eating out a lot more than normal, it can be very easy to completely abandon your clean eating lifestyle temporarily and just eat whatever you want.  It’s easy to tell yourself, “It’s only a few days.  I’ll get back on the clean eating wagon when we get settled/our trip is over/the kids are back at school/whatever your situation is.”

The problem with thinking like this is that it is VERY easy to get back in bad habits.  The more junky food you eat, the more you crave junky food.  The more days you go completely off your eating plan, the harder it is to get back in your clean eating lifestyle.  So, how do you deal?

I’m not an expert by any means, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I wanted to share how I’m dealing with this situation.  I still have health and fitness goals, and I’m not trying to gain weight over these few days between moves.  Here’s what I’m doing:

  • First and foremost, I relax.  You have to accept the fact that you’re not going to eat perfectly clean when you’re eating out a lot. Even if you order grilled chicken and veggies at every meal, there will probably be oils and butters that you don’t realize are in your food.  Stop trying to be perfect–just do the best you can with the choices you have and accept that you’re doing your best.
  • Follow my tips for eating clean while eating out.  Don’t just order the fried chicken and fries at every meal because it’s easy to choose.  Use your brain.  Look up the menu before you get there.  Make wise choices!
  • Don’t go out to eat when you’re starving.  Keep some healthy snacks on hand so that you aren’t completely famished and then make a poor choice just because you’re distracted by hunger.  For the few days we are here, I’m keeping bananas, freeze dried apple slices, Shakeology, frozen fruit, Quest protein bars, and natural turkey slices for snacks for me, Bread Man, and Little Man.  That way, I’m not tempted to go to a drive through or convenience store, and I can keep myself from getting so hungry that I order the first thing I see on a menu.
  • Keep your water intake up!  You should be drinking half of your weight in oz every day of plain water.  I do everything I can to keep this going when I’m eating out more so that I can flush the extra salt out of my system and keep my body properly hydrated.
  • Make a plan for when you’re back to your normal routine.  Tuesday night, I’ll be making a meal plan for the last few days of the week in our new house using my new Fixate cookbook, full of healthy meals.  We’ll be going to the grocery Wednesday morning to load up on our healthy foods.  I’m also planning to do the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh to get some extra superfood nutrition in my system and to kickstart a healthy school year.
  • Last, but not least, stay active.  Eating out more often than normal probably means that you’re eating more processed foods.  Keep your body active during these times so that you aren’t going completely off of your routine.  I’m still getting my workouts in every single day, not really to counteract what I’m eating, but to keep my fitness level up and to not get out of my healthy lifestyle.

I might be indulging a little more because of our current living situation, but I’m not abandoning my healthy lifestyle because of it.  Don’t use unusual circumstances as an excuse to eat with abandon!  Use your obstacles as opportunities to commit to your goals and show your friends and family how to be truly healthy.

Next week, I’ll be back in action with a meal plan for the first week back at work!  Have a great week, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you’re the first to know when I’ve posted something new!