Whats up peeps? Its been a while. Let me give you a little catch-me-up before I get down to business.
January has been CRAY CRAY! Getting my daughter back to school after Christmas holiday has been horrific (Read all about our ADHD Life here ). The plus side: the screaming and out-right refusal has stopped but the crying about not feeling well and not want to go to daycare or school continues. My grandma was in and out of hospital, which meant sleep overs on her couch while she was recovering. Work, work, and more work. We have started horseback riding at a new farm (my daughter not me lol) once a week. I am going to Zumba twice a week now instead of just once. I also started taking an online class from the local college to possibly get a NEW career. It’s one class but it takes up about 7-8 hours a week of my nightly routine. So to say that I have been busy, and STRESSED is an understatement.
I am finding it increasingly difficult to find time to, or even want to, work out. I can’t seem to get the motivation to do any exercise at home and I’m getting to the point that I don’t even want to go to ZUMBA! Say it isn’t so! My muscles don’t hurt anymore after my class, just my joints…constantly! Which I am sure has something to do with my arthritis and the weather this time of year. I have even quit going to the gym (for now). I don’t know if it’s just me being totally worn out or if it’s the season or a bit of both but I am hoping that I can my shit together really soon.
I have been sticking to the diet given to me by my dietician but I have GAINED 4 pounds in the last month. Maybe 4 pounds doesn’t sound like that much but when I think about how long it took me to lose those 4 pounds (almost a year) it is absolutely terrifying! I think this has also contributed to my non-motivational funk. I feel like I worked so hard to lose that weight and then POOF there is in, right back on.
I am frustrated and unnerved but I am TRYING not to let that get me down 100%. The one thing that I have not been slacking on is my tracking and my meal prep. I am switching up my meal plan AGAIN. Less carb, more veg and protein. More veg is the downfall. Its not that I don’t like veggies, its just that I would rather have fruit and fruit has more sugar. And picking better-for-me items to snack on when I am hungry in between meals. I need to find the balance and I need to find it NOW!
My NEW meal plan for the following week includes the following:
Breakfast: 240 calories, 54 carbs, 5 grams of protein
- Quaker Oats-Maple Oatmeal
- 1 apple
Lunch: 340 calories, 30 carbs, 18 grams of protein
- 2 home-made chicken wraps with garlic sauce and hummus (pictured below)
- 1 cup cucumber slices
- 1 Oikos Greek Yogurt (Raspberry Truffle to curb the sweet cravings after lunch)
- Dehydrated zuchinni chips (home-made!)
- 1 Quaker Granola Bar
Dinner: Under 500 calories
- I now have a TON of veggies on hand that I can pop in the microwave or oven when I get home to go with whatever my wonderful mother has cooked us for dinner. Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini etc.
- I am doing this to include MORE veggies and to make sure that I fill up more on veggies and less on carbs.
The last change that I made to this week’s meal plan was to incorporate MORE water. I drink plenty of water but had definately been slipping up on this aspect for the past month or so. So I am re-committing myself to drinking more water. My beautiful tumbler that I got for Christmas is sitting on my desk right now, filled to the brim! (Also shown in the pictures below)
These are the pics of my very YUMMY Chicken Wraps with Garlic Sauce and Hummus. If your interested they are super easy to make: 2 small tortillas, 1/2 tsp lebanese garlic spread, 1 tsp hummus, 1/4 cup grilled skinless boneless chicken breast, cucumber slices and romaine lettuce. All under 400 calories.
All of the ingredients. Plus my pretty Marilyn Monroe tumbler sitting in the back FULL of water.
Yummy garlic spread made with garlic and olive oil. Usually served on Shawarmas.
Layers: garlic, hummus, cucumber, chicken.
Fill the rest of the wrap with lettuce.
Wrap and EAT!
What are you meal prepping this week? What does your meal plan look like on any given day or week?