Weekend Update and Monday’s Meal Plan

This weekend was actually a really good weekend. We got the house put back together, folded something like 7 loads of laundry and got that taken care of, and got to see several friends.

After Friday’s amazing lunch, I took home a big box of sushi. As I knew it wouldn’t last long and that I couldn’t eat it all, I called our dear friends Dave & Rachel over to help us finish it off. Bryan got back from his business trip in Georgia around 8, and we had a good time just talking and laughing. Thanks to Dave & Bryan for moving the piano to its rightful place in the living room. :)

Saturday, we got up and did our traditional Panera run. Then we headed over to help Paul & Tara pack up their house for their move to Colorado! Seems like all our friends are moving to Colorado! Maybe we’ll just have to move there too! :) There were so many helpers with the move, that it only took us an hour and half to get everything squeezed into the moving truck. It was SO hot on Saturday! We were dripping sweat, so that totally counted as my exercise for the day.

We went home and crashed for the afternoon and watched BBC’s North & South (one of our favorites). Then we didn’t have other plans, so we asked our friends Rick & Jan what they were up to, and they headed over. Dave & Rachel also made it over again. The guys played video games and the girls just chatted and played a couple rounds of Rummikub. Bryan was so proud of me for taking a 1/2 day to get some real rest in. I chose NOT to paint the trim in the dining room until I’m done with school. :)

Sunday started with another trip to Panera, followed by Sunday School, lunch with our friends Phil & Heather and their adorable boy Jake, evening church, and a visit from Bryan’s best friend Joshua. They watched a movie while I went for a run. It was the first time in a while that it was cool enough to run outside. Don’t get me wrong, it was still hot, it was just late enough that there was a nice breeze. I made it two miles before it started getting too dark.

And today is Monday! Only 8 days left of school!! Yeah!! I have loved my classes, but I am ready for a break! Working full-time, fixing up a house, working out, and going to school and just too many balls for this juggler to handle. So, I have tests tomorrow and Wednesday and finals the Tuesday and Wednesday after that. Then I’ll take a week or so before I order the study materials from ACEFitness.org and get cracking on the certification!

Today is a school night, so I had to pack all three meals. I’m also trying something slightly different to try to finally lose these last few pounds in my stomach. I’m doing a modified food pyramid. Instead of 6 grains, I’m reducing it to 3 (making sure to eat whole grains and not to eat grains after 2PM). I’m taking those 3 extra servings and applying 1 to fruit, 1 to veggie, and 1 to protein. This gives me a goal of 3 grains, 3.5 c. veggies, 3 c. fruit, 3 c. milk, and 6.5 oz. of protein. I don’t believe in the no-carb diets, but I’m willing to try a low-carb one.

So, today, I started with a bowl of oatmeal with some “tahini candy” I made for Friday night. I used about a tablespoon in the oatmeal and it tasted pretty good. The tahini candy consisted of tahini, chopped dates, figs, raisins, a little dark chocolate, and some coconut; no added sugars, all natural! I made my oatmeal with milk, so that gave me a little extra nutrition. (2 grains, 1/2 oz. protein, 1 dairy, 1/2 serving of fruit)

I had a 1/2 c. blueberries and a handful of pecans for a snack. (1/2 serving of fruit, 1 serving of protein)

For lunch, I had 1 slice of homemade whole wheat pizza with tomatoes, onions, yellow peppers, banana peppers, chicken, and mozzarella. (1 grain, 1 dairy, 2 oz. protein, 1 veggie)

My afternoon snack will be a banana. (1 fruit)

And dinner is a nice big salad with romaine, yellow pepper, tomatoes, cranberries, almonds, and chicken breast. (2.5 veggies, 1/2 fruit, 3 protein).

After school, I’ll have a glass of kefirs and some strawberries. (1 milk, 1/2 fruit)

Then I have to read 3 chapters of Nutrition to prep for tomorrow’s test! Aah! Maybe I’ll try to read one on lunch break instead of going to the gym. I hate missing my gym time, but I only have a little over a week left. I’ll try to walk on my breaks today too; that will help balance it out.

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