Today’s meal plan is great for those of us who are trying to lose weight: low on calories, high on protein.
I just love starting my day off with a healthy oatmeal breakfast. I don’t always have the time to make it, but when I do… oohlahlah… it’s heaven in a bowl!
Since I have to work on Mondays (who doesn’t?) I planned and packed my snacks and lunch yesterday evening (please note that this is an exception, I usually wake up on Monday mornings, feel stressed out, ‘forget’ to pack lunch and end up spending too much money on lunch and not-so-healthy snacks at the office). I have a fridge full of carrots and hummus, measured, packed and ready to throw in my bag for the next few days. I just added fruit and nuts for a morning snack. I forgot who nice it feels not to have to think about food early morning and just throw a bunch of stuff in my bag before work. I really should pack my food on Sundays more often.
Dinner was just quick and easy. Not very culinary I’m afraid. I cooked for one today and didn’t have much time, so I didn’t really make an effort. I planned to go carb-less for dinner, but ended up eating my half-a-sandwich with peanut butter — which I had planned to eat at the office — after work. Which was a good thing since I don’t normally do well on just protein and veggies for dinner…
Side note: the only thing not in the picture is the glass of milk I’m about to have as my pre-bedtime snack.
Nutrition Facts: 1541 calories | 196g carbs | 60g fat | 64g protein
While I went off to the gym for some me-time the man of the house was practicing his DJ-ing skills in the middle of our living room (he has his first radio gig next Monday – don’t want him to mess that up, so I gave him some me-time of his own). needless to say that I desperately hoped for our dining table to be cleared for that curry he had promised to cook me later.
I actually planned to do a killer workout today, since I haven’t been very active lately due to a lot of
excuses reasons: on Monday the gym was closed because of our national holiday Queen’s Day (follow the link for some education about the Dutch); on Tuesday I had the worst hangover migraine ever, which lasted all day; on Wednesday I had to work all day and afterwards went out for dinner with my colleagues; and yesterday we got a last-minute invite to celebrate my little brother-in-law’s third and-this-time-successfull attempt to get his driver’s license (I guess third time definitely’s a charm for him!).
So because all the above and the inevitable inactive it had caused, I planned my killer workout, as said, only to find out that after a mere 15 minutes there was no way I would be able to do the full 30 minutes. I have to admit that my cardio plan looked more like a 30-minute HIIT – which of course is impossible, since HIIT isn’t meant to last for 30 minutes. So I decided to start my cooling down right there and then, and head over to the free weights department to do some strength training: at the moment I try to follow the schedule as provided by Women’s Health Mag. I’m still in month one of their Total-Body Transformation plan, but can’t let that be an excuse that keeps me from getting fit, can I? Better being a bit behind on schedule than on no schedule at all. To make up for the lost minutes on the treadmill though I did a few more reps per series than I usually do.
In the end, with warming up, cooling down and stretching, my workout still filled up almost an hour. Not a killer workout, but still a great one! And after coming home I got to enjoy a delicious lamb curry prepared by the DJ – not so bad either!
Tell me: how do you guys handle it when it’s obvious you won’t be able to do what you planned?