I'm not even going to do a rundown or pics of my meals this week because they basically went like this: the usual for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and then ridiculous dinners because I was out at happy hours and either ate there or was starving when I got home. Plus there were definitely a few beers in there too. Overall, this was a majorly lazy week with too many exceptions. Not happy with it, but I can always do better next week.
I've been really tired this week (allergies plus little sleep due to said happy hours), so my workouts have been awful. I ran 6 miles on Monday, did a pathetic excuse for a strength training workout on Tuesday, and then Wednesday/Thursday did nothing (again, see said happy hours). I'm going to try for 4 miles after work today, hopefully some kind of strength training workout tomorrow, and 7 miles on Sunday. But... I have a bachelorette party to go to on Saturday, so we'll see what happens.
The one decent workout I did this week - 6 miles.
I figured today would be a good day to talk about
(1) I am terrible at dinner. It's my least favorite meal of the day, and I usually end up scrambling to put something together after I'm already starving, which sometimes leads to bad decisions. I like to cook when I have a lot of time available, but I find myself thinking of it as a chore during the week when time is tight. I have about 3 go-to meals (turkey meatloaf, grilled chicken, and spaghetti), but it gets really boring when that's all we eat. We end up doing fast meals instead, like Boca Chicken or hot dogs. Not good. What do you guys do for dinner? I'm going to try a weekly meal planner for dinners so I already know what to make (and hopefully have planned ahead to have the ingredients available). I'm going to print out one of these awesome printables below, put it in a cheapie frame from IKEA, and use a dry erase marker on it to make dinner plans each week - I'll definitely include a photo of my version in next week's Fitness Friday post! I'm also planning on going through the amazing recipes I've pinned and pulling out a few to make this week so I can get out of the rut we've been in for months now.
(2) I struggle to enjoy (and therefore be consistent with) strength training I have plenty of workouts saved, but I'm trying to find a way to do more than go through the motions. I end up skipping these workouts more often than not, and when I do them, I feel like I'm half-assing it and not being productive. I know I need to make more of an effort in this area because it's so important (and it really does help with running/daily activities), but I just can't seem to be motivated to do it. What are your tricks or tips for this one? What kind of strength training or workouts do you do?
(3) I typically work out after work, so if events come up (happy hour, dinners, etc.), I have a hard time fitting in workouts at other times. This one is tough. The solutions I can think of are (a) work out in the morning before work, (b) work out in the evening after the event, or (c) take that day off and try to limit events to 1-2 times a week. Working out in the evening would be tough, since sometimes you can't control when the event lasts until, and even if I could, I'm typically more tired when I get home from these things than usual. I think what I need to do is be a little more organized and use a combination of (a) and (c) - take 1 day off max and plan other workouts around that, and then work out in the morning if necessary if other events come up. How do you handle weekday events with workout schedules?
And last but not least, a few of you mentioned that you would link up a Fitness Friday post here, so I'm officially announcing that we'll do the first Fitness Friday link up on Friday, September 21 - that gives us a full month (and gives me some time to figure out how link ups work, haha). I can't wait to hear what you guys are up to!