Workouts + Meal Planning and Prep 3/15-3/21

My schedule has been all thrown off this week! I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t find the time for blogging and once I fell behind it was really hard to get caught up. It was a nice little break though, especially since without running I have been having a harder time coming up with posts. I don’t want to constantly complain about injury-related stuff so for now it’s just felt more natural to blog a few days a week. At some point maybe I will have more to say again, but it also depends on time…I have a feeling that the upcoming move will be pretty time consuming!

Anyway, I thought I share my meal planning and prep from last week along with my workouts. 

weekly recap

 Sunday: 30 minutes swimming

Monday: Strength training and PT

Tuesday: 30 minutes swimming, 90 minutes yoga

Wednesday: 10 minutes elliptical, Body Pump

Thursday: 30 minutes swimming and PT

Friday: 10 minutes elliptical, Body Pump

Saturday: 45 mins pool running(!!!) and 15 minutes swimming, 10 minutes core

Yes you read that right, I did some pool running on Saturday! I got to the gym right before the pool opened at 7am and ended up being the only one in the pool until 7:45. Pool running is BORING but easier than swimming. Although I think the swimming is improving very slowly.

I took yoga and body pump again for the first time in awhile this week. I’ve learned that I can do these activities very carefully. My hips have been staying where they are supposed to lately, which is definitely a huge step in the right direction. I’ve been using VERY low weight in body pump and focusing on using perfect form. I also tried a different elliptical and found that it felt better than the one I tried a few weeks ago. 

weekly meal planning and food prep

 Now, for last week’s meals:

Sunday: Blacked chicken and cucumber salad (I have a handwritten recipe from years ago, so no link, but if you want to try it let me know and I’ll take a picture of it or something)

Monday: Chicken fajitas

Tuesday: Crispy chicken and quinoa salad

Wednesday: Burgers, sweet potato fries, mixed veggies

Thursday: Pasta with turkey meatballs and salad

Friday: Tilapia, roasted red potatoes, green beans

Saturday: BBQ chicken in the crock pot, sweet potatoes, sautéed spinach

Breakfasts: Smoothies and eggs with bacon and veggies

Lunches: Salads with roasted veggies, steak or grilled chicken

Snacks/dessert/other: paleo chocolate chip cookies, No-bake protein bars, fruit

meal prep

 Here is what I prepped last weekend:

-roasted veggies for lunches (sweet potatoes and broccoli)

-cleaned and cut cucumber and peppers for salads

-cooked steak

-baked cookies

-made protein bars

-cooked meatballs

-made quinoa

-Rob grilled chicken on indoor grill

I’m linking-up with Laura and Jill on Sunday for their meal planning link-up!

How were your workouts last week?

What was your favorite meal from the past week?

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24 thoughts on “Workouts + Meal Planning and Prep 3/15-3/21

  1. Giving you so much credit with swimming and pool running! Definitely agree that some ellipticals are just not okay for me as compared to others. I am lucky that the one I use now is perfect. When I belonged to Planet Fitness years ago, I would end up with hip pain from their elliptical and I never have hip issues so it must really be something to be careful of.
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    • The elliptical has potential for some weird body movements, I think- especially with how much the incline can be changed and such. It’s definitely something to be careful with!

    • Sorry to hear that- hopefully this upcoming week with bring some more exciting meals for you:)

  2. I’ve never tried pool running…not sure I would have the patience for it :) I’m jealous of the Body Pump and yoga – I love both of them and wish I could fit them in on a weekly basis. When I first started blogging, I used to feel a need to blog on a regular basis or ‘x’ times a week and then I went through times where I blogged more frequently and less frequently….now I just blog when I have the time and feel as if I have something to say!
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    • Last summer I got in the habit of blogging every day when I had more time…then school started up and I kept saying I would cut back but never did! I think its finally caught up with me. It can be alot to do between posting, replying to comments, and commenting on other blogs!

  3. You are seriously the best with meal prep! You are also making me want to venture to the pool, but, realistically it’s going to take a lot for me to actually do it! There is also something about winter swimming that I really hate, so maybe summer might be the time for a once a week habit? Glad things are coming along, if slowly, but you have a great variety of workouts in your week :) And the move will definitely be consuming you, so no need to keep up with the every day blogging, I completely hear you, it’s really tough to manage.
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    • I definitely agree that its easier to get into swimming in the summer. But now I am so glad that I took a lesson last summer so I sort of know what I am doing now.
      It was weird to take a few days off from blogging last week- but really refreshing! I feel like it takes up more time than we realize when we are so used to it.

  4. I’m glad you are seeing improvement in your hip placement and also found an elliptical that feels good. Sometimes when my leg is wonky, the *perfectly* inclined arc trainer allows me to workout on it and feel fine.

    I have found a pattern in what makes me knee/it band feel good… RUNNING. lol. It hurts on rest days, but on a day I run and sort of stay on my feet, keep moving (as long as I stretch) it feels pretty normal. BUT, since it ends up hurting eventually, I am wondering if running DOES bother it, just not until later? It is all so confusing.
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    • So I was thinking the same thing about my “pattern” a few weeks ago! It seemed like I felt better on running days and worse on rest days. Well, for months I had been trying to figure out any pattern and nothing really makes sense. That was part of why I stopped running- to really try to pinpoint any triggers or patterns. Still, no such luck with that!

    • It really helps me stay positive to get in workouts even though I’m not running! And I agree, pool running is better than swimming.

  5. You might be feeling a bit frustrated with your injury, but your meal prep is on point as always!

    It sounds like you’re making progress with your hip staying in place. How strange that one elliptical works better than the other. I’d never really thought about differences between exercise machines before.
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    • I’m not really sure why certain ones bother me more but I’m thinking it has to do with the incline. I noticed that I felt fine when I warmed up on the elliptical at PT and so decided to experiment at my gym. I was only on it for 10 minutes, so hopefully it will work out for longer than that too!

  6. I hear you about blogging catching up with you – lately I’m lucky to get a post a week up! Awesome job with the swimming. I’ve thought about pool running when I was injured a couple times last year but it sounded like a mental challenge… I’ll have to keep it in mind though! Ps, your weekly menu is amazing as always.
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  7. Way to go on the 45 minutes of pool running, you’re right it is extremely boring, so great job on sticking it out!

    I made homemade black bean burgers this week from The Pioneer Woman’s blog. I saw her making them on the Food Network and they looked yummy and they were:)
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  8. Ugh, pool running is so so so so boring. Do you have a water proof ipod? I bet that would help some. When I had to do pool running last year I would just stare at the little clock near the pool willing the hands on the clock to turn faster! If I ever had to do it for an extended period of time I would definitely invest in a water proof ipod so I could listen to podcasts or something!
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    • I hope you never have to pool run! But it can also be a good option to help prevent injury if you’re increasing mileage and want to get an extra workout in.

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