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Planning my 2016 Goals and Resolutions

Happy 2016!

I hope you guys had a great night on NYE whether you went out or stayed in. We spent NYE at our friend’s house, celebrating with delicious food and, of course, plenty of champagne.

Travis and I kept things pretty low-key during the day on January 1st.

Bessie Sleeping

Keeping with our recent New Year’s Day tradition, we got brunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Misfit. There may or may not have been mimosas involved.. and it was just as delicious as always.

After that we came home, relaxed, ordered take-out from Canter’s Deli (both Travis and my favorite “treat meal”) and watched a movie on the couch with Bessie. It was a perfect day off of work, indeed.

Canter's Deli Pastrami Sandwich

As I look ahead to 2016, there is so much I want to do and accomplish. For the first time since high school I decided to buy a paper planner. I consider myself a very organized person, and for the last 8-ish years I’ve really just used iCal on my computer and iPhone to make sure I stay on top of upcoming events, deadlines, bills, etc.

It’s worked really well, but one thing I haven’t been good about is accomplishing long-term to-dos that I think about, but never jot down.

Paper Planner - 2016 Goals

I am excited to use this paper planner to keep track of yearly goals whether it be fitness-related, for Little Chef Big Appetite, financial, etc. Over the weekend, I spent some time jotting down notes for January and I already feel so excited about the coming month (and the months to follow).

I am definitely someone who gets really happy when I get to physically cross something off a to-do list (tell me I am not the only one!), so my hope is that by writing down all of these goals, I will stick to them better than I would if they were listed in my phone.

Farmer's Market Carrots

Now, before I leave you, I thought I’d share a few posts that might be of interest if you’re jumping on the healthy bandwagon for 2016!

How I Meal Plan (Great tips to guarantee a healthy week ahead!)

5 Tips to Help You Workout in the Morning (before work or school)

How to Make Steel-cut Oats Overnight (Prep a big batch at the beginning of the week!)

 

Have a great week, guys! Talk soon!

Meal Plan

This Week’s Meal Plan 12/7/15

Hi guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was jam packed with holiday shopping, organizing our apartment, and planning for a Hanukkah party we had with friends last night. The holidays are in full swing and I couldn’t be happier! I love this time of year.

Keeping with my November goals, I am going strong with meal planning this week. The last two weeks I fell off track because we were away for Thanksgiving and came back in the middle of the week last week, so from Wednesday – Friday we pretty much ate whatever we had in the freezer / what was easy to pick up. Not the best, but that’s why I made a point to stay on track this week.

Meal Plan

Here’s this week’s meal plan:

Sunday (last night): Hanukkah Party with friends! (Chicken, Challah, Kugel, Latkes, Brussels Sprouts + more!)

Monday: Thai Green Curry with Shrimp and Kale + Black Rice

Peeled and deveined shrimp was on sale at Whole Foods, so I bought 2 lbs. and will freeze what we don’t use for this recipe.

Tuesday: Orange and Tomato Simmered Chicken Thighs with Whole Wheat Couscous

Wednesday: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Lime Dipping Sauce

I am planning on adding some romaine to this recipe based on the reviews I read.

Thursday: Grilled Chicken with Thai Basil Salad

Friday: Caramelized Onion, Olive, Goat Cheese Whole Wheat Pizza

We have leftover homemade whole wheat pizza dough in our freezer, so this should be an easy one to throw together.

Saturday: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup + Sweet Potato and Apple Potato Pancakes

Keeping with the Hanukkah festivities, I am going to try a variation of the classic latke recipe and use sweet potatoes and apples!

Meal Plan

Many of the recipes above I haven’t cooked before, so I am excited to add some new dishes to this week’s dinner menu. If any of them turn out well, I will be sure to make them again and photograph them for you guys.

Hope you have a great Monday!

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New Week, New Month, New Goals

Hi everyone! Happy Monday AND happy November!

Let’s cut right to it. I am going to get completely real with you this morning.

awesome-monday

I feel like in every blog post recently, I’ve talked about how busy I’ve been. Ever since we got back from England at the end of August I haven’t felt like my healthy self. It’s almost as if I never got back on track after vacation…even though it’s over two months later. That is SO unlike me.

Don’t get me wrong, I still go to the gym regularly, but my workouts have been complete blah and I honestly attribute that to my not-so-great diet recently. The past two months have been filled with many work events, lots of visitors, celebrations, holidays, and more. In almost all of these situations I’ve let my diet slip (think: carbs on carbs and lots of wine). Even though I still manage to drag myself to the gym the morning after an indulgent night, my workouts are sluggish and they feel ineffective.

So that’s what led me to this blog post. I realized that I have to change a few things in order to start feeling like “myself” again. I told myself that in order to hold myself accountable, I should write down specific goals that I can look back on throughout the month. And what better way to hold myself accountable then to share these goals with you guys and the rest of the blogosphere!?

While I don’t see my crazy work schedule easing up any time soon, I know I need to make more time for myself in order to start feeling healthier and more energized.

Today I am sharing my five goals that will (ideally!) help me get back on a healthy track this November. Let’s do this!

 

1. No meals / snacks / anything (besides water!) after 8:00PM.

No late night snacking

There have been way too many nights where I’ve given into late night snacking desires. I know this is not good to do right before bed and it’s flat out gotta stop. I often see Travis having a bowl of cereal after dinner, so I’ll do the same (even if I’m not hungry!). He has the metabolism of a race car, so I really shouldn’t be emulating his eating behaviors.

Of course, there will be nights where we’ll have dinner plans with friends or other “life” things after 8PM, but my goal is to stick to this rule whenever I can.

 

2. Get back on the early morning gym routine.

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With my previous job, the only time I had to go to the gym was at 5AM before work, and I was seriously committed to that routine. I talk about my old morning routine and tips to help you work out in the morning in this blog post.

My current job allows me to begin my day a little later, but instead of using that extra time in the morning, I’ve been starting to just sleep in. My goal is to force myself out of bed by 6AM every morning and get my tushie right to the gym. That way I will still have time to do other things (blog, meal prep, etc.) before I leave for work. There have been far too many mornings when I pull myself out of bed around 7AM, have my coffee and breakfast, play around on my computer, and then before I know it, BAM, no time for the gym. Not good.

 

3. Be smarter about what I eat at work.

Pumpkin Souffle CHAYA Downtown

I work for a restaurant group and part of my job is taste-testing new menu items. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome perk and I love it. But, do I really need to lick a dessert plate clean at 2PM on a Tuesday afternoon? (Guilty as charged!)

What I should be doing is just trying one small bite of a dish (just like the judges on Chopped and MasterChef, you know?). I really have to stick to that.

 

4. Meal plan every weekend.

Meal Plan - Little Chef Big Appetite

I used to be SO good about this, but have completely fallen off the bandwagon. I’ve mentioned that with the serious heat wave we’ve had, the last thing I wanted to do was turn on the oven or stove, so we resorted to a lot of take out.

No can do anymore! More meal planning –> healthier eating.

 

5. Two drink maximum when I am out to dinner, at social events, etc.

Cocktail

Enough said. Alcohol leads to low energy and crappier/missed workouts.

 

Okay, now who is with me!? I need all the support I can get in order to stick to these new goals.