Making my plan

Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Last week was tough, let me tell you! It was the first week of classes, and I was busy and didn’t plan my menu and week out well.  By Wednesday, I was already exhausted, and then both Wednesday and Friday were close to 12-hour work days. Friday was busy too, plus we had a social event that evening that we could not skip. I was T.I.R.E.D!! As I think back over the week, I know that my biggest mistake was simply not planning my menu and food for the week. When I don’t eat well, my energy goes way down, and it gets even worse as I try for some quick fixes to get my energy back up. So this week, a PLAN is definitely in order if I’m going to successfully make it through the week.

I’m working on the third week of my Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle, with a 1-pound loss the first week and none the second week (not unexpectedly due to the week I had), but I’m going for this third week anyway in hopes of another pound or even a part of one. If you are looking for my Fuel Cycle menu, scroll to the very end of this post.

My work focus this week: Paper Revisions/submission
Revision of HTE paper
Revision of diphthong paper
Submission of HTEs in the classroom paper

My family focus this week: Evening scheduling
Here’s what I am thinking for a workable routine for our evenings:
5:30-6:00 – pick up and head home, a little tv or playing for boys while I fix dinner
6:00-6:30 – dinner
6:30-7:30 – homework and reading
7:30-8:00 – baths, reading, special snuggles and hugs
8:00 – bedtime for boys
8:00-9:00 – clean up kitchen, prep tomorrow’s lunchbag
9:00 – relax, read, a little me time!

Enjoying the news
Making my grocery list
Being thankful that tomorrow is a holiday!

What I accomplished this week:
I made it through the first week of classes
I finished my syllabi and class prep
I did daily affirmations for P-Daddy every day on facebook

Language goals this week:
Keep checking out Duolinguo and Mango Languages

Menu Plan for the Week:
This is a Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle menu plan, and days follow accordingly, where S = Satisfying, E = Energizing, and FP = Fuel Pull. Note that the Fuel Cycle is a pretty intense week that is meant for stubborn weight and is not intended for beginners. You can read all about the Fuel Cycle in Chapter 28 (starting on page 429) of Trim Healthy Mama.

Monday (Deep S)
B: Egg, kale, and bacon scramble, coffee with cream
L: Salad with steak, EVOO dressing
D: Pan-fried salmon with green fries
Sn:Skinny chocolate, cucumber slices, basic whey smoothie, lemon pudding
To Do on Monday: Make meringues, pudding, and Canary; pack lunchbag


Tuesday (Deep S)
B: Eggs and bacon, coffee w/ cream
L: Salad with salmon, EVOO dressing
D: Eggroll in a Bowl
Sn: Skinny chocolate, pepper strips, meringues, FSF if needed
To Do on Tuesday: Make Canary; chop veggies, pack lunchbag

Wednesday (Deep S)
B: Egg, Kale, and bacon scramble
L: Eggroll in a Bowl
D: Salad with salmon, EVOO dressing
Sn: Cucumber slices, skinny chocolate, lemon pudding, basic whey smoothie
To Do on Wednesday: Make Canary, pack lunchbag, prep 2 overnite oats

Thursday (FP)
B: Overnite oats with raspberries, Light Trimmaccino
L: Salad with tuna, lemon dressing
D: J’s lavash with lean turkey and laughing cow
Sn: FF greek yogurt w/ berries, cottage berry whip, meringues, light cheesestick
To Do on Thursday: Make Canary, pack lunchbag

Friday (FP)
B: Overnite oats with raspberries, Light Trimmaccino
L: Salad with chicken breast, lemon dressing
D: Faux Pho, bean sprouts
Sn: Cottage berry whip, cucumbers and peppers, wasa with laughing cow
To Do on Friday: Make Canary, prep baked oatmeal, chop veggies


Saturday (E)
B: Baked oatmeal, coffee w/ FF half n half
L: Beans and greens
D: 7-layer-Southwest salad with mango salsa
Sn: FF greek yogurt w/ pb and apples, carrots, toast with laughing cow
To Do on Saturday: Make Canary, plan next week’s menu


Sunday (E)
B: Waldorf cottage cheese salad, coffee w/ FF half-n-half
L: Bean burritos with rice and salad
D: Baked oatmeal “cereal” with almond milk
Sn: Apple w/ pb, celery, carrots, wasa with laughing cow
To Do on Sunday: Make Canary, finish and blog menu, pack lunchbag

And there’s the week!

I’ll be linking up to Start Successful on Monday over at Felicia’s Red Door Life, to Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie, and to Trim Healthy Tuesday at Gwen’s Nest.

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