Sunday, November 10, 2013

Weekly Planning done again!!

It's that time of week again and I am preparing for the week ahead!! 
Meal Planning time in the Horcher. 

  

Recycling some old recipes but also trying two new ones - the whole wheat Zucchini bread (still trying to find one that I love!) and trying a friends marinade on the grilled Pork chops. 


This week I will mostly be getting fruits and veggies at the grocery store.  I will be heading to Costco to stock up on Greek Yogurt (if I need a snack in the evening this is my go to), almond milk, eggs, kids yogurt, oatmeal, chicken, flat buns, vanilla, cinnamon and I think that is it!! Everything else I will get at my local produce store or grocery store if they are having any good deals.  

As you know I also include in my meal plan my workout routine.  I am redoing Week 7 of Les Mills Pump. I was feeling off all week and just didn't feel like I gave my workouts my all.  Thankfully because I am at home working out with my own DVDs I can make this choice. 

Plus on the days of the longer workouts I felt like I was rushing because I knew my kids would be up soon.  So I am also going to try waking up at least 15 minutes earlier this week - eeekkk, wish me luck!! and of course NO SNOOZING!! I have been getting worse and worse with this again.  I remember the days in college and I was never a SNOOZE button person.  Oh my how times have changed!! Another goal this week is to get to bed earlier.  I know first hand that part of living a healthy lifestyle is getting adequate sleep.  I for one know I do  not get enough sleep and so I need to start taking care of that part of my life.  
What do you do in order to get up out of bed in the morning? Do you get enough sleep? Do you hit snooze? Do you have a morning routine that you follow?  
Mine is wake up at 5am (well this week I am shooting for 445am), workout, have my Shakeology shake as I am walking upstairs to get my shower at 6am. Get ready from 6-630am. 630-7 check in with my challenge groups. 7am kids get up and we start our day together!! From there it varies...I do try and schedule my day with important tasks and always create a to do list.   

I love schedules though!! I was looking on pinterest this week and I found a chore chart. Now I will have to make some modification with a few other things that need to be done as well but I think this is a great starting  point.  I like having lists and checking things off as I do them.  It keeps me on track. 


I have been meaning to create a chart like this but hey, if you can find one already  made why not use that right?!?! So we will see how this goes!!

This leads me into why meal planning works so well for me.  I struggled with meal planning in the beginning because I didn't know where to start. What foods were considered clean and healthy? How much should I have to eat at each meal? etc. Have you ever felt like this? You want to eat healthier but just aren't sure exactly how to do it?  For me it was all about creating a schedule to follow (ha told you I was a schedule person).  First it started with what times of day would I typically be eating.  This is where I varied greatly.  Then it was learning about what foods are considered healthy and clean.  What foods to pair together to get the maximum fuel for my body? ahh, and then portions!! I don't know about you but I never watched my portions.  I always eyeballed everything until one day I found my eyeballing was WAY OFF!! 

Other ways Meal planning has helped not only me and my family eat better but we also don't waste nearly as much food as we did before so that also means we waste less money!! Chaching!!

If you are interested in learning how to meal plan please feel free to contact me at alysonhorcher@gmail.com. I would love to walk you through what I do each week and see how meal planning can help your life too!!  

Now is the time to learn how to live a 
FIT, HAPPY, and HEALTHY Life 
and we will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!

~Alyson


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