My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

My journey to a smaller jean size

Plans for the Week Ahead

on January 27, 2013

Today was a good day.  It started with another trip to the arena for my older son’s hockey game.  They lost, but we kind of expected to lose today – the team they played against has the best player in the league on it (who was actually on our team at the beginning of the season, but they pulled him off to give him to the team right below us in the standings.  Now they are in first and we are in last….yes, we are still a bit confused about why they did this, and a little bitter too!)  Anyways, the game was quite good and my son played well, so despite the loss, we consider the game a success.

After hockey I got to work on planning my week of food and workouts.  My week is going to look like this:
jan 27-feb 2

After I made my plan, I made my grocery list for all the supplies that I would need to the various meals, and hit the grocery store.  It was a successful trip, except for 4 items that I needed:  cilantro, zucchini, chorizo, and chicken sausage.  I will have to go back to the store when the recipes come up in the rotation and I need those ingredients. 

Tonight for dinner I did a Clean Eating repeat of Chicken and Goat Cheese Strudel.  (click here for the recipe)  We had all forgotten just how good this tastes.  The only bad part about it is there is just enough for dinner and no leftovers.  Next time I might actually make 2 strudels so there is some left for a few lunches – hubs would have had another piece if there had been any left.  To go along with the strudel, I sautéed up baby bok choy with some garlic and added some soy sauce and tangy Thai sauce to give the bok choy just a bit of flavour.  All in all, a very good meal!  This isn’t the best picture, but here’s how it looked. 


After dinner, I was hoping to make my the hash brown, sausage & egg muffins that I’ve planned for breakfasts for the week.  Unfortunately one of the ingredients I needed – chicken sausage – was one of the items that I wasn’t able to get at the grocery store today.  I guess I will just have another ham & cheese scrambled egg bake tomorrow.  Hopefully after work tomorrow I can run into the grocery store and pick up those missing items so I can make the egg muffins tomorrow night and have them for breakfasts for the rest of the week.  

I managed to get a workout in today.  After groceries I did a 25 minute kettlebell workout.  This one I modified from a workout I saw on CultFit.  The original workout was a swing workout that was 5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5.  It didn’t say, but I think this was how many swings you were supposed to do in a minute…at least that’s what I did.  I ended up doing it a little differently to get in a few more swings.  I modified to 5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10. At first I was wondering if maybe this was not how it was supposed to be done since 5 swings in a minute isn’t that many and there was a lot of time standing around waiting for the next minute to start…so for the first few swing sets, I did that many in 30 seconds instead of the full minute.  By the time the number of swings started getting up there, the minute was the perfect amount of time.  I was able to get all the swings in with enough time left to get my breath back and be ready to swing again.  In total I did 345 swings and was dripping.  I love kettlebells!

345 kettlebell workout

Now the weekend is just about over and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Only 5 days of work to get through!

How was your weekend? 
Are your meals and workouts planned out  for the week?

10 responses to “Plans for the Week Ahead

  1. runninghaiku says:

    Will you do meal planning for me too, please?!


  2. Jill says:

    Hehe…my eyes went right to all the Starbucks on your calendar. I need you to do my meal planning too. 🙂


  3. Ok, you plan the meals, and I’ll make the bentos – sound like a deal?


  4. CultFit says:

    I’m glad to hear you gave the swing workout a go! If you were hanging out over here I would of had you do the following: Keep the reps the same and completely forget about time, time in my personal opinion, is not a good indicator of “Quality” during a workout. Back to the program … Using a heavy KB, once you first “hike” the bell to start your swings, the bell never touches the floor again. Meaning, once you pick the KB up for the first set of 5 swings, you keep holding it until the last set of 5. Somewhere around 10-11, that little KB gets really, really heavy. Form, flow and grace and I’m so glad you tried it out! Next time give the idea above a go and let me know how it worked out for you. 🙂


    • cathyo says:

      Thanks for the tip. I will try it like that next time. So how long do you rest in between? Just until you feel you can go again? Thx for your help.


      • CultFit says:

        You can get a hold of me anytime if you have questions about the programs. I write them in a vague non descriptive fashion for a reason … To get people to ask questions. 🙂 There are a lot of “little details” in each program.
        This program is what I like to call a Bookend workout. Rest for 3-5 deep breaths, not too long. 5-6-7, find your form and flow … 7-6-5 … Perfection, snappy hips. When this gets easy, up the reps. You can also add in some push ups, goblet squats etc in the future to spice it up!


      • cathyo says:

        awesome…will try that next time. I’m relatively new to all this “workout” stuff, so appreciate any tips! Thanks for your help!


      • CultFit says:

        My only tip: Smile 🙂


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