Meal Planning

This is the week, the week where I lace up my running shoes again, the week where we don’t go out for drinks and apps after work every single night. It’s time to stop feeling icky and lethargic and spending tons of money just because it’s cold and dark all.the.time.

I packed my running backpack in NOVEMBER, and the outfit inside has gone unworn. My intention was to take a couple of weeks off after the New York City Marathon to rest but then to start up running again so that I could capitalize on all of the training I did for my best marathon time ever. What actually happened was I got a week-long stomach flu five days after the marathon. The “I can eat whatever I want because I just ran a marathon” attitude went out the window, because I could eat nothing. Once that was over, Thanksgiving and house buying and work weekend events and a nasty fall on the ice happened. And then it was Christmas and family visiting from Ireland. . .

Now it’s just me recognizing my bad habits and hoping I can turn them around. I crave energy and vibrancy, and I hope I can make some good, healthy changes back toward moderation.



Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Vegetables

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage - I'd love to add some bell peppers and broccoli to this. It would be a perfect, healthy comfort dish.


I want my meals to be healthy but also food that I actually want to eat. I’m so tired of things being healthified with powders and potions to the point where they are too gross to stand. I think a few veggies, like red peppers and carrots, added to this pasta would make it a great, healthy and filling meal.



Roast Chicken with Grapes

Roast Chicken with Grapes


I have seen this recipe all over lately, and I think it would be delicious wit baked sweet potatoes on the side.



Cranberry Jalapeno Salmon Melts

salmon melt

A nice, melty sandwich is perfect for a cold night mid-week. I think these would go great with a spinach side salad.



Dinner at Beat Hotel! I have been to Beat Hotel for a delicious dinner and again for their great wine list, and I am excited to bring a new friend and wine PR maven there to check it out.



Pizza! I really like Shaw’s Culinary Circle brand pizzas, and a thin crust Margherita with a glass of red and a fire is the perfect way to wind down the week!


In addition to the above, we’ll try to get five veggie/fruit smoothies in this week. We have been good about drinking maybe three and then slacking off as we near the weekend. I love the burst of energy I get from smoothies each morning, and heaven knows my body needs the nutrients. Chia pudding will also be thrown into the breakfast mix. Here’s to hoping a refreshed outlook on eating and exercise keep away sickness for the rest of the winter!

What does your meal plan look like for the week?

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    I really need to get a better system for meal planning and jump-start my running. The cold weather has definitely made me lazy and the couch always wins. I also have a cold right now, so I’m not doing much besides resting. I did make a minestrone soup yesterday to eat this week. I’m hoping all the vegetables will help me feel better. I think your meal plan looks great!


  2. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been not exercising nearly enough this winter, and eating way too much junk. This is also my week to start getting more organized with meal planning!


  3. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    I am terrible with meal planning, but I did finally get over my let-me-eat-everything-and-warm-up-on-the-couch hump a few weeks ago. Let’s hope I stick with it! Meal planning sounds like a fantastic way to kick things off and keep on track.


  4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    My meal planning is usually 6 hours before i get home! But this week we are on operation clean out the freezer and it is forcing me to think ahead – some good fish and meats as a base with yummy veggies to go with them. Agreed about all the stuff people are doing to food just doesn’t taste good…


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