Prep and Plan for Healthy Living

I believe prepping and planning for healthy living is a huge component in making it part of your daily life. Taking a day each week to food prep will save time and money, and having a plan for healthy living will help make your goals attainable. Every Monday I will feature how I food prep each weekend before the work week, as well as my plan for healthy living for the week. 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend...I feel like it went by way too quickly! I spent most of the weekend getting caught up on work for the blog and organizing my life, but I did enjoy a break and danced the night away on Saturday for a friend's bachelorette party. While I didn't drink too much, I went to bed at my usual wake up time, so I spent most of Sunday ready to go back to sleep ;)

I am SO pumped because I have one more week of work until I take a week and a half off to enjoy my sister and brother in law coming to town, then flying to Puerto Rico for a wedding, and lastly to Colorado for another wedding! So happy I am getting to see all my favorite people over the next couple weeks, wedding season is so much fun! 

Food prep:

Prep and Plan for Healthy Living

-Roasted sweet potatoes

-Roasted sweet peppers

-Roasted radishes (my first time trying, so good!)

-Curry mashed potatoes (for Monday's dinner)

-Basmati brown rice (for Wednesday's dinner)

-Berry protein pancake bake (recipe coming to blog next week!)

-Muhammara (recipe coming to blog  in next 2 weeks!) and cut up bell peppers and celery

-Grilled chicken (covered in Trader Joe's coffee garlic BBQ rub)

-Energy bites (half already frozen)

-Not pictured: zucchini bread overnight oats (recipe coming to blog in next 2 weeks!)

Meal Plan for this week:

Prep and Plan for Healthy Living

The majority of the recipes for meals we are eating this week  will be on the blog soon, get excited! This is the recipe for the salmon burrito bake by the lovely Cotter Crunch, and I am using a Blue Apron recipe as inspiration for the steak with fried egg and kimchi fried rice. I originally saw the idea for the meal on Fannetastic Food, and thought it sounded divine!

I am excited to recipe test on my sister and Nick, my brother in law (yes, both our husbands are named Nick!). I plan on making them my coconut butter salmon, and will put the recipe on the blog soon! I also plan to test my chocolate acai bowl and french toast casserole recipes and I have some paleo fudge already made for them, too!

Exercise plan for the week:

Monday-  Gym before work (deadlifts/back/biceps) and hot cardio flow yoga

Tuesday- Rest

Wednesday- Gym before work (leg day)

Thursday- Hot barre

Friday- Gym before work (shoulder/chest/triceps)

Saturday- BUTI yoga

Sunday- Rest

I didn't end up working out on Thursday of last week because life happened...Nick and I are potentially going to buy here in Florida, and had to look at a house (no luck at finding anywhere, yet!) Also,  I started week 1 of the strength portion of my training scheme  and my oh-my-goodness I have been SO sore! I could tell I needed an extra rest day, and while I hate missing barre class, I am really trying to be careful that I do not overexercise.

My weekly goal for exercises is always to go 5-6 times a week (3 times strength training, 2-3 times power yoga/barre/circuit workout at home). I always plan for 6, but know that I may need to only do 5 depending on how I feel. I have some weeks where I go 6 times a week every week, and then others where 5 is all I can handle. Just depends on what is going on in life and how my body feels. On a daily basis, I aim to rebound daily, stretch/foam, practice yoga, and take daily walks at work or with my pup. I don't always hit all of those everyday (most of the time I only get 1-2 in daily), but I strive to!

Sleep and mental health plan for the week:

Sleep has been SO amazing lately. It makes me so happy! I credit this to slowly forming the habit of meditation, which helps keep me de-stressed throughout the day. I also am being very diligent to cut off all electronics by 8:30pm, and go read before bedtime and then complete Kat's new guided meditation for sleep. You can find more Kat on her Bringing Balance Back  series here on the blog  or at her website. According to my sleep cycle app, I am getting 75-90% sleep quality lately, which is such a huge improvement! I have such mental clarity when I sleep better, and as I am writing this I can tell the effects of sleep deprivation because my mind is so foggy (as a result of being up wayyyy past my bedtime from the bachelorette party ;)).

Come back this week for the usual WIAW post, a guest post by my sister on her morning routine and a delicious recipe on Friday! Until then, I hope you each have a wonderful start to your week!

Nourish yo'self,

Victoria