Hello lovelies, how is it Tuesday already? I’ve been so busy lately that my days/nights have felt like one big blur and before I knew it, we’re almost halfway through another week and I realise I’ve missed almost a whole week of blogging. Eeep.
It’s a particularly busy period at work at the moment, and after working a full week last week, I also helped to organise a weekend seminar our company hosted which meant that us staff members were at the venue from early morning setting up all the way until it was time to pack up at the end. I’ve got another full week of work left before I can have myself a much needed 3 day weekend (which will include my half marathon on one of those days). Crazy!
I’ll be honest when I say that eating well and fitting in work outs was hard, but tried to maintain healthy habits as best as I could. I managed to stick to my half marathon training, and my eating wasn’t too bad either (but it also wasn’t great!). I did however, succumb to take out a few nights when I was too tired to even think about cooking, as well as some cafe snacks/breakfasts when I didn’t have my meals packed.
A couple of years ago, this would have sent me down a shame spiral. But now I realise that this isn’t a diet. This isn’t a passing phase. I eat and live well by choice, not because I feel obligated to. I do it because it makes me feel good, and when I have “off days” where I don’t, it just reminds to check in with myself and get myself back on track to feeling good as soon as I can. It’s not something to feel guilty for, but rather something to acknowledge and grow from.
Is this something you resonate with? Do you find it easy or hard to bounce back after a few days of not eating well? Is finding that balance hard for you? Is it something you struggle with and would like help with? Please comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts!
Now onto my meal prep for the week! After being out all weekend for our seminar, I had no time to do any meal prep on the weekend. I honestly got home on Sunday night at 9:30pm and fell straight into bed. I had a much needed sleep and woke up bright and early on Monday morning to prep a few things.
While on my lunch break on Sunday, I had ducked into a Coles and bought some veggies and fruit. Just the simple thought of getting some fruit and veg made me feel happier because I knew I’d be eating some home cooked meals again soon.
So on Monday morning, I whipped together a quick stir fry with the capsicum, carrot, zucchini and brussels sprouts I bought. I flavoured it with some GF soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic and pepper and a good sprinkle of sunflower seeds for crunch and added nutrition.
I packed about 2 days worth of it to work with some mixed jasmine and basmati rice that we had leftover in the fridge, and left the rest for Jared. To add so extra protein to the lunch, I packed a tin of garlic aioli salmon and a tin of sardines to eat with it. Did you know sardines are packed full of essential fatty acids and the little edible bones in them are also full of calcium. They’re so underrated I think!
For breakfast I packed 2 days worth of washed and sliced strawberries and blueberries (having my fruit cut, mixed and ready to eat like this makes life so much easier because I get so busy at work sometimes that the quicker my food is to put together once I’m there, the less stressful it is for me). I also packed raw cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds. I planned to buy some plain yoghurt on the way to work and have it with the fruit and nut mix for breakfast. I also packed the dried figs to pop in my work drawer as a delicious afternoon snack/pick me up.
While I was at the shops, I also bought myself an avo and some wholegrain Ryvitas to have together as a snack.
After keeping it pretty simple with the morning prep yesterday, I have been able to enjoy some delicious and nourishing meals yesterday and today.
And for the rest of the week? Well I’m really enjoying the fruit, yoghurt and nut mix for breakfast so I think I will pack something similar again for the next two days. I also cooked up a large batch of fried rice loaded with veggies for dinner tonight which will double as my lunch for the next day or two. And the avo on Ryvitas has been really enjoyable as well so I think I’ll probably continue having that as a snack for the week.
I hope you’ve been having a great week so far, and I’ll pop back in tomorrow for Wednesday Favourites & Un-Favourites!