Monday Meal Plan #34

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend, and all the mothers had a lovely Mother’s Day!

Weekend Recap

Saturday was a cold and rainy day here. I accompanied my daughter to a friend’s roller-skating birthday party, then made a quick Target run later in the day.

Yesterday, my husband picked up breakfast sandwiches for us, and I opened presents over coffee. I got a gift certificate for a massage and a facial at a local spa, plus some cool flower bulbs that I may have mentioned wanting… My husband gave me the same massage/facial package two years ago, and it was absolute bliss. In fact, it was so relaxing that I fell asleep during the facial, and woke myself up with a snort! #mortifying

We also went to the library for a llama program, walked around Saratoga, and – most gloriously¬†– I wasn’t responsible for preparing a single meal all day!

The Week Ahead

My daughter and I have a pretty standard week coming up. Her school’s art show is Tuesday evening, and she has gymnastics class Thursday evening. My poor husband is traveling a good bit for work this week – Monticello, Syracuse, and Fulton are the highlights – so he’ll probably be home late most evenings.

Spring has finally remembered that it started almost two months ago, and we’re expecting lots of sun and highs in the seventies and eighties most of the week. I’m going to take advantage and plan to get outside as much as possible. I have to start conditioning my bales for my straw bale garden, do a little more work in a flower bed, and try to get ahead of the weeds. I’ll also be walking and/or running every day, since last week’s cold and rainy weather kept me inside a lot.

This Week’s Meal Plan

I’ve felt a little lazy for having our meals planned for me by Blue Apron and Hello Fresh – or cooked and delivered for me by 9 Miles East! – these past few weeks, so I decided to kick it old school and plan, shop for, and cook all of our meals this week. ūüôā Here’s what’s for dinner at my house:

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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Monday Meal Plan #33

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Recap

It was an unseasonably cold weekend here in upstate New York, and this trend looks like it’s going to continue for the next week or so. I would’ve gladly traded the random seventy-degree days in February, for consistent, seasonable temperatures now!

Despite the chilly temps, I went for my third run slow jog on Friday. While it may not be pretty, I’m confident I’ll be able to survive my first 5K, coming up next month.

On Saturday, we ran a few errands, including picking up my car from the mechanic. I’m very happy to report that the air-conditioning is finally working. I’m less happy to report how much it cost to get it back in working order…

Saturday night, our daughter had a sleepover at a friend’s house. My husband and I decided to take advantage of the night alone, and went out to dinner. We ate at a fish restaurant,¬†then went for a short walk. Since we had shared the chocolate globe dessert, we needed all the extra steps we could get!

Sunday was particularly chilly, so after picking my daughter up from her sleepover, I spend most of the rest of the day reading the paper and my current book, in sweats.

The Week Ahead

It’s going to be another quiet week for my family. My daughter has a Brownies meeting after school today, and gymnastics Thursday evening. She also has a friend’s birthday party on Saturday, for which I have to pick up a gift this week. (Speaking of which, I’ve officially transitioned from buying birthday presents for children, to gift cards. It’s easier than trying to figure out what they (a) want, and (b) don’t already have. Do you¬†do this too, or do you think it’s too impersonal?)

Since I continue to enjoy the¬†meal deliveries from 9 Miles East, I decided to get another one this week. I opt for the Meal Plan Plus, which includes a four-serving entr√©e, a soup, several salads, and two servings of grilled veggies with quinoa. The food lasts us all week, making it money well-spent in my book! **If you live in the Capital Region or the Boston-area and are interested in trying the 9 Miles East home meal delivery service, contact Adam (Adam@9mileseast.com), let him know that Amy from My Upstate Life sent you, and you’ll save $10 on your first order.**

I’m also trying a different meal kit delivery service this week, Hello Fresh. I’ve had success using Blue Apron in the past, but unfortunately it doesn’t eliminate the need for me to prep the ingredients and cook them. (Yes, I hate cooking that much!) My sister has tried both Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and she found the latter to be simpler and to require less prep. I decided to give it a try using her referral code, which saved my $40 on my first order. As a result, I’m getting three, two-serving dinners for only $19.95. If you’d like to try Hello Fresh for a similar deal, just use this link.

This Week’s Meal Plan

Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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My Goals for 2017: Check-In #4

Some people are motivated by rewards. Some people are motivated by fear. Others are internally motivated. Me? I’m motivated by public shame. I do not want to be embarrassed, and that’s what typically gives me the push I need complete things.

It helped keep me focused when I trained for two marathons in my younger years. I joined Team in Training, which, in exchange for participants raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, provides coaching, support, and organized, group training runs. Those group runs were critical for me –¬†in particular the weekly “long runs.” Knowing that I would be running 16 miles with a group on Saturday, helped keep me motivated to train on my own throughout the week. I knew I’d never be the first, but I really did not want to be the last person to finish the long runs.

What does this have to do with my 2017 goals? I’m going to use this motivation to help keep me on track with my goals. I’ll be sharing monthly check-ins on my progress to keep me focused, and as a form of accountability.

2017 Goals Check-In #4

(You can read more detailed descriptions of each of my goals here.)

Goal #1: Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read.

In April, I read The Dry, and The Lowland¬†and¬†¬†I really enjoyed both of these fiction books. This brings my total number of books read in 2017 to eight. You can see all of my 2017¬†reads –¬†current, past, and future – here.

Goal #2: Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones.

No progress here this month – not surprising, given my comfort with and preference for the familiar… ūüôā

Goal #3: Run at least three 5K races.

In April, I finally went for my first jog in about three years! Amazingly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I managed to jog for 27 minutes, including up a hill. While my pace was glacial slow, it gave me hope that getting back into decent cardiovascular shape won’t be completely impossible. Just to be on the safe side, though, I decided to postpone my first 5K until June. And I registered for this one, so I can’t postpone it anymore.

Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.

I tried two local, no-cook options in April. First, I tried the home meal delivery service from 9 Miles East, which I loved! I ordered the Meal Plan Plus, which comes with a four-serving dinner entr√©e, several salads, a soup, and two servings of grilled veggies with quinoa. It took my husband and me all week to finish everything we received! (Our daughter prefers to stick with chicken nuggets and mac and cheese – sigh…) We had the entr√©e and salads for dinner several nights, and I had soup, salads, and veggies and quinoa for lunch all week. Their food is local, seasonal, healthy, and delicious, and we’ll definitely be ordering from them again! If you live in the Capital Region or the Boston-area and are interested in trying the 9 Miles East home meal delivery service, contact Adam (Adam@9mileseast.com), let him know that Amy from My Upstate Life sent you, and you’ll save $10 on your first order.

The second option I tried in April was the “Mama’s Ziti To Go” dinner from Augie’s To Go. For $21.95, we got a large tray of ziti with meatballs and sausage, a basic, two-serving salad, and bread. I really enjoyed the meatballs and the ziti, but was not a fan of the sausage. Our super-picky daughter enjoyed the ziti, which was a huge win! They offer a couple of other weekly dinner-to-go specials, including my husband’s beloved chicken parm, which we’ll probably try in the future.

How are you doing with your 2017 goals/resolutions?

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Monday Meal Plan #32

Happy Monday, and happy May!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Recap

It’s that time of year again – I’m on summer break from my job. As it does every year at this time, the student traffic in our office has dropped way off, so Thursday was my last day of work until September.

On Friday, I went for my first run slow jog in about three years, since – in keeping with one of my goals for 2017 – I’m running three 5K races this summer and fall. It wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. I also finished reading The Lowland, which I enjoyed a great deal.

Friday night, we attended my daughter’s play at school. It was done with the Missoula Children’s Theater, which sends two directors to the school, along with all of the materials needed for the show – scripts, costume, scenery, and more. The kids rehearse every day after school for a week, then put on two weekend performances of the show. It’s a very impressive undertaking! My inlaws came up from New Jersey for Saturday’s show, and spent the rest of the afternoon with us.

Yesterday was freezing here! My daughter and I joined several other girls from her Brownie troop at a tour of an equine therapy farm in our area. The other moms and I spent three, chilly hours outside, while the girls toured the farm, did crafts and a trust-building exercise, and planted seeds. I also fell in love with this absurd-looking creature:

The Week Ahead

We have a pretty quiet week this week. My daughter starts a new gymnastics class on Thursday evenings. It’s not ideal timing, since the class runs from 7:00 to 8:00, and she usually goes to bed at 8:30 on school nights. She’s very excited about it, though, and since the end of the school year is in sight, I decided to give it a shot.

Because I enjoyed my first meal delivery from 9 Miles East, I decided to get another one this week. I opt for the Meal Plan Plus, which includes a four-serving entr√©e, a soup, several salads, and two servings of grilled veggies with quinoa. The last time I ordered it, the food lasted us all week, making it money well-spent in my book!¬†If you live in the Capital Region or the Boston-area and are interested in trying the 9 Miles East home meal delivery service, contact Adam (Adam@9mileseast.com), let him know that Amy from My Upstate Life sent you, and you’ll save $10 on your first order.

This Week’s Meal Plan

Here’s what’s for dinner at our house this week:

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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