Weekly Meal Plan

December 6, 2008

I plan our meals a week at a time. This helps me to avoid the stress of coming home from a day of work and not knowing what to make. While meal planing does take a bit of time to do, in the end it saves me time, money, and helps us to eat well. Right now our pantry is full of rice, lentils, pasta, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, dried beans, oatmeal, tea, coffee. We don’t need any more pantry goods.

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So, I’m planning our menu based on the food that we already have. In the freezer we have frozen veggies, veggie burgers, and some leftovers. Our meals are normally very simple because I work full time and would rather spend my free time doing things other than cook. With that in mind, here’s my menu plan for the week. This usually changes a bit during the week, but even if I don’t stick exactly to it, it’s really helpful to have.

Saturday

  • L-leftover pizza
  • D- Leftover frozen beef stew for Jeddie, veggie burger and spinach salad for Claire

Sunday

  • L- Brown rice with soya beans
  • D- Leek, potato, and bean stew

Monday

  • L- in London
  • D- Leek, potato, and bean stew

Tuesday

  • L- Brown rice and soya beans
  • D- Baked tofu and steamed veggies

Wednesday

  • L- Barley and corn
  • D- Rice and refried beans

Thursday

  • L- Salad with kidney beans
  • D- Corn and tomato soup

Friday

  • L- Rice and beans
  • D- Pizza!

The only things that I really need to shop for are apples, grapes, carrots, soy milk, potatoes, and more greens later in the week. I’m also making sugar cookies and pumpkin pie for Jeddie’s end of term holiday PARTY. I need to buy confectioners sugar, butter, cream of tartar, and sprinkles.


Becoming a more organized runner

December 5, 2008

I didn’t get to run this morning and my husband and I have dinner plans for this evening, so I’m not going to get the opportunity to run after work.  I’m really trying to not get angry with myself for not making my morning run.  I know that the reason I didn’ run was I stayed up to late (midnight, oh, the horrors) and ate dinner too late at night so I didn’t sleep very well.  I’m writing about this because if I’m going to properly train for the marathon, I’ve got to be organised in other areas of my life to allow for enough time to run.  Tomorrow is a new day and I have plans for a wonderful long run along the river and into Grantchester. 

Enjoy the weekend!

I really like the new WordPress layout!

Does anyone out there listen to Crooked Still?  I’m in love with the song When First Unto This Country.  The banjo and fiddle combination is fantastic and Aoife’s voice is amazing. 


Run recap

December 3, 2008

I only got in 2 miles yesterday. I just could not get into the run and let myself quit. Oh the shame! Sometimes I just can’t run on the treadmill. I think it’s my ADD. It’s okay. I’ll get in a run after work tonight. I’m up early, but decided to take care of a few things around the flat, laundry, some filling, mostly after work because my husband is teaching Greek at our house tonight. I’m going for a run where I used to run all of the time last year. It’s well light so I can run there at night.


10k try again

December 2, 2008

Since I didn’t get my 10k in yesterday, I’m going to run it today after work. I’m running even if it’s dark and cold and I’m a little hungry. One day off is a rest day, but if I take more than one day off, I get cranky.

Chores for today:

Bank to transfer money. I need to derisk our currency holdings. 🙂 ie transfer money before the pound sinks any further.

Get a Christmas present for my sister.




Early to bed, early to rise

November 22, 2008

Goodness! I did not do a good job of following my training schedule! The main problem was that I got in bed too late to wake up early in the morning. I’ve got to get on a better sleep schedule and get in bed! Today Jed and I are going for a long run from Cambridge to Waterbeach and back. I’ve got to get in some mileage and today is the day to do it. The sun is shining and the sky is blue.


50 miles, 155bpm

November 16, 2008

One of my older friends is a fantastic runner. He’s been a runner his entire life, but ran his first marathon at age 48 in 3 hours and 2 minutes. His training advice to me was very simple, “Just run 50 miles a week and be able to run your long runs at a comfortable heart rate.” Simple indeed, but not easy. I think that his advice is a good guide for marathon training. For example, when my husband finished his marathon last year, he wasn’t out of breath when he crossed the finish line. Yes, his legs hurt, but he didn’t feel like he was about to collapse. In fact, that afternoon he still had the strength to tour around Zurich and climb hundreds for stairs to the top of a church steeple.

From now until February 2009, my goal is to build up my weekly mileage so that by February 1st I’m running 50 miles a week with my heart rate staying around 155 for my long runs. Then from Feb 1 until the marathon in late May, I will follow a specific marathon training schedule. I haven’t decided which training schedule I’ll follow, but I’m sure that I’ll have to make some adjustments to it.


Weekly Plan

November 15, 2008

I love Saturday mornings. I use Saturday mornings to do all of the housekeeping tasks that sometimes get neglected during the week. This morning I tidied our flat, did a load of laundry, vacuumed, wrote two cards to family, and went to the post office. More importantly and to the point of this blog, I planned my exercise for the week. Often times my work takes me to London and when I go to London it can be difficult to fit in a run. So, I have to get creative with my schedule and know what days I need to run because I won’t have a chance to run on other days. Here is my schedule for this week:

Saturday: Body Pump, 3 mile run

Sunday: Spinning, Pilates at Home

Monday: AM 6 mile run

Tuesday: PM Gym, 45 min on Elliptical, Pilates at the gym (I’m in London in the morning today)

Wednesday: AM 8 mile run

Thursday: Rest (Full day in London)

Friday: AM 5 mile run