Meal Planning {Week of April 23}

Meal Planning. Easy and healhty dinner inspiration for the whole family.


It’s good to be back to my weekly meal planning.  Last week I let it slide.  We had something going on at least 5 nights last week that put any plans on the back burner. After a full day of work (and school for the kids), followed by baseball practice or a game, the name of the game was quick and easy dinners.

Think grilled cheese and soup for dinner especially when it was only 45 degrees at the game.  What happened to the 80 degree weather?

Thankfully, one night we had a school event that also included dinner.  A wonderfully scrumptious dinner from various restaurants to highlight multi-cultural night.

This week it’s Spring Break for the kids. We’ve got a little getaway planned at an indoor water park.  It’s not a sunny and tropical vacation but it’ll be fun.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled honey cinnamon salmon + veggies

Monday: Traveling

Tuesday: Traveling

Wednesday: Arugula and Cremini Quiche w/ Almond Meal Crust or winging it depending on what time we get home.

Thursday: Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken + roasted veggies

Friday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Saturday: Easy Haddock and Veggie Bake

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

High Five Friday April 21 2017

It’s time for High Five Friday.

I haven’t been this excited for Friday since last Friday.

I say that every week but it really is true.  Plus, I’m going to a Candlelight Restorative Yoga and Massage class tonight.  Doesn’t that sound absolutely lovely? I can feel my Om taking me away as we speak.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram and Instagram Stories.  Are you following me? Please do!

1 ) Stop drop and yoga

2 ) Sunrise walks.  Hopefully I’ll be enjoying a sunrise run within the next few weeks.

3 ) Latte love

4 ) When it’s 60 degrees at sunrise, you take your workout outside. Thankfully, bands are super portable.

5 ) It feels so good to be out of the basement on on the roads.  I can’t do it everyday but something is better than nothing. Even if it’s not as warm as it was earlier in the week.

5 Good Reads

1 ) What Happens with the 50,000 Pounds of Clothes Left at Boston Marathon Start Line? – Have you ever wondered what happens to all the clothes that get discarded?  This is awesome. Now I need to find out where it’s all distributed.  From what I saw in 2015, there’s some really good stuff!

2 ) 12 Ways to Deal with Injury Depression – I’ve been there for sure. Many times. I feel like Tina wrote this specifically for me.

3 ) 10 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Go from Marathons to Ultra Marathons – Even if you do not ever plan on running an ultra marathon, you will laugh at this list.

4 ) Running Strengthens Voices as Well as Muscles – An interesting look at how running can increase your confidence in letting your voice be heard.

5 ) How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon: Beyond the Usual Advice – With Marathon Monday fresh on everyone’s mind, Laura let’s you know what you need to get your BQ.

What would you like to High 5 this week?



What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running

When I started running, there were tons of things I wish I knew about running. Like that I would watch running on TV.  Never thought that would happen!

How’s your running inspiration right now?

Mine is through the roof after watching the Boston Marathon coverage on TV and tracking friends on Monday.

It’s crazy how it was so warm on Monday and yesterday it was 50 and overcast.  Why couldn’t the runners have that weather on Monday? For the majority of my friends running, their goal times got pushed to the side after a few miles in.  It was too freakin’ hot. Their new goal was to run smart and enjoy the sights and sounds of Marathon Monday.

For a few other friends, it turned into their worst nightmare.  As someone who has been there, done that, my heart ached for them.  It’s never easy to get your first DNF but it’s a million times harder to accept when it’s Boston. Now I know what it was like for my friends and family who were tracking me and abruptly saw me stall early on in the race.  It sucked not knowing what was going on.

We had the marathon coverage on in the gym at work all day. I was glued to the screen.  A few patients made the typical non-runner comments –

Why are these people doing that to themselves? Running is so bad for them.  They are going to need new knees by the time they are 40. I don’t even like to drive 26 miles.

It’s amazing that my tongue wasn’t bleeding from all the biting I had to do. I had to remind myself that most of these people have never been a runner and never will be. They don’t get it.  From the outside, I’m sure it does look crazy. I’m sure I even thought running a marathon was crazy before I became a runner.

It reminded me of all the things that no one told me before I became a runner. I originally posted this list almost 3 years ago but had to add more to it.

1. Running is hard. We’ve all seen the magical runner gliding down the street making it look effortless. Running isn’t easy. It’s down right hard work. But once you get started, find a flow, it does get easier. In the beginning, the thought of running one continuous mile seemed impossible. Conditioning of the body and the mind will happen if you stick with it.

Seacoast running |

2. Running requires patience. For most runners, it takes years and years of putting in hard work to get faster to become a more efficient. When setting a goal race or time, you need to build that sweat equity before it comes a reality. Building new muscle and expanding your VO2 max requires patience.

3. Running is not a cheap sport. When you start running, you think all I need is shoes, bottoms, tops, and a sports bra (for the ladies) to run. While that’s very true, you will find yourself at some point wanting more. A GPS watch, more shoes, more gear for every possible weather event, hydration systems, fuel belts, mid run fuel, running magazine subscriptions and let’s not forget race entries. Running is not cheap.

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4. Never say never when it comes to running a marathon or an ultramarathon. I don’t know how many friends I have heard say they will NEVER run a marathon or further. And then guess what? They do. I’ve learned to never say I’d NEVER do…because you just never know.

5. Running with others will make you a stronger runner. When I first started running, I ran mostly by myself. But then I decided to run with a group for occasional training runs. They motivated me to get out of my comfort zone. I learned that I could actually run faster than I thought I could. My running friends that I’ve made over the years have become some of my greatest friends.  They may even know more about me than my non-running friends.  There’s just something about running with others.

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6. Your digestive system may go crazy once you start logging more miles. When I started upping my mileage training for my first half marathon, I found that my tummy was unhappy a lot mid run or post run. But as time went on, my digestive system, along with everything else, got conditioned to the mileage.

7. Your feet will never look the same. No one ever told me that my feet would get bigger when I started running longer distances.  I was a size 7 (sometimes 6.5) and am now a 7.5 (regular shoes) and 8.5 running shoes. No one ever told me that my feet would have gnarly callouses.  Thankfully, I have never had a black toenail but I know plenty of runners that have. I always feel the need to apologize and state that
“I’m a runner” as a PDA whenever I get a pedicure.

Ironically, you will post more pics of your feet on social media than ever before. Go figure!

mom and daugher Saucony Running Shoes |

8. What works for your friend will not necessarily work for you. Just because a certain type of shoe or mid run fuel works for your friend, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Get properly fitted for a shoe. Do the work in finding a fuel that works just for you. One size does not fit all.

9. Running is way more mental than muscle. Of course you need to train your muscles to successfully run but training your brain is just as important. I don’t know how many times my brain has run out of energy before my body while running. Building mental toughness is always a work in progress.

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10. Don’t just run. Variety is what will keep you running longer. I love running but I can not run 7 days a week. I know there are some people out there that can do it, but the majority of us can not. I need to do other forms of exercise to counter balance my running muscles otherwise I’m on the injured reserve list. Yoga, cycling, weights, swimming, Barre, whatever it is that you enjoy, do it in addition to running to keep you body balanced and hopefully injury free. It’s also a great way to have a “back up” in case you do get injured. I’m even thinking of keeping pool running around after I come back from my current injury.

11. There will be some runs that suck and make you want to quit running. Everyone has horrible running days. If you know someone who doesn’t, they are lying. When it happens, all you can do is shake it off and move on to the next run. It will get better. Some even think that bad runs usually mean that you are on the brink of a running break through. Fix you ponytail and get back in there.

Fix my ponytail and find my strong |

12. If you run, you are a runner. I can’t recall the exact moment that I felt like a “real” runner.  Maybe it was when I completed my first race?  Prior to that, I never said I was a runner.  I ran but it was more casual, for fun.  It’s like people who say they only smoke when they drink. They aren’t smokers, right?  Sorry peeps, you are a smoker.  And if you run, you are a runner.

13. Running is way more than just exercise. At some point running switched over from being a way to stay in shape to just being a part of who I am. Without it, I feel off, not like myself.  It makes me feel calm, peaceful and overall happier.

Hawaii Run |

14. Running can break your heart. My heart has been broken a few times from running. An injury, a disappointing race.  But I still keep going back to it. Why?  Because I love it.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and Coaches’ Corner.

What do you wish you knew before you started running?