Weeknights can be stressful, but to accomplish everything you want to in a night, finding a process that allows you to streamline everything can be the most effective. Here’s a little bit of information on how I do that!
Yesterday, Brian and I started off the morning pumping iron at the gym. Brian went through my chest and back workout with me, and it was so great! I don’t mind working out on my own, but I feel a different level of intensity when I am working with someone else, I have the ability to push myself that much harder.
While I love working out, and enjoy it as a hobby, Brian doesn’t have the same feeling about heading to the gym. He is a great sport and has run two races with me, allows me to take him through workouts, and puts up with all of group fitness class planning, training, and everything else that I put into my fitness obsession.
When Brian told me that he would head to the gym with me, I was so excited because I honestly felt as if it were a new way for us to bond. Overall, he did an amazing job and we both challenged each other…but I think that we will make things a little harder next time 😉
After our workout, we headed to church and then to lunch at Panera with my sister. Boy, do I love Panera! Today, despite the 100 degree heat, I opted for the you pick two with blackbean soup and the Thai chopped chicken salad (minus the fried wonton strips, the chicken, and dressing but with extra edamame added…boy am I difficult!) It was great to see my sister, because even though we live close, I don’t see her nearly enough.
After lunch and chatting about an upcoming family vacation to Florida Brian and I headed to the store to purchase some groceries for the week. After the grocery, it was time to prep my meals for the week. I swear, each week I get faster and faster at the process.
Sunday Meal Prep
It helps that Brian was my partner in crime and assisted me in prepping our food.
Since I began working full-time in addition to teaching group fitness classes throughout the week, I realized that coming home at 6pm, preparing dinner, packing lunch for Brian and I, preparing for my group fitness classes, and doing whatever else comes up for the day didn’t leave me with very much time for spending time with Brian, or just spending time taking a break.
I have found that prepping my food on Sunday is the only way that I can not spend 3 hours in the kitchen when I get home from work at 6pm. So, I designated Sundays as my food prep and grocery day. Two things that I absolutely love to do, but when I am short on time….they can seem more like chores and the joy is taken out of the activities.
The foods that I prep on Sundays (and maybe a bit on Saturdays) are:
I find that prepping these simple foods on the weekend completely streamlines my week. I truly enjoy eating foods that I have prepared, and it takes a lot of time to prepare them…but one thing to remember is that it is not impossible. All that it takes is a little bit of pre-planning, and maybe a little bit of help from your partner in crime (thanks Brian!) 😉 Of course everything doesn’t always go as planned, but if you have a plan for the healthy meals that you want to eat for the week, and the foods are readily available than there are no excuses between you and your healthy, delicious, satisfying meals!
What do you do to streamline your week night routine?? Do you prep most of your meals on one night?