What’s for dinner? What’s for dinner? Week of 1/21/18

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Before I get into this week’s meal plan, I wanted to say thank you for all of the great support and response I received from my last post, “Running has helped me battle depression”. I received some personal messages that made it even more clear to me that it an important topic to discuss. Again, thank you!

I ended the week with some great work-outs. On Thursday, I did my nice and easy run of 3.5 miles. I started with a walking warm-up, restarted the treadmill and ran for 3.5 miles in the cardio cinema room. Time, pace and distance below includes my walking cool down.


I say “nice and easy”, but I still look like this after every run:


On Friday, I got to see Si-Guy perform a song at his school. Nothing cuter than a bunch of little kiddos singing and performing. The performance was done in time for me to go to a Zumba class. I had the same instructor as last week and I really enjoy her class. She is full of energy! Zumba is definitely a fun, low impact way for me to work-out and as I mentioned last week, it seems to help with the tightness in my hips and back. All that hip slinging and booty shaking really does something for you. I was a little early for the class so I did some strength training: bicep curls, hammer curls, planks, hip sled machine and squats.

I love the new tights I got from Dan for Christmas. I think I look kind of weird in tights, but if they stay put and keep me warm, then I don’t care! 🙂


I struggled a little bit this week with the meal plan. I’m thinking because I did it after having a huge dinner. It’s always so hard to think about food when I’m full!

Sunday: Chicken, broccoli, cheddar noodle casserole. 

Monday: Pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and this Carolina BBQ sauce

Tuesday: Red beans and rice, side salad

Wednesday: Steak and roasted poblano pepper quesadillas with chipotle sour cream 

Thursday: Lemon Chicken over angel hair pasta, side salad, fruit or avocado 

Friday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Saturday: Take-out or whatever we have around the house!

I’m resting up over the weekend so I can tackle some longer runs and speed work this week. I’m also going to start on my new goal of trying to do pull-ups. I have never been able to do a pull-up and I want to change that! I’m expecting some pretty tired arms for the next few weeks and months……

I hope this week’s menu gave you some ideas!


Can you do pull-ups? How many? What’s your secret? 🙂





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  1. cat h bradley

    Two years ago I could do two full unassisted pull-ups. I know that sounds like nothing but they are so tough to perform correctly–lifting your full body weight is no joke! Then in 2017 i was so running focused–I still strength trained but I lost most of what i had gained. Determined to get that strength back this year and build on it. All I would say is to practice practice practice on the pull-ups. I had to stay on the assisted machine for about 3 months before it was even realistic for me to start trying unassisted. Then I would just go for it at least once a week while still making gains and doing less and less assistance on the other machine. It’s a pretty cool way to watch your strength increase, really motivating. Good luck!


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