Weekly Menu June 5 - June 10th


No, your eyes are not deceiving you. After months and months of not posting a Weekly Menu, I've finally decided to share one with you.

Ironically, it's barely even a menu this week. Nevertheless, here I am. Let's explain that first though.

Towards the end of April, one of my friends began attending Barre exercises classes. If you're not familiar with the concept, its classes held in a studio with a ballet barre. There are a decent amount of general ballet moves, but its mixed in with yoga, pilates, strength training and even cardio.

I started taking classes in May. Holy ballet slippers were they harder than I thought they were going to be. But I quickly (as in, after two classes) found that I absolutely love it. Why?

  • * My terribly uncoordinated self can get through a class without looking like an idiot. 
  • * It's an all women class but that catty, judgement you can sometimes find at gyms doesn't exist
  • * I can now lean forward and touch my toes, something I haven't been able to do since childhood
  • * In a month I've lost some inches and pounds 
  • * The Fitbit is very proud of me 
  • * It's just fun!

So when I got an email about an Evolution Class, I didn't hesitate to sign up. The Evolution classes are essentially like the Boot Camp of Barre. It's a more intimate group, two special classes a week that focus on weight loss and that come with a meal plan. You also get to take 2 classes of your choosing per week. 

I typically tend to scoff at exercise programs that give you a meal plan, because they usually barely top out at 1200 calories, involve attaching your kitchen scale to your waist and cut out anything that actually has flavor. You're usually relegated to a chicken breast seasoned only with salt and pepper, a quarter cup of plain white rice and a massive pile of flavorless steamed vegetables as dinner for 7 nights a week for the next 30-ish days. LOL, no. 

This meal plan is different. It has flavor! So, I'm in. 

Now, with taking class three nights a week, it means that cooking dinner isn't as easy. Luckily for me this week, Tom is away for work two nights so it's okay for me to be repetitive and make things he typically wouldn't eat. I also tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch throughout the week and I'm actually trying to shake that up this week. ...Okay, fine, just for breakfast, but it's a start, yeah?

I have class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night so I've chosen easier make-ahead recipes for those days. 

Sunday: honey ginger pork tacos with pineapple salsa 

Monday: strawberry chicken salad with a hard boiled egg

Tuesday: bun-less Mexican seasoned turkey burgers with sweet potato fries and sauteed bell peppers

Wednesday: strawberry chicken salad with a hard boiled egg

Thursday: bun-less Mexican seasoned turkey burgers with sweet potato fries and sauteed bell peppers

Friday: deli turkey, baked sweet potato, salad and fruit 

On Monday and Thursday Tom is having a crock pot meal of honey bourbon meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy. Friday I'll pick up something at the grocery store he can easily prepare for dinner that night. 

Breakfast for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be two omelet muffins. Breakfast Tuesday and Friday will be a smoothie. My lunch for the week will be a tuna salad over arugula with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. 

Snacks will include string cheese, hard boiled eggs, apples and peanut butter, Greek yogurt and baby carrots. 

I need to do a post soon about counting macros, but all of these recipes will still get as close as possible to my 1419 calories for the day, while meeting 116 grams of protein, 114 of carbs and 51 fo fat. I'm guessing I'll need to toss in a few protein bars or additional smoothies as needed. 

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