Monday, February 25, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

My grocery bill is definitely lower when I plan a menu. I did really well with this for several months and then the Holidays hit and I had a hard time getting back in the swing of things. Here is what I have planned for this week.

Monday:  BBQ Chicken, Grean Beans, Salad, Rice (This was not used the week before)
Tuesday: Leftover\Sandwich Night. We have a busy night of activities so everyone will grab a bite when they can.
Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole ( Using leftover ham from Sunday), Veggie, Salad,
Thursday: Barbecue Beef Cups - (These are so simple and the kids love them) , Salad
Friday: Fish, Veggie, Rice.
Saturday: Eat Out
Sunday:  ??

I am linking up to I'm an Organizing Junkie

I really like how Melissa does menu planning for a month. I am not sure I can get up to that but I am working towards menu planning for two weeks.  Baseball season starts for us in April and that is a very busy time for us as we have games during the week and on Saturdays and Sundays.  My weekly food budget comes out of my husband's weekly paycheck so that will be a change for me to plan out two weeks.

February Fitness Challenge Week 3 Recap

This was supposed to post last night so not sure what happenned.

I have been doing the Fitness Challenge from The Hawaii Plan for three weeks. I have been recording mine from Monday - Sunday.  Here were my goals at the beginning of the month.

1. Record every day in MyFitnessPal even if I go over my calorie goal.
2. Exercise 4 days a week
3. Increase Daily servings of Veggie
4. Increase Daily servings of Water.

This week's recap.
 1. I recorded every day but one day so this was pretty good this week.
 2.  I was able to work out at the gym four days this week.  Woohoo!! I did have to decrease my workout one day because I have had bad shin splints this week.
 3. I am not doing too good with this one. I get veggies at night with my evening meal but need to work more into my lunch.
 4. This week was bad for the water drinking. I usually do really well with this but this week I am not sure what was wrong.

Starting the last week on Monday  morning!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weekly Menu Plan

 February 18th - February 24th. 
Breakfast is always cereal or eggs for the kids.Lunches for hubby and me are leftovers or sandwiches.

Monday - Chicken and Noodles - I even made home made noodles for the first time.
Tuesday - Spaghetti , Garlic Bread, Salad
Wednesday -Oven Baked Fajitas - Steak and Chicken
Thursday - Chili  with toppings. Sour Cream, Cheese, Crackers.
Friday - Meatball Subs/ Chips, Salad.
Saturday - BBQ Chicken Legs, Pasta Salad, Green Beans ( this didn't get used last week)
Sunday - Ham, Potatoes, Salad, Corn

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mid Week Recap

The Flu bug that has been going around decided to hit our house Sunday night. My 10 yr old son was just not feeling well and just wanted to lay around on the couch.  He had a low grade fever and was just achy all over.  On Monday morning I woke up with a terrible headache so I stayed home with him.  He only got sick one time but just laid around all day Monday.  He woke up Tuesday and went back to School.  So far he is the only one to really catch it and I hope that is all.  Even though I was home with him I got nothing done all day since I had a headache.

Menu Plan
Monday: Left Overs
Tuesday: Tacos for kids. Taco Salad for me.
Wednesday: Goulash
Thursday: Beef tips and Noodles
Friday: Eat Out - Daughter has a band competition and son has a basketball tournament.
Saturday: ??
Sunday: Ham and Potatoes

Fitness Challenge Catch Up

I started the Fitness Challenge from Hawaii Plan last week on 2/4. Here are my results through Sunday.

Here are my goals for the February Challenge.

1. Record every day in MyFitnessPal even if I go over my calorie goal. - I did this every day so far
2. Exercise 4 days a week - Last Week I got in 4 days as the gym.
3. Increase Daily servings of Veggie - Didn't do great on this one in week 1.
4. Increase Daily servings of Water.- I do better at this at work than at home. Still working on it.

This week has been a little crazy since the dreaded Flu has hit the house. I have not worked out at the gym at all this week so far.  I will have to change things up to get 4 in this week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Fitness Challenge

This is a few days late as I am catching up on blogs from last week. Hawaii Plan is doing a February Fitness Challenge. Since I am late starting my start date will be Monday 2/4/13.  In January I set a goal for myself to start getting healthier. In January I was able to lose 7 pounds!! It is not much but it is a start.  I also started going to a gym over my lunch hour.  I only get to work out about 30 minutes but I figure doing a 30 minute exercise is better than doing no exercise at all.  

Here are my goals for the February Challenge.

1. Record every day in MyFitnessPal even if I go over my calorie goal.
2. Exercise 4 days a week
3. Increase Daily servings of Veggie
4. Increase Daily servings of Water.

Here is to a healthier February!

Monday, February 4, 2013

February - Clean Slate

January was not a good month for us at home so I am looking towards February with a clean slate.  We spent the weekend in St Louis with a group of friends. This had been planned for a year so the money was set aside for it. I did overspend a little at the outlet mall but I found some good deals for the kids that I couldn't pass up.

Thankfully February is not as packed as January was. Basketball is coming to end and we have a little break before Baseball games start.  Our son is in a traveling league for baseball and games start mid April. They started winter practice at the beginning of  January so right now they practice every Sunday for two hours. Our daughter is done with Cheer-leading and won't have High School tryouts until March.  Our youngest still plays Rec Baseball so that won't start until May.  I will take any break I can get even if it is a short one.

Since our weekends have been so busy my house has really suffered. I end up trying to do a lot of my cleaning on the weekends and this is just not working. So for February I am creating a list for everyday. Thrifty Crafty Girl gave me this idea on her Cleaning schedule . If I have a check list and it is staring at me in the face then I am more likely to do it. It will also make my weekends easier. Each kid will get an age appropriate item to do also. During the week the oldest two are in charge of doing dishes every night. They are 14 & 10 and they act like it is the end of the world to do dishes. We don't have a dishwasher so dishes are done by hand.  My husband and I have tried to do everything ourselves and it is not working. We work all day and do the shopping and cooking. We don't think it is too much to ask for help with the dishes. :)

Here are my February Goals:
  • Create Cleaning Schedule and stick to it.
  • Menu Plan every week
  • Spend only Cash
  • Go through Bedroom Closet- left over from last month.

Here is this week's menu

Monday: Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Ground Beef Casserole: our own concoction
Wednesday:  Potato Soup
Thursday: Leftovers/ Sandwiches
Friday:Brinner ( Breakfast for Dinner) Eggs or Pancakes.
Saturday: Dinner at Church
Sunday: ??