Getting Organized: Weekly Workouts & Dinners

Hello, Monday. Hello, friends. Hope you all had fabulous weekends. Mine was not too shabby. Adam came home from the Philippines after a two week business trip, so we were very happy to have Dad back in one piece! Saturday we had a family beach excursion on the Sunshine Coast…

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…and Sunday I had full day of fun!

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Creeeeeepy! Unfortunately, I had to do a full day of First Aid & CPR training/re-certification. Anyone who goes through this training regularly knows how annoying it is. Luckily, my trainer was the best I’ve ever had. He was absolutely hilarious and made the day so much more bearable. Of the 15+ First Aid/CPR courses I’ve endured in my life, I never feel like I learn anything new. However, this being my first training in Australia, I actually learned a few new fun facts…

1. Red Back Spiders won’t actually kill you (not that I plan on touching one, anyway). However, snakes and certain sea creatures WILL (and now I’m nervous for my upcoming snorkelling adventure).

2. They don’t teach the Heimlich Maneuver here. Instead, you apparently just do back & chest blows! After knowing a few people who successfully administered/received the Heimlich during a choking incident, I feel like I couldn’t help myself but to use it if ever necessary. I think it would be my natural response. Maybe throw in a few of those King Kong chest pounds for good measure??? Hmm.

3. 911 doesn’t work here. In emergencies you call 000 or 112. Actually, I already knew that, but after 28 years of “911”, I still find it weird!

4. Don’t lick a cane toad. Hopefully I can remember that one.

So yes, I had to give up my Sunday for the course, but luckily it’s over and I have what I need to move forward with my Les Mills training. Plus, it’s always great to have a refresher on CPR and emergency situations. I’d rather be prepared and never have to use it, than the alternative.

Onwards to Monday. After a 4am wakeup call from the little guy, we definitely weren’t off the the best start. Somehow I made it to bootcamp for the hardest session I’ve done in my entire time as a participant there (although it could also be the fact that my eyes were only half open). Mondays are always hit or miss for me. Today was a bit of a doozie on the Mum-front, but luckily I made it through relatively unscathed.

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Today’s shopping trip: the many uses of strollers…

Do you have a strategy for planning your week ahead? A few bloggers, like Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean, are amazing at food prepping for their work week. Now that I stay at home with Thomas, I don’t need to be as organized with my meals as I did when I was working, but I am always intrigued and impressed by those who spend a few hours on Sunday in order to effectively plan their weeks.

Last night I DID make some weekly plans for exercise and dinners. It’s something that I always do at the beginning of each week so that (1) I’m accountable for my workouts and (2) I don’t get caught staring into the fridge, scrambling for dinner ideas. No matter what kind of day I have, at least my workouts and dinners are “scheduled in”. They are important to me, so I want to ensure they happen. Here’s a look at what I have on the agenda:

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As you can see, I don’t have any concrete plans for Saturday or Sunday. I like to leave weekends open and play it by ear, just in case plans change, I get a chance to sleep in, we go on a day-adventure, decide to eat-out, etc. It’s nice to have a couple of flexible days thrown into the mix.

I know it seems trivial, but I find that writing down my weekly plans helps to ensure that I get important things accomplished. Just like a meeting or a work function, my workouts and family dinners are planned out so that I don’t make exercise excuses or eat cereal for dinner every night. A little planning definitely goes a long way!

Do you prep food in advance for the week? 

Do you schedule and plan your dinners and workouts in advance, or prefer to just  ‘wing it’?

I hope your week is off to a great start. We don’t have daylight savings time here in Queensland, but for those who do, I hope you enjoyed your ‘extra hour’!

 

5 Thoughts on “Getting Organized: Weekly Workouts & Dinners

  1. I don’t usually plan my workouts/meals in advance like that, but it’s something I need to work on. I want to start writing things down and do some more meal prep. I think it would be super helpful in the long run!

  2. Aw, I love that picture of you and the little one on the beach. So cute!

    I hate CPR training too. It’s always the same thing and it’s so boring. Sounds like you learned some interesting facts though.

    I have to meal plan or I will go nuts during the week. I like to try and leave the weekend open too but I usually end up cooking for the blog on the weekends so there is little rest for the weary! There’s no way I could keep up my current schedule with a baby. I think I’d have to quit my job!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 6, 2013 at 7:34 am said:

      Haha, life certainly changes. That is why I can’t imagine only having such a short mat. leave. I don’t know how people do it!

  3. I don’t plan my workouts in advance, but I definitely think about them in advance. I always have ideas mulling through my mind, so that when I wake-up I have a general idea of what I’m going to do. I also plan out my different group fitness options in advance, but leave room for how I’m feeling on any given day. I’m really working on listening to my body and that means having flexibility.

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