{Meal Plan}Pinning & Planning Our Dinner Menu: Week of March 5

It’s been over a month since I shared a Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu and Meal Plan post. My apologies to anyone who relies on my menus, but things have been a bit hectic around here for the past few weeks.

> My two younger kids and I just wrapped up another season of Odyssey of the Mind.

Liam-Primary Team OM

MS Team - Div 2 Superhero Cliffhanger

> I started running more consistently and began training for my first half marathon (Walt Disney World’s Dark Side Half Marathon) in over two years.

> I ran my first race of 2017, the Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K (full race recap soon)

Gasparilla Distance 8K Medal - 2017

So yeah, it’s back to business for this busy mom on the run between running a household, coaching an Odyssey of the Mind team and racing.

Run DMT - running 2017

While I haven’t been sharing many meal plans with my readers lately, rest assured I’m still meal planning every week. If you follow me on MyFitnessPal, then you know I’m still sticking to my 1200 meal-plans.  Honestly, I stick to the plan because meal planning helps organize my week and keeps me on track when it comes to eating healthy, however, occasionally I do enjoy a cheeseburger and some fries. Sometimes, you just have to indulge those food cravings without guilt.

You may recall at the beginning of the year I decided to attempt #DryJanuary. You will be pleased to know that I hit the 60 day sober mark last week. I cannot believe I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in TWO  MONTHS!

To be honest, I didn’t really notice a difference at first. My sleep patterns did not improve and I didn’t really notice an increase in energy or a significant weight loss. Although, I will add that I am finding waking up in the morning easier and started running in the early morning hours again last week, which I haven’t been able to do for nearly 18 months. So, I guess my energy levels have improved! Go figure!

How You Did It

By the end of the first month, I had dropped 6 pounds. After two months of staying sober, I haven’t really noticed the numbers on the scale moving, however, my clothes are baggy and I bought myself some new workout threads to celebrate.

Lost all the excuse-results

In fact the other day at the gym, a friend paid me the BEST compliment by saying “You look fantastic! The weight is just melting off of you, girl! Whatever you are doing, keep at it!” How’s that for a NSV?! YES!

Run DMT - 2-4-8 weeks-keep it up

I can definitely see a difference around my middle and that is very exciting and enough for me to stay away from drinking. Because no cocktail, beer or wine tastes as good as skinny feels!

Listen, I’m not going to lie and say it’s been easy. Seriously, it’s been as hard A.F. to not drink. There are nights where I hardcore CRAVE a glass of wine. But I just put it out of my mind and drink sparkling water or my new favorite herbal tea, Pukka Three Ginger Tea. The strong ginger taste helps curb any and all cravings.

Pukka Three Ginger Tea

Thankfully, my husband has been very supportive and decided not to drink with me. I swear I didn’t pressure him or guilt him into it. He just wanted to try not drinking too and he has noticed HUGE changes overall, especially with his energy levels.

Now that things have calmed down a bit, I promise to share my meal plans more regularly. Here’s what’s on our dinner menu this week.

7-day 1200 Calorie Meal Plan

Run DMT’s 7-Day 1200 Calorie Meal Plan

Sunday – Gasparilla Arts Festival, Brunch at Ulele

 

Meatless Monday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – Apple and 2 Tb sunbutter

Lunch – Mixed greens salad with 2 Tbsp hummus

Dinner  –  Roasted Veggies Sammies

Snack – 2 kiwis

 

Tuesday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 3 Tbsp hummus and sugar snap peas

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – Apple and 2 Tb sunbutter

Dinner – Ground Turkey Tacos

Snack – 2 kiwis

 

Wednesday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 3 Tbsp hummus and sugar snap peas

Lunch – Leftover Taco Salad

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner – Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad

Snack – 1 cup diced watermelon

 

Thursday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 3 Tb hummus with 2 stalks of celery

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner –  Skinnytaste’s TurkeyMeatball Tortellini Soup

Snack – 2 kiwis

 

Friday

Breakfast – Sliced of Seed Your Soul Bread with 2 Tb sunbutter and ½ sliced banana

Snack – 3 Tb hummus with 2 stalks of celery

Lunch – Romaine lettuce wrap with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, ½ avocado & red onion

Snack – 1 small apple and 2 Tbsp sunbutter

Dinner – Homemade pizza and flatbread with a Mixed Greens Salad

What’s the longest you have ever gone without drinking?

What recipes are you pinning and planning for your dinner menu this week? 

Pinning and Planning - Run DMT

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Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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