So it's Day 2 of the May round! And I'm going strong! Woo! ;)
|Week 1 food prep|
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I hate cooking. It's not that I 'hate' it as such; I just find it incredibly boring, and the process gives me no pleasure. The result, however, I do like that!
But the actual 'doing'.... blah. It annoys me.
So this is why I don't understand how someone like me continues to persist to do these huge cook-ups!
Flashback to around a year ago, where I did 2 cookups that were so huge that I actually cooked enough food in one night to feed myself for 3 months, or a whole round. And I have an average sized freezer!
|Cupcake quiches: a freezer staple|
So with this in mind, I spent some time over the weekend customising my meal plan for Week 1 and ordered my shopping online. I hadn't
ordered online in a long time, so it was a bit exciting!
In my planning, I ordered extra quantities of 4 meals, so that when I cooked them for dinner, I could put the extras away, as per my New Grand Plan. I also ordered the ingredients to make a double batch of 12WBT Cupcake Quiches because they've been a freezer staple of mine since I started 12WBT, and also the ingredients to make a roast vegetable salad that I made up.
However, despite my decision to longer partake in self inflicted stressful kitchen all-nighters, I somehow I still managed to spend the last 2 nights in the kitchen, till very late! I drive myself crazy! The first night I made the cupcake quiches, then 12WBT Spaghetti Bolognese (as my dinner), the vegetables for my salad, and prepped this weeks food.
During the night I realised that I was going to have to make most of my meals in the next day
|My protein pancake tower!|
I also realised I wanted to eat these meals in the very short term, instead of keeping way too many frozen 'back-up' meals than I need, which end up sitting there for so long. I may as well enjoy the fruits of my labour straight up! So I did a stocktake of my freezer so I knew exactly what I had / will have this week, then sat down and meal planned for Week 2 and Week 3. It was fairly easy as I had a list of meals I wanted to use up, I just had to slot them in. It worked out that after cooking the other 3 meals that I had the ingredients for, that I would have enough meals to last me from Week 1 through to Week 3.
So, on the second night, I made 12WBT Beef Pad See Ew (as dinner), then made a huge
|12WBT Beef Pad See Ew: INCREDIBLE - you have to try it!|
It doesn't sound like much when I write it down, but making 3 meals of 22 serves in one night takes so long - especially when you're over it from a long night in the kitchen the night before making the other dozens of serves! I kept saying to myself, at poignant times, like when I was balancing
|Multitasking! Mindset video + meal prep in one!|
My goal for Week 4 is to be normal!
My freezer is now absolutely packed to the brim, but together with my meal plan, completely streamlined and ready for the next 3 weeks! I have to buy fresh spinach and feta once or twice a week, and any fresh snacks I want, but other than that, I have every meal ready to eat for the next 3 weeks! I kept telling myself last night that I will appreciate my efforts 3 times a day for the next few weeks, so it will be worth it. And I am appreciating it already. I got home tonight and I had an amazing looking meal on my plate within about 5 minutes.
Other than that, I'm looking forward to a bit of time to focus on the rest of my goals, and not
|My double decker rewards chart I took so long to do|
I updated Operation Polka Dot Dress and was happy with the changes in 1 week.
I have one more pre-season task to do (my love / hate task, 'Organise and Diarise.'
I still have to do my personal mini milestone goal for the week and the 12WBT weekly challenge.
I made my new rewards chart on the weekend so that's got me pretty inspired, too. I wanted to draw the chart up to Christmas, which I've done, but I miscalculated and made a chart double the size by mistake. (Note to self: don't try and do maths in the Big W aisles when buying cardboard on a very empty stomach.) I was starving the day I went to buy the cardboard and counted wrong so made double the charts I needed.
Anyway so far so good, last week I got 7/7 days of my nutrition goals, 7/7 days of my training goals, 2/7 days of my sleep goals, and 4/7 days of my water goals. I'm proud of the first two! I haven't had a perfect week of eating or training for a while. I had a 6 week
|I relished Rest Day today - only some stretching required!|
Anyway, speaking of sleep goals...................I do need to get to sleep, I'm up for boot camp in 4.5 hours. Talk later! xx
More photos below:
|Dinner tonight in 5 min!|
|12WBT Spag Bol: dinner plus extra serves|
|This was so good too! My lunch yesterday and today: the 12WBT Ham, Avocado, Tomato & Cheese Toastie! Yum! (It's hard to get a good pic of this) :)|
|12WBT Beef Pad Thai Ew. It tasted like real Thai food and the portions were huge! Just the way I like it!|
|So many bananas (for the pancakes)|
|How they should look like|
|Can you guess which one my hand slipped on when pouring the mixture?|
|Mega pancake selfie!|
|Last weeks sticker results|