Weeks 4, Maybe 5?

Whew I really fell off the blogging train for a bit. There’s been a billion things going on (isn’t that always the truth?) and I couldn’t be more thankful for the 3 day weekend. After camp wrapped up on Thursday, I took a four and a half hour nap and STILL slept for approximately 12 hours that night. For those who don’t know me personally, I’ve spent the past six months planning a five day dive camp that just wrapped- by far my largest professional project yet! 

With four weeks of my internship left, I can confidently say that I am in the swing of things in regards to meal prepping! They aren’t kidding when they say it takes 21 days to form a habit; the last week before camp felt like smooth sailing even though the stress was piling up pre-camp. I even tried new things- like protein donuts! Yes I paid $10 for a donut pan and I would do it again.

Not much to report this Sunday, besides just to let everyone know I am still alive, still meal prepping, and ready to step it up a notch :) My brain is buzzing with all sorts of new projects now that camp is off my plate- AND I’m extra inspired because my birthday is on Saturday!

Happy holiday weekend everyone! I’ll be back with more details soon :)

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Week Three, Part One.

Well if I learned anything from Week Three of meal prepping is that sometimes more is better and less is stressful.

I was SO excited to have work night off this week from my second job, and I could arrive home around 6pm every night with no other obligations than meal prepping, laundry, and working on my side job (I help run sport camps- nine days to go! Whaaaaat?). What was intended to be relaxing productive evenings turned into “Wow I have so much time I might as well sit and read my book for two hours”.

Spoiler alert. It didn’t work. I ended up being SO LAZY I might as well have been working for all I accomplished :( It’s like I NEEDED those extra hours of work to make the REST of my hours productive.

On the plus side? My workouts where were on POINT! My Monday lift went really well, and Tuesday I actually got to the gym early enough that I could run a full 3 miles and still get in a short strength training circuit before 7am! Wednesday was a quick lift, and Thursday was a rest day as I had an early morning chiropractic appointment- which was 100% worth the skipped work out.

One other benefit to the week? I’m getting in the habit of posting more pictures of my meal prepping to the @laurenelysecan the Insta! I love my food so much I created a whole new Instagram account…it’s like when people love their pets so much they have own account.

Why the abbreviated and early post this week? Well, today I’m taking a shift at my third (forth?) job at 5:30am, and then going out of town! I need the weekend away so bad, my stress levels have been through the roof with commuting and keep up with emails and such. Don’t get me wrong I love camp- after all I spent all of last summer working camps- but I’ve taken on such a bigger role this year it’s exhausting.

I’ll check in early next week to update you on the weekend! I plan on eating less meals out of Tupperwares and relaxing with my best friends for a few days. Happy Friday!!

Weekly Recap One

So this summer, like last summer, and probably a dozen more times in my life, I put as many things on my plate as I could possibly handle. It’s like in diving when we say “heave and believe” (or another fond saying that rhymes with “___ it and chuck it”), I’m sort of just throwing myself into the process and hoping I come out alright on the other side.

My internship started June 1st (!!!!) and I went back to retail part time on June 2nd. Sounds innocent enough, until it sinks that I’m working 63 hours a week with a 20-45 minute commute. Uhhh. Whoops.

Anyways, this blog isn’t to complain because I’m excited for everything thats going on, but I think I’m going to throw together a post every week to evaluate how I did in regards to workouts and meal prepping! Every Sunday this summer I’ll be writing about how the past week went, getting into detail about how committed I am to get back in shape- lifting heavy and running 3 miles like it’s nothing. I’m a big believer in you don’t find time you MAKE time, so even though I am never at home and don’t have a day off scheduled till July 3rd, I’m determined to make this summer one of the best yet.

This weeks result? Probably a B-

I am SO proud of myself in regards to the past week because I got up between 5:30am and 6am to get my workout done every single day (Monday through Saturday, six days total, Sunday rest day). My new lifting schedule calls for three days a week, so I lifted Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (I held off Friday because I wasn’t sure if a friend was going to join me or not). Tip for planning weekend workouts: Check summer hours! I got there for my Saturday lift at 6:30am only to find out the gym wasn’t open till 7 :( I ended up doing my whole warm up and jump circuit outside, which in retrospect was kind of nice, so that way I could be starting my squat set right at 7, BUT STILL. I ran Tuesday and Thursday, although Thursday I was running late and only made it through 25 minutes, and Friday I did the Stairmaster and some light lifting. Right now my schedule revolves around getting in the shower at 7:10am, stretching and foam rolling with the team while they get ready for practice 7:30-8am, doing hair and make-up, then walking out the door to drive to the office at 8:15am

Where I struggled a little bit this week was meal prepping. It’s actually a little comical, I’ve given up my normal lunch bag for a cooler I keep in the trunk of my car. I did a great job with cooking chicken, asparagus, baking blueberry oatmeal protein muffins, and washing/chopping raw veggies on Sunday. The only thing is I didn’t get around to was the sweet potatoes and zucchini, very aware I had no time to cook them during the week. Only one day did I not pack enough food and had to buy a meal out (Tuesday night, first day back at retail when I left the house at 6am and got back at 11pm), which is a bonus as I’m trying to not buy anything fast food this summer (not that I did much anyways, but I was guilty of picking up a granola bar instead of having one in my bag some days- I did stop for a Quest bar when I got gas on day as well!). The truth is I really just got bored with my food choices- while I was so excited to have cooked plenty on Sunday, by the time Thursday and Friday rolled around I was so bored of chicken, carrots, apples/bananas, and lame salads (read: greens, asparagus, and dressing) that I wasn’t looking forward to anything I packed. Thank goodness for that Quest bar on Saturday between practice and work at 10 or I would have been losing my mind!

Goals for next week: more variety in my meal prepping, and pick out CLOTHES for the whole week. The most annoying thing when I was getting ready for bed every night was having to pick out a gym outfit and an office outfit. I’m sure I could plan all of those out in advance as well, just like my food, and it would save me a world of annoyances.

Anyways folks, happy Sunday! Thanks for slogging through the long first week recap. If you have any great tips for meal prepping, comment below and I will take them to heart! I’m off to work from 10am-6pm today, and then it’s grocery shopping, cooking, and hopefully a load of laundry until I face plant into bed (ideally around 10:30pm- we’ll see!)

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Something Important is Missing Here…

So I’ve been blogging pretty consistent for the past few weeks here, and if you’re a regular lauren elyse CAN reader you’ll have noticed a certain, lack of something. My favorite things.

Where’s the food at?

It’s an important question and a constant thought in my daily internal dialogue. But in all seriousness some of my favorite things in the world are eating, cooking, baking , meal prepping, blogging recipes, food in general, etc… and it’s been lacking on the blog of as late.

Well folks there’s actually a reason for that. Due to some of the deregulation of many NCAA rules over the summer, athletic departments all over the country can provide more meals for their student-athletes. So basically when I’m done with morning weights I can grab breakfast and lunch for the day. On my way to class in the morning I can swing by my campus student-athlete service center and pick something up too. There are two convenient grab and go refueling stations now on campus, and they’ve been an absolute lifesaver. Other side effects?

  1. I’m eating healthier. Instead of packing two granola bars and a peanut butter and jelly, I can grab a salad with chicken, fresh berries, and almonds. The availability of fresh fruits of veggies has been amazing. Even healthy choices like string cheese, Greek yogurts, and natural almonds are available which is better than my grabbing a latte or some type of energy bar from the gas station.
  2. I’m saving money. I haven’t bought food for lunches in nearly a month. I’m also not throwing out food that goes bad in my fridge, which was normally the tail end of fruits or veggies. Healthy dinners I can pick up on the way home from a refueling station or make do with what I have already in the pantry.
  3. I’m not blogging recipes. The downside to grab and go food :( I do actually really miss cooking. Once winter sets in too I’m sure I’ll want to create some of my own things, like hot meals and crock pot dinners! I still have a stew recipe that’s been sitting my drafts forever, and now I’ve finally accepted fall is here and upon us and I can’t get away from it I’ll probably want to get into an autumn mood by cooking :)

Let me know what you’ve missed! Baking? Meal prepping? Breakfast, second breakfast, lunches, dinners, desserts?

A Life Hack for Meal Prepping

Happy Monday folks. It’s SUCH a Monday for me here, I don’t know why but I am dragging my butt around. I also have a midterm in two hours and 45 minutes…but who’s counting. Let’s make this post about saving time anyways!

You hear it all the time about how meal prepping saves time and money and all that jazz and I’m not denying it! Fortunately for you folks I’ve got a big meal prepping post coming your way, but for now I’m going to share the #1 fastest make ahead lunch I could muster.

So, have I ever mentioned I like smoothies?

Is anyone sick of the fact that I only ever bring up the same six foods?

Seriously guys- making your smoothies ahead and taking them for lunch was one the best life hacks I’ve come across! You can make as many as you want (or can, if you’ve got enough heavy duty water bottles) in less than 10 minutes. And you can jam pack them with so many good things- why pack a salad and fruit for lunch when you can basically have that in milkshake form?? (Yeah that doesn’t sound appetizing at all. Just trust me).

I found what works best for me is taking my smoothie out of the FREEZER the night before I want to bring it with me and put it in the FRIDGE OVERNIGHT. Then once I throw it in my backpack in the morning, by the time lunchtime rolls around it’s the perfect amount of thawed to dig in with a spoon or the same consistency of a freshly made smoothie!

Here’s what I used on my first three:

Smoothie #1: Vanilla Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, frozen spinach, frozen strawberries, flax seeds, skim milk

Smoothie #2: Frozen spinach, banana, frozen mango chunks, vanilla protein powder, ice, skim milk, flax seeds, chia seeds

Smoothie #3: Frozen mango chunks, frozen strawberries, vanilla protein powder, flax seeds, ice, skim milk, oatmeal

Okay so my ingredient list isn’t the most exciting thing on the internet, but it just goes to show that in under ten minutes you can a different lunch EVERY single day that will fill you up on healthy foods- and all you have to do during the day is let it defrost!

Has anyone else had luck with make ahead smoothies? I haven’t tried peanut butter yet but I want to; wonder how that would freeze!