Days off are for Netflix, not meal prep!

I hate the words “meal prep”. This is something I’ve never exactly been able to do.  Am I missing out on a major tool towards getting healthy? I don’t know, I don’t care.  Even the word “meal prep” sounds so depressing.  I might change my mind in the future, but for now I work a lot.  In fact, today will be the first day of a 7 day work stretch.   I’ll have one day off and then go back to work for either 4 or 6 consecutive days-depends on how busy we’ll be.

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So basically, in order to maintain a work-life balance, my days off are meant for some R&R or for fun.  Days off are meant to sleep in if my daughter lets me, catch up on all my DVR’d Real Housewives episodes (I’m so behind), take my daughter to Chuckie Cheese and the Rainforest Cafe or just swim in the pool, or prep for writing class, or convince my husband we should have a date night at the new River Oaks iPic, or catch up with some girlfriends, or basically netflix and chill.

So basically, I’m not one of those people that really “gets things done” on my days off.  In fact, I intentionally try not to get things done on my off days, and maybe that’s part of my problem.

I will also grocery shop and cook on my days off but that never feels like work.  I make something everyone loves and looks forward to eating, which makes it fun for me.  My husband’s favorite are steak and potatoes, meatloaf, and burgers.  Thankfully those can be made healthier.  If I’m visiting my family (which I am now since I’m working in an office close to their home this week and next week) they usually love comfort foods and will throw a fit if I try to substitute for a healthier version.  One time I made chilli and used ground turkey instead of ground beef.  My sister saw the meat packaging and refused to eat the chilli.

Side note: I realize one reading this might be thinking my house must be disgusting and I never see my kid. It’s not, and I do. I have a cleaning lady that does an impeccable job, and my kid comes to work me like half the time and almost always travels with me when I have to travel.

So basically, the boiled chicken pieces with 3 pieces of steamed asparagus over a bed of spinach in a pathetic looking tupperware stacked in the fridge….that’s just not going to be me.  I’m not there and I don’t know if I’ll ever get there.  Plus, I LOVE eating out!  Many times this is the highlight of my day.  Trying a new place or ordering something different from the menu.

I wrote more but then I thought it was getting too long and I should start a new post.  I purposefully try to keep my posts short as to not cause burnout to myself or to readers.  Thank you for reading!

Continued tomorrow.  In other news, 11 days 11 posts!!!!

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