A best-of-both exercise & food programme: Part 1

Now that I’m finally back into the swing of exercising at home again, the programme I’ve decided on is drastically simpler. The first three weeks of each month is Training, while the last week of the month is Maintenance.

My husband and I now have preparing meals for the week down to an artform. On Saturday, I take the protein out of the freezer to defrost. This will be roughly 1.5kg of chicken breast, mutton, beef or pork. We also purchase 1kg of butternut and 1kg of sweet potatoes, in those ready made cubes (available at our local hyper for R10 per 500g). These are our carbs.

On Sunday, I get up and start microwaving the carbs in their bags. At the same time, my husband cuts the protein into chunks and I add it to the slow cooker, with spices, chilli powder, lime juice and mushrooms or chickpeas. Once the carbs are done, my husband mashes them together while I microwave 1kg of mixed veg and 250g garden mix in a clay pot.

My husband weighs out 150g veg and 200g carb for him, and 100g veg and 100g carbs for me. His food is weighed first in case the fluctuating water content leaves a smaller total amount available, in which case I will get less.

While he is busy weighing, I’m preparing the protein bars. I’ll post the recipe when I remember to take some good pics of the bars after I’ve cut them in the tray. Once they’re partially baked, I remove them from the oven and I bake the Snowflake easymix seed loaf bread. I package the bars into small plastic bags.

Once the protein is done, my husband measures out 150g for him, and 100g for me. He divides anything extra across his bowls, as I can always make do with less food. I take out a pack of booster muffins and protein muffins (made and frozen previously, will post recipes) and package into bowls for the next day.

That’s our food for the week. Breakfast is a sandwich and two protein muffins for him, one protein muffin muffin. Mid morning snack is the protein bar, and lunch is the food described above. Pre-workout snack is the booster muffin, and supper is a smoothie (will post recipe). The only exception is Monday evening, when we take turns to make something fabulous, like spicy burritos, or chilli chicken with sticky rice. Weekends are also chilled.

One thought on “A best-of-both exercise & food programme: Part 1

  1. Pingback: A best-of-both exercise & food programme: Part 2 | Overthinking.

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