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This Week’s Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts + Handstand Press Progress

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve shared a meal plan with you. First, I spent a week cooking with Terra’s Kitchen, then life got crazy and I took off for Florida and then I was lacking motivation to cook when I got home last week.

Honestly, last week was a blur of being back in my normal routine but feeling anything but normal. I hope this week is a little better.


This Week’s Meal Plan


Black cod with olives and potatoes in parchment along with a side salad


Chicken drumsticks with Asian barbecue sauce served with roasted broccoli and butternut squash


Easy homemade shrimp pad thai


Paleo shepherd’s pie


Salmon cakes alongside or on top of a side salad

Friday & Saturday


Last Week’s Workouts




5.35 miles at 8:49 pace


500 meter row, then…

5 rounds:
15 back squats at 75#
10 kipping pull ups
10 burpees

5 rounds:
10 romanian dead lifts at 75#
10 push ups
20 jump lunges

Short and sweaty. I was surprisingly sore after this.


4.16 miles at 8:48 pace


Hot yoga


Hot yoga


15K race – 9.5 miles at 8:03 pace…full race recap coming later

Not the most outstanding week of workouts but it got the job done. Goal for next week is at least 3-4 yoga practices and to lift 2-3 times instead of only once. I’m going to have a de-load week on the running front before I gear up for a half-marathon the next weekend (more on that later) so I think my yoga and lifting goals should be manageable.

Handstand Press Progress

I’ll leave you with this Instagram video from my Power Yoga Flow account. While my workouts were pretty mediocre last week, I had a really special moment in my yoga practice. I finally made progress on my handstand press. I credit it mostly to letting go and dropping walls I’d built up in my head and heart.

(If you’re reading in a RSS reader, you’ll probably have to click through to the post to see the video.) 

Long time, no post. Honestly, my practice has been on the back burner. I have been training for a half marathon this fall and life has been full. Then 12 days ago, my little brother passed away…which made me further avoid my practice. For the last two days I have made it back to my mat. Yesterday was hard. Today was a little better. For years I have been saying I wanted my handstand press but haven’t really done much to make it happen. Every time I tried I just couldn’t understand where the strength came from. For the past month or so I have been practicing straddle press with my feet on blocks with about a 50% success rate. Today in class I just put my hands on the floor, forgot about the blocks and without a questioning thought, my feet floated off the floor with little struggle or effort. And I pressed. For the first time. I am using the wall for support to come up by pushing my head into it to feel when my hips are past my shoulders but the strength I thought I lacked has been there all along. I just had to get over my own self-limiting thoughts and believe in myself. It’s far from perfect but it’s a start. Compassion. Love. Forgiveness. Showing up. Showing up. Showing up. ❤ . . . #yoga #handstand #handstandpress #questforthepress #yogalove #yogajourney #strength #love #compassion #fearless #yogateacher #yogapractice #inversion #yogavideo #instayoga #yogagram #hotyoga #trustyourself #stayopen #faceyourfears #bestronger

A video posted by Jen DeCurtins (@poweryogaflow) on

What’s on your meal plan this week? What meal are you most excited about?

What was the highlight of your workouts last week? 

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  • 1
    Liz N. October 3, 2016, 8:23 am

    Your meal plans look delish! I need to get better at my meal planning. Amazing pace on your 15k. A big victory for me this week was running my 7 mile long run yesterday. I hadn’t run anything longer than a 10k in 10+ years! I felt surprisingly good throughout. Our bodies are amazing, aren’t they?

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    Julie Running in a Skirt October 3, 2016, 8:41 am

    Glad you are starting to get back into your routine some. It’s so hard to do, but healing.
    The weather was a little cooler here in the mountains last week, so running had an extra spring in my step.

  • 3
    Brittany October 4, 2016, 8:27 am

    Handstand press feels so impossible to me right now but it’s something I work on regularly. Congrats on your progress. You make it look so easy.

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