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This Week’s Menu Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

Happy Sunday!

Many of you have mentioned that you’d like to see more menu/meal plans so I decided to sit down this afternoon and actually plan out my week of meals to share with you.

Homemade Pad Thai 2

Sunday: dinner out with friends

Monday: Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (recipe will be posted soon!) with some sort of side salad or vegetable

Tuesday: One-pan Greek Chicken and Rice with roasted broccoli

Wednesday: Shrimp Pad Thai with a veggie (probably sauteed baby bok choy)

Thursday: girl’s night

Friday: teacher training until 9 p.m. I’ll either get sushi takeout from Namastay Kitchen or throw something in the slow cooker

Saturday: TBD. If we stay in, I might finally make those gigantic crab legs in the freezer. 🙂

I’m not cooking as much as usual this week due to plans with friends and teacher training but I’m excited about the meals that I am making! I have been craving pad thai and haven’t had it since before Whole30.


I had a really awesome week of workouts. I got three good strength sessions in, the highlight of which was doing 20 unassisted strict pull ups in one of my workouts. My trainer has me do so many pull ups (I swear, it doesn’t even phase me anymore when she says “and now we’re going to pull” because I’ve learned we’re always going to pull!). I could previously do 3-4 good ones and then I would switch to a band for the rest of the workout. On Thursday I did 4 sets of 5 all on my own!

I also took a handstand workshop with my friend and fellow teacher Rian. Even though I love handstands and feel super comfortable doing them on my own, I always think there’s room to learn, grow and play. I was interested to see how Rian structured and led the workshop. It was a lot of fun and we did all sorts of handstand drills and variations in addition to a lot of backbending. I got myself into hollow back with feet on the floor for the first time. You can see the video on Instagram.

It’s a really cool feeling to see progress in your strength and your practice. 🙂

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 4 mile run + training session

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: 1 mile warm-up on treadmill + strength


Friday: hot yoga

Saturday: 1 mile treadmill warm up + strength, handstand workshop

Sunday: REST

I also took a lot of long walks with the girls. The weather in Charlotte is so wonderful right now.

Off to the grocery store to do my shopping and then I have one class to teach. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

What’s on your meal plan this week? 

Have you had any new workout or yoga progress lately? 

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 3, 2016, 3:46 pm

    I need to practice my pull-ups! I get so frustrated with them and always end up giving up and not practicing 😛

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:20 am

      Practice is definitely what leads to progress with pull ups, however painful it might be!

  • Remi April 3, 2016, 7:15 pm

    I LOVE your pad thai recipe and find that it shows up multiple times a month on my meal plan! Love these kinds of posts (:

    Also, I am in the same exact place with pull ups right now! I can do 3-4 strict, then I move on to band assisted for the remainder of my sets. How did you move from that to being able to do 4 sets of 5 (my current goal is 3 sets of 5)? Any tips?

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:22 am

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the Pad Thai recipe!

      RE: the pull ups…I finally broke through that plateau by just doing a freaking ton of them. My trainer has me do anywhere from 3 to 6 sets of 10 with various grips in every workout. She usually doesn’t let me use any assistance from bands or anything and she’ll give me the least amount possible. It wasn’t a fun process and they are hard as crap but I’ve seen results.

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt April 4, 2016, 8:01 am

    You are so strong!!! So impressed with the pull ups. I can’t even do one– but I haven’t really put in the time to work on it.
    Looks like a good week of eats!

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:23 am

      Pull ups are definitely something you have to actively work on in order to be able to do them. I couldn’t do a strict pull up until just a few years ago!

  • Marina @ Snackie Bird April 4, 2016, 12:07 pm

    I planned making a big dish of chili for week. It should be easy and delicious with pasta and rice for lunch.

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:23 am

      Chili is ALWAYS a good idea and the leftovers are so good!

  • Cassie Cooper April 11, 2016, 3:36 pm

    Firstly, I love your blog! You are so inspiring, please continue writing! 🙂

    Could you share more of what you do during your strength training sessions? Are there certain muscle groups or moves you choose to focus on or repeat often (like your pull up)? Do you do one session being a push day, pull day, or leg day? Or is it more “total body”? I would like to hear how you train to see if there are aspects that I could incorporate in my own to change up my usual routine (push, pull, leg). I appreciate your time reading and answering, thank you thank you!


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