05.18.2016

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Day Meal Plan + Favorite Athleta-leisure Pieces

athletaleisure, itsy bitsy indulgences {Outfit Details || Leggings: Zella | Top: Allo | Shoes: c/o DC shoes (so comfortable) | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Karen Walker}

 I was going to start this post by talking about my love of food. Yet, I scratched that and decided to share a few thoughts about where I am with some post-pregnancy things. Last week was a hard week. One I wasn’t really expecting. I was washing my hair and clumps started to fall out. Not just the few strands here and there. Like, “Oh, there is a knot in my hair… oh wait, that’s a whole chunk that came out.” Not pretty. A major shock. Then, I went bathing suit shopping for Hawaii. First mistake. I never shop for bathing suits in the store. Ever. So, why I did this time (after having a baby 4 months ago) is completely beyond me. #DumbChoice. I grew frustrated with the fact that I was eating so clean, waking up so early to work out, and didn’t feel like I was seeing results. Then I had to take a step back and remind myself what the goal of “food” and “working out” was. It’s to feel good. To feel strong. To nourish my body and challenge my mind. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve recently received several e-mails about it all, so I decided I would simply be transparent about it, and share my own personal struggle as of late.

All that being said, I really do love food (as in when I go to bed at night I can’t wait to wake up and make breakfast). Always have and always will. I am just trying to be conscious about the choices I make and ensure that they are in line with my ultimate goal: to feel good and energized. I try to eat as many fruits, vegetables, lean meats (that are organic and hormone/antibiotic free), and healthy carbs as possible. I find that when this is my ultimate goal, I end up feeling good! So, below you will find just that… and on the weekends I enjoy my “itsy bitsy indulgences” and don’t worry too much! Oh, and if anyone has suggestions for the whole hair situation I would love to hear them!!

Monday: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal + some chopped perfect bar + honey + cinnamon + 1/2 sliced banana
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Super Spinach Salad (Trader Joe’s), sub dressing with 1 tbsp Annie’s Organic Lite Goddess Dressing, 1 can of tuna + side of carrots
Snack: Elemental Superfood Bar
Dinner: Cauliflower fried rice (Trader Joe’s has bags that have already been shredded!), 1 egg, shrimp, edamame, peas, carrots + tamari sauce
Dessert: 1 Justin’s mini peanut butter cup

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 hard boiled egg
Lunch: Lite tuna spinach salad (ate out at Ivy’s)
Snack: Bowl of berries, 1/2 cup DF kite hill yogurt, 1/4 cup purely elizabeth granola
Dinner: Left over veggie pizza (3 slices)
Snack: Peanut butter cup

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 medium apple sliced + topped with 1 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter
Lunch: Out with friend at Haute Cakes– salmon salad + veggies, dressing on side
Snack: DF Kite hill yogurt, raspberries, honey, sprinkle of granola
Dinner: Loaded Sweet Potato: 4oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup black beans, 1 tbsp guacamole, sautéed bell peppers, salsa
Dessert: Peanut Butter Cup

Thursday:
Breakfast: same as Monday
Snack: Same as Wednesday
Lunch: Veggie Burger, topped with 1/4 avocado, 1 egg and a handful of carrots + One hummus on side
Snack: 1 medium sweet potato + 1 tsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter + 1/4 cup blackberries (this has quickly become my new obsession)
Dinner: Spiralized zucchini noodles with homemade white wine sauce, topped with 2 Trader Joe’s Chicken Basil Sausages + side of asparagus
Snack: 3 cups popcorn

Friday:
Breakfast: Paleo Bread (2 slices and toasted) + 2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter + 1/2 banana thinly sliced
Snack: 1 apple
Lunch: Out to lunch at Freesoul (vegan restaurant)- cup of potato leek soup + FSC salad
Snack: Green smoothie (link)
Dinner: Take-out: Poki Bowl with extra seaweed
Dessert: 3 cups of popcorn + 2 glasses of white wine

Weekend Indulgences:

Lunch: Chips + Guacamole with 3 Tacos (lobster, potato +black bean, cauliflower tacos)
Dinner: Hamburgers with all the fixings (ground bison meet, which is very lean) + sweet potato fries
Dessert: A big ol’ bowl of popcorn + wine (always!)

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I also thought I would share with you a few of my favorite transitional work-out pieces. Sometimes, life is just easier when you rock the leggings and sweater you just worked out in (as long as it’s not sopping wet with sweat please… as in, you could literally wring water out of it…) so I like my pieces to be very transitional. This top is the perfect throw-on-and-go, and the mesh detailing makes it perfectly appropriate for coffee or a quick bite to eat with friends…. and the leggings… I’m such a sucker for an amazing pair that hugs in all the right places. These do just that for me… especially when finished off with kicks that make you feel like you’re walking on air (and come in fun color options too!).

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

athelta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

dc shoe company, itsy bitsy indulgences

tory burch bag, itsy bitsy indulgences

Comments

  1. How does the sizing run on the leggings?

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      They fit TTS. I am wearing an XS, and I am 5’1″. Hope that helps!

  2. Great, thanks! just ordered the shoes in leopard print. Love the entire outfit:)

  3. Rachel says:

    How is the Paleo bread? Do you get the coconut or almond? I want to try the kit hill yogurt too!:)

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      I really like it and got the almond kind! It falls apart kind of easily, but I guess that’s to be expected. When I toast it it stays together a little better! LOVE the kite hill yogurt. I have tried so many different dairy free options and they have all had a bad after taste. This one is excellent. I love the plain and vanilla flavors, the strawberry is great too! Hope that helps!