Sunday, January 6, 2008

This Week The Plan

With Christmas and nervous breakdowns this has been a long time coming! I am going to try my best to post my weekly plan on Sunday nights... at... um... the actual start of the week. New year... new idea.

Here we go...


Monday - Flank Steak w/ curried rice pilaf and steamed broccoli

Tuesday - Potato Leek Soup

Wednesday - Kid and Mr F's Date Night

Thursday - Steak Sandwiches and salad

Friday - Pizza Night

Saturday - Take out

Sunday - Spaghetti & Meatballs with steamed veggies


Monday - Eye Doctor for Kid in AM (this often takes 4-5 hours!)
pay bills

Tuesday - grocery shopping

Wednesday - vacuum
bake bread

Thursday - clean bathroom & kitchen


Okay I'm planning to really kick it up a notch. I'm not going to increase my fitness or muscle mass just doing what I am doing. So my currently plan is to alternate crazy insane weeks with a somewhat less insane week.
This week is a crazy insane week:

Monday - 60 min cardio intervals

Tuesday - 30 min HIIT, 30 min pilates

Wednesday - rest

Thursday - 60 min cardio intervals

Friday - 30 min HIIT, 30 min pilates

Saturday - 60 min cardio intervals

Sunday - 30 min HIIT, 30 min pilates

Just in case anyone is wondering... as a testament to my improved mental health I have cleaned up all my clean laundry piles that were spilled all over my bedroom. Finally put away all my Disney clothes. Sorted and bagged all clothes that are too big (89% of them) for Salvation Army. Vacuumed the stairs and hallway (least favorite chore... hands down!) and cleared off my desk. I did 60 minutes of cardio and even made dinner. And last but not least finished my first Norwegian lesson!


MommyTime said...

Sweet. You've already moved on to a plan. SOOOOOOOO glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. And glad to know that you have a therapist you can talk to -- I think that's important. I definitely went through PPD and was unaware of what was really going on until I was mostly on the other side of it and could have some better perspective. I don't think it's all "denial" (this comes from some of the comments I read on your thank you post...but there were so many there, that I thought I'd just jump in here instead). I think sometimes it's very hard to self-assess accurately. So just keep on talking -- to us too. You have created a great community here!

Mrs. Furious said...

Oh I'm feeling much better. I just know that there is no way to sound convincing about not being depressed while still screaming in the shower... lol. No I'm fairly certain this is straight up sleep deprivation going on. I fully expected to be someone who had PPD and started with this therapist while pregs with Kid... but although I have a very hard time being pregnant I didn't have any serious hormonal flux after birth. Which I have to say came as a SHOCKER to both my therapist and I... I mean my mom is not exactly sane so you know there seemed to be a good chance. But I guess an ounce of prevention... (or murphy's law)

emmyjw said...

You go girl! I will keep up the pryers and I hope sleep comes soon ;) gotta go finish all the charting from my hellish weekend on house? don't even ask...

Mrs. Furious said...

thanks :)

guess what I just realized... I'm getting my period tomorrow! Hmm... kind of sheds some light on the weekend ;)

Nutmeg said...

Mrs. F... it's funny I didn't want to mention the PMS/PMDD thing, but frankly that is the first thing I thought.

I have really serious PMDD and a major depressive disorder, so crazy freak outs are kind of the norm here for the week beforehand. Of course, I don't really ever realize it until it's too late and even if you do realize it... it doesn't make the feelings any less real to know that they are being caused/exacerbated by hormones (and sleep dep. combined).

I went to work yesterday and said I think I might pay 300 dollars to get 10 straight hours of sleep. As a graduate student, there were plenty of takers!

Amy said...

That was me too last week! After I had my "I-so-need-a-straightjacket-breakdown" I realized...gee. I'm expecting my TOM. Like in 1-2 days.

I really need to start highlighting the days of the month, as a forewarning for hubby.


Heather said...

Veldig Bra!

Pete tells me that means very good. I'm learning too.

Your schedule looks kickass! I'm so glad you're back to planning! And I can't wait for Saturday!

Har Det Bra!

MommyTime said...

I'm so inspired by your weekly plans, that I'm actually sitting down this morning to revamp my weekly chores chart (which is dependent on my teaching schedule, which of course changes every semester). AND I have a crazy thought about planning the week's meals... Of course, gotta' have my blogs-with-coffee first. We must have our priorities. Have a happier day!

workout mommy said...

I have to say that you get more accomplished in one day than I do in an entire week!!! :)

Anyway, I am right there with you on the sleep deprivation thing. I now understand how it is used as a torture device. No sleep makes me very, very, very CRAZY!!

I love your workout plans too!! :)

Gigs said...

I definitely hear you on the PMS/PMDD thing and I don't really track that stuff very well, so it's always an "ah-ha" moment when I realize why I'm hitting an emotional breaking point.

And as sexist as it sounds, I really think that a large percentage of hubby's wouldn't have been able to provide the help you needed this weekend (or at least my husband wouldn't have!). We've had many similar situations where I have felt he let me down (sometimes in a major way), even though he really feels he's trying. I think it's a guy thing. In fact we just had a conversation this weekend about how when he does stuff for/with the kids, he is not "helping" me, but just doing what needs to be done because we are a family. It should not be considered a "favor" to me when he's in charge!

But I realize I can be high need. I also have some issues with depression and control, and am still on the meds to prove it. It's funny, because as people let their stories come out, you can see that everyone's been there. This blog is a sanity-saver! Anyway, I'm so glad you're feeling better and back to your inspiring posts!

Smoochiefrog said...

Um, yeah that is some serious exercising there.

How about you come exercise for me but I get to reap the benefits?

Cara said...

wow, talk about a productive weekend and coming week!

You rock!

Robin said...

Great plan! You are my weight loss guru. :)

Mrs. Furious said...

Hey all!!
I will be back and return everyone's comments in a couple of hours.
Kid goes in to the eye hospital for an appointment and those can take a LONG time.

Stay tuned :)

Chrissy said...

Mrs Furious - I was watching all of your videos Friday night when you were apparently having a meltdown. I'm sorry to hear that but on a positive note you were really making me laugh! I'm glad you're feeling better today and are back on plan. Speaking of being back on plan - can you share your curried rice and potato leek soup recipes? Thanks!

Mrs. Furious said...

Holy Mackerel! For some reason my comment telling you I'd comment later just posted?!? I did write that at 8 am.

Anyway there are a lot of comments so lets get started...

Yes I think I just experienced a perfect storm of sleep deprivation and PMS. Since I have only had a couple of postpartum cycles back I kind of completely forgot about that! I definitely have bigger hormonal changes postpartum then before kids. And it is true knowing what is contributing doesn't make it easier to deal with but maybe helps make you feel less crazy... maybe not....

Yes... this month I will circle the 7th in a big red marker and draw huge frowning faces on the three days that come before!

this week will be a workout challenge. I'm a little scared since it is really pushing me to my limits in regards to my time but I need to get back to being a little more hardcore.

Mrs. Furious said...

hmm what is your "crazy thought?!?!"
I would like to say I have one weekly chore chart but I don't. I try to think what day it is reasonably likely that I MIGHT do it and that day changes with each week. Like today I'm no longer feeling the drive to do the laundry... I should have done it last night when I was on my roll! But meal planning... that really works.

Workout Mommy,
oh I doubt that. The bathroom and kitchen need to be done but they go MONTHS in between cleanings! I do find writing down what I do does make me feel like I accomplish more than when I don't... like there is some proof of what I do in the day.
Six days of working out is pushing things... so we'll see... but I'm trying to push myself a bit more!

Mrs. Furious said...

I do believe there is man/woman divide going on. I hate that and I don't want to cut Mr F any slack because of it... but my therapist is always telling me that she does believe that there really is a difference and it isn't always personal.
Plus you got the PMS and the ADD and the sleep deprivation... and that occasionally spells DISASTER!
I really am doing better... like perfectly normal... making me think the PMS was a pretty big contributing factor this weekend.

Mrs. Furious said...


If I could I would ;)

it is funny because just last week P.O.M. was suggesting that a little depression can do wonders for your motivation... and maybe she was right!

Mrs. Furious said...

we'll see. If I can do that I'm thinking that I will alternate weeks for my workouts. That is one of my training ideas. My other potential idea is having about 10 cards with different workout amounts and types and drawing one a day and that way I'm mixing it up. Ultimately I'm trying to workout 5/7 days for the rest of the year. But I want to make sure I keep pushing myself and don't just keep doing the same stuff.

Mrs. Furious said...


oh I'm glad you enjoyed them ;)

and I hate to admit it but I was just going to make a boxed rice mix (Near East brand)!

I will post my soup recipe thought.

Deb said...


moley said...

Glad you're feeling better Mrs F.

Well you have inspired me. I have cleared all of the summer toys and crap off the patio and washed them, plus picking up all of the autumn (fall) leaves and then washing down the patio.

Have also cleaned out the fridge, which was fairly disgusting at the back, done the washing (laundry), bathed the kids, put out their uniforms for tomorrow, polished their shoes and made the lunches. Oh and packed fresh PE kits and dug out their book bags.

But best of all, I have done 20 mins on the elliptical trainer. Crap I know, but I've taken 10 years to get to this level of unfitness so it was the best I could manage and it is only my second time on it despite having it for over 18 months. I the had an apple rather than a packet of the kids' chocolate buttons.

MommyTime said...

I think it's funny that you were tantalized by my sentence about a "crazy thought" about meal planning. The crazy thought was that I might plan them in advance at all! Sorry to be such a lame-o. We tend to be cook by the seat of our pants folks around here. We make good food, but we don't really think ahead. It's more like, "hmmm, I'm hungry, what do you feel like eating?" The problem with this in terms of trying to get into shape is that pasta with some kind of sauce is too easy to cook -- and too easy to eat too much of. Tonight is roast chicken with sauteed green beans and a super-easy cous cous dish that has so much stuff thrown in it that you don't actually even have to make 1 serving per person of the cous cous itself. And it's tas-tee.

This is the kind of thing I'd like to do every night, but with the work schedule, it's not so easy. So I was thinking that since I'm teaching a night class this semester, it might be good to do some more organized planning for a while and see how it goes. Don't want to stymie the creativity of Le Chef and all that, which I know will be his response.

I actually find it easier to plan the chores than the food, since both Husband and I are pretty good at inventing a meal out of whatever ingredients we have on hand -- and we're both EXCELLENT at not cleaning. So we need the prodding more for the latter. ;-) Still, your organization has me thinking that perhaps I could use a dose of the same.

MommyTime said...

And, no slight to Mrs F, but MOLEY, you are awesome! Now I'm really inspired.

moley said...

mommytime, glad to be of help!

Here's hoping I don't slide back into my old slovenly ways tomorrow :)

Oh and I forgot to say that I also did an online grocery shop which will arrive tomorrow, with the ingredients for some pre-planned, healthy meals ad no junk food.

Mrs. Furious said...

" Crap I know, but I've taken 10 years to get to this level of unfitness "
lol!!! that was hilarious! :)
and believe me I have been there. We bought our treadmill 3 years ago and I only really started using it this past summer! Pilates reformer? I didn't even take it out of its box for over a year!!! And you can't push yourself further than what you can do... or it will just be too much and you'll get overwhelmed.

anyway... way to go! and shined your kids shoes?!?! I think you are trying to show me up! ;)

funny. I don't think you were reading back when I started meal planning. I can't remember when I decided to try that... possibly during my failed FlyLady period. Anyway everything you said is exactly why I resisted. I was convinced my culinary creativity lied in the "throwing it all together" approach and that planning actually took more work. I will say I don't "create" as many meals... but I can now more successfully repeat the good ones... but the days when it is 5 and I'm DONE there is no more thinking I just make what I said I would and I have all the ingredients and it truthfully is much less stressful. Now Mr F never cooks so I don't know how that would work if that was thrown into the mix. But I will say (for me) it has made a big difference. And because I plan it out we actually eat more of our leftovers or I can get a way with repurposing when before I felt like I was throwing away so much rotten food that I just never got around to. So in short (long) I recommend it.

Mrs. Furious said...

online grocery shopping?!!? I wish we had that!

michelline said...

I always feel better about myself when Chris and I sit down and plan a menu for the week. But we're too often too lazy to do it. When we do plan it, we follow it though. So that's at least one bright spot :)

All you girls are an inspiration. I'm sitting in my family room staring at the Lenox, Madame Alexander dolls, and snow globes that are waiting to be replaced in my curio (we totally change out the curio stuff for the Christmas season). I HATE redoing the curio. I'm decorating impaired. Almost as much as I'm cleaning impaired. And cooking impaired. Damn - now I'm wondering what it is that I do well!

And... Mrs F... you just put away your Disney clothes. What a waste of time! Now you have to bring them all back out. Should have stayed lazy for another few day, LOL.

moley said...

Online groceries - One of the advantages of being a small island I suppose. Makes it easier to offer such a service economically. Been around for at least 5 years, although we don't do it all the time cos you have to plan ahead as they don't do same day delivery. They do sometimes cock things up as well so you end up having to go and shop anyway. Well Mr Mole has to since I don't drive.

The service is much better than when it first started, as they now have pictures of most things. If you didn't know the exact name of what you were ordering you could get some fairly weird stuff. Plus it now saves all your previous orders so you can scroll through going yes tick that again, yes tick that again, so after a while it's really quick and easy and I SO hate going to the supermarket.

Oh and if it makes you feel better, I don't do the kids shoes all the time, but as it's the start of term I thought I'd make an effort. I only use the liquid stuff and a quick rub with those wax sponge things, so it's not real polishing! Just covering the scuffs :-)

MommyTime said...

Failed FlyLadies Unite!

I actually talked to Husband about this tonight, and he's game, albeit a bit reluctantly. My pitch was that this would keep us from wasting so much, since we end up pitching perfectly lovely veggies that rotted quietly away in loneliness at the back of the fridge because we bought them without any specific plan for cooking them. And leftovers? Don't get me started! Since we've already shopped for this week, we'll just plan one day ahead, and then start an actual planning before we shop thing this weekend. If this actually works, it will be a complete revelation in our household. I'll bet it even saves on the grocery bill since there's less impulse purchases and fewer things languishing away at the back of the pantry...I like this more and more already!

eurydice said...

What do Mr. F and Kid do on date night? And what do you do during that night?

Mrs. Furious said...


they go out to Kid's choice of restaurants and then to the library since Mr F is OBSESSED w/checking out all of our districts cds (tons) and downloading them!

and I take Baby to an evening baby & mom class which she loves... then I get something terrible like Mc Donalds on my drive home.

Mrs. Furious said...

I've always thought I'd like to live on an island (other than NYC which isn't exactly island-y) and getting your groceries delivered makes sound all the more enticing!

try it all be interested to see how it works out for you. I have to say I do NOT spend less since I plan more meals and often get steak when I would have been like "frozen shrimp, spanish rice mix.... I think we'll have Jambalaya tonight" which was essentially free. But I hardly ever throw out food which makes me feel much better and I could try and plan a bit more cheaply... that was to be one of my New Year's Resolutions but I scraped it!

Mrs. Furious said...

"you just put away your Disney clothes. What a waste of time!"

tell me about it!! We just finally cleaned out our suitcases of all the extra trip crap too...

moley said...

Mrs F, it would be nice living on an island if we were actually near the sea, but England is only small in comparison to the States. We are still 200 miles from the coast, which rather puts paid to a morning jog along the beach :-(

Our ultimate dream is to live in a house where we can hear the waves rolling in. Preferably not on the East coast though as the coastal erosion is so bad that before long we would be in the waves rather than just listening to them.

eurydice said...

i am a library addict too. except i research what books are coming out on amazon and pre-order them at the library so i have first dibs on the new copies and don't have to wait or read grubby old books. i should get cds too.

Mrs. Furious said...

lol... I thought you must live on an Island off England (and was like...hmm is Wales and island?... are there large lakes I don't know about?) I didn't realize you meant England as a whole. Seriously grocery delivery is wide spread throughout England?

it is not atypical for us to have close to 100 items checked out! Magazines, cds, dvds, and books... we take FULL advantage. Plus for some reason we have like the greatest selection of new releases.

moley said...

Mrs F
lol... I thought you must live on an Island off England (and was like...hmm is Wales and island?... are there large lakes I don't know about?) I didn't realize you meant England as a whole. Seriously grocery delivery is wide spread throughout England?

Sorry I was a bit confusing. I did wonder if you'd think I meant an island off the coast! I take it you've not read Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island."

Yeah as far as I'm aware home delivery is widely available, certainly in the big conurbations where most of us are squeezed in. Prob not the highlands and islands of Scotland I shouldn't think. To be honest I'm surprised it's not available in the States.

My friendly Tesco's man turned up this morning. They'd only made one mistake. Brought me strange yogurts in a squeezy tube instead of the ordinary organic pots I ordered for the kids. Still the kids really liked them, they were still organic and they refunded the charge so no harm done!

Mrs. Furious said...


when we were in NYC you could get groceries delivered but you would go and shop for them or have an order in (not online) and then they'd bring them.

at one of our stores you must be able to place an order (but I have no idea how) because they have parking spots for pick up.... must investigate that!

moley said...

Mrs F

Well I'm gobsmacked!!!

When Mr Mole taught full time for a year, and so was working 12-14 hr days and Hetty was a toddler the only way I could keep on top of things was to internet shop every week. We don't do it quite so much any more as Mr Mole has more time for shopping and I can't always seem to get myself organised.

Still console yourself with the thought that your groceries are probably less than half the price of mine ;-)

Mrs. Furious said...

price for convenience seems like a reasonable trade!

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