WIAW – Meal planning with variety

Hello wonderful readers! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far, and had an enjoyable Labor Day. I certainly did! I’m already super pooped and it’s only Wednesday. (hump DAAAAY!) ;p

I had an awesome 5 mile run on the treadmill yesterday morning, and was extremely proud of myself for reaching my goal.

I woke up after my first ‘pre-alarm’ alarm at 4:54 am. (the actual alarm was set for 5 am.) I had my oatmeal and 1/2 cup of pumpkin coffee, and got some reading done for school. I made my coffee in this new little single-serve coffee maker I got from Kohl’s!


I got to the gym at 6:30am, did Morganne’s (aka Nut Butter Runner) 300 abs and a few other random ab exercises. Phew! Killed me but it made me feel tight in my core. I’m definitely gonna try and incorporate that in my daily routine somehow!


I started running arund 7:15  and said to myself “well elyse, you definitely have to do at least 3 miles – so we’ll shoot for 4. but i should really do 5 miles…so we’ll see how i’m feeling”. I literally battle with myself as I’m running as to whether or not I’m going to be able to reach my goal!

However, once I started running, I felt fine and had my music & my new Saucony running shoes (which were part of the reason I wanted to run so long), and just zoned out. I love the shoess – they’re so comfortable and sturdy!


So I’m having this awesome, productive day, right? I shower, and as I’m half dressed about to put my shirt on, IT’S NOT THERE. Yes, I left my shirt home when I had a nice outfit picked out. I threw on my LA fitness staff shirt and hurried to finish getting ready. Luckily, I had an extra shirt in my car (not a cute one -_-) but it did the job!

Thennn I went to class and did homework and all sorts of other boring things.

(Maybe it’s a liiittle early for fall, but I’m so ready for all these pumpkin spice recipes!!)

Now on to what I ate wednesday!! I feel like I’ve been taking a million pictures of my food lately cause I’ve decided to shy away from the Transformation Meal Plan and start adding more variety into my diet – cooking healthy, paleo recipes and other yummy things!



Spinach salad with homemade greek yogurt ‘ranch’ dressing, turkey, and peppers


Kale salad dressed with olive oil, lime, I& garlic with turkey and peppers


Fruit & veggie smorgasboard with 1 zucchini pancake and greek yogurt with blueberries & granola


Lunch for school: spinach salad with turkey, tomatoes, peppers, & herbed feta, ezekiel bread, carrots, peppers, & blueberries!


(I cooked the paleo rice and zucchini primavera in large portions – enough for 3 servings each so I would have yummy dinners for my busy week!)


Doesn’t look appetizing, but it’s delicious! Zucchini primavera with carrots, broccoli, chicken, & grated parm cheese


Labor day eats! apple chicken sausage, veggies with greek yogurt ‘ranch’ dip, chickpea salad, bean salad, & for dessert, chocolate zucchini bread cupcake and coffee!


Mexican paleo rice bowl! SO delicious. Topped with avocado, lentil soup w/ cumin, southwest shredded chicken, and southwest greek yogurt ranch dip.



In love with this coconut protein mug cake recipe from Nut Butter Runner!!


Peanut butter chocolate quest bar bites with homemade peanut butter & honey granola – amazing post workout snack with coffee!! Recipe coming friday 🙂

Welp, that’s about it for this week’s WIAW! I definitely plan on having lots more yummy, healthy, clean eats coming up. I’m a firm believer in the fact that a happy (and healthy) tummy is one of the key factors in being happy!!  Stay tuned for Recipe Friday! 🙂

Questions for you:

Are there any pumpkin-spice or fall related recipes you think I should try?

How are you doing with food prep/meal planning during a busy school year?


4 responses to “WIAW – Meal planning with variety

  1. Congrats at killin’ your workout! The first 2 miles are always the hardest but once you get in that groove it feels so good to meet your goal.

    I also LOVE Nut Butter Runner’s healthy dessert recipes. When you run a lot you need to fuel so healthy desserts are a must in my book.

    • So true! I love when I get to the ‘halfway point’ of a run – it just proves to myself that i’ve already come this far and i know i can keep going!

      Nut Butter Runner is just all around great :p haha I did 300 abs again today & love it!

  2. Congratulations on knocking out those 5 miles =)

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