Every time I write a weekend recap, I usually skip through my Sunday with something vague like “meal prepped” and “got ready for the week ahead,” and it finally dawned on me that you guys might like a little more information about what I actually do on Sundays. I truly believe that spending my Sunday preparing for the week ahead allows me to be more successful in my health goals, and I always feel much less stressed when I’ve taken the time to prepare everything in advance. That said, here’s a look at my Sunday routine!
Step 1: Meal plan. Last year I explained my meal planning process in detail here, and looking back a year later I can say that the process hasn’t changed much. I start my meal planning by browsing through recipes in a folder I keep in my G-mail, and then I check to see what ingredients we already have on hand/need to use up. (Note: Whenever I see a recipe that I want to make, I email it to myself and then save it to a recipes folder in my Gmail. A Google doc would work great for this too!) I also make sure to incorporate any social events (happy hours, softball/volleyball games for Fabio, etc.) into the plan as well.
As I meal plan, I update our grocery list and fill in our chalkboard menu.
This is an old photo, but you get the idea.
Step 2: Grocery shop. As soon as my meals for the week are planned out, I immediately head to the grocery store. I always, always go to the grocery store with a list, and it helps make the process a breeze. I grab exactly what we need and don’t like to waste time browsing around. Fabio and I usually go to the store together and divide up the list (for example in the produce section I will send him to get bananas and lemons while I get onions and potatoes, or something like that) which also helps cut down on time. We are usually in and out in less than half an hour!
Step 3: Meal prep. As soon as we put the groceries away, I get to work on prepping food for the week. Usually this includes making add-ins for salads like roasted vegetables (I like seasonal squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes) and quinoa or brown rice.
Once everything is cooked I package it up into tupperware containers so I can grab them and go during the week. When it’s time to eat my salad, I heat up the tupperware container (usually with some cooked chicken added in) and then add the warm veggies and grains to my cold salad. Yum!
When I have time/remember, I also make a batch of salad dressing to grab during the week. For this week’s batch I whisked olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, spicy mustard, hummus, salt and pepper together in a bowl and then divided the mixture equally among four containers. So easy!
Step 4: Make fresh juice. I know this isn’t something that applies to everyone, but it’s definitely part of my routine so I wanted to include it. As you may already know, every Sunday I make a big batch of fresh juice that Fabio and I enjoy each morning throughout the week. I usually make a batch as big as my juice pitcher can handle, and it generally lasts us until about Friday morning.
I know it’s better to drink juice as soon as it’s made, but I’m just not the kind of person who will get up early to make juice and clean the juicer every single day. More power to ya’ if you are! I figure juice that is a couple of days old is still better than no juice at all.
If you’re interested in learning more about how I juice, you can read about it here.
Step 5: Clean the apartment (and sometimes do laundry). In old our apartment Sunday was always laundry day, but now that we have a washer and dryer in our apartment (woohoo!) I’ve found that I don’t mind doing the odd load of laundry during the week. One thing I absolutely must do on Sunday though is clean the apartment. Here’s what I usually do:
- Windex the windows, glass surfaces (mirrors, glass tables, etc.), and kitchen appliances
- Dust the bookshelves and furniture
- Clean the tub, toilet, and sink in the bathroom and kitchen
- Mop the kitchen and bathroom floors
Given that I do all this on Sunday, you might be wondering what Fabio does. Well, his only job (other than coming with me to the grocery store) is to vacuum. And let me tell you, getting him to do it is SO hard! All day I have to ask when he’s going to get it done, and he usually waits until the last minute before one of our favorite shows or waits until right before bed (if he does it at all). Ay yi yi. What am I supposed to do with this guy??
Step 6: Plan my workouts. I’ve talked about this before on the blog, but I keep a dry-erase calendar on my refrigerator with my planned workouts for the week, and filling it out on Sunday evening helps me make sure I don’t skip anything and stay on track.
This is another old photo, but you get the idea.
And there you have it! Now you know what I like to do on Sundays to get ready for the week! It might sound like a lot, but the whole process doesn’t usually take longer than a few hours, and then I am ready to face the rest of my week.
Question of the day: Tell me one thing you do on Sundays.