Total miles logged: 8 (3 on the treadmill on Tuesday; 5 outside on Saturday).
Aches and pains: the underbelly of my right foot at the start and both knees towards the end of the 5-mile run. The lower back is stiff but just needs to be stretched and strengthened.
Goal for next week: 7-8 miles total.
Once I was showered, stretched, iced, and presentable-looking, Al and I squeezed ourselves onto an overly-crowded train car on the Loop-bound Red Line. It was disgusting for the first stop or two, and then it thinned off as people in green got off the train to go to their respective parties. We got off in the River North neighborhood and went to a friend's apartment in the Trump Tower.
As a side note, Chicago has a crazy St. Patrick's Day celebration. There are two parades, the Chicago River is dyed green, and the city goes nuts with parties. Everybody can pretend to be Irish for the day. I haven't been able to celebrate for the past three years due to exams or other commitments, so I was looking forward to this year.
The group we hung out with does something called a St. Patrick's Day Progressive. This year, we started at the Trump Tower, took pictures by the river, and then went to two additional apartments. Each host had everybody for about three hours and provided food and drinks. Each person paid each host $10. It was much cheaper than going to the bars, and we didn't have to deal with horrific crowds (other than the Red Line). We had a great time, and we took some good pictures. It's a nice view from the 48th floor!
Making a Grocery Shopping List
Here are the simple steps I do each week for meal planning and grocery shopping:
- Review your schedule for the week. Figure out which nights you will be home. This way, you will know exactly how many meals you need to plan. (Yes, schedules can change last-minute. If you make dinner plans after you did your shopping, you can move meals around or freeze foods that you're not going to use.)
- Create your menu. As you see on my old shopping list above, I wrote out my daily meals on the bottom. You can see that I was going to be out on Friday, so I didn't plan anything for then. For Monday, I picked a Cajun salmon recipe from a cookbook. I also generally search through recipes that I've saved on Pinterest or Facebook to figure out what to make. If you need inspiration, blogs are a great way to start. Just look through the recipe sections of your favorite blogs and pick out recipes that you like. The possibilities are endless!
- As you create your menu for the week, you can make your shopping list. You can organize it however you want. I usually do mine based on the grocery store sections. In addition, I'd recommend making your list while you're in the kitchen. This way, you can review your current food inventory. You want to look at what you already have so that you don't make accidental unnecessary purchases. For example, you don't want to buy eggs if you already have a full carton at home.You can also use your kitchen for inspiration. If you have celery and peppers that need to be used before they go bad, you can plan your recipes around those.
- Once your ingredient list is finished, add other foods that you want for snacks. I usually write down apples, bananas, and almonds.
If you want to go the extra mile to save yourself time during the week, you can prep on Sunday night. Chop your veggies, grill your chicken or meat, and do whatever else is necessary to make the cooking process faster during the week when you have less time.
Happy grocery shopping, friends!
P.S. I was reading my shopping list above and see that I abbreviate a lot. Bals ving=balsamic vinegar; mac nuts=macadamia nuts; chicken br=chicken broth; 3 ch br= 3 chicken breasts; diced tom w/ gr chilli= diced tomatoes with green chillies; TUPPERW= tupperware.