Parenting Weekend

weekly workouts & meal plan

September 8, 2019

I don’t like to get up super early (as in 5 am, before the kids) on weekends — I’ll do it out of absolute necessity sometimes, like if Josh is on call and I know I will have no other opportunity to fit in a workout.

But generally, when I’m referring to “morning routine”, I really mean weekday morning routine. Getting up at 5 am on weekends just isn’t going to work for me, even if some tiny (slightly obsessive and/or compulsive) part of me wishes I could get in that early focused time every day. I know it’s against sleep medicine gospel, but I seem to do okay getting some catchup sleep on weekends and sleeping on the lower end of my ‘sleep need’ range during the week. (Also, getting up a little later means that on Saturdays & Sundays I don’t feel quite as zonked at 9 pm, although . . . sometimes I do anyway especially if we were outside as a family all day).

(Please note I still sleep around ~7 hrs most weeknights. That’s my ‘low end’. I am not someone who generally forgoes sleep! Also please note that “sleeping in” on the weekends generally means 6-7 am because that’s when the kids get up. Occasionally Josh and I will ‘alternate’ but haven’t really done much of that lately; often we will just both get up.)

Anyway, this is a quick post as Josh has the kids at piano, G fell asleep at ~11:30 am (early nap!), and I have approximately 20 minutes before this house is loud and crazy again. And during that time, I also need to shower. I am thrilled at the number of comments and suggestions I have gotten during this daily blogging endeavor and I promise to go into some of the recommended topics later this month! Just probably not on a weekend.

Workouts this week:

M – (Labor Day; I was on call) – I wrote in Strava “very annoying run/walk – answered 3 pages and a phone call and then gave up.” 2.52 mi, 13:01/mi (because I was walking part of the time), 32 minutes 52 seconds. Lame, but from this vantage point I see how something is still better than nothing! This was in the afternoon so probably blazing hot, too.

T – BB 21DF Barre Legs. Barre (no weights) video from the 21 Day Fix. Still challenging but not terrible.


R Early AM run. 6:07 am, I did not note the temp but probably ~80Fish. 3.2 mi in 9:23/mi average.

F – BB 21 DF Dirty 30. One of my favorites – it goes so fast but does leave me with some soreness (in a good way!). I use 8 lb weight for my “light”, 12 lb for “heavy” and 10 lb for one exercise in this one (triceps).

S – Stroller run. HOT, OMG HOT. AND SUNNY. And humid. 10 am. 3.32 mi, 10:11/mi, 33m50s.

S – BB 21 DF Pilates. Another weight-free workout that still is pretty tough (though it’s more pain than sweatiness in this one).

This week was reasonably typical except usually I don’t do two “weights-free” 21DF workouts (more like 1, and 2 with weights) and I don’t always get in 6 workouts (more like 5).

Dinners planned this week:

cookbook central (the ones we use frequently)

M – salmon, sweet potatoes, green beans (kind of boring, but kids will reliably eat it for the most part, and healthy). I got ingredients; G (our nanny) will prep/cook it while G is in Montessori-land or napping.

T – chicken tarragon salad from Run Fast Eat Slow. I got ingredients; G will prep/cook during day.

W – leftovers. G will probably grocery shop for rest of week while kids at school.

R – turkey burgers w/ salad and some butternut squash. G will prep.

F – leftovers

S – Josh & me out probably, kids leftovers or breakfast-for-dinner

S – playdate dinner – takeout sushi or Mediterranean or Indian. In my fantasy life I’d cook but in this one it’s unlikely.

(I recognize I am very very lucky that I have someone to help me prep/cook the above. If I didn’t, we’d probably be eating even more leftovers / crock pot meals / pre-prepped meals / etc. But just figured I’d share an actual week.)

Okay, 9 minutes left to shower. Happy weekend!


  • Reply Cate September 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I can probably go back and look but- did you do the 21 day fix barre/Pilates/yoga while pregnant at all? I’m getting super bored of their prenatal workouts and my OB has basically given clearance to do anything I can handle. Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      I didn’t discover it until after having G! But I don’t see why not if you are cleared! I ran through all of my pregnancies (sometime stopped towards the end if I was just too tired but mostly)

  • Reply Marthe September 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Hope you made it, shower in 9 mins! I also love the daily updates! Thanks!

  • Reply omdg September 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    We’ve been dinnerless lately at chez-OMDG, mostly because I like eating more early in the day, I have a tendency to overeat majorly at dinner (eating feelings after a long day — haha!). Dyl’s AP makes her basically the same thing most nights, and it would reeeeeaaaalllly nice if we could expand her palate a bit, because right now it’s just chicken or pasta every single day. I would have to plan in advance and create a schedule though, kind of like you have done with G, but maybe we could do a rotation of meals or something. This has been an inspiration, we’ll see about putting this plan into action! How do you get your kids to eat salad?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Annabel loves salad. Cameron will pick off the parts he likes. G is the pickiest kid and they are all different so I don’t think I really did anything!

  • Reply Diana September 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I spy @cookieandkate’s book-love her recipes!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 10, 2019 at 5:17 am

      yes! I actually haven’t put this one into heavy rotation yet but the things we’ve tried we liked!

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