Tough Decisions and Meal Planning

This summer I had decided to go outside my comfort zone and sign up for curling with a woman that I knew casually.  For those of you who don’t know, curling is a winter sport that involves throwing a “rock” down a sheet of ice and the closest to the centre circle gets a point. I was pretty excited as I had played last winter on a mixed team with my husband and two great friends. I really feel that if I can get more practice time that I could improve my game.


Here comes the tough part. Women’s curling is on Monday Nights from 7-8:30. Which means I would need to be at the rink by 6:30 and wouldn’t get home to way after 9. Mondays are also one of our busiest days. O swims 4:30-5. R swims 4:30-630. E dances 6:45 to 7:45. To complicate it even more the Hubs has fire meetings every second Monday from 7-10.


 I just couldn’t figure out how to do it all. I know I could have arranged for car pools and dug deep to make it work. But honestly I don’t want to. I really can’t find it in me to start my week that exhausted. Curling is a winter sport after all which means I will be coming home freezing cold and will need to warm up before I can sleep. My Tuesday morning workouts will likely be pushed aside because I will be simply too tired. I really think my whole week will spiral out of control.

So I made a tough choice, I canceled. And while I wish I could make it ALL work I know I simply can’t. Life is about making tough choices and this was one of them. I know that 5 years from now both of my teenage daughters will be off at University and I will have more ME time. I want to spend those few precious years making sure that my girls have the opportunities to be active and have fun before they enter the real world. While that doesn’t mean that I have to stop being my awesome active self, it does mean that I sometimes have to make tough choices!

Meal Planning October 19 – 25.


Sunday –  Skinny Taste’s Shrimp Pad Thai – my version (I add more veggies like carrots, peas, broccoli etc to bump up the nutrients)

Monday – Leftovers

Tuesday – Runner’s World Mango Fajitas (still haven’t got to make this recipe)

Wednesday – Crock Pot Chicken Soup

Thursday – Left over soup

Friday – Pizza and salad (its our Friday Tradition)

Saturday – BBQ Moose tenderloin, sweet potatoes and veggies.

Breakfasts – steel cut oatmeal

Lunches – Green smoothies

Snacks – Greek yogurt and fruit, Hummus and cut up veggies, apples and protein bars 🙂


—————————————————————————————————-How do you balance family commitments with your own?

What’s on your menu?

___________________________________________________________________Gratitude – Thankful for the courage I needed to make a tough decision.


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