meal of the day #1 – february 6
This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).
Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:
- Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
- Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.
january goals – update
Now, I don’t think I completely succeeded at either one, but I did make good progress. I think I read 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week for all of January, so I will call that a win. Nice! I’m still not finished with the book I got for Christmas (Bill Bryson’s Made In America), but I’m almost done. I think I want to add fiction novels to the mix in February because I tend to get distracted when I’m only reading non-fiction.
I went in and out on the artificial sweeteners one. One day I would be adamant about not having Diet Cherry Pepsi; other days I caved. I’m guessing this was a 50% fail rate. So it needs work. One thing I noticed was that I tended to use the excuse, “I’ll have this soda instead of that cookie my coworker brought in,” but then I would end up having the soda AND the cookie! So that is not valid, not valid at all.
I didn’t have a good way of tracking these goals – so I will do that for my February ones.
february goals – food and life
- Food #1 – ditch diet soda (continued).
- Food #2 – no snacks 2 hours before bedtime (eep hard for me).
- Life #1 – keep reading 30 minutes a day; add fiction books.
- Life #2 – go to sleep by 11:00pm 5 nights a week (eep this is also a killer).
- (*general – track these in Google Calendar or a Google Doc – tbd*)
There is another thing I’m going to do in February but I don’t want to include it as a goal, because I don’t want to have more than 4 goals hanging over my head. It is to post one meal a day (see above) for the rest of the month. February is a short month so I only have 24 meals to post, including today. I have been taking lots of meal photos because of that Eatery app I mentioned.
Do you have any February goals? How are your new year’s resolutions working out?
P.S. Woohoo Giants! Who were you rooting for? I brought this large plate of veggies and hummus to a super bowl party last night and they were a big hit. The favorites were baby carrots and the peppers.
Happy Labor Day! In honor of this great relaxing day off, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite things: walking. This weekend I got to walk a lot with Coco (and Star, her hubby). There are 2 reasons I walk (in addition to the fact that I just like it)…
Walking As Exercise
When I’m walking as exercise, I like to do a few different things:
- Listen to music or podcasts
- Read a book
- Walk with my husband, or a good friend
- Chat on the phone with my parents
And sometimes I just walk in silence. Walking in silence is sometimes just as good as (or even better than) yoga for clearing the mind. Walking is almost like meditation.
I use an iPod Nano for my podcasts. I am actually looking for new podcast recommendations so please let me know if you have any in the comments below! I like nutrition, yoga, linguistics, languages, and psychology, but I’m always open to other topics as well.
As for books, I tend to read books that don’t take too much concentration when I’m walking as exercise. I have tried to read more advanced books while I’m walking, but it’s too easy to lose focus because I do have to look up every so often so I don’t run into things/people/cabs. The Emily Giffin books were perfect for long walks.
I read that book 2 years ago – I searched my blog for her name and found this old post. Cool for me to see how I (and my blog) have evolved over the years.
Walking For Health
Okay, so walking as exercise is great, but walking is good for overall health as well. I have read so many articles lately about how being happy and leading a stress free life are actually more important than the foods you eat. That sounds a little bit crazy and unconventional, but I’m temped to believe it.
For one thing, walking is great for weight loss/maintenance. I don’t really do much other than walk these days, and I’m maintaining my weight easily. This weekend I did walk a lot (5-6 miles each day) but normally I only walk 2-4 miles a day. Walking for health = easy to stick to. I don’t really have any trouble fitting in my miles each day and I don’t dread them (unlike some other workouts).
Walking is also a way to take a break from whatever happened to you during the day/week. I like to walk home from work (it’s about 1.5 miles) when it’s not too hot and not too cold. Sometimes I window shop, sometimes I really shop (I got Bobby the jacket below the other day), and I always make sure that I stop thinking about anything stressful – humans need a way to get rid of stress. Stress is horrible for us – worse than cheeseburgers and fast food, for sure.
I think I am getting off topic! Back to walking for health Walking = relaxing stress-reliever. Walking = good cardio. Walking = kind to your joints. Walking = low-impact. Walking = doesn’t feel like exercise. Walking = awesome.
So instead of sitting here posting, I am going to go out for a walk with my hubby because we haven’t left the house yet today. We had delicious steel cut oats for breakfast/brunch (mine with butter and a touch of honey; his with a bit more honey and 2 pieces of fake bacon; this picture is not from today – it’s from another delicious blogger meetup day almost a year ago in San Francisco).
Why do you walk? Or do you like other forms of exercise better?
P.S. Got a bunch of good questions yesterday! Will answer them tomorrow I think. If not tomorrow, Thursday.
We are on day 2 of our Miami trip (we got here Tuesday night; we are in town for Bobby’s sister’s high school graduation). So far eats have been fantastic, but unfortunately I have a cold. I’m recovering, I think!
- Breakfast: blueberry yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, and wheat germ
- Snack: fresh papaya
- Lunch: Japanese bento box from Matsuri – this was ordered off the special Japanese menu, thanks to my future MIL. She knows I love hijiki so she suggested it. It came with grilled saba (mackerel), hijiki salad, salad, miso soup, sukimono (pickled vegetables – in this case cucumber). (Picture source.)
- Dinner: papaya salad (papaya, tomato, shrimp, calamari, mussels) and Thai basil chicken from Lan (with friends). (old pictures)
- Dessert: a cookie that I made with my friend (chocolate chip and pecan! recipe coming soon maybe…) + a bite of the bagels we made (cinnamon raisin)
- Late night snack: fresh fruit (grapes, cherries, papaya)
Today has been great so far too. We are headed off now, but I had oatmeal with blueberries, wheat germ, and honey for breakfast (Bobby’s mom had oatmeal too) and then we snacked on papaya.
We are having such an amazing time here. It’s so good to be with Bobby’s family (my family now too), who we don’t get to see very often.
How often do you see your family?