I hope everyone’s transition back to normal routine was as painless as possible. It’s difficult no matter if you have 2 days or weeks off to get back into the swing of things, but once you take that first step you are all the better off.
As I mentioned on New Year’s Day, I have one serious (professional) goal for the New Year. But of course, the new year also reminds me to pay attention to my efforts toward some day to day goals including:
1- Following a more plant based diet I absolutely feel better when I eat a meat less than daily and fill up on hearty grains, nuts and greens dishes. Now that I have L’s participation it should be even easier.
2- Continue to challenge myself in the kitchen. It’s no secret that I love cooking and it is the place that I feel I truly thrive. I can’t get over how much I have advanced since starting this blog almost a year ago. I’m much more adventurous and confident and I want to continue that progress.
3- Drink more water This always poses a problem for me. Believe it or not, I really don’t like drinking water unless I’m incredibly thirsty (i.e.: during a workout, on a hot day, etc). Sparkling mineral water I love but flat just doesn’t do it for me…something to work on.
4- Donate more excess items (in an effort to become even more of a minimalist). We have a very small home with very minimal closet space. When I return from a trip, I realize just how little I need in terms of clothing. I’ve stopped feeling guilty about getting rid of clothing that may be new or barely worn and instead think of people that could put it to good use.
5-Revamp my exercise routine. I have become incredibly bored with the gym. Quite frankly, I’m happy that my membership obligation is almost over! I feel like I’m throwing my money away each month because I really don’t enjoy going anymore. I’m hoping to find a workout that I enjoy and can take to the gym for these last few months and then start figuring out some fun ‘home routines’. Any suggestions?
6- Stop biting my nails This has been a NYR since I was about 5. I’ve bitten my nails ever since I can remember. I’ll go through phases of a few months or so that I don’t bite but then its back to it. It’s disgusting, unsanitary and definitely not chic…so I’m going to try. hard.
While a tad cliché, the Monday after the big ‘holiday week’ is the perfect opportunity to get started right. It’s an opportunity to take control of the things you want to change and remain faithful to the routines that work for you.
My last official ‘day off’ was dedicated to cooking, food shopping, and most importantly quality time with L.
We started the morning with homemade french toast followed by lounging, TV watching and daydreaming. After transitioning into afternoon we decided to make the big move out of the house to Trader Joe’s where we successfully depleted our gift card stock.
This evening, we decided to keep it healthy and attempt Angela’s Vegan Lentil-Walnut Loaf. Her recipes are fabulous as they are always simple, satisfying and healthy. She is my ‘go-to’ when I am in the mood to get on the ‘right track’ and ‘go vegan’ for the evening.
This recipe was incredible. I followed her directions to a ‘T” and we were greatly rewarded with a moist, sweet, tangy and solid loaf. We enjoyed this healthy dish with a side of roasted fennel and a spring mix salad with aged balsamic.
A great meal to get this week (and year!) started right.