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VeganMoFo: Paying Attention – swell

VeganMoFo: Paying Attention

Yesterday’s meal when I got home from work: raw buckwheat crispies with fresh orchard apples, organic strawberries (free from work!), cinnamon, and almond milk.  While I wish something like this is what I ate everyday for breakfast or an after-work snack, I’ve been feeling myself slip a little in the awareness department of food and general self-care lately.  A few days ago, Heather over at be well & take care blogged about setting mini-goals for herself to be more active and take better care of herself.  About 3 weeks ago, my ladyfriend and I got memberships at the YWCA so I’ve actually been a lot better at moving my body.  Up until then, my only dependable exercise consisted of an easy 5-minute bike ride to and from work, and running around the (work) kitchen fetching ingredients from the walk-in cooler and carrying 50-lb. bags of grains or flour about 25 feet.

My green smoothie-drinking has waned a bit as well, and not usually for a lack of ingredients at home.  That means I get oatscreme shakes to fill me up at work, and I’ve continued a long-running habit of not taking my (legally-permitted) break to eat some real food.  By the time I get home I’m hungry and often too tired to put thought into making something my body needs.  Dinner has become my only “real meal.”  Now, I don’t necessarily think that three socially proper meals is inherently superior to 5 small meals (or whatever it takes to healthily sustain you), but just eating a lot of carbs like I have in order to make it to dinner doesn’t work for most people.  And it’s certainly not working for me.  I’m often tired, I’m not listening to my body, and I’m not using the time I would have if I wasn’t so tired.  So, a la Heather, I’m setting myself some mini-goals to set me back on track:

1.  Drink more water.  Hydrating myself has always been a problem for me; most of the time I don’t think about being thirsty.  Not only will it help me in the upcoming cold, dry months, but drinking lots of water makes me feel less sluggish and less likely to binge on sweets and salty snacks.

2.  Make a meal plan for a few nights of the week.  I’ll save money grocery shopping, won’t go out to eat for a lack of ideas, and should end up with some leftovers that I can bring to work as lunch.

3.  Green smoothies at least every workday!  They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals, are super filling, and perk me up in the morning (since for me a green smoothie isn’t complete without a big hunk of fresh ginger).

4.  Get more sleep.  On most workdays I get up at 545am, which is just enough time for me to get dressed, brush my teeth, and fix myself up a bit before biking to work.  I usually don’t get into bed until midnight, which means I’m not giving myself enough time to rest until I get to my weekend, when I want to be having more fun!

5.  Unlike today, put some proper clothes on when I’m not already going to work… right now I’m still in my pajamas.  This is a bad habit I have when it gets cold outside, as well as a real motivation-killer for doing much in the way of productivity or getting fresh air.  When I’m not put together, my apartment starts getting out of control in the mess department (though certainly that’s also partially since I clean for two these days).

Hopefully this will also help me be a better MoFo poster, though I’m realizing that I’m not budgeting my internet time very well either (most of my day is spent in front of the computer).  However, I’ll be more likely to work on delicious treats in the kitchen if I’m dressed, hydrated, nourished and well-rested, rather than laze around the house until I’m too disinterested in trying to take mediocre food pictures under a ceiling lamp.

Do you ever get in lazy/unmotivated ruts?  What gets you back on track?

No Responses to “VeganMoFo: Paying Attention”

  1. Heather says:

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this here before, but working at a co-op, do you get to bring home items that are past their prime and otherwise would be thrown out? If so, awesome! (I am imagining that’s where the strawberries came from, but you know what they say about those who assume…)

    I am liking your goals. Especially #5! Today I showered and got back into pajamas/lounging clothes. Granted, I didn’t leave the house and have been cleaning/studying, but I’m becoming a little too comfortable in the yoga pants and t-shirts. I have been getting back into the habit of green smoothies every morning and hope I don’t fall out of doing it because they are magical.

  2. a-k says:

    Yes, I get a combination of past their prime/unsellable produce and grocery items, and other times perfectly beautiful produce that they can’t mix with newer produce because of organic handling practices. It’s really nice, as long as you don’t need anything in particular. But there always seem to be lots of bananas, which means practically half my green smoothies are free!

  3. Ksenia says:

    Setting small goals is a great idea =)

    Many of my lazy habits are the same as yours. Actually, I am in pajamas right now too, despite the fact that I woke up at 6AM ( my accountancy homework is to blame. It NEVER ends T_T); I have not did a green smoothie for myself for one month; I sleep 4 or 5 hours and I never plan my meals (which means that when I have no time or exams I subsist on cookies, breakfast cereals and dark chocolate>.<). At least I drink enough water, he he.

    Is not easy to get back on track, but sometimes achieving one of the goals inspires you to go on. For example, when I oblige myself to go running, even if I don't have time (because I never had it, and I would never go running otherwise) I feel good. If I feel good, I don't crave sweets or food I know I shouldn't eat. If I follow a balanced diet and exercise, I feel more energetic and exercise more. You just need a little push :)

  4. Kim says:

    Great goals, A-K. I also do not get enough sleep, and this is a big goal for me. And meal plans – yes! I tend to take a very impulsive and random approach to making meals each week, and would like to be a bit more calculated in that department. The only think I am calculated about are my daily breakfast green smoothies, actually, which is funny. the night before, I gather all the ingredients I want to include on the top shelf of my fridge or put them on the counter. I try to do the same thing for whatever I’m taking for lunch the next day.

    I think the most important thing about setting goals is not totally beating yourself up on the days when you fall off the wagon. I find that the more I beat myself up about NOT doing what I’m trying to, I just end up feeling bad – not motivated to do better :) Acknowledging room for improvement is one thing, but totally getting down on yourself is another. Negative self talk will never help anything, so keep it positive, and know that tomorrow is another opportunity to hold yourself accountable for creating the life you want. Trust me, I’ll be trying hard to do this too!!!

  5. zpoeschl says:

    I’m in one right now! This post was actually my perfect pick-me-up, I’m going to set some mini-goals right now and actually write them down in a place I’ll see them. Thanks!

  6. Mo says:

    I like your goals. In fact, I’m just gonna go ahead and steal them. Buckwheat crispies are the best.

  7. mihl says:

    I like the idea of mini goals, I guess it’s really easier to accomplish them and move on from there. I’m trying to include more exercise too. I think I might also steal some of your goals.

  8. bethany says:

    We should go swimming at the Y together! In the dead of winter it will be such a tropical treat.

    I am pretty obsessive about to do lists. But I have been having problems being motivated to do much activism type stuff lately. One thing that helps me out of my rut is being accountable to other people and asking for support.

  9. Courtney says:

    You need more sleep! You poor thing…no wonder you are tired all the time :-( I hope you are able to accomplish that mini-goal asap! Your goals sound great and achievable, which is important. I don’t know about the getting dressed one, though…sometimes pjs/comfy clothes are just perfect for spending the day at home! Especially a cold early winter day like today :-)


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  11. Girlfriend, you just inspired me to get out of my pjs and take a shower before I dink around on the internet any more!

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