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?