Man, I seriously cannot wrap my head around a singular focus. Here are some things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately:
Still riding my bike
And still really feeling good about it.
Patrick and I went for a Salem Lake ride the other day, the second time for me this week. Before we left, I told him “I’m inviting you on my bike ride, so I wanna go at my pace.” I did that not because he’s a jerk and rides too hard alongside me, but because I needed to remind myself that it’s OK that I’m slower, and it’s OK if he slows himself down to keep my pace.
On rides we’ve done together, I tend to build up judgments of myself that get in the way of me having fun. And this last ride? Didn’t happen. I think my proclamation was just the reminder I needed.
Cutting way back on wheat and sugar
I did a two-week cleanse, of sorts, during which I completely cut out wheat, sugar, soy, dairy, and caffeine (though I only lasted one week without coffee).
I did it because I just wanted to see. What would I feel like? What would I truly miss?
I truly missed: coffee (and the little bit of cream I put in it). Otherwise, I was OK finding alternatives or doing without the rest. And I felt … better. Leaner. More sated.
It just so happens I did my two-week cleanse-y thing in the time leading up to Christmas. So come holiday mealtime, I blew it out of the water.
I’ve been missing that leaner, cleaner feeling. So this week I focused on cutting way back on wheat and sugar. Baby steps. Easy peasy. Instead of bread and pasta, I added more grains and vegetables to my plate. Instead of sugar, nothing. Because I really, really don’t miss sugar when I don’t eat it (but when I do eat it, all I want to eat is sugar).
I think I’ll keep up this no wheat or sugar thing for at least another week. Just to see.
Juice juice juice!
Man, I made a pretty good grapefruit and berry drink last weekend. An ade? Is that would you’d call it? I put a little honey syrup in it, too.
Anyway, I’m still all about juice, and exploring new combos.
The thing is …
Budget budget budget!
I got on this kick last week. About us not spending money. I randomly told Patrick “OK, no more spending money for a week!” Except for X, Y, and Z (which we couldn’t help because they were, like, vet visits we’d already scheduled and a race he’d signed up for).
What it meant was no new groceries; which meant very little juicing (so we could stretch our fruits and vegetables as far as possible).
But it’s the end of that week, and we’re headed to the grocery store tonight. I’ll set a limit on our expenses. We’ll buy within it. And we’ll buy to juice. And we’ll buy to big-ass-salad.
And that is all the everything and the nothing that I’ve been ruminating on. It feels like it’s coming together in some sort of system that will help me eat better and move more.
I have started to get the itch to organize that system, and then impose it. I think I might be ready for a little more structure.