Happy Wednesday! Or as I like to call it, Saturday eve-eve-eve. I know I talk about the weekend a lot, but honestly, two days of setting my own schedule and doing what I please (and laundry) makes me a happy camper.
Some of you have noticed that I haven't been around much recently, especially this week, here's why:
Work has been busy, I've been too tired to blog when I get home. When I do get on the computer I tend to get caught up on my Google reader as opposed to writing my own posts.
M. and I have decided 1) to try vegetarian diet, and 2) to cut way back on dining out, both of which have forced me to be better about making dinner and prepping lunches for work, and both of which are time consuming because of that.
Last week M. surprised me by purchasing the first six seasons of Roseanne because we were tired of watching them out of order on TV. Netflix has spoiled us.
I'm completely enamored by Downton Abbey. I've wanted to watch this show since the first season, but I'm glad I waited because I cannot imagine having to wait a week between episodes, let alone months between seasons. I've been missing the UK since we were waiting for our plane at Heathrow, and watching Downton certainly has not quelled my longing to return.
I'm happy to make a little blogging comeback, especially because it means participating in my favorite linkup:
As I mentioned above, I've been eating a pescetarian diet for the past couple of weeks. This makes it much easier for me not to give into fast food convenience or cravings, but I think I did have fast food once or twice at the beginning of January.
I've been much better about cooking dinner during the week and keeping track of which recipes are successful
I've been to the gym once...maybe twice
I've been negligent when it comes to portion control
I was great about bringing my lunch to work when I discovered how easy it was to make crock pot chicken tacos and chicken salad; now with the omission of meat from my diet I feel like I'm back at square one
Facts to Live With
I could easily plow through an entire bowl of green onion dip with chips, or a small box of Munchkins if left to my own devices
I hate the gym
I love the convenience of takeout
Get into a gym routine and stick to it. I know from experience how amazing it feels when I make an effort to fit regular workouts into my schedule, I just need to start.
Increase walk times with Casey. My little man was supposed to lose a couple of pounds since the last time we were at the vet, but unfortunately he's gone in the opposite direction. His snacks have been cut out (he comes to work with me and had gotten into the habit of getting a treat or two from each of my co-workers on a daily basis), but he needs to step up the exercise.
Eat out less. When we added up how much we were spending on restaurants and takeout we realized we need to reign it in and save more. Part of this deal is that my husband will help out more with preparing meals/clean up, which he's been great about so far (thanks, Babe!).
Start drinking smoothies again. If you haven't tried adding some spinach to your fruity smoothie yet, do it. It's such an easy way to add some healthy greens to your routine and you don't even taste it. I bought a bag of frozen berries, a container of organic spinach and a big tub of Chobani to make this a regular part of my diet again.
Eat enough protein. I'm keeping a vegetarian diet because I've never felt fully comfortable eating meat, however I usually revert back to a "normal" diet because I have a hard time getting enough protein without animal proteins. I've been trying to incorporate quinoa, beans, nuts, and Greek yogurt/cottage cheese into my diet, but I'm not a huge fan of processed soy products. I need to read up on the topic and make sure I'm maintaining a balanced diet.
If you have any tips for me, especially regarding vegetarianism, I've love to hear them!
Thanks as always to Evani for hosting this awesome linkup!