Now that it’s the end of January, I suppose I can talk a little bit about those goals again. Now, when I say I’m horrible at achieving goals I’ve made for myself, I mean it. So just keep that in mind when you’re reading this. Or skimming it. Or just looking for pictures of Pants.
Remember I lost those 3 lbs that could have been real pounds or just a weekend food baby? Well, I gained those back last week by doing nothing in particular. It’s taken another week to get those pounds back off. So, this tells me that when I do gain weight, it doesn’t have anything to do with alcohol even though I was convinced it was a culprit.
I only drink once a week, so I guess it makes sense but when I do drink, I can really throw ‘em back. (I never have a drink with dinner or “just because.”) Even so, I’m keeping with the no drinking plan through most of February. Mainly because I know it’s good for me and I want to say I made the full effort. Because you know what they say…
As for artificial sweetener, I made it a full month and it’s changed a few of my habits. I’m drinking more water and I switched from sugar free to lower sugar jelly (which I think I can still eat while racing). I fully plan to have a deliciously artificial Diet Coke with lunch on Friday when we’re officially in February. Right now, I would kick a litter of kittens for one. That doesn’t mean I’m back on artificial sweeteners completely but instead I’m going to go easy on them and hopefully one day, phase them out completely.
I’m also trying to eat more natural foods, so I’ve switched to natural (and crunchy < —- who am I?) peanut butter and from my beloved I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray to real butter (baby steps people). I tried a few new recipes, like those Flourless Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then I tried another cookie recipe over the weekend that I found here.
I added cinnamon and coconut flakes, although the coconut flakes weren’t necessary. The cookies were delicious, but a little on the greasy side. Oh, and I realize my two new “healthy” recipes are still cookies. Don’t you judge me!
I never tasted a parsnip until yesterday, much less seen one until I bought them at the store last week. They look like light yellow carrots, but they are not carrots my friends.
After I took them out of the oven, my house smelled like a port-o-potty that had been baking in the hot sun. So nasty. They taste ok. I don’t love them or hate them. Yesterday, I ate them with ketchup and salt and today with some blue cheese crumbles and hot sauce. If anything, they are way easier to make than Butternut Squash Fries.
I’ve also been eating a lot of mashed cauliflower lately.
I am so buying a food processor this weekend and burning that masher. Who manually mashes things anymore? That crap is hard. #NoPatience
Anyway, I think that I’m less successful when I try harder. So, I plan to keep up the good habits but not put so much pressure on myself to be strict and see how it goes for the month of February.