Foodie February

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New month, new resolution: welcome to Foodie February!

Before I go all ‘out with the old, in with the new,’ here’s what I have leftover from January:

  1. Donate used books to a local library (in progress… I have A LOT of books!)
  2. Donate blood (scheduled for Feb. 22)
  3. Send flowers to a local nursing home (will do this month)

My resolution word for February was nourish. But Foodie February sounds MUCH more fun. First, some background:

I’m almost finished with the barre3 28 to Great and it has done wonders for my relationship with food. I’ve mostly stayed away from gluten, though not completely, and have been eating a lot of chicken, beef, rice and veggies.

I need to mention that I now make my own GRANOLA BARS! I’m a huge granola bar advocate (is that a thing?) Who has time to make breakfast before a 6 a.m. workout? Not me. Now I control everything in my go-to breakfast.

The result of this challenge? I feel more energized and overall healthy, and I’ve lost three pounds. I never felt hungry or deprived. The barre3 recipes are delicious and as long as you follow the general rules for the portion prescription, it’s easy to adapt into other meal ideas.

The 28 to Great challenge has shaped the way I’m going to face February. I want to try new things and experiment, while not forsaking the nutritional aspect of my meals. My goals are to:

  1. Continue “nourishing” myself via the 28 to Great food guide
  2. Explore one new restaurant per week for healthy (see #1) food options
  3. Challenge myself to cook four new dishes at home
  4. Grocery shop and food prep on the weekend for the week ahead
  5. Support local stores by visiting one new non-chain coffee shop per week

I’m sticking with five items this month in hopes I’ll get to accomplish every single one of them (and carry them into March!) I’m looking forward to hearing some great new recipes and ideas.

Update: 28 to Great and January Resolutions

After being knocked on my butt by some not-quite-the-flu-but-still-pretty-bad illness, it’s been quite the week! I took yesterday as my rest day for the 28 to Great Challenge instead of today- hoping that was the worst of it. After a quick trip to the doctor, however, I’ve been ordered to stay home, away from the public, and to not exercise until my fever is gone. Not ideal.

After reading up on illnesses and exercise, it turns out his advice is in line. Plus, my muscles are so achy and I feel so fatigued I probably wouldn’t last very long. Hopefully my prescription kicks in and I’m all better for tomorrow’s 8:45 a.m. class with Kevlin at barre3 Columbus. FINGERS CROSSED!

Otherwise, my 28 to Great challenge is going awesome! While I can’t control what my body temperature is doing, I can control what I’m eating. These past few days it’s been a lot of soup. I’ve also been sure to add as many veggies to it as possible and to snack on fruit to make sure I’m getting enough nutrients… even though my appetite is non-existent. When I feel like I’m dragging, it’s been really helpful reading blog posts from my fellow barre3 challengers like Missy and Jenn. While there’s only 16 days left, I actually plan to incorporate a lot of these food changes into regular life.

Next update: January resolutions. My progress so far:

  1. Donate used books to a local library
  2. Hold the door open for others whenever the occasion arises
  3. Pay the Starbucks’ tab for the person behind me in the drive-thru
  4. Send birthday cards to family/friends
  5. Donate blood
  6. Comment on three blogs/week
  7. Be polite on the road
  8. Leave five recommendations on LinkedIn
  9. Bring coworkers a special treat
  10. Send flowers to a local nursing home

The ones that are crossed out are either in progress or complete. Feeling good! This weekend will be a great time to go through my old books… and I’m definitely planning a Starbucks run. Hoping to cross of a few more! And as soon as I’m feeling better I’ll be scheduling a blood donation appointment. Wish me luck and keep sending those positive vibes. I definitely need them today!