Today being the first day of February, I thought I might give an accounting of where I am with this year’s goals. It had occurred to me to just totally ignore that post and pretend it never happened, but my conscience got the better of me, and I decided that if you are going to put it out there, you should bring the follow-through. So.
1) Not buying stuff: Check. I’ve largely stopped going anywhere that might tempt me, and I totally quit the fashion blogs. I’ve replaced my fashion blog habit with a running blog habit, which is annoying because all these ladies are in much much better shape than me. So I am motivated, but grumpy. We also did a good closet sweep and trucked a bunch of stuff to Goodwill. I’m like an anti-hoarder. TLC should totally do a show about me and how thoroughly well-adjusted I am.
2) Run 5 miles comfortably: In Progress. I have gradually increased my distances over the month, and I am running/walking about 20 miles a week. I am not at 5 miles with any amount of comfort at all, but I am much closer than when I originally wrote that goal, and that feels good. Meanwhile, goal 2 is threatening to derail goal 1, as I could really use more workout clothing…
3) Eat less sugar: Total failure. Of all of these, I should probably be most on top of this one. Sugar has an immediate negative impact on my energy levels, and I feel like I should be able to control my cravings. But I’m clearly going to have to find a better strategy than just telling myself to knock it off, because so far that approach has been an abysmal failure.
I made this the other night because it sounded so good to me, and looked so very doable. We loved this recipe. I plan to make it over and over again, but probably with meat or as part of a larger meal, because even with rice and naan, this whole dish must be seriously low in calories. We were starving two hours later. It took me a bit more than 30 minutes, but that time could have been shortened by prepping the cauliflower ahead and cutting the potato smaller.
Other modifications I made were to use some Thai chile-garlic paste instead of the Serrano she calls for (which worked fine) and to stir in some yogurt at the end. I am also considering which other veggies I could use this technique for. It seems like the sort of recipe that would be open to modifications.