I have a confession to make. I have been avoid this blog. Actually, the theme of today has been facing things I’ve been avoiding, so this is fitting. The reason I’ve been avoiding it is because November’s challenge was an absolute failure. Okay, it was a half failure. I believe I wrote for 18 days. I have plenty of excuses for why I didn’t make it the whole month, but let’s just chalk it up to me giving up. It is what it is, let’s move on. I still do plan to post the things I did write in those 18 days, but that will come later.
I did continue challenging myself through December, and December’s challenge was to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables every day. For the most part I’ve done really well. I started a calendar, but after veggies became somewhat of a habit, I stopped keeping track on “paper”.
As you may notice, there’s not a ton of variety. I’ll be honest, I don’t really have a lot of time for variety. The Hippie hasn’t been around much–working on a business he’s determined to get running–so I haven’t been cooking much at all. I did try to make most of my alone meals salads instead of fast food. I really would have liked to have been adventurous and tried new veggies I’ve never had before, but this month also corresponded with a couple unexpectedly high bills, and I really need to try to keep my grocery bills at a minimum which meant more Aldi–not exactly known for its variety of produce.
What I did learn from this is a new appreciation of the veggies I already liked. I tried to come up with newer ways to eat them (one way will become a blog post soon), and I tried not to make it too much of a chore. I decided about halfway through that I was getting sick of eating the same stuff, and if I didn’t want to eat veggies, well, then so be it. But to avoid not making my goal (and there’ve actually only been a few days that I didn’t hit 5 and one day that I flat out refused to eat veggies (and frankly way more days that I went way over 5, so I consider it a wash)), I made sure to eat veggies as early on as possible.
My favorite easy way to jump start veggie eating was by putting veggies in my eggs. Here’s my method for easy breakfast eggs:
- One mug (you can spray it with cooking spray, but I’ve found that this does nothing to make clean-up easier)
- One Egg
- Veggies you like: I used spinach or asparagus and mushrooms
- Tomato sauce
If using spinach or frozen asparagus, precook it. I loaded up the mug with spinach and zapped it in the microwave for 1 minute. Drain the liquid. Add the rest of the veggies, chopped, and spoon in a couple tablespoons of sauce. Add egg and beat until everything is combined. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave for another minute. The eggs should be set by now, so stir up and plate. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese if desired. Eat with toast if you’re like me and for some reason the idea of eating scrambled eggs without bread grosses you out. It’s a texture thing.
The way I see it, this breakfast, if done right, is around 2 servings of veggies. A veggie snack and a serving or two at lunch and dinner and you’re golden. I will certainly work toward keeping this up. I am fully conscious of my veggie choices, unlike when I gave up sweets and was just conscious of the fact that I was being a mean ol’ jerk. I do need to reign in my sweet consumption again, though.
Or at the very least up my physical activity (that was a segue, see what I did there?). That brings us to January’s challenge. Since January is *the* month of resolutions, I decided to tackle two challenges. One is a challenge of omission, the other a challenge of addition. The addition challenge is to work out every day. I’ve got a lot of exercise videos queued up on Netflix, and I’m already used to getting up an hour early for work (during the holidays we open at 8 instead of 9, so I was going in earlier). The omission challenge is to not buy anything except for groceries and the small handful of meals eaten out with friends. I’ve done this challenge before, but it’s time to do it again.