veggies

Sunny Sunny Spring

It’s GORGEOUS in Portland! For the last week or so it’s been sunny and warm and yesterday it was 80 degrees. Thank goddess! I am so over icky gray rain.

Over the weekend we worked in the garden a bunch. It was nice just being out in the sunshine. Every day after work we’ve eaten dinner on the deck. Logan immediately wants to go outside and play when we get home from daycare. It’s just so nice! I want to soak it up. The downside? My allergies are TERRIBLE!

Wednesday I went for a nice run in the sun during my lunch break. I’ve been running the waterfront loop downtown about once or twice a week depending on the weather. Pre-run I had my apple and string cheese for a snack, slathered on the sunscreen and headed outside.

It was perfect outside and not crowded yet!

This time I went across the Steel Bridge first then ran down to the Hawthorne Bridge. I like to switch it up periodically so it doesn’t get boring. I’m thinking that if I get a little faster I might be able to extend it to the new pedestrian bridge and make my run a little longer but I’m not there yet.

The waterfront wasn’t busy when I went out, which was nice. Unfortunately, I had to take a lot of walking breaks. I have no idea why. My legs just felt like lead. The first mile was great. I felt good, had energy, but then I started to slow down.

After my run I walked the last block to cool off then went to the gym in my building to stretch and foam roll.

Lunch was shredded Thai chicken I made in the pressure cooker with kimchi. My afternoon snack was plain Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, walnuts and some low sugar granola. I’ve been REALLY really hungry lately and the normal stuff hasn’t been satisfying my hunger, so I added the walnuts and granola in hopes that it would tide me over better.

Dinner was Trader Joe’s carrot “noodles” with spaghetti sauce, meatballs, fresh parmesan and garlic bread. I like the carrot noodles better than the zucchini noodles. I felt like the zucchini ones cooked down to nothing. But the carrots kind of hold their shape and are a little al dente. They feel more like you’re eating pasta.

Very delicious, satisfying and filling dinner. We watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain (Southern Italy) and then crashed in bed early. On days I run the waterfront I am CRUSHED by bedtime! I was hoping to get in an epsom salt bath but I had no time. Oh well. Next week!

QUESTION: What is your favorite way (besides salads) to get more veggies into your meals?

February Goals Recap

February Recap:

Squat Challenge –

I was doing so well with my squat challenge and then in the second week, I started to have knee pain. It was pretty bad for two days (to the point where it was even uncomfortable using my standing desk at work). I decided to take a break from the squats to see if that was aggravating my knees and I believe it was.

I was bummed! I was feeling really good about doing the squats but I think maybe it was too much too soon too often. So I took a break and then went back and modified the challenge. I did squats every other day and did less than what was planned. I also did other exercises to focus strength training on my glutes (like Donkey Kicks).

I still call that challenge a success, even though I modified it.

 

Get Organized –

I did A LOT to get organized in February. I went through my makeup and cosmetics and threw out old stuff. I got some new organizational baskets for the bathroom.

I went through my wardrobe and donated a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit anymore, or I never wear it, or it looks worn out and old.

I moved an old bookcase into Logan’s room (there was a nightstand there before) so I could organize his books onto the shelves (they were scattered all over his room) and put all his stuffed animals in one spot. I donated some of his old clothes that don’t fit, I went through other baby stuff (and toys) to give to a friend who is having their first baby soon. It felt so good to be straightening up!

I bought a big plastic tub with a lid to put all the unused jars (for canning) in one place instead of scattered all over the garage. I got these organizers for my closet:

We went to IKEA one day and got two of these:

They are really going to help with the office organization and the clutter. I’m glad we bought two, too. This is the before in the office closet:

Packed full of clutter! Scrapbook supplies (I don’t really do it much these days but I want to save it for arts and crafts for Logan), office supplies, paper, computer stuff, pens, envelopes, mailing supplies, cards, etc. It was all scattered around in different storage containers in the closet. I knew we could do better.

After:

It looks SO much better! I got everything super organized and labeled. I got rid of some stuff. It’s not 100% done yet but it’s close and it makes me feel good that it’s less cluttered.

Try Going Vegetarian (A Little Bit) –

I definitely got more vegetables into my diet in February and I feel pretty good about that. But I wouldn’t say I was consistently trying to go vegetarian on a regular basis.

I didn’t love the zoodles. They cooked down to kind of nothing and got lost in the sauce. It basically felt like I was just eating marinara sauce with turkey meatballs. I definitely prefer spaghetti squash for a non-pasta pasta dish over the zucchini.

QUESTION: How was your February?