Keeping Healthy Living Goals in Sight

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I’m progressing well in my plans to shake out of hibernation mode. While somewhat stymied on the jogging front by needing a new sports bra (its ordered and in the mail!), Sweets and I have been getting a good sweat on with our hikes up to the summit of Mt. Pisgah a couple times a week.

sliced spicy radishesIt’s a humbling hike (4.4 km long, but an elevation of 440 meters) for us, since we remember how well we scampered up it when we were in shape.

We’ve also added some fitness goals that extend past our trip to Hawaii, in an effort to maintain a mental treadmill of inspiration.

These goals are combined with our efforts to eat better, so that we see a quicker payoff in our fitness quest. Back to snacking on fruit and getting vegetables regularly in my meals. I had once laughed at the mantra “eat something green everyday,” scoffing at its simplicity. Unfortunately, I’m in no place to be acting high and mighty about that simple line. Getting vegetables is my most difficult point to contend with.

My refrigerator overhaul is happily enabling my fruit and vegetable habits. Now prepped veggies are going in lidded mason jars in the fridge- that way they are in my sight when I lurk around for snacks. The glass jars are working great! They are also replacing my old cottage cheese and salsa plastic containers that I use to store leftovers in. Now I can easily see what we have to use, with no tricky memory games to play. What you see is what you get.

The accompanying recalibration of my taste buds has me excited for the luscious farmers’ markets of spring.
Are we there yet? Is winter over?


posted February 16th, 2007 at 5:40 am

Love the idea of storing healthy foods in glass jars!

posted February 16th, 2007 at 6:29 am

I’m trying to stick to resolutions about healthy food and exercise too–but WHY is it so hard to get fruit and vegetables in (5 a day??)? You would think food bloggers in particular would have no problem with this, and yet shoehorning in all that good stuff is tricky and mine languishes with alarming frequency at the bottom of the crisper drawers or develops soft pockets of goo in the fruit bowl.

posted February 16th, 2007 at 10:55 am

I’m with you there! Trying really hard to eat better this year, and get in shape finally. But I swear I have no will power with sweets! Best of luck to you though and to all of us in the same boat. :)

posted February 17th, 2007 at 7:33 pm

I always feel slimmer in the summer. I think it is, like you said, getting out of hibernation mode. It’s so much easier to get active when you look outside and see sunshine and feel warm temps. I can’t wait!

posted February 24th, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Oooooh that hike sounds glorious- I would like to go on a hike. True winter makes it hard to be healthy sometimes.

I hear you. We’ve been letting the rain be our recent excuse. I think I’m gonna try for one rainy excursion a week as a goal.


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