At the beginning of March, I posted some personal goals for the month regarding diet and exercise (see blog post). I tried the grain-free diet for about a week and just couldn’t do it. Part of the reason was that I just love whole grain bread, and part of the reason was based on a theological study I started doing on the biblical view of food and drink.
I began in Genesis and started writing down every time food or drink was mentioned. One thing that stuck out was that God gave grain to His people for food, and if God gave it, it’s a good gift. Now, we still have to watch that we’re not overdoing it or eating it in excess, but in moderation, I believe grains are a good thing, so I added them back in. (See Genesis 3:19; 14:18; 18:5-8; 19:3; 27:28, 37; etc.)
As for the exercise, I’ve done maybe half of the days as far as the Abs workout goes, but I’ve also added lots of walking (thank goodness for this beautiful weather!) and some yoga/stretching back in. Hoping to increase that, especially as it continues to get warm. The winter is always so hard for me to get motivated to exercise, but hopefully spring will be a refreshing season with lots of walks and maybe some bike rides.
So, that’s where I am. The thing with goals is that they’re just that–goals, targets, not death or life–and in life, target’s are always moving. So rather than beating yourself up about missing a goal, focus on the progress you’ve made. And even if you’ve taken five steps forward and four steps back, you’re still one step closer to the end goal, so be encouraged by that.
1st change of plans: I wanted to do a nice long workout after work today. But I first had to go by the dentist. I was still numb by the time I got home, so I’ve decided to postpone the long workout for tomorrow and maybe take a walk with Bryan tonight instead.
2nd change of plans: I was going to make this great salad for dinner. Instead, I decided to have 1 pita, 2 carrots, and a bowl of homemade hummus. It still fit into my nutritional goals for the day, so we’re good. And it was delicious!
Homemade Hummus in my pretty Polish pottery bowl with pita chips and carrot sticks
- 1 can of organic garbonzo beans (chickpeas), drained
- 5-6 sundried tomato pieces
- 1 Tbsp. organic olive oil (add more if you like it thinner)
- 1/2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame) paste
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 3 small cloves of garlic
- 1/4 c. chopped vidalia onion
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (reserve 1/2 tsp. for garnish)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Instructions: Chop ingredients and grind together or whirl in a food processor till desired smoothness. Spoon into a pretty serving bowl, drizzle with a little extra olive oil and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Can garnish with additional fresh basil and/or parsley as well. Serve with fresh veggies or your favorite bread.
3rd change of plans: I had to take a quiz tonight for Nutrition (one of those “complete by midnight” assignments for my online course). Well, I noticed that the instructions said you could start and stop as often as you like, since it’s an open book assignment. I opened it up and found that it was only 8 questions, most of which were common sense. So, I’m already done with that, and instead of studying all night, I’m going to take a much needed break and watch a movie with my man. I like this change of plans.