First, I want to comment that my workout yesterday was the single best workout so far. My trainer pushed harder, and I pushed myself harder than I ever have. The room, the setup, the space, the vibe, the energy - it was all good. I can't stress enough that making your environment FEEL good is important. It made all the difference.
Second, I've been thinking about what kept me from eating healthy before now. Of course, I could go into lack of education, lack of funds, lack of understanding, lack of motivation, lack of esteem, lack of faith, etc. While all those played a part for sure, I want to throw in some accountability and own that laziness was also a factor (and continues to be an issue.) At the end of the day, I don't want to chop, dice, slice, cook. I don't really want to shop, either. But I really don't want to have to peel and dice and cook.
I've found so many ways to accommodate this laziness. The following are the groceries I just bought after I finished work this evening. I left the house at 5:45, picked up my son, hit the grocery store and was back home by 6:22 pm! I just ran the outer edges of the store and grabbed what I needed.
There are organic tortilla chips with wholly salsa and wholly guacamole, steam-in-bag frozen asparagus, steam-in-bag carrots (I just eat them raw though), sliced cantaloupe (on sale because it expires in 2 days), raspberries and blueberries to toss in yogurt, steam-in-bag fresh broccoli and cauliflower, pre-chopped green peppers (fresh) and pre-chopped onions (frozen) as well as some organic apples.
It's all so convenient. Open and eat. Or toss "as-is" in the microwave and eat. Couple the easy steamed veggies with a plain sauteed chicken breast, or add some nuked oatmeal to the yogurt and fruit for easy meals.
There's no shame in admitting I want convenience items. When I buy the slightly cheaper items that require more effort, they often go bad and get tossed. Now THAT'S not economical! I don't throw away things that are super easy to eat. Nope. I eat them!
We can't fix what we don't acknowledge. After working all day, I have too much to do (single mom, homework, errands, playing games, writing blogs, etc.) to be bothered with tedious chores like "fixing" dinner. I'd much rather ASSEMBLE dinner.
Rather than keep trying to pretend I'm Suzie Homemaker able to act like both a stay at home mom and a career professional, why not embrace reality and make it all work for me? Great idea. I think I'll do that!!!