In January, I set a New Year’s Resolution for myself:
Feed my family wholesome, real, FRESH food.
One month in, and it’s going great. I’ve recovered from Empty Fridge Syndrome by grocery shopping every weekend. I’ve overcome Indecision Disorder and Last-Minute Disease by planning a weekly menu. I still suffer from a mild case of Perfectionism Affliction, but I am in a twelve-step recovery program. I’ve experimented a bit, but I’m still very hard on myself when I make something that isn’t delicious, or if a substitution doesn’t quite work out. But I’m learning to live with things like scones that don’t look exactly like the picture in the recipe. In the kitchen, I’ve had some successes, some failures, and some “omg that’s disgusting” moments. But I’ve learned that when I slip up or have a bad day, I can re-focus. And the best thing is, each new day starts with breakfast!!!
In addition to eating better, I took a step towards being more fit. As someone who works from home and can sometimes go several days only leaving the house to pick up my boys from school, I realized I needed (a) to see more daylight and (b) to get more exercise/movement. So I started the Couch 2 5k program and am loving it so far.
Unfortunately, I got run over by the strep throat train and am not bouncing back as quickly as I’d like. I decided to let myself fully recover before getting out there and running again. I don’t want any more setbacks!
So to wrap up January, I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made in the kitchen. I have a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator with lots of options every day. My husband loves the variety of meals we’ve been having, especially since most have tasted good! He also likes that I’m not waiting for him to get home and make us dinner, especially since he’s been working late a lot lately. My son has adapted well to not having chicken nuggets every night so often. He does a great job of trying most things, but he definitely doesn’t like food that’s all mixed together. He wouldn’t eat the Freaky Greek Pasta until I separated the broccoli. He wouldn’t eat the meatball soup but happily devoured the meatballs by themselves. He removed the bananas from his morning oats. I’m hoping that we can compromise — I’ll make things that can be easily separated, but still offer him mixed foods so he learns to accept them. And he’s glad that I still give him nuggets occasionally, though he is now getting the nuggets from Whole Foods rather than the dinosaur-shaped nuggets from Giant. Progress.
Goals for February:
- Recover fully from strep throat
- Continue Couch 2 5k program on pace
- Go through “Project Home” photos
- Try some of the recipes on my “recipes to try” page
- Assess grocery budget