Well, it’s back to the grind, but just for two days. We returned this morning from our long-weekend trip to Bethany Beach, Delaware to celebrate the Fourth with my family. On Wednesday we head down to Hilton Head with Erin’s family. But don’t worry, I’ll keep on bloggin’!
Erin, my cousin Henry, and I made dinner last night for the whole family at the beach. I suppose that’s one way to get people to try vegetarian food–just make it for them! We quadrupled the recipe for sweet potato and chickpea curry with green peas, and added some corn to make it a little more summer-y. Henry made some coconut rice to serve it over, and we started the meal with arugula salad with broiled mushrooms with a lime-dijon dressing.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the meal, and to my knowledge there were no emergency trips to McDonald’s afterwards. Here’s a shot of the whole family eating dinner… hmm, they don’t look quite as happy as I thought they were. And whose is that abandoned plate? Maybe there was a covert McDonald’s run!
And here are the three chefs enjoying the fruits of our labor:
And of course, a shot of my cousin Kelley (one of the 5K runners), never one to turn down a little face time on this new interweb thing:
After such a healthy dinner, we all got to talking about fitness, diet, and making changes. I suppose it might have been the veggies talking, but lots of people seemed pretty excited about…
The Next 30-Day Challenge
Yes, you read that correctly. Not two weeks after the first 30-Day Challenge ended, I’ve decided it’s time for another, if only because I can’t pass up an opportunity to get so many members of my family involved. But it’s not just for us! Just like last time, I’d love to have anyone who likes making big changes as much as I do get involved.
So here’s how it will work. Leave a comment on this post or another this week with your personal 30-Day Challenge and whatever else might help others readers get to know you (bio, blog address, Facebook page, Twitter name, whatever). I figure if we start next Monday, everyone will have plenty of time to get ready and enjoy their proverbial Fat Tuesday. So next Monday I’ll write a post listing everyone’s challenge, info, and/or links, and we’ll be off and running! Then we’ll check in each Monday after that to find out how everyone is doing. Dig it?
I know when I commit to a change, I like to start right away, so if you can’t wait until Monday, then by all means start now! But I’m going to wait until then, since I’ll be on vacation and I still need to think of mine! I’m really getting into the Brendan Brazier Thrive diet raw food vegan stuff, but that’s not something I’m ready to dive headlong into yet. I would like to eat less bread products (especially white, but even whole wheat to some extent), choosing less processed grains instead. And I’m also thinking I need to do more stretching and foam rolling than I sporadically do now, so a weekly bikram yoga session might be in the cards for me (thanks to my cousin’s friend Katherine for this idea). But I’ll have plenty of clear-headed time at the beach to figure it all out this week. I definitely want to add something, rather than take away, this time.
I can’t wait to hear what your challenges are; I love this stuff! I say, if you’re deciding between a big change and a small change, pick the big one! The big one is so much more motivating (like for me, trying to qualify for Boston vs. just trying to beat my previous best). Your day-to-day routine, varied only slightly with a small change, is so similar to your old way that it’s easy to fall back into it. The big change is the one that interrupts your old pattern drastically so that you follow through.
Let the changes begin!
The Kickstart Plan includes:
- A 7-day meal plan, built around the foods worth eating every single day
- 14 of our favorite recipes that pack in the nutrition, taste great, and are easy to make
- Focused on simplicity and speed, to minimize stress and time commitment