Good morning! This weekend was a good one (minus getting up early to work a half day on Saturday). Andy asked me what I wanted to do after work on Saturday and I said “drink beer!” I didn’t have to twist his arm to get him out the door and to a bar. We got food while we were out and I chose perhaps the unhealthiest item on the menu: baked mac n’ cheese! I had corn on the cob as my side instead of fries to balance things out 😉 I also had a Daisy Cutter for the first time! No more beer for me after that one, though. I was FULL. Mother’s Day was spent at my aunt and uncle’s house. My uncle eats a mostly plant-based diet and has been raving about his new vegan cookbook for a long time. We watched the film Forks Over Knives together several years ago, which was part of my motivation to become a vegetarian (I’m thinking about slowly adding meat back into my diet, so I haven’t written about this much. Meat kind of grosses me out most of the time so I just stopped eating it 3 years ago, to make a long story short). Anyway, my cousin, Oksana, and I made a meal for our moms (and the rest of the family) from The China Study Cookbook, which is based on Forks Over Knives. We made Mom’s Polenta With Rice and Beans (pretty much a casserole) and Quick No Fat Cranberry Bread. Some veggies were also served on the side. Thank goodness; I needed a detox after that (delicious) mac n’ cheese and beer meal!
I owe you guys an update on how I did with my April Goals. Can you believe it’s already pretty much mid-May? Time flies when you’re having fun! In April, I wanted to focus on three things:
1. Work on school stuff two days or nights per week for at least two hours.
SUCCESS, but only because I had to do this. I had some huge projects due for the end of the semester and left them all for April. I spent many hours at the library.
2. Run or go to the gym FOUR times per week.
I was successful with this for the most part, but none of my workouts were super intense. Despite this, I PRed my 5k time 🙂 Good enough for me!
3. Make time for myself and my loved ones.
I did the best I could despite how busy I was. Wish I planned better, but sometimes life gets in the way.
Overall, I am just happy that April has ended. After such a hectic April, I have so far made a lot of time for relaxation in May. My workouts are still not where I want them to be, but I’ve realized that sometimes a yoga class is a much better idea than going for a run. I want to read books for fun, go on walks, and just take it easy for awhile. I put a lot of pressure on myself most of the time and am about to start the summer semester, participate in a wedding, and run two big races. Due to this, I will have NO GOALS in May. I suppose a “non-goal” will be to take it easy and continue increasing my running mileage 🙂