Happy February!

In true Eat Spin Run Repeat fashion, a new month means it’s time to set 3 new goals. You may remember that I talked a lot about my broader objectives in the post about my 2015 vision board at the beginning of January but didn’t set 3 specific ones at that time. This was because I wanted to give myself a while to think about the mini-targets that would help me progress steadily towards those great big goals. I’m pleased to report that the year is off to a very strong and optimistic start, and here’s exactly what I’m going to be focusing on for February:

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable. - Seneca

1) Get started on kombucha making

One of my bigger goals for 2015 is to be all about eating for gut health, and fermented foods are a big part of that. I love kombucha but have never made it myself, so this month my roomie Jess and I are going to be attempting our own brews. We’ve already got an enormous scoby (which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), and this weekend we started our first batch. I’ll be sure to do a follow-up post on the whole process… and some recipes too!

Scoby for making kombucha

Our beautiful scoby

2) Grocery shop only on the weekends

I had a big revelation a couple of weeks ago, and by ‘big revelation’, I mean that it’s going to sound ridiculously obvious to probably everyone but I felt like a genius at the time when it hit me. I have a very bad habit of going to the grocery store whenever I need something. It’s often an excuse to get out of the office at lunch time (which is still a very important thing to do for sanity purposes), but buying just one thing typically ends up turning into 5 things…. especially when it comes to Wal Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart. The bill that should have been $5 turns into $20. “Why not be efficient and buy the things you’ll probably need later in the week?” is the rationale that makes this ok in my food-centric little brain, but the problem is that said items manage to get used up and at the end of the week, guess who needs them all again!?

butternut quinoa pilaf

Yes. It’s a problem, and the first step in 12 step programs is to admit it. So I have. And I have a plan! But first…

Autumn Chicken Salad with Curried Yogurt Dressing - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Following that first thought was the realization (not for the first time) that I eat a TON of fruits and vegetables. I know it’s important to eat a wide variety, many different colours and all that, but I’ve been teaching myself that all the colours don’t need to be on the plate ALL the time. Lately I’ve been simplifying my meals and choosing 3-4 veggies rather than 6 squillion, and you know what? They don’t disappear as fast.

Roasted Apple and Squash Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette - Eat Spin Run Repeat

So my grocery challenge for February is this: To grocery shop only on weekends, not on lunch breaks when I’m prone to wanting to buy more than is really needed. The theory is that this method will help me cut back on grocery spending and will force me to truly eat almost everything in the fridge before buying more. I’ve already done a mini-test over the past week, and I think it’s going to work. My total grocery bill for January was huge, and this is me promising that I will report back on the difference at the end of this month!

Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry - Eat Spin Run Repeat 4

3) Have a wicked awesome time training in Las Vegas

I talked briefly about this in my Ironman 70.3 Training Update on Monday and I don’t want to wish time away or anything, but the end of February can’t come fast enough! The part I’m most looking forward to is some heavy exposure to riding outside, getting confident on my bike, and having my coach identify key areas where I need to work on improvements. Just training outdoors in general will be a welcomed change from our wintery conditions, and although I’ll probably come home exhausted, it’ll be the good kind. 🙂

after long bike ride

Now it’s over to you! Tell me…

  • What are you working on this month?
  • How many times each week do you grocery shop?

PS. If you haven’t already snagged yourself a copy of The Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering 2015, it’s not too late! This guide shares the system I use for getting clear on what I want, setting manageable goals, and making an action plan to ensure that I follow through. You’ll find all the details here.