The one in which organization fights fat... and wins!

Chris left on Tuesday to go camping and canoeing in Wisconsin with his buddies and Oscar and I have been holding down the roost. Is that even the expression? Holding down the rooster? The roof? Ah well, all roosters and roofs accounted for over here, thankyouverymuch.

The first thing I did after Chris left (literally...) was to walk over to the grocery store near work and buy some spinach. You know me- getting CRA-ZY when the man goes out of town! You know what I was making? A spinach smoothie the next morning for breakfast, which I may have referenced on this blog before. It got wild up in this piece, let me tell you. I drank a whole glass of what looked like algae sewage and tasted like peanut butter and banana. If there was ever a don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover moment of my life, it was my first sip of that green smoothie. Luckily I survived and it was pretty delicious. I may even make it again, maybe even when Chris is back in town, despite my fear of waking him when I use the blender at the crack of dawn.

The smoothie is part of a larger plan. Evelyn emailed me the other day to tell me about her honeymoon. "I ate dessert every day!" she said, and I realized that I eat like I'm on my honeymoon all the time. I don't know why, but I like the sweet stuff. Her comment, combined with my recent realization that I do not feel too healthy, has inspired a more organized week of eating well. Hence the algae smoothie.

It's boring to be the person who watches what they eat, but it's even more boring to be the person who keeps running into the same wall, year after year. I'll be 30 in January. It feels time not to tweak, but to change.

So here's what I did. On Monday, I listed out meals for the entire week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were planned and I used that plan to help me figure out what to buy at the grocery store. I also wrote out what social stuff I had (dinner, coffees, birthday parties). And finally, I added in a column called "Exercise" and I filled in a class that I was interested in attending at the gym every other day. My week was planned out and here are some things I've learned so far:

1. It is much, much easier to make a healthy decision about what to eat when it's planned ahead of time.
2. It's much, much easier to make it to the gym when it's on your schedule.
3. It's still possible to be spontaneous when your schedule is as planned as the Dugger's. Why just last night I watched a movie and took a bath, both of which were impulse activities.

My job has become a little more complicated of late; I'm managing a new client and having some cool opportunities to grow. New responsibility is great, except that it comes with a heavy burden of decision-making. It was nice this week not to have to waste my brain space on stupid decisions, like what to make for dinner, but to have that already worked out ahead of time.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have a Pilates class to get ready for and a chicken spinach dish to prepare. CAUSE IT'S ON THE PLAN.


Meg said...

I love this. I, too, eat like I'm on my honeymoon every single day. It's the happy and unhealthy result of being thrilled and content in my relationship, I think. Plus, Pete and I really love the sweet stuff too! I've been making dinner plans and think I'll add breakfast and lunch to the planning too.

I love reading your posts, Jen. I've added you to my reader so I have been keeping up and it's been great to get a sneak peek into your life and thoughts!

Jen said...

Aw, thanks Meg!

Yeah, try a week of being uber-organized and see how it works for you... I'm loving it so far. :)

kate said...

i think i need to hire you as my life coach...

LK said...

Jen, I am so excited! Let me know if you come up with any healthy, creatine lunches...I am in a lunch rut.