Challenge #1 – Sugar
I broke my sugar rule last Sunday. It was Heather S’s baby shower, and a special occasion with cupcakes and whatnot. I couldn’t be rude! Other than that, I haven’t had any problems with keeping my resolution this week. I don’t seem to crave it as much anymore and I have found a lot of great substitutes. With the beautiful weather, I am coming home only to change, so I am not tempted by the treats that are still sitting in our cupboard. I just come in, put on barn clothes, grab an apple and head out the door. The core becomes a perfect treat for Bentley too. It usually lasts me long enough to be nice and hungry for 7 when I come home for dinner. I am also not looking at dessert as a necessity, which was a big part of this challenge!
Challenge #2 – Growing my own vegetables
On Sunday, after Mona passed, Lee and I decided to do some positive retail therapy. We went down to Rona and shopped for plants and seeds. I cant think of a better sort of shopping spree to have. Ask me a year ago, it probably would have been clothes, but my priorities have been changing a lot and I am so happy with it. We found large tropical plants on clearance sale to turn our living room into a jungle, and also these very nice ceramic pots on super clearance. Perfect for herbs. Also bought about $40 worth of seeds. A packet of everything, and 2 packets of lettuce. I like to take whole heads of lettuce to work and make my own fresh salad for lunch every day. I can leave all the ingredients there and not worry about lunches for the week. That was my reasoning behind 2 packets.
Well I probably should have read the instructions and label better, because each packet of lettuce contained 1200 seeds. I think that’s more than enough for me AND my rabbit. Haha. Oh well, hopefully they don’t expire.
Sunday night, after the baby shower, I started my planting. Herbs in the indoor/outdoor pots, and veggies in those compostable mini planters. The big mistake I made was not labelling them. oops! Well I guess I will figure out what they are when they produce! This is what I seem to remember planting:
Some other herb…… hmmm what did I plant again?
some sort of squash (came free with the lettuce seeds)
Still to plant (directly outside as per instructions)
Some other things too… I will have to check again.
Last night, Lee took a look at my seedlings and behold! The Lettuce is sprouting! This is very exciting for me, I am usually so bad with plants, but I have been trying so hard, it feels like quite the accomplishment. Here is proof:
Not a great photo, but the best I could do at night with my phone. I am still waiting on the others to sprout, but the packets all said 7-14 days so the fact we have lettuce already is astounding.
Update: as I write this, Lee sent me another picture. They are growing fast and it looks like we have some new sprouts. Now if only I could remember which was which.
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Challenge #3 – NEW! Get running
This is two challenges rolled into one. The first half of it is to start running. My Garmin is all charged up and ready to track my mileage. I am hoping to increase distance and speed a little bit every day, starting with walking. Not sure exactly what my goals are yet, but I think I can dedicate about 1/2 an hour to it, so we will start with that. The second half is finding that half hour of spare time. I’m going to try and start waking up a little earlier every morning until I can eventually fit my run in before I leave for work. That’s the plan at least. Right now the snooze button gets well used. Wish me luck!