Well, my first week (and a half) of vegetarian living has gone pretty well! For dinner this week, I made spicy tofu stir fry, black bean quesadillas, homemade falafel wraps, and a creamy avocado pasta dish. They were all delicious. Even better, I feel great! I was concerned that my energy level may be down, but I think I've done a good job of incorporating alternative protein sources into new meals that are filling and satisfying. Here's to 30 more days of that!
Giving up meat has definitely gotten me thinking and reaching more into my spiritual side. I was an avid church go-er during high school and all but stopped when I reached college. It wasn't that I didn't still love church, it was that I was busy with other, less healthy things. I still haven't found my way back to church on a consistent basis, but my love for Christ is no less than the day I found Him. I am thankful for Lent because it gives me reason and guidance back to such an important part of my life. It also has helped me take the time I needed to reflect on areas of my life where I could improve.
Ever since the start of the year, so many things have been fighting for my attention. I don't feel like I've done the best job balancing them. My goals for 2012 have gotten slightly neglected in favor of my training plan. My training plan has been so focused on running that I've neglected to do all the strength training I want and need to do. Giving up meat for Lent has required a lot of my time be devoted to cooking and trying new things in the kitchen, which leaves less time for other important things.
I think for March, I want to focus on finding more balance. I do not want to neglect my training plan in the slightest, but I do want to learn to manage it with my time better. I can incorporate that by focusing back on my goals and getting up earlier in the mornings. That way, I'll have more time for cooking and spending time with family/friends in the evenings. I also want to take more advantage of the time I have on the weekends. Perhaps that can start tonight.
I think the boyman and I are going to have a movie date tonight. Tomorrow, I've got some errands to run, a spin class I want to go to, and I'm planning on having a restful night in to prep for my first 10K race on Sunday! After the race, Traci, our friend Jenna and I are planning to go out for brunch. I am in desperate need of some friend time, so as excited as I am for the race, I'm more excited for the excuse to spend some time with my girls.
I hope you've had a fabulous Friday so far and that your weekend is lovely and everything wonderful!
When training for a race, do you have hard balancing other aspects of your life?
What is the biggest thing that helps you find a good balance between exercise, healthy cooking and spending time on relationships?
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