I’ve had a few friends recently share with me that they miss seeing the things I eat every day. While I have no intention of going back to posting every morsel that goes in my mouth, I do miss taking the pictures and it gave me a bit of a blogging confidence boost, knowing that I’ve been missed :)
So, here you go. My snack plate from a party we had at work today.
Two kinds of hummus, pita slices, chips, salsa, veggies and tabbouleh. Yum!
This shall be part of my lunch today :)
Oh and I may have had this too, since I made them.
Thank you all so much for the support on yesterday’s post: Blogging in 2011. That just shows me how much I need to be here “talking” to you all!
However, there will be times when life is about more than food, such as setting goals for the new year. In addition to my desire to cook more in 2011, I have three other goals and I must make each one a priority this coming year (and beyond).
Blogging. I love to write and I have missed it terribly these past few months. I finally feel like I’m finally ready to make it a priority again but I’m not going to put pressure on myself like before. That’s just a means to an end! So I look forward to writing more here and over at River City Fitness in the coming year.
Reading. I think I read one book last year. One. I started a few others but then I came down with some form of ADD, so I would sit it aside and never go back to it. Maybe I’ve just been so distracted by life, the internet, etc. that I haven’t sat down to read a book in months. Either way, this must change! I have so many things I want to read, plus I would like to get back into a regular “routine” of reading the Bible as well. As for books, I hope to read 2 per month. One non-fiction and one novel.
Naps! I had to throw this one in here because I took more naps over my Christmas break from work than I ever have. They really do help! Usually, I wake up feeling refreshed and re-energized. And while my nap-taking will now be restricted to the weekends or days off because of work, I still hope to fit them in on a regular basis. Too bad we can’t have nap time at work :)
So that’s it for me! What are your goals for 2011?
Last night, I attended a Body Pump class where the instructor taught the new Body Pump 74 “release” which is a whole new routine with new songs and everything.
The instructor said last night that they will teach this version for three weeks and from then on add their own modifications until the next release comes out.
BODY PUMP 74 WAS INTENSE!
The new things about this routine were quite noticeable:
- Squats had a new move of down, hold and then up for a 2 count. I felt the burn!
- We did lunges for almost 6 minutes straight! My legs were shaking and crying by the end of that. We were on each leg nearly 3 minutes before switching.
- We were on the ground (and the bench) doing pushups, dips, and other moves for triceps which was a nice change from the presses with the bar.
- We also did pushups for shoulders in addition to the other stuff, which required a lot of quick transitions.
- The ab moves were a little different including…
- Planks! We had to stay up in plank position and step our feed wide and back in multiple times (called Walking Hovers).
I’m sure there are more but that is what stood out in my mind. Surprisingly, I’m not sore yet today. But it hasn’t been 24 hours yet, so I’m not going to get too excited!
It is so hard for me to believe that this is River City Fitness‘s 100th post. When I first started this blog in January, as a spin-off of my food blog See Sarah Eat, I had no idea that it would make it this far or that I would have fallen so in love with it.
When I first decided to separate these two areas of my life into their own blogs, I wasn’t sure how it would work out. But now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I feel like doing so has helped me focus on the two more individually and that my posts are more thoughtful and easier to read than my old “marathon” posts. I hope you agree!
I’m really grateful for those of you who’ve joined me from reading my other blog and also those who have found me through other means. I really appreciate your readership and I hope the next 100 posts are even more exciting than these have been.
p.p.s. I got another 5k tomorrow! Recap to follow :)
My best friend Courtney recently started a new blog and I hope she doesn’t mind me mentioning it here. But it has really inspired me.
It’s called “Even if it doesn’t pay…” and she discusses a lot of things going on in her life but mostly how all of this has inspired her to start writing again…even if it doesn’t pay. She’s very talented!
It got me thinking about my own blogging and how I have days where I think absolutely no one cares about or reads my blogs. I even feel silly sometimes putting all this out there.
But I know that’s not true. Sometimes it’s hard though, to see how well others blogs are doing and how even though I have been blogging for almost 2 years now, mine just hasn’t taken off the way I’d hoped it would.
But this brought me back down to Earth. Numbers of page hits, readers, and stats are not why I blog. I blog because I love it!
I blog about food because I love to cook and eat, especially now that I have a healthy relationship with food again. Especially now that I’m vegan!
I love to blog about exercise because I love it! I love to run, I love to sweat, and I love the Zen that comes from practicing yoga.
I love the way my body, mind and spirit feel because of the way I live now.
And I love all of you who stop by, leave me sweet comments, and make me feel like what I do matters to someone other than myself.
So, in the spirit of my dear friend, I’m going to keep it up, with a positive focus, and have fun.
Even if no one reads it.
Wow. When I started this blog in May of 2008, I never would’ve imagined writing 900 posts. But that’s what this one is…number 900!
I think it is appropriate, in post number 900, to say that I am doing some serious brainstorming regarding See Sarah Eat. I’m talking design, features, possibly self-hosting, etc. I’m ready to take this blog to the next level. It has been amazing (and exhausting) for me to go back and look at old posts here recently, because so many things have changed (for the better) over the past year and a half.
The early days:
- I used to write pictureless posts about what I ate that day.
- I used to obey the food pyramid!
- I used to post the calorie counts on almost every meal I ate.
- I used to take some really ugly fuzzy pictures!
- I wrote this: “I could never go 100% vegetarian because its just my personal belief that excluding anything or eating too much of one thing just doesn’t work for me in the long run and that goes for all foods, not just meat.” Uhh…
- Thought I was lactose intolerant, only to realize I’m not. Or am I?
- Went through “phases” where I thought low-carb was a good idea.
- I was (and still am) an emotional eater.
Some of my favorite posts from the past 19 months:
- The philosophy of Mark Bittman – about running and eating
- Facing opposition – Dealing with people who challenge your diet
- A good report at my health assessment
- Coming back from a slight weight gain which also happened a year earlier
- I was interviewed and photographed for a local magazine — oh my gosh, I never blogged about that! Oops, I’m writing myself a note.
- Exercise, food and weight gain
- My revelations about sugar and other aspects of my diet
- Oat bran v. Oatmeal
- Walking the mini-marathon, same one I ran in 2008
- Getting to visit New York City :)
- Achieving a PR in a 5k race only to later achieve another new PR in a 5K race
- Discovering the Green Monster
- When I decided to go “Crap Free” and avoid artificial sweeteners, HFCS, etc. FOR GOOD!
- Comparing notes, seeing how far I’d come in my weight loss / healthy living journey
- Election Day, 2008: When we got Suzie and a new president too
- Reliving my mission trip to Nicaragua
- Finally got a decent camera in March 2009
- As of October 1, 2009, I eat a vegan diet. Despite that comment above!
- I’ve decided to give running another shot
- I became the Louisville Healthy Living Examiner
- I finally got to meet another food blogger in my area!
I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 900 posts. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, and for being my friends. I can’t say it enough…I love this community! I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do without it.
I’ve got so much more to catch you guys up on but I am beat (ran 4 miles after work) and it’s time to hit the hay! Good night :)