Where oh where is my motivation? I started off this week so gung-ho with plans to kick some butt. Lo and behold, it’s only Tuesday and I’m already crashing. Early morning walk with Truly? Didn’t happen. Even with the amazing inspiration I attached to my alarm:


Standing half the day at work? Fail. I powered through on my makeshift standing desk (aka a cardboard box) for 2 hours in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, but didn’t hit my four hour minimum target.

I figured I could redeem myself with yoga tonight. I have one class left in my pack and can hopefully purchase a new pack after my next paycheck. Instead, I let myself hide behind my workload and other excuses.

So here I am, continuing my Netflix marathon of The Office while half-heartedly trying to get some things done, regretting my inactivity today. The effects are physical too: I feel a lot of tension in my jaw, neck, and shoulders as well as general restlessness. If I had just gotten myself to yoga, I would be feeling relaxed and accomplished and ready to sleep.

The good news is I have been staying pretty on track with my other two September goals. My savings plan is off to a good start – the only somewhat extraneous purchases in the past week have been a new hairbrush and a single sunflower. I need to revamp my Mint budget and find more places to cut back so I can open another savings account specifically for travel.

My food goal is also progressing. Prepping meals on Sunday really helped – I have baked sweet potatoes and roasted veggies to last me for lunch through tomorrow. Instead of being crazy strict with what I’m eating for dinner every day, I wrote down 10 choices I can choose from for which I have ingredients on hand. I need to get over my fear of eating and reacting poorly to certain foods. Eating lunch every day this week will be a huge step in the right direction. I know the lack of nutrients and stress are big contributors to my exhaustion and fueling myself with whole foods will hopefully help both issues.

Here’s to practicing progress, not perfection.


Go Veg or Go Home

When I was 13, I decided to stop eating beef and pork.  I don’t remember exactly what prompted my decision, but I’m sure it was a combination of loving animals and wanting to be healthier.  My family was not very supportive.  My mom bet I wouldn’t even last a week.

Nine years later, I’m making the full commitment to vegetarianism.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile.  I’ve done lots of research, have done a few “test runs”, and have been slowly phasing meat out of my diet for the past two years.

Two weeks ago I decided to stop eating meat for a week.  The week passed and I didn’t miss it at all.  I even tried eating one of my frozen meals with chicken, but I actually got a little sick at the thought of it.  I know I’m doing this for the right reasons and I’m so excited to begin this journey!

As a beginner, I’d really appreciate any tips you can offer.  Restaurant suggestions in the NYC area are especially helpful, but I’d also love any healthy recipes!