Things I’m thinking about

Or “Things about which I am thinking” depending on how snobbalicious you’d like me to sound. Actually I’m pretty sure the word “snobbalicious” just canceled out any hope of me sounding uppity. I try, people. I try.

I’ve been reading a lot of other people’s blogs today. My boss is on a ski trip with his family, and everyone else in the office is MIA.

Side note: I have a thing against skiing. I know that regardless of the trip, someone will get hurt. Every skiing adventure to which I’ve been invited (and I have always declined said invitation), someone has gotten hurt. Broken bones are guaranteed.

I just know that as soon as I am on the roster, I will fill the shoes of the injured-to-be person. I just know that I’ll replace them on fate’s list of people to break something on a skiing trip.

Back to what I was actually planning on writing about…

It seems I have forgotten. Let me pause for a moment to recall.

Oh yeah, because no one’s been here to make me call people they don’t want to call or lie to clients about their unavailability, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs.

I have a list of favorite blogs and some more (Joy the Baker, Kevin and Amanda), but I found a new one today called Healthy Tipping Point. It chronicles the life of this woman who was party-hard in college and now is devoted to living healthily and promoting the beauty in everyone. She also runs the program Operation Beautiful in which she started posting encouraging notes in women’s public restrooms. It has grown since then.

I read her blog thoroughly and still am (I’m on page 63 if that’s any indication of how far I’m in). It has encouraged me to make some drastic changes in the way I eat.

I would consider myself a fairly regular exerciser. I work out 1 to 2.5 hours a day, six days a week. I vary my workout from intense to moderate cardio as well as weight training. I’m not looking to get buff, just to build strength and endurance.

Sean and I are moderately healthy eaters. We manage a vegetable with dinner, try to keep our portions moderate (1/4 carb, 1/4 protein, 1/2 veggie), etc. But we haven’t really crossed over the barrier into super-healthy. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had toast and a few tater tots for dinner last night.

The woman in this blog photographs almost every meal she eats. Not only does this make me feel bad about my plain ol’ oatmeal, but it probably keeps her accountable. If I had to photograph every snack I ate during the day, there’d probably be a lot of mini-pictures.

One pretzel here. A 100-calorie pack of Sour Patch Kids there. A handful of Wheat Thins with Nutella. You get the picture.

I’m a snacker.

The main issue in the way of my super-healthy eating is, honestly, Sean. He’s a veggie-phobe. Get some greens a little too close and he faints in horror. Not really, but here’s an example of what I’m dealing with here.

I made some really yummy sauteed asparagus the other night. I sweated some onions and garlic, threw in some whole peppercorns (not by choice, the pepper grinder’s broken), and yum, they were perfect. I quickly put them on a plate and stashed them in the microwave to stay warm while the fish I was making continued to cook. As soon as he saw them, here’s what I heard:

Wait, these aren’t green beans. I’m not eating these.

We then had a 10-minute long “discussion” regarding whether Sean would or would not eat them. In the end, he ate one asparagus stalk. The shortest, thinnest one he could find.

That was not a good night for 1/4, 1/4, 1/2.

That was also not a good night for me controlling my bossiness.

“You will eat asparagus, or I will kill you in your sleep! You wouldn’t want to orphan the cat, would you?”

I ended up eating it all by myself.

The second issue in eating healthy is one that I think a lot of America faces. It’s just too darn expensive. Fresh fruits and veggies break the bank, man.

This cornucopia of health will cost you your soul.

I bought some snap green beans at Kroger the other day for $1.00 a pound. That’ll do I thought, and I got enough for a few nights. I went back later, and the price had doubled.

I know that makes me sound cheap, but when you can buy canned beans for $.45 a can, you can’t help but want to go with the cheaper option.

I know some of you are like, “Come on, what’s the big deal?” The big deal is that my cat goes to the vet once a month and is on a prescription diet. The rent + water bill is often almost $900 (I like Atlanta, I really do…), and then there are other bills on top of that (electric, cable + internet [we have the cheapest package], health insurance, car insurance, you get the picture). So when you add it all up, and subtract it from our slightly measly incomes, there’s not a lot left for fresh green beans.

How do people afford all organic Whole Foods and Earth Fare food? I’m doing ok trying to survive off Trader Joe’s.

Being healthy is hard. Not only because my boyfriend’s a carbo-loader, but also because it’s not cheap.

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2 thoughts on “Things I’m thinking about

  1. I know! It is so expensive!! Does Sam’s exist in Atlanta? JT and I love veggies, and you can get a huge bag of organic baby carrots for like $4-6 and an equally huge bag of broccoli for like $3-5 also. I know they aren’t local or anything, but they last for like 2-3 weeks (and that’s eating some almost every day–stir fry, steamed, in a casserole, in salad, etc), so that will get you through until farmer’s markets open again.

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