So it’s a new year already, and I can’t believe it! 2012 had its ups and downs for me, but was a pretty awesome year.
I started this blog, made some pretty amazing foods, joined an awesome gym and absolutely love CrossFit, I ran my very first and second 5k races, and completed my first year of college courses. I discovered that I really do love running and all of the benefits that come with it, and that broccoli is amazing and I want to eat it every day.
I made a lot of changes in 2012 that I am proud of, but this year I want to make more changes, and all of them are for the better!
I don’t know if you noticed or not, but I added a new page to the blog for Fitness & Health. Here I plan on sharing my daily workouts and meals. To me sharing what I do to workout and eat cleaner makes me want to continue to do it more frequently, and stay committed. Another thing that helps me stay focused is to set a goal to work towards. I currently am planning to run the Bridge the Gap Half Marathon in May, so now is the time to start working towards that goal.
Another goal I want to work towards would be to reduce the amount of sugar that I consume. I know that I eat way to many things that contain large amounts of sugar in them, and I want to change this. I have already cut the brown sugar out of my morning oatmeal, and it isn’t too bad so I am sure that this is something that is doable for me.
I also want to be more committed to blogging. I truly do love it, but sometimes finding the time to blog can be frustrating. This current semester I will be taking 13 credit hours of college courses along with working a 40+ hour a week full time job, add this together with my daily workouts and kitchen time and you have one tight schedule. In 2013 I want to have at least one blog post a week, hopefully more.
I decided to kick my New Year off right by joining the 7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge hosted by The Real Food Runner The rules of the challenge are simple, just add one green smoothie to your daily eats for the next 7 days, and help to jump start your year into a year of good health! I made my first ever green smoothie this afternoon and it was delicious! I’ll have to admit, although I am a major fan of baby spinach, I was a bit skeptical of adding it with some fruit and ice and drinking it up but it was a great way to get some more greens into my diet. Here is the recipe I used for my green smoothie!
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
- 1 Cup milk (I used 2%, but use what ever kind you like or even water)
- 1 medium banana, mine was frozen
- 1 large handfull fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
Combine the milk and spinach in the blender, and blend until processed thoroughly. Add the banana, and strawberries and blend once more. Once blended check the consistency and add ice if needed. Enjoy!
Adapted from The Real Food Runner