I feel like I’m finally finding my summer groove; which is kind of sad, because it’s almost August. But lucky for those of us without kids, “summer” lasts a lot longer than the end of August.
My weight loss/health coach encouraged me to revisit my eating and movement patterns this season, since I seemed to be in a rut. Sure enough, I had neglected to adjust for the season. Which is kind of a “duh” moment, but sometimes it takes saying the obvious out loud to actually act upon it.
In terms of movement, our deck is finished, so now I need to find a new reason to move. DH wants to take up running again; I am leaning more towards bicycling, because I find it more fun. I know that running burns more calories per minute, but I have to enjoy what I’m doing in order to do it.
On the seasonal eating front, I am proud of myself in that we have had very little of our CSA share go to waste; and not just because I juice anything leftover, although that certainly helps.
Each week I prep the CSA share over the weekend and also take the time to cut up some fruit; it’s amazing how much more we eat it if it’s ready to go. Our go-to staples for meals are
- pesto pizza (crust from the farmers market, homemade pesto to use up a bunch of herbs and garlic scapes, feta, and whatever vegetables or meat we happen to have on hand)
- stir fry (at least once a week, sometimes more. Usually chicken, bottled sauce, as many greens as will fit in the pan, and other random vegetables)
- cole slaw (in all of its various forms)
- tuna pasta salad (with pesto, kale, and other random veg) or grilled ven and sauteed veg
- fruit for dessert
- yogurt and fruit for breakfast
On the gardening front, because we joined a CSA, we scaled way back on planting vegetables. I ended up turning some of the too shady areas of the garden into perennial beds. It’s been fun to be able to plant some of the old-timey things like bleeding hearts, shasta daisies, daylilies, herbs, hens and chicks (see my homemade planter at the top of the page – a great DIY project). For vegetables we planted squash, tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers.
Tomorrow we leave on a motorcycle trip – I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!
What are some of your summer routines?