Well, another 30 day challenge has passed. I actually had 2 going on simultaneously – one was cooking new recipes, and the other was drinking 8 cups of water a day.
I was relatively successful on both. Honestly, I didn’t notice any real positive changes in increasing my water intake. I basically spent way more time in the bathroom because I had to pee a lot…and that was just annoying.
But, over time I lost my desire to drink anything else. So that’s a plus, right?! I haven’t had soda in over two months now, and I don’t miss it all. So, yes – the water consumption will continue.
As far as the other goal, I did end up cooking, and ultimately tasting a lot of new recipes. (You know, all the ones I’ve been bombarding you with all month?!) At first I thought it would be a tedious goal.
Grocery shopping alone is my least favorite thing to do. The time it takes, and the chore of buying food is exhausting to me. Kind of weird when I love to eat food so much, huh?
The thought of having to search for recipes, buy specific foods from a grocery list, and then prepare and cook those foods into something potentially delectable seemed like a huge endeavor.
At first, I felt overwhelmed looking for recipes that were easy, low in points and delicious. But over time, I began to look forward to the recipe hunt. I got a little more adventurous in the foods and level of difficulty.
Making each dinner became a lot easier over time. Prepping the majority of the meal the night before made it easier to pop in the oven or on the stove the following night. I even tried a few breakfast recipes and enjoyed those too.
I’d like to tell you that grocery shopping got more enjoyable…except it didn’t. I still dislike it. I did however enjoy going to the farmers market each weekend after my group run to pick up a few items to throw into my recipes.
I actually used to love to cook, but overtime lost the desire when life got too busy and buying food from a restaurant was the easier option.
Awww the bachelorette life!
This experience has taught me that eating better and having a little fun in kitchen could go hand-in-hand. I felt much more in control of my food, and I saved a lot in both money and calories by not going out all the time. The few times I did go out to eat (less than 5!) It felt like a real treat, and not just another meal. Even more exciting is that it taught me to try different things and to be a little curious when it came to cooking. The worst that could happen is maybe not liking what you made…or a kitchen fire.
Haha… just kidding.
But for real. Try new things, you might be surprised to learn not only, what you can create, but what you’re missing out on by not doing it.
Yes, the cooking in my kitchen will continue.
And, as for July, I am thinking of another challenge :)