This was a really productive week for my Summer 12 in 2012 goals . I had a couple of days off from my part-time job, and I used that time quite wisely if I do say so myself.
#1 – Create a workout plan that I can continue in the school year
Inspired by The Primal Blueprint, I’ve actually been doing less cardio and more walking. According to Mark Sisson, overdoing it with cardio makes our bodies need considerably more carbodhydrates, which slows fat burning. It also creates more potential for injury and weakened immune systems. I’ve been trying things his way this past week and having more walks and slow bike rides, and I love it! I still Crossfit twice a week (heavy lifting is part of the Primal Blueprint as well) and I’m doing sprint intervals every other week (also Primal). I’m really loving this way of moving my body, and I can see a difference. Plus, I have a lot more energy than when I was running or going to the gym all the time. Look for photo posts from my walks soon!
#2 – Swim once a week
Still doing this too. Don’t know if I’ll continue it in the school year, because I’m finding that I like walking more. Still, it feels great to take a dip in the pool in the summer.
#3 – Try one new Paleo recipe each week
This week I made Roast Leg of Lamb (from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. I just keep referencing it because it’s so awesome). So freaking delicious, and easy too. What makes this even more special – the lamb is local. I found a family farm about 20 minutes away that offers a variety of grassfed meats throughout the year. Right now, they had lamb available, so I got this, plus a shoulder roast to make into gyro meat next week. The price point was not much different from grassfed meats in the big box stores, but it felt great because I was supporting a family, and I actually got to see how the animals were raised. I’ll be starting to buy a lot more of my meat locally now.
#4 – Finally buy that co-op delivery subscription
I’ve been researching and debating my options. The main thing I can’t decide: organic, or non-organic? A delivery service where I pick what veggies I want each week, or one that surprises me? I’ll figure it out soon.
#5 – Start eating grass-fed and finished beef (cowpooling anyone?)
Done more research, found several farms that sell meat by the 1/4, 1/2 and whole steer. My freezer can only hold 1/8 of a steer, so now I’m recruiting friends on Facebook to cowpool with me.
#6 – Ride my bike once a week, for pleasure or exercise (or both)
Rode to grocery store and library.
#7 – Organize the closets in my house
One closet down, one to go. I’m calling it the foyer closet, but really, it’s just the one in the front of my house. Containers from IKEA, labels made by me in Word with Impact Label font.
#8 – Save $$ for car down-payment
I’ve saved a little bit, but I’m still recovering financially from our vacation.
#9 – Make Renter’s Insurance notebook, #10 – Go to the dentist!
#11 – Plant a mini-herb garden
Done! I’ve got basil, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and oregano. Now I just have to keep them alive.
#12 – Buy some yarn and start a project