The same cannot be said for this space, or my minimalist blog, and let's not even mention my new cooking blog, left out to rot when I was barely started. I've had time to write, but a lack of energy and inspiration killed my enthusiasm. Worse, I was doing everything wrong in my personal life, eating poorly, avoiding exercise, being lazy in every way imaginable, and I cannot write about health & fitness, or minimalism, when I am so disconnected from the subject.
Honestly, I'm not ready to write yet, but tonight's dinner inspired me. I have been thinking about this blog, where I am with my goals for health & fitness, so while I am trying to recover from a long run of junk food and sweets, it's time to ask the question: what now?
Where am I going with SpoonMatters?
I need a fresh start for 2013, fresh goals. I have some ideas, but I'll get to that perhaps next week. For now just know that I plan to post at least once a week for awhile, until I get my life running smooth enough to commit to a heavier writing schedule. For the rest of this year, I will focus this blog on a few things:
• The 50 Plates Project - This is still going well, though I've discovered a dangerous side-effect. Before the end of March I will get caught up on our meals thus far, and explore the next level of 50 Plates.
• Home-cooked snacks - Part of 50 Plates is making sure I have enough food options at home to avoid unnecessary splurging. I plan to explore more snacks and healthy meals in this space as I find things that help me eat at home.
• Exercise, getting back to the basics - Did I mention that I ran a 5K a couple weeks ago? Yeah, I finally did it, but I've been sitting on my butt ever since, and thus don't feel great trying to talk about it. It's time to start some daily exercise again.
I probably won't bother with the weekly reports anymore, but I will at least weigh in once a month. April's weigh-in has me worried, but with another week and a half I could potentially get things under control.
Over the next few weeks I'll get caught up on this blog, but for now, I want to share tonight's dinner. I wanted something light after a long day of snacking to stay awake, so I took advantage of all the fruit we froze earlier this year and just threw something together. Thank goodness for the VitaMix!
Tropical Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
water and/or ice as needed
Add ingredients to VitaMix in order listed. If using frozen fruit, add a little extra water to the orange juice before adding frozen fruit. Blend on low for 30-40 seconds, then shift to high and blend until smooth.
I used banana, strawberries and mango that we froze at home, as well as fresh-squeezed orange juice made with our Citristar Citrus Juicer. This has to be one of the freshest tasting smoothies I've made in quite awhile.