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And So It Begins

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Salad n.
1.a. A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing.
b. The course of a meal consisting of this dish.
2. A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.
3. A green vegetable or herb used in salad, especially lettuce.
4. A varied mixture

So, in the hopes of starting out small and challenging (and getting my tail into blog-writing gear) I'm beginning my "30 Salads in 30 Days" challenge. The premise, as evinced by the name, is pretty simple: eat at least 1 salad as a main meal each day for a month. Obviously, lunch and dindin would be the obvious candidates for the meals, but I might throw in a breakfast fruit salad in there as well. We'll see.

I originally thought of this a few days ago, after coming off an emotionally, mentally, and physically draining week (ain't they the best). My system, fatigued and bloated after seven days of fast food lunches and a few indulgent celebratory dinners, need some sort of detox. No not the 3-day, dizziness-inducing juice and cayenne pepper kind (how do you say, BS?). No I just wanted some clean-feeling, simple fair, the kind that the hubster and I had been able to manage for a month, even through the holidays (score, that).

So, my all-or-nothing impulses kicking into gear, I thought to myself, "Salad! I'll eat salads for lunch and dinner for 3 months until I'm back on track! It'll be great". Now this pie-in-the-sky goal setting is right up there with all the other aggressive, foolhardy ideas I've tried to implement (usually all at the same time) like waking up every day at 4:30 am, meditating for and hour and a half, working out for about the same, and somehow still finding time to write, draw and become a gourmet chef (I also want a pony).

So, in what has got to be the biggest improvement in my life in the past year or so, I quickly sat down, got myself in hand, and continued thinking, "That's too crazy. How about one salad once a day. See how long you can maintain." Amazingly, this strategy has worked so far with my workouts, which I now feel frantic about if I miss (not like I read a million articles espousing the "slow and steady" approach, right?).

So we'll see. maybe I'll eat two salads a day. But I don't have to. Which is comforting. It's an added bonus now, rather than an insurmountable hurdle. All I have to commit to is 1. One. Measly. Salad.

So I'll be back to post a little later one what ensalada #1 turned out to be. Stay tuned.
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    Thanks for the great ideal,I was tried of the same old dish. I think I will join you.
    2853 days ago
    It sounds like you are a true "SparkGirl" making small changes and documenting your Streaks. I can't wait to see what your next salad will be. emoticon I'm even thinking about copying your idea.
    2859 days ago
    Thanks guys! I appreciate the positivity. I just keep thinking of that little turtle and the wabbit that ate its dust. emoticon
    2860 days ago
    Good for you for deciding to go baby steps. If you dive into it by eating salad every meal for 3 months you will start developing cravings which will drive you nuts.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
    2860 days ago
    Way to go! Gradual change will make the process much better and will ingrain the good changes into your lifestyle!
    2860 days ago
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