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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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CKELLYDIVA1 1/26/2010 12:26PM

  Thanks for the great ideal,I was tried of the same old dish. I think I will join you.

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LJCANNON 1/20/2010 3:31PM

    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.

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NORJUNMA1 1/19/2010 5:53PM

    Thanks guys! I appreciate the positivity. I just keep thinking of that little turtle and the wabbit that ate its dust. emoticon

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 1/19/2010 2:07PM

    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.

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MAINEACK 1/19/2010 1:31PM

    Way to go! Gradual change will make the process much better and will ingrain the good changes into your lifestyle!

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