That didn't take long for those that have been following my plotting, preparing and planting out in the veggie patch - below are photos of my first official harvest of zucchini's and beans (and some parsley to put into my green smoothies). Following closely behind are lots more zucchini's, beans, cucumber, lettuce, squash, bok choy, spinach, snow peas and various herbs. Everything else should be ready for consumption and on the plate starting over the next 7-14 days. Talk about a rewarding hobby!
I'll also need to consider soon retrieving the bunch of banana's that is almost ready to pick, meanwhile mum and dad's banana plants are producing and I've been helping to eat those! This morning mum is coming by to drop in a supply of spinach and tomatoes for me as they are harvesting those and mine aren't ready yet. In a few days they'll be getting zucchinis, beans and cucumbers from me!
I'M LIVING THE DREAM !! LOL
I don't think I've ever tasted a better zucchini before this one - I let the first two grow oversize so I can stuff them and eat them that way. Picked and eaten same day - lovely! Nothing lasts long around here - everything is consumed and I'll be picking vegetables daily soon and then succession planting.
Lots more zucchini's coming on - this is one plant and I have four of them currently producing...
Whilst spending my hour + in the garden yesterday and achieving much I solidified in my mind what MOW-VEMBER will look like for me and I'm excited to say - here it is !
- Complete GM 7 day diet
- Track calories in / calories out every day and stay within range
- Continue not to visit a supermarket except rarely for meat and toiletries
- Continue to eat through the food stocks in my pantry, freezer and fridge
- Continue making green smoothies whilst ingredients are plentiful
- Continue to shop on Sunday at fresh food markets
- Commence my vegetable succession planting so I have a constant supply
- Drink alcohol one evening a week, or not at all
- Introduce coffee back into my diet and drink a maximum of 1 coffee a day or not at all
- Update my progress photos and measurements on my SP 2 month anniversary
- Continue to have quality time with friends and engaging in social activity
- Continue on treadmill as much as possible
*NEW NOVEMBER PERSONAL CHALLENGE*
Complete my MOW-VEMBER personal challenge of 1 hour/day in the garden at least 5 days week.
Gardening tasks include: Mowing, pruning, weeding, planting, propagating, harvesting, raking, landscape repairs and improvements, weed spraying
Any of the following outdoor activities may also substitute for hours for the purpose of diversity, so I don't get bored: Washing Windows, Gurneying, Cleaning Gutters, Cleaning out garden shed, Washing dogs and dog bedding, External painting, Washing car
* NEW ROUTINE ITEMS *
In addition to the healthy foundation I am building (above) I will add another thing to my weekly routine - read at least one SP success story a week and give it the good attention it deserves and see if there is anything in that story that can make my foundation even more solid, then feedback my thoughts and comments and appreciation to the author.
I am going to add one more thing into my daily routine - this is the most important thing and has been lacking my attention recently. For me, the most important thing is to read God's Word every day. As well as my Bible, I have a book by Bob Gass called "The Best of The Word for Today". There is a scripture for every day followed by a summary of what that scripture means and how it is applied and at the end of this Bob Gass always leaves you with an important statement or question to ponder. So as of today I am reading the Word every day and praying for guidance and direction and discernment and wisdom and of course my SP friends :)
* WHAT DIDN'T WORK FOR ME AND WHY *
- Pilates or Yoga (at the moment I don't like anything that I have to do from the floor - that can all come at a later date)
- Exercise DVD's (I learned that I get self defeated really quickly if I can't keep up and at the moment I'm not conditioned for movements such as jumping etc.)
- Finding a quiet time to reflect on thoughts (I do this anyway throughout the day so to put aside specific time to do this just did not work for me).
- Strength training (this is something that I worked hard at, but dreaded the thought of every day, so it is being shelved for the moment).
* MY BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED *
I NEED TO BE CHALLENGED, NOT DEFEATED so I need to do things within my capability, that I enjoy and that stretches me but doesn't break me.
HAPPY MOW-VEMBER EVERYONE!! AND HAPPY FRIDAY!!