You may recall that about 10 weeks ago I decided to give up french fries for awhile. After the initial annoyance wore off, it has actually worked really well. I haven't had french fries since before Christmas and now automatically start looking for substitutes when a dish comes with fries. Except at Steak N Shake because damn those are good.
About a month into the french fries experiment I realized what the next item was going to have to be on the "give up for awhile" list. And I was dreading it. It's been a staple in my diet since I was old enough to eat it and is a quick go-to dinner option for me at home.
So I gave up boxed mac and cheese for awhile. I can still eat it if I make it from "scratch" (i.e. not a box) or order it somewhere (as long as it doesn't come with fries, ha) but no more will I be eating it from the yellow or blue box. As you might have guessed, I had plenty of it in my house and had to give it to a friend so I wouldn't be tempted to make it. If you're wondering why just the boxed kind, the idea is to change the habit of eating it because it's easy. If I am willing to go through the effort to make it, then I probably really want it so why deprive myself. Same with the french fries - if I want to order them that's one thing (read: SNS) but no more eating them just because they come with the sandwich or whatever.
We'll see how this goes.
I decided to do the couch to 5k - again - to get back in the habit of working out regularly. Last time I did it (summer/fall of 2010) I was really good about sticking to the 3x a week schedule. I'm hoping that is the case again. I did my first workout with it today and it went well. I am doing it a little different this time - instead of starting outside at whatever pace I want, I'm doing it on a treadmill and running at a 6.0 when it says to run. My plan is to get used to this pace on the treadmill and how that pace feels and eventually take it outside. Maybe I'll sign up for a 5k sometime this spring/summer. I was thinking the one at the Zoo but it's the day after MuckRuckus MS (aka Mud Run), meaning that either I will want no part in a run and/or the people I'm planning to make do it with me (I'm looking at you Cyndi and Nellie) will want no part in it either as they are running in the event. I'll think find something I'm sure.
So there you go. That's where I am on the health front.