Sunday, 17 May 2009

A New Week

Thank you for your feedback yesterday- I don't know why I thought I was the only one who had a difficult relationship with their parents. I have always imagined families to be loving and caring environments like they are on TV- I *know* life isn't like that, but I still cling rather childishly to the idea that my family should be picture-perfect and then get upset when I realise it's far from it. I guess all families have their ups and downs...human nature, and all that!

Onto today...

I used to set goals pretty frequently and haven't done that for a while- Sunday seems as good a day as any to set some aims for the coming week...

  • do 1 social thing: I bumped into a friend today whom I haven't seen since I was 15. We chatted for 10 mins and exchanged numbers- this week's goal is to call her and arrange to meet.
  • try 2 new meals: I have been doing better in expanding my food choices lately, but want to kick it up a notch and try something completely different. I've bought the food so there's no backing out now!
  • don't buy anymore food: I NEED to stop buying groceries... I seem to go every day to a store and rarely leave empty handed. The result is an over-stuffed freezer and feeling anxious that there is so much food around to be used up (plus it's getting unnecessarily expensive!) I have everything I need for the week so there is NO reason to buy more right now.
  • start reading for 20 minutes a day: I was doing this, but seem to have stopped over the last couple of weeks. I miss it!
  • go to bed by 10pm every night: I am still having a lot of trouble falling and staying asleep- I seem to wake up around 5 regardless of what time I DO go to bed so I want to make sure I give myself enough time to get a decent night's rest.
"Be not afraid of moving forward- only of standing still"

Anyone want to join me on setting some goals for the week?

Breakfast was bran flakes mixed with microwaved banana and Fage cherry twin pot.


This is kind of random, but I have noticed that the days I have peanut butter for breakfast, I crave SALT all day long- to the point where I can literally taste it on my lips. Does anyone else find this with peanut butter? It seems kind of strange!

As part of Katie's challenge to try new foods, I picked up some large flat mushrooms. I LOVE mushrooms but have never had the bigger ones before.

I made a filling with diced mushroom, garlic, Italian herbs and laughing cow cheese- spread the mushroom with tomato chutney, added the filling, sprinkled with parmesan and baked for 30 mins. It was really good! I very rarely cook and it's even more rare that I 1) last minute impulsively buy something to incorporate into a meal that I had planned, and 2) that I make up a recipe as I go along without spending hours calculating the nutritional content. Yeah, kind of proud of myself for this one (even if it isn't the prettiest of meals!)

This was just an 'extra'/side dish/appetiser for the main event:

Chicken in red wine and mushroom sauce with cabbage and spring onion mashed potato, with steamed vegetables. Ready made meal that I bought last weekend- was pretty good for prepackaged food. With 30g protein, I had been won over before I tasted it :P

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!


Anonymous said...

I have training for my job next week and my goal is just to be as social as I can and really get to know everyone!! I've always been an introvert so this is a hugeeee goal! Good luck on your goals for this week!!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

The red wine-shroom sauce sounds/looks delicious!

Thinspired said...

I love your daily goals. I am the same as you...I need to buy less food!
I'll have to give the Fage twin pots a try. I've only tried the plain 0% but everyone says the 2% is extra creamy and delicious.

Anonymous said...

I need to stop buying food too - and clothes, and books, and...yeah, just stop spending money I don't have really! I think those are really good goals :) and you just reminded me of the mushrooms I have in my fridge, so now I know what I'm going to have for dinner, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with all your goals. It's a great idea catching up with your friend.
Your meals look wonderful, I love the flat mushroom recipe.

Anonymous said...

All your goals sounds great! You definitely got creative with that meal and appetizer, so good job girl! I lovee mushrooms, so that must have been delish.

Anonymous said...

I like your goals for the week!
Here's mine:
challenge myself continuously with fear foods, and create more new dishes! oh, and the most important thing: ENJOY and LIVE for the moment!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

I need to stop buying groceries too! Seriously! lol

That is so cool to run into an old friend! how FUN!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

I need to stop buying groceries too! Seriously! lol

That is so cool to run into an old friend! how FUN!

Stef said...

Those are great goals! So funny about the bolani, LOL! Some people shouldn't be allowed to put things like that on the internet...super vague recipes are the bane of my existence! I would TOTALLY ship some to you, but I don't think they'd last the trip! They are pretty perishable if they're not in the fridge because they don't have preservatives or anything. *Sigh* I guess it means you'll have to come visit asap!

Love all these goals! I know you can achieve them too :)

Anonymous said...

hi hun,
wow those goals are awesome :) i think you can defienetly achieve them all!!
i always go to bed by 10.30 as i always ake up by definetely not a night owl at all.
i want to try new foods too :) ive been slowly changing things up a bit and even though a lot of my meals are the same, my snacks are i want to start changing dinners around too!
we can do it :)

have a great night girlie

Jaime said...

those mushrooms like AWESOME! i think the goals are a great idea! thanks so much for the wrap shout the other day!! xoxo

Syd said...

The food all looks great. It makes me hungry.

elise said...

i do the same thing with grocery shopping...i have no idea why i cant go a day without buying food but its ridic. i need to get a hold on it!! great goals!!!