Kale (which I wish I’d planted more of), spinach (which doesn’t seem to be growing as fast as expected), and wheatgrass (which I’ve been adding to smoothies… but there’s a lot more there than I need!)
Rainbow chard and mesclun mix – both growing like weeds. YAY!
This is going to sound ridiculous, but I’m going to say it anyway at the risk of you thinking I’m crazy: This rainbow chard amazes me. Each morning when I get home from the gym, I’ll make a trip out to my patio to grab some greens if I’m in a smoothie-for-breakfast mood, or herbs and greens if I’m in an omelette mood. The rainbow chard is so delicious, and the part that’s amazing is the randomocity of it all. I’ll go out to pick some and I swear, there are new stems that shoot up every day – bright pinky-red ones and orangey-yellow ones. It’s like down in that soil, a little chard brain is going, “hmm.. maybe I’ll grow a pink one today”, or “maybe I’m in more of a yellow mood”. Yeah, see? I’m nuts.
I had some leftover potting soil so I also bought a blueberry plant, which I’m told will have some lovely blueberries growing on it mid-summer. In the meantime, I’ve been watering it as instructed and leaving it in (mostly) full sun during the day. No bloobs yet but I’m hopeful for August!
And now that it’s nearly a brand new month…
3 goals for July
1. Complete the North Face Endurance Challenge half marathon.
You’ve read enough about this race already for one post, but I can’t not have it as one of my focuses this month. There are 2 weeks to go and I don’t plan to log really hard workouts between now and race day because my right Achilles tendon has been giving me some mild stiffness issues.
2. Save $$$!
Every summer I look forward to a number of things, including but not limited to: sunshine, flip flops, sundresses, outdoor workouts, watermelon, BBQ everything, my birthday, the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon, and spontaneous road trips. Unfortunately though, there’s one thing that comes up every August that I don’t look forward to, and that’s my annual insurance renewal. I prefer to get it all out of the way at once (rather than monthly payments) but that means a pretty big hit to my bank account. It’s been a rather spendy summer already, so I know I need to smarten up and do a better job at saving.
The plan is:
I sat down over the weekend to take a look at my summer budget, set some saving goals for the next 2 months, and now I just have to focus on the three things above. As always, I’ll report back at the end of the month with my progress!
3. De-stress for at least 15 minutes each day.
One of my goals for 2014 was to manage daily stress more effectively, and let’s just say June was not an exemplary month of that! I’ve been working some pretty long hours recently and while my morning workouts set me up with a huge boost of energy for the day, I’d be lying if I said that I’m not finishing the day with a million things on my mind – not just work-related. The thing is, situations are only stressful because we choose to interpret them that way. If you’re like me, you probably worry about things you can’t control even though you know it’s silly to do so.
The consequences of not slowing down a bit have hit me hard, specifically my digestive system. (Yes, again. Fun times – not!) I don’t know if “stress belly” is already a coined term, but I’m using it to describe the painful bloated feeling that I get when I’m feeling particularly tense and on-edge. I’m sure stress is the culprit because on weekends when I’m relaxing, it goes away. Have you ever experienced the same thing? To combat said stress belly, I’m going to do the following:
Phew, ok that’s it. Now it’s over to you! Tell me…