The Summer of No Pants is going well! Sometimes it is a pain because it requires a little more coordination/clean laundry than my regular jeans and t-shirt get up, but I feel much better about myself. Much cuter. It is going so well, in fact, that I'm going a little nuts and making it a Summer of Getting Myself Back To Being Healthy and Cute. Or, as some might call it, The Summer of Mid-Life Crisis. My weight has been ever so sloooooowly creeping up since I stopped nursing Milo. At first, I blamed it on that and figured my weight would eventually plateau out and then I could lose it again. Well, I hit a benchmark on my scale that made me shriek. I'm not much of a shrieker, and I have a pretty good body image (excepting my fat arms) and I don't freak out over every pound, but like I said, I saw a number that made me flip a little. So I started an aerobic kickboxing class. I haven't done any kind of structured exercise program since Steve and I did Taekwando together over five years ago (six? seven??). I love martial arts, but I can't commit to any kind of real training right now, so my fake martial arts aerobics class will have to do for now. At least I get to kick stuff! I've only had one class so far, and I was sore for three days after it was over. I was sad at just how *not* flexible I am, but damn if I didn't have the best form in that class! It's amazing what comes back to you and how muscle memory works, even all of these years later.
The other thing I am committing to is The Summer of Raw Vegetables. I do not eat nearly enough veggies, and I eat even less raw vegetables. I'm pretty good at having fruits in my diet, but my veggie intake is sorely lacking. Now, I could never go all Raw, and frankly, I could go on a whole angry rant about self-imposed food restrictions. But I won't. What I will do is commit to having at least one serving of raw veggies every day. That doesn't seem like much, but I am truly a processed food addict. I love to cook, but it is often a big process that makes a mess of my kitchen (and OH! how I hate doing dishes!). So things that I can pop into the microwave or pour out of a box and boil are much too prevalent in my diet. My goal then, is to find easy raw vegetable recipes. Of course, my raw veggie serving is very often baby carrots dipped in hummus or celery and peanut butter, but I want more creative recipes. I've been trolling foodgawker and vegan foodie sites looking for creative ways to go Raw. Simple is important (I know won't do it daily if it isn't easy), although I'm willing to try an occasional gourmet recipe if the mood strikes. I found several recipes that I'm excited about and I'll share below. If you have any links (your own, or someone else's), please feel free to add it to the list!