Today starts the two-day juice challenge for James and me.  We aren’t doing anything too fancy, basically just drinking an assortment of Naked drinks to make sure we get enough veggies, protein & healthy carbs.  I don’t necessarily promote diets that eliminate food groups, but it’s only for two days and it makes me feel excited for a challenge.  Tonight I am going to my first yoga class of 2012 with my friend Micah.  I know it will be hard for me since my upper body is fairly weak, but this is the first step to changing that!  I’m trying to adjust my attitude about slower exercise in general, because I think it could be a peaceful experience to add to my weekly routine.  Micah has already been a few times and is completely in love.  If I could get into it, I know it would be a great full body workout and help with strengthening my hips, butt, core and arms.

Another thing James and I are doing is planning out our weekend meals in advance (since that is the time we get to spend together).  This is both to save money and watch our caloric intake.  We both love fun food, but neither of us can afford to eat countless calories and spend like we are the next Bill Gates.  With that being said, one of the things that I love most about James is that he is passionate about food.  Not in quantity, but in quality.  Some of my best experiences with him have been exploring local restaurants in Atlanta and Birmingham.  We end up ordering several things and sharing plates.  He appreciates details, preparation and creativity, which makes dining with him a lot of fun.  I also love that we have similar body types so our challenges are usually the same.  It makes it easier when your significant other is on the same page as you food-wise.  I am looking forward to cooking more with him and enjoying our own home-made meals.

I never really appreciated home cooking until fairly recently.  While my mom cooked amazing food for us growing up on a daily basis, I still never put much thought into it being something fun to do.  I think that had mostly to do with my unhealthy relationship with food, up until a few years ago.  Food was a major source of anxiety for me…I knew I loved it, but I had so many negative emotions attached to what it did to my body when I ate too much.  I struggled to find balance with food for a long, long time.  I don’t think I appreciated the care put into making a meal due to the cloudiness of other thoughts in my head.  Fortunately, that all changed a few years ago.  I still struggle with maintaining a constant weight, but I know that I will never be at a point again where I’m unhappy with the way I look.  When I eat food now I think about where it comes from, who made it, and why it’s different.  Meals are more about the process, time spent making it with others, and enjoying it together.  I find that I even have a desire to grow things, so I’m hoping one day soon I can have a garden.   This weekend we are also going to try our hand at canning – possibly pickling some okra from the local farmer’s market.  I will keep you posted!