So I'll start this off ...
1. Do you have any long-term goals that you would like to accomplish? Yes,
Yay for meeting your calorie and water intake goals for last week!
I've also been working on incorporating more organic food into our diet. I can't afford to go 100% organic, so I started with meat. We just purchased beef from a local farmer, and it tastes so different (more delicious) and has a different texture
1. Do you have any long-term goals that you would like to accomplish?
1) Full draft of my Masters paper by March 12 (so Spring can be spent editing, not writing the whole thing)2) Name change paperwork3) Eye appointment, dentist appointment 4) Drop some pounds (clothes aren't fitting as well, and I can't afford new ones!)5) Exercise regularly (at least 3x per week)6) Menu plan7) Budget for more locally grown/organic foods. Mostly veggies and fruits first.8) Try more recipes and expand the number of foods I eat.
2. What are your goals this week?
1) Finish annotated bibliographies for class2) Re-read through my primary sources and come up with a time line of explorations3) Use that time line to begin a more detailed look at explorations4) Make appointments5) Exercise at least two times this week6) Beware of the calories I am consuming - no more mindless eating!7) Actually do the research in some of these library books!
3. Do you have something motivational to share?
" Success never comes to those who sit and stare; it comes to those only who act and dare." - Author unknown
4. Give us a progress update!I'm sure I have not done whatever I set out to do. haha~ I exercised once last week - the rest of the week it was raining and cold. ~ I have been drinking more water
I'll probably try to go with meat next, but I need to check out the selection at our grocery store (or find another source) and plan accordingly. I'm very familiar with the organic produce section already because when I buy fresh fruits and veggies for Toby, I buy organic. So, I could plan for that without much effort. I chose potatoes because we eat a lot of them (I roast them a couple of times a week and usually make enough for Toby to eat some and for us to have leftovers), and I've run across a few articles that listed potatoes as a food that safety experts personally feel is among the "organic musts" (i.e. food that they wouldn't eat themselves or feed their families the non-organic varieties).
I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do with milk. Tom and I drink a LOT of milk (about 2 gallons a week), so it's daunting to think of switching that to organic for the whole family since organic milk costs about 3 times as much as regular milk here. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll serve only organic to Toby, but I wonder about the benefits for me & Tom. It sort of seems like the damage has probably already been done to us, and it's not like Toby can drink from our jug anyway since he'll need whole while we drink skim. But I admit I don't fully understand exactly what the problem is with "conventional" milk. Is it antibiotic resistance or is it growth hormones or what?
Thanks for the info on potatoes - I haven't done much research on organic vegees, and it's really helpful to know that. We don't eat potatoes that much, so it's something I could afford to go organic.
I know what you mean about meat - it was hard at first because a lot of the supermarkets in our area didn't sell organic meat. Our local Giant finally started selling it, and now I stock up every time it's on sale and freeze it.
I also went organic on milk, but we don't drink that much so it wasn't so painful. I've never tried this, but I've heard that you
Good luck with your Masters paper (and, of course, the other goals), Tracy! Does that mean this is your last semester?
Yes! Thanks Marin. :) We are on the quarter system, so I'll be done in June! I'm excited, but a little nervous about the job market. I figure everything will work itself out. :)
The PhD transition debate has been going on, with my adviser and the 3 PhD students in the lab weighing in. While it would be easier to apply and, if accepted, take time off, it would be three years from now that I would come back, as that's when Y's contract is up (if he doesn't reenlist again). I don't think it is worth my time, or those I'd ask to form a committee, so I will not apply. And I'm at peace with the decision. Which, I think, means I'm making the right move.
Good idea, Mel! Here's my mid-week update: