2015 CSA Challenge

Back in the spring I signed up for my first ever CSA share from Easy Pickin’s Orchard. I chose this particular farm because they offer half shares and also include fruit in their weekly shares. Well, fast forward to last Saturday and it was already time for my first CSA pickup!

I decided I really like the idea of prepaid produce.

I also decided that this was indeed going to be a challenge upon seeing the actual size of my half share. I had gone to the orientation meeting a couple weeks before and learned that I could either take the bin the produce was in home and bring it back the next week, or bring a reusable bag to put everything in. I showed up with my little reusable tote and realized that all this wasn’t going to fit.

Hello, my pretties

Hello, my pretties

Off the bin and I went home, and I realized I needed to do something with all this fresh goodness. Good thing I’ve been hoarding produce bags from the grocery store for ages, is all I have to say.

While I was prepping my fresh-gotten gains, I realized that I would likely find eating all these fresh veggies in a week to be a challenge. A good kind of challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. I’ve been struggling with adding more vegetables to my diet in my adult life. As a kid, I would have told you corn and tomatoes were my favorite veggies. And now I find myself staring at the alien-looking kohlrabi, imagining it waving it’s “arms” at me, saying “eat me!”

So I challenged myself to waste minimally and find new ways to enjoy all these locally grown veggies coming into my home for the next 19 weeks.

Lettuce, radishes, chard, Asian greens, turnips

Lettuce, radishes, chard, Asian greens, turnips

Kohlrabi, scallions, strawberries

Kohlrabi, scallions, strawberries

Week 1 Contenders

  • Lettuce (I got this one!)
  • Swiss chard
  • Harkurei turnips (and the greens!!)
  • Scallions
  • Radishes
  • Red Asian greens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Strawberries (yummy)

It’s Wednesday and I can say I’m off to a good start already. I’ll update you later this week on how I did!

Do you have participate in a CSA? Let me know if you have any recipe suggestions!

Mid-Week Break


One of the most motivating parts of embarking on a fitness journey is having goals. There’s the big goal at the end of the journey that you’re continually working towards, and smaller goals along the way. And achieving those goals is oh-so-sweet.

I think I’m been slowing on my journey lately because I’ve met a lot of my original, smaller goals and I have vague ideas of new goals in my head. But I haven’t committed to anything new recently. Just the overarching goal of living a fit life, which is pretty intangible in and of itself.

So it’s time for me to start considering some additional goals to add to my path. While I’m doing well with physical fitness, I think my emotional fitness could use some work. I want to be fit in every sense of the word, and having an unhealthy relationship with a certain family member is not helping. This goal is tricky though, because I’m not sure how to approach it. Do I limit my time with that person? Do I consider therapy for myself?

I also want to add some more tangible goals. I’m toying with signing up for a half marathon this year, but the idea of running for two to three hours is pretty terrifying… and a little exciting, if I’m being honest. I think it’s going to come down to just forgetting my fears and signing up for a race. Then I’ll have to work towards it.

On top of those two, I think I also want to have some mini goals… little things that can be achieved quickly. For example, doing a full head stand in yoga.

I’m going to keep thinking on it and report back.

Do you find setting goals for yourself helps too?

Challenge of the Month

Challenge of the Month Recap: Self-Praise List

This challenge ended up being about as tough as I thought it was going to be. Some days I just couldn’t think of something that wasn’t already on the list. Some days when I was in a lousy mood, I had trouble coming up with anything and started doubting certain things on my list. Other days I had no problem adding to the list because I was feeling good about myself.

I think the biggest thing I learned is that at the end of the day, I’m always me. Even if I’m feeling lousy because of something I said or did, it doesn’t make any of the good things about be any less. I’m human. And a pretty good one at that.

With no further ado, here’s my list of 31 awesome things about myself:

  1. I have beautiful blue eyes.
  2. I am dependable.
  3. I am organized.
  4. My rack ain’t bad.
  5. I’m  a good writer.
  6. I’m kind to animals.
  7. I’m a decent cook and always trying new recipes.
  8. I’m a good listener/I don’t feel the need to talk peoples’ ears off
  9. I truly appreciate the new-found strength my body has… I’m still surprised when I feel my muscles working in my body
  10. I don’t need to be the center of attention
  11. Today a friend told me “There’s no one like you!”… I think I’ll take that as a compliment.
  12. I like trying new things.
  13. I’m turning into a good runner.
  14. I’ve got some awesome core strength going on.
  15. I think before I speak (usually).
  16. I work quickly.
  17. I like achieving goals (that being said, do I really want to run a half marathon this year??)
  18. I care about how my actions affect others.
  19. I’m good at keeping in touch with people.
  20. I have a nice smile (thanks for the braces, Dad!)
  21. I like to read.
  22. I’m quick to catch on when being taught something.
  23. I like to learn.
  24. I like to think my sense of style is pretty good.
  25. I always try to do my fair share.
  26. I’m fairly modest.
  27. Most people say I’m nice.
  28. If I set my mind to something, I can usually achieve it.
  29. I’m good at planning ahead.
  30. I have a good sense of humor.
  31. At the end of the day, I’m me. And I’m working on appreciating that.
Challenge of the Month

Challenge of the Month: Self Praise

Happy New Year! It’s the time of year for new beginnings and resolutions. I don’t feel the need to make a grand list of resolutions for myself this year. I just want to continue on the journey I’m on – continue to build my endurance and strength, and to make healthy choices in every aspect of life. Throughout 2014 I made some great changes and strides towards this. But one area that has been falling behind is my self confidence.

I’m good at being down on myself. And I don’t want to be good at that anymore. So this month, I’m going to write down one compliment for myself every day. At the end of the month, I will have a concrete list of 31 awesome things about me to refer back to when I’m falling back into the pattern of dumping on myself.

Will you join me in this challenge?

Challenge of the Month

December Challenge of the Month

I started taking a power yoga class at the end of October. I hadn’t done yoga steadily in years – ever since I moved out of my dad’s house. I used to take a class through my hometown’s parks and rec department and I really enjoyed it. But my new town was in the middle of nowhere with no yoga classes nearby and I wasn’t dedicated enough to keep my practice up via DVD.

So when my trainer suggested I try her new power yoga series, I was game. I was a little nervous because it had been so long and the parks and rec class was nothing like power yoga. But I thought I’d give it a try.

It only was the first or second class that I was introduced to crow pose.

crow pose

Source: Fitsugar

Impossible!, I thought. You want me to balance how?? But after a few classes, I found that I could hold it for a few breaths. And now I want to hold it longer. Continue reading