Things are happening

Another month has flown by. Time is just moving so fast lately! I think it is because I am working so much…I have been working 6 days a week for a while. Not super fun, but kind of necessary right now. I am going to get a break next weekend though, so that will be nice.

I did my no weigh April and I was really happy with how it went. I ended up losing 2.6 pounds, 1.5% body fat, and 1.5 inches. The weight is pretty typical of what I’ve been losing every month, so I was glad to see that I made the same kind of progress without the scale. I somehow managed to gain a lot of peace too! I don’t know what it is, but something has just clicked and changed and I am so happy about it. I finally feel like what I’m doing is sustainable and that it WILL last. I just know that I’m not going to keep going down the same road I always have. My weight is not going to be an issue anymore. I’m focusing on things that I can DO rather than what I weigh. There will be no rebound, or yo-yo, because I am losing slowly, keeping it off, and learning how to really listen to my body now. It will actually be a lifelong process but I am so ready to do it.

One thing that has really helped to kind of bring everything together is the book Lean Habits by Georgie Fear. I’m still working on the second habit, Hunger Mastery. The first habit is to eat 3-4 meals per day and I so wasn’t doing that in the past. I was having small snacks instead of meals, and then after dinner going back several times to the snack cupboard for another small something. Since I have been aiming for 3-4 meals per day that has totally stopped! I try to have bigger meals during the day, and I still have treats daily right after dinner. I can’t even say how much ice cream I’ve eaten this year :lol But it is working. I’m down 10 pounds, 5% body fat, and 5.25 inches so far this year. And it has been pretty easy. So easy that I can just keep going, and will keep going, and just keep building on my success :D

Of course I am still working out too. I started the TTBA phase 1 and that has been going well. It is fun to be doing something different. The beginner portion was all really basic stuff, which is what I’ve tried every time I started weights again. It was getting boring – I was seeing progress, but yeah, kinda boring. It has been fun to move on and switch it up! I’m also in the last week of my 15k training. I will do my ‘race’ this Sunday! I have taken the week off from weights because of the run, and because I was starting to feel overly tired all of the time. I hope I will feel better and have a good run this weekend.

I guess that’s that for now. Just wanted to give an update on how things are going. I have ambitions to post more, and do a lot of other things, but they aren’t coming to fruition (yet). We’ll see.

A little behind?

Last post March 3rd! Yes, I’m a little behind. I just don’t know what to do with this blog anymore. And I know that budget posts are not that exciting :lol: I feel pretty busy and when I think about blogging, half of the time I don’t know what to say, and if I say it who will care anyway?!

I have been busy. Work is slightly starting to pick up, but not enough for me to get excited at all about it. My days are just filled with working out, work, and then dinner and some web-surfing.

I did read a book though! I haven’t read an actual book in forever. It was called Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry and I quite enjoyed it. I picked up another from the library and started it, but I realized it was last in a big series – 10 books – so I quit reading it after 2 chapters. So next time I go to the library I’ll get another book, or read one here that I haven’t yet.

Active life is still the same. I am going to do the last workout of the Beginner Blast-off in Train to be Awesome today! Then I will do a reload week and then get on with the next phase. I’ve been trying to run on days when I’m not lifting and that’s going well too. I’m just doing lower miles, kind of following a 15k training plan. I’m not getting injured, well, I did fall yesterday morning but I think I’m okay!

And of course there is the weight loss department. I am keeping track of stuff but not weighing/checking in very often. In March I did weigh more than I wanted to and I realized I didn’t really like it. So in April I’m not going to weigh or measure at all. It will be a little hard, but I’ve made up my mind and so that’s that. Anyway, the March results were pretty good. I lost 2.6 pounds, 1% body fat (according to my scale), and .5 inches. Not bad for eating what I want, which includes ice cream, pizza, frozen yogurt, you name it. I’ve been eating it. And I’m not counting a thing or excluding anything. It’s really brainless, and I love that part. Am I losing very slowly? Sure am. This year so far I am down about 7 pounds. In 3 months that doesn’t sound like a lot. But I’ll repeat myself and say that I am absolutely sure that this time I am truly working on making sustainable habit changes, and this slow weight loss is going to stick! The only downside is that it is so easy, that that in itself makes it harder than anything I’ve ever done :lol: It is always more exciting to start some stupid new diet plan or count calories and calculate everything I will do. Now I just eat I what I want and move my body. There is no calorie goal, no burn goal, not even a weight goal or an end date. I’m just changing my life, for life, and it is hard to give the energy I was using up on all of that crap to something else. It is definitely a process.

Anyway, that’s that for now!

Food Budget Week 8

We spent a lot this week, again. $171.49. We did stock up on a few things though, so that number isn’t that bad. Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE:

  • Bananas $2.41
  • Broccoli $1.57
  • Carrots $1.59
  • Garlic $.69
  • Habanero $.78
  • Kale $1.99
  • Mushrooms $2.07
  • Onions $1.08
  • Potatoes $.90
  • Acorn squash $3.06
  • Sweet potatoes $3.53

OTHER

  • Butter $7.99
  • Heavy cream $3.69
  • Gallon milk $3.79
  • Sour cream $2.00
  • Noosa yogurt $10.00 (on special)
  • Eggs $3.39
  • Ham $5.39
  • Turkey $5.29
  • Applesauce pouches $17.88 – we bought two kinds at Costco
  • Assorted organic cereals $19.96
  • Coconut milk $15.98
  • Good Belly juice $5.00 – sounded interesting
  • Peanuts $6.89
  • Pistachios $19.79
  • Arborio rice $6.79
  • Tamari $7.00
  • Crackers $7.00
  • English muffins $3.99

 

Checking in

With health and stuff. I am still back and forth on the weighing thing, but for now I guess I don’t really care if I do or don’t. I am trying to not weigh most days. But I am going to for sure check in at the beginning of the month, with weight and measurements and pictures. So, since December 1st I am down 2.75 inches, and since January 1st I am down 4.6 pounds. That averages out to be .5 pounds per week. Pretty much what I was planning on. Is it painfully slow sometimes? Yes! But, I am confident that this time around I am going to be able to keep it off.

Workouts have been good. Today I finished workout #15 of 24 from Train to be Awesome. Only 9 more left! I could probably keep going with the beginner program, but I really just want to move on to something different, not that I’m bored or not liking it. I do like it. The workouts are taking me about 1 hour and 10 minutes, including warm up time. I take as much rest as I need and do 1-2 warm up sets. Today I was able to squat with 90# on the machine, and I did quite a few pull-ups with one knee in the resistance band. I’ve also been trying barbell hip thrusts, not much on the bar, only 30#. I tried that today and I think I can work my way up pretty quickly.

I missed being on a running schedule so I’m going to try a 10k training program. It goes for 10 weeks and has minimal mileage so I don’t think it will interfere with strength training. I’ll just do the runs on my off days from weights. I do my first 2 mile run tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get a big storm tonight so I hope it doesn’t ice all over!

So yeah, losing a little fat, gaining a little muscle (hopefully :lol), all while doing my best to chill out and eating exactly what I want to. Including ice cream, almost daily. Also chocolate, pizza, bread every day – and veggies, fruit, fish, nuts. Nothing is off limits, I’m just eating when I’m hungry and trying not to eat too much. Eating what I really want keeps me from feeling deprived or like I need to rebel, so I don’t end up overdosing on m&ms. Novel idea.

I had a great day today!

It wasn’t really anything special, but I had a great day! I woke up with my second alarm and got up and had coffee and some granola with milk as a pre-workout snack. I did my 12th workout of the Train to be Awesome Beginner Blast Off. I’m halfway done! I pretty much did 2 warmup sets of everything and then 4 work sets. It took me over an hour. But I finished feeling energized and proud of what I could do. I bought a resistance band a few weeks ago to help with pull ups and when I first tried it out I couldn’t even pull myself up at all with just a knee in. Today I did 6 reps that way! I had to finish out my sets with a straight leg, but I was pretty happy to be able to pull up with a knee. I did lots of planking too – I don’t know that I have ever done 6 sets of planks :lol: I was surprised at how well I did, I guess it is because I’m resting and sleeping and eating enough.

I felt like I was dialed in with eating too. After my workout I had a slice of toast with butter and peach butter, a small glass of kefir, and a banana and an almond butter packet. That kept me full until lunch time, when I had some carrot and celery sticks, a bag of madras lentils, an apple/oat muffin, and a carrot applesauce squeezy thing. That kept me full until dinner, when I had a chicken leg quarter with some caramelized onions, steamed corn and green beans, and a salad with oil and vinegar. I needed something sweet so I had a frozen fruit juice bar, a few wafer cookies with milk, and a square of chocolate. It sounds like a lot, but I worked hard this morning and got lots of steps in. I am trying to eat to hunger, and eat more during the day so I don’t overload at night due to not eating enough during the day. It is still a work in progress :)

Work didn’t piss me off either! Sometimes it is hard when I notice how much people don’t do, and how much slack I have to pick up. But I tried to keep an open mind today and I didn’t want to get pissed off, so I didn’t. That won’t happen every day, so I have to relish it when it does :lol:

I’m also excited for the weekend because we are going to see Alton Brown on Friday!! And then going out to eat at the Copper Onion. I’ve been a couple of times, but M has never been. It should be super fun.

Food Budget Weeks 5-7

Getting behind here! We went out of town earlier this month and it’s taken me a while to get things back to normal :lol: But I got everything put in today and so here we go.

Week 5 we spent $64.96.  We were trying to keep things low since we would be leaving the next week. We bought:

  • Onions $1.26
  • Ice cream $12.49
  • Sour cream $2.00
  • Eggs $3.39
  • Coconut $3.29
  • Chocolate bars $10.76
  • Evaporated milk $2.00
  • Caveman bars (Costco) $17.99
  • Rolls $2.60
  • Fruit juice frozen bars $9.18

Week 6 we spent $98.38. We bought:

  • Asparagus $2.20
  • Bananas $1.93
  • Bell peppers $1.38
  • Garlic $1.38
  • Ginger $1.40
  • Grapefruit $1.76
  • Green onions $.69
  • Habaneros $.36
  • Herbs $4.47
  • Lettuce $2.99
  • Salad mix $3.99
  • Strawberries $5.00
  • Cottage cheese $5.58
  • Cream $5.49
  • Ice cream $7.00
  • Kefir $3.00
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • Yogurt $6.00
  • Ham $5.29
  • Pepperoni $4.79
  • Pork ribs $9.68
  • Turkey $5.29
  • Tortillas $2.19

Week 7 we spent a lot more, $231.72. Stocking up I guess! We bought:

  • A bunch of stuff from the Thai store that I didn’t itemize for $29.78 – sauces, noodles, herbs
  • Asparagus $3.31
  • Avocados $3.00
  • Banana $3.44
  • Bell peppers $5.99
  • Cabbage $2.06
  • Carrots $4.86
  • Celery $2.99
  • Cucumber $.98
  • Garlic $.69
  • Green onions $1.38
  • Jicama $.79
  • Lettuce $3.29
  • Onions $1.27
  • Potatoes $.78
  • Butter $7.99
  • Ice cream $10.5
  • Kefir $5.00
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • 2 organic whole chickens $27.02
  • Steak for stir fry $12.60
  • Pork end ribs $4.72
  • Ground veal $7.12
  • 3 bags toasted coconut (Costco) $20.97
  • Organic spaghetti (Costco) $7.49
  • Soda $9.98
  • Organic nut bars $15.99
  • Tortilla chips $6.58
  • Organic frozen hash browns (Costco) $5.99
  • Smoothie bars (Costco) $7.49
  • Organic veggie potstickers (Costco) $6.99

So not super great, but not horrible I guess. For those three weeks we averaged 131.68 per week. We are still kind of behind, so I’d love to keep it low for the next few weeks but we’ll just see how it goes.

Checking in

With goals and stuff.

I have stopped weighing every day, or even doing a weekly weigh-in. I hope to someday move away from weighing at all, I think? I’m not sure. For now I’m just doing it when I really want to. I have started taking pictures and measuring too. Since my goal is more of a recomp thing, I figure that pictures and measurements will help to see progress more than weighing. Last time I weighed I was down a pound in 13 days or something. And my measurements were down half an inch. I keep telling myself I want to go slow, and it is working. Working on my impatient brain is the real trick here. That’s what usually leads me to last chance eating/drinking before I start my next new plan! And then fail again :lol: SO do not want to do that again.

Also, still booze free. I wanted January to be over so badly, and now it is. I can count one month done instead of days, which seems easier because, less counting. I still don’t feel amazingly awesome and like life is perfect, but that may never happen. I am glad I’m not drinking.

I’ve been doing the Train to be Awesome workout, though I missed a couple of days last week due to working too freaking much and zero desire to do more than that! I am back at it this week though. Today I am doing workout #6, only 18 more to go.

I am still off and on with the Spanish. Actually I was doing pretty well logging into Dueling every day until I started working too much. I just need to start logging in again. But where I left off is so confusing! It is past tense stuff and I just don’t get it yet.

No crafting to speak of, well except in the kitchen. I’m always busy doing something in there! But I haven’t been knitting or sewing or anything. I’m thinking about it though, and that’s a step, right?

Food Budget Week 4

We went way over again! We spent $278.26. Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE:

  • Organic avocados $2.00
  • Organic bananas $2.51
  • Blackberries $4.00
  • Red cabbage $4.22 – paid way too much for this lol
  • Carrots $6.05
  • Celery $3.29 – Costco
  • Cucumber $1.18
  • Garlic $1.38
  • Ginger $.65
  • Kiwano melon $5.99 – we didn’t even end up eating this before it went bad, stupid
  • Big bag of romaine $4.58
  • Onions $2.45
  • Bell peppers $5.49
  • Potatoes $2.19
  • Power greens $4.49
  • Snap peas $6.29 – Costco
  • Yams $10.99 – Costco

OTHER:

  • Butter
  • Sliced cheese $8.79
  • Ham shanks $19.51 – 4 big ones
  • Coffee $31.98 – lol we bought 2 big bags at Costco
  • Cottage Cheese $2.79
  • Heavy cream $4.99
  • Ice cream $15.47 – stocking up I guess!
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • Yogurt $6.49 – Costco
  • Chicken breasts $7.27
  • Bacon $14.69 – Costco
  • Eggs $3.99
  • Frozen salmon $29.79
  • Brown rice syrup $6.39
  • Coconut $5.04
  • Ground ginger $5.79
  • Honey $20.98 – K bought one at Costco and I thought it was not for the house, so I bought another!
  • Tabasco $3.99
  • Tortillas $5.19

really want to do better. I keep forgetting that a new week starts on Sunday so we just go shopping on Saturday. I guess it doesn’t matter, we just need to do better with only getting what we need and having a plan. I didn’t really have a plan this week, and I still don’t. We will just try to use up what we have before we go shopping again.

So the total that we spent this month is a whopping $966.45. Per week that is $241.61. I think that is way too much and we can do a lot better! I am really going to be a stickler and we aren’t buying anything that isn’t on the shopping list, and I am going to plan out meals and stick to it.

Food Budget Week 3

We went way overboard this week, spending $343.08! This is including a missing receipt that someone held on to too long, so now it gets added into this week.  Annoying. We were also buying stuff for my birthday, and I guess I just disregarded the budget – obviously!

Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE

  • Organic bananas $1.90
  • Bell peppers $14.76
  • Broccoli $3.32
  • Brussels sprouts $8.58
  • Organic carrots $2.12
  • Cauliflower $3.49
  • Celery $3.29
  • Cilantro $.99
  • Cucumbers $1.18
  • Garlic $1.38
  • Grapefruit $4.00 – on sale for 4/$1!
  • Organic green beans $3.99
  • Green onions $1.98
  • Habaneros $.78
  • Chives $1.50
  • Organic romaine $1.99
  • Mushrooms $2.35
  • Onions $.97
  • Parsley $.79
  • Yams $1.17

OTHER

  • Butter $15.98
  • Cheddar cheese $9.79
  • Heavy cream $4.29
  • 2 half gallons milk $4.00
  • Mozzarella $5.99
  • String cheese $10.89
  • Fage yogurt $6.49
  • Pancetta $8.45 – ended up tossing these both, I left one from Caputo’s downstairs instead of going in the fridge lol The other smelled too funky. Oh well.
  • Pastrami $16.99
  • Pepperoni $9.58
  • Baby back ribs $8.73
  • Picante sausages $8.15
  • Wild boar salami $13.63
  • Baking powder $2.65
  • Various flours, a lot of them $26.65
  • Coconut extract $5.49
  • Organic shredded coconut $3.99
  • Spices $14.64 – this included crystallized ginger, expensive but yummy!
  • Cornmeal $2.99
  • Coconut cream $11.97 – this was for my birthday cake, we bought extra
  • Dried figs $2.56
  • Guacamole (Costco) $10.99
  • Orange juice $1.34
  • Masa harina $1.99
  • Olive oil from Caputo’s $19.99
  • Organic oats $7.66
  • Pasta from Caputo’s $27.36
  • Polenta from Caputo’s $5.75
  • Roasted red peppers $4.99
  • Sweetened condensed milk $3.58
  • Crushed tomatoes $4.99

Whew! Going to have to really try and do better to make up for that, and it will take at least a month. My goal for this coming week is to be under $125. We already spent close to that for the week, so there is not really any wiggle room. We’ll just have to make it work with what we have!

Yummy Birthday Food

I turned 38 today, this is getting way too close to 40! It’s really weird thinking that I am that old. I don’t feel that old!

We celebrated my birthday last night. I made this really good bolognese, these pepperoni garlic knots, and my daughter made a delicious coconut cake. I don’t think I have ever had coconut cake before last night, but it is definitely a winner!! It was all so yummy.

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Pepperoni garlic knots

Coconut cake

Coconut cake

Layers

Layers

And that is really all there is to say about that.

I am late on the budget post, but honestly we went way over. Embarrassingly so. I will post it anyway, and try to recover in the next month – it may take that long!!