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!

Food budget Week 2

I know I said last week was week 2, it just seemed weird since the first one was only counting 3 days, so this is week 2. Again. There will be no more week 2s! We spent $90.78. We were trying to keep it down to redeem the fact that we went way over last week. It didn’t quite work, but we tried! And we did do okay. What we bought:

PRODUCE

  • Organic bananas $2.15
  • Bell peppers $3.38
  • Cucumbers $1.00
  • Garlic $1.28
  • Ginger $1.30
  • Green onions $.79
  • Thyme $2.99
  • Organic kale $1.50
  • Organic romaine $1.79
  • Limes $1.00
  • Onion $5.4
  • 5# bag russet potatoes $1.18
  • Radishes $.99
  • Tomatoes $2.64

OTHER

  • 2 1/2 dozen eggs $3.99
  • Baking soda $.99
  • Cinnamon sticks (Costco) $6.39
  • Sugar (Costco) $9.99
  • Chow mein noodles $1.69
  • Molasses $3.69
  • Pecans (Costco) $12.99
  • Fresh apple juice 1/2 gallon $7.99
  • Tortillas $4.89
  • Peanut butter $3.79
  • Cotija cheese $389
  • Sour cream $3.19
  • Guacamole $4.67

We made some really yummy things this week too!  We tried the Lemon Glazed Turkey Meatballs and  they were awesome!

I also did the crispy beef, which was just ok though, I put too much lime in the marinade.  We also tried the Colombian roast chicken legs which we all liked, but would cook a bit differently if we did it again. I ended up marinating them all day and then cooking at 400 for about an hour, that was too long! They were still tasty. Last night we had some Mahi Mahi tacos that were pretty great too.

Truthfully, we are needing to go to the store! But I want to wait until tomorrow so we don’t add anymore to this week’s spending. Here’s what I’m kind of planning for next week:

Posole-ish soup with potatoes

BBQ chicken or pork to use up some bbq sauce I bought

Beefy macaroni and cheese

Black bean and sweet potato tacos

Probably more mahi mahi and some cheesy broccoli quinoa

An onion and broccoli or kale quiche

And for my birthday I am going to make this Spaghetti Bolognese!

 

Weighing and checking in

We are 10 days into the new year, so I’m checking in with my goals and weighing in. On January 1st I weighed in at 152.2 and 37.5% body fat (yikes). Today I am 150.4 and 36%. So down 1.8 pounds and 1.5% body fat. Not bad! I have truly been eating what I want, and really trying to just eat when I’m hungry. Some days are better than others. I’ve been eating ice cream for dessert almost every day, although today it was 1 1/2 chocolate gluten free cupcakes made by M. Gluten free only because K has given up wheat and she wanted to make something for all of us. They were still very tasty! I made a big pot of chicken breast and white beans mid-week and I’ve eaten those 4 days in a row. Right now I almost don’t even care what I eat, just trying to do mostly balanced meals, though I’m kind of slacking on vegetables. So I am going to try and eat more veg. Need to make another big salad to have at the ready, and just cook a veg or two with dinner no matter what.

One problem I’ve had the last few days is eating too late in the afternoon, making me not really hungry at dinner time. I’ve eaten anyway, something small, but I’d like to not wait so long so that I can be hungry for and enjoy dinner more.

I also exercised yesterday for the first time in weeks! I got on the treadmill in the morning and warmed up with walking for 5 minutes and then alternated running at 5 mph for about 3 minutes with walking for 2 minutes. I finished with 5 minutes of walking for a total of 45 minutes. It felt good. So I will do it more often. As part of listening to my body, I’m just going to do what I feel like. I’m not going to do some set schedule or training program (unless I want to!), just going to do what feels good and not too overwhelming. Hopefully I will avoid burnout that way.

In other goals, I have been doing some knitting but not much else. I need to break out the sewing machine and do something with that. I have projects to finish and some to just share pictures of. I could be doing more, so I’m going to aim for just 10 minutes a day of some kind of crafting.

I haven’t been doing any Spanish lessons :( I just need to get going on it. I will get some done today, and try to reach my goal for points every day.

Last but not least, still not drinking. It’s only been 10 days but a couple of them have been really long ones :lol: Not that I’m counting down really, but only 355 more to go.

Food Budget Week 1

The budget is $125, and we definitely went over this week. We spent $177.09! We bought quite a few convenience foods and other random things that we didn’t need. Have to stop doing that.

This week we also made kind of an inventory list of things we have in the freezer and pantry. Hoping that will help to keep necessary purchases down and get stuff used up.

Here is what we bought:

PRODUCE

  • 2 honey crisp apples $2.58 – expensive but last time I had one was in Seattle and I couldn’t resist
  • Organic bulk carrots $.75
  • 2 cloves garlic $1.38
  • Parsley, chives, and dill $7.36 – bought these to make homemade ranch dressing
  • Organic baby kale for salads $2.50
  • Organic romaine hearts $2.49
  • Onions $3.08
  • 4 pounds navel oranges $2.99
  • Organic salad mix $2.50

OTHER

  • Cocoa powder $2.99
  • Buttermilk $4.49
  • Heavy cream $4.29
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • Fage yogurts $10 – they were 10/$10
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.39
  • Turkey lunchmeat $6.59
  • Chia seeds $9.99 – this was one of those random did-not-need items :lol:
  • 2 bottles sweet and korean chile sauces $5.78
  • 4 cans coconut milk $8.00
  • Boxed coconut milk (for smoothies and such) $10.99
  • Honey $10.99
  • Mayo $4.39
  • Mustard $3.79
  • Costco organic olive oil $14.99
  • 4 bags organic popcorn $9.96
  • Jasmine rice $3.19
  • TJ’s verde salsa/sauce $199
  • Tamari $3.99
  • Case of tomato paste $6.69
  • Caveman bars $17.99 – another unnecessary buy
  • Pumpkin flax granola $7.79

I’ve made a meal plan this week based off of what we already have, and I’m determined to stick to it, or at least stay very close to it. We didn’t use much of the produce we bought so we shouldn’t even have to get much of that. What I have jotted down for the meal plan:

Lemon glazed turkey meatballs

Crispy beef/vaca frita

Fish tacos with mahi mahi

Colombian roast chicken

Pizza

I’m going to try to just buy what we need for these recipes, and it shouldn’t be much. Got to save a little to make up for overspending so much this week!

 

 

2015 Food Budget

I’ve decided I want to do better with the food spending again, so I’m going to do the budget thing again. Just for ease of operations I will be updating on Saturdays, when mostly people aren’t reading blogs anyway…

For now I’m just doing these first 3 days of the month.  So we’ve spent $77.24 on:

PRODUCE

  • Savoy cabbage $2.98
  • Swiss chard $2.00
  • Cucumber $1.18
  • Grapefruit $1.17
  • Mushrooms $1.48
  • Yellow onions $1.67
  • Green bell peppers $1.16
  • Russet potatoes $1.49
  • Turnips $1.86
  • Yams $4.07

OTHER

  • Cream cheese (3 packages) $5.00
  • 2 large chicken breasts $11.51
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.39
  • Applegate ham lunchmeat $5.29
  • Applegate turkey lunchmeat $5.29
  • Applegate pepperoni $4.79
  • Pistachios $15.59
  • Ciabatta rolls $2.60
  • Guacamole $4.72

I haven’t done any meal planning but I should have! I will before we go to the store next time for the weekly shopping. I’m also going to try harder to stick to sales fliers when I can. We still have lots of food downstairs in our food storage, and CSA meat in the freezer too. We tried for under $150 per week last time I kept track and we averaged $144 per week, so I guess I’d like to get closer to $125 per week if we could!  We’ll see.

 

A New Year

Happy New Year! I know lots of people think resolutions are stupid and pointless, but when I really decide I’m going to do something, I follow through. My main resolution is to not drink alcohol this year. And I know I’m going to follow through! I had a last blast on NYE and so I felt like total garbage yesterday. I don’t want to feel like that ever again! I think this long break will be just what I need.

I’m also going to try and lose weight, story of my life I guess. I am just going to get back to running and lifting, and the plan is to train for 2 half marathons this year. Both will take 3 months to train for. Maybe I will tack one more on there, we’ll see. I had many thoughts of going on a juice fast again just to lose the weight quickly, but that hasn’t worked long term, and I want to do something different. I’ve decided that this year I am just going to try intuitive eating. No counting calories, no other plan, just going to try and eat what I like, when I’m hungry and not too much. We’ll see where it gets me. So I guess I’m publicly committing to not count any calories or do any crazy things like juice fast this year. I’m just going to try to chill out and be and eat normal :lol: Even if I only lost 1/2 a pound a week, I could still be down 26 pounds in a year. That is probably going to be more realistic and sustainable, since it probably won’t involve huge deficits. I think that makes me feel restricted, even if I am eating things I like. There probably is something to eating to your activity level, so you don’t end up burning out and feeling worn down.  Duh!

Anyway I hope to blog more about my journey and be a bit more interesting, helpful, whatever. Share more recipes and knitting and whatever else :)

Plans for the new year

I know I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks.  I hurt my foot really stupidly, I was on a footstool putting things up high in a closet and I kind of crashed down on my other foot while half missing the step. Hard to explain – and really stupid! I haven’t wanted to run on it for fear of hurting it more, so no running. I have no excuse really for not keeping up with lifting, other than just enjoying the holiday season – a little too much. Probably not the best idea, but I am just kind of planning what I’m going to do for next year. There isn’t that much of this one left now anyway.

The biggest thing is that I am just going to completely give up alcohol in 2015. I know I ‘tried’ this before, but I am ready to do it and so it’s on. I’m just over it and I don’t need it, so I’m kicking it to the curb for the whole year. I’m excited!

I keep thinking about marathon training but I just don’t think that it is a good idea for me – yet. I’m just going to train for a couple of half marathons this year, but really put a lot into them and hopefully improve my running speed. Then in 2016 I will think really seriously about the marathon. I want to do one before I’m 40! Because it sounds cool ;) And I still need some redemption. I will also add strength in 2-3 times a week. Because I don’t want to get injured!

So I still am not where I would like to be in regards to my body and weight. Maybe I should just give it up after all of these years of really getting nowhere, but I just can’t. I want to focus on it this year but in a sane and simple way. I am just going to do my best to eat intuitively, really only eat when I’m hungry and eat what I need. I don’t want to do any type of binging or restricting. I figure if I just do what I do, my body will do what it does. I want to lose weight, and I think if I give up booze and keep working out all year then it is bound to happen?! I have never tried something so simple, I’m always doing so many crazy things and going up and down. I have never just consistently kept it up. So hopefully with a year of really being consistent with working out and eating I’ll see some good changes. How am I going to really make this work? I’m going to blog more. It will be a lot more food and workout centered but I think it will help me keep accountable and on the path I want to be on. So I guess that is what most of my blog will be. I’m determined to make this year one I am completely proud of in every way, and lose some weight in a sane and hopefully sustainable way too.

I also want to get back into crafting regularly. I have tons of supplies downstairs and they just never come out. It makes me sad :( I’m going to try and make more gifts for people this year to use up my stash and I will give away anything I don’t think that I am ever really going to use. I will just make a commitment to do something, even if it is only 10 minutes a day.

I also want to finally learn Spanish! I’ve been doing some Duolingo but not being super consistent. I could do a lot better with it. I want to do some every day, a couple of times a day. And check out some other books that I think will help me learn more too. I have plenty of tools I just need to use them!

So there are my main goals for 2015. I know it is totally cliche to make New Year’s Resolutions but I have to try.

Week in Workouts #1

I’m going to attempt to try and make this a weekly thing, hence the #1.  This was a pretty good week as far as workouts go.  I tried to hit it a little harder than I did the previous week.  I was feeling a little run down/overworked so I was taking it easy.  I think it helped, so this week it was back at it!

  • Monday – I always warm up on the elliptical for 10 minutes and then do my weights.  I did deadlifts, overhead DB press, and Pulldowns.  I did 5 sets, 2 were warmup sets, and my highest weights for these were 70#, 20#, and 90#.  Afterwards I did a finisher from Jen Sinkler’s Lift Weights Faster called The Over Under.  It was lots of KB swings and squats.  I finished with 5 more minutes on the elliptical to make an hour workout.
  • Tuesday – I always do the Standard Warmup before I run.  My run was 47 minutes and 4.7 miles for a 9:40 pace.  Not quite an hour but good enough ;)
  • Wednesday – Squats, DB chest press, and DB row.  I did 2 warmup sets and 3 working sets with 80#, 30#, and 35#.  I wanted to do harder weights but it honestly is just not happening yet.  I will keep working at it until these get easier!  After this one I did a 2 mile run in 21:55 for a 10:57 pace.  I hate the treadmill :/
  • Thursday – A 5 mile run in 50 minutes for a 10:00 pace.  This one was tough because I woke up pretty hungry, but didn’t eat.  I should have!  I was uncomfortable the entire run.  Live and learn.
  • Friday – Deadlifts, overhead press, and pulldowns, same weights as above.  I finished with a workout called Sweet Cheeks.  Lots of glute work, it was tough!
  • Saturday – REST!!
  • Sunday – Long run.  I did 8.5 miles in 1:23:00 for a 9:45 pace!  I wasn’t expecting this to go so well as far as timing but I’m happy about it!  I wore new shoes that are more cushy than I’m used to, and getting used to tying new shoes just right is always a pain in the ass.  I stopped so many times to re-tie :lol:  Anyway I tried to go at an ‘easy’ pace until the last mile or so and then I picked up the pace a lot for a hard finish.  I don’t feel too beat up right now and that’s always a plus!  I’ll probably feel the effects more tomorrow :)

I hope to get in more stretching this week or even some actual yoga.  I feel like I could really use.