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!
Posted by Lauren on April 1, 2015
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.
Posted by Lauren on March 2, 2015
We went way over again! We spent $278.26. Here’s what we bought:
- 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
- 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
I 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.
Posted by Lauren on February 1, 2015
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:
- 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
- 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!
Posted by Lauren on January 26, 2015
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.
Pepperoni garlic knots
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!!
Posted by Lauren on January 25, 2015
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:
- 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
- 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!
Posted by Lauren on January 17, 2015
Yesterday was my quit smoking for good anniversary! It’s been 10 years. Go me!
Posted by Lauren on January 13, 2015
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.
Posted by Lauren on January 11, 2015
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:
- 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
- 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
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!
Posted by Lauren on January 10, 2015
This is something I made this week that turned out really good, so I thought I’d share. I was craving some soup and this really hit the spot. I used leeks because I had them, but you could just as easily use an onion instead.
Chicken, corn, chard, and potato soup
- 1 large chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 2 leeks sliced thin or 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bunch swiss chard, stems removed and roughly chopped
- 4-5 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 -2 T olive oil or bacon grease (I use grease when I can)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Saute the chicken in 1 T oil until it is no longer pink and just beginning to brown, remove from pot. Add another T oil and the leeks or onion, cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, corn, and garlic, cooking for a few minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer for 25 minutes. Add the chard and simmer for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cream, and serve.
I had a bowl and a half for dinner with a buttered ciabatta roll for dipping and it was so satisfying!! This soup would be so pretty with red bell pepper added too :)
We were also playing a pretty good game of Killer Bunnies with dinner too :lol:
Posted by Lauren on January 7, 2015