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Working out and planning my meals

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm staying up with my workouts, but took 3 days off last week because I was REALLY burned out! I've been really back on track this week, and my body is loving 179..it just hovers around and around and around there.. LOL! Today, I walked for an hour.. and then went to the gym and did 15 minutes on the stairclimber, and 15 minutes on a high-powered elliptical that simulates actual running (its so hard to get one of these machines at my gym!!). I still think the stairmaster is a masochistic tool, but at least I hung with the pros long enough to get sweaty! Its a good prep... because I promised to get back to running stadiums with a friend starting next week.

I went grocery shopping tonight, because I really need to eliminate MOST instances of eating out. I kept looking at my house and thinking.. there is nothing to eat! Its been on my heart for months to prepare as if we are going to have a serious earthquake. You know.. Murphy's Law... So I grabbed gallon jugs of water, multigrain crackers, and a few cans of beans. Along with some tuna already in the cupboards, it should work for a few days. Next, I purchased fresh fruits and vegetables as this has been missing from my diet for the past few days.. it will come in helpful for snacks (and a healthy source of sweet!). I had a craving for frosted miniwheats.. I'm trying the Kashi brand..it still has 9 grams of sugar! But, it was organic rice syrup and organic cane sugar.. so we'll let it slide on those mornings when I just can't stand more steel cut oatmeal :)

Next, I moved on to meals that I think would make me want to stay home and eat.. I decided on tacos made with lean ground turkey, chili powder, salsa, kidney beans, diced tomato (thats right, no seasoning packets!), lettuce, and whole corn tortillas. The second meal is tacos with chicken, and the third meal is salad with lettuce, avocado, black beans, and corn. This should keep me busy through the weekend!

Other staples included light babybel cheese, a sweet potato, acorn squash, fresh carrots, frozen green beans, apples, pears, a bag of blackeyed peas, a bag of brown rice (I was getting too dependent on the yummy, but more expensive frozen brown rice at Trader Joes), and ... thats it!

The grocery bill wasn't pretty, but I made myself pay WITH CASH.. I need to understand how much I spend while eating out, and how much I can save by eating at home. Now that the earthquake kit is almost done, future grocery bills should be lower.
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    You choices were great...and paying with cash makes you think twice about what you're buying. emoticon
    3564 days ago
    Great job on the grocery shopping. I got some really good organic grapes, came home and went ahead and packaged them in indivdual baggies so Could grab them and go. I am going to make some Ground Turkey Taco Salad this weekend- Yum. Eating at home and bringing my lunch saves me TONS of money. I think about it like this, I can spend $120 at the grocery store and have food for 2 weeks. This is less than $10 a day! When I eat out I spend almost that for Lunch alone.

    Great job. Keep up the great work. 160's here you come.
    3565 days ago
    Just sharing: My favorite cereals for munching for protein/fiber amounts are Kashi GoLean Crunch and Quaker Oat Squares.

    Good idea on the eating out comparison thing. Most days I don't like working from home because of the isolation, but every time I need to go out for any gathering, I realize how much easier it is to prepare everything "just so" when you are eating at home all the time. Example: I went to a potluck and ended up eating only salad w/ parmesan because I thought everything else was too high fat, but then when I came home and crunched my day's numbers, I realized I needed to eat an omelette and basically an entire other meal. Hard for me to judge when it's not my go-to foods.
    3565 days ago
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