Welcome to the weekend! Ooooh yeah! 😉
So far I’ve spent this sunny, brisk morning walking Niko and getting into a cleaning frenzy for my cardio! I was going to run my long run today (11 miles again) but I have to train three clients starting mid-morning, so I figured I’d leave it to tomorrow morning. Plus, Lord knows housework has been neglected the past few weeks, so why not turn it into some fun? 45 minutes of housework cardio, annnnd go! However, my tummy’s starting to rumble, so I foresee an oatmeal break in my future…
Yesterday I started my Friday out with a nice little trip to the gym after a solid 7 hours of sleep. I felt like I had plenty of energy on the treadmill when I ran 3.5 miles at an (almost) 5k pace. I could have kept on going, but I wanted to get in some upperbody weights, too:
Inverted pushups on stability ball – 2×10
Incline dumbbell chest press – 15 lbs – 2×12
Triceps dips – 2×10 (oof)
Just a quickie weight session – took about 20 minutes.
Once home and showered, I was almost out of oats (the horror!!) so I decided to make another mongo green monster:
Except I was out of spinach (the horror x’s 2!) Never fret, a fruit smoothie’s a sure bet.
Ice, 1 frozen banana, ½ c. frozen blueberries, 1 scoop of Jay Robb brown rice pp, maca, water, flaxmeal, coconut butter.
Topped with Ezekiel granola.
I love using this granola because it’s SO crunchy. Even when it sinks below the top of the smoothie.
This smoothie kept me full for quite some time, but eventually da tum was in need of some grub:
I tried out this Split Pea soup for lunch. I was a little hesitant, because split pea soup can either be amazing or atrocious. I took a look at the ingredients, and still wasn’t sure I’d like it…
But luckily, this version was amazing!
Other random eats included:
Most of this bad boy, a plumb, and some trail mix.
After work, I trained a client and hurried home to get picked up to go to Bunco. It feels like I never stop…
Typically the food at Bunco is pretty unhealthy and not veg-friendly, so I made a quickie dinner:
brock, cuke, shroom, cado w/ a big ol’ dollop of hummus
Millet w/ tofutti (which is good, but the ingredients list is a little scary) and Quorn meatless nuggets.
Bunco was a blast, regardless. And girlfriends + wine + laughter= a good night – exhausted or not! And even better? I won!
Big money, baby 😉 mhahah
Running Around (on) a Budget
Shane and I have been trying to cut costs pretty much all around. The other night, my analyst of a husband created a big spreadsheet depicting all of our bills, expenses, incomes, etc.
It really helped to have it all laid out all organized with categories.
Basically, I need to find a cheaper hair salon, and I need to quit buy so much expensive food. I currently spend around $500-$700 on groceries every month. And in our situation right now (which I’ll reveal on the blog soon, I promise – it’s good, not bad!!) we need to cut costs.
I’ll deal with the hair salon sitch later, but for now, my goal is to slash our grocery bill by $500. This means spending a mere $200 on groceries per month, or $50 per week. I can do this. It might mean no more fancy pants Coconut milks, Kombucha’s (however I will spend extra money on kombuchas – like the bunco money I won. I just really believe in the healing power of Kombucha,) Barney Butters or goat’s milk ice cream, but I can do it. Basically I have to rule out two of my favorite stores (Naturally Yours and Fresh Market) and only go to them when I NEED an ingredient for something, like spelt flour for baking, for example.
So to put it in writing, and make it official…
In order to spend less at the food stores, I’m going to:
- Shop at cheaper/bulk stores (as much as it pains me) like Wal-Mart, Sam’s, and Aldi’s.
- Look for coupons – but only for things I need.
- Take a list, and stick to the list
- Compare prices
- Buy store-brand when it’s a better deal
- Buy in bulk when it comes to things like frozen goods, cereal, and of course – spinach.
Today’s my first go at it, actually. After training clients, I’m heading to the store, with a $50 limit. I’ll report back how it goes 😉
But for now, enjoy this wonderful Saturday, everyone!
How do you cut costs in the grocery stores? Or do you shop without a budget (like I used to)? It’s gonna be hard, but totally doable.
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