Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I've recently become friends of a fellow Newfoundlander who is realizing now that prices of healthy food can be a deterrent IF you are living on a budget and in a relatively isolated area. Check out her blog
I went to one of our two grocery stores on Saturday with meal plans in place for the week and it was a sad reality check. I bought apples, but I wanted grapes, broccoli, parsnip, bananas, and sweet potatoes but none were to be had. I am not complaining as this is our reality and I can only imagine what it is like in communities further away who drive 2-3 hours to our town to pick up supplies.
So, yes, meal planning is great and I so envy all of you who live near farmer's markets, etc, but it is so easy to get off track when Coke is 1.25 for 2 litres and milk in the same size is almost $4. I can see where choices have to be made by families and it is not always possible to make healthy choices if your wallet is empty.
It all comes down to being very flexible and not succumbing to those yummy smelling chocolate cookies that are place strategically around the produce section to appease you when what you really needed was some veggies! ha! I, of course, bought the darn cookies and ate three in the parking lot before driving off in a huff! Hey, I'm being honest!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Beautiful sunny day here again today with a temperature at 7:30 a.m. of about 10 degrees celsius. It should warm up to the low to mid-twenties by lunch hour which is quite nice for this time of the year. In other words, it is a great day to get out with the dogs!
I've had a very productive weekend in my continuing attempts to clear up the clutter. Another bag of clothes gone to goodwill AND I'm starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I never knew how liberating this could all be. I have always had too much of everything (what a good complaint to have) - whether it be food in our pantry, food in our freezer, clothes, cleaning supplies, etc. I'm slowly whittling it down to manageable amounts by putting a spending freeze on and only buying when stuff runs out. When I looked under my bathroom vanity this weekend and I actually had space I felt a ridiculous amount of pleasure. Now, my basement is still a complete mess but I am going to get there when I get finished with the upstairs. Everything in its time!
Tomorrow we officially sign the mortgage papers and my credit cards are going into the freezer. We are going to live on cash (we don't use our debit cards) as I think it will give us a good idea where the money goes each month. I cannot believe how liberating this feels. I now know how much money I make (okay, I have nobody to blame that on but myself and my tendency to put my head in the sand), I know how much John makes and I know how much money we spend on routine bills.
For some, unknown reason, I thought ignorance is bliss. But heck, no! Knowledge is empowering and it is providing me with a sense of fulfillment and relief that I have never quite mastered before.
So, how does this apply to Spark? Well, when I was more aware of my physical activity and my food consumption I succeeded with my weight loss. As soon as I put my head back in the sand, however, I started to slip up. I confess to taking the past few weeks completely off from Spark but it was just that I had so many other things to do and I didn't want to go off the deep end. What I have realized, however, is that there is a balance. When I get settled away and have just the day-to-day clutter to deal with I know Spark will be paramount in my life again. I am giving myself until the end of September for this. Then I will be back for real!!! Look out!
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