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Jumping Back on the Core Wagon!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

So, I was at a point where money was super tight and I had to adjust my grocery budget. What I found is that cheaper foods and higher in calories. So, I decided to just count my calories. Well, I counted them and they went up and up and up.

My budget is still tight, but I will make some adjustments somewhere to make up for the grocery bill I expect going back to Core. It is truly a great program and I know it works for me. I went to the grocery store last night, coupons in hand and spent $98.18! I am the only one in the house and my jaw was on the floor. Note: Core foods don't really require coupons! I would say about 80% of my costs went to fruits and veggies.

I really need to see about going to a Farmer's Market around here. That would probably save me a bundle. I am always hesistant though because the produce doesn't seem to last as long as the grocery stores. Probably because it's fresh and doesn't have the wax, etc., etc., that grocery stores put on produce to make it shine. Confession: I like shiny fruit and I am more likely to eat it if it looks appealing!

Anywho, it is back to Core for me. I will try this for a month and see how it goes. If you have any tips on reducing the costs, please let me know! (I see Costco in my future!)

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DIVALINDA 7/3/2008 2:19PM

    Check out GreenBags - I haven't tried them yet, but they are supposed to dramatically increase the shelf life of your produce.
Fresh fruit and veggies are good - but frozen ones can be almost as nutritious and a good bargain at times.
Buy dried beans and lentils instead of canned. Cook up a crockpot full on the weekend, and then you've got them to add to recipes during the week. Check the prices on the bulk bins for grains and oatmeal.
I'm going today to pick up my veggie box from the CSA - the greens aren't as pretty as the supermarket. But they are already paid for (season subscription paid to the farmer in March gives me veggies now through September).
Some CSAs let you save money by donating your labor - you could help pick veggies, deliver to the farmers market or staff the market stand for an hour - your time traded for veggies instead of your money.
And check out who has a neighborhood garden. I know that in a few weeks, my neighbor will be leaving sacks of zucchini and cucumbers on my porch. He grows more than he can eat, and gives away the extras.
You might ask when your grocery store cleans out the produce - sometimes things are tossed just because they aren't pretty. Bring those home and cut and package up right away so you don't have to be reminded that they aren't so pretty and shiny.

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READYSETGOING 7/3/2008 11:45AM

    Great attitude. Do you have an Aldi's nearby? Great prices on fruits and veggies. If you do, reply to me and I will tell you what are great items to try.

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Woohoo! On the right track!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I am dead tired and am going to take a quick nap (had to be at work at 6am this morning and was working until midnight last night). But, guess what? I am down 2 pounds this morning! Woohoo! I am so glad! I am going to stay in my calorie range today too! I just wanted to share.

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MUMMYFEET 6/28/2008 1:47PM


Greattt job =]]

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Holy Moly!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I just completed my calorie count for yesterday and whoa! No wonder I am up 6 lbs for the last week! Yesterday, I ate 2900 calories! Confession: I was craving sugar and ate frosting. How sick am I?! Okay, so stop beating myself up since I can't change the past. I am looking at my calories for today and have somehow really front loaded my day. (I had to be at work at 5:30 this morning and for two more days, and I have another work thing to do tonight at 10:30p, but that is no excuse). So, I have planned the rest of my day out for today and will stick to that. I will be within my calorie range. Also, I am going to the gym tonight at 7p for my Zumba class. I think I might stay a little after to do some walking.

I have always been on a diet and I inherited my mom's habit of saying, "I'll start tomorrow." Well, as I was on my way to work this morning, I was thinking, why start tomorrow? Don't I want to be healthy today? It seemed so clear and yet it was something I have been saying to myself over and over. This is it. I need to get my act together and go after what I want. It starts today.

P.S. Did anyone catch the "Eat less, Move more" skit on Mad TV? I found it on Youtube and it made me laugh. It is so realistic, yet the solution of weight loss is so obvious. I felt like the character in my past!


My Best Time Yet! (5K #4)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Today I completed my 4th 5k this year. I thought it was going to be a flat course, come to find out it was along the ocean on a road with some hills and turns. Very pretty, but a little more difficult than I anticipated. I came in at 47:23! I was pretty stoked because it is a drastic difference from my very first one 2 years ago at more than 1:10:24! I have virtually shaved off 23 minutes! Wow! I was able to run a portion of it too and I didn't die! I was very happy about that.

The goal by the end of the year is to complete an entire 5k jogging/running all the way. I have a bit to go to accomplish that goal, but I am on my way. My mom met a 91-year old man today who was doing the 5k with his daughter. They do one 5k a month and have done that for the past 4 years. I was very inspired by this because when it comes down to it, exercising is just sheer determination. He definately has that and was recognized for being the oldest member to complete the course. Wow huh? What a great guy and kudos to him for doing such a great job. The other thing is that he only looked like he was in his 60's. Exercising can be the fountain of youth and he proves it!

Anyways, I just wanted to share. The next one I am doing is on Fourth of July. I will be sure to post my results. Now, if I could just get myself on a proper routine of healthy eating and staying within my calorie range...

Have a great week!

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DIVALINDA 6/23/2008 1:18PM

    I think this is such a great thing you are doing - it inspires me to set some stretch goals for myself!

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5K #4 This Weekend!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On Sunday, I will be completing my 4th 5K this year. I am so stoked that I have stuck to the resolution, even though my friends haven't. I had about 4 friends that were supposed to do these with me, but I have been at most of them by myself. So, I think that is something to be proud of! I only have 8 more to go for the year!

I have been all over with my eating habits. I have allowed my stress and procrastination to get the best of me. That cannot happen anymore. Today I will start anew. I am within my calorie range and do not need to eat anything else. In fact, I am not hungry. I do need to drink some h2o though. I will let you know how it goes this weekend. My mom is joining me this time, how nice huh?

I leave for Vegas tomorrow for work and really don't want to have to go through with all the crazy food. If I can get it to just one dining out experience, that would be wonderful!

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DIVALINDA 6/17/2008 9:33PM

    Congrats on sticking to your 5K plan - it's going to be a fantastic goal to have acheived this year.

Enjoy Vegas! I did OK when I went earlier this year. I did miles of walking. And at the buffets, I ate lots of salad, and picked out one really good dish for my meal - kind of not eating like a buffet but more like a regular meal. Worked for me.

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