I have been swimming nonstop! I Told you guys I am using a 30 day trial at this really expensive health club. They have a great gym and an even greater pool. I fell in love with swimming and have been doing about 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill or elliptical after about 15-20 of strength. Then I swim for about 30 minutes and honestly I cannot explain how different my physique looks just from swimming. I feel tighter and thinner the day after. It really has just made my whole body feel so much stronger and slimmer! But I also was trying to explain this to my boyfriend but itís hard, is how completely FREE and thoughtless I am when I swim. I have to focus because 1. I want to get a workout out of it and 2. Salt water pools are no fun to get water up your nose or in your mouth. Iím an inexperienced swimmer so I have to focus and I realize in the short 2 weeks Iíve been swimming I find my aerobic ability increasing. I can get more strokes in without taking breath. And my mind is just blank. I had so much stress last week so when I went swimming and when I was done I realized I hadnít thought about work or money in the entire 45 minutes I was there. All I feel is the water and if you have a hard time with exercising or you feel like you donít have motivation, try swimming if you can. I was like a lot of you and said ďOh I am not a good swimmer, Iím not good at itĒ but when you get in and you start, itís like a whole new world. I felt like I was trying something SO completely different that I couldnít believe it was exercise. heres a shot of me looking sweaty and gross in my speedo before I jumped in!
Anyway. I just made my FIRST batch of turkey chili! I made it a little spicier than I meant to because I kept tasting it and it tasted bland. But I didnít realize the kick takes a few seconds. Itís not bad though, and Iím very proud of myself. I used a Sparkrecipes recipe for it and itís basically crushed tomatoes, ground turkey, garbanzo beans, and black beans with one onion. I didnít follow the recipe seasonings wise so I kind of played around. I used cayenne pepper instead of chili powder because shop rite wanted like 3 or 4 dollars for chili powder and I said Iíd do without lol.
That brings me to another subject. Money and shopping. You all know I am OBSESSED with Jillian Michaelís and she is all about organic and the quality of your foods. But for the first time I am reading articles not by her or not endorsed by her and I am realizing what she is saying about these pesticides on our fruits and vegetables is VERY true. All the produce in supermarkets is mass produced to the point where they have to use crazy chemicals to get the amount they need in a short amount of time. And the meats we are eating are so pumped with hormones that itís causing infertility and cancer in millions of americans. So when I was in shop-rite today, I took my time to check out different things and prices on organics. For one thing, I am going to buy organic beans from now on after hearing about GMOís and how harmful they are. And while I was scared to see how much they cost I was surprised to see they were only 99 cents a can for the Shop-Rite brand organic kind. A regular can is maybe ten cents less. That ten cents is worth it to me anyway. Meat wise it was harder. Shop-rite doesnít carry an organic section, just a ďnaturalĒ section which doesnít mean crap. So I chose the turkey meat with the least amount of scary ingredients. Some had colorings and ďcaramel tintĒ and different types of acid. I chose the simplest and it turned out to be butterball which is a good brand. And the price was the same as the shop-rite brand. I was able to find an organic whole chicken on sale for my crockpot for later in the week for not too bad of a price.
And I realized as I was shopping, I was passing a lot of things you would think ďOh thatís a good buyĒ and I realized if you STOP and THINK before you buy you realize itís not a good buy. Four dollars for dishwashing detergent? When there is the 1$ brand next to it? I also made the decision to buy brown rice in the NON INSTANT form. I was a little nervous but I realized the only difference is the time. This brown rice took 30 minutes while the instant is 12. And I got an ENORMOUS bag of it for 2$ while one box of instant is maybe 4 meals. I made 3 cups of it dry which made A LOT of brown rice lol I kind of had to fish containers out of the back of the closet in order to find a way to store it all. But my point was the make enough to have for the week. Just like the chili should last us about 3 or 4 days. Longer if we stretch it with brown rice.
My point is, I only spent about 40$ in shop rite. I bought two pounds of ground turkey and used one for the chili and the other will be for burgers and possibly a meatloaf. I got myself Stevia, because I have heard such bad things about Sweet N Low. I realized why should I poison myself because I donít want to use sugar? And I picked up coconut milk instead of my usual Almond Milk. I am NOT becoming a fanatic. There are plenty of things I eat that probably have GMOís or arenít organic. But I am trying to be better because the difference could be cancer within 20 years or not. I had read that most of the big brands of Almond Milk use GMOís (genetically modified organisms) to get the amount of almonds needed to produce the milk in mass quantities. And truthfully I only buy any type of ďmilkĒ like once every month and a half because I donít drink it, I use it in cereal where I put a Ĺ cup but I havenít had cereal in the house in weeks or Iíll use it when the creamer runs out.
ANYWAY Iím done rationalizing my crazy. I embrace my crazy. But I just figured Iíd share that you CAN eat better quality foods. Itís just a matter or reorganizing your money. Instead of getting orange juice that is packed with sugar, I used that money for the coconut milk which maybe Iíll start drinking in the morning for the vitamins. Instead of buying a bag of goldfish I bought Stevia so I could stop using poisons like sweetnlow and splenda. And all the things I didnít buy were things that werenít good for me anyway. Or unneccesary. Just from saving my Chinese food containers and my greek yogurt containers, I saved money on Tupperware when I used to spend 10 dollars a month replacing the Tupperware Iíd lose or ruin. So you CAN afford to eat better. Just take the time to LOOK!
Iím gonna stop delaying studying for my class now lol. Later dudes.