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    DATABLUE   1,768
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One Week In

Monday, December 03, 2012

So we've been following SparkPeople for a week now. It's been interesting and easier than I expected, it's really nice that my boyfriend has been really supportive and is helping with the meal plans and cooking. A lot of the food we had this week from SP meal plan has been really good and we're looking forward to another week of it, and to adjusting the meal plan to incorporate the food we already have as money is starting to get very tight.

I fly out Sunday for Iowa, as my mom is having bypass surgery. I want to be on a nice tight plan before I leave, as my whole family is going to be stressed out and they don't eat healthy on a normal day, let alone a stressful day. I'm sure I can handle it, though. I'll have SP on my laptop, tablet and cellphone, so I won't have any excuses.

The rest of the month might be pretty rough. My boyfriend isn't working right now and his unemployment has run out. It hasn't been as easy for him to find a job as we hoped it would be and I'm not making enough money to pay the rent for both of us, so we're hurting. I would rather he hold out for a job in his field that pays well, rather than get a job outside of his field making much less, so I might even have to pick up a second job in retail so that we have enough money to pay January rent, and Christmas presents for anyone will probably be out of the question. I have to go over our finances, but our food budget is probably going to shrink considerably and we all know how expensive fresh fruits and veggies can be, but I will do what I can to make sure we're still eating healthy and making things stretch. emoticon
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LITTLE_MCTURTLE 12/3/2012 8:15PM

    Great job! Sticking with it for a whole week is an excellent start!
The spark diet is just a suggestion. The idea is to get enough fruit/veggies, complex carbs, protein and healthy fats. Look at their day. If they give you celery but all you have are carrots, well you can still eat carrots, just be aware that they are a higher starch vegetable and 2 servings of celery is about the same as one serving of carrots. You can look in your fridge and work out something from the contents or plan your meals around fruits/veggies that are in season/less expensive.

I love to make spaghetti sauce and freeze it. It's so inexpensive. I measure everything I put in and then measure the volume of the final product so I know about how much of each ingredient is in a cup of sauce. (My sauce has mushrooms, onions, red/green pepper and zucchini added + extra lean ground beef).

Best wishes for you mom!

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NOMORENOMORE 12/3/2012 5:58PM

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Congratulations on finishing week 1!!! I think that's was the hardest part for me.

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CGREEN9310 12/3/2012 5:51PM

  That is awesome that your boyfriend is being so supportive of your journey. I know that the support of my husband has been a crucial part of my success so far. Its always stressful when a family member is facing a major surgery or illness. I truly hope that your mother's sugery goes successfully. Great idea to take SP with you. I have it on my phone as well, so when we have been out of town, I can make sure that I stay on track. I have been in your situation before with the finance issues. It took me quite a while to figure out what I was doing and how to remedy my situation, but that is more because I didn't know where to start or have anyone to give me any tips. I know that "fresh" fruits and veggies is preferred but in my house sometimes that isn't possible so I buy the biggest bag of the cheapest frozen veggies/ berries and then I bring them home and divide them up into smaller freezer bags to make it stretch. Also, I have a LOT of canned beans. I buy whichever brand is the least expensive and then stock up. I try to hit all of the "10 for $10" sales at my grocery stores when I can and really fill up my shelves. A good idea too, is to plan your meals for the week and then shop the sales for those items. It takes a bit of time (an hour or so in the evening) but by doing this I can feed our family of 6 (including a 1yr old) for about $100/week.

I hope that some of this can help you. Good luck. emoticon

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