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Have a Buy Meal Plan?

Monday, September 02, 2013

My husband and I came up with a “buy meal” plan. What is it? Well, it ties in with our trying to be better about how we spend money plan as well. We are eating VERY healthy and disciplined for 13 days out of 14. Every 2 weeks we allow ourselves to go out to dinner. (That is them money saving part. Otherwise we tended to eat out a bit too often) And at the meal we can have anything we want. Yesterday was out “buy meal” day. It resulted in my going over on my calories for the day by 300. Not a terrible overage so I didn’t feel like I had just dismantled everything I had been working towards but the meal I had (surf and turf) was an indulgence and yes, a reward that felt very satisfying. That is….AS I at it. My husband and I both agreed that afterwards we felt rather sluggish and bloated emoticon unlike what we feel like when we are watching our fat and sodium intake on all our other meals. Something, that if we remind ourselves of, I am confident will eventually make our “buy meal” selections even better over time in an attempt to avoid that sluggish/bloated feeling.

I have found that the 3 day holiday weekend seems to make it more difficult for me to do scheduled exercise. What I mean by that is doing my treadmill or strength training. But, we have done a LOT of physical tasks over the weekend which counts for something. (Unfortunately my BodyMedia band wasn’t properly charged and I missed out on a good read out for my efforts) emoticon Sigh. But we managed to tame an unruly backyard (We just moved into this house mid-July) to take what looked like a jungle and turned it into a park like setting. Dear husband catching poison ivy in the process. We sweated a lot that day. And then yesterday we spent the greater part of the day assembling and oiling some teak furniture we bought for our screened patio. Again…a lot of sweating. emoticon And in between there was all the other tasks about home life. Laundry, vacuuming cleaning bird cages etc. So there has been movement happening. And it has become easier to do with eating better. I think the serious cut back in fats has helped with pain management. I have read where dairy can be a huge contributor to pain and I have had a few experiences to lead me to believe in the validity of that.

So, back on track and with positive feelings and thoughts. All the ingredients needed for success. emoticon

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