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... Sunday, cause that's my fun day, my I don't have to run day...


Sunday, September 08, 2013

Good Sunday evening! It has actually been a pretty good one. I slept late, cause Sundays are boring. When I finally decided to crawl out of bed, it was already lunch time. I slept through breakfast. Which is not something I generally make a habit of, but if I can save a few calories once in a while, well... it's all good.

So far I have stuck to my plan of having produce with every meal. I had cucumber and hummus with my Boca patty for lunch. Dinner was a big ass stir fry with tons of vegges and eggs, with a serving of brown rice. Flavored with the most amazing almost-calorie-free sauce ever. And when I say a serving, I mean... a serving. I measured out 2/3 c cooked {cause that's what the box said}, and I was satisfied. Horray for having smaller servings of carbs!

I've spent the time since dinner working on the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge.

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I'm on week 2 now, and have completed the tasks. None of it has been particularly difficult, but it has kept me thinking about making healthy food. I tend to be VERY lazy when it comes to cooking {unless I'm in a cooking mood, which will last for a few weeks sometimes... and then I go back to not wanting to cook}, so I'm using this challenge to... well, challenge myself... to do it. So far, so good. While I was poking around on the challenge page, I found a list of related articles. Three of them could have been written just for me. As I have mentioned, eating healthy on a budget is a big concern of mine. So, along came 3 articles:

15 Ways To Save Big Bucks On Healthy Groceries
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25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You
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and

Eating Healthy on a Budget
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All 3 were good articles, both for the information they contained and for the encouragement that it is possible to eat healthy without spending $394857239475 every week on groceries. My problem is that I'm of the belief that if I "have" to eat healthy, I deserve every tasty thing I can fit into my healthy living plan. I can't seem to get my brain to understand that just because I'm buying nutritious food, it doesn't mean I can have $100 worth of fresh fruit every week. Half of which I will end up not even eating. I need to learn to shop for frozen fruit and thaw it when fresh fruit is out of season. Same with veggies. I feel like I am entitled to all the fresh stuff in the store, since it's healthy. Flawed logic that is making our grocery bill a lot more than it should be

No trouble on my water today. I'm on my 8th glass at the moment, and I still have hours left before bed. Plenty of time to get in a few more glasses, to go with the 8. I don't know if it's psychosomatic or physiological, but when I drink tons of water, I feel better. Maybe it's a combo of both.

There has been one downside to the day, though. My stupid back. I stood in the kitchen for maybe 10 minutes before it started to hurt, and by the time I was finished making dinner, I was in quite a bit of pain. This is a bit of a concern, since I plan on walking and cooking tomorrow. I'm afraid after I walk, my back will hurt to bad to cook. So that creates quite the dilemma... which is more important, walking or cooking? I guess I will just wait and see how my back feels in the morning. I'll get up, take a pain pill, and if my back is feeling okay... out the door and on my walk I shall go! Hopefully I will be okay for dinner.

This coming week is going to be a real test of my determination. It's going to be hotter than the pits of hell this week, and I HATE heat. I have 3 choices... 1) Get up early and walk before it's hot 2) Suck it up and walk in the heat or 3) Not walk. Option 3 is... well, not an option. So that leaves me with 1 & 2. I don't do so well with getting up early, and even less well with getting up and trying to exercise. Heat, though, is probably worse. One of the two has to happen at least 4 times this week. So I'm setting my plan to get up and walk early... and if I don't, I will pay the price and walk in the heat. I will probably learn my lesson pretty quickly!

And now I am off to do some more reading. I hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday and is ready to get the week started on the right foot!

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JO88BAKO 9/8/2013 8:55PM

    You are doing an awesome job figuring out what to do and how to do it. I'm so proud of you!! Back pain, yikes. That's no fun. I had back surgery. My back hurts when I stand in one spot in the kitchen. If you can sit and do some of the work that may help. Walking is excellent. I'm glad you are trying different things to cook. And produce, yes, try to only buy what you will eat while it's fresh. Frozen and canned are always good. I eat the heck out of salads, lots of volume and not many calories. Have a really great Monday and have a good walk!!

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SIRENALEANNE 9/8/2013 8:53PM

    Have a wonderful, Sunday to! I am sending good vibes your way to get through this up and coming difficult week. I'm not a fan of Heat either and humid heat is just the worst! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 9/8/2013 6:50PM

  It's all good!

So how is the sleeping through the night coming along? Did any of the suggestions you receive help? As for your back aching, take an Advil -- get out the heating pad and use it when you return from your walk. After that you can do the cooking and you should be good to go!

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