LYNNRODRIGUEZ's SparkPeople Blog LYNNRODRIGUEZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Grocery Budget Tracker Day 8 Breakfast <BR> <BR> Bananas $.75 <BR> Apple slices $1 <BR> Eggs $4.30 <BR> Bacon $7.50 <BR> Tea Bag $.15 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $13.70 <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Multi Grain Chips (Food Should Taste Good) Another item that I'll list calculate into the day once the bag is gone. <BR> American Cheese $.40 <BR> Milk <BR> Nesquik $5 (I think the container lasted 2 weeks) <BR> Juice <BR> <BR> Subtotal $5.40 <BR> <BR> Lunch Keema (Spark People Recipe) I left out the peas. <BR> <BR> Ground beef $5 ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:21:24 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 7 Breakfast <BR> <BR> Eggs, Butcher Shop $2.30 <BR> Whole Wheat Toast $.22 <BR> Butter, Organic $.50 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $3.02 <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> TinTin Buffet $15.00 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $15.00 <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Mellolo's $9.50 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $9.50 <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <BR> Flautas $5 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $5 <BR> <BR> Total $32.52 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 01:44:47 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 6 I lost a couple of days due to being sick, so picking up again. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Annie's Bunnies $2.80 <BR> Eggs, Butcher Shop $2.15 <BR> Toast, Whole Wheat $.44 <BR> Butter, Organic $.25 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $5.64 <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Bread, Whole Wheat $.88 <BR> American Cheese $.40 <BR> Butter, Organic $.50 <BR> Tea Bags $.30 <BR> Terra Sweet Potato Chips $6 (This was a bag from Costco. We didn't eat the whole bag today, I think they lasted about a week. But we finishe... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:55:16 EST BLC20 Mid Slump Challenge So, I went back and read my blog for how I planned to take care of myself through this challenge. While at the beginning, things seemed so easy; now they aren't. First, I was not calculating how much gas was going to be involved in going to Ashland everyday. Second, I had no clue how horrendous Tuesdays would be. Third, I didn't come up with a plan for what I was going to do with the three smallest children from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. Fourth, I didn't come up with enough food ideas for cold weath... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 01:46:01 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 5 Breakfast <BR> <BR> Bananas $.60 <BR> Yogurt $1.20 <BR> Eggs, Farm Fresh $4 <BR> Bacon, No Nitrate $9 <BR> Milk <BR> Nesquik <BR> Honey, Raw Local <BR> Tea bag <BR> <BR> Subtotal $14.80 <BR> <BR> Lunch - Taco Bell <BR> <BR> Subtotal $10 <BR> <BR> Dinner - Mongolian Bbq <BR> <BR> Subtotal $33 <BR> <BR> Dessert - Candy bars <BR> <BR> Subtotal $1.60 <BR> <BR> Total $59.40 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:56:07 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 4 Breakfast - McDonalds <BR> <BR> Subtotal $8 <BR> <BR> Snack - McDonalds <BR> <BR> Subtotal $2 <BR> <BR> Lunch - McDonalds <BR> <BR> Subtotal $7 <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <BR> Marinated Chicken Thighs $9 (the Butcher Shop) <BR> Organic Sweet Potatoes $4 <BR> Butter, 1/4 stick $.25 <BR> Honey, Raw Local <BR> Yellow Squash $2 <BR> Organic Onion $.50 <BR> Brownie Mix $1.50 <BR> Eggs WIC <BR> Milk $5 <BR> <BR> Subtotal $18.25 <BR> <BR> Total $35.25 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:05:32 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 3 I was out of town with my daughter while my husband had the other children. It was a day that was completely out of our norm and all meals were eaten outside of our home. <BR> <BR> And I got to meet another <em>223</em> ! Thanks Darlene for meeting me and thanks for lunch! I had so much fun talking with you, I hope we get to see each other again!. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:56:43 EST Grocery Budget Tracker Day 2 Big Fat Note to Self: Breakfast and lunch except on the weekends only feeds me and the children. My husband usually grabs something at the canteen. Because it is deducted straight out of his paycheck, I don't count it against my grocery budget. However, if he began taking food from home to eat/drink I imagine it would be a significant savings. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Scramble <BR> <BR> 1 Dozen Eggs $4 <BR> 4 slices bacon (I had a few slices left from the last couple of ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:18:53 EST Just Thinking I'm sure there are ways I can reduce our grocery bill. So, I'm going to use my blog space to journal what I feed my family and how much money was spent. I need to get a really good idea how much money is going towards specific foods and find out if I can replace those with lesser expensive but still healthy foods or if I can eliminate that food entirely. I'm going to start this today, here at the bottom of this blog and I'll start giving subsequent journal entries a title of something like G... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:36:55 EST Whew! Good morning to all my <em>223</em> s. I am so happy to be writing this blog. I'm <em>334</em> from ear to ear. I can't wait to start Primal, again, at <em>249</em> , detox and feel better again. So, just to catch everyone up to speed, we hit a financial low, <em>246</em> , that's putting it mildly. We totally were out of money. It's sad to say, but we live paycheck to paycheck anyway. But, adding a drive of about 30 minutes one way to take my kindergartener to school, totally ble... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:06:25 EST Feeling a little anti-social Hi friends, <BR> <BR> I'm going through a tough time right now and I think things will be better in a couple of weeks. For now, it's impossible for me to eat the way that I need to and my body is reacting quite badly to the crap that it's being fed. Now, I know without a doubt how I need to feed my body and I cannot wait to get through these couple of weeks and over our hurdle. <BR> <BR> So, I may disappear, for just a little while. But, I will be back. I may check in here and there, it all... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:31:11 EST Learning to Prepare I'm noticing a trend, maybe a couple of trends. First, it seems the days that I eat a big protein breakfast I stay on track with the Primal way of eating. Second, besides not feeding myself when I first get hungry for different reasons (ex. I may be out of food from animals or plants) I've noticed that there are days when I'm going to bed with consuming less than 1,000 calories and less than 50 carbs and what I think is happening is my body and maybe my mind too can handle it for a day or two... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 01:36:16 EST BLC20 Ringo Challenge I'm covering my Paperback Writer and I'll Keep You Satisfied squares with this one. <BR> <BR> Ten things I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. My husband and soulmate. He's my best friend and I can't imagine my life without him. <BR> <BR> 2. My children. They are each so special and each one so unique from the other. <BR> <BR> 3. My family is healthy. <BR> <BR> 4. We have life's necessities and when you look deeply we have alot of our wants as well. <BR> <BR> 5. Music. When I'm having a chall... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:49:40 EST The Ups and Downs It always seems that things happen all at the same time, in my life anyway. I mean most of my life is living in the rut, so to speak. It's mellow and boring. Then there are times when everything is happening and almost spinning out of control, all at the same time. And I just went through a time like that. And I'm afraid that I scared some of my Spark friends. If so, I'm so sorry. If you've read my last blog, you know that my family is going through a tight financial "crisis" right now. Howev... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:20:25 EST Primal Lifestyle I began my secret goal of eliminating grains from my diet on <em>249</em> of the BLC20 challenge. My <em>192</em> on <em>249</em> was 265.2. Today, after one week of BLC and no grains, my weight is 259.2. A 6.4 pound loss! Am I really doing the arithmetic correct? <em>40</em> That's huge! And it's been easy. <BR> <BR> I thought the results would be amazing, but this far exceeded my expectations and now my desire to keep going is just burning so much stronger than ever before... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:24:59 EST BLC20 Plan I've thought alot about how I am going to meet my BLC20 goals and challenges and I think it's a great plan unless something tragic happens. You know, those things that are just out of your control, such as; the end of the world, death, sickness, volcanic eruption or other inclement weather that may affect me in the northwest, none of which I am expecting! <BR> <BR> So, here's how I plan to meet my goals: <BR> <BR> Monday thru Friday breakfast will be a grab and go breakfast. Mine will be si... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:45:40 EST Better Late than Never I hope! Well, these past few days I have hardly had the time to even log in to SP, much less say <em>213</em> . My husband went back to work today. He had been off since Friday. Each day there were plans made including a mystery shop on Friday and spending 1:1 time with a little, taking the littles to the museum on Saturday, shopping all day on Sunday, a picnic on Monday, and "Meet the Teacher" on Tuesday. I haven't exercised since my walk with my <em>223</em> , Anne, on Saturday. I'm fina... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:53:14 EST Where's my badge? I did it! I lost my first ten pounds! I'm so excited. Looking at the line graph, it looks like there were three pretty major hills, but all in all, the line has kept going down. I have a long, long way to go. Now, how do I get one of those little signs from SP that I see on peoples' sparkpages that says "10 pounds lost"? I want mine! I'm so proud, just in case you can't tell, <em>334</em> ! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 17:17:32 EST Good weekend, Bad eating I totally blew my calories/carbs this weekend. Yesterday I was so far over my calories and carbs that I'm embarrassed by it. Today, I barely met my calories but my carbs (where I want them) are so far over that I think I'll gain weight from it. I think I do much, much better when I focus on eating very few carbs, definitely under 100 and as close to 50 as I can manage. I had no veggies today and only two fruits. It was alot of bread, whole grain, but bread nonetheless. I feel bloated. I'm pre... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:48:04 EST Subway Yesterday we were out running errands. At one stop the kids and I stayed in the car while my husband went in a store. We were parked outside of a plaza with different stores in it and some of them were restaurants. My four year-old, Freedom, told me he was hungry. I acknowledged him and said that we would go get something to eat when Daddy got back. One of the restaurants we were parked outside of was a pizza place and Freedom told me he wanted to eat there. I told him that were going to eat ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:18:44 EST Busy Day Today was such a beautiful day and I made the most of it. First I walked the littles to our neighborhood splash park. Then we went just out of town, to my favorite place in the world, Ashland, Oregon. There we went to a farmer's market, then to my 5 y/o's elementary school to register him for kindergarten. <em>40</em> He's so excited! He wants to go back tomorrow! LOL Then we went to their new favorite splash park, in Ashland, where we had a picnic and then played. It was a really awesome d... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:49:41 EST Eating too much My goal is to eat whole foods (real food or clean eating). I'm hearing it called different names but it's the same thing as far as I can discern. To me, it's eating as close to what my ancestors ate hundreds of years ago. I don't always eat that way, but it's still my goal. Having said that, I also want to eat in moderation. What is moderation? I have no idea. I think it varies from person to person. I think it varies for me from day to day. But, I'm using my SP tracker and caloric range as ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:28:39 EST I gained it all back. Well, I'm back at starting point...exactly. At least that's what the scale says. I know I'm far from that. I've been doing Spark for a month now and I've learned so much; about nutrition, about myself, about emotional eating, and about NOT eating at an all you can eat restaurant. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So, I'm gonna take my spark friends' advice. I'm gonna pick myself up, dust myself off, and just start walking again. <em>252</em> I can and will do this! I will see awesome results! I did... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:22:17 EST Note to self: Stay away from all you can eat restaurants. It isn't worth it. I have been struggling all day to somehow make it within my budget of calories and then I took the family to Hometown Buffet. What was I thinking? Clearly, I wasn't. And part of me liked that, too. It's scary how sometimes I think to myself, "This is too hard", or maybe "I'm not the only person who's fat and at least I can eat whatever I want". The worst part is that part of me still thinks that eating goes hand in hand with happi... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:41:13 EST It's Working Since the scale has been fickle I decided to take my measurements. It hasn't been a month yet; I'm about 5 days short of a full month. But, I really wanted to know if all of this exercise was doing anything or if it was my imagination, lol. And, drum roll, I got rid of 3 3/4 inches total. My waist, thigh, and upper arm are all one inch smaller each and my neck is 3/4 of an inch smaller. WOOHOO! <em>9</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:41:14 EST Pledge Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay in t... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 02:00:48 EST Little Things I'm Noticing I took the littles for a walk to the nearby park this morning. It's a walk I've done many times but never regularly until I started doing Spark in mid July. Before I started doing that walk regularly it was exhausting just thinking about the preparation of the walk. It is a big production, lol. Alot has to be done before the walk can even happen like getting everyone ready, feeding everyone, and getting a bottle for the baby and canteens for everyone else. <BR> <BR> When I take the littles f... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:32:24 EST August Goals So, I joined SP back in May but couldn't navigate the website and kept thinking I should just pay for WW. For some reason, before I got out the credit card, I decided to look at SP again (that was mid July). Oh, boy, am I glad I did. I was on almost no time at all and I think I had three friends. 2BEABETTERME and JOETTE, I thank you for friending me so fast! And the website might have changed a ltitle, too. It didn't seem quite so difficult to navigate. Well, now, it almost feels like second... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:37:05 EST This one is for Girls Only! I was wondering how you accommodate exercise when it's that wonderful time of the month. Do you change your routine or do you keep it the same? I know this is kinda gross but, well, it's just so messy and I just don't like tampons. So, the first few days I pretty much stay home bound. And I especially don't want to walk in the hot sun at the beginning of "it". For me, I'm going to try to get in the amount of time that I need, but it probably won't be as strenuous as what I will try to do the ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:29:44 EST What's My Priority? According to the Free Online Dictionary, priority is first defined as "precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency". At times I feel like everything I am doing is a priority and it causes me to put myself first one day, but then one of my children or my husband or something else first another day. Without consistency, am I really making anyone or anything a priority? I doubt it. <BR> <BR> I'm quite certain my doctor will tell me to make my health a priority. My denti... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:34:51 EST Busy, Busy Weekend Oh goodness. I feel like I have been on an eating spree today. Breakfast was at the Farmhouse restaurant, lunch was Asian, and then we went to the County Fair. The kids had so much fun! But, oh did we spend too much money and eat way too much. <BR> <BR> And tomorrow is a birthday party for my daughter turning two and my youngest son turning 1. So, breakfast will be on the go again, we'll take snacks because we are going to the children's hands on museum that is nearby. Then dinner is japanes... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:19:32 EST I'm confused (it really doesn't take much)! Friday is the start of week 2 for me. I didn't think I was nervous about it and surely didn't think I would care what the scale says; but I do. My last pregnancy really got my body out of whack; I had gestational diabetes and low thyroid. Diabetes isn't a problem for me right now; that blood test turned out really good but my thyroid is as low as normal can be and my doctor said I can stay on my thyroid medicine, but with four littles in tow I just don't have time for that because it has to b... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:29:43 EST Questions Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get familiar with the site and I think it will just take some time to remember where everything is. But, a few things I haven't figured out or don't understand as of yet are: <BR> <BR> 1. How do I address a question to a team I am in? <BR> <BR> 2. How do I add exercise that I did if I don't know how many calories I burned. For instance, if I exercise for 30 minutes on the Xbox Kinect doing bowling, how do I add that? It must count as something, right,... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:32:53 EST A list of what I want: Oh my goodness, I had no idea I was going to be able to surround myself (virtually) by so many amazing people. I love reading every word of every comment someone has left me and then reading their sparkpage. I am so honored to be a "friend" with all you amazing individuals. I've been thinking about what I really want to get out of this weight loss. Some of you have really gotten me thinking and I'm truly expanding what I want. This time is the first that it isn't about the numbers or at least... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:09:39 EST Hey Fat Lady So I was lying in bed last night and couldn't sleep. My mind seemed to be everywhere and I recalled a time when my eldest child was in kindergarten. That was about 15 years ago. I was chubby back then and I did alot of yo yo dieting, losing weight and then putting it back on. I had kept telling myself that by the time my son got into kindergarten I had to lose the weight because I didn't want his friends making fun of him because of his mom being fat. But even that didn't keep me away from th... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:35:52 EST Overwhelmed I know I have to begin. But, I have so many excuses. How do I exercise with children under my feet? What kind of exercise should I do when it's so hot outside? What about when it turns cold? What about all of the unhealthy food that I crave; should I throw it away? Then what will we eat, since the grocery budget has been exhausted? My head is swimming; I don't know if it's from exhaustion from having four children ages 5 and under and the lack of sleep that I get or if it's from a health prob... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:37:10 EST