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getmebackto150 - Friday Jan 21, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 187.8

Just got an update that my friend's husband came off of the ventilator today... This is AMAZING news as yesterday he had developed pneumonia and they were talking about doing a tracheostomy...

Weight was up to 188 today, but I overindulged a little last night so I'm ok w/ it... Hubby is very sick with a gi bug and fever... I'm really hoping I don't get it...   I'm feeling like I'm mirroring legcramps by saying this but my WALL is leaking... I'm SO mad... We have a picture window in the front of our living room and the frame around it was leaking out water all night... I'm HOPING that if we find a way to get rid of the icicles and snow on our roof it will stop?  NOT excited...  Today should be a good day eating wise... not sure if i will get a workout in...

B:  turky veggy burger on arnold thin (190)

S:  granola bar 140

L:  at a different facility today... so I'm not sure... not sure how to count lunch... It was a "meditereanan wrap"  small wrap (150) w/ lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes (10) small amount olives (30) small amount feta (50) 1T taziki sauce made w/ greek yogurt (30)    AND 1 cup couscous, black bean, and corn salad (200?)   470???  Does anyone have a different estimate?

 D:  Hubby is feeling a bit better and  all he wanted was Homemade pizza so I made some... It was made w/ lowfat cheese so I'm guessing about 700 calories for mine... Not TOO bad...

S:  94% fat free popcorn 150

Total so far: 1650

Goal: under 1800

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 37.8 lbs to go!

V on 01/21/2011:
Hey girlie! have a wonderful day and you must not pay attention to that scale today, the little bloat will be gone by Monday and plus a few extra lbs :)

belly on 01/21/2011:
Hear you on the ice and snow on the roof, I keep thinking someone will die b/c of an icicle falling thru their skull one day. Now our back door won't close, I think the weight of the ice is warping the door frame. Have a good one!

legcramps on 01/21/2011:
Oh gosh, that's not good!

I found a number for a local guy who clears snow off houses, so i'm going to try giving him a call this weekend to see how much it would cost for me to have him clear it off instead of trying to do it myself. And, same as you, i'm hoping that once the snow is off the roof I won't have anymore leakage going on between the walls.

It's definitely a challenge, but I guess that's what makes us wiser and stronger, huh?

Have a great day today!!!

Umpqua on 01/21/2011:
I agree with V, you're gearing up for another loss. Sorry to hear your window is leaking, ugh. Hope you have a good one!

sweetpea1977 on 01/21/2011:
Thats great news on your friend's hubby!

As for your hubby, I hope he gets to feeling better.

Good luck on removing the snow and ice from your house. Be safe!!

moogy on 01/21/2011:
Well, life certainly isn't dull for you at the moment is it? I hope you have a good day whatever is going on in your world.

Maria7 on 01/21/2011:
We had ice and snow (gone now) recently. Hope your will soon be gone, too.

getmebackto150 - Thursday Jan 20, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 187.8

The snack attack got me a little last night and I ended up giving in and having a fiber 1 muffin and ending the day at aboiut 1890.... not too bad...  Today I'm meeting skinnygrl out after work for a drink to celebrate today she gets sworn in as a lawyer in NY.... Woo hoo!!!  I must plan carefully to stay within my calories... I brought an extra frozen meal to work to eat right before I leave so I don't go to the bar hungry!  Plus I literally only have $8 to spend so I don't think I can do too much damage on that... LOL


B:  morning star frams turky burger (90) on arnold thin (100) 190

S:  orange 50

L:  morning star farms lasagna (270) granola bar (140) 410

S:  greek yogurt (150) w/ almonds (100) few blueberries (30) 280

S:   ugghhh had too many snacks... Chips (130) crackers (130) primal strips (80) 340... OUCH

D: healthy choice meal (250)   P fiber 1 muffin (180)  430

D:  1 slice pizza 300

S:  2 lite beers 200

S:  probably another turky burger (90) on arnold thin (100) and pepper slices (20) 210

Total:  2160... YIKES... not good... I guess I better stick to my plan for the rest of the night so I don't go over worse... Ugghhh... its ok... 2100 calories is NOT THAT BAD... I cannot give up hope right?

Goal:  under 1800

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 37.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 01/20/2011:
Not too bad at all. :)

Congrats to Skinny on becoming a NY lawyer. She is a big-timer now. :)

Umpqua on 01/20/2011:
Good snack choice, you are having a great week! Congrats to Skinny, what a huge accomplishment!

moogy on 01/20/2011:
Snap, I had a snack attack as well. Have a wonderful day to celebrate a great achievement. I am pretty sure $8 won't get you in too much trouble in NY. LOL

loveray on 01/20/2011:
Awesome!! Cheers to her from me as well!! Have a good time out:)

hopingforhealth on 01/20/2011:
Well that is definitely worthy of a celebration! Have fun!

tangalyn on 01/20/2011:
hey how is the lasagna? i almost got it the other day but i picked the bbq ribs instead

V on 01/20/2011:
I am sure you are probably at the ceremony already :( Have fun tonight, great idea with the extra dinner ;) Try not to make it a boozefest, I am sure it might get ugly so I should say pace yourself LOL Love to you and my girl skinny, tell her congrats for me :)

V on 01/20/2011:
Not bad girl!!! You can keep the carbs low tomorrow and it will balance out :)

shadetree on 01/21/2011:
I hope you had a good time last night and managed to avoid the dreaded bar food! (one of my downfalls if I am drinking!) I see you are doing the couch to 5k thing - I might try that again. (I completely forgot about it until I saw your posts!) So thanks - might be just enough to get me moving again! Have a good day today!

just42day on 01/21/2011:
Hope you had a great evening out! Have a great weekend! :)

KathyBlue on 01/21/2011:
2100 is not THAT bad :) Doesn't contribute to weight-loss though. But, one day or an other, don't really matter. Concentrate on not turning into habit. :)

legcramps on 01/21/2011:
Hope you had an awesome evening of celebrating!!!

getmebackto150 - Wednesday Jan 19, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 187.8


Stayed within my calories again!!  And had another great workout-much the same as Monday's workout... I will be back to update later!!!  Have a good one ladies!

B:  didn't have time to eat actual breakfast before my morning meetings so I had fiber one 90 calorie bar 90

S: (really breakfast)   arnold thin (100) egg whites (25) laughing cow (35) 160

L:  leftovers of my wierd dinner last night... Not quite as much as I had last night  350

S:  greek yogurt (120) almonds (100) blueberries (40) 260

S:  orange 50

D:  had a somewhat disconcerting MD appt... Nothing bad... just a little overwhelming, and came home STARVING... wanted to go out to eat, but that would be bad calorie wise AND diet wise... so I made BBQ tofu tacos ate a little more than I should have, but I don't feel bad about it...

5 taco shells (250) BBQ tofu/pink beans (150) 1oz cheese (100) sour cream (50) salsa, lettuce, tomatoes (10)  560

S:  2 glasses wine 240

S:  broke down and had a fiber 1 muffin 180

Total so far 1890

Goal: under 1800

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 37.8 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/19/2011:
great job yesterday, keep it up :) hope today is another good one for you

sweetpea1977 on 01/19/2011:
Yay for a great day yesterday. Keep it up, you are on a roll!!!

legcramps on 01/19/2011:

Umpqua on 01/19/2011:
You are kicking butt, keep up the good work!!

chidogs on 01/19/2011:
Looking great. Good for you.

moogy on 01/19/2011:
Hey, good for you!!

V on 01/19/2011:
You Rock!!!

getmebackto150 - Tuesday Jan 18, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 187.8

*UPDATE*  I have to report that it is 10:15PM and I'm FULL... mark this day down girls:)

Ended the day at 1685 calories... YAY actually stayed within range!!!!! Down .8# today...  I also went to the gym and did week 4 day 1 of couch 2 5k... 
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
2.5 minute walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run

I then did about a 10 minute brisk walk as my mother in law showed up on the treadmill next to me so I was talking with her a bit... I also did some triceps lifting... I wore my heart rate monitor and it said I burned a total of 350 calories... So that is super exciting!!!!  I am totally winning this bet

Today I survived a very treacherous commute in snow and ice... took me 55 minutes when it normally takes 25-30...yikes... Hopefully it will be better by 4:30 so I can go to the gym and do couch to 5k again!

B:  arnold thin (100) w/ laughing cow (35) 2 egg whites (25)  160 *CHECK*

S:  pear 50 *CHECK*

L:  healthy choice meal (250) green giant cauliflower w/ cheese (40) 290 *CHECK*

S:  fiber 1 bar (90)  *CHECK*

S:  greek yogurt w/ almonds (220) berries (40) 350  *CHECK*

S:  cheese stick 60  *CHECK*

D:  Very random dinner...   Contessa chipotle sweet potato blend with sweet potatoes, corn,  black beans, and onions.  I added an extra onion, some yellow squash,  edamame, minute spanish rice, and salsa... The whole thing came to 810 calories so I ate 1/2   so... 405   *CHECK*

S:  Tuna salad made w/ 1 can white tuna in water (140) 1T veganaise (100) LOTS of celery, pickle relish, scallions, and spices (0) 240 *CHECK*

S:  apple: 50  *CHECK*

Exercise was the same as yesterday... I went a little slower but my heart rate was a little higher, my body was sore from yesterday's run... I messed up my heart rate monitor 1/2 way thorugh, so I'm not sure of the calorie burn, but I'm thinking about 300.

I'm definitely feeling hungry, so there will be some snacks in my future.....  But... I WILL stay under 1800 calories

Total so far:  1695

Goal: under 1800

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 37.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/18/2011:
I'm glad you made it work safely, yikes! I guess we got hit pretty hard in CT since everything seems to be closed and my hubby's company are all working from home. GREAT job on your exercise and look at that weight move. You go!

KathyBlue on 01/18/2011:
wow, great cross training! :-)

legcramps on 01/18/2011:
Great job on the running, good for you!

V on 01/18/2011:
Be careful on the roads today! Hey you are rocking it out! So happy for you!!! Great job and the scale will be in your favor with all the great work you have been doing! Love ya, have an awesome day!!

tangalyn on 01/18/2011:
everything looks great, hope u have a great day!

sweetpea1977 on 01/18/2011:
Yay for the exercise and good calorie intake!

Boo to the horrible weather and road conditions. Be safe!!

moogy on 01/18/2011:
Terrific to read about the loss and about your determination to win the bet. You definitely are going to roll all over them. Well done.

hopingforhealth on 01/18/2011:
Sounds like you are doing great! The exercise sounds really good.

Have a great evening. If I had an amazing dinner suggestion, I'd offer it, but mine is pretty boring... pasta with tomato sauce and ground turkey. Good luck!

loveray on 01/18/2011:
looks like you are on a roll and an awesome plan!! i love your creative dinner as well:)

Bollywood_Diva on 01/19/2011:
The Chipotle dinner sounds awesome. I love how you managed so many snacks and still managed to stay within the calorie limit!

getmebackto150 - Monday Jan 17, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 188.8

**Update # 2**  Today is going really well!  I'm happy:)  Kept calories under control at work so I saved calories for several healthy items tonight...  Also went to the gym and did week 4 day 1 of couck 2 5k... 
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
2.5 minute walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run

I then did about a 10 minute brisk walk as my mother in law showed up on the treadmill next to me so I was talking with her a bit... I also did some triceps lifting... I wore my heart rate monitor and it said I burned a total of 350 calories... So that is super exciting!!!!  I am totally winning this bet!

**Update** talked to hubby... he put my lunch away as soon as he got up so it was out for less than an hour... Yay for not wasitng food!

The good news is my weight is down a little bit... The bad news is, that meal plan I worked so hard on planning last night for today... It all got packed in a lunch bag and left on my kitchen table this morning.... Grrr... Luckily hubby is home from work for MLK day so as soon as he gets up I can have him put it back in the fridge/freezer, so I won't have to waste all that food.....

Luckily I have access to some reasonably healthy food at work and I had some stuff left in the refridgerator here  so all should not be lost...

B:  2 slices whole wheat toast (160) 1T peanutbutter (100) 2T SF jelly (20) 280

S:  Green pepper slices 25

L:  1 cup tomato soup (100) w/ oyster crackers (60) fresh strawberries (40) 1/2 cup regular cottage cheese (120)  light and fit (80) w/ special k (70)  Forgot I had a frozen indian meal here at work (300) 490

S:  granola bar (120) cheese stick (60)  180

D:  Quesadilla:  Shell (210) veggies (30) 1.5 oz cheese (150) taco sauce (10) 400

S: California Turk'y burger (90) on arnold thin (100) 190

S:  orange pepper slices and mushrooms w/ hummus 120

Total: 1685

Goal:  under 1800


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 38.8 lbs to go!

V on 01/17/2011:
wonderful comeback on the weight loss!! Sorry about the lunch :( I know how hard you worked last night preparing! Have a wonderful day :)

tangalyn on 01/17/2011:
congrats on ur loss :) sorry u forgot ur food today! hope u have a good one!

just42day on 01/17/2011:
Hooray for decline in weight! That's fabulous! :)

Umpqua on 01/17/2011:
Yay for a loss!

chidogs on 01/17/2011:
Ah, I hate it when that happens. Hope it gets saved so you can enjoy it tomorrow! And congrats on the loss.

Maria7 on 01/17/2011:
Congrats to you! That's a LOT! :-)

lifestylechange on 01/17/2011:
WAY to go on the loss!!! WHOO HOO!! :) You are awesome!! Your menu looks wonderful despite the lunch issue... mmmm! :) Have a blessed day, hugs!!

loveray on 01/17/2011:
sounds like an awesome day to me and congrats on your loss!! xo

moogy on 01/17/2011:
A little loss, that more than a little!!! Well done and congrats. What a nuisance about the food but it looks like you had a good day anyway. Good for you!

V on 01/17/2011:
Great job today :) I am proud of you girl!!! Hey where the h$ll is skinny?? Is she still working all 3 jobs???

V on 01/17/2011:
LOL!!! Well tell her hello and I miss her! She sounds like a busy girl

getmebackto150 - Sunday Jan 16, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 192.6

ugghhh... I updated my weight to show the true extent of my recent damage... I'm SO disgusted, but this is my starting weight for my competition w/ friends as well, so I need to track the TRUE weight...  I'm planning out Monday right now so I can get my lunch together and be READY to face the day!!!!!


B:  greek yogurt (120) w/ almonds (100) 220

S:  blueberries (40) fiber 1 bar (90) 130

L:  Morning Star Farms Lasagns (270) Orange pepper slices and mushrooms (25) w/ hummus (80) 375

S: (small meal)  california turk'y burger (90) w/ arnold thin (100) 190

D:  Quesadilla:  Shell (210) veggies (30) 1.5 oz cheese (150) taco sauce (10) 400

S: 300-400 calories of SOMTHING

Total:  1615-1715

Goal: Under 1800



Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 42.6 lbs to go!

V on 01/16/2011:
Good job on planning ahead!!! And as I said before, I think this formula will work :)

moogy on 01/16/2011:
At least you now know where you are and where you are heading. Your head is out of the sand and that is always a good start. Courage my friend and forward into the light!!

Maria7 on 01/16/2011:
Hope you do well on your competition.

just42day on 01/17/2011:
Today's Monday and another day for each of us to try to be a bit better. I know you can do it! I'm cheering for you! :)

Umpqua on 01/17/2011:
You dropped a lot of water weight quickly after your vacation so I bet you will do it again this time. Your foods look great, have a good day!

getmebackto150 - Sunday Jan 16, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 192.6

So a bunch of friends ended up showing up w/ beer and homemade baked ziti... so my dinner turned into beers and baked ziti while we were watching the games... I don't think I kept it at 2 drinks:(   On a good note, we started a weight loss challenge, couple versus couple with these friends... A weight loss challenge with them last year was what kick started my weight loss last spring, so this is a good thing...  The contest lasts until April 15th and the couple that loses the biggest percentage of weight wins... THe prize is a night out for dinner and drinks at the loser's expense...  I'm excited b/c this will give me some extra motivation especially since we are broke and cannot afford to pay for a night out... LOL...

Poor hubby's falcons lost last night and he is heartbroken, but my patriots are still alive and I cannot wait for their game later today!!!!!

B:  The quesadillas I was suposed to eat last night... LOL...  2 low carb tortillas (140) 1.5 oz weighed out cheese (150) peppers and onions sauteed w/ pam (15) taco sauce (25) 330

L:  peanut butter and jelly:  2 slices lite bread (80) 1T peanut butter (100) SF jelly (20) and 1/4 cup blueberies (25)  225

Early Dinner:  2 quorn italian herb "chicken breasts" (400) 2T bbq sauce (40) 440

Late dinner:  mashed cauliflower (25) w/ margarine (40) goat cheese (40) parmesan cheese (30) roasted garlic  135

S:  1/2 of a mango 50

S:  yellow pepper slices (15) slices mushrooms (15) roasted pinenut hummus (100) 130...  I'm mad b/c I accidently bought the higher calorie hummus, but... it was SUPER yummy...

S:  Tomato Soup 200

Total so far: 1510

Goal:  under 1800

Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 42.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/16/2011:
The weight loss challenge with friends sounds good! I've been using the Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat square wraps, so good and they're pretty low carb too.

V on 01/16/2011:
Sorry about the falcons :( I was rooting for them as well! Go bears, Go Pats

loveray on 01/16/2011:
boo on the ATL!! i hope you had a great weekend! zxo

just42day on 01/16/2011:
Good luck w/the challenge with your friends! That's great that you and your hubby can be partners in crime on this. :)

moogy on 01/16/2011:
I'd say you are going to run all over your friend's with the weight loss challenge. Especially if they are trying to tempt you with goodies and alcohol!!

V on 01/16/2011:
:( Don't write them off yet!! Hey i noticed you didn't snack much today!! Good job I think it had alot to do with your heartier breakfast and 2 dinners...I think that is a great idea to do that,smaller, more heartier meals just might be the trick getmeback!! Well done and you still have enough to have a little snack if you are hungry!! Well done indeed!

V on 01/16/2011:
With a little trial and error(not too much error LOl ) ;) You will find your own personal secret to your dieting success, and i have to tell you that your idea is GENIUS!!! I have a good feeling about your new formula!!

V on 01/16/2011:
Damn girl I am so sorry :(

getmebackto150 - Saturday Jan 15, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 180.6

B:  arnold thin (100) egg white (25) hummus (40) 165

L:  Griller's Prime (170) on arnold thin (100) w/ blue cheese (40) carmelized onions/A1(30) baked curly fries (200) 540

S:  jello mouse pudding mint-chocolate: 60

D:  Quesadillas:  2 shells (160) 1.5oz cheese (150) peppers/onions (20) salsa (15) 345

S:  raw peppers and cauliflower (15) w/ hummus (40) 55

S:  weight watchers ice cream bar 150

S:  2 glasses wine 360

Tot3l: 1675

Goal: 1500-1700

Workout:  either wii fit or running at the gym... most likely wii fit as its about 6 degrees out... Brrrrr!

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 30.6 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/15/2011:
hope u have a great day! stay warm!!

Maria7 on 01/15/2011:
Good plan! Hope you have a nice day! :-)

Umpqua on 01/15/2011:
Your foods all sound wonderful! Sorry to hear about your friend's husband, but it sounds like he will be OK in the end. I hope you have an excellent day!

chidogs on 01/15/2011:
Have a great day. Glad your friend's husband is going to recover. Sounds like a long road, but at least there was minimal brain damage, that is always scary.

sweetpea1977 on 01/15/2011:
I am so relieved to hear your friend's hubby is going to be ok.

Your menu looks fantastic...thats great you are able to include TWO glasses of wine into your calorie budget!

Yea, I'd pick WiiFit over a trip to a gym when the temps are that brutal!

Go Falcons!!

moogy on 01/15/2011:
Good going getmeback, well done!

getmebackto150 - Friday Jan 14, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 180.6

*UPDATE*  Talked to my friend... Her husband is pretty messed up but it could be much worse... He broke his left femur in 35 places, and left tibia in 4 places, broke his right femur in just a couple places... He will need surgery on his left leg tomorrow

He has brain trauma, but I guess its minor... Minimal swelling and minimal bleeding...  She hasn't talked to him yet... He is either unconscious or heavily sedated.  She said he will probably have to go to rehab for several months, but the outlook is good... She is surrounded by family at the hospital and she sounded much better when I talked to her... I am still praying for them but I feel much better about the situation...   I should be able to focus on HEALTH tomorrow!

*update*  today at work I was in a meeting w/ my boss who is also a close friend and she got a call from the state police that her husband was in a horrible car accident and was airlifted to the hospital...

She immediately left for the hospital... We have not hear yet from her about how he is doing... I have been numb/in shock of this ever since....  He is 36 years old... I feel light headed an nauseus...  I have been trying my best to get info, but my heart goes out to her and I am praying for the best...   Needless to say I did not go to the gym... I could barely drive home for how shaken I am... 

I read sweetpea's entry today and noticed the "directory" part... I have gone back and read a LOT of my entry's... I have found  a few things about my self...

1.  I am a much better dieter when the ice cream shop by my house is open and I can have "only 8's" frozen yogurt as my evening snack... Its delish, filling, and seems to magically stop me from having other snacks...  I just need to wait until april:(

2.  I was REALLY into running all spring/summer/early fall and I'm REALLY mad at myself for getting out of it... i HATE HATE HATE winter!

3.  I need an attitude adjustment and to get my butt to the gym...


I have been terribly struggling lately and the common theme that I see is those above 3 things...  But my goodness, if I wait until spring to turn things around it will be NOT GOOD.....


I MUST start running now!!!!!!!!!  I MUST MUST MUST!!!!!   I also must just start getting better at staying within my calories!!!!!!!!!

I want to be the girl I was last summer... I wasn't at goal, but I was doing SO SO well...  I cannot let winter defeat me.....   I AM working out tonight...  I WILL... Absolutely, definitely, for sure...

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 30.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 01/14/2011:
oh yea, I remember you eating "only 8's" all the time!! Hot chocolate prevents Umpqua from late night snacking, so perhaps the lite ice cream is your cure!

I love your renewed determination. You can do it!!

tangalyn on 01/14/2011:
ur plan sounds great, i hope the weather doesnt stop u from doing all the things u want to do, hope u enjoy ur day :)

legcramps on 01/14/2011:
Sounds great! Have an awesome day today :)

KathyBlue on 01/14/2011:
wow, determination's back!!! :D

liza36 on 01/14/2011:
I'm with ya on #3 - I need that attitude adjustment pronto! You've got great determination, you'll get to where you want to be.

moogy on 01/14/2011:
There are a few of us that need attitude adjustments. It really is all about how we feel and not what we are doing. I think that how we feel determines how we do. Come on getmeback, you can be that girl again. I will look for your entry tomorrow and see that you did work out!!! For sure....

moogy on 01/14/2011:
I am so sorry that you are in such distress. It always amazes me that we can be going through life quite normally and suddenly something happens that totally wipes us out. Hang in there sweetheart. I hope you hear good news soon, just sit quietly, you will be in shock, remember to drink water.

moogy on 01/14/2011:
I am so sorry that you are in such distress. It always amazes me that we can be going through life quite normally and suddenly something happens that totally wipes us out. Hang in there sweetheart. I hope you hear good news soon, just sit quietly, you will be in shock, remember to drink water.

sweetpea1977 on 01/14/2011:
wow, so sorry for your friend's husband. :( take it easy sweetie. xoxo

V on 01/14/2011:
Oh my! I am sorry and I hope your co-worker's hubby is okay!!!

V on 01/14/2011:
Thanks :) Oh btw, I know you like everything hot and i am sure that you would love the bang bang sauce, it is soooo yummy! It is similar to Bonefish's Bang Bang sauce...It sucks they come in gallon jars but I am thinking of buying one from work and perhaps mailng a few jars out to some of the girls here... I will let you know if it is not too pricy, you will be the first on the list :P

getmebackto150 - Tuesday Jan 11, 2011
(counting calories)
Weight: 180.6

**POLL**  This is probably more appropriate for our facebook group, but I can't get on facebook here at work, so I'll post here...   How much is your grocery budget?  Per week or per month and how many people is that for in your household...   I think I mentioned we are REALLY trying to overhall our spending and get completely out of credit card debt this year...   I've set our grocery budget at $425 per month for 2011...  This included toiletrees and cleaning supplies..  It is TRICKY... This is for 2.5 people... lol   Hubby and I and we have my stepdaughter a little less than 1/2 the time...  Sometimes only every other weekend, but she usually ends up staying with us one week per month also.  Also does your budget include occasional meals out or is this  a seperate budget, or do you just eat home every single day... THANKS for your input!!!!

I'm a little sad, but actually feeling motivated as Hubby left this morning to go out of town for work for 3 days this morning... I NEED to use this as a time to refresh, focus on ME and health...   We are supposed to get a huge snow storm while he is gone, so hopefully his snowblower crash course that he gave me last weekend sunk in, otherwise, not sure how I will get out of my garage and down my driveway... LOL

B:  Grillers prime veggie burger (170) on arnold thin (100) 270

S:  fiber 1 muffin 180

L:  Stouffers mac and cheese (340) greek yogurt w/ blueberries (130) 470

S:  green pepper slices 40

S:  ? maybe a granola bar before the gym 140

D:  orange peel tofu (300) w/ 1 cup white rice (100) 400

NO SNACKS AFTER DINNER.... Girls how do I stop myself???  This is becoming my downfall... I have always struggled w/ night time eating, but SOMEHOW over the summer I was stopping myself... I need to remember how and buck up!!!

Total: 1500

Goal:  1500-1700

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 30.6 lbs to go!

just42day on 01/11/2011:
So sorry you're having the same struggles. It's sooo frustrating isn't it? I get so annoyed when I think how much time I've "wasted" not making progress. BUT I'm going to give it another try. Hope you do, too. I'm going to refer to this as the holiday back lash but I know I brought it on myself and only I can take the steps to get out of it so here's another day. Let's hope it's a better one for both of us! :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/11/2011:
Until recently, we were spending $1000/month on groceries for the three of us. This didnt include eating out, which was a whole other budget issue.

Our goal is to cut our grocery bill in half and limit eating out to very special occasions only (anniversary, birthday, mother's day, father's day). I am a pretty good cook, so if we want something special/unique to eat, I'll just make it instead of depending on a restaurant to make it for us. I mean, we dont even know what is going into the entrees preparation so we will be saving on calories too.

As for snacking, set yourself some rules. Stay out of the kitchen after a certain hour may be one of them. Go back and read your summer entries and see if you find clues on how you were so successful back then.

Yay for me time. Use it wisely girl!!

V on 01/11/2011:
Hey girly!!! Now I am probably sure I have asked you this before but do you like to cook??? Cooking your own meals are cheaper than buying the pre packaged frozen meals..Also it would take out the extra added sodium,and other additives...In fact if you are open to repeat meals maybe you can use Sunday for preparing 3 different meals, portion them out for the week?? I usually spend an average of $50 a week on fresh veggies fruits and meats...My triumph was Sunday when I saved almost half $26 for the exact same amount by perusing the circulars for the best deals :) I made a list and surprisingly i did not stray from the list(wants/needs) Oh btw i posted on FB a recipe from the local health food stores, and it has many vegatarian friendly recipes on it! Have a wonderful day girl!

sweetpea1977 on 01/11/2011:
I wanna be a bad a$$! That snowblower sounds AWESOME!!! We would be envy of the whole neighborhood, hehe.

liza36 on 01/11/2011:
I have been tracking my grocery bill too, and have a goal to slash it. It's just me at home, and I eat out alot (trying to change that). I have been spending, including eating out, around $350-$400 a month, with half of that eating out. My budget now is $100 a month, and that has to include eating out. As you can see, there is really no room in my budget for eating out. My budget does not include cat food and litter, since I don't want my kitties to starve! They must have their Fancy Feast! I have a pretty good supply in my pantry of canned beans, rice, soup, etc. so I am trying to use up what I have, and supplement with fresh veggies, fruit, and lean meat.

Definitely keep us posted on how you are doing. I always get inspiration and tips from people who are trying to do the same thing. Good luck with your plan!

V on 01/11/2011:
Well that makes sense...In that case make sure you take advantage of the BOGOF Publix has really good deals for that :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/11/2011:
Sounds like you either need to move to San Diego or move your kitchen from the center of your house. And both of those cost a lot of money, lol. haha, posting on here is free. Perhaps we can have a few FB groupies set up an online chat once or twice a week to help prevent you and other snackers from nighttime snacking. Then you'll just get addicted to chat rooms and have a whole other issue to deal with...we'll worry about that later! ;)

Seriously though, perhaps all you need is a tasty pack of sugarfree gum in your pocket. Anytime you feel snacky, just pop a piece in your mouth. :)

V on 01/11/2011:
Confession time, I hate doing dishes as well and my one "splurge" is going to the dollar store and getting aluminum cookware that way if I am really not in the mood to wash(usually never,lol) throw them away...Since i only cook once a week I can recycle them for about a month ;) And paper plates and bowls are a must have! LOl Love ya!

sweetpea1977 on 01/11/2011:
hahaha, your neighbor is nuts!

Garages are great, especially for snowstorms, hailstorms, hurricanes, and tornados! :)

Umpqua on 01/11/2011:
First off, the hot chocolate trick has been working wonders for me for nighttime snacking. I make 1 cup and it's anywhere from 90 to 120 calories or so depending on if I add milk. It fills me up and takes away the need to munch.

My grocery bill is probably 500/month for 2 adults and 2 preschoolers (not including eating out, but we don't do that too often). That includes dry goods. I don't do many coupons, I'll use the store coupons at Target and my grocery has special coins that give you savings each week. I get most of my dry goods/cleaning supplies at Target, and food shopping is divided between Trader Joe's and the local groceries. Trader Joe's really has awesome deals for the type of foods I buy. It's weird, I've upped our fruit and veggie intake tremendously over the past couple of months but have cut our meat budget in half, and it basically evened out.

I've started getting gardening catalogs in the mail....they cheer me up and let me know spring is on the way!

chidogs on 01/11/2011:
I try to keep my spending under control by making a menu ahead of time for the week, and then shopping for just what is needed, plus pantry stuff. So for 3 of us, plus the occassional visit by daugher's bf (who can out eat me!!), I average about $100 a week. I also try to make large size meals so one meal actually serves as two. I stock up on specials when I can but I don't have much freezer space.

loveray on 01/11/2011:
missed you!! i usually try to keep it to $50 a week, but thats for just me...

moogy on 01/11/2011:
Not much point in me throwing in my five cents worth (make that four - I am saving!!!) but I gave this website to Maria the other day. It is really good it's www.Frugal-Living-Tips.com, I hope that helps.:)

sweetpea1977 on 01/14/2011:
dropping by to let you know I was thinking of you. hope you are ok! xo

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