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Using and Losing

February 24th, 2014 at 07:57 am

I'm still trying to base my eating on using things up. I ate the third of four prepared steel cut oats this morning. I added cinnamon only and it tasted fine. I have sugar in my coffee, so I don't want to be adding any more to my meal. It looks like I will need to eat soup for lunch. I made some for dinner last night. I used up a partial container of vegetable broth while I was making that. My daughter took soup in her lunch, but there is still some left. I will have an appropriate portion for lunch. I'm trying to count calories and it is a little hard to estimate on something homemade, but it is healthier for me! I will make chicken today to use up that barbecue sauce. I will also make some couscous. I have a bag of plain bulk couscous that my mom received from a friend and then passed on to me. It is taking forever to use up. We like couscous, but we usually buy prepared packages with seasoning. I can't seem to get the full flavor we are used to with the spices I'm adding. It has been a savings though since each box is nearly $2.

I'm back going to the gym. I even went twice this weekend. I am done with the weight I gained since we moved. My mantra is Do The Work. So when I don't feel like going to the gym. I just say Do The Work and know that I need to do it to get to my goal. I'm tracking calories in MyFitnessPal. I need to weigh in this today to see if I have lost weight since last week. Probably a pound or two. Why is it we want to lose weight fast when it took us months, sometimes years to gain it? Probably that crazy Biggest Loser show!! I think the weight loss journey will be a money saver too. I can't eat that much, thus I won't need to buy as much. Now if I could get my DH on board we would definitely reduce the grocery bill.

Not much actually money news. We bought groceries. We bought gas. Just the usual. No big expenses. I know there will be a need to buy spring clothes in the coming months, but for now it is still too cold for those.

Did anyone get extra motivated to use up some of their food stores this last week? Is anyone on a weight loss journey? Do you have a mantra?

7 Responses to “Using and Losing”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I know what you mean about couscous taking ages to use up; I've had our bag for ages.
    Today we used leftover mozzarella although there is still a bit left. SG had sweet potato wedges for dinner with my attempt at tuna fishcakes. I used one of the baguettes that MIL gave us to take with me to the hospital tomorrow.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Do the work. That is good. I was doing pretty well, but ironically, now that I've worked up to being able to jog 30 minutes on the treadmill, I find myself reluctant to go because I'll feel obligated to do so every time. I should tell myself to just get up there and work out a little bit, even if it's only half running, half walking. Actually, I may have gotten myself to that point because yesterday, I tried to do 30 mins jogging after nearly 2 weeks off, and I couldn't quite make it. It was kind of freeing to just say, well, I'll do what I can then.

  3. Riverbendgirl Says:

    I am on a weight loss team at work. We have agreed to participate for 10 weeks. We weigh in each Friday. If you gain weight you have to pay a dollar. I was not going to let that happen. LOL. This is our third week and I have lost a total of 2 lbs. At least I haven't had to pay...yet

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I'd like to lose 10 lbs. I had hoped it would be effortless with my new vegetarian regime, but you still have to watch it with oils and pasta.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    I made a point to get serious about losing some pounds this month. So far it's been about 6lbs. Smile

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm working on losing. Smile

  7. PNW Mom Says:

    I'm working on losing....I have definately toned up, but would like to see the scale drop a bit before our vacation in April!

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