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1 year ago…….

………I officially lost 100 pounds!  

So do you know what that means!?!?! 

I have kept my 100 pound weight loss off for 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months……..1 year!!!  =) 

It is hard for me to believe that it has been an entire year since I finally hit my 100 pound weight loss goal.  Not mearly because it was such a BIG achievement, but because I still find it hard to believe that I actually weighed 100 pounds more than I do now.  =(  Despite the fact that I was upwards of 240+ pounds for several years….guess I feel that way cause I wasn’t at that weight long in my life (only about 3+ years before I started to try to lose the weight) and was at the weight I am at now for most of my life (give or take a few pounds up or down). 

So to recap, this was me below prior to My “Weight Loss” Journey!  

Me at my "heaviest", June 2004!

 And, this was me 1 year ago today after my 100+ pound weight loss

Me after losing 100+ pounds, July 2009!

Here I am TODAY (well the picture is a few weeks old but I pretty much look the same, though I am a little more tan now) 1 year after my 100+ pound weight loss

Me "1 year after" losing 100+ pounds, July 2010!

I would love to report that I have lost the additional 15+ pounds that I had wanted to after hitting my 100+ pound weight loss goal, however I can not at this time………=( 

BUT, I am happy to report that I did not GAIN any weight at least!!!  =)  If you follow my blog and have seen my Weekly Weigh In you can see that I have pretty much stayed between 141-145 pounds throughout the past year.  Though I assure you by this time next year I will “finally” be down those pesky 15+ pounds by this time next year.

Have you ever hit a “weight loss” milestone!?!?!

If so what was it???

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Let’s review the weekend……….

On Friday my daughter and I attended a “Farwell Get Together” at Menchies for one of my daughters friends who moved to Georgia over the weekend.  I had the below bowl of “goodness”. 

My bowl!

After lots of good-bye’s we headed to Pollo Tropical to pick up dinner.  I had a pork TropiChop with white rice, black beans, corn, grilled onions and lots of salsa.

Dinner

It may not look very appetizing but I assure you it is tasty……

The next day (Saturday) I headed out for my scheduled 4 mile run around 9am in the morning.  A little later then I would have liked to get outside to run.  I am afraid the lack of sleep (only about 6 hours or so a night all week) finally caught up to me and I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed any earlier than that to go.  Luckily, I only had to do an “easy” 4 mile run.  Unluckily, it was VERY HOT outside and I sweat like a pig the entire time.  I completed the run in exactly 48 minutes, just like I was scheduled too……12 minute miles each

Overall, other than the heat, the run was really nice and I did not struggle during it.  In fact, I even had enough energy to sprint at the end of the run and can confirm that Caitlin @ Healthy Tipping Point was right on about her speedwork sessions paying off as well as taking long strides makes you go super fast………as they did just that for me and it felt great!  I honestly do not think I have ever run that fast “outside”.  I can’t wait to do it again.

After arriving home after my run and taking a long “cold” shower I had a bowl of frosted shredded wheat with 2% milk with a small glass of orange juice for breakfast.

Breakfast

Both Publix & Walmart were hit after breakfast as we were in great need of groceries.  I actually saved a bit by hitting them both as Walmart is always “cheaper” then Publix, however I still go to Publix though for my meats, deli items, breads, dairy items and some BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) items they may have on special that week. 

Upon my return home and after unloading all the groceries I snacked on some fruit and SunChips before I headed to the pool to get a few rays.  Though I didn’t last out there too long and was home less than an hour later due to the heat…….but that didn’t hurt my tan as I did get a little rays during that time.

Later that evening after the hubby returned from work we grilled some steaks for dinner.  Saturday grilling is quickly becoming a custom around our house and I love it.  We also had baked sweet potatoes and corn on the cob with dinner.  And, I of course had to have a glass of iced tea with my meal.

Dinner

We completed the evening by watching RedBox rental and hitting the hay around 12pm.

The next morning (Sunday) I hit the RedBox to return movies, then Publix for some items I forgot yesterday and home to have breakfast that was super sweet.  I had a cherry cheese danish, sliced banana, strawberries and melon.  Plus, french vanilla iced coffee.

Breakfast

The danish was a weakness purchase at the Publix Bakery.  I usually can resist the baked good department despite my love for “baked goods” however this morning I just gave in and bought some.  Then I figured that if I pared it with lots of fruit I wouldn’t be straying to far off course and that my breakfast might still be slightly balanced.

What do you think!?!?! 

Is my breakfast “slightly balanced”???

My daughter and I spent a little less then 2 hours at my mother-in-law’s pool that afternoon until she got bored (no kids to play with) and I got too hot and went back to my mother-in-law’s house to visit for a bit before going home to prepare for the week ahead.

While visiting my mother-in-law I had a big sampling of the freshly made Beef Stew she had stewing on the stove and it was SO GOOD as always.

Big Sampling

Back at home I prepared everything for the week ahead by doing the following:

  • Making crustless spinanch quiche for breakfasts all week.
  • Making sandwiches for the hubby & little one for lunch the next day.
  • Getting all my lunch and snack items (salad stuff & fruit) for the week ahead ready to go the next day to work.

While doing the above I also did my last loud of laundry and prepared dinner, which was homemade pizza.

Dinner

I rounded out the evening by having an icee for dessert (sorry no picture) and hitting the couch to watch some t.v. before bed at 11:30ish……

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 DAILY TIPS!!!

20 Ways to Torch 200 Calories

Hit the mini links

When’s the last time you played putt-putt? All it takes is about an hour to slash 200 calories.

Weed and seed

Make your yard happy by uprooting those pesky weeds for 25 minutes (127 calories) and planting some new seedlings (77 calories for 15 minutes).

New Training Plans

New Training Plans

As I have mentioned a few times over the past month I have been working on a few new training plans that I plan to use in order to prepare for an upcoming 15K Race I have this September 2010 and also to continue my weekly toning routine in an effort to lose the last 15-20 pounds I have been needing to lose for almost a year now! 

Yesterday, I added everything to my blog under my Running & Toning pages called: 

I started both plans this week and completed my first workouts for each last night (Tuesday, 6/8/10) at the gym as you can see on my Training Schedule page. 

Overall it was an easy start to both plans and I did the following: 

Ab Exercises 

Toning Training Plan 

DAY 1: Weights (Legs) 

16-Week 15K Training Plan

TUESDAY                       

EASY RUN                       

2 miles @ 12:00                       

 *I also ran an additional 1/2 mile at 6.5mph to 7.5mph sprints after I completed the above as I just felt like running fast because I typically never run that slow on the treadmill (outside in the heat while running long distance for sure) and it felt really slow to me the whole time so I was jones to go fast at the end! 

I know I have only completed Day 1 of both plans but I think I am going to really enjoy the next 16 Weeks on both as they are super easy to follow……..due to my handy-dandy cheat sheets (a/k/a new training plans) that I made pictured above.  

Plus, the fact that I tailored each plan to my current strengths and schedule in order to minimize the chance of me failing off the wagon per say because they are too difficult to do or keep up with.  I feel that it is important with any new plan, activity, sport, diet, etc. that you start in your life that you tailor to youyour schedule in order to minimize the failure rate.  In the past when I did this I was able to complete my goals. 

However, I also had to remember that I would fall off the wagon per say at times and that I couldn’t get down about that (at least for too long) and that I had to jump right back in the saddle and keep riding in order to succeed.

Well there you have it folks………my new training plans that I am super excited to share with you and continue following for the next 16-Weeks. 

Get out there and make ones for yourself as the Summer is the perfect time to start a new plan as there are less holiday’s to interrupt you, the kids are out of school which means no homework to help with, the weather is nice outside (for most of the country that is, as it is HOT here in Central Florida of course) and it is the perfect time to start getting ready for the fast approaching holiday’s………..so get started!!!

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Think it is time to check out some of my EATS as they have been absence for awhile now and you must be wondering what the heck I have been eating!?!?! 

And, I will be honest with you with everythign that occurred lately I haven’t been keeping up with my food pictures at all so I only have a few pictures for you today…….=(

 Tuesday, 6/8/10

Breakfast

 My favorite is back………..blueberry oatmeal!!!  =)  Blueberries finally went on sale at Publix so I bought some along with Quaker True Delights Wild Blueberry Muffin Instant Oatmeal.

 And, a repeat from last week……..

Lunch

Then it was a weekly repeat………

Dinner

To finish I just had to have the following of course………

Dessert

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TIP OF THE DAY!

 9 Ways to Live Longer

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off the TV

Too much time in front of the boob tube can take a serious toll on your health. In fact, a 2010 study found that people who watched four or more hours a day were 46% more likely to die from any cause than people who watched less than two hours a day.

Even cutting back a little can help; each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%.

I’m Back….

 

……..and all moved in to the new place! 

Overall, I am SUPER HAPPY to report that the move went very smoothly and nothing bad occurred!  =) 

Which was totally unlike our last move in which our U-Haul was towed at the tune of $200 get to it back and several electronic pieces of ours (including our main TV) were damaged during the move.  Basically, it was the worst move ever and as you know from my last post (Moving Day) I have moved a lot so I have had a many moves to compare it too. 

However, the move did take a total of 4 days in all to get done!  Despite the fact that I took Friday, 5/28/10 through Tuesday, 6/1/10 off from work for the it as my husband (who recently started a new position, just last week) could not take any time off so “I” ended up doing the majority of the move on my own.  =O  

Luckily, my husband was able to help me in getting the large & heavy furniture over on Saturday morning prior to starting work and my parents also helped out by watching my daughter & dog part of the weekend and also helped me take over a few loads as well. 

But,  most of the move was all up to me and I made “several” trips back and forth from the old place to the new one over the long weekend.  And, yes as you might imagine I was exhausted at the end of each day!  =O 

Here is an overview on how everything went each day: 

Friday, 5/28/10 

  • Get cash at the BOA for our 1 Month Deposit that is due when I pick up our keys, then head straight over to Publix to get a money order with the cash as the bank always charges too much for them.
  • While at Publix do my “grocery shopping” because I knew I wouldn’t have time over the weekend to do so and I was hoping to avoid eating out too much.
  • Mail a package at the Post Office that I had been meaning to for days.
  • Drop off some boxes to the Salvation Army that I filled while packing.
  • Meet my friend, Amy, at Menchies for a yummy frozen treat and a well deserved break.

My Menchie's Treat!

 

  • Pick up the keys to the new place and hand deliver our deposit.
  • Back to the old place to sale our old couch & loveseat, which got delayed due to rain.
  • Do some last-minute packing.
  • Get a good nights sleep for the Moving Day ahead!

P.S.  I made a homemade pizza in our old place for dinner on our last night. 

Homemade Pizza!

 

 Saturday, 5/29/10 

  • Woke up super early @ 6am ready to MOVE, however I vegged in bed for a bit and we finally got up just before 7am and started to move all the big & heavy furniture. 
  • My mom came by and picked up the kids (my daughter & dog) for the day so our move could go easier.  THANKS, MOM!!!  =)
  • Finished with all the heavy stuff just before noon.
  • Spent the rest of the day moving the kitchen and bathrooms on my own as the hubby had to go to work.  I also cleaned our new house prior to putting anything away.
  • Crashed around midnight!

P.S.  My EATS were pretty good for the most part on this day……cereal, grilled chicken sandwich f/McDonald’s and leftover pizza from the night before for dinner. 

Sunday, 5/30/10 

  • My husband worked 10am to 6pm today so I was once again on my own moving wise and made SEVERAL trips back and forth with stuff that mainly included all the stuff in the closets, what was left in the living room and kitchen.
  • I took a break around 2pm for a nice and fattening lunch from Five GuysEven though I know it wasn’t the smartest choice for me I enjoyed every bit of it and hey I had been working from dusk to dawn for the past few days so I felt worthily or at least that is what I told myself!  =O 

Five Guys

 

  • In light of moving and me not wanting to COOK at all I got drive thru from Polo Tropical for the hubby & myself as the little one was at a birthday party.  I had a small Pork TropiChop with lots of veggies & black beans.

Lunch (Pork "Pollo Tropical" tropichop with yellow rice & veggies) 

  • We were going to move over some stuff after dinner but were both too tired so we vegged a bit and hit the hay early.

Monday, 5/31/10 

  • Up at 7am we worked hard to get the rest of the stuff over to the new place from the old place and completed this job around 2pm.
  • We then headed back to the old place to clean and dropped off the keys around 5pm after we were finished………..YEAH, WE WERE FINALLY DONE MOVING!!!  =)
  • In light of finishing earlier then I thought we would I made dinner in our new place.  We dinned on spaghetti with a side salad and garlic bread.

 

  • I also had a very “cooling” desert later that night.  A cherry Italian Ice that is SO GOOD……..plus it is only 100 calories & fat-free.  =)

 

  • We did a few odds & ends around the house before hitting the hay exhausted once again……

Tuesday, 6/1/10 

  • Got an iced coffee and yes a donut from Dunkin Donuts for breakfast………….=O
  • Performed a full detailed cleaning on my Step-Dad’s truck that we used to move, which took several hours but I wanted to show him how much I appreciated him allowing us to use his truck that saved us a hefty U-Hual charge…….THANK YOU, DAVE (DAD)!!!
  • Went for a quick 2 mile run after finishing the truck just before noon and man was it hot outside, but it felt great to run again after several days off.
  • Took a very refreshing shower, did some laundry, put my daughters closet & room together and then headed to Walmart to do some shopping for the new place.
  • Made ribs, corn on the cob and a baked potato for dinner.

Dinner

  • Helped the hubby put together the garage and then passed out as I had to go to work the next day!

So that about covers it!  Pretty busy, huh!?!?!  But, as I said above everything went well and pretty much as planned so I am super happy.  Even with a few things left to do as you can see below………

Living Room

Dining Room

Kitchen

All and all my EATS were “ok” for the most part during the move as my weight stayed the same as last week as you can see on my Weekly Weigh In page!  =)  I plan to get back to a strict training schedule starting next week so STAY TUNED for that…………

Have a great one everybody!  =)

P.S.  “Thank you to everyone who sent comments for our move to go good as you know from above it did and I truly believe all the postive thoughts helped with that!” 

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Drained

  

That is pretty much how I felt most of the day as I am still recovering from yesterday’s run (6.3 miles) in which I didn’t properly fuel before and after my run and paid for it ever since!  =(  

Luckily, just before quitting time I started to get my energy back and was feeling back to normal.  =)  

However, I must admit that I know I would have bounced back sooner if it wasn’t for the fact that I ate the below around 10am…….=O  

Carrot Cake

My boss brought in a HUGE chunk of left over birthday cake from her husband’s party over the weekend and of course it just had to be my favorite Publix Carrot Cake!   

So I had a piece of course, which paid for the rest of the afternoon by feeling VERY TIRED!  My boss said the same after she had a piece herself.  I think that shows you just how badly your body can react to a sugar overload.  

Do you ever feel “bad” after eating too much sugar?  Or fatty foods like fried chicken, fast food, etc?  

We were talking about how eating “bad” foods (those high in sugar or fat) affect us (my boss & I) and I also noticed a few health bloggers I follow mentioning it as well yesterday so it has been on my mind.  I know that I never noticed this in the PAST (pre-weight loss & running regularly), but that I really notice now how what I eat affects me 

At first it was in reference to running 

For instance, I noticed how badly I would run the day after I did not eat so “healthy” and then how good I would run after I did eat healthy.  It was quite a difference in fact.  When I ate unhealthy my runs were more difficult because I just did not have the energy I did when I ate healthy and I ran poorly (bad form, slower pace, had difficultly breathing and finding energy to run more than a mile) cause of it!   

I then also started to notice how my eating habits affected me outside of running and the gym.  How, I would be more tired and have less energy when I ate poorly at work and home.  It also would affect my “mood” a great deal as well.  I found that I just feel better overall when I eat healthy! 

Of course we have been told the importance of eating healthy since we were children but until recently I did pay it as much attention.  I am glad I do now and that I can teach this to my daughter.  I want her to know that eating healthy and exercising is more than just so you look good it is so that you feel good as well, plus it keeps you healthier overall (inside & out)!

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Prior to eating CAKE I did have a “healthy” breakfast of Multi-Grain Cheerios with 2% milk and sliced strawberries & bananas with a glass of orange juice on the side.

Breakfast

Lunch was pretty good as well.  I had leftover Chicken Enchiladas that my mom gave me that were SUPER YUMMY and baby carrots.

Lunch

Than there was dinner, which I tried my best to keep as healthy as possible and eat in moderation.  Though I have to admit I wanted 2 taco’s instead of the 1 I ate. 

Dinner

I did take 2 small bites of the Publix Cookies & Cream Icecream that we still have in the refridgerator and about 2 handfulls of the Publix Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels as well after dinner. 

I wanted more but I STOPPED!  =)

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TIP OF THE DAY!

Food Court Survival Guide

 

 

 

 

Starbucks

Best Choice: Turkey and Swiss Sandwich with mayo

Many Starbucks stores offer nutritionally-sound snack and meal options. Their Turkey and Swiss Sandwich with mayo will fuel your shopping trip without weighing you down. This sandwich has 390 calories, 13g fat (4.5g saturated), and 34g protein. Need a caffeine pick-me-up too? Add a tall skinny latte for just 100 calories, and you’ll meet 35 percent of your daily calcium needs, too.

NextTaco Bell

Eat Healthy On A Budget!

YES, it is possible to eat healthy on a budget!   

Let me prove it to you!  

See this past weekend I under $100 to spend for my entire household of 3 (my husband, daughter & myself) on groceries that did not just include food but also a few household items (toilet paper, dishwasher liquid, etc.)!   

Typically, I have between $100 to $130 to spend each week on the following:  

  • Eating Out (1 fast food meal for all 3 of us)
  • Groceries (food & household items)

However, this weekend $$$ was VERY TIGHT and I was left with less than $100 to spend so of course the “Eating Out” part was cut out completely and only the necessary “Groceries” were purchased!  

Check the tally on my receipts below:  

Publix Receipts

Receipt1 (Saturday, 4/10/10)

Receipt2 (Sunday, 4/11/10)

Total Amount Spent:   $77.99  

Mind you I do need to return for a few items that I opted to get later in the week so I will most likely spend another $10+ at the grocery store at the beginning of the week and I also plan to pick up some of my husbands favorite Popeye’s Chicken tomorrow for dinner at a cost of around $5+ so with those added in I will have spent just under $100 for the entire weeks worth of food for my family of 3 this week!  

Of course, that CAN NOT be done every week as I was fortunate enough to have many staples (rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.) on hand that I was able to use in this weeks meals!  When it is time to “stock up” on those items I always spend more at the store…….  

I will add that my planned dinners for the week are very basic, but very affordable:  

  • SUNDAY – Hamburgers & Fries (Sweet Potato f/me)
  • MONDAY – Taco’s w/Mexican Rice, Black Beans & Corn
  • TUESDAY – Chicken w/Baked Potatoes & Corn on the Cop
  • WEDNESDAY – Pork Chops w/Rice, Apple Sauce & Green Beans
  • THURSDAY – McDonald’s f/the hubby only using coupon for a free meal we received after getting our order wrong!  My daughter is eating at grandma’s and I will most likely have a small salad after the gym.

FRIDAY is PayDay so a new week of “Grocery” spending begins then!!!  

Also, my daughter eats lunch at school that I pay for monthly at a cost of $1.80 a lunch, which equals $36.00 a month and my husband & I pretty much eat the same things for lunch each week……….sandwich with deli lunch meat, tuna, humus & pita chips, salads, etc.  

Breakfasts are also very simple…….frozen waffles or pancakes, cereal or oatmeal with fruit & milk.  

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So keeping in the eating healthy on a budget theme let’s check out my EATS for the day, all of which were right on track!  

Breakfast was the ever “affordable” Publix instant oatmeal with 1/2 a diced red delicious apple ($.99lb this week), a dash of cinnamon & a table-spoon of brown sugar.  

Breakfast

Continuing the theme, lunch was 1 slice of previously purchased high-fiber/flax whole wheat bread that was a BOGO (buy one get one free item) that I keep fresh in the freeze and thaw out as needed.  I toasted it and topped it with peanut butter and sliced banana.  Then I had 1/2 of a box of frozen vegetables that I bought yesterday as they were on sale for $1 each! 

Lunch

Now I don’t snack daily, so I can keep cost check but every other day or I have a vanilla light fat-free yogurt with a little granola.  I try to buy whatever yogurt is on sale at the time and same with the granola. 

Snack

Dinner was “super” budget friendly as were had Taco’s with all the fixings (shredded romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese, sour cream & taco sauce) as well as Mexican Rice, canned corn and black beans, which are a weekly occurence in our house! 

SAVINGS – – –  Ground chuck was used for the taco meat and was on sale so I saved a $1.40 on that, plus I also used about a 1/3 of it on Sunday to make the hamburgers so I technically got 2 meals out of it.  Then the plum tomato’s were on sale for $.53lb as was the romaine hearts 2 f/$5, I purchased only one bag that has 3 hearts inside and lasts a week+.  I also by Publix brand taco seasoning as it is good and cost 1/2 as much at Taco Bell’s taco seasoning at $.79 a bag. 

I of course had a Taco Salad as usual and it was VERY GOOD, I finished it all.  Plus, I did mix in some left over baby spinach leaves for extra Vitamin A. 

Dinner

While cleaning up after dinner I did sneak 3 small pieces of chocolate from my daughter & husband’s stash in the pantry.  MY BAD….=O 

  

Since my hubby was recording 2 shows at one time and we couldn’t watch live TV due to this I got to watch one of my favorite shows from the food network……..CHALLENGE!  =) 

It was Extreme Villain Cakes on the show last night and it was very good, with quite a few mishaps and some really good cakes in the end.  I wish I could show you the winning cake as it was amazing but they never have pictures of them online……….=(

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TIPS OF THE DAY!!!

 Ok, I know I said yesterday I would get back to the “Eat Out for Less (Calories!)” tips…….however, keeping in today’s post theme about Eating Healthy on a Budget I decided to share some tips I found on an article at the MSNBC Today’s webpage!

Eat Healthy on a Budget

Money-Saving Fundamentals:

  • Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach! Make sure you shop after a meal, or after a light snack to help resist temptation.
  • Shop the perimeter (outside) of the store first. That’s where all of the healthier choices usually are; you’ll avoid all the more processed, costly items.
  • Look for sales on fresh fruits and vegetables — stores get a bargain sometimes, and pass that savings on to you
  • Choose a large bag of fruit (like apples or pears), instead of the single, large fruits priced per pound.

Blown Away

 

Not by the music as shown above (just couldn’t resist this picture, I love it), but by the WIND on this “finally starting to get nicer weather” weekend as we were graced with upper 60’s, clear & sunny skies and what they called gentle winds here in Central Florida this weekend!  =)  

However, I wouldn’t call them that if you were outside running as they didn’t feel “gentle” by any means………=O  Luckily, my morning runs were still very nice despite this fact.  Just much SLOWER then I would have prefered, but you can’t control “Mother Nature”!  

So as you might have guessed my weekend began with a lovely early morning (9am) 35+ minute 3+ mile run on Saturday, 3/6/10.   

After returning home I took a quick shower and then headed out to the grocery store, stopping at Dunkin Donuts on the way to pick myself up a quick breakfast and medium “hazelnut” coffee.  I tried out there new veggie egg white breakfast flatbread sandwich that was topped with cheese.   

Breakfast

To my surprise, it was very good and I will definitely have one again in the future if I am running late like this morning!   

I got home just before 1pm from the grocery store despite getting there early this morning (just after 11am) as I spent extra time surveying all their sales for the day that included some of the following:   

  • Aunt Jemima’s Frozen Pancakes (BOGO)
  • Baby Back Pork Spare Ribs ($2.29lb)
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast Cereals (50% Off, Saturday & Sunday Only)
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal (BOGO)
  • Quaker Granola Bars (BOGO)

For those of you that aren’t familiar with my local grocery store, Publix, they are well-known for doing BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) sales every week and I LOVE THEM!    

The extra time spent while grocery shopping today was well rewarded as I ended up saving a total of $37.01, that included the following savings:   

  • $5.00 Competitors Coupon
  • $1.75 Vendor Coupons
  • $30.26 Publix Special Price Savings

So as you can see sometimes a little extra time spent browsing the sales flyers, collecting coupons, planning out your shopping list and looking at the sales posted at the grocery store can pay off BIG TIME!  =)  

On to lunch, which was no surprise for a Saturday.  I had a big southwest chicken salad.   

Lunch

It wasn’t as good as usual because I was all out of  cherry tomatoes and did buy any at the store as they were a little pricey this week.  They always add a little sweetness so with them missing the salad just did not taste the same or as good…….=(  

The rest of my day was spent doing laundry, going to Target to get a gift my daughter’s friends whose Birthday Party she was attending this evening and then getting my daughter ready for the party.  

Once she was dropped off I went home to spend some quality time with my hubby during the 3+ hours we had “alone”.  We hung around the house for a bit.  Than we ventured out to eat dinner and ended up at Sonic as my husband just couldn’t stand to eat at any of the other fast food joints and we did not have enough time or $$$ to eat out at a restaurant. 

We each had a hamburger and onion rings. 

Dinner1

Dinner2

We both enjoyed everything to our surprise as our last visit to Sonic did not go so well……..so I guess not eating at someplace for almost a year can do that and the fact that I LOVE “real” onion rings helps! 

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On to Sunday, 3/7/10

My day started early again, just before 8am as my daughter woke us thinking she saw a “flee” on our dog.  It ended up being a black piece of something???   

I guess I could have went back to bed but the dog was then antsy to go outside so I did that and after that I was pretty much awake at that point so I started on my long list of things that needed to get done today that included the following (but not limited to these of course): 

  • House Cleaning (bathrooms & dusting)
  • Laundry (whites, reds/pinks & towels)
  • 3+ Mile Run in 35+ mintues
  • Make Red Chicken for dinner later in the week!
  • Start & Eat Dinner (Baby Back Ribs)
  • Prep Lunches & Snacks for the week!

 While performing all the above throughout the day I ate the following: 

Breakfast

This was purchased yesterday at the 50% OFF all Kellogg’s Cereal event at my grocery store and I can’t tell you enough how much I love this cereal and I HIGHLY recommend anyone else to try it! 

Lunch

I wanted a spinach & mushroom omelet for breakfast this morning but I didn’t have enough time to make it before my run so decided to have it for lunch instead.  IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS!  =)

Dinner

They (RIBS) were good as always!  I love pork of any kind……pork chops, ribs, pulled pork, etc.

My bed came early tonight as it was a very full & tiring day, YAWN!

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WEEKEND TIPS!!!

50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

 

23. Check the number of servings in a dish. The calorie count on the menu for Shrimp Fried Rice may say 350 calories per serving, but what’s set in front of you may actually contain 4 servings. Split it with three friends, and save 1,050 calories.

 

24. Beware the healthy-food trap. People let their guard down when the menu is full of healthy fare, underestimating calories by as much as 35%, research by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab shows. You’re also more likely to order drinks, sides, and desserts with up to 131% more calories when you have a healthy entrée. Skip caloric sides—a cookie, chips—to save 500-plus calories.