Shopping Healthy

I decided to relax this month (November). I am not traveling or attending too many events in order to save money and focus on some personal goals I have. One of my goals for the rest of this year is to get down to 130lbs and another goal I have is to save money. I have been working really hard towards my goals for the past two weeks. One thing I have added to my schedule includes going to the gym in the morning (6:30AM) and when I get out of school (8:00PM). I won’t be doing two-a-days forever, but since I hit a plateau for the past 3 months I want to shock my body and get it back into the groove of losing weight. I will post pictures and update on my weight loss at the end of this month.
Since I am a busy ladyy I used to make excuses for why I ate out so much. The truth is I wasn’t looking at the bigger picture (budget and waistline). I didn’t want to go grocery shopping because I thought it was too expensive, and I preferred fast-food over cooking my own meals any day. Now, things are a little bit different. I realized that you can save so much money buying groceries to eat during the week than going out for lunch and dinner. Come on! I can easily spend $10.00 on lunch at Chic-fila. $10.o0 just for one meal? If you multiply that by 7 days…you can do the math. It just doesn’t make sense. I also noticed that you are more than likely to eat healthier and make better choices when you prepare your own meals. You’re more thoughtful about what you are putting into your body.
So, today I went grocery shopping with a friend. She wasn’t physically there, but she was on the phone with me. (haha!) We gave each other advice, recommended healthy food items, and kept each other entertained as Britney Spears sang in the background music. It was fun! I spent about $128.57, and I saved $30.65 by using my Safeway card. Everything I purchased is lean or fat-free. Here are a few items:

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Here are all of the “carb type” items I got. Multi-grain Tostitos are really good. You can have about 16 chips for 140 calories. I often eat them with fresh salsa versus the ones in the jar. I believe the fresh salsa is about 5 calories less than the jarred one. Either one works! I normally don’t eat cereal but what I have noticed since I have been on a strict diet is my level of energy has dropped. I realized that I wasn’t getting enough carbs. Carbs are what give you energy. On my cheat days I’ll have a bowl of cereal. I know you are wondering why I do this on my cheat days- the reality is cereal is typically extra sugary and “carby”.  No bueno. It is ok to eat maybe once a week, but not every morning. The Quaker Chewy bars are only 100 calories per bar. I use these when I want to have something sweet, or I may have one in the morning if I don’t have a waffle. The low fat Nutri-Grain waffles are whole grain and only 85 calories per waffle. In the morning, I typically have one waffle, two slices of turkey bacon, and a boiled egg. If I am late or don’t feel like cooking I’ll make a protein shake. I’ve never had the veggie pasta, but I am going to try it and see if I like it. I heard whole wheat and veggie pasta is better than regular enriched pasta. We shall see. Lastly, I bought brown rice. I don’t think I need to explain the reason behind buying rice because I just don’t understand how people live their lives with out eating rice. Sorry.

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The protein I bought include eggs, turkey breast deli meat, Oscar Meyer turkey bacon, Shady Brook Farms turkey portions, and chops. As stated above I boil an egg most mornings to eat for breakfast. Sometimes to increase my protein I may boil two and have one for breakfast and the other with one of my lunch meals. The turkey bacon is 50 calories per slice. I don’t typically get the Oscar Meyer brand but it was on sale this time. I normally get the Eating Right-less sodium brand. I have two slices every morning. This is my first time getting turkey chops and portions, but I will be baking them and using them for lunch. I typically have a salad, broccoli, or some other green vegetable for lunch along with my baked protein. I also have the same thing for dinner, but I may have pasta or yams  as a side as well for variety. I usually get Eating Right- Chicken Breast. They are roughly 110 calories per breast.

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I love eating fruit and vegetables. I am not picky when it comes to this part of my diet. The fruit I purchased include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. I use these for my protein shakes. My protein shakes include 2 or 3 the fruits, less than a cup each, almond milk, two scoops of Giant brand whey and soy protein, and ice. Some people add Splenda to their shakes, but I don’t add any. It is pretty good as is. I use the salsa for chips and sometimes as a replacement for salad dressing. It is about 5 calories per tablespoon. Broccoli is used as a side item for my lunch and dinner meals. I typically steam it in the morning while I am making breakfast and put my meals in Tupperware. Broccoli is about 5 calories per cup. Remember this is plain broccoli – no salt or butter added. The mixed greens are used to make salads. Sometimes when I get bored with my food I may adda few croutons or freshly grated parmesan cheese.

I also purchased other items such as Ms. Dash seasoning which doesn’t contain sodium. I bought light butter and olive oil to bake my chicken, and light mayonnaise for tuna fish. I eat with tuna with low fat Triscuit crackers. This is an amazing snack!

I eat roughly 5 times a day, 2-3 hours apart. These groceries will probably last me about 3 weeks. Then I’ll have to re-up. After looking at how much I spent compared to how much I would have spent eating out I am satisfied. I am also happy I can eat healthily, carefully preparing my meals, and adjusting them to meet my fitness goals.

Just a reminder-I am trying to eat super healthy right now because I want to lose weight and overcome a plateau. Remember that small changes in any diet can make huge differences. If you need to make small changes I suggest cutting cheese out of your diet completely, staying away from salt, staying away from stress, water only, or no candy or sugar. When I first started losing weight I made small changes. I started small because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. Also, please note I didn’t lose weight overnight. I have been gradually losing weight for a whole year.

Just remember to be patient with yourself and your body. Stick to your goals. Whether it is losing weight, staying on budget, finishing school, starting a  new project. Stick to it! I promise you will always reap any seeds you sow, water, and care for.

Love yoself ladyy!

<3 LCA

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