Spending Freeze: Day 30 (Last Day!)

FINAL: $2,184.05 / -2.2 lbs

It’s here! It’s here!  I can’t wait to spend tons of money tomorrow!  

Okay, not “tons” of money, but I am definitely ready to go normal grocery shopping.  I’ve wanted fresh produce so bad that it actually manifested in my backyard:

 

A lone tomato ripens on the final day…in my extremely neglected vegetable garden. It’s a miracle!
 
It being the final day and all, the hubs and I reviewed the April budget and set up the May budget tonight.  I’ve re-tallied the total savings up there based on how much actual money we saved (not in theory anymore like I’ve been doing).  That’s more than DOUBLE our goal!  No matter how much we complained to each other this month, we admitted today that it really wasn’t that hard.  And seeing that savings is totally worth the “struggle.” We were both so excited about the savings that we decided to keep the “Freeze” going…with a few upgrades:  

1. Increase the grocery budget to $200/month and not limit what particular items we can buy with it

2. Each of us gets $100/month individually to use however we want…eating out, booze, amazon.com, golf, anything!

3. Put $50/month back into the restaurant budget to use together

I feel like this is reasonable to keep us on track to our bigger savings goals without us going insane.  The last thing we would want is a relapse, right!?

MONTHLY RECAP:

EAT

I was in such a hurry today that I had leftover popcorn for breakfast.  I miss having all of my green smoothies prepped like I used to.  So does the hubs.  Why I didn’t just make normal smoothies with all the fruit in the freezer?…I will never know.  The month went by so fast that I really didn’t get as creative as I wanted to or thought I would.  I probably have 100 recipes and meal ideas left on my “Spending Freeze” list that I didn’t get to, but could do with all the food that we still have left!  That’s another reason we felt we could keep going.  There is still so much food.  I have a huge jar of quinoa and didn’t make it once!

So maybe we didn’t make the most nutritious food choices, but that wasn’t the goal this month.  We focused on saving money and doing Body Revolution and that is exactly what we succeeded in.  Personally, I think if we weren’t doing Body Revolution, we would’ve gained weight for sure.  That’s the only reason that I’m not completely devastated that I only lost 2.2 pounds for the month.  I feel great and know I gained muscle, but with a strong focus on healthier eating next month, I have no doubt that I can succeed in weight loss too!

SAVE

A lot of the savings this month was brought on simply by our self restraint, but I need to give credit to our biggest helpers:

1. My couponing stockpile of freezer and pantry foods

2. Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover (and EveryDollar.com!)

3. Finding a $50 Visa Gift Card in my stash

4. My mom being a great listener (and reader!)…and contributing BDubs funds ūüėČ

6. Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution Program

7. The library

LOVE

Beyond the money, the best part about this month was working together with the hubs to accomplish our goals.  We’ve had so much fun hanging in, watching movies, budget talking, working out, cooking, eating, library-going, etc. and all together.  I feel like we spent more time together this month than usual with our crazy opposite schedules.  It’s been awesome!

Plus, we got a lot done for ourselves this month as well!  The hubs has been working on music and his website more than ever and I’ve gotten used to blogging and getting up early just to name a few.  

I can’t wait to keep the momentum going and see what it brings.  It will be odd not to “check-in” and journal-blogging everyday, but I’ll figure out my place and system here eventually.  I hope you stick around for the adventure!

Thanks for all of your “listening” and support!  It’s been great!

– Kelly

Spending Freeze: Day 23

DAY 23: $1,693.78/ -2.0 lbs

Today was TOUGH!¬† I’ve been getting very little sleep, so I’m heading to bed early tonight.¬† I think my body needs it¬†from all of these Body Revolution workouts.¬†¬†I have been dragging and it’s not pretty.¬† I’ll still give¬†ya a quick recap of my day today though…

EAT

Breakfast:  Super Green Smoothie and coffee with half and half

Lunch: Leftover Spiralized Carrot Rice Enchilada Bake…it is way too good reheated.

Dinner:¬† I was on my own for dinner tonight and I hate to admit it, but I just boiled 2 mini corn cobbettes from the freezer and that was my weird pathetic dinner.¬† What can I say, I’m tired and I like corn.¬† I almost took a picture and thought, “Nah, this is just strange.”

SAVE

Oh man, we are so emotionally done with the freeze!¬† The hubs is struggling with not buying whatever food he wants and I just want fresh produce back.¬† I know realistically we could just buy things.¬† We even have a back¬†up gift card just to stick to the “rules.” But¬†with only a week left,¬†we’re too close to give up.¬† So my “save” today¬†is that I didn’t make a random¬†stop at the grocery store and impulse¬†buy even though I really wanted to for the hubs¬†and really¬†wanted to for myself.¬† I think maybe¬†I just need a weekend.¬† So close!

LOVE

I’m watching some tutorials tonight on how to¬†edit this blog.¬† Everything is so new to me that I’m kinda flying by the seat of my pants.¬† I know I’ll figure it out eventually, but I’m glad I’m taking some learning steps today!

Okay, off to bed so I can get up early and DIE during Strength Workout 4 of Body Revolution tomorrow.  Sweet dreams!

– Kelly


Spending Freeze: Day 19

DAY 19$994.33 / -2.0 lbs

Finally!  I substantial loss logged!  I practically ran around the house with excitement after my weigh-in this morning.  Please please please say that the pounds will keep dropping now.  Besides completing 2 weeks of Body Revolution, I wonder if my super stepping this weekend had anything to do with it: 

I swear my UP band is never satisfied. Should I take the Step Challenge for tomorrow?

So much for “Rest Day” again this weekend!  I spent all yesterday cleaning, couponing, and doing laundy, and then today was all meal prep and organizing.  I can’t believe how many steps that adds up to without a workout!

EAT

My bread has been a huge hit in the house this weekend.  I’m actually waiting on a new loaf to finish baking in the oven right now.  

Breakfast:  Coffee with Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk, Toast from my Homemade Bread, an Egg Over Easy, Sea Salt Bacon, and Cheesy Hashbrowns (I’m totally getting this hash browns from a real potato thing down!)  

A perfect Sunday breakfast


Lunch:  Filet Mignon Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches (on my homemade bread, of course).  This was so good that I almost felt guilty.  But, it was the last of the steak in the house so I decided to enjoy every last bite instead! 

Filet Mignon Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich


Dinner:  I pretty much neglected veggies all day so Carrot Rice Enchilada Bake (from my favorite “Inspiralized” cookbook) sounded smart.  I had all of the ingredients except cumin (who runs out of cumin!?) and black olives.  I’m still mad at myself for not buying black olives before the freeze.  I’ve wanted them about 10 times so far this month!

 

Spriralized Carrot Rice Enchilada Bake
 

I halved the enchilada bake recipe (since I  didn’t have enough carrots) and used the leftover ingredients to make my fave Tortilla Soup in the Vitamix.  Leftover veggies from the Buffalo Wild Wings night were thrown in there as well.  And, in the far corners of the pantry, I found “The Better Chip” corn tortilla chips!  So those went in there and now I’m already thinking of Chicken Nachos for Taco Tuesday.  

 

Vitamix Blender Tortilla Soup
 

SAVE

Another weekend gone by without partying = Another weekend of $100 savings!  The hubs had it tougher than I did with his gigs and all, although I did get a little antsy for a beer on the patio Friday night…and Saturday night…and maybe this afternoon.  But I would quickly distract myself and man did I get a crapload done around the house.  

LOVE

I spent so much time today prepping for the week ahead that my mind actually feels clearer.  Coffee is ready, house is ready, green smoothies are ready, lunches are ready, outfits are ready, car is ready, coupons are ready…you get the idea.  Just knowing that I won’t have to scramble in the morning is putting my mind at ease.  I’ll probably even sleep better…and then my body will even be ready! Ha!  Okay, enough of the “ready” talk.  Good night!

– Kelly


Spending Freeze: Day 18

DAY 18: $894.33 / -0.2 lbs

My bread worked out! 

No Knead Bread Success!
 

I know it kind of looks like a fortune cookie.  But I don’t care because it turned out awesome and tasty and very artisan-y!  The hubs said this was his favorite and exactly what he’s been needing. I feel like such a little homemaker. Lol

EAT

Breakfast:  Coffee.  Then 4 hours later the hubs made mini (I swear that’s just a really tiny plate in the picture) Chicken Quesadillas from the new batch of Slow Cooker Chicken that had just finished. Still the first meal of the day and I plan on doing a lot more eating, so I’m going to count this as breakfast. 

A Chicken Quesadilla “Breakfast” by the hubs
 

Lunch:  Asiago Chicken & Onion Paninis with my new homemade bread!  OMG.  So good.   

Dinner:  We’re staying up late tonight and (since our hunger times seem to be off today) are going to do late night Hibachi Grill!  We’ve done it a few times before and it’s always fun.  No, we don’t have a hibachi grill (I wish!).  We ridiculously use an electric griddle and it’s just as entertaining…just in a very “we’re anything but professionals” kind of way.  I think all that matters in the end is that there is meat, veggies, noodles, and yum yum sauce tonight.  If it weren’t for the freeze there would be other elements, but of course we are improvising.  No pics tonight since I’m posting before we cook.   

SAVE

Couponing was awesome today!  Oh how I’ve missed “buying” things.  I was tempted to bend the rules a little bit, but sustained.  Here are all of the freebies I got:

  

I thought I was going to get a free RedBox movie as well, but my codes didn’t work.  So in the end I got over $25 worth of products for FREE!  

I see a lot of flatbread pizzas in my future…

LOVE

I buttoned my jeans today!  I know this sounds weird, but I’ve been up a size for a while and it was hard to believe that some of my “normal” jeans didn’t fit.  I try them on every once in a while even though my weight hasn’t changed much, but it’s usually disappointment.  Not today!  I think the whole Body Revolution workout plan is actually working, just not on the scale yet.  Other clothes are fitting a little differently too and I think my face is slimming up ever so slightly.  It’s enough to keep me going.  2 weeks down now and REST DAY tomorrow!! Hope you are out enjoying your weekend!

– Kelly


Spending Freeze: Day 15

DAY 15:  $813.92 / -0.8 lbs

Happy Tax Day!  I feel like I missed out on some really good Tax Day deals today though. Enough that I don’t think I’ll do an April Spending Freeze again!  Too bad I couldn’t find any freebies I could work with. I may do a little more looking online tonight.  

This morning’s Body Revolution cardio workout was a breeze!  I can’t believe I’m getting used to waking up so early.  It’s awesome going through the rest of the day knowing you’re “done.”

EAT

Breakfast:  Cinnamon Raisin Toast w/ a Caf√© Mocha. I forgot to prep green smoothies last night, but remembered tonight, yay!  Unfortunately, this was the end of the romaine, so I’ll have to start getting creative.  

Lunch: Zucchini Noodles and Marinara. I’m so glad my work has a full kitchen.  I need to take advantage of it more because there really is no excuse for unhealthy eating, when I can whip this up in 5 minutes. 

Cookin’ up Spiralized Zucchini Noodles at work for lunch!
 

Dinner: Chicken & Veggie Egg Rolls (Once again, I had bigger dinner plans, but there were dishes to clean and put away and I just don’t like cooking it up in a messy kitchen. So I cleaned it, and then was too tired to make an effort. Oh well!)

SAVE

 

My DIY K-Cups
 

I almost forgot to mention that I ran out of K-Cups!  Oh the devastation! Just kidding, we aren’t huge coffee drinkers, but I think we’ve increased our intake this month with the early morning workouts.  I have bags of coffee in my pantry stockpile, so I made my own K-Cups.  I could probably write a whole blog post on this.  (Maybe I will after the freeze)!  This is probably about a $6.99 savings because I usually use a coupon.   

LOVE

I’m not sure how lame this sounds, but I’ve been sitting on the sofa for the last hour watching YouTube videos. I’m so relaxed. I don’t know why I tend to feel guilty for “wasting time” but I didn’t let it get to me tonight. I was missing my YouTubers!  I’ve already worked out, the house is clean, I’m not at a bar and I’m not spending money, so I think I’m okay.  Right!?

– Kelly