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 12

DAY 12: $676.93 / -0.8 lbs

REST DAY!  The day we’ve been waiting for…and I’ve still logged 15,319 steps today!?  I guess it just happens. I’ve cleaned the house, done laundry, and meal prepped.  Housework really is a workout!  Now, I really am relaxing and down for the night.  Hopefully, I’ll sleep like a baby and be rested enough to start Body Revolution Week 2 tomorrow.   

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I tried another bread machine recipe today:

 

Nailed It.
 

EAT

Breakfast:  I was making a pot of penne and vodka sauce to have for this week’s lunches…maybe I ate some…maybe that counts as breakfast. 

Lunch:  Slow Cooker Lentil Soup (tons left over for the week)

Dinner:  Homemade Pepperoni Pizza (leftover dough from last night, so why not?)

SAVE

The hubs spent the whole afternoon fixing the lawn mower.  I can’t believe I didn’t get a pic, but it was intense out there.  We knew the mower had issues two weeks ago, so we budgeted for a repair and temporary lawn service.  But that $100 is moving to savings because he fixed it! It was very manly. Lol. 

LOVE

At the end of the day the hubs built a fire outside in the fire pit. We sat around it for a little bit while he played ukulele and I read a cookbook. It was perfect. 

– Kelly


Spending Freeze: Day 4

DAY 4: $198.95 / -0.8 lbs

 This is the first Saturday of the Spending Freeze and the first day I’ve had to spend money!  Don’t worry, I didn’t break the rules.  We ran out of eggs so I bought a carton of 18 at Publix.  I checked out the cost per egg price and 18 was the better deal so spent $3.99.  Then, since we are down to the last roll of TP per bathroom (!), it was declared that this was a definite “need” item which I hadn’t really thought about.  I went on my Favado app (thanks, Mom!) and searched for the best toilet paper deals.  Walgreens won out with their store deal matching up to the coupons I had.   I saved $1, but probably more than that just by checking out all of the best deals and not just buying whatever.  While I was doing this, the hubs and our friends are out at his gig having fun and spending their money.  I’ve already been texted to “Come join!” and had to say no.  It totally sucks.  It’s probably tougher for him though…if he’s staying on track!  Fingers crossed!

EAT

Breakfast:  Sausage, Eggs, and Later Tater Tots.  The breakfast sausage needed to be cooked or thrown away tomorrow, so we ate it all and didn’t save any for the freezer as planned.  Oh well!  I didn’t realize we were down to one egg so put a pathetic dab of scrambled eggs on each plate.  (I actually added a splash of milk to stretch the egg a little). Whatev, it worked.  and later we ate the poorly timed mini tater tots.  I hate that those are gone!  Think I can figure out how to make and freeze my own??

Lunch: After posting last night we made Frisco Melts with the ground beef we had defrosted.  I tried to make the “special sauce” and would say it was definitely NOT the same.  But, hey, we didn’t drive to Steak n Shake, (aka saved $12) so they served their purpose.  I saved half and ate that for lunch today.  I made the hubs a green smoothie to go to help prevent him from getting hungry while on the road.  

Dinner:  No clue yet since I’m posting early.  Frozen tortellini?  Pasta bake?  

SAVE

I think the biggest savings of the day is that I didn’t go to the gig and that we aren’t going out tonight.  I hate to admit it, but that’s a $100 savings, seriously.  No Uber + No Buying Drinks = No Fun Big Savings.  We’ve already speculated that we might be winos by the end of this month because that’s the main source of the alcohol stockpile in the house.  Oops!

LOVE

 

Frozen grapes ready to bag before they went bad!
 

I love cooking and doing meal prep.  Like, LOVE love it.  It’s fun and totally rewarding.  I got up early, had 2 cups of coffee and was hyped up enough to prep green smoothies, freeze grapes, make frozen spinach cubes for future smoothies, and make buffalo chicken pinwheels for snacking.  I love catching all of this food before it goes bad and having it ready to go!  Now time for a beer on the patio…where I can hear my neighbors two doors down partying it up…for Easter I guess!?  Cheers!

– Kelly