Spending Freeze: Day 24

DAY 24:  $1,693.78/ -2.0 lbs

I’ve been waiting all week to have a Friday freebie date night with the hubs at Starbucks since we both had these in our inboxes:

 And they expired after today, so hopefully you can understand my short post today…since I spent the evening finding something like THIS at each nearby Starbucks:


And I was really pumped about getting caffeinated tonight! LOL

Hope your weekend is starting off better than mine!

– 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…


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.”


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!


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: (Earth) Day 22

DAY 22: $1,693.78/ -2.0 lbs

Happy Earth Day!  Yet another day in April with lots of good shopping deals that I’m missing out on. What was I thinking?  Instead of deal hunting, I went on another nature walk at lunch today.  It was so beautiful out!



Breakfast:  A Super Dark Green Smoothie (I used my frozen spinach cubes & added Spirulina)


Lunch:  The last of the Tortilla Soup leftovers

Dinner:  Steak n Shake with a gift card and coupons (Hmmm…and I’m not losing weight because??)


I haven’t calculated a “savings” amount on it yet, but since it’s Earth Day I thought I’d give a shout out to my new (to me) Prius.  This puppy saves me so much in gas money it pays for itself.  And on days like today, I kinda feel like I’m doing my part for the environment a little bit.  I usually take it through the car wash twice a month, but hadn’t this month due to the spending freeze.  It was getting dirty, but I noticed today that it seemed all clean again due to the crazy rain from a huge storm on Monday evening.  So FREE car wash!  Thanks, Mother Nature!


The hubs and I went to the mall tonight to try on expensive sunglasses that we obviously weren’t going to buy.  I don’t know why it was fun, but it felt good to be in the mall again!  


Secret Serious Sunglass Hut Selfie!

What d’ya think?  Worth the $200?! 

– Kelly

Spending Freeze: Day 21

DAY 21: $1,672.77/ -2.0 lbs

5K Training started today!  We’re adding in 3 running days on top of our Body Revolution workout plan…you know, just for fun.  So I worked out 3 times today kind of.  That’s one way to avoid spending money!


Breakfast:  Green Protein Smoothie, Coffee, and a Hard-Boiled Egg

Lunch: Leftover Tortilla Soup (and maybe a FREE Krispy Kreme donut that someone brought into work)

Dinner:  Chicken Tacos & Mexican Rice (I forgot I had avocados in the fridge!  I was so excited!)




SUPER savings today!! The hubs and I use our Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card for almost everything and pay it in full every month.  I know this doesn’t work for everybody, but it works for us and we “bought” 2 FREE flights home with our miles today!  The flight sale was only going on until Thursday so we wanted to take advantage before prices went back up.  So, thanks to our discipline with the credit card, we saved $543.00 dollars!

Another (smaller) savings today – the hubs and I picked up some reserved items from the library (for free of course).  We got 1 book, 1 audiobook, and 4 CDs to enjoy for the next 3 weeks.  That would’ve set us back $60 or so if we would’ve bought everything!  I love the library!


Should I put the library outing here too?  Actually, my enjoyable time was another nature walk today!  This time I captured a baby gators pic for ya:


Sweet Dreams!

– Kelly

Spending Freeze: Day 20

DAY 20: $1,129.77/ -2.0 lbs

As ready as I thought I was to start this Monday off, I did scramble a little.  Not having anticipated the length of the new Body Revolution strength training workout threw me off slightly so I definitely rushed out the door (with the help of the hubs).  Still, some preparation is better than none, and all that prep kept me from being late today!  The new workout was brutal and I know I’ll be extra sore tomorrow, but it was still a welcome change.  Hopefully our bodies will be confused enough to drop some lbs!


Breakfast:  Green Protein Smoothies (the hubs added vanilla protein powder into my smoothie this morning and it was sooooo tasty!) & Cafe Mochas

Lunch:   Leftover Spiralized Carrot Rice Enchilada Bake  (this thing heated up so well and the flavors improved so much that I might dream about it tonight…or at least be excited for more of it tomorrow)

Dinner:  Grilled Chicken Fettucine (or whole wheat linguine really)  Alfredo with Garlic Cheese Toasts and for dessert…

His and Hers Made-From-Scratch Brownies w/ Ice Cream


I forgot to add in grocery savings the past 2 weekends!  So that puts us over $1000!  As long as nothing unexpeccted happens we should be in the clear.  And we’ll have to check all of my calculations at the end of the month, but things are lookin’ good!  K, back to groceries…I set the savings up assuming we usually spend $100 per week on average before the freeze and budgeted $100 for this month for any essential “needs” just to be safe  (like the unexpected toilet paper incident).  The hubs renegotiated his “essentials” after the first week or so.  It was hard for me to compromise at first, but when he’s set on something and pulls out good points, it’s hard for me to refuse.  I’d asked for him to give up a lot this month, a lot that he could handle, but he could “not survive without deli chicken lunch meat, chips, and ice cream.”  And if he was to carry on, this was how it needed to be.  It all sounds very “man drama” but…no it really was.  Anyway, we’ve stuck to the new arrangement and stayed safe under the $100, so I think all is fantastic in the world.  Lol.


Well, very not “me,” but I took a nature walk at lunch today.  I felt the need to get out of the office, but also was trying to get in some extra steps for the the UP band step challenge I accepted last night.  In the end though, I totally enjoyed myself…and saw a few things that didn’t creep me out too much…



There were baby alligators too, but I only have a video and have no clue how to upload something like that on here yet!
Happy Monday!

– Kelly