I haven’t written for myself in awhile (that’s not true, but I’m not going to share it here). Last night I wrote a grocery list and plotted out a week’s worth of meals and an exercise plan. I traveled for 2 weekends in a row and last week I ate take-out for every meal from Monday-Friday. I feel puffy and weak from not getting enough sleep whatsoever for 2 weeks straight, not getting enough exercise due to exhausting myself by sitting at a damn desk all day, and exclusively eating sandwiches. After the holidays I went low carb for a week and a half and I lost 3 lbs. I would love to lose 8 lbs and be my pre desk-job self, but I’d have to take up smoking cigarettes and only eating twice every other day to be like that again. I like having boobs and an ass, I guess.
This morning my refrigerator was completely empty. This afternoon, I rented a ZipCar and went to Stop & Shop to change that. List, meal plan, and links to recipes below: Continue reading Feeding-and-Exercising of Self Plan for Week of March 1st – March 7th
Last week was another busy one, and to top it off I came down with a bizarre lung-eating virus that gave me a killer cough (and killer abs). The act of breathing was a challenge, so I stayed away from the gym and walked home instead for exercise and to avoid spreading germs on the T. Except for Friday and Saturday night, I ate home-cooked food and leftovers for all three meals.. There are 9 days left to the spending fast, and even though I spent some of my money on “wants” I haven’t gone over my $200 budget for spending on my American Express Serve card. There’s $8 to spare.
Workout as much as possible
My cough has subsided and I’m so ready to get back in the swing of exercise.
Eat home-cooked/homemade 3x/day
Meal planning and building up pantry staples has been the key to success with this. The site budgetbytes.com has been a good resource for inexpensive, filling, and cheap eats. Last week I made the Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta for dinner, the Chopped Kale Salad for lunch(es), and the Spinach Rice Breakfast bowls. This week the Italian Wonderpot is on the menu along with some attempts at Turkish food inspired by watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Red Lentil Soup (Mercimek Corbasi), Fava Bean and Pea Salad (İç Bakla ve Bezelye Salatası), and Sultan’s Delight (Hünkar Beğendi). More on how that goes this week.
Finalize a budget for October
October is the last month before shit gets crazy with the holidays. Aside from basic living expenses, I have to account for budgeting and funding for some other ventures before the end of the year:
- My 26th birthday is October 13th. I need to decide how much I want to spend on celebrations. Dive bar? Yes – if only Boston had a good one near me.
- Travel arrangements for my friend’s November wedding in Brooklyn.
- Travel arrangements for Thanksgiving in NJ/NYC before the ticket prices sky rocket.
- Travel arrangements to Buffalo and NJ/NYC for Christmas/NYE
- Christmas presents for nieces and nephews
When I said that food was one of the things I gave an F about, I HOPE you didn’t think I meant only health food. I recognize the value of a bowl of quinoa when it’s stuck in someone else’s teeth and I love kale when it’s been stuck in a blender with other non cruciferous produce. There are just some things that get in between me and eating like a food blogger with an SLR camera every day. Sometimes I’m too exhausted from working all day and exercising so I just grab something easy, and sometimes I’m like… Ew, quinoa. Who the hell made you popular? Seriously, I’m going to make quinoa the next food allergy fad when everyone realizes that bread is AWESOME and has not been causing their first world problems. All of my feelings about the much praised grain aside, the biggest obstacle between myself and always cooking healthy food is my kitchen.
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