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Current Weight----- 287 lbs

5% Goal-----273 lbs
10% Goal----258 lbs

Goal Weight-----145 lbs

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 2

Here we are on Day 2 and i must admit I ran into a little problem yesterday. Taco Bell is one of my weakness. So yesterday I got done with school and got a call to bring home Taco bell...aaahhhh nooooo. That was all I was thinking, but I did it anyways. I ended up getting two of their fresco tacos and must say they were mighty good, and at $.89 a pop they don't break the bank. Now I will not make this a habit, but I know that if I get those dreaded Taco Bell cravings I can go and get the fresco tacos without totally ruining myself :)

My menu for yesterday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal~ I am a creature of habit~ ($.19 for one packet)
Coffee with sweet & low and a little bit of cream

Lunch: 2 Taco Bell Fresco crunchy Tacos ($1,78)

Snack: 1 banana ($.40)

Dinner: Spaghetti,bread, salad.($.74 noodles, $1.29 sauce, $1.29 bread, $2.99 salad, $1.98 dressing This dinner was roughly $5.02 for a family of four)
-now when I have spaghetti I take the time to dish out my noodles in a measuring cup, I just measure out the serving size. That is all the Spaghetti I have, then we have baguette bread so I don't eat as many and they are small, the salad I had was with a light Raspberry walnut vinagerette. All this together was perfect for dinner.

My total cost for the day was: $7.39

Now this number is when I break everything down by price. For the record I spend about $100 every two weeks on groceries, I am very huge bargain shopper, but we always have fresh fruit, vegetables, and snacks in our house. I have just found ways to eat healthier on a strict budget.

Here is a cheap Healthy and great tasting Tuna Casserole recipe,

What you need:
1 can Tuna in water, drained
1 cup Macaroni, uncooked
1 Onion, chopped
1 can Peas, drained (baby peas if possible)
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 cup Skim milk
6 tbsp. cheddar cheese, shredded

In a casserole dish, stir together the tuna, macaroni, onion, peas, mushroom soup,

and milk. Make sure the macaroni is covered by the sauce. Sprinkle with the cheddar

cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

**One thing you can do to drop the calories and fat is substitute reduced fat cream of mushroom soup for the regular and reduced fat cheddar for reg. cheddar**
~ For the weight watcher lovers this is 6 pts per serving

Calories 329.2
Total Fat 9.2 g
Saturated Fat 3.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 24.9 mg
Sodium 929.6 mg
Potassium 478.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 40.1 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Sugars 3.3 g
Protein 23.7

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 1

So here it starts. I will give you the details of what I ate yesterday and what I did for exercise.

Breakfast: 1 packet of flavored oatmeal
~ $1.49 for a box of 8 (19cents per packet)

Lunch: Salad with cut up lunchmeat, cheese, fat free croutons, and reduced fat Raspberry Vinagerette
~$1.98 for bottle of dressing, $1.98 pkg lunchmeat, $1.48 croutons, $3.80 for 2lbs cheese,$2.99 2lbs salad.(Total is $12.23, but keep in mind this will be enough to feed me for a whole week if not longer, so it is roughly $1.75 per serving)

Snack: 2 large graham crackers
~$1.58 for entire box of graham crackers

Dinner: Enchilada Casserole with Rice
~$3.14 xtra lean ground beef, $1.79 big can enchilada sauce, $.98 can of olives, $1.98 50ct corn tortilla, $.38 Taco seasoning, $3.80 2lbs cheese, $1.23 1lb bag rice. (Grand total of $12.70, but I only used 8 of the 50 tortillas, 1 1/2 cups of cheese and 2 cups of rice so it is roughly $7.91 for a dinner for a family of 4)

As far as exercise, I didn't do any, but partly this is because I spent alot of the day packing up my house getting ready to move.

You know they say that just simple things like house cleaing is considered exercise. If you don't normally exercise start out small by doing things like walking for small periods of time, if you do it enough you will watch your stamina steadily increase.

Grand total price for the day $11.55 now this is the total of what I ate not the total of what I would have spent.

Depending on where you live prices will vary, the best places to shop to save is a Winco if you have one near you, but most importantly price check before you leave the house.

Be sure to check out the deals tab I have, whenever I have find great deals I will post them there.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Here starts the Journey

Hello to all,
I am starting this blog to help myself and hopefully others. I have been overweight for about 9 years. Now I can use all the excuses, I have kids, I don't have time to exercise, I can't afford to eat healthy, but you know what I am sick and tired of the excuses. I CAN DO IT!!!! I know it, I just need motivation. I have tried many different diets, but they never stick. So here is what I propose.......I will update this blog on a daily basis with what I have eaten, what I did for exercise, and every Friday I will weigh in and post here. I will also make sure to find great healthy frugal recipes, and ways to exercise on a budget.

My highest weight ever was 330lbs. I am currently at 305, I have so much more to go, but I am going to do it. I have always lived on a budget, and having a busy family life makes it hard to exercise. This time around I am not letting go.

To start I want to share a very frugal and healthy recipe:


makes 12 cups (serving size 1 cup)
1 lb. ground turkey (or lean ground beef )
1 large onion, chopped
1 pkg. Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning mix
1 can Pinto Beans
1 can Chile Hot Beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can stewed tomatoes (Mexican flavor)
1 can stewed tomatoes (any flavor)

Brown meat and onions, drain. Mix Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and
taco seasoning mix into meat. Then, without draining, add all of the other
ingredients. Simmer 1 hour. If you can find the reduced sodium taco
seasoning and the reduced sodium Hidden Valley it is very helpful because
of the high sodium count in both the seasonings and the chili hot beans.
This is delicious served with Baked Tostitos chips
(they aren't in the point count per cup serving).

For those of you who love Weight Watchers this is a 2 pt recipe.
Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 134.2
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 26.7 mg
Sodium: 791.1 mg
Total Carbs: 18.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
Protein: 11.0 g