Sunday, January 6, 2008

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I try to post every day but these past few days got ahead of me. I got on a roll taking down the Christmas stuff and trying to pack it in a way that would make sense next year when I take it all out in the new house. And then I figured since I was packing stuff...why not start packing the house! (I tend to get a little sidetracked when I do things.) So I took down all the pictures on my walls (we need to paint anyway before we sell) and then I packed up all my cook books...and thing led to another!

But I'm back. And I must confess...not doing as gung ho as I promised myself I would. I AM doing better....writing down what I eat....making healthier choices....but as the day wears on - so does my resolve. My biggest problem has been that I'm in a rut. I'm sick of eating the same stuff all the time. And being unemployed (as I have been these past 6 months) money has been tight. And dang if it doesn't cost more sometimes - to eat less!

Buying all the low-fat, no-fat stuff isn't cheap. I never have figured out why they have to charge you more for something if they've left part of it out....

Anyway - I realized that I must change my game plan. I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants type gal....and that doesn't always work. I need the rigidity of having a meal plan in front of me for the whole day so I don't have to decide what to eat for my next meal as I'm standing in front of the fridge - door wide open - mouth wide open.

An lo and behold ~ a fellow blogger comes to the rescue by pointing me in the direction of yet another blogger that I'd never read before! Susan, of thinningthoughts mentioned her game plan which is based on Amy's food plan. I'm pumped now! Amy has taken the Nutri System plan (which she was on for 2 months) and created her own food plan which she followed with GREAT success! You must check out her pictures! Read Susan's post too - because she also refers to Amy's cookbook which is in a PDF file. Right now I'm in the process of minimizing the pics in Amy's plan so I can print it all out without giving my printer a royal cramp!

Alas...Amy does use a lot of low-fat, sugar free versions of ingredients - so I will have to buck up and spend some money. But at least she's given me TONS of great ideas for great food (I love how she included a picture of each item she prepared and even of the serving sizes!) and I will not be bored eating my same old - same old every day.

So happy Sunday all - I'm sure I've given you some good food for thought this morning! Keep at it...and if you've fallen off that wagon - hop right back on! It's only January 6th!


Kathy said...

It does seem to cost a lot at first, but once I got my kitchen stocked with the lighter versions of the products I use, it doesn't seem so bad now. I buy as much as I can at Aldi's, which is a discount grocery, check ads and buy the name brands I can't find at Aldi's at Kroger or Meijer, and there are a few items that I get in bulk at a local natural foods market...but it has become second nature to me now. Don't let it get boring...there are so many recipes on the internet!

Linda said...

I was wondering where you were.

Oh! I know exactly what you mean about one thing leading onto another then before you know it days have passed.

I will be back tomorrow.

Hugs to you xx

Susan said...

Hi Lora! I'm glad you're feeling motivated again! I've tried many of those recipes that Amy posted and they're awesome! And really, to me it looks like they are all "normal" food that's just been prepared in a healthy way.

And oh my gosh! I went grocery shopping and made sure to stock up on all the healthy stuff for my big Monday start and I spent $60 more than I usually do! I really IS more expensive to buy healthy. Grrr!

I hope your weekend has been a great one!

OhYeahBabe said...

I just discovered your blog and really love your sense of humor and practicality. I've added it to my blog reader. Thanks!

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Grumpy Chair said...

I checked out Amy's blog and those are great recipes.

I agree, trying to eat healthier, organic and sugar free is a costlier than the same regular items.

CactusFreek said...

You are right, healthy stuff is higher priced. Sad aye?

I'll check out those blogs. I'm always looking for nice low fat recipes that aren't salads. thanks :o)

Teale said...

Hi there! I'm also doing the Healthy You Challenge so I wanted to stop by & introduce myself! I'm going to add you to my google reader!

OhYeahBabe said...

I found your blog recently and I'm really enjoying reading your posts. You have a new fan!

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CactusFreek said...

Oh and in response to your comment on my blog about the book, It's not the same author wearing a different name lol
This lady promotes healthy eating. And when you are REALLY hungry, a salad tastes REALLY good!!
That's only one chapter anyway.
It's an awesome book. I can really see it changing my life, Primarily because Jesus is at the centre of it and it's realisticly doable.
It's helping with my drinking problem too, whitch is awesome in itself!

Lily T said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

I know what you mean about getting sidetracked. I get like that all the time. I start a cleaning project, which leads me to another, but the problem with me is that I failed to finish the first one. So when my husband comes come he doubts me when I tell him I’ve been busy all day.

I also know what you mean about getting stuck in a rut and those low fat products are expensive. I try to buy them when they go on sale whenever I can. I also revert back to regular products every once in a while and try to eat less. That seems to work for me.

This blog that you mention sounds interesting. I think I’ll check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

Good luck to you on this new experiment.

Heather said...

yeah I hear you..its always easy at the start of the day but it just gets harder and harder! dont worry though, each day is a new day and you can start fresh no matter what. I know for me, I never keep anything around thats going to tempt me and that usually can get me through the day (and I should know as even though I dont work at home, I work directly across from the kitchen at my job!).

Laura said...

I have cooked several of Amy's recipes and they are soooooo good. Good luck!

OhYeahBabe said...

Oh shoot, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to post twice to you about being new & excited about your blog. I feel like a dork, LOL!

I found boneless skinless chicken breasts at my grocery store tonight for under $2 a pound - less than half the regular price. Jackpot!

I have an observation about the getting sidetracked thing. I think husbands just done get it! There are some advantages to their single-threaded way of doing things. Once they actually get started, they get a task done. Everything else slides behind while they do it, but at least something is done, right? I try to do the flylady type approach and stick to something for at least 15 minutes, but if I'm working on the bathroom and I realize the washer and dryer aren't both still running, it feels wasteful not to reboot them and then come back to the bathroom! At the end of the day, I have less totally finished tasks, but my net to-do pile is still less than my husband's. There are advantages to each approach, right? It's just a different mindset, seemingly designed to make others nuts!