After reviewing my restaurant bill last month (and realizing that I was blowing money left and right) I started to scale it back this month. I’ll still finish the month spending around $300 eating out this month, but $150 of it was for the fantastic DosLime pop-up and the $50 was spent when best friends came into town recently, so I’m not doing as bad as I did last month.
To compensate for eating at home more, I’ve upped my grocery budget just a little, but the extra money has gone a long way in allowing me to cook a variety of foods throughout the week. I haven’t cooked at home this consistently in quite a few years, and the last time I did was the first time I lost a significant amount of weight (239 lbs.-202lbs., then I went back up to 267).
I’ve been paying special attention to food cost and trying to maximize my food dollars. Making my own marinara sauce (for pizza, sandwiches, polenta, meatloaf and more), cooking multiple servings of dishes (like lasagna cupcakes last week) and preparing my own carrot sticks and other snacks have helped to keep the costs down.
Where I’ve been saving money in the kitchen, I’ve been wasting money in the gym. I bought a gym membership a couple of months back, but I really haven’t been using it like I should be. I’m hoping to get on a regular schedule for at least three muscle workouts per week, but instead of trying to tackle both a cooking schedule and a gym schedule, I’m choosing to focus on the food first. By December if I’m still not using the gym, I’ll reevaluate then.
I’m losing weight again, but I could use some freakin’ muscle, and probably some dedicated cardio too, so the push is to get in there, not to give it up. One thing at a time though. But, to finish on a positive note, check out the second pile of clothes headed to donation since starting this blog.
First went the XXL’s and size 44 jeans. For some reason, some of my XL shirts and size 42 jeans fit differently than my other XL shirts and size 42 jeans. So I got rid of the bigger ones and am even fitting into some shirts I haven’t been able to wear in nearly 5 years.
As for the scale: Today I weigh 233.3 lbs. Last Monday I weight 233.3 lbs. That’s a one-week loss of 2.2 lbs. I started this blog weighing 258 lbs. That’s a total loss of 26.9 lbs.