30 Day Ab Challenge

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Last month I participated in the 30 Day Squat Challenge (which you can find here) which I rocked right up until Day 24 when I was hit with the flu and wasn’t able to stand/walk/get out of bed/stop whining for my mommy for days on end and am still recovering.   I was very disappointed in myself for not being able to complete the challenge because I have always worked out sick and injured and this was the first time that literally felt I was unable to complete a task.  (Although, one day last week, when I felt I was able to start squatting again I resumed where I left off….but apparently the flu left me unable to do math because I overshot my squats and instead of doing 225 I did 265.  My ass and thighs were very sore the next few days.)

My new task is to complete…

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Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Today I felt like offering up my tips for making and sticking to a grocery budget. In my house, there are 5 mouths to feed (with the babysitting kids, its 7) and our grocery budget is $70 a week (not including baby formula/diapers). We would be sunk without sticking to the budget so I hope it helps you as much as it does us.

Step 1: Don’t be against off-brands. This is where Aldis comes in handy the most! They offer great products for an incredible price. They also now have a healthier line of food, called Simply Nature. Embrace the discount prices and stores, and you don’t have to sacrifice healthy options

Step 2: Plan out each meal for every day, yes even breakfast.

Step 3: Take inventory of your cabinets and fridge/freezer before making a list and see what you have to make any possible meals with then you only have to compliment what you have in stock.

Step 4: Only take enough cash for your grocery budget, leave the plastic at home! Keep tally of prices for each item on your list and stop and get a total for every 10 or 15 things to keep track of your costs. Be willing to change it up at the store, IE: You have shrimp on your list for a meal, at the store its $6.99, but you see fish for $4.99, make the switch!

Step 5: Make what you can at home, this includes things like pizza dough, bread, spaghetti, desserts. These are not difficult to make and you can always look up recipes and it’s great to get the kids involved!

Step 6: Go shopping! Make it a family event, let the kids help and learn with you.

My meal plan and receipt for this week:

Sat 9/21:

B: Choc chip pancakes, bacon, eggs

L: Ham sandwiches, pretzels, fruit

D: Beanie Weenies

Sun 9/22:

B: Scrambled eggs, fruit

L: Grilled cheese, veggie straws, applesauce

D: Chicken cheesy rice casserole

Monday 9/23:

B: Cereal, fruit

L: PB&J sandwiches, pretzels

D: Lentil sloppy joes, mac&cheese, mixed veggies

Tuesday 9/24:

B: Multigrain waffles, fruit

L: Mixed green salad with ham, fruit

D: Meatless Spaghetti with garlic bread

Wednesday 9/25:

B: Cereal, fruit

L: Leftover spaghetti, fruit

D: Mexican rice, cornbread

Thursday 9/26:

B: Scrambled eggs, toast

L: Mixed green salad with turkey, fruit

D: Lemon pepper fish,broccoli and cheese

Friday 9/27:

B: Multigrain pancakes, fruit

L: PB&J Sandwiches, blueberry crackers, fruit

D: Leftovers (eat whatever is in the fridge, this preps for the next shopping trip)

Total: 56.23, ALdis and Sams

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Welcome to a Healthier You

We are all here for a reason. We are given one body, so why not take care of it the best way we can. Being healthy isn’t about spending hours in the gym or taking all the vitamins and supplement pills you can find. It’s about loving yourself and your body. Its about making wise choices about what you eat, what you clean your spaces with, and loving nature and embracing all it has to offer. When our bodies are happy with how we’re taking care of them, things just seem to line up. Learn to listen to your body. Make notes, be a conscious shopper, take time to prepare meals everyday and drive right on past the fast food. Set your intention on living healthier. If you have children, this is a gift to them.

The last few weeks has opened up my mind and has made me more conscious of what I’m doing to myself. I now have clarification of my purpose in life and how to feel better. I have amazing new friends and a new plethora of information. This is what I want to share with the world. So join me on this journey and together, we truly can make the world a better place for ourselves, our families, and for those to follow. Do not let doubt and fear cloud your mind. Embrace each day with hope and love and make each day purposeful. Welcome to my blog and I hope it offers help and love to all who read it.

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